India not properly represented in the 2021 ranking: THE
A record 63 Indian institutes listed in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 world rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore is listed in the 301-350 ranking and IIT Ropar is in the 351-400 ranking. The seven older IITs in Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras, Kanpur and Roorkee boycotted the rankings last year.

“We were able to add an unprecedented number of Indian institutions to the rankings by 2021, making India one of the countries where more institutions are willing to participate. However, it is unfortunate that India’s performance could and should have been even better, as India was unfortunately not properly represented in the 2021 ranking and a small minority of institutions chose not to participate, ”said Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge THE officer, tells the Education Times.

No institute from India made it into the top 300. Baty highlights the reasons for the bad ranks: “The greatest challenges for Indian universities compared to the best universities in the world are the quality of the research base, internationalization and, above all, funding. It is clear that Indian universities are relatively poorly funded compared to global competitors. ”

By including 63 Indian institutes in this year’s ranking, they are more visible on a global level. It opens doors for partnership and cooperation opportunities as well as an international profile and reputation.

“Indian universities are opening up to international research and analysis, ready to share data and be compared with the best universities in the world to ensure they have the data and knowledge to make further progress in the world rankings. This is healthy and critical to success in a highly globalized knowledge-based economy, ”he adds.

The data shows that the Indian higher education system has improved across several metrics, particularly the most important metric in the ranking – the impact of citations.

“The research productivity of Indian scientists and the quality of research have also improved compared to the rest of the world. This combination of larger quantity and higher quality coupled with the first signs of higher funding compared to competitors is a good sign for the future strengthening of the Indian university system, ”added Baty.


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