Indian universities fail to make world’s top 200: MIT, Harvard top the list

In an authoritative list of the world’s top 200 university rankings, none appeared from the list of educational institutions in India. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard university topped the list. Britain’s Cambridge university was pushed to slot no .3.

India’s premier institution, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) figured at No.222, dropping from 212 last year in the ‘Qs World University Rankings’ released.

The ‘QS World University Rankings’ is made up of six indicators: academic reputation (40 per cent), employer reputation (10 per cent), faculty student ratio (20 per cent), citations per faculty (20 per cent), international students (5 per cent) and international faculty (5 per cent).

Indian Institute of Technology

Indian Institute of Technology

As part of one of its most comprehensive global reviews, the 800-strong annual ranking includes 11 Indian institutions in all with the IITs leading the charge – IIT Bombay at 233, IIT Kanpur at 295, IIT Madras at 313 and IIT Kharagpur at 346.

The annual rankings take into account the subject range, research results and academic reputation offered by 3,000 institutions internationally.

“The stable performance of Indian institutions is a reflection on the country’s efforts to internationalise its higher education system. However, it’s clear that more efforts are needed in the area if the country’s institutions wish to feature more prominently at the top of global rankings,” said Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, a British firm specialising in education and study abroad.

“In a country where education is prized above all matters and competition for a coveted place at one of the country’s top institutions is high, students need a broader comparison of domestic universities. QS is currently working closely with Indian institutions in a pilot ranking project for the ‘BRICS’ nations, which is due to be launched later this year,” Sowter added.

In the list of the top 50 universties in Asia, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay come in at 38 and 39 followed by IIT Kanpur at 51 and IIT Roorkee at 66. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology tops the Asian rankings followed by a number of Chinese, Japanese and Korean institutions.

The UK now boasts six of the world’s top 20 universities with Edinburgh and King’s College, London edging into the top 20 slot alongside Cambridge, UCL, Imperial and Oxford in the top 10.

The researchers report that the average undergraduate tuition fees for the global top 10 universities are up to a record high of around USD 34,000 per year, nearly double the 2007 average of USD 18,500.

With the rupee going through a period of extreme volatility, an elite world-class education for an Indian student may be at its costliest ever.

Sharanya Bharathwaj