IIT Bombay, IISc Among Top 10 BRICS Universities in QS Ranking 2018
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IIT Bombay, IISc Among Top 10 BRICS Universities in QS Ranking 2018

IIT Bombay and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have made the cut among top 10 BRICS Universities, according to the QS Rankings 2018, one of the global prestigious rankings. Over 300 universities from BRICS Nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa region have been observed and graded for the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

As many as 65 Indian universities have been ranked this time, little more than Brazil (61) and South Africa (12), but fewer than Russia (68) and China (94) Universities in QS Rankings 2018 for BRICS region.

In the QS rankings,  IIT Bombay draws the top spot at number 9 among the Indian universities, pushing back IISc Bangalore to the tenth position followed by IIT Delhi (15) and IIT Madras (18).

This is a slip for IISc Bangalore which was at number 6 last year rankings. IIT Bombay has moved up to the 9th spot in QS BRICS Universities Rankings from 13th last time, making its debut in the top 10. 

IIT Delhi has also slipped from its earlier ranking position 15th to 17th position while IIT Madras has gained a position from 19 in previous year ranking to 18th rank in this year rankings.

However, the top slots have all been secured by Chinese Universities with Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University picking up the first, second and third rank respectively with the country occupying eight of the top 10 positions.

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Extending the rankings, Delhi University has secured the 41st position, followed by University of Calcutta at number 64 and Jadavpur University at number 74. A total of 14 universities from India have made it to top 100. The complete list of Indian Universities in Top 100 of QS World University Rankings 2018 for BRICS region is provided below.

Indian Universities in Top 100 QS World University Rankings 2018 BRICS Region

  • Rank 9: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • Rank 10: Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
  • Rank 17: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  • Rank 18: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • Rank 21: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • Rank 24: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  • Rank 41: University of Delhi
  • Rank 51: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee(IITR)
  • Rank 52: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati(IITG)
  • Rank 64: University of Calcutta
  • Rank 74: Jadavpur University
  • Rank 82: University of Mumbai
  • Rank 85: Anna University
  • Rank 100: Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) 

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UGC Chairman VS Chauhan commented on latest QS rankings, “Indian education has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations which are made long ago. In this there is space for rankings and the government is also realizing this that the universities are a matter of prestige for the country.”

“Role of ranking in terms of students getting to know about the institutions cant be negated, but also sometimes overplayed. Rankings are relevant for institutions and most importantly because of the rankings what happened in India is that institutions have started to look at themselves,” he added.

India is the second country after China in terms of representations in the QS World Rankings 2018 for BRICS Universities. Last year, IISc Bangalore was the only Indian institution to figure in the top 10 with rank 6. India’s strength, relative to other BRICS nations, lies in the fact that its universities have high proportions of qualified faculty. 

Top 10 BRICS Universities

  1. Tsinghua University (China)
  2. Peking University (China)
  3. Fudan University (China)
  4. University of Science and Technology of China
  5. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)
  6. Zhejiang University (China)
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  8. Nanjing University (China)
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)
  10. Indian Institute of Science (India)

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Based on eight performance indicators, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, the proportion of staff with a Ph.D., faculty/student ratio, research publications and citation rates and proportion of international faculty and students, the ranking provides insights into the relative strengths and weaknesses of leading institutions in the five countries.

Among the private universities in the country, BITS Pilani, Thapar University, Symbiosis International University, Manipal University, Amrita University, VIT University, Kalinga University and OP Jindal Global University have made the position on the list.

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