- Only China Has More Universities Than India In The Top 100 At 30 From A Total Of 47 Countries And Territories Included In The Analysis Released In London.
Indian colleges had a strong year in the world’s emerging economies, with a record 11 making the top 100 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020. From a total of 47 countries and territories included in the analysis presented in London on Tuesday evening, only China has more universities in the top 100, with 30. A total of 56 Indian colleges appear in the entire list of 533 universities from around the world’s emerging economies.
India’s top-ranked institution is the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which is placed 16th, followed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) (IITs). “There has long been a debate regarding Indian universities’ success in world rankings, and they have been perceived as underperforming on the global arena for far too long,” says Phil Baty, THE’s Chief Knowledge Officer.
“The Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 suggest that several institutions are making real progress in several metrics across our robust methodology,” he said. “This could mark an exciting turning point for Indian higher education, enabled in part by the Institutes of Eminence scheme.” Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, one of the participating universities in the Indian government’s Institutes of Eminence scheme, has joined the top 100 for the first time, jumping up 51 places from joint 141st in 2019.
According to THE notes, Amrita announced advances in practically all ranking metrics compared to the previous year. IIT Kharagpur has risen 23 places to 32nd, IIT Delhi has risen 28 places to joint 38th, and IIT Madras has risen 12 places to joint 63rd among the Institutes of Eminence that appear in the top 100.
The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and the Institute of Chemical Technology make their first appearances in the top 100. The Institutes of Eminence scheme provides government financing and increased autonomy to participating universities to advance them into the top 100 world university rankings over time, including Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking.
This is expected to be accomplished through various initiatives, including an increase in international students and personnel, the introduction of online courses, and promoting academic collaboration with other top institutions across the world.
Since the ranking began in 2014, when fewer universities participated globally, this is only the second year that 11 Indian colleges have been in the top 100.