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IISc is the best Indian institution, according to the QS World University Rankings

IISc is the best Indian institution, according to the QS World University Rankings

In the QS World University rankings for 2023, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru came out as the best Indian university. The number of Indian schools in the top 1,000 in the world has gone from 22 to 27. No other public or private Indian university has made it into the top 500 in the world. For the 11th year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is still the best school in the world.

Key Highlight:

  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has emerged as the highest-ranked Indian institute in the 2023 edition of the QS World University rankings.
  • The number of Indian institutes among the top 1,000 globally has risen to 27 from 22.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains the best university in the world for the 11th straight year.
  • No other Indian university, public or private, has found a place in the top 500 globally.
  • IIT-Indore made the highest-ranking debut in the list, securing the 396th slot globally.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is now the top-ranked Indian institute, moving up 31 spots in just one year. IIT-Bombay is now in second place, and IIT-Delhi is in third. QS ranks universities around the world.

IIT-Bombay (IIT-B) and IIT-Delhi (IIT-D), which have moved up five and eleven places, respectively, to rank 172 and 174, are the only other Indian institutes in the global top 200. This has been the case since 2017, when IIT-B and IIT-D were the only Indian institutes in the top 200. The number of Indian schools in the top 1,000 in the world has gone from 22 to 27.

IISc, one of the eight public Institutes of Eminence (IoE), has improved in four of the six criteria used to make the rankings. This is a very impressive rise.

These are the academic reputation (AR), the employer reputation (ER), the faculty-student ratio (FSR), the number of citations per faculty (CpF), the number of international faculty and the number of international students.

Barbieri said, “QS indicators show that IISc has had a great year.” Surprisingly, its best performance metric, Citations per Faculty, which is the world leader, hasn’t changed from year to year, and it still ranks first. It did a great job because it improved in all other areas that QS looked at. IISc improves in 4/6 metrics. Most notably, the number of International Faculty has grown by a lot. But IISc is now at the top of India’s educational hierarchy because of big improvements in academic reputation, employer reputation, and teaching ability.

Based in London, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a company that analyzes higher education. Their CpF indicator says that when universities are ranked based on the size of their faculty, IISc Bengaluru is the best research university in the world, with a perfect score of 100/100 for this metric. A QS statement also said that IISc Bengaluru is the South Asian university moving up the QS World University Rankings list the fastest.

Overall, the 41 Indian education institutes that made it into the rankings did not do well in many important ways. For example, the FSR indicator has decreased at 30 of the 41 ranked universities, while only four have gone up.

“However, on a more positive note, there are now two Indian universities in the top 250 for Faculty/Student Ratio, whereas there were none in the top 250 in previous editions.” “Savitribai Phule Pune University (225th for FSR) and O.P. Jindal Global University (235th for FSR) do the best on this metric, followed by IISc Bengaluru (276th for FSR),” QS said.

For the 11th year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the best university in the world. The University of Cambridge came in second, and Stanford University came in third. China has 28 of the top 500 universities, six of which are in the top 100. Peking University is ranked 12th, and Tsinghua University is ranked 14th.

Notably, all but one of the IITs that are included in the rankings have moved up. IIT-BHU made its first appearance in the 651-700 band, and IIT-Indore had the best debut on the list, coming in at 396th place globally.

The report shows that IITs are also why India is in the top 500. In addition to IISc, eight other IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, and Indore) are among the top 500 universities in the world. Five years after the Institute of Eminence scheme began, neither a public nor a private Indian university has made it into this group.

One goal of the IoE scheme was to help ten public and as many as ten private Indian colleges and universities get into the top 500 well-known rankings like QS within a decade and the top 100 “over time.” The plan is still not moving forward because there isn’t an expert committee with the power to move it forward.

Five of the eight public IoEs (IISc, IIT-B, IIT-D, IIT-Madras, and IIT-Kharagpur) moved up in the rankings, while the University of Delhi and University of Hyderabad fell from band 501-510 to band 521-530 and from band 651-700 to band 751-800, respectively.

The only public IoE, Banaras Hindu University, was ranked outside the top 1,000 in the 1,001–1,200 range.

Also, QS says that OP Jindal Global University, one of the three private IoEs, is the best private university in the country, with a rank in the 651-700 band. The other two private IoEs, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and BITS-Pilani, were put in the same bands as last year: between 751 and 800 and between 1,001 and 1,200.

Responses from 1,511,000 academics and 99,000 employers from all over the world were used to make the report.

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President, said, “This edition of the QS World University Rankings reflects the excellent work that several Indian universities are doing to improve their research footprint, which is good for their reputation on the global stage.” On the other hand, our data also shows that the Indian higher education sector still has trouble providing enough teachers.

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