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IISc maintains top spot among Indian institutes in world’s best universities

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In the most recent round of Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, the Indian Institute of Science
(IISc) maintained its top place among Indian institutes. According to a statement made by THE, the
University of Oxford has emerged as the finest institute globally among 1,799 universities from 104
nations.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has kept the top spot among Indian institutes in the current round
of Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, which have been boycotted for the third year in a row by
major Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) due to transparency concerns.

While it is ranked top among Indian universities, the IISc is ranked in the 251-300 range overall. Globally,
the University of Oxford has been ranked first among 1,799 universities from 104 nations. The Shoolini
University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences (351-400 total) has earned the second spot
among Indian institutions.

The Himachal Pradesh-based private institution is placed 96th in the universities category in the
National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2022. Shoolini University, on the other hand, shares the
top rank among Indian institutes with JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, a private
university in Karnataka. Algappa University, a public university in Tamil Nadu, has finished third in India
(401-500).

IIT Ropar took second place in the Indian category last year, but has dropped to sixth place in this year’s
edition of THE, and to the 501-600 band internationally, from 351-400 last year. Among the other IITs

that participated in the rankings, IIT Indore is ranked 601-800, followed by IIT Patna and IIT Gandhinagar
in the 801-1000 range.

According to a representative for THE, eight IITs are included in this year’s rankings. The following
factors are used to rank the institutes: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), worldwide view
(7.5%), and industrial outcome (2.5%).

According to the spokeswoman, a “reputational survey” is given 15% weightage in both teaching and
research. The organization has conducted meetings with the “IITs (and other institutions) on multiple
occasions and continues to welcome dialogue with them. As previously said, we provided a full
explanation of our rating approach and listened to their feedback. We have incorporated some of their
comments in the next edition of the ranking, which will be released next year.”

IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi, on the other hand, said that the rankings are opaque.

Prof. Subhasis Chaudhury, director of IIT-B, stated, “There is no increase in the transparency component
in their approach. The institute is immediately assigned a rating. We should be aware of the
procedure.There is no incentive to engage if we do not know what we are engaging in.”

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