In the World University Ranking 2020, compiled by UK-based Times Higher Education (THE), none of Indian Institutions featured in the top 300 rankings, for the very first time since 2012.
Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, the number one Indian institute’s ranking dropped 50 places—from the 251-300 ranking cohort in the previous year to the 301-350 grouping.
Followings IISc, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar featured in the same grouping with IIT Indore in the ranking group of 351 to 400. Both IIT institutes are second-generation as they are built after 2008-2009 and left behind older IITs and other top schools including those in Mumbai and Delhi, essentially because of their high score in research citations
As none none of the top Indian schools finding a space in the top 300, leave alone in the top 200, the ranking comes as a setback for Indian higher education in a time when it is trying to improve its global presence. The Union government is trying to form a structured programme and has shortlisted 20 universities as institutions of eminence to improve their global positions in all parameters.
THE rankings editor, Ellie Bothwell , said,“India has a huge amount of potential in global higher education, given its rapidly growing youth population and economy and use of English-language instruction. However, it is disappointing to see the country fall out of the top 300 of the rankings this year, with only a small number of institutions registering progress. The Indian government has strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment – or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia.”
THE explained the fall in the ranking of IISc , “due to a significant fall in its (research) citation impact score offsetting improvements in research environment, teaching environment and industry income.”
In Asia, China dominates the ranking list with 24 of its universities appearing among the top 200.
However, the solace for India is its 56 Indian universities appearing in the group of 1,300 institutions, up from 49 last year, resulting India to hold on to its place as the fifth most-represented nation in the world and the third most-represented in Asia .