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QS World University Rankings 2016: Indian Universities Shine

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016: Delhi University Among Top 20

The QS World University Rankings by Subject for the year 2016-17 will be released today, according to TOI. Delhi University sits in the 18th spot in the category of 'Development Studies', and is the Indian University that has achieved highest ranking.

Though the DU might have dropped a place from last year, Delhi University still ranks among the top 20 institutions for development studies in the 6th edition of the subject focused listings.

However, the Indian Institutes of Technology are the most ranked Indian institutions. The Indian universities occupy 114 places among them, which an increase from the 107 in 2015.

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has been featured 14 times in the rankings for different subjects and about 7 times in the top 100. IIT Bombay is one of the country's best institutions as it feature in 14 subject tables and it is the most successful among the 21 Indian universities ranked in at least 1 subject.

QS World University Rankings 2016 By Subject

Delhi University stands at 18th position for 'Development Studies' while IIT Delhi is in the 45th place in the 'Electrical and Electronics Engineering' list. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru is at the 47th position for 'Materials Science'.

The QS World University Ranking By Subject were based on the expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers along with the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus Elsevier bibliometric database.

However, given QS's decision to continue expanding their rankings and make this year's edition its most inclusive ever, India's share of places as a proportion drops marginally from 1.29% to 1.25%.

Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: "Though the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China, and Sweden can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for performing arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, while our top 100 for mineral engineering recognizes it in 26."

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continue to dominate global rankings, each taking 12 leading positions among 24 subjects.

"The QS World University Rankings by Subject shines a light on the excellence of institutions that cannot be included in the overall world ranking due to their specialist focus," pointed out Dr Karthick Sridhar, vice-chairman, Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence.

He added, "President Pranab Mukherjee, in the capacity of Visitor to central universities, has encouraged the institutions to proactively engage with ranking agencies and provide the required data for global benchmarking initiatives.

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