As many as 17 Indian universities have found place in the Asian Universities Ranking 2014 published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) for the first time in India. Six more universities have made it to the list this year which include Asia’s top 300 universities compared to 11 last year.
Ranking agency QS released the list in association with non-profit organisation The Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation (ICAA) in New Delhi on Monday.
IIT Delhi holds the top spot among the Indian contenders pulling clear of IIT Bombay in the 2nd spot. Globally it is placed on 38th place and IIT Bombay on 41st. Five other IITs feature in the top 100, led by Kanpur and Madras just outside the top 50. Among traditional universities, the University of Delhi took the lead at 81, falling one place since last year.
Apart from the IITs and DU, six other Indian institutes made an entry to the list. Banaras Hindu University, Punjab University, Manipal University, Amity University,Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
The University of Calcutta ranked highly on student exchange, coming second in Asia for outbound exchange and 52nd for inbound. Another global ranking had recently included IIT Guwahati in the top 100 of the ‘young’ global institutes.
With seven IITs among the leading eight institutes, the report revealed, the top levels of Indian higher education remain much stronger in science and technology than in social sciences and arts.
“The IITs have a great reputation among graduate employers, and now produce a relatively high volume of research, but it is not yet having a significant impact in terms of citations,” QS head of research Ben Sowter said.
ICAA is also planning to launch India-specific rankings by 2016 in association with QS.