10 Universities of India made it to the list of the top 100 higher education institutions belonging to the emerging economies of the world.
The Times Higher Education magazine is well known for its definitive educational rankings. For the first time it published top varsities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) along with other 17 developing economies. These rankings were based on the same performance indicators that are also used to mark the annual world university rankings. The testing factors included teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Among all the Indian Universities, Panjab University was the first Indian University positioned at 13th rank jointly along with China's Renmin University. The next Indian varsities on the top 100 annual table were Indian institutes of Technology (IITs) including Kharagpur on rank 30, Kanpur on 34th, Delhi and Roorkee jointly on 37th, Guwahati at 46 and Madras jointly sharing rank 47 with Jadhavpur University.
Aligarh Muslim University stood on 50th position while Jawaharlal Nehru University on 57th. These are the only 2 universities obtaining rank beyond 50.
The analysts included Pakistan but none of the country’s institution made it to the top 100 ranks, same is the case with Indonesia and the Philippines.
Furthermore, Chinese Universities dominated the whole top 100 list followed by Turkey which gave china a stiff competition.
Many Indian IIMs were seen absent from the list upon which Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings told that this has to do with the limited pool of 20 universities who shared their data for specifically this analysis. However, next time they will explode in the lists after Universities from India will embrace the global rankings system.
The rankings reflect India doing better than many BRIC countries’ Universities such as of Russia or Brazil, despite many limitations, Phil added.
Chinese institutions dominated the rankings with Peking and Tsinghua University positioned onrank 1 and 2 respectively. And, the University of Cape Town (South Africa) received third position. Three Universities from Turkey got hold of ranks in top 10 and five in the top 20. Turkey stood just behind China in ruling the top 100 list.
The analyses concluded that the ranking serves a warning to other countries which are a part of BRICS that they need to put in more energy and resources to make their varsities competitive enough in order to refrain from losing out in the global race.
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