The overall quality deficit of Indias education sector has come out clearly in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) global ranking on higher education. In the subject-wise ranking,there is no Indian institute among the top 200 ranks in 11 of the total 30 subjects.
While institutes in China and Brazil have good presence,only IITs and the IISc hold the fort in basic sciences and engineering. In law,medicine,history,philosophy,political and international studies,there is no institute from India in the top 200. In geography,Banaras Hindu University and Delhi University are placed in the 151-200 range.
In its ranking overview,the QS report says that while investments made in higher education in China and Brazil are clearly paying off,India,even among the BRIC nations,is a backbencher with IITs as the only saving grace.
There are less encouraging signs from the two BRIC nations,India and Russia. The IITs perform reasonably well in their specialist areas with IIT Delhi,IIT Bombay and IIT Madras making it into the top 50 in at least one of the engineering disciplines. Yet there are 11 subjects in which not a single Indian institution makes it to the top 200, the QS ranking overview stated.
In chemical and structural engineering,IIT Madras and Bombay is placed 39th. The IISc,IIT Kanpur,IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee come in 51-100 segment and IIT Guwahati is in the 151-200 range.
In computer science and information systems,IIT Bombay,IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur are in the top 51-100. In chemical engineering,six IITs are in the top 200 besides the IISc and the University of Mumbai.
In English language and literature,Delhi University falls in the range of 51-100 and Jadavpur University in the 151-200 segments. In modern languages,Delhi University stand in the 101-150 segment.
The UK and US varsities top the rankings across 30 subjects. Harvard has 10 top spots. The university that appears in top 10 in 27 disciplines is University of Cambridge.