Indian universities keep on to snag way behind other institutes in a most recent ranking of Asian universities that is subjugated by varsities from Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.
According to the Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking 2015, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore comes contiguous at 37th position and Punjab University at 38th place, down six places from 2014. “India’s progress has faltered, it has nine top 100 universities, one fewer than last year,” added the statement. The IIT’s of Roorkee, Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur and Madras, in addition to Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University stature among the top 100, even though their status have come down from 2014.
However, there is reason for apprehension as this year only nine Indian universities hit the big time to the top 100, down from 10, while IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Kanpur and Jadavpur University-which made it to the top 100 contentedly last year, have wayed out the rankings altogether this time. In the interim, China has left behind Japan as the Asian power house in education, but Japan’s University of Tokyo is still in the numero uno position, whereas Natipnal University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong maintained the second and third position correspondingly.
Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea had all three universities in the top 20 list along with two universities from China and another two from Turkey.
According to Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, “It is a cause for concern that India has lost ground in the league table. With the country’s massive numbers of under-25s putting further pressure on educational resources, it is more crucial than ever that India invests in research and strengthens its academic links with other nations or face being left behind.”
“The world expects Asia to be the next global higher education superpower after Europe and North America. Times Higher Education data shows many of the continent’s leading universities competing on equal terms with the best in the West,” stated Baty.
The Asia rankings use 13 performance indicators to examine each university’s strengths against its core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Besides seeding its position to China, many of Japan’s representatives have lost ground, with only 19 universities in the list, down from 20 last year and 22 in 2013.
Last year, it had 10 institutes. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru is the number one in India and held the 37th position globally while last year’s leader, Panjab University, is at the 38th position.
Five Indian institutes of technology, led by IIT-Roorkee (joint 55th), and followed by IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Madras, have also found mention among the top hundred, along with Aligarh Muslim University (90th) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (96th).