New Delhi : Punjab University continues to be India's top
representative in international ranking. At 32nd place it leads the
Indian contingent in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University
Rankings 2014 released an hour ago on Thursday.
While Japan continued its dominance, and China improving its presence in the rankings, according to THE "perhaps the brightest star of the 2014 Asia University Rankings is India. Last year it had just three institutions in the top 100, but thanks to dramatically improved engagement with data collection and analysis, the country now boasts 10 institutions in the table."
Following Punjab University are six Indian Institutes of Technology, of which IIT-Kharagpur is the highest ranked at 45. Jadavpur University, a new entrant grabs the joint 76th position, while Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University are at 80 and 90 ranks respectively.
As reported in THE, which conducts the annual world university rankings, Ashok Thakur, India's secretary for higher education, ministry of human resource development, said that the long-running debate over whether or not India should go "full hog" and properly engage with global university rankings has now reached a positive "final resolution".
"This has mercifully been laid to rest by none other than the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who has made it clear that as a matter of policy, all institutions in the country have to participate wholeheartedly in the rankings process."
It is hoped that the collection and sharing of accurate global performance data will boost Indian universities' quality and allow them to make a bigger splash on the global stage - as has been the case for other Asian nations, writes Phil Baty, editor, THE rankings. (Source- TOI)