India Leads G-20 in University Rankings with 14% Improvement and 54% Research Growth

India's universities shine in global rankings, with a 14% year-on-year growth, cementing its position as a rising academic powerhouse under PM Modi's visionary policies.

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India Leads G-20 in University Rankings with 14% Improvement and 54% Research Growth

India Leads G-20 in University Rankings with 14% Improvement and 54% Research Growth

India has demonstrated the strongest advancement among all G20 nations in the latest QS World University Rankings 2024, with a significant 14% year-on-year growth in their average ranking. From 2017 to 2022, India's research output surged by an impressive 54%, making it the world's fourth-largest producer of research.

According to Nunzio Quacquarelli, the founder-president of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, India's progress on the global stage can be attributed to "visionary policies spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi," such as the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Quacquarelli praised India's higher education advancements and mentioned that he had met with Prime Minister Modi to discuss global higher education trends.

Why this matters: India's remarkable performance in the QS World University Rankings showcases the country's growing prominence in the global higher education landscape. The significant improvements in university rankings and research output position India as a rising academic powerhouse, attracting international attention and collaboration opportunities.

India now ranks prominently in 44 out of the 55 QS Subject Rankings, with standout performances in Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Business Studies, and Physics. The Institutes of Eminence (IoE) contributed 47 of the 69 Indian university positions within the top 100 in the subject rankings. Across Asia, India now holds the second-highest number of featured universities in the QS Subject Rankings, trailing only behind China.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was ranked the highest in India, securing the 20th position globally for development studies. Other notable Indian institutions include IIM-Ahmedabad, which debuted in the 22nd position for Business and Management Studies, while IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta were ranked among the top 50 globally in the same category.

Quacquarelli concluded that the outlook for Indian higher education is bright, stating, "It is a privilege to watch this transformation unfold. The future looks bright for Indian higher education." With the visionary policies and the passionate commitment of Prime Minister Modi to revolutionizing Indian education, India is poised to make further strides in the global higher education arena.

Key Takeaways

  • India saw 14% YoY growth in QS World University Rankings, highest among G20 nations.
  • India's research output surged 54% from 2017-2022, making it 4th-largest global producer.
  • India ranks prominently in 44 of 55 QS Subject Rankings, led by Computer Science and Chemistry.
  • JNU ranked 20th globally for Development Studies, while IIMs featured in Business rankings.
  • QS founder praised India's higher ed advancements, citing PM Modi's visionary policies like NEP 2020.