Every student who research about joining a university for higher studies wants to know which are the top of the line varsities out there. Well, there is no one single formula or algorithm to create a standard list of such institutions –but some attempts are seen as almost a standard for the rank of an educational institution.
QS World University Ranking is one such attempt. Every year a fresh list of top universities in the world is created taking into account the performance during the previous year as well. For the year 2013-14, the QS World University Rankings are as below:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Harvard University
- University of Cambridge
- University College London (UCL)
- Imperial College London
- University of Oxford
- Stanford University
- Yale University
- University of Chicago
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
There is no Indian educational institution in top 200 of this list. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi) with a rank of 222 occupies the top slot among Indian universities. After IIT Delhi come IIT Bombay (rank 233), IIT Kanpur (295), IIT Madras (313) and IIT Kharagpur (346).
These rankings are important because students use them while deciding about where to study. Higher ranking institutions get creamy layer students. Indian varsities need to improve a lot if they want to be ranked among world’s top and thereby get best of students from other countries.