With 16 universities and Institutions in top 100 rankings, India emerged as the top South Asain region in recent Times Higher Education Rankings 2016.
This is for the first time Indian Institute of Science (IISc) of Bangalore ranked 27 followed by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 47 ranks among the top 50 Institutes of Asia.The rankings, that were announced on last Monday, has been expanded for the first time to 200.
The other Indian universities in the top half of the ranking are -
Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay (43rd),
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (51st),
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (60th),
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (62nd),
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (65th),
Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati (joint 80th) and
Jadavpur University in joint 84th place.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) claims pole position, while its neighbour Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is in joint second place (with China’s Peking University) – the highest positions for the two Singaporean institutions in the rankings’ four-year history.
In 2013 only three institutions appeared in the top 100 from India but today there are 16 Universities and Institutions in top 100 , but the nation still has a long way to go to compete with Asia's leading university nations, such as China, Japan and South Korea said Phil Baty, editor, THE rankings.
Hong Kong, China’s special administrative region, has also performed well with six representatives, all in the top 45, while South Korea and Taiwan are the most-represented countries after China and Japan, with 24 institutions each.
“The expansion of THE Asia University Rankings to include 200 institutions has allowed a greater number of institutions in the region like Pakistan and Bangladesh have allowed being recognised. But the South Asian institutions are some way behind than their counterparts in East Asia, particularly Singapore, South Korea and China. Due to a relative lack of funding and other problems, these Universities are not able to come forward . But the good news is that the Indian government has selected 20 institutions, across the public and private sector, for special funding and special report, to help them compete on the global stage,” said Baty.
Javed Ashraf, the vice-chancellor of Pakistan’s top-ranked institution, Quaid-i-azam University (in the 101-110 band), says, “India’s success is partly down to its stronger tradition of excellence in academia, while its recent economic development has allowed it to invest more in higher education than its neighbours.”