Indian Universities Perform Poor in the QS World University Rankings

As per the 2011 ‘Top 200 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings’ not even a single Indian university has made in to the top 200 world’s best universities. And only one university (IIT-Mumbai, ranked 225) is among the top 300 World University Rankings.

IIT-Mumbai (IIT-M) was ranked 187 last year and is dropped by 38 places to the rank 225 this year. The other Indian universities IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras too have seen a drop in their ranks from 202 and 262 in 2010 to 218 and 281 in 2011 respectively.

Among the QS Asian University rankings 2011, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras, IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kharagpur have fared well. IIT-Kanpur ranking 36 (ranked 37 last year), became the top Indian university in this rankings. The rankings of Indian universities in Asia are as follows:

University 2011 2010
IIT-Kanpur 36 37
IIT-Delhi 37 39
IIT-Bombay 38 36

Other universities, IIT-Madras and IIT Khargapur were also ranked among the top 50 Asian universities. Other institutes like University of Calcutta, University of Pune, University of Delhi and University of Mumbai slipped in their rankings, while University of Hyderabad has not made in to the list this year.

Among the technical subject rankings by QS, the IIT-Delhi is ranked 30 in the category of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. It also occupied 40th, 41st and 43rd places (highest among Indian universities) in the categories of mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; and computer science engineering.

Among the QS World University Rankings, few of the top Indian technical institutes featured are IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Roorkee and Indian Institute of Science (IISC).

Further, the Top 5 QS World University rankings for 2011 are,

University 2011 2010
University of Cambridge 1 1
Harvard University 2 2
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 3 5
Yale University 4 3
University of Oxford 5 6

And coming to the top Asian countries which contributed maximum number of universities to the QS top 200 world rankings are Japan, China, South Korea, etc. among others. Japan topped the list and the National University of Singapore (NUS) retained its top 3 position among the Asian Universities in the world.

Best represented Asian countries among the top 200 rankings are:


Number of Institutes in the top 200 world rankings





South Korea












Hong Kong


Overall, it can be concluded that all our top universities have to take their education standards to still more higher levels to compete with the world class universities.

Source: Economic Times

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