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IISc, IIT programmes under India’s ‘eminence scheme’ feature in top 100 world rankings by subject

Under the IoE scheme, public institutes received funds from govt to develop research infrastructure and faculty, and private ones were given freedom from regulators.

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New Delhi: Six programs at India’s Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) have managed to break into the top 100 in the world in the latest ‘QS Rankings by Subject’ released Wednesday.

Top institutes in India, both from the public and private sector, were declared as IoEs by the Narendra Modi government in 2018. Under the IoE scheme, the public institutes received funds from the government to develop their research infrastructure and faculty and private ones were given freedom from the regulators, so as to catapult these institutes to world rankings.

The ‘Subject Rankings’ rank institutions on the basis of the individual program or subject offered and compares it to other programs in the world. For 2022, the universities were ranked in five broader areas – Engineering and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Science and Social Sciences and Management. In these broader subjects, there were specific areas that included Mechanical Engineering, Chemical engineering and Dentistry among others.

According to the press release shared by QS, Mechanical Engineering program at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Civil & Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chemical engineering from IIT Delhi, Materials Science from IIT Bombay and Physics & Astronomy at IISc have made it to the top 100 in the world.

IISc’s Mechanical engineering has jumped from 113th spot in 2021 to 98th in 2022, IIT-M’s Civil & Structural Engineering now ranks in the 51-100 band from the previous 101-150. IIT-D’s Chemical engineering now ranks 92nd from its previous band of 101-150 band. IIT-B’s Materials Science is now at 99th spot as compared to the previous 101-150 band. Physics & Astronomy at IISc has gone to 91 rank from 112th spot last year.

Among the private IoEs, Law at O.P. Jindal Global University has made it to the 70th rank in the world. As per QS, this is the highest result achieved by a private IoE.

“Four and a half years after the inception of India’s Institutes of Eminence scheme, its varsities have gained moderate ground on the global stage, according to the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject,” the release read.

“QS World University Rankings by Subject provides assessment on the performance of 274 programs at 61 Indian higher education institutions,” the press release added.

Other institutes that have achieved top rankings are University of Delhi at 41 position for ‘Development Studies’, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences for ‘Dentistry’ which also marks its debut at 18th position.

Also read: IISc Bangalore’s entry in QS World Rankings isn’t a surprise. It was just a matter of time


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