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The sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today that features a record-breaking 42 disciplines, making it the largest-ever ranking of its kind.
Delhi University (DU) occupies the 18th spot in the category of development studies, the highest achieved by an Indian varsity in the sixth edition of the subject-focused listings. The Indian Institutes of Technology, however, continue to be the most ranked Indian institutions, with IIT-Bombay featuring 14 times in the rankings and seven times among the top 100.
The expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employees informed the results, alongside the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database. Harvard and MIT continue to take the lion's share of top places, leading in twelve subjects each. Sixteen different institutions top at least one of the subjects.
In the six new disciplines ranked, Harvard leads Anthropology and Social Policy and Administration while Cambridge leads Archaeology. Juilliard tops Performing Arts. Colorado School of Mines tops Mineral Engineering while the University of Pennsylvania leads Nursing.
IIT-B is the country's pre-eminent university at the subject level, featuring in 14 subject tables, the most successful among the 21 Indian universities ranked in at least one subject. IIT Delhi is in 45th place in the electrical and electronics engineering list. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, weighs in at 47th for materials science.
The Indian universities occupy 114 places among them, an increase from the 107 in 2015.