2021 QS World University rankings

Context: 17th edition of the QS World University Rankings has been released. Context: 17th edition of the QS World University Rankings has been released.

QS World University, It is an annual publication of University rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)- A British company specializing in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world.


Previously, it was called Times Higher Education – The name changed since 2010.

It is the only international ranking to have received the approval of the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG).
It rates the world’s top 1000 universities.
How are universities ranked?
To rank institutions, QS uses six indicators:

Academic reputation.
Employer reputation.
Faculty/student ratio.
Citations per faculty.
International faculty ratio.
International student ratio.
Top 20 institutions this year:

Performance of Indian Institutions:

Top three from India featured in the top 200 and their rankings: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay (172), followed closely by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore (185), and IIT Delhi (193). However, all three have dropped in their rankings compared to the last year.
In total, 21 Indian higher education institutions have found their place among the world’s top 1,000 (It was 24 last year).
Indian institutions got zero scores on the ratio of international faculty and students. India also scored poorly on the faculty-student ratio.

This is because India counts only full-time faculty, whereas American universities include even Ph.D. students who are teaching or research assistants.

What should India do now?

The government has already formed a committee on how we can improve the perception of the premier Indian institutes abroad.

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