Four Indian Universities in 2019 QS Asia Top 50 Ranking

Three IITs and IISc Bangalore are the top-ranked Indian universities in the latest edition of QS Asia Top 50 ranking with none in the top 30.


Four Indian tech universities have made it to the 2019 QS Asia Top 50 rankings with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) leading the Indian pack at 33rd place. Other Indian universities in the top 50 are IITs of Delhi and Madras and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

According to the QS Asia University Rankings 2019, which was released on Oct. 25, the top Asian university is the National University of Singapore followed by the University of Hong Kong. There are no Indian universities in the top 30. The top-ranked Indian university is IIT Bombay which is ranked 33 while IIT Delhi is ranked 40. IIT Madras has secured 48th place. Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is ranked 50. IIT Kharagpur is at 53.

Other IITs outside of the top 50 are IIT Kanpur at 61st place and IIT Roorkee at 86th place while IIT Guwahati is ranked 107. The University of Delhi, which was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching, and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly and is one of the oldest universities in India, is at 62nd place. The University of Hyderabad, University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, University of Mumbai are ranked 106,134, and 137, and 187 respectively.

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 has ranked 500 Asian universities using eleven indicators to compile the ranking. The ranking is based on the academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, international research network, citation per paper and paper per faculty, staff with a Ph.D., the proportion of international faculty and the proportion of international students along with proportion of inbound exchange students and proportion of outbound exchange students.

In a separate first ever edition of the QS India University Rankings, 75 Indian universities have made the cut. IIT Bombay tops this list, followed by IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT- Madras, and IIT Kharagpur, in that order.

Former University Grants Commission (UGC) member V S Chauhan told The Hindustan Times, “IITs have a good research output and their funding is robust, which is why they consistently do better. But I believe there are several universities which will come up, especially with increased autonomy. The way towards the future is focusing more on foreign collaboration as well as research. I, however, believe Indian universities will benefit in more investment in infrastructure.”

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