The British headquartered think tank released India’s first ever QS University rankings this year with the list being topped by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay, and dominated by IITs from all over India.
The Quacquarelli Symonds – better known as QS is a UK based company that ranks educational institutes including public universities, private universities and higher education institutions or deemed universities through QS worldwide rankings. To quality check universities regionally, the first ever region wise QS University ranking was released for India and 75 premiere privately owned institutes of the country were placed in the QS India ranking 2019. While IIT Bombay was the highest scorer, followed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore on second and IIT Madras on third.
The IITs dominated the elite positions with IITs Delhi (4) Kharagpur (5), Kanpur (6), Roorkee (9) and Guwahati (10) grabbing seven of the top 10 slots. While the IITs may have retained the most top positions in the QS list this year, University of Hyderabad and University of Delhi have been placed in 7th and 8th ranks respectively, ahead of the IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati. The purpose of listing the Indian educational institutions is to evaluate them through independent and international lenses of the recognised and trusted international body.
Besides ranking various universities, the QS report also researched on these institutions and revealed that productivity is increasing in Indian education, especially in these premiere institutes – hence, attracting more international recognition. However, to equivalent to the international standards of quality colleges and universities, the Indian institutes need to intensify regional and global collaborations and provide better employment opportunities to students.