NEW DELHI:Indian universities made a poorer show at
the QS World University Rankings
, 2021 with majority of the top-ranked institutions dropping in their rankings and just four universities in Top 300 as against six last year.
Though IIT-Bombay retained its position as the top-ranked Indian institution, it too dropped from 152 to 172nd position this year. All the governmentrun institutions accorded with the Institution of Eminence (IoE) tag, slipped down.
Among the top 5 Indian universities — IIT-Bombay, IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur— the IITs at
and Kanpur have fallen out of the Top 300 list.
Delhi University, an IoE, falls out of the Top 500 list. This year, 21 Indian universities are in Top 1000 as against 24 last year. There is no Indian private university in the Top 650 list.
IIT-Delhi Director, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, said, “The character of our institutions is different. Also, it is a marathon we are running, not a 100 metre race.” He said perception-based scores by these agencies are open to a lot of fallacies. “We have all had issues with this.”
“This is a very dicey and non-transparent metric. International reputation needs an altogether different strategy. We need a global campaign for education like we did ‘Incredible India’ for tourism,” said Rao.