Thursday, June 11, 2015

Only 9 Indian universities make it to Times Asia rankings 2015

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore upstaged Panjab University as India's number one university, while IISc and IIT-Bombay, were the two new entrants in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education University Asia Rankings 2015, released on Wednesday.

However, there is cause for concern as this year only nine Indian universities made it to the top 100, down from 10, whereas IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Kanpur and Jadavpur University, which made it to the top 100 comfortably last year-have exited the rankings altogether this time. Meanwhile, China has overtaken Japan as the Asian power house in education, but Japan's University of Tokyo is still in the numero uno position.

IISc-Bangalore entered the table at 37th, one place ahead of last year's leader, Panjab University, whose rank fell from 32. Five IITs, led by IIT-Roorkee (joint 55th) formed the lion's share of the country's representation, although Aligarh Muslim University (90th) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (96th) too made it to the top 100.

Phil Baty, editor of The Times Higher Education Rankings, said, "It is cause for concern that India has lost ground in the league table. Most of last year's representatives have fallen down the list. With India's major chunk of population under 25 years of age, it is more crucial than ever for India to invest in research and strengthen its academic links with other nations. "

The Asia rankings use 13 performance indicators to examine each university's strengths against its core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Besides seeding its position to China, many of Japan's representatives have lost ground, with only 19 universities in the list, down from 20 last year and 22 in 2013.

China now has 21 representatives in the top 100, going past Japan for the first time, with three of its universities as new entrants. Last year China had 18 universities and 15 in 2013. Both Peking University (fourth) and Tsinghua University (fifth) have moved up a place.

Hong Kong University managed to retain its third place and had a strong presence from the Chinese special administrative region, with all six of its universities in the top 50. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology rose from ninth to seventh, while the Chinese University of Hong Kong stood at 13th.

"The world expects Asia to be the next global higher education superpower after Europe and North America. Times Higher Education data shows many of the continent's leading universities competing on equal terms with the best in the West," said Baty.

Source: The Times of India, June 11, 2015
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