Only seven of India’s premier educational institutions were featured among the top-400 across the world in a recent survey in what could be seen as a sign that India still has miles to go before globally establishing itself as a major education hub.
The QS World University Rankings 2016 survey that evaluated educational institutes from all over the world on multiple grounds placed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the top. MIT was followed by two other American universities Stanford and Harvard at the second and third positions respectively.
Worth noting, it was the first time when Cambridge failed to make it to the top-3 global universities.
When it comes to the top-200, Indian universities continue to lag far behind the bests in the world. The ranking of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) dropped to 152 from 147 last year whereas Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi dropped six notches to 185 from 179 in 2015.
Other Indian institutions that made it in the top-400 include: Institutes of Technology (IITs) — Bombay (219), Madras (249), Kanpur (302), Kharagpur (313) and Roorkee (399).
The rankings were based on evaluation of 916 universities from 81 countries on four fronts – research, training, employability, and internationalization. Of these 81, institutions from only 33 countries featured in the top-200.
The US dominated the chart with 48 of its institutions in the list, followed by UK (300, the Netherlands (12), Germany (11), Canada and Austria (9), Japan (8), China (7), France, Sweden and Hong Kong (5).
The methodology used for evaluation consisted of six separate indicators: academic reputation (40 per cent), employer reputation (10 per cent), faculty student ratio (20 per cent), citations per faculty (20 per cent), international students (5 per cent), and international faculty (5 per cent).