March 5, 2020
IIT Bombay was ranked 44 and IIT Delhi at 47. Three other IITs - Kharagpur, Kanpur, and Madras - were ranked in top 100
In total, 12 Indian institutes made it to QS ranking’s top 500 global engineering and technology schools in the world
Beyond skilling the local workforce for future opportunities, India has been keen to draw foreign students for higher studies
From India, a total of 165 schools of higher studies and research institutes were considered for ranking across all disciplines
The Indian Institutes of Technology, Delhi and Bombay, have been listed among the top 50 engineering and technology schools in the world, as per the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking by Subject for 2020. While IIT Bombay was ranked 44, IIT Delhi came at 47. The list included three other IITs – Kharagpur, Kanpur, and Madras – in the top 100. In total, 12 Indian institutes made it to the top 500 global engineering and technology schools in the world. The recognition comes amid India’s emergence as a globally-preferred destination for core innovation and skill development with respect to technology and engineering. India is now a leader in R&D of next-gen technology with applications from space sciences to heavy engineering. This has already led to successful international academic-business collaborations.
Beyond skilling the local workforce for future opportunities, India has been keen to attract an increasing number of foreign students to a wide range of leading academic and research institutions. To enable this, the Central Government has introduced the ‘Study in India’ programme, which offers special berths and scholarships to foreign students. The programme, with a budget of more than US$23 million for 2018-20, aims to double India’s market share of global education exports to 2 per cent. This initiative has been key to India’s progress in global rankings of higher educational institutions. Additionally, the programme will likely reduce India’s export-import imbalance in international students’ traffic. While there were over 165,000 Indian students in foreign colleges, there were over 45,000 foreign students in India in 2015-16.
India is already a preferred destination for higher education for students from the developing countries, especially from India’s neighborhood. Study in India aims to expand that reach worldwide. In the QS list, three Indian institutions – IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and IIT-Madras – were listed in the top 200 natural sciences schools worldwide. Meanwhile, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, was listed among the top 200 schools for the arts and humanities, followed by Delhi University at 231. In social sciences and management, Delhi University and IIT-Delhi came up in the top 200 worldwide. The ranking studied 1,368 institutions across 48 subjects in five main categories. From India, a total of 165 schools of higher studies and research institutes were considered for the ranking across all disciplines.