The latest list of top universities across the globe is out and most of the Indian universities have stepped down from their previous rankings. The QS World University Rankings 2016-17 has included universities from US and Asian countries at the top ranks, whereas Indian institutions have lost their previous rankings due to the following reasons stated by Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS - "This year's rankings imply that levels of investment are determining who progresses and who regresses."
Ben further added, "Institutions in countries that provide high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or from the public purse, are rising. On the other hand, some Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending are losing ground to their US and Asian counterparts."
Why are the Indian institutions losing their ground?
Apart from the reasons mentioned above, there are some more factors that are not in favour of Indian institutions leading them to lose their previous rankings.
According to the QS research team, "India's relatively low numbers of PhD-qualified researchers have an impact on the research productivity and impact on India's universities.
This problem is worsened by India hiring and attracting fewer PhD-qualified researchers from abroad; in fact, no Indian institution ranks above 700th for QS's international faculty ratio metric."
Here is the list of Indian universities mentioned in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17