The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine’s World University Rankings for 2024 have shown a significant increase in the number of Indian universities making the list, with a total of 91 institutions securing spots. This marks a notable improvement from the 75 universities ranked the previous year. India’s rise in representation has propelled it to become the fourth most well-represented nation in the 2024 rankings, a significant move up from its sixth-place position in the previous year.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore stands out as the top-performing Indian university in these rankings, securing the top spot for the first time since 2017. However, it’s worth noting that the top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have continued their boycott of these rankings for the fourth consecutive year.
Among the Indian universities that made the list, the second-best performing institutions include Anna University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, all falling within the 501-600 band.
India’s representation extends further, with universities ranked in the 800-1000 band, including prestigious institutions like Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Vellore Institute of Technology, and many others.
Globally, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has retained its top position in the rankings for the eighth consecutive year. The top 10 includes institutions from both the UK and the United States. However, THE’s analysis has revealed that the global standing of the UK and US in higher education is diminishing compared to other systems.
The inclusion of a greater number of Indian universities in the global rankings signifies the country’s growing presence on the international academic stage. It underscores the commitment of Indian institutions to improving their academic standards and research contributions, contributing to India’s prominence in higher education worldwide.
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