In a first, two prestigious engineering college in India, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Bombay, followed by IIT Delhi and an Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru have made it to the list of top 200 in the latest issue of ‘Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings’. Since its start in the year 2004, this is for the first time when three Indian universities have found a place in the list of top 200.

With rank 172, this year IIT Delhi has become the best-ranked institute from India in the list. From 219 in 2016 to 179 this year, the ranking of IIT-B rose to 40 positions, however, Indian Institute of Science IISc in Bangalore saw a dropping of over 30 positions from 152 last year to 190 this time.

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For the sixth year, the top position is secured by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (MIT) followed by Stanford University and third spot went to Harvard University, whereas, California Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge got fourth and fifth position respectively, said the UK-based ranking agency QS said in an email on May 07.

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Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, said, “India is progressing in our global rankings. Five Indian universities feature among the global 100 for research indicator. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially in the ‘employers reputation’ indicator, suggesting that a closer collaboration between the corporate world and the leading universities is essential. India is also less competitive than other countries in the international students and faculty indicators, which makes perfect sense given the huge internal demand for higher education”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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