IITs slide down in QS University Rankings

March 16, 2018 · news

India’s IITs continue to produce impactful engineering research but are continuing to slide down global university rankings, it has emerged. According to the eighth edition of the QS World University Rankings by subject, India’s IITs are ranked 80 times across the 48 subject tables.
Their rank drops 25 times, while it only improves five times. If IISc Bangalore is included in this group, the ratio of drops to improvements deteriorates to 33:5.

Ben Sowter Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit while talking to Education Times said, “India is the land of diligent students, however the thrust should be on offering in depth knowledge. Emphasising on research and entrepreneurship should be the main focus of all the universities and colleges.”

However, there are some successes for Indian higher education institutions. University of Delhi has been ranked 17th for the study of Development Studies; India has two of the world’s major 50 schools for the study of Mining Engineering. The Indian School of Mines ranks 29th, while Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has earned 40th position. Nonetheless, both institutions have dropped five places year-on-year. The average Citations per Faculty (QS’s measure of a department’s research impact) score achieved by India’s ten ranked Electrical Engineering departments is 83.37. All but the University of Delhi score above 75/100, indicating a particular research strength in this area.

According to the overall picture, India’s strongest research institution is IITRoorkee, whose eight departments have achieved an average Citations per Faculty (CPF) score of 80.9/100. This is a shade better than that achieved by IISc Bangalore, whose 12 ranked departments score is 79.09/100 for CPF.

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