Twelve Indian universities ranked in top-100 list


In the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, as many as 12 Indian universities have achieved a spot in top-100 in their subject. In total, 25 Indian programmes achieve top-100 positions – one fewer than in 2020 edition of the tables. The 2021 edition compares institutes’ independent data on the performance of 253 programs at 52 Indian higher education institutions, across 51 academic disciplines. Two Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) achieved top-50 ranks for Mineral and Mining Engineering: IIT Bombay (41) and IIT Kharagpur (44). IISc Bangalore retains top-100 ranks for Materials Science (78) and Chemistry (93). IIT Delhi is ranked in 13 subject tables. It achieves top-100 ranks in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (54), Computer Science (70), and Mechanical Engineering (79). Of the ten private universities selected as IoEs, six institutions have made it to the subject rankings. The OP Jindal Global University has entered the global top-100 for Law (76). The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) has entered the rankings for Pharmacy & Pharmacology, placing in the 151-200 band. It has also entered the rankings for Mathematics (451-500 band) and Business & Management Studies (451-500 band). While Jamia Hamdard has entered the top-150 for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (101-150), the Manipal Academy of Higher Education has entered the top-200 for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (151-200). The Vellore Institute of Technology has broken into the top 300 for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (251-300 band). As many as six Indian universities are featured in QS’s Environmental Sciences ranking, with IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur (151-200) attaining top-200 positions and IIT Guwahati is newly-ranked this year (401-250 band). IIT Kharagpur’s performance in this discipline has improved over the past year, having risen from the 201-250 band. Ben Sowter, senior vice president of professional services at QS, said, “One of the biggest challenges faced by India is providing high-quality tertiary education in the face of exploding demand. It should therefore be a small cause for concern that the number of Indian programmes featuring across 51 subject rankings has actually decreased over the last year – from 235 to 233. While this is a minor decrease, it is indicative of the fact that expanding provision in a way that does not sacrifice quality remains a highly challenging task.”