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IITs among the world’s best

Posted on: April 6, 2011

By Hindustan Times
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
figure among recently-released subject-wise rankings of the world’s top 100 universities.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently unveiled the subject-wise rankings, following the release of the 2010 World University Rankings last
September. The subjects have been broadly classified into arts and humanities, engineering and technology, social sciences and management, natural sciences, and life sciences and medicine.

The first series of the four-part release of the rankings will be engineering and information technology disciplines, revealing the world’s best universities for computer science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and civil engineering. QS is going to reveal rankings for biomedicine and life sciences, natural sciences, arts and humanities and social sciences disciplines separate groups throughout 2011.

The engineering and technology rankings place IIT Bombay at the 46th position and IIT Delhi at 52nd. IIT Kanpur follows at 63rd and IIT Madras at 68th.

The arts and humanities rankings have Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Delhi listed at 128 and 133, respectively. The University of Mumbai, the University of Calcutta and the University of Pune are also found in the list.

Talking about the need for subject based rankings, Ben Sowter, head of research, said, “Students around the world are interested not only in identifying the universities that match their aspirations but also in a comparative tool at the disciplinary level. There is a clear demand for ways to compare the effectiveness of higher education institutions in narrower subject disciplines. After all, the majority of prospective international students know what they want to study before asking themselves where they want to study.”

In compiling these rankings, QS is taking into account views of academicians, opinion of the employers and citations per paper as a measure of a key aspect of the research activity. QS World University Rankings by Subject and details of the methodology are available at http://www.topuniversities.com.

Top three institutions for various disciplines
Arts and humanities
University of Oxford, UK
University of Cambridge, UK
Harvard University, US
Social sciences
Harvard University, US
University of Oxford, UK
University of Cambridge, UK
Natural sciences
University of Cambridge, UK
Harvard University, US
University of Oxford, UK
Life sciences and medicine
Harvard University, US
University of Cambridge, UK
University of Oxford, UK
Engineering and technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
Stanford University, US
University of California,
Berkeley (UCB), US


1 Response to "IITs among the world’s best"

Search hits on Google scholar website…

In Google Scholar (on 2011-04-26)
Search string (used all lowercase) Number of hits (about)
IIT Bombay + IIT Mumbai 16900+10700 = 27600
IIT Delhi 27600
University of Roorkee + IIT Roorkee 18500+5010 = 235010
IIT Madras + IIT Chennai 14300+8380 = 22680
IIT Kanpur 11300
IIT Kharagpur 11300
IIT Guwahati 2240

Not surprisingly, IIT Bombay and Delhi are tied for 1st, Roorkee 2nd, closely followed by Madras 3rd, then Kanpur 4th and Kharagpur 5th, and finally Guwahati as expected.

Not sure how much those rankings should be trusted as they are always dependent on lobbist groups.

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