The Times Now World University Rankings 2016-17 has released the list of top ranking universities across the world. Last year, 800 institutes were ranked in the list; whereas, this year, the number of institutes has gone up to 980. The list brings good news for several Indian institutes as they have made it to the tops list.
There are 31 Indian institutes featured in the list, out of which 19 institutes have appeared in the top 800 list and the remaining 12 have secured places in the 801-980 band. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) has bagged the highest position held by any Indian institute in the world so far. The prestigious institute features in the list of top 201-250 institutes of the world.
"India has four new entries in the top 800," said Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings, to Economic Times. "The country's strong performance is partly thanks to the country recognising the importance of participating in global benchmarking exercises; just last month the government launched a new funding-backed project aimed at catapulting Indian Institutes of Technology to the top of world university rankings," Baty said in a statement.
Rohin Kapoor, director at Deloitte in India, threw light on why the institutes have made it to the top as he said, "The government's focus on improving India's standing in global rankings - and even the introduction of the India-specific rankings - has started to yield results."
Here is the list of 31 Indian institutes featured in the Times Now World University Rankings list for 2016-17:
He also said that going forward, there needs to be discussions between ministries to facilitate free flow of students and faculty.
"Once internationalisation and globalisation begin to take shape, India's rankings will improve significantly. This is one of the critical areas where India is lagging behind," said Rohin Kapoor.