The IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) overpowered the first-ever standalone ranking of India’s higher education institutions released by QS Quacquarelli Symonds (a UK-headquartered think tank known for publishing the QS World University Rankings) this week. QS Quacquarelli Symonds portrays itself as a global HE (higher education) think tank that is responsible for the world’s most-consulted world university rankings. Its first-ever Indian edition of the rankings is intended to offer an independent analysis of the performance of various Indian institutions.

Indian Institute Of Technology-Bombay surpasses the ‘QS India University Rankings,’ with Indian Institute Of Technology Madras bagging the 3rd position, followed by Delhi at number 4, Kharagpur 5, Kanpur 6, Roorkee 9 and Guwahati 10 seizing seven of the top 10 spots. The rankings included Private Universities, Public Universities as well as various other HE Institutions or Deemed Universities. Single level institutions are also known as Single faculty specialist institutions (e.g., teaching principally at post-graduate level) were not included.

(IIS) Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, the preeminent academy for advanced education as well as research in the sciences and engineering, has managed to latch on to the second spot followed by the University of Hyderabad and University of Delhi among the others making a top-10 mark at seventh and eighth positions respectively in the list as announced by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

As per the analysis, almost 20 Indian institutions received full marks in the “Staff with Ph.D.” category; the indicator was designed solely to identify the extent to which institutions are reaping the benefits a highly-qualified faculty body. As per the research productivity indicator, nine institutions have achieved an astounding score between 98.4 and 100.

Indian Institute Of Technology Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur as well as the University of Delhi enjoy “outstanding regard” among the nearly 43,000 international employers surveyed, while Indian Institute Of Technology Bombay, IIT Delhi and the Indian Institute Of Science Bangalore were among the most voted by 83,000+ international academics polled.

“This initial list, was based on the same parameters as of its parent BRICS rankings, assess the Indian institutions through independent and international lenses,” said the Research Director of QS, Ben Sowter.

He also stated that the outcomes reveal that research capacity and output at leading Indian institutions is increasing and the effect of such research is gradually on the rise. They also relish a significant impact on employers, but on the other hand, they gain less recognition with their international academic peers, perhaps there is a dire need to intensify regional and global collaborations.

Even though Indian Institute Of Technologies are offering the best educational environment in our country, they still have a long way to go when compared with other top-notch global universities. As per the QS World University Ranking released earlier this year, in June, no Indian university could manage to secure a decent position in the top 100 best universities. Multiple American and European universities overshadowed the list. Two Indian institutes, i.e. Indian Institute Of Technology -Bombay, and Delhi, however, were able to secure a place in the top 200 institutions in the country.