File image: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus
In a first, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has made it to the top 1,000 list of the 2022 QS World University rankings as its new undergraduate engineering programme now makes it eligible for the rating.
JNU, often regarded as one of India’s best universities, was ranked in the 561-570 bracket by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which only rates institutions offering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
As many as 22 Indian institutions have made it to the top 1,000 list, one more than those in the previous year. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras saw their rankings improve significantly.
In the overall rankings, three Indian institutions have featured in the top 200 universities list. The India Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, was India's top ranked institution for the fourth consecutive year as per the list.
IIT, Delhi, was India's second-best university, having risen from the 193rd rank to 185 since last year. IIT, Madras, jumped 20 places and now ranks joint-255th, which is its highest position since 2017.
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On research metrics
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is the world's top research university as per the citations per faculty indicator. It got a perfect score of 100/100 for the citations per faculty (CPF) metric in the QS analysis. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, was ranked 41st in the category.
This year, rankings listed the world's top 1,300 universities -- 145 more than in the last year's edition, which can be found in 97 locations.
For the QS World University Rankings, institutions and universities were judged on six indicators-- academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.
No Indian university ranks among the top 250 in the faculty/student ratio category.
Some Indian and foreign institutions have claimed in the past that such rankings do not accurately represent the quality of education in some countries and that these lists are largely dependent on international perceptions.(With inputs from PTI)