IISC Bangalore is the only Indian entry in the top 300 last year


Indian institution figured among the top 300 in World University Rankings 2020, compiled by UK-based Times Higher Education. Indian universities are led by the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, its ranking dropped 50 places from 251-300 ranking cohort in the previous year to the 301-350 grouping.

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar appeared in the same grouping, followed by IIT Indore with a rank of 351 to 400. The second-generation IITs established after 2008-09 have leaped ahead of other top schools and older IITs including those in Mumbai and Delhi primarily because of their high score in research citations. IIT Ropar has got 100 in the research citation parameter, IIT Indore scored 77 much better than IISc and older IITs.
  • India has a huge amount of potential in global higher education, given its rapidly growing youth population and economy and use of English-language instruction. The country fall out of the top 300 of the rankings this year with only a small number of institutions registering progress. The Indian government strong ambitions to boost the global standing of its top universities and attract foreign students, academics and research collaboration. 
  • The Indian institutions have been lagging in their international outlook, a prickly issue for the higher education sector in the country despite its ambition to become a study-abroad destination for low income and developing countries.
  • Globally, Oxford University to lead the high table followed by California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge. Stanford University and MIT complete the top five global table.