The QS Asian University rankings for 2012 are out and Indian
institutes have fared poorly in the rankings. The only exceptions are Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and IIT Delhi. While IIT Bombay is up by
four notches (from 38 to 34 in 2012), IIT Delhi is up from 37 to 36 this year.
QS is one of the world’s leading networks in career and
education. Yet again, while no Indian institute has made it to the top 30 in
overall rankings, only four have made it to the top 50 among 300 Asian
institutes this year.
Last year, five had featured in the top 50. An analysis of
rankings from 2009 to 2012 reveals that no Indian institute has made it to top
10 and only one ranked in the top 30 since then (IIT Bombay in 2009).
“It’s not that institutes or universities in India are not
doing well. These rankings assess several factors and we tend to lose points on
many of these indicators, which include international faculty and international
students. Further, while the rankings look at various subjects, IITs and our
universities will lose points on a specific subject like medicine,” said a
All the five older IITs have slipped in their overall
rankings, IIT Kanpur climbing down the most by 11 places from 36 to 47 this
year. While IIT Guhawati is down from 82 to 89, IIT Kharagpur is down from 48
to 56. IIT Madras is ranked at 45, down by two places from last year and IIT Roorkee
slipped from 56 to 65. Except Delhi University, no other Indian university,
including Mumbai, Pune and Calcutta universities feature in the top 100. All
the four have slipped in their rankings.
Mumbai University, for instance has gone down the ladder steadily,
from 96 in 2010 to 145 in 2011 and 151-160 this year. While Delhi University is
ranked 78, it is down by one point from last year. Calcutta University too has
come down gradually, from 99 in 2010 and 115 in 2011 to 143 this year. The
worst show this year has been put up by Pune University which has been ranked
between 191-200 this year.
Besides the overall rankings that cover several parameters
like research and teaching, internationalization, a publication etc, QS also
ranks the Asian universities by faculty (subjects) and by criterion (like
Among the rankings by criteria, none of the Indian
institutes could bag a slot in the top 200 for “international students” and
“international faculty”. In “faculty-student” too, no Indian institute figures
in the top 100. The Indian institutes have performed comparatively better in
“academic reputation” and “employer reputation”.
For instance, in employer reputation, IIT Bombay is ranked
seventh and IIT Delhi and University of Delhi 16th and 17th respectively. The
other institutes in the top 50 are IIT Madras (22), Mumbai University (25), IIT
Kanpur (28) and Pune University (48). In academic reputation, IIT Bombay (29),
IIT Delhi (37), Delhi University (38) and IIT Madras (49) are among the top 50.
In papers per faculty too, Indian institutes have done well with IIT Delhi
ranking five and IIT Kanpur nine.
[Source: Indian Express]