As many as 91 Indian universities and educational institutions made it to the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, released on Wednesday, 27 September. Of them, 51 are from the Southern states.
The prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which was the best university in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2023, featured in the global top 250 for the first time since 2017. It finished in the 201-250 band as compared to the 251-300 band last time.
A total of 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions were evaluated for the rankings, which is in its 20th year.
The list measures an institution’s performance across five indicators: Teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.
Meanwhile, frontline IITs continued to boycott the rankings for the fourth consecutive year, even though India became the fourth-best-represented country in this year’s rankings. India, which jumped two spots this year, was at No 6 last year.
Tamil Nadu leads
The rankings have been divided into seven bands, which indicate the ranking slot of an educational institution.
As many as 22 Universities and institutions feature from Tamil Nadu — the highest from any Indian state — in the rankings, followed by nine from Karnataka
Chennai’s Anna University was placed in the 501-600 ranking band, along with Mahatma Gandhi University, headquartered in Kottayam, Kerala. Both of them are right behind the IISc among Indian varsities.
In the 601-800 band, the majority of universities were from Tamil Nadu: Alagappa University, Bharathiar University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT).
Only the Indian Institute of Technology of Hyderabad (IIT-H) made its way into this ranking band apart from the Tamil Nadu universities.
In the 801-1000 ranking band, there are a total of six varsities from the southern states. These include Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (all from Tamil Nadu), Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara (JSS) Academy of Higher Education & Research from Karnataka, and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA) from Andhra Pradesh.
For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Oxford was adjudged the best university in the global rankings. It was followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
NIRF Rankings 2023: IIT Madras, IISc Bengaluru from South India in top 100
1001 to 1500 band
In the 1001-1200 ranking band, Karnatak University Dharwad (Karnataka), NIT Warangal (Telangana), and Pondicherry University made it to the list.
As the list went further, the number of Indian institutions, particularly from southern states, kept increasing.
1201-1500 ranking category
Tamil Nadu: BS Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology, Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE), Veltech University, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, SRM University, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, and SASTRA (deemed to be university)
Karnataka: Christ University
Kerala: Cochin University
Andhra Pradesh: Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Sri Venkateswara University and Acharya Nagarjuna University.
Telangana: Osmania University
Tamil Nadu: Annamalai University, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER) , Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), University of Mysore, PSG Industrial Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology, M Kumarasamy College, of Engineering and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation.
Karnataka: REVA University, RV College of Engineering (RVCE), KLE Technological University, Nitte (Deemed to be Dental Sciences University), Presidency University, and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU).
Andhra Pradesh: Andhra University, The Gandhian Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) University, and Vignan Foundation for Science, Technology, and Research.
Telangana: ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE)
Puducherry: Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
Phil Baty, THE’s chief global affairs officer said, “India has well and truly embraced the international agenda, and international competition, with an unprecedented 91 universities making it into the rigorous and demanding Times Higher Education World University Rankings this year, making India now the fourth best represented nation in the rankings.”
He added, “Although methodological changes this year have not been kind to some Indian institutions, the overall picture remains positive — with a rise into the top 250 for IISc and several other rising institutions.”