Quacquarelli Symonds (QI) World University Rankings 

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The latest edition (17th) of QS World University Rankings was released recently. At least 10 institutions of eminence marked by the Government of India have slipped in rankings this time. 

  • Among the IoEs that have fallen in rank over the past 12 months are IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IISc-Bangalore, Delhi University, Hyderabad Central University, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS-Pilani), Anna University and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). 
  • Overall, 21 Indian universities and institutes have found a place this year among the world’s top 1,000, as opposed to 25 last year. 
  • IIT-Bombay retains its status as country’s top university, followed by IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Guwahati, Delhi University and IIT-Hyderabad. 
  • Of the 21, 14 have fallen in rank and only four – IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Hyderabad, OP Jindal University, and Savitribai Phule Pune University – have improved their position. 
  • Globally, MIT is the number one university, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. 

Why Indian institutions are ranked low? 

  • The ranking agency attributes the “regressive performance” of Indian institutions to low levels of internationalisation and faculty-student ratio. 

About QS World University Rankings  

  • Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a leading global career and education network for ambitious professionals looking to further their personal and professional development. 
  • QS develops and successfully implements methods of comparative data collection and analysis used to highlight institutions’ strengths. 
  • The ‘QS World University Rankings’ is an annual publication of university rankings which comprises the global overall and subject rankings. 
  • Six parameters and their weightage for the evaluation – Academic Reputation (40%); Employer Reputation (10%); Faculty/Student Ratio (20%); Citations per faculty (20%); International Faculty Ratio (5%), and International Student Ratio (5%). 
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