QS World University Rankings 2018-19: IIT Bombay Emerges as Best Institute in India, IISc in List

Published: | October 16, 2018
QS World University Rankings 2018-19: IIT Bombay Emerges as Best Institute in India, IISc in List

In the new QS list, IIT Bombay has been placed in the top 200 club. IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore are the best-ranked institutes in India. QS’s list of the world’s top 959 universities consists a total of 24 Indian institutions.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released the latest edition of World University Rankings. According to the new list, IIT Bombay has been placed in the top 200 club. Other than this, IISc Bangalore and IIT Delhi have already been in the top 200 club. This is the second such edition of QS World University Rankings where India has got 3 of its colleges in the top 200 ranks.

Another development in the latest edition of the rankings is that IISc Bangalore has replaced IIT Delhi as the best-ranked institute in India. The latter has fallen back by over two places this year.

Indian Universities in Top 200 QS Rankings 2018-19:

Here are the top three institutes in India that showed remarkable performance in QS World University Rankings 2018-19 -

Name of the Institute Rank in 2019 Rank in 2018 Rank in 2017
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 162 179 219
Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore 170 190 152
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 172 172 185

The improvement in ranks has been encouraging for both IISc Bangalore and IIT-Bombay, as the performance in the previous edition was not as good for IISc. M Balakrishnan, Deputy Director of IIT Delhi, stated that the ranking has improved but it’s not spectacular. He also added that a big jump is one that helps them get closer to 100.

The director also added that their performance in the research space has improved whit more students enrolled for Ph.D. and scholars to faculty ratio improving with 5 Ph.D. scholars under each faculty member. The Director also informed that the international students enrolled at IIT Delhi have also increased from 75 to 90 approximately.

However, it is a cause of concern for IISc Bangalore as the institute has fallen out of the top 150 club. On the other hand, IISc has been ranked 6th across the globe in terms of ‘citations per faculty’ metric of QS. The metric evaluates a university’s research intensiveness and research impact. According to QS, the number of research papers submitted by IISc were close to 82,000 over a period of five-year.

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The HRD Ministry is also taking initiatives to improve the global rankings of top Indian universities and get them in the top 100 club. The list of the world’s top 959 universities published by QS consists a total of 20 Indian institutions, whereas, last year the list comprised only 14 universities.

All Indian Universities in the QS Rankings 2018-19

Here are the other Indian institutes that featured in the QS World University Rankings 2018-19 -

Name of the University Rank (band) 2019 Rank (band) 2018 Rank (band) 2017
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 264 264 249
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 283 293 302
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 295 308 313
University of Delhi 487 481-490 501-550
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati 472 501-550 481-490
Jadavpur University 601 - 650 601-650 Not Ranked in List
University of Hyderabad 591 - 600 601-650 Not Ranked in List
Anna University 751 - 800 651-700 Not Ranked in List
Manipal University 751 - 800 701-750 Not Ranked in List
Banaras Hindu University 801 - 1000 801-1000 801-1000
University of Mumbai 801 - 1000 801-1000 801-1000
Panjab University Not Ranked in List 801-1000 801-1000
Birla Institute of Technology and Science 801 - 1000 801-1000 Not Ranked in List
University of Pune 801 - 1000 801-1000 801-1000
Aligarh Muslim University 801 - 1000 800-1000 Not Ranked in List
University of Calcutta 801 - 1000 - -
VIT 801 - 1000 - -

Research Director at QS, Ben Sowter, talked about the performance of QS and said that India has progressed over the years, especially in terms of research. He also added that Indian universities have to work on improving the ‘employer’s reputation’ indicator by collaborating with the corporate world.

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For the seventh continuous year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been given the first spot followed by Stanford University and Harvard University at second and third position respectively.

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