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QS Rankings: 8 India universities in Asia top 100, IIT Bombay 34th

In News:

  • The ‘QS World University Rankings: Asia 2020’ was released.
  • 8 India universities in Asia top 100, and 96 Indian institutions rank among 550 for the continent.
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About: QS World University Rankings

  • QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
  • The methodology for Asia rankings was compiled using the 11 indicators, including: 
    • Academic Reputation
    • Employer Reputation
    • Citations per Paper
    • Papers per Faculty
    • International Research Network (new)
    • International Faculty
    • Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Staff with PhD
    • International Students
    • Outbound Exchange Students
    • Inbound Exchange Students

Criticism of QS rankings:

  • It has been criticized for its overreliance on subjective indicators and reputation surveys, which tend to fluctuate over the years.
  • Concern also exists regarding the global consistency and integrity of the data used to generate QS ranking results.

News Summary:

  • The National University of Singapore is ranked Asia’s best for the second consecutive year. It is followed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the University of Hong Kong.
  • Only Mainland China, with 118 featured universities in the top 550 Asian universities, is more represented than India’s 96.
  • While Mainland China has four in the top 10 this year, India does not yet have a university among the top 30.

India specific findings:

  • India has 8 among the top 100 universities in Asia, and 96 Indian institutions rank among 550 for the continent.
  • The best performing institutions from India are IIT Bombay at 34th position, IIT Delhi at 43rd place and IIT Madras at 50th.
  • ‘Academic Reputation’: IIT Bombay is the best Indian university in the ‘Academic Reputation’ indicator, which utilised the insights of academics regarding university quality.
  • ‘Employer Reputation’: In the ‘Employer Reputation’ indicator, IIT Bombay ranks 21st in Asia. This indicator utilises the insights of employers regarding the quality of a university’s graduates.
  • ‘Staff with PhD’: India dominates the ‘Staff with PhD’ indicator with seven institutions (all IITs) achieving the perfect 100 score. 
  • Research: In the research indicators, India boasts five universities among the top 50 in the ‘Citations per Paper’ metric, and six among the top 50 in the ‘Papers per Faculty’ metric.

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