For the First Time – 2 Indian Universities Ranked Among the World’s Top 200

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The QS World University Rankings for 2015 are out, and for the first time, two Indian institutes have made it to the top 200 list of the world’s best universities.

Two Indian universities — the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, have a fantastic reason to celebrate. They have successfully grabbed respectable positions for themselves among some of the best universities of the world.

IISc Bengaluru stands at 147th place in the QS University Rankings list for 2015, while IIT Delhi was able to bag the 179th rank.


IIT Delhi

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This is a major jump for IIT Delhi, which was at 235th place during the previous rankings.

The QS World University Rankings, an annual publication of university ranks by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) company, are one of the most authoritative rankings of universities across the globe. The rank is assigned based on numerous factors like the strength of the universities in terms of research, teaching, academic reputation, student staff ratio, and a lot more.

“India has two institutions in the top 200 this year, which has occurred as a result of QS evolving its methodology to be more even-handed across subject areas and it has revealed strength in research in engineering, technology and the natural sciences,” said Ben Sowter, QS head of research, to The Times of India.

Sowter pointed out that in order to compete internationally, Indian universities should start engaging internationally and should focus more on fostering global citizens while maintaining their strength in research, engineering, technology and natural sciences.


IISc, Bengaluru

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“We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and innovation and we pay attention to the maintaining the best possible standards in these fields,” said IIT-D Director K. Gupta to The Hindu.

“The rankings are largely due to our first undergraduate batch graduating this year. This was one of the criteria needed to feature in the global rankings,” said Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc.

The universities in the top 200 list represent 34 countries, including the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, and China. There are a total of 14 Indian institutes in the World University Rankings, and half of them are among the global 400. In the field of Arts and Humanities, Jawaharlal Nehru University leads the Indian universities at the 168th position.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been ranked the top university in the world, closely followed by Harvard. With this list, London has become the only city in the world to have four universities in the top 50.

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