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IIT-B breaks into Top 10 BRICS list at 9th position

PUBLISH DATE 23rd November 2017

Best-Ranked Among All Desi Varsities: QS


The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking of BRICS universities for 2018 brought a mixed bag of news for the country. BRICS stands for the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

For the first time, IITBombay broke into the Top 10 list by bagging the ninth position (overall). IIT-B improved its rank by four positions from last year among institutes in BRICS nations. It was also the best-ranked among Indian universities.

Sadly, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, lost the sixth position it had secured in 2016; it now ranks

10. IISc, though, continues to be among the top institutions among BRICS nations.

Unchanged from 2016, four Indian universities—IITBombay, IISc-Bangalore, IITDelhi at 15 and IIT-Madras at 18—continued to feature among the Top 20.

IIT Bombay’s overall score is 83.6 out of 100. The institute has a score of 98.1in academic reputation, 99.7 in employer reputation, 47.8 in faculty student ratio, 96.9 in staff with PhD, 53.6 in citations per paper, 95.4 in papers per faculty, 15.4 in international faculty and 7.6 in international students—all scores out of a maximum of 100. Among these 10 parameters, employer reputation emerged as the strongest factor for IIT Bombay.

Devang Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay, said, “The ranking is a reflection of the progress being made by the institute in its core areas of work: Teaching and research. I am grateful for the sincere efforts of faculty, staff, students, alumni and well-wishers of the institute”.

In the overall rankings, the top three remained unchanged from the 2017 list—Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University, all from China.

There are 350 universities in the five BRICS countries, of which 79, both government and private, are in India.

Seven Indian universities have made it to the Top 50 list. The highest ranked private Indian university is BITS Pilani at 109, followed by Thapar University at 137 and Symbiosis International University at 144.

The Top 10 public and private Indian universities in the BRICS ranking were felicitated in Delhi by V S Chauhan, chairman, University Grants Commission, on Wednesday.

Speaking on the role of the rankings and their importance, Chauhan said the Centre launched the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2016 to make Indian institutions more competitive. On the relevance of the rankings, Chauhan said, “The role of the rankings, in helping students to get to know the institutions they choose, cannot be negated. But sometimes it is verplayed.”

Adding that there is scope for introducing a similar ranking system in the country, Chauhan said, “The Indian education system has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations that were framed long ago. There is space for providing rankings... We will celebrate that day when of 350 universities in the BRICS rankings, 150 will be Indian institutions.”



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