With just two Indian Universities, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) qualifying for the list this year, IITG slips from its previous ranking. While both did not make it to the top 100, JNU has ranked just outside the top 100 list and IITG now sits between 110 and 120. A major reason for IITG’s slip is a drop in its citations score.
Australia cements its position in the list with as many as 16 institutes followed by UK having 15 institutes. US and Germany both having 7 institutes featuring in the list this year. Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL), which held the second position until last year since 2012, has pushed South Korea’s Postech into second place to emerge as the new number one on the recently released ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) which analyses the best 100 universities under 50 years of age.
This is the first year that India becomes unrepresented in the top 100 list with IITG losing its previous ranking at the 87th spot. It is time for India to buck up again and make its seat permanent in the list for the coming year. The East Asian institutions continue to dominate the top ranks, with universities from South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore claiming four of the top-five positions.