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QS World University Rankings 2021: 3 Indian Institute in Top 200, IIT Bombay India’s Top University

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, has been ranked as India’s top university among top 200 global universities, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021. The other two Indian institutes in top 200 are Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and IIT Delhi.

The global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds released the seventeenth edition of the QS World University Rankings on wednesday, in which 26 Asian universities place among the global top-100 – the highest number ever.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the United States is ranked as the world’s best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University (USA) and Harvard University (USA) taking the second and third ranks. California Institute of Technology took the fourth spot while the UK’s Oxford University took fifth place in the ranking.

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National University of Singapore (11th) is ranked as Asia’s top university and this year China’s Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high and ranked at 15th position.

QS World University Rankings 2021: Global Top 20
2021 2020
1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
2 2 Stanford University USA
3 3 Harvard University USA
4 5 California Institute of Technology USA
5 4 University of Oxford UK
6 6 ETH Zurich Switzerland
7 7 University of Cambridge UK
8 9 Imperial College London UK
9 10 University of Chicago USA
10 8 University College London UK
11  11= National University of Singapore Singapore
12 13 Princeton University USA
13  11= Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
14  18= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland
15 16 Tsinghua University China (Mainland)
16 15 University of Pennsylvania USA
17 17 Yale University USA
18 14 Cornell University USA
19  18= Columbia University USA
20 20 University of Edinburgh UK

Among the Indian institutes to feature in the list, IIT Bombay grabbed the top spot at rank 172 (compared to rank 152 in the last year’s list) while IISc, Bengaluru ranked at the 185th spot (rank 184 in previous year). IIT Delhi ranked 193 (as against rank 182 last year) in the globe.

A total of 21 Indian higher education institutions are in the top 1000. Of the 21, 14 have fallen in rank and only four Universities– IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Hyderabad, OP Jindal University, and Savitribai Phule Pune University have improved their position from previous year ranking. Private Institutes of Eminience – BITS Pilani and VIT are among the four institutions that have been dropped from the top 1,000 universities. Last year, they were ranked in the 801-1000 band.

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India at QS World university Rankings 2021

Rank University Name
172 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
185 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
193 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
275 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
314 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
350 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
383 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
470 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
501-510 University of Delhi
601-650 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
651-700 Jadavpur University
651-700 O P Jindal Global University
651-700 Savitribai Phule Pune University
651-700 University of Hyderabad
751-800 Jamia Millia Islamia
751-800 Manipal Academy of Higher Education
801-1000 Aligarh Muslim University
801-1000 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
801-1000 Anna University
801-1000 Banaras Hindu University
801-1000 University of Calcutta

In the QS World University Rankings, the institutes are evaluated on six metrics. These include academic reputation (40 percent weightage), employer reputation (10 percent), faculty/student ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio/student ratio (5 percent each).

According to the compilers of the rankings, the Indian higher education performs most strongly in measure of research quality but the universities in India are failing to increase academic standing, teaching capacity, and levels of internationalisation.

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