"JNU enters top 1000 global universities ranking"
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has entered the top 1,000 of the QS World University rankings for the first time, as its new undergraduate engineering programme now makes it eligible for the rating. It debuted at the 561-570 ranking band in the rankings, which only rate the institutions who are offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Overall, there are 22 Indian institutions in the top 1,000 list compared to 21 last year, with the IITs in Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras making major strides in rankings.
However, some institutions are still worried that the rankings do not accurately reflect the quality of education in India, as they are largely dependent on international view factors.
IIT Bombay maintained its position as the top Indian institution for the fourth consecutive year, However, it fell five places in the global rankings to the joint 177th position. IIT Delhi securing 185th rank overtook the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore secured 186th rank, giving India three institutions in the world’s top 100. IISc was also declared the world’s top research institution by the indicator of most citations per faculty member, when adjusted for faculty size.
The citations per faculty metric were also key to this 75 rank jump by IIT Guwahati and the 73 rank jump by IIT Kanpur, according to QS regional director Ashwin. The two institutions also improved their academic and employer reputation scores respectively, he told.
However, one IIT director, who anonymously alleged that this year’s improvement in scores was simply a manipulation of numbers by the rankings agency, driven by commercial pressures. Of the 35 Indian institutions in the rankings, 20 have improved on academic reputation this year.