IISc ranked world’s top research varsity

The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has been ranked as the world’s top research university, achieving a perfect score of 100 on 100, the metric of citations per faculty indicator, ahead of varsities like Princeton, Harvard, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and Caltech.

IIT-Guwahati too emerged as a top research institution from India, being ranked 41st for CPF (which measures research impact) among the top 50 globally. The results accounted for the distribution and performance of 14.7 million academic papers published between 2015 and 2019, and the 96 million citations received by those papers. QS World University Rankings 2022, released on Wednesday, has been done among 13,000 varsities, 145 more than in last year’s edition, from across 197 locations this year.

Indian universities have made consistent progress in QS’s Academic Reputation metric with 20 of the 35 entrants having improved their scores. In the overall rankings, despite having fallen five places from 2021 rankings, IIT-Bombay is India’s top ranked institution for the fourth consecutive year at the world university rankings, conducted by the QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts.

In the 18th edition of the world’s most-consulted international university rankings, three Indian universities find place among the global top 200.

There are also record breaking performances for three of India’s IITs. IIT-Delhi has become India’s second best university, having risen from193rd to185th, overtaking IISc Bangalore, which ranks joint-186th.

Among other top performers, IIT-Madras has risen 20 places, and now ranks joint-255th, which is its highest position since 2017. IIT-Kharagpur also improved its performance and is ranked at 280th, while IIT Guwahati (joint-395th) enters the global top-400 for the first time ever.

According to Amit Khare, secretary, higher education, ministry of education, “The good outcome is primarily due to the enthusiasm generated by the National Education Policy 2020 NEP among the faculty and the researchers of the institutions. This has been indicated with IISc being ranked as the global leader and also IIT-Guwahati also ranked among top 50 globally.”

However, according to the ranking report Indian institutions continue to struggle in institutional teaching capacity with 23 of India’s 35 universities have suffered declines in QS’s faculty/ student ratio indicator, with only six recording improvements. And no Indian university ranks among the top 250 for faculty/ student ratio.

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