Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation in association with QS Quacquarelli Symonds organised the unveiling of the ‘QS University Rankings: Asia 2014’ at the ‘Rankings & Excellence Dialogue’, an event supported by British Council, KPMG, FICCI, ThoughtWorks and Cambridge English. 

The first copy of the rankings was presented to the Honourable President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan by a delegation from QS, ICAA, British Council, FICCI and KPMG. The delegation took the opportunity to appraise the President on the position of some of India's key Universities in the Global Rankings and the challenges in scaling up.

Growing interest in international rankings is reflected in a sharp increase in the number of Indian institutions featuring in the new Asian Universities Ranking published by QS: 17 compared with only 11 last year. The overall rankings will be unveiled for the first time at a launch event in India.

India is still waiting for a breakthrough at the top of the rankings, with the latest table showing a marginal decline in the positions occupied by most of the country’s leading institutions. But an increase of more than 50 per cent in India’s overall representation offers hopeful signs for the future.

As in the previous editions of the ranking, the Indian Institutes of Technology lead the way. IIT Delhi holds on to 38th place, pulling clear of IIT Bombay in 41st. 

Five other IITs feature in the top 100, led by Kanpur and Madras just outside the top 50.

“The IITs have a great reputation among graduate employers, and now produce a relatively high volume of research, but it is not yet having a significant impact in terms of citations,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “India’s improved strength in depth is a sign of progress, but there is a long way to go before the IITs can compete with the very best institutions in Asia. India’s tally of 2 institutions in the top 50 places it behind Japan (13), China (9), South Korea (9), Hong Kong (6) and Taiwan (6), and level with Singapore and Thailand”.

Amongst traditional universities, University of Delhi takes the lead at 81, having slipped one place since last year. It is ranked in the top 25 in Asia by employers and the top 40 by academics, but is handicapped in some other indicators by its large size and low levels of international faculty and student exchange which brings down its overall ranking.  Only the University of Calcutta ranks highly on students’ exchanges, coming second in Asia for outbound exchanges and 52nd for inbound. 

Top 10 Indian universities in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2014 

2014 (RANK) 2013 (RANK) INSTITUTION
     
38 38 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI (IITD)
41 39 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI (IITB)
52 51 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KANPUR (IITK)
53 49 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS (IITM)
60 58 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KHARAGPUR (IITKGP)
70 66 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROORKEE (IITR)
81= 80 UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
95 89 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI (IITG)
131= 143 UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA
131= 140 UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
     

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2014 

 

To view all the 17 Indian universities in the rankings visit this website

 

At the ICAA Rankings & Excellence Dialogue, MHRD Secretary Ashok Thakur said that India must create 40 million university places to meet demand. “We can’t afford to miss out on India’s demographic dividend,” he said. “But it’s not just about numbers, it’s about quality.” Mr Thakur has said that Indian institutions must no longer hide behind the “excuse” that the global ranking metrics and indicators are not suited to them. “We must play the same game that the rest of the world is playing,” he said. 

 “The quality of Indian universities - particularly the top 20 per cent - is underestimated by international rankings for very many reasons,” Mr Mohandas Pai, Chairman, ICAA says. “Sadly, Indian Universities do not seem to consider international rankings important and many do not even attempt to consolidate and share in the public domain full and up-to-date information about their performance or their functioning. The availability of information is therefore a challenge for a ranking organisation.”  

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India, said: “University rankings are playing an increasingly important role in shaping university reputation, student choices, and capacity to attract faculty. India is acknowledged across the world for its academic prowess but there is a need to reflect this in global rankings. Leading universities in India need to project themselves as world-class institutions The British Council is delighted to partner with Quacquarelli Symonds and ICAA to bring about ‘The Rankings and Excellence Dialogue’ - a unique initiative to help Indian institutions manage the ranking environment and perform better.” 

Dr Karthick Sridhar, ICAA’s Vice-Chairman, said: “India is expected to be a $10 trillion economy by 2030, from the present $2 trillion. It will also be the most populous nation with over 130 million people in the college-going age bracket, so we need different higher educational institutions to cater to the varying needs of industry and personal aspirations. We need to define the goal of each institution and measure outcomes and impact based on the goal. It is necessary that the better ones focus more on research, attract global talent and aspire for higher rankings and continue to shine a light of excellence on the global scale. Pro-Active participation in Global Rankings is therefore a necessity” he says. 

“The government should care about international rankings so that the perception about Indian universities changes for the better.” "The single most imperative goal ICAA aims to achieve by 2025 is to witness the entry of at least five of our elite universities in the Top 200 World University Rankings" said Mr A Jeyaprakash, Vice Chairman, ICAA. 

Narayanan Ramaswamy, Partner and Head - Education, KPMG in India adds: "India is known the world over for its academic prowess but need of the hour is to reflect this notion into global rankings. Indians graduating from premier universities in India have made their mark all around the globe. These leading universities need to project themselves as world-class institutions. That calls for rapid innovation, with universities cooperating and actively networking with their peers and competitors. Rankings can create more awareness among the Indian universities on what they need to focus on to improve their performance and gain a greater international standing.” 

