As many as 17 Indian institutes have made it to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia rankings 2014, up from 11 institutes the previous year.
As many as seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are among the top 100 institutes in the latest rankings released this week, with IIT Delhi (No. 28) and IIT Bombay (No. 41) managing a place in the top 50.
National University of Singapore tops the rankings, followed by Korean Institute of Advanced Science & Technology and the University of Hong Kong. The University of Delhi is the only Indian varsity to make it to the top 100. The varsities of Calcutta and Mumbai share the 131st spot, while Banaras Hindu University stands at No. 142.
Panjab University, which made a stunning debut on the Times Higher Education Ranking last year, is in the 171-180 ranking range this time. The highest ranked private institute is the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in the 181-190 segment, while the Birla Institute of Technology & Science is in the 201-250 range, sharing the space with IIIT Allahabad and University of Pune.
President Pranab Mukherjee, who released the rankings, expressed confidence that India will soon find its rightful place in the global rankings of higher education institutions.
The President told a delegation from QS, ICAA, British Council, FICCI and KPMG at Rashtrapati Bhavan that Indian authorities will extend all possible cooperation to them in obtaining necessary information in the appropriate format from Indian higher education institutions. He added that higher educational institutions should be transparent and all relevant information should be published on their websites.