The latest ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) of the BRICS universities for 2018 brought a mix of news for the country. BRICS represents the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
For the first time, IIT-Bombay was included in the list of the top 10 when placed in the ninth position (total). IIT-B improved its ranking in four positions last year among the institutes of the BRICS nations. It was also the best ranked among the Indian universities.
Unfortunately, the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengaluru, lost the sixth position it had secured in 2016; now it occupies 10. However, IISc remains among the main institutions among the BRICS nations.
Unchanged since 2016, four Indian universities-IIT-Bombay, IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Delhi in 15 and IIT-Madras in 18-continued to be among the Top 20.
The overall score of IIT Bombay is 83.6 out of 100. The institute has a score of 98.1 in academic reputation, 99.7 in employer reputation, 47.8 in proportion of faculty students, 96.9 in staff with doctorate, 53.6 in appointments by paper, 95.4 in documents by faculty, 15.4 in international faculty and 7.6 in international students; all scores of a maximum of 100. Among these 10 parameters, the reputation of the employer emerged as the strongest factor for IIT Bombay.
Devang Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay, said: “The ranking is a reflection of the progress the institute is making in its main areas of work: teaching and research, and I appreciate the sincere efforts of the teachers, staff, students and alumni. sympathizers of the institute “.
In the overall ranking, the top three remained unchanged from the 2017 list: Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University, all from China.
There are 350 universities in the five BRICS countries, of which 79, both governmental and private, are located in India.
Seven Indian universities have reached the Top 50 list. The best ranked private Indian university is BITS Pilani at 109, followed by Thapar University at 137 and Symbiosis International University at 144.
The 10 leading public and private Indian universities in the BRICS ranking were congratulated in Delhi by V S Chauhan, president of the University Grants Commission, on Wednesday.
Speaking about the role of rankings and their importance, Chauhan said that the Center launched the National Institutional Classification Framework in 2016 to make Indian institutions more competitive. On the relevance of the rankings, Chauhan said, “The role of the rankings, in helping students to know the institutions they choose, can not be denied, but sometimes it is seen.”
Adding that there is room to introduce a similar classification system in the country, Chauhan said: “The Indian education system has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations that were framed a long time ago. We will celebrate that day when 350 universities in the BRICS ranking, 150 will be Indian institutions. “