Published September 13, 2012 | 4:18 pm
Ottawa: It is the year of bad report cards for India. Not a single Indian university or institute has made it to the top 200 of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings — the most reputed global rankings of institutes for higher education.
The only Indian institution anywhere close to the best is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi), at No. 212. It is followed by IIT-Mumbai (227) and IIT-Kanpur (278). Last year, IIT-Delhi stood at 218. , while IITs Mumbai and Madras stood at 225th and 281th positions respectively.
In the Asia Pacific region, 11 universities from India made it to the top 300. Seven of these were IITs. The rest were the universities of Delhi (at No.78) and Calcutta (143), Mumbai University (in the brackets of 151-160) and University of Pune (191-200)
“Asia’s rising economic superpower India remains the only BRICS nation without a university in the top 200… The comparison with other BRICS nations remains unflattering… We see India once again underperforming, with only 11 universities in the ranking, the vast majority of which are various Indian Institutes of Technology,” researchers have said.
The 21-year-old Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is the number one university in the Asia Pacific region for the second year running.
While its good news for Canada that two Canadian universities cracked the top 20 spot.It was the first time ever two Canadian institutions have made the cut to rank among the top 20 universities in the world.
It was also the first time ever that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked first in the world, while Harvard — a perennial winner between 2004 and 2009 — slipped to third place, after the University of Cambridge.
University College London and University of Oxford rounded out the top five.
McGill University has been placed 18th with the University of Toronto right behind in 19th place.
Overall, Canadian universities garnered nine spots in the top 200.
The University of British Columbia ranked 45th, while the University of Alberta was 108th and University of Montreal at 114.