IISc was ranked first in India in the THE Rankings 2024, while Oxford University was first worldwide

Ayush Katiyar
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91 Indian institutions are included on the list this year. As the second-best universities in India, Anna University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mahatma Gandhi University, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, and others have been ranked.




THE Rankings 2024: For the first time ever, Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2024 include a record-breaking number of Indian universities. In the latest edition of Times Higher Education's (THE) World University Rankings, the Indian Institute of Science, the top university band in India, has returned to the global top 250, placing in the 201-250 band, for the first time since 2017.


The universities in the 501–600 band that are the second highest ranked in India are Anna University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mahatma Gandhi University, and Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences.


Indian universities' rankings rise

This year, Indian universities, including five of the top universities in the world, saw tremendous growth. IISc advanced from the 251-300 band to the 201-250 band last year, Anna University advanced from the 801-1000 band to the 501-600 band, Aligarh Muslim University advanced from the 801-1000 band to the 601-80 band, and Bharathiar University advanced from the 801-1000 band to the 601-800 band. Additionally, the Malaviya National Institute of Technology entered the list in the 601-800 band for the first time.


The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) in Dhanbad and the Indian Institute of Technology (Guwahati) moved up two bands, from 1001-1200 to 601-800, to reach the top 800 universities in the world.


91 Indian institutions are included on the list this year. In the 20th year of the ranking, 1,904 universities from 108 different nations and regions are ranked, an increase from 1,799 last year.


The most complete, rigorous, and fair global ranking to date, THE Rankings 2024 evaluates research-intensive universities based on 18 performance factors that include their main goals of teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and internationalization.


India has fully embraced the global agenda and competition, as evidenced by the unprecedented 91 universities that made it into the competitive and rigorous Times Higher Education World University Rankings this year, making India the fourth best-represented country in the rankings.


"This is fantastic news for India since these institutions may use THE's comprehensive, global performance benchmarks to advance and earn their place on the world stage. "The overall picture remains good, with a surge into the top 250 for IISc and numerous other growing universities," said Phil Baty, THE's Chief global relations officer. "Methodological adjustments this year, however, have not been kind to several Indian institutions.


Global rankings

According to the THE Rankings 2024, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is the top-ranked university in the world, followed by Stanford University in the US in second place and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in third.


Seven US universities and three UK institutions are ranked in the top 10 in THE Rankings 2024.


With 737 universities participating this time, Asia is the continent with the greatest representation and the continent that is increasing the most in terms of the caliber of its teaching and research.One newly ranked university from mainland China is among the 150 universities that have been ranked for the first time, 89 of which are from Asia. In general, mainland China possesses Asia's top-ranked universities.33 Asian universities, up from 28 last year, are currently ranked among the top 200. China (up from 11 to 13) and Japan (up from 2 to 5) are the main contributors to this increase.