By Manasvi Gupta
The QS World University Rankings 2023 were announced by Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher education analyst, on May 8, according to which the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore is the top university in India, at 155th rank, moving up 31 places since last year. IIT Bombay (172th) and IIT Delhi (174th) secured the second and third places, as usual.
Other than these three top Indian institutes, no other Indian varsity found its place among the top 200, and no Indian university made it to the top 150.
This year, 41 Indian institutes were recognised in this highly regarded global university ranking system among the total 1422 universities in the List from across the world, which is up from 35 last year. Also, 7 Indian institutes made their debut in this year’s Rankings.
Among the Indian institutes featured in the global rankings, 12 moved up the table, 12 remained at the same position, while 10 universities fell from their last year’s rankings.
However, all the featured coveted IITs showed an improvement in their standing. IIT Bombay moved up five places from 2022 while IIT Delhi moved up 11 places. Other IITs also got featured among the top 300 this year including IIT Madras (250th), IIT Kanpur (264th), and IIT Kharagpur (270th).
According to the ‘citations per faculty’ (CpF) indicator, which is used to evaluate the impact of research produced by universities when universities are adjusted for faculty size, IISc Bengaluru has emerged as the world’s top research university, achieving a perfect score of 100/100 for this metric.
Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President at QS said, “This edition of the rankings reflects the excellent work that several Indian universities are doing to improve their research footprint, with positive consequences for their reputation on the global stage.”
“Conversely, our dataset also suggests that the Indian higher education sector still struggles to provide adequate teaching capacity. Further expansion of provision – both within universities and across the sector as a whole – will be necessary if India is to continue reaching new heights”, he added.
The QS World University Rankings of 2023 are considered to be the largest yet, as the list includes 1,418 institutions across 100 locations, up from 1,300 last year.
The number one spot was again secured by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the 11th consecutive year. The University of Cambridge rose to second place, while Stanford University retained its third position.