Forget IITs and IIMs, Panjab University is India's top university

No not the IITs but lesser known Panjab University has emerged as India's top university, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14, announced in London, does not have a single Indian institute among the top 200. ButPanjab University is the highest ranked Indian institution clubbed in the group of universities ranked between 226-250 ranks.

According to the Rankings, Panjab University, a new entrant, is placed at 226 among 400 institutions worldwide while IIT Kharagpur has slipped from 226 to 250 and IIT Roorkee is placed in the 351-400 band.

The two other new entrants are IIT Delhi and Kanpur, both in the 351-400 group. These four IITs and PU are the only five Indian institutes among the top 400, according to the Times rankings.

 Forget IITs and IIMs, Panjab University is Indias top university

Panjab University is in the top 200. Image from Panjab University website

"This means India now has an institution near the elite top 200. Panjab receives very good scores for citation impact, which means its academics are producing research widely used and valued by the academic community around the world," Phil Baty, editor of British magazine Times Higher Education, which publishes the annual rankings, was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

There were 21 participants from India but most of them failed to make the cut.Ironically,Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pune University, universities of Bombay and Calcutta are conspicuously absent from this list.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university's strengths against all its core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook-andPanjab University has scored 84.7 on citations, 29.3 on international outlook, 28.4 on industry income, 25.8 on teaching and 14.0 on research, an Economic Times report said today.

The rankings are powered by Thomson Reuters, which independently collects, analyses and verifies the data.

According to THE, the improved engagement by India in the word-renowned rankings has seen it add three new entrants to the world top 400 list.

Globally, California Institute of Technology has retained its world number one spot for the third consecutive year, while Harvard University tied with Oxford at second place, pushing Stanford University to fourth.

The US continues to dominate, taking seven of the top 10 places. This year it has 77 institutions in the rankings.

The UK remains the second best represented country behind the US with 11 institutions in the top 100 whilst the Netherlands boast eight.

Europe has fared badly this year. While the UK's number one, Oxford, holds on to second place in the table, almost across the board the continent's top institutions have lost ground. Japan's University of Tokyo maintained its status as Asia's number one and moved up four places to 23rd.Peking University in China creeped up one place to 45th. However, University of Hong Kong is fell eight places to 43rd.

( See the entire list of top 20 Universities here)

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2014 23:21:33 IST