The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay are among the world’s top 200 institutions for engineering and computer science in Times Higher Education subject-wise rankings with the rank 89th for IISc and IIT Bombay is in the 126- 150 category, globally. Other premium Indian institutes like IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur had a big miss in and are placed in the 201-250 category, in the respective order, and IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee are in the 251 – 300 category. 500 institutions worldwide were listed by Times Higher Education on performance parameters such as industry income, international outlook, teaching and research.
The educational institutions that are leading in electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and general engineering courses are listed in the list. IIT Guwahati was among institutes in the 301 – 400 ranking and Jadavpur University, NIT Rourkela and Tezpur University were placed in the 401 – 500 ranks.
The Stanford University is number one followed by California Institute of Technology, Oxford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. India has a total of eleven institutions in the rankings while China sprang the surprise as it has 35 institutions which is more than any other country in Asia. China’s Peking University and National University of Singapore are among the top ten universities and are the top performers from Asia. Tsinghua and Peking universities of China are ranked better than Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and even the Imperial College London.
These rankings are the showcase of the performance of Indian institutions in comparison with the other world known institutions. It ignores any institution that does not have enough undergraduates. Thus, institutions such as IIMs, ISB and IISERs are out of contention. As the top institutions in the UK and US are over a century old. They have an accumulated benefit of centuries of wisdom, alumni, infrastructure and international reputation whereas India’s top institutions are only decades old. We can hope that we’ll see more Indian institutions among the top 200 in the list in the coming years.