Just like every year, the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) conducted a poll that judges the world’s best universities and ranks them in their order of performance. This year they released the World University Rankings 2021, which was released on Wednesday, where two Indian universities made a rank. As much as this is a matter of pride for fellow Indians in the country and the world alike, it is a little disheartening to see that out of 63 applications from Indian Universities at this survey to be ranked on a global scale, only two had managed to make it to the list. The number of university applications this time is a record for India because it is 14 more universities than that of last year. The two Indian universities that made on the global rank are the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) located in Bengaluru and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Ropar. While IISc has been placed in the 301-350 groupings, IIT-Ropar arrived at a 351-400 section.
The previous World University Ranking, India brought home 3 global positions for 3 of her universities. Along with the two that made it this year, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) from Indore lost its spot within the top 400 universities in the global ranking and has plummeted into the 401-500 category. Currently, India has 15 universities within the 600-800 grouping on the global map. Universities who have secured the top 200 rankings receive ranks of their own and anyone beyond these are placed into cohorts.
Interestingly, however, India’s top seven Indian Institute of Technology or IITs have boycotted THE, this year doubting the transparency of the evaluation. In their absence, younger IITs, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IISERs), King George Medical College made it in the bracket of 601-800 rankings.
“We believe that the older IITs non-participation is detrimental to India’s position on the world’s higher education stage at a time where the government’s New Education Policy is being launched and the country clearly looks to internationalize as many of its local neighbors in Asia have already successfully done,” Times Higher Education(THE) said.
Over 1,500 universities from 93 countries were evaluated, and Oxford University, UK followed by Stanford University and Harvard University were placed in the top 3. Chinese University, Tsinghua University, was the best in the continent with a rank of 20.
THE further added that out of the 49 universities that were evaluated from India this time and earlier, “19 dropped in terms of the raw overall score, while 29 improved.” It is in their opinion that India’s new education policy and their strive to internationalize their education system could boost their performance because currently, Indian universities are generally lacking in their international outlook and their low citation impacts of their research papers.