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QS Indian University Rankings

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QS Indian University Rankings


What to study?

For Prelims: Indicators and top performers.

For Mains: Significance of the rankings and ways to improve the higher education system.


Context: QS Indian University Rankings have been released recently. This is the second edition of the standalone rankings for India’s higher education institutions.

The rankings include public, private, higher education or deemed universities.


How are the institutions ranked?

The methodology used eight indicators to determine the institutions’ rankings. These were: academic reputation (weight of 30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty-student ratio (20%), the proportion of staff with a PhD (10%), papers per faculty from Scopus database (10%), citations per paper from Scopus database (5%), the proportion of international students (2.5%), and the proportion of international faculty (2.5%).


Key findings:

  1. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) dominate the list, with seven IITs figuring in the top ten
  2. Like last year, IIT-Bombay leads followed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
  3. This year, IIT-Delhi has improved its performance by one rank to overtake IIT-Madras.
  4. Delhi University, University of Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Science are the only other non-IIT institutions in the top ten.


Way ahead for India:

The rankings are an affirmation of faith in the premier Indian higher educational institutions. The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has been taking several steps to improve the global rankings, especially the world-renowned IITs by providing more funds and launching the Institutes of Eminence scheme under which institutes would be freed from regulatory framework. However, there’s still work to be done beyond the top universities.


Sources: Indian Express.