For the first time since 2012, none of the Indian institutions made it to the top 300 in World University Rankings, compiled by the UK based-Times Higher Education (THE).
While Indian universities are led by the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, its ranking dropped 50 places—from the 251-300 ranking cohort in the previous year to the 301-350 grouping.
THE said the fall in the ranking of IISc is “due to a significant fall in its (research) citation impact score offsetting improvements in the research environment, teaching environment, and industry income.”
The Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and Indore, both second-generation IITs established after 2008-09 have leaped ahead of other top schools and older IITs including those in Mumbai and Delhi, because of their high score in research citations.
While IIT Ropar fared 100 in the research citation parameter, IIT Indore scored 77— much better than IISc and older IITs.
However, India has been featured as the fifth most-represented country in the list and the third in Asia behind Japan and China. This year, India has 56 institutions (up from 49 last year) in the Times rankings.
IITs in Mumbai, Delhi and Kharagpur have been placed in the 401-500 ranking bracket, which implies that both Kharagpur and Delhi IITs have grown by 100 ranks from the previous year.