IIT-B, IIT-D, IISc among world’s best institutes

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MUMBAI: The premier IIT-Bombay entered the big league of institutes globally by bagging the 179th position in the QS World Rankings released on Thursday. The premier institute jumped 40 positions, from 219th rank last year, to join IIT-Delhiand the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in the elite club of top 200 universities. IIT-Delhi and IISc-Bangalore were among the top 200 since the last two years. While IIT-Delhi (172nd) moved up a few notches this year to be the top institute in the country, beating IISc (190th), which is placed third, IIT-Bombay, held second position.

IIT-Bombay has made an improvement on all the three of the four parameters, taking the overall score to 49.7, from last year’s 44.6. The institute’s score in academic reputation progressed from 45.7 last year to 62.3 now. The faculty-student ratio also got 32.1 points over last year’s 25, and the citations per faculty increased from 48.5 to 50.8. The employer-reputation, however, dropped from 79.1 to 77.9, but is also one of the highest contributors to the institute’s higher rank.

Institute director Devang Khakhar said they have done well in almost all parameters. “We started off at a low pace in the QS rankings and have gradually gone up. The research has improved and our faculty numbers have gone up too. There are more international students on the campus and the numbers will gradually increase, and hopefully, we will do better than this year’s performance,” said Khakhar.

Among universities, Delhi University is among the top 500 in the world rankings. Mumbai and Pune universities, ranked above 700 last year, fell between the range of 801-1,000 this year.

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