The latest edition of the QS Ranking was published on Friday, 4th March 2021. 12 Indian institutions have successfully made their way through the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. Additionally, in total 25 programs were included in the top 100 positions. The number of Indian institutions who got featured in the list has seen an increase to 12 this year from 8 last year. 


The Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi, Mumbai and Kharagpur, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore are among the few institutions in the country to feature among the top hundred in the latest global subject-wise QS rankings. The other institutions in the list include IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati, Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, Anna University, OP Jindal Global University, IIM Bangalore and Ahmedabad.


A total of 25 programmes, mostly engineering courses, taught in these 12 universities have been ranked globally in the top 100 list. Out of these 25 programmes, 17 are related to the Engineering stream. IIT Bombay secured 49th position followed by IIT Delhi (Rank 54) and IIT Madras (Rank 94). While IIT Kharagpur has bagged 101st position followed by IISc Bangalore at 103rd rank, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Roorkee at 107th and 170th ranks, respectively. 


OP Jindal University, a private university, secured 76th spot in law subject. JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University), one of the leading universities of India, bagged 159th rank among all universities of the world in the Arts and Humanities stream, emerging as the best college in the stream of Arts and Humanities in India. Following DU (Delhi University) has bagged 252nd rank, it also secured 208th spot worldwide in the social sciences and management group. While IIT- Bombay and Jadavpur University have secured their spot between 401-450, following DU.


QS has certain parameters to rank the universities like Academic Reputation (40%), Employer Reputation (10%), Faculty/Student Ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), and International Faculty Ratio & International Student Ratio (5%). Also, the QS Ranking includes academic disciplines that are organized into 5 faculties, namely Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences & Management.


Education Minister Ramesh Pokriyal ‘Nishank’ congratulated the 12 Institutions. He said, “Over the last few years the Government’s continuous focus on improvement and reform in Indian higher education has resulted in significant improvement in the representation of Indian institutions in globally acclaimed and reputed rankings like QS.” 


Also, educationist Furqan Qamar, secretary general, Association of Indian Universities said, “The discipline-wise ranking reveals the same trends as are manifested by the world ranking of universities by QS. The world rankings are also dominated by universities in North America and Europe. Indian Universities rank behind due to small size and underinvestment in higher education.”

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