Rudra Narayan Sahoo, New Delhi: A significant number of universities in India, especially IITs, have improved their rankings in the Times Higher Education Asia Rankings 2016. The tally in India is led by Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IIS, Bangalore) with featuring 27thposition in Asia Top 200 list followed by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT, Bombay) at 43 and Indian Institute ofTechnology, Kharagpur (IIT, Kharagpur) at 51 in the Asia Top 200 rankings. For the first time Singapore has the best two universities in Asia, while China and Japan have the highest number of top institutions in the continent, according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2016. The National University of Singapore (NUS) claims top position, while its neighbour Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is placed jointly second (with China’s Peking University) – the highest positions for the two Singaporean institutions in the rankings’ four-year history.
On the density of top institutes in any nations, China and Japan are on the top with each home to 39 institutes. South Korea and Taiwan have 24 universities in the Top 200 list. India stands 5th position in the highest density of top institutes in the THE Asia rankings with 16 universities.
IIS Bangalore, who has emerged as the best university in India, has improved its position by 10 places from last year (37, 2015). IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur have moved up by 14 and 16 places, respectively compared to last year performance. The biggest fall in rankings is seen in Punjab University as the institute slipped to 111-120 ranking band in 2016 Vs 38 in 2015. IIT Guwahati is new entry into the Top 100 tally while IIT, Madras has moved up to 62 Vs 78 last year in the THE Asia ranking table. IIT Delhi improved it position by 5 places to 60 this year from 65 last year.
Other notable universities which have found places are as followed: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (65), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (80), Jadavpur University (84), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (101–110), Punjab University (111–120), University of Calcutta (141–150), Savitribai Phule Pune University (141–150), Aligarh Muslim University (151–160), University of Delhi (161–170), Amrita University (181–190), and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (191–200).