Celebration of Indian universities' climb in the global rankings

Celebration of Indian universities' climb in the global rankings
Posted on 10-06-2022

Celebration of Indian universities' climb in the global rankings


  • In the recently-released QS World Universities Rankings 2023, Indian higher educational institutions have achieved their best to date.
  • India is setting the scene for top-quality and internationally recognized higher educational institutions by establishing 41 institutions, up from 35 last year. having been ranked by QS World Universities 2023.
  • The 19th edition of the rankings offers an even more detailed image of India. Nine institutions with eminence rank among the top 1000 with five of them within the 500 top and three of them in the 200 top spots.
  • A hundred and a half places higher than seven universities have made an impressive admission this year. A 20 percent rise in new students has helped propel India to the top of the list.
  • It is a historic fact that, after the gap of 10 years, every one of the Indian institutions that are among the 500 top institutions has been able to improve their standing.

More about the Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings

  • The largest and most impressive annual survey of opinion on academics The QS rankings assess a university's performance by assessing the opinions of academic stakeholders around 6 performance metrics that are as follows:
  1. Accolade Name Reputation from Global Survey (40%)
  2. The reputation of Employers from Global Survey (10%)
  3. Faculty-Student Ratio (20%)
  4. The percentage is International Students (5%)
  5. The proportion of international faculty (5 5 percent)
  6. Citation per Faculty Scopus (20%)
  • It's the year that QS World University Rankings is the biggest ever with 1,418 universities in 100 locations which are up from 1,300 the year before.
  • QS conducted a survey of 99,000 hiring and employer managers across the globe, whose views inform QS employer Reputation (AR) measure.

Global universities ranking

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is currently at the top of the world rankings for the 11th year in a row.
  • The University of Cambridge has gained second place in the rankings, while Stanford University remains in third place.

Indien's performances

  • The overall statistics: Of the 41 Indian institutes that were featured, 12 improved their scores over the previous year, 12 remained unaffected, 10 declined while seven institutes are brand new participants.
  • Prestigious band: in the highly coveted band of the most prestigious 200 is the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) (155) IIT-Bombay at 172nd and IIT-Delhi in 174th place globally, which is up 31 five and 11 positions in comparison to the previous year's score.
  • Other highlighted IITs: Others included in the top 300 are IIT Madras (250th), IIT Kanpur (264th), and IIT Kharagpur (270th).
  • Academic Reputation Two universities in the nation IIT-Bombay and IIT Delhi have set records and are among the top 100 of an Academic Reputation (AR) measure.
  • New Entries: IIT-Indore is the first to debut at the impressive 396th spot worldwide among the new applicants.
  • Most youthful entrants: Chandigarh University (801-1000) is the newest of the entries, being established in less than ten years.
  • research: Apart from IISc the IITs of Guwahati (37th) as well as Roorkee (47th) and the brand new entry University of Madras (48th) have also made it onto the top list of the world's top 50 research institutes.
  • Public Institutes of eminence: Five of the officially recognized Public Institutions of Eminence attained the highest rank than the previous edition, namely IISc, IITB, IITD, IITM, and IIT-Kgp as well as Two University of Delhi and the University of Hyderabad dropped out, and one of them, IIT-Banaras Hindu university maintained its rank.
  • Private Institutes with eminence: Two of the private institutions of Eminence maintained the same ranking as the previous year, namely, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Birla Institute of Technology and Science while OP Jindal Global University (JGU) has improved its standing to join the band 651-700.
  • Humanities JGU's not only India's most highly ranking university that focuses exclusively on humanities, arts, and humanities, but it is also one of the sole Indian other than STEM (science engineering, technology, and maths) as well as other than medicine university to earn its place on the QS World University Rankings 2023.
  • poor results: Indian institutions continue to struggle with the quality of QS' Internationalisation metrics as well as 30 out of the 41 top-ranked universities have seen drops in QS's FSR and Faculty Ratio (FSR) measure, which has only four registering gains.
  • The positive indicators: However, the positive news is that today, two Indian universities are in the top 250 student and faculty ratios, as opposed to zero in earlier editions.
  • The most successful in this measure can be found at Savitribai Phule Pune University (225th for FSR) and OP Jindal Global University (235th for FSR) which is followed by IISc Bengaluru (276th for FSR).

IISC outstanding performance

  • IISc Bengaluru is the world's best research university among Harvard, Princeton, and MIT with a rating in the range of 100/100on the citations for faculty (CpF) measurement.
  • Based on the indicator, after universities have been adjusted to the size of faculty, IISc is the world's top research university.
  • In addition in the rankings, as the fastest-growing South Asian university on the QS rankings"top 200" ranking, IISc gained 31 places year-on-year (YoY) up to an impressive 155 place, which is a place, up from 186% last year's 186th place.
  • Additionally, IISc has raced ahead of IIT Bombay (172) which also was in the year before. India leading team with 177.

The government's policy in action

  • The government's historic decision to introduce the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, 34 years after the policy's introduction, seeks to improve the quality of education and bridge the gap between the current educational outcomes and the ones that are expected while acknowledging the necessity to keep pace with the rapidly changing global and ever-changing knowledge landscape.
  • The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will strive to attain the goals of equity, inclusiveness, and high quality throughout the entire education system.
  • Indian universities have earned an important global presence on the QS World Rankings 2023, because of the deliberate efforts of the government in improving the quality of higher education.
  • This is evident in the improvement in the ratio of students to faculty and citations per faculty. admissions for international students and the female/male student enrollment ratios in the QS world rankings for 2023.
  • In addition, to tackle the issue of educational attainment up to the very last mile and beyond, the government is aiming to make improvements through its goal for a fifty percent Gross Enrolment Rate by 2035, as opposed to 26.3 percent in 2018, as stipulated within the NEP.

Unresolved challenges

  • The government has taken slow steps towards achieving the hopes that were impossible even a decade ago. However, there are several areas that require urgent attention from the government.
  • The public expenditure on education as a percent of GDP has to be raised to 6percent of GDP. the issue of movement of faculty members and students as well as India's research expenditure which is at a low 66 %of GDP must be re-examined.


The most recent edition of the rankings shows the outstanding work that a number of Indian institutions are doing to increase their research presence However, the data suggest that the Indian higher education system struggles to offer adequate capacities for teaching. Therefore, more deliberate and strategic efforts need to be put into place to sustain and enhance India's position globally.

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