The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings has been released and there is no surprise for India. Like every year, there is no university from India in Top 250. The top ranks has been dominated by University from UK and USA. The University of Oxford has held on to the number one spot for the second year in a row, while the University of Cambridge has jumped from fourth to second place.
Interestingly, two of the Chinese institutions have improved in terms of their reputations for teaching and research this year – meaning that there are now three Asian universities in the top 30 of the ranking which include number one university of Asia – National University of Singapore.
For India, The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) with rank of 251-300 and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Bombay with rank of 351-400 are the top two institutes, rest of the IITs and universities have rank above 500. IIT, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee shared the rank of 501-600.
But other than these two top institutes or IITs, only handful of India universities could make it to top 1000 list. Among the Indian universities, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) topped the rank followed by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Delhi (DU), Jadavpur University, Panjab University, and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Tezpur University. They all share the rank of 601-800.
The latest table suggests that the US and Australia’s standing in the table in future years could also be threatened. Nearly all of the US’ top-200 representatives (59 out of 62) faced drops in their research income per academic staff member and future levels of federal research income under the Trump administration are in doubt. Two-fifths of the universities in this elite group (29) have dropped ranks.
In a statement, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the university is proud to claim the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. He said rankings suggest that AMU is one of the most prestigious universities with very high entry standards. AMU attracts very students from all over the country and the world.