India has surpassed China with the highest number of universities listed in the QS World University Rankings-Asia released on Wednesday.
As many as 148 Indian universities have been featured in the rankings—37 more than last year. The country is followed by China with 133 and Japan with 96.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has retained its top position in India and is placed 40th in the Asia ranking with an overall score of 67.2 out of 100.
Seven universities from the country have found their place in the elite top 100 institutes in Asia. They are IISc Bangalore, Delhi University and five Indian Institutes of Technology—Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur and Kanpur.
IIT Delhi has been ranked 46th, IIT Madras 53rd and IIT Kharagpur 59th. IISC Bangalore has secured the 58th rank.
"India achieves its best average score for the staff with PhD indicator, signalling strong research output and a highly qualified faculty body. This performance shows the potential for Indian institutions to leverage their academic rigor and research capabilities to further enhance their global standing,” the QS said in a statement.
“The increasing visibility of Indian universities in the QS rankings reflects the dynamic expansion of India's higher education landscape,” said Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President at QS.
According to an ANI report, there has been a significant improvement in India’s performance at the QS rankings in the last 10 years. Only 16 Indian universities had been featured in the rankings in 2014.