QS Rankings 2012: No Indian Institute in World’s Top 200

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The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, 2012has been announced and unfortunately none of the Indian universities acquired a rank in top 200. The QS  rankings are the most reputed global rankings of institutes for higher education had featured IIT-Bombay in 2010 which was ranked 187, but dropped to 225 last year. This year it is down to 227.

According to Danny Byrne, editor of topuniversities.com, India remains the only BRICS nation without a university in the top 200. Two of the leading three institutions, IIT- Delhi (212) and IIT-Kanpur (278), have improved on their 2011 positions. Yet the comparison with other BRICS nations remains unflattering.

In the Asia Rankingsas well, India has only 11 institutes in the top 300 while China, Singapore and South Korea continue to surge ahead. Nine Chinese institutes have moved up the ranks with Peking University ranking better than the University of Tokyo. The list is topped by the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

QS analysis of the Asian rankings states that, “We see India once again under-performing, with only 11 universities in the rankings, the vast majority of which are various Indian Institutes of Technology. Internationalisation has been identified as a key issue”.

However, in discipline-wise rankings IITs have fared relatively well as they are in the top 50 engineering institutes. Delhi University too finds a place in the top 50 universities offering English Literature and Linguistics among others.

From Asia, those in the top 50 include University of Hong Kong (23), National University of Singapore (25), University of Tokyo (30), Kyoto University (35), Seoul National University (37), Chinese University of Hong Kong (40), China’s Peking University (44), Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (47), China’s Tsinghua University (48) and Japan’s Osaka University (50).

This year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has toppled University of Cambridge by bagging the top spot in the global ranking. It is followed by Harvard University, University College London (UCL), University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Yale University, University of Chicago, Princeton University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in that order.