For the first time, an Indian University has succeeded to make up in the top 10 of a global ranking for Universities. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been ranked eighth in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Best Small Universities in the World 2017 Rankings‘. Small universities are those with fewer than 5,000 students.
However, India’s overall show in the ranking took a hit this year, as besides IISc, no other Indian University has managed to grab any position under the top 20 ranking. Last year, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati and Savitribai Phule Pune University ranked 14 and 18 respectively in the 2016 edition were two Indian institutions in the top 20. Unfortunately, both could not retain their spots in this year’s world rankings 2017.
The first three positions are grabbed by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) of the United States of America, Ecole Normale Superieure from France and Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea respectively. Interestingly, none of these universities have more than 3,000 students. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is at the ninth position.
Last year, in the ‘BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017’ report, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for the first time had entered in the top 15 universities. India was ranked second in a list of 300 Top Universities in Emerging Economies, “making great strides” in the compilation topped by China.
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar has congratulated IISc for the recognition and said, “It is a good news for us that one of our institutions has been ranked among the world’s top 10 universities. This shows our determination to improve quality of education at all levels and increased focus on research and innovation”.
Seeta Bhardwa, student editor at THE said, “The Best Small Universities in the World for 2017 highlights that small universities provide high student satisfaction and good working relationships between students and their professors. Many students are drawn to smaller class sizes, higher teacher to student ratios and the community like feel that a small university can provide.”
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings was founded in 2004 by the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. It provides the definitive list of the world’s best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.
IISc, a public university for scientific research and higher education, was established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. In 2015-16 it became the first Indian institute to be ranked among the top 100 in THE World University Rankings for engineering and technology at 99th position.
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