India gets 10 top 100 slots in emerging nations' varsity ranking

India gets 10 top 100 slots in emerging nations' varsity ranking

Indian universities have grabbed 10 of the top 100 slots in the first-ever rankings of higher education institutions from emerging economies across the globe, a list dominated by Chinese varsities.

The Times Higher Education magazine, known for its definitive educational rankings, published the world's first ranking for universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and 17 other emerging economies.

Pakistan was included in the analysis, but none of its institutions make the tables.
Indian representation is led by Panjab University, which comes in joint 13th with China's Renmin University.

The alma mater of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is followed by Indian institutes of Technology (IITs) including Kharagpur (30th), Kanpur (34th), Delhi and Roorkee (joint 37th), Guwahati (46) and Madras, which shares 47th place with Jadavpur University.
Aligarh Muslim University (50th) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (57th) are those included beyond the top 50.

"This is a strong showing for India and despite limitations it has done much better than many major BRIC countries like Russia and Brazil. This table should offer encouragement – it highlights the nation's real strengths in competition with countries that offer fair comparisons," said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings.

In reference to some of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) missing from the list, he added: "Much of it is to do with a limited pool of 20 universities that shared their data for this particular analysis. We are expecting an explosion in time for next year's rankings as more and more Indian universities embrace the global rankings system."

India remains conspicuously absent from the top 10, which is largely dominated by Chinese institutions with Peking and Tsinghua University coming in at No 1 and 2.

In total, China has six top 20, 15 top 50 and 23 top 100 institutions, earning it the tag of being the number one country in the overall analysis for emerging economies.

"China has always put having globally competitive universities on the top of its agenda and hand-picked a small top tier that was groomed to be world class. India was focused on the massive demand for places, and rightly so, but it is now entering an era where the focus will be more on global standards and quality," explained Baty.

"A country of India's enormous size, growing wealth and immensely rich intellectual history should aspire to more and Times Higher Education looks forward to continuing its valuable discussions with sector leaders and government ministers in helping Indian institutions to benchmark and monitor their progress against our trusted, independent global standards," he added.

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