THE ranking: IISc retains top spot among Indian institutes; 8 IITs in overall list

Although it is number one among Indian institutions, IISc is generally placed in the 251-300 band. Globally, the University of Oxford has become the best institute among 1,799 universities in 104 countries, according to a statement issued by THE.

The second position among Indian institutions has been taken by Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences (351-400 overall), which made its debut in the ranking. The Himachal Pradesh-based private university is ranked 96th in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2022 in the university category.

Shoolini University, however, shares the spot among Indian institutes with JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, another private university based in Karnataka. Tamil Nadu’s Algappa University, a public institution, has been ranked third in India (401-500).

Last year, the second place in the Indian category was occupied by IIT Ropar, which in this year’s edition of THE has fallen to the sixth position, and to the 501-600 band globally from 351-400 from last year

Among the other IITs that participated in the ranking, IIT Indore is placed in the 601-800 band, followed by IIT Patna and IIT Gandhinagar in the 801-1000 band.

A total of eight IITs feature in this year’s ranking by THE, its spokesperson told The Indian Express.

It was not immediately clear how many IITs participated in the ranking process. The full list will be published on Wednesday.

The parameters based on which the institutes are classified are: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international vision (7.5%) and industry results (2.5%). In teaching and research, 15% weighting of each is based on a “reputation survey”.

The spokesperson added that the organization has held talks with the “IITs (and other institutions) on several occasions and continues to host discussions with them” to resolve the differences.

“As mentioned, we have given a detailed explanation of our ranking methodology and listened to your input. In the next edition of the ranking, which will be launched next year, we have incorporated some of your suggestions.” said the spokesman.

However, IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi maintained that the rankings suffer from a lack of transparency. IIT-B director Prof Subhasis Chaudhury said, “There is no improvement in the transparency factor in its process. A rank is directly assigned to the institute. We should know what the process. There is no reason to participate without knowing exactly what we are participating in.”

The last time the top IITs featured in the ranking was in 2019 – the report (released as THE 2020 list) had placed IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi in the overall 401-500 band, behind the Ropar and Indore campuses .

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