Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ten Indian universities including six IITs, AMU, JNU in Asia's top 100

India has dramatically improved its standing in the Times Higher Education Asia University 2014 rankings with 10 universities in the top 100 compared to just three last year. Panjab University tops the Indian list at joint 32nd position. Six of India's representatives are IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology), but the list also includes Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Japan aces the list in the rankings with 20 representatives in the top 100, though China is a close second with 18 institutes. South Korea is in the third spot with 14 universities while Taiwan falls to the fourth place from last year's second with 13 representatives.

India, however, is the clear winner in terms of improvement in rankings, a phenomenon attributed to Indian academic circles' growing engagement with the rankings process. Panjab University, which took top spot among Indian universities in Times Higher Education 2013-14 World University Rankings, has made its debut in the Asia rankings at the first place in India (joint 32nd on the list).

The alma mater of former PM Manmohan Singh is followed by IIT-Kharagpur (45th), IIT-Kanpur (55th), IIT-Delhi and IIT-Roorkee at joint 59th, IIT-Guwahati (74th) and IIT-Madras and Jadavpur University (joint 76th). Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University bring up the rear at 80th and 90th spots respectively.

"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. A drive to introduce systematic quality assurance and accreditation for the country's huge range of higher education institutions, plus plans to boost university research, should push it even further.

And the election of a majority government raises the prospect of further decisive action in the higher education sphere, cutting through the red tape that has untrammeled previous initiatives," said Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings in a release.

Overall, five countries or regions are represented in the top 10: Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and China. The University of Tokyo is Asia's number one.

Source: The Economic Times, June 19, 2014

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