In the latest Asian ranking, Banaras Hindu University, Panjab, Manipal and Amity universities, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology all appear for the first time. With seven IITs among the leading eight institutions, the top levels of Indian higher education remain much stronger in science and technology than in the arts and social sciences.

The QS University Rankings: Asia 2014 reflects a swing in the balance of power in the continent as a whole, as Singapore and Korea overtake the traditionally dominant Japan and Hong Kong. National University of Singapore (NUS) tops the rankings for the first time, while Korea’s KAIST rises from sixth to second place.

2014 (RANK) 2013 (RANK) INSTITUTION COUNTRY
       
1 2 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) SG
2 6 KAIST - KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY KR
3 2 UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (HKU) HK
4 4 SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (SNU) KR
5 1 THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE  AND  TECHNOLOGY (HKUST) HK
6 7 THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (CUHK) HK
7 10 NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) SG
8 7 PEKING UNIVERSITY CN
9 5 POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (POSTECH) KR
10 9 THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO JP
       

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2014 www.TopUniversities.com

To view the complete ranking - Top 300 Asian universities - visit this website 

Last year’s number one institution, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology drops to 5th. 2011 table-topper Hong Kong University drops one place to third, making this the first time in the rankings’ history that a Hong Kong university has not topped the table. Japan’s University of Tokyo falls to 10th, its lowest ever position.

“These rankings confirm the emergence of Singapore and Korea as the region’s new major players, denting the dominance of Hong Kong and Japan,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “Both NUS and KAIST have benefitted from major government investment in research; while operating in English has helped them attain new levels of global engagement.”

Notes to Editor

About ICAA 

The Indian Centre for Assessment & Accreditation is a not-for-profit organization formed with a vision ‘to help assist the inclusion of at least 5 Indian Universities in the Top 200 of the World University Rankings by 2025’. Today, ICAA is fast emerging as the most trusted independent source of intelligence in the Global Rankings delivering detailed analysis to Governments and some of India's prestigious institutions.

ICAA’s Advisory on International Ranking Systems is a unique innovative initiative to help Indian institutions comprehend the Big 3 Global Ranking Frameworks and build better performance on a lasting basis. Chaired by Mr Mohandas Pai and Mentored by Prof Arun Nigavekar, ICAA aims to spearhead a new revolution in the areas of Accreditation, Ratings, Rankings, research & Advisory Services.

About British Council

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Our 7000 staff in over 100 countries work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. 

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.in

About QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Since 1990, QS has become established as the world’s leading network for top careers and education. Producers of the QS World University Rankings®, QS’s innovative research, events, publications and university solutions provide new ways of bringing universities into contact with the best and brightest students worldwide. 

QS University Rankings: Asia
Published for the first time in 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia is published annually and ranks Asia’s top 300 universities based on relevant criteria including: 

Criteria

Weight

 

Academic reputation

30%

 

Employer reputation

10%

 

Student/faculty Ratio

20%

 

Papers per faculty

15%

 

Citations per paper

15%

 

Internationalisation

5%

 

Student exchange inbound

2.5%

 

Student exchange outbound

2.5%

 

For the 2014 QS University Rankings: Asia the following survey responses have been considered:

Academic Survey
8,259 responses: Asian academics
35,111 responses: international academics who declared knowledge of Asian universities.
Total: 43,370 responses                             

Employer Survey
4,658 responses: Asian employers
3,345 responses: international employers who declared knowledge of Asian universities
Total 8,003 responses  

For the sixth edition of the QS University Rankings: Asia, 491 institutions have been evaluated

474 ranked and 300 published.    

Country/Territory

Top 50

Top

 51-100

Top

101-200

Top

201- 300

Total universities by country

Bangladesh

-

-

1

-

1

Brunei

-

-

1

 

1

China - Mainland

9

13

25

26

73

Hong Kong

6

 

1

 

7

India

2

6

5

4

17

Indonesia

-

1

3

5

9

Japan

13

8

30

17

68

Korea (South)

9

10

12

15

46

Macau

-

-

-

1

1

Malaysia

1

4

2

11

18

Pakistan

-

-

5

5

10

Philippines

-

1

3

1

5

Singapore

2

-

-

-

2

Sri Lanka

-

-

-

1

1

Taiwan

6

6

5

11

28

Thailand

2

1

5

2

10

Vietnam

-

-

2

1

3

 

 

 

 

 

300

 IREG approval
The rigor and authority of the QS University Rankings: Asia has been underlined by the official approval of its methodology and data collection processes from the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG) along with the QS World University Rankings and QS University Rankings: Latin America.The decision to award the IREG Approved” label has come at the end of a comprehensive independent audit, verifying that the rankings are compiled professionally and with a transparent methodology, observe good practices, and respond to a need for relevant information from a range of stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.

The approval will last until 31 December 2016.
Clarification on the use of the “IREG Approved” label >|

 

Scopus Database from Elsevier 

QS Rankings use citation data from Scopus which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Scopus is a trusted source of bibliometric data, also used by many other organisations including: the OECD, the Australian Research Council, iFQ ( Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung) and ISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan).

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.