The Times Higher Education World University Rankings which over the years has become a gold standard in education institution ranking in the world has announced the ranking for 2017-18. Although, there is no Indian university or institute under the 250 rank but India's top minority institutions like Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islami are among the top global university in the world.
As per the 2018 ranking released this month, AMU has left behind all the Indian universities, which have made to this list. Banaras Hindu University, University of Delhi, Jadavpur University, Punjab University, University of Calcutta, University of Calcutta and several other universities and institutes of national importance share rank below AMU. Jawaharlal Nehru University, which is mired in student and administration conflict could not make to the list this year.
AMU has also been ranked number seven among Indian Higher Educational Institutions, which includes the various Indian Institute of Technology and India Institute of Sciences. IISc and IIT Bombay are the two top institutes of India. AMU has maintained its ranking of 601-800 slot of the Times Higher Education achieving the number one position from number two last year.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said, in a press statement, that the university is proud to claim the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. He added that the 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,” said the Vice Chancellor.
On the other hand the new entrant in the league is Jamia Millia Islamia. It has for the first time made it to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018. The university has been ranked under the slot 801-1000 this year out of 1102 institutions worldwide. Teaching was found to be the strongest pillar while making the assessment for JMI. Among the 42 institutions from India, The World University Ranking has placed JMI at rank 18th.
JMI Vice Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad expressed his happiness over the consistently high ranking that JMI has been scoring over the years. He said that this was the first time that the university has made it among the top 1000 institutions worldwide which reflect JMI's growing international presence and outreach besides the university's impetus on high-quality research, publications, and teaching.
Like every year, the top ranks have 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.