Raising the bar: 10 Indian universities in Asia’s top 100

panjab-varsityWith 10 Indian universities figuring in Asia’s top 100, India has raised the bar significantly this year in the ranking list released by Times Higher Education on June 18. Last year’s list saw India securing merely three positions on the list. Applauding India’s performance in the ranking this year, Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education, said: “The country’s increased engagement with the international agenda, particularly its decision to embrace global performance benchmarks and Times Higher Education’s rankings, has dramatically improved its representation among Asia’s top 100 universities.”

Pointing to a majority government at the helm in India, Baty sounded upbeat about further decisive action in the higher education sphere. He also underlined the need to cut through the red tape that “has entrammelled previous initiatives.”

The ranking system is based on several performance indicators, which include learning environment provided by a university for its students, volume and reputation of the research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

iit-kharagWhile Japan has maintained its supremacy by claiming the first position in the top 100, China is following closely by securing 18 positions for its universities on the list, two of which occupy the fifth and sixth positions among top 10. With 14 universities figuring in the ranking, South Korea comes third followed by Taiwan which has secured 13 positions this year (down from 17 in 2013).

India makes its first appearance in the top 50 list, with Panjab University perched on the 32nd position. Six Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) follow closely along with Jadavpur University (76th), Aligarh Muslim University (80th) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (90th).

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