IISc makes it to Asia's top 100 universities

IISc makes it to Asia's top 100 universities

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc),Bangalore, makes it to the Times Higher Education ranking of top 100 universities in Asia and secured 37th position in the list.

This is the first time that the elite institute has figured in the list since the Times Higher Education came up with its first Asia University ranking list for 2012-13.

Other institutions of India including four Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have fallen down from its previous positions in the ranking announced for the year 2014-15 at Shanghai in China and uploaded on the ranking body’s website.

A total of nine Indian higher educational institutions including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have found place in the list of top 100 in Asia. Last year, ten institutions had made it to the list.

“India’s progress has faltered. It has nine top 100 universities, one less than last year,” Times Higher Education said in a statement.

Jadhavpur University of Kolkata, which was ranked 76 last year, failed to find a place in the list this year. IIT Kanpur as well as IIT Guwahati, which were ranked 55 and 74 respectively last year, too could not make it to the list.

The Times Higher Education ranking indicates a consistent decline in the performance of IIT-Khargapur. The institute, which held the 30th position in the list of top 100 Asian universities in 2013, was placed at 45 last year and 69 this year.

The position of IIT Bombay, which was 33 in the 2013 list, came down to 57 this year. However, IIT Delhi and IIT Madras climbed down to 65th and 78th position this year from 59 and 76 rank respectively last year.

The report, however, indicates a minor improvement in the performance of IIT Roorkee as the institute was placed at 55th position this year from 59 last year. No other IITs could make it to the list.

The JNU’s position slid down to 96 from 90 last year while the AMU went down to the 90th position from 80 last year.

Japan’s University of Tokyo once again was announced the best university in Asia this year, with the international ranking body placing it at the top for the third consecutive year.

The Chinese higher educational institutions made significant strides this year. As many as 21 of them made it to the list of top 100 universities in Asia while Japan had only 10 of its institutions in the list.

The Time Higher Education measures performance of the institutions and ranks them on the basis of five group indicators — teaching and learning environment; research, citations and their influence, international outlook and industry income through innovation.

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