Times Higher Education (THE) – the world’s foremost University Rankings publication recently released their 2016-2017 World University Rankings and a record 31 Indian Universities feature in this year’s list of the world’s top Universities.

Although there is no Indian university in the coveted rank of top 200, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) notched the highest spot among Indian universities by featuring in the 201-250th rankings, with an improvement of close to 50 spots. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) also feature in the top 400 of the rankings.

South Asia as a whole has almost doubled its representation in this year’s list of the world’s top 980 universities, claiming 39 places, up from 20 last year. Sri Lanka makes its debut in the table with the University of the Colombo in the 801+ band, while Pakistan has five new entries, taking its total to seven.

Phil Baty, editor of THE said, “the star of the region is India, which has 31 universities in the list. Its leading university – the Indian Institute of Science – is edging closer to the top 200, claiming a spot in the 201-250 band, its highest ever position and the country has four new entries in the top 800.” He credits India’s strong performance¬†thanks to the country recognising the importance of participating in global benchmarking exercises.

The other Indian universities on the list include IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras, all within the 401-500 ranks, and IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee in the 501-600 band. India has 19 institutes in the top 800, two more than last year and 12 others in the 801-980 band. Overall, India has 31 institutions, including 14 new names, in the list of 980.

The list was topped by University of Oxford, the first UK university to top in the 12-year history of the table. Five-time topper California Institute of Technology came second while Stanford University was ranked third.

 

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