• India
  • Jun 06

IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi among top 150 universities in QS world university rankings

• IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi are among the top 150 universities in the world, according to the QS World University Ranking 2025. 

• While IIT Bombay has climbed from 149 last year to 118, up by 31 ranks, IIT Delhi improved its rank by 47 points to bag the 150th position globally. 

• The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retained the top rank globally for the 13th time. 

• The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by the London-based higher education analyst. The 21st edition of the publication features 1,503 institutions across 104 locations and is the only ranking of its kind to emphasise employability and sustainability.

What it highlights about Indian universities?

• Boasting 46 universities in this edition of the rankings, the Indian Higher Education system is the seventh most represented globally and the third in Asia, trailing only Japan (49 universities) and China (71 universities). 

• IISc Bangalore which has secured rank 211.

• India has more entries in the world’s top 400 with IIT Kharagpur ranked at 222, IIT Madras at 227, IIT Kanpur at 263, University of Delhi at 328, IIT Roorkee at 335, and Anna University at 383. 

• India’s Employment Outcomes score is 10 points below the global average of 23.8, reflecting the need to bridge the gap between job requirements and graduates’ skills and to create more opportunities for new graduates. 

• Additionally, India’s sustainability score is also about 10 points below the global average and highlights the need to prioritise and strengthen sustainability initiatives within the higher education system. 

• The QS highlighted that despite the achievements, India faces challenges in internationalisation. 

• The country lags in the International Faculty Ratio and International Student Ratio indicators, underscoring the need for greater international collaboration and exchange. India’s score for the proportion of international students is a mere 2.9, significantly below the global average of 26.5. 

• Similarly, the average score for the proportion of international faculty is 9.3, indicating a need to increase the diversity and representation of international faculty members in Indian universities. 

• Additionally, India’s faculty and student ratio score is considerably lower than the global average, suggesting a need for a strategic focus on faculty recruitment and retention.

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