NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27: The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is among the top Indian institutes in the Times Higher Education (THE) World university rankings 2019 released recently. While the country’s overall representation in the rankings have increased, no Indian university has made it even to the top 200 universities in the world.
Where do Indian institutes stand?
Five Indian universities have found their spot among the world’s top 500. Apart from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore the other four Indian institutions are Indian Institute of Technology, Indore; Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore. Among them, IISc is among the top 300 and IIT Indore among the top 400. The remaining three feature in the 401-500 bracket. While IIT Indore made a surprise jump, IIT, Bombay slipped from the 351-400 bracket to the 401-500 slot. Compared to the previous year’s ranking, most of the institutes fell from their positions in the THE World University Rankings 2019. However, 7 new institutes joined the existing 42 universities in the rankings. This year, there are a total of 49 institutes in the world university rankings. Mysore based JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research has featured in the ranking for the first time.
Institutes like Banaras Hindu University,IIT Guwahati, University of Delhi, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune; IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Madras and IIT Hyderabad among others feature in the 601-700 bracket.
Intensified global competition reason behind fall in rankings
Phil Baty, editorial director of THE global rankings noted that the fall in rankings, especially, among the IITs was because of intensified global competition. Universities across the world were acting on this competition faster than Indian universities in this regard.
“While it increases its presence again in this year’s table, the majority of its universities remains immobile, struggling against increased global competition – particularly from East Asia. Sustained investment, a continued drive to attract leading global talent, and a strengthened international outlook will be key to propping its global reputation and research influence,” the director said in a statement released by the Rankings body.
Centre puts all hope on Institutes of Eminence
Concerns about low representation among the world rankings have pushed the Indian government to take radical steps towards ensuring better quality education in its institutes. This year itself, the centre announced six Institutes of Eminence, which would be given far more autonomy and funds to develop world-class quality. The institutes have been chosen both from private and public universities. IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore are among the public institutes while BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the yet to be established Jio Institute are among the private educational bodies to be conferred the title of Institute of Eminence by the centre.