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QS World University Rankings-Asia 2020: 96 Indian Universities places in list

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On November 27, 2019, QS World University Rankings:Asia 2020 was released. It is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), ranking the best universities of 2020 in the Asian region. Among the Indian Universities, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) was ranked as the top performer ranking 34th in the list. The list was topped by National University of Singapore(NUS), Singapore for the second consecutive year.India has 96 universities ranked newReport on India:

  • 96 Indian universities including 20 brand new entries were ranked in the QS World University Rankings: Asia 2020. IITB was followed by IIT Delhi(IIT-D) in the 43rd rank and IIT Madras(IIT-M) in the 50th rank. India doest have any universities in the top 30 list.
  • PhD indicator: India ranked no.1 in the Staff with PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) indicator. 7 universities obtained perfect 100.00 score. The 7 institutes include IIT-M, IIT Kharagpur(IIT-KGP), IIT Kanpur(IIT-K), IIT Bhubaneswar (IIT-BBS), IIT Indore(IIT-I), IIT Patna(IIT-P), and IIT Ropar(IIT-RPR).
  • Research indicators: Under research indicators, 5 Indian universities were ranked among the top 50 in paper metric citations and 6 among the top 50 in the papers per faculty metric citations.
  • Employer reputation indicator: In the Employer Reputation indicator based on the insights of 44,000 employers regarding the quality of a university’s graduates, IIT-B ranked 21st in the Asian region. In this reputation indicator 4 more Indian universities were ranked in the top 50. They were IIT-D, IIT-M, University of Delhi and IIT KGP.
  • University of Delhi, the top national general university, was ranked 5 places lower from last year, at 67th place. Last year it ranked 62nd place.
  • The Indian higher education system is expected to be the largest by 2030.

General report:

  • The institutions that followed NUS were Nanyang Technological University(NTU) in Singapore and University of Hong Kong(HKU) in Hong Kong in the second and third place respectively.
  • China was the only country having more university representation. It had 118 universities featured in the list leaving India (96 universities) immediately behind it.
  • Ranking indicators: The rankings were based on the following indicators. These include academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, papers per faculty, international research network (newly added), international faculty, student to faculty ratio, staff with PhD, international students, outbound exchange students and inbound exchange students.


Rank  Universities
34 IIT Bombay (Mumbai, Maharashtra).
43 IIT Delhi (New Delhi).
50 IIT Madras (Chennai, Tamil Nadu).
1 National University of Singapore (Singapore).
2 Nanyang Technological University(NTU) (Singapore).
3 University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong).

About QS World University Rankings:
Previous name- Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings. The publisher then had collaborated with Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.
First issue- 2004.
Publisher- Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.