Mumbai: The performance of Indian universities have slipped in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 as compared to last year, with not a single Indian institute finding a place in the top 250. Thirty Indian institutes have secured their place as compared to 31 last year in the top 1000 institutes’ rankings.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, country’s top-ranking institute has also dropped to the 251-300 band from the 201-250 band it had climbed up to last year.
The country has 17 institutes in the top 800, two less than last year.
Besides IISc, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay also figures in the top 400. IIT Bombay remains in the same 351-400 band as last year.
Four institutes feature in the 501-600 band including IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee.
Among the Indian universities, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) topped the rank followed by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Delhi (DU), Jadavpur University, Panjab University, and Savitribai Phule Pune University and Tezpur University. They all are among 601-800 band.
Jamia Milia Islamia, Amrita University, Andhra University, Osmania University, Annamalai University, BITS Pilani, University of Calcutta, Cochin University of Science and Technology, University of Kerala, Pondicherry University, Sri Venkateswara University, Thapar University and VIT University are among those in the 801-1000 band.
AMU has been ranked number seven among Indian Higher Educational Institutions, which includes the various Indian Institute of Technology and India Institute of Sciences. AMU has consistently maintained its ranking of 601-800 slot of the Times Higher Education achieving the number one position from number two last year.
In a statement, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the university is proud to claim the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. He said rankings suggest that AMU is one of the most prestigious universities with very high entry standards. AMU attracts very students from all over the country and the world.
On the other hand, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has for the first time made it to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018. The university has been ranked under the slot 801-1000. JMI stands at 18th position among Indian institutes.
JMI Vice Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad expressed his happiness over the high ranking that JMI. He said that this was the first time that the university has made it among the top 1000 institutions worldwide which reflect JMI’s growing international presence and outreach besides the university’s impetus on high-quality research, publications, and teaching. “JMI hopes to improve upon its performance for higher ranking in future,” Prof Ahmad added.