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IIT Bombay & Delhi break into top 50 engineering colleges in QS World Rankings by Subject

This is the first time an Indian institute, much less two, has made it to the top 50 bracket in the QS World Ranking.

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New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi and in Bombay ranked among the top 50 engineering colleges in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the first time for any Indian institute.

The ranking, released late Wednesday, shows IIT Bombay moved up to rank 44 from last year’s rank 53, while IIT Delhi moved to rank 47 this year from 61 last year.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank took to Twitter to congratulate both institutes, saying they were making India “proud”.

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How the IITs fared

Overall, IIT Bombay scored 49.4 of 100. Under individual categories, it scored thus:

  • Academic reputation – 54.5
  • Employer reputation – 71.2
  • Citation per faculty – 54.6
  • Faculty-Student ratio – 45.8
  • International students – 1.6

All scores are out of 100.

“Our students and faculty members are our key strength. It is their dedication and the hard work that has got us where we are today. I am sure they will take us much further in the near future,” said Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay.

IIT Delhi raked up an overall score of 46.2. It’s individual category scores were:

  • Academic reputation – 48.6
  • Employer reputation – 63
  • Citation per faculty – 80.6
  • Faculty-Student ratio – 23.3
  • International students – 1.5

“We are very happy to see a significant improvement in our rankings this year. This is a result of the various measures we have taken in the institute on boosting the research ecosystem on the campus, strengthening our connect with the external stakeholders, significantly enhanced internationalisation efforts from the Institute and various other measures initiated in the last three years,” said Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi.

The HRD Ministry recognises both IITs as Institutes of Eminence (IoE), a status that affords them greater autonomy in various administrative matters, such as hiring of foreign faculty and starting collaborations with foreign institutions.

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The ranking

Other Indian engineering institutions that were on the list included IIT Kharagpur (86), IIT Madras (88) and IIT Kanpur (96).

The cream layer included Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of Cambridge in the top three positions.

In arts and humanities, the Jawaharlal Nehru University ranked at the 162nd position while Delhi University ranked at 231, according to PTI.

For the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject, the study analysed over 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. It ranked 1,368 institutions across 48 subjects in five broad categories.

Across all subjects, 165 institutions were considered from India, 441 from the United States, 502 from UK, Germany and France combined, and 360 from China, Japan and South Korea combined.

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