Delhi University, popularly known as DU has been ranked at 18th place in the subject rankings as per QS Worldwide University rankings 2016. DU has secured the place for subject Development Studies, last year DU was ranked at 17th place for same subject. This is the highest ranking achieved by any Indian varsity in the sixth edition of the subject focused listings. Though, Indian Institute of Technology, still continues to be the most ranked institution. Till now, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has featured 14 times in the rankings and seven times among the top 100.
The ranking was decided based on the expert opinion of some 76,798 academics and 44,426 employees. Along with the opinions, the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and around 113 million citations was taken. The source for the same was Scopus Elsevier bibliometric database.
IIT-B has been featured in the 14 subject tables, it is also among the most successful Indian universities ranked in at least one subject. It is the still the country’s pre-eminent university at the subject level. Whereas Delhi University ranks 18 in the development studies and IIT Delhi ranks 45th in the electrical and electronics engineering list. The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore) ranks 47th for material science. Overall 114 places have been occupied by the Indian Universities in the rankings list, an increase from previous 107. But, India’s share in terms of the places it has occupied, dropped from 1.29% to 1.25%.
According to Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, “Though the US and UK remain dominant, our most inclusive rankings ever show that excellence can be found in an ever-increasing number of places. Nations like Austria, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, China and Sweden can be found in the top ten of our tables. Our new top 100 for performing arts acknowledges academic excellence in 27 different countries, while our top 100 for mineral engineering recognizes it in 26.” Also, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology still are the dominating universities.
Dr. Karthick Sridhar, Vice chairman of Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence, said, “The QS World University rankings by Subject shines a light on the excellence of institutions that cannot be included in the overall world rankings due to their specialist focus.”
Delhi University was also featured in QS World University Rankings by Faculty (Arts and Humanities), however it managed to secure 176th spot in the particular ranking. DU was also placed at 46th place in BRICS rankings and 91 in Asian University rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds.