Indian universities have performed disappointingly in the ‘QS World University Rankings’, with none figuring in the top 200. Worse, the premier Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has slipped to the 222nd position from 212 last year.
The 800-strong annual ranking includes 11 Indian institutions in all, with four IITs finding better places — IIT Bombay at 233, IIT Kanpur at 295, IIT Madras at 313 and IIT Kharagpur at 346.
The list, released on Tuesday, is dominated by U.S. universities. While Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard have grabbed the first and second spots, Britain’s Cambridge University has been pushed to the third rank.
In the top 50 universities 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 annual rankings take into account the subject range offered, as well as research results produced and academic reputation enjoyed by 3,000 institutions internationally. The ‘QS World University Rankings’ consists 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).
This year, 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer responses contributed to the results, making the survey one of the largest of its kind in the world.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology tops the Asian rankings followed by a number of Chinese, Japanese and Korean institutions.
In Asia, Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam University ranks 119 and the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad is at 120 — both ahead of the University of Mumbai, which is at 140.The best performing countries, in terms of the number of universities ranked in the 2013 list include the U.S. (144), the U.K. (69), Germany (42), France (40) and Japan (38).
The U.K. now boasts six of the world’s top 20 universities with University of Edinburgh and King’s College, London, moving to the top 20 slot alongside University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and University of Oxford in the top 10.
IIT Delhi has dropped 10 slots from 212st rank last year.