India’s Performance in QS World University Rankings

The eleventh edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject was released on March 4, 2021. The report was compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The ranking provided the independent comparative analysis regarding the performance of 14,435 individual university programme. As per the report, India’s private institutes have improved their performance in the latest report.

Key Findings of report

  • The QS World University Ranking highlights that, the public ‘Institutions of Eminence’ were better-represented in the rankings as compared to the private ones.
  • Out of the ten private universities which are selected as the Institutions of Eminence, six universities were finds place in the subject rankings,
  • The OP Jindal Global University is the only private Institute of Eminence which finds place in top-100.
  • The report highlights that, several numbers of programmes running at the India’s privately-run prospective Institutions of Eminence have made progress.
  • Improved performance highlights the positive role played by the well-regulated private provision in enhancing the India’s higher education sector.
  • The top performing Indian institutes include Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. The university was ranked at the 30th position for its petroleum engineering programme.
  • IIT Bombay was ranked at 41st for mineral engineering while IIT Kharagpur was ranked at 44th position for mining engineering.
  • University of Delhi was ranked 50th for the Development Studies.
  • However, the number of programmes featuring across 51 subject rankings has decreased from 235 to 233. But India should be least concerned about this in the light of NEP-2020.

Challenges faced by India

The report highlights that, the biggest challenge faced by India is educational–providing high-quality tertiary education with respect to increasing demand.  This challenge was recognised by the National Education Policy 2020. The policy also set the target of 50 per cent gross enrolment ratio by 2035.


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