Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Harvard, MIT among top world varsity rankings; Indian institutions lag

Harvard leads the pack of top 100 institutions in the 2013 World Reputation Rankings by Times Higher Education Magazine. No Indian university has made it to the list. But if the rankings were to list the top 200, IISc Bangalore, would be 130th. IIT-Bombay would be in 192nd place.

The other three BRIC nations, Brazil, Russia and China, are on the list, though. The rankings are based on the largest worldwide invitation-only survey of academic opinion, with the 2013 results culled out of 16,639 responses from senior published academics.

Indian Scene
In its latest World Reputation Rankings for 2013, Times Higher Education magazine, (THE) UK, for the first time, has released an India top-10 list. According to THE India Reputation Rankings, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is in the first position, followed by IIT-Bombay, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Delhi respectively. The University of Delhi takes the sixth place — the first full-fledged university on the list.

The reputation rankings, a spin-off of the annual THE World University Rankings, are based on subjective, but expert judgement of senior, published academics. As to why an India-specific ranking, Phil Baty, editor, THE Rankings, in an exclusive interview to The Times of India, says that the world of higher education is interested in the country's development, and its huge potential, and there is a strong demand from within India for data, which helps people to map the rapidly changing higher education landscape. IIT-Madras (7), IIT-Kharagpur (8), Aligarh Muslim University (9) and University of Hyderabad (10) are the other names, which feature in the list.

However, globally, not a single Indian institution has made it to the top 100 of the 'World Reputation Rankings 2013.' While Harvard University tops the list, it is followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.

THE revealed that if the rankings were to list more than top-100, IISc, Bangalore would be 130th, IIT-Bombay in the 192nd place, with all other Indian institutions falling outside the global top-200.

How is India faring vis-a-vis the global education market? Baty points out that India needs to improve research capacity in universities, with better co-ordination of university research and industrial research, besides addressing the issue of low spending per student."As a country with a rapidly growing economy and a fine tradition of scholarship, it is a cause for concern that India does not have institutions that are sufficiently highly regarded by international scholars that they feature among the global top 100," said Phil Baty, editor, Times Higher Education Rankings, in a statement.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 powered by Thomson Reuters are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

For the full rankings, visit www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings.

Source: The Economic Times & The Times of India, March 5, 2013

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