IITs lose ground in worldwide ranking

The rankings validated Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US as the world's best for the fifth straight year.

The rankings validated Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US as the world's best for the fifth straight year.

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, stayed India's highest-ranked institution but dropped from the top 150. The only good news is that IIT Madras has broken into the top 250, climbing five areas.

IISc's drop is symptomatic of the close-uniform falls in 2013 faced by the tertiary institutions of India, the report said. The ranks dropped for both academic and employer standing. You can find just four Indian associations among the world's top 100 in research impact, one fewer than last year's, as IIT Madras dropped eight ranks. IISc remains the best research association of India, ranked 11th.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS Intelligence Unit, credits the drops to several variables. One is the comparatively low amount of Ph.D. capable researchers of India. Also, India pulls and hires fewer Ph.D. capable research workers from abroad. He notes that no association that is Indian ranked for QS's international faculty ratio metric above 700.

Nine varsities also dropped regarding faculty-student ratio.

QS intelligence unit noted that significant investment -- human and capital -- is needed if Indian institutions are to remain competitive and upwardly mobile.

"This year's rankings mean that levels of investment are determining who progresses and who regresses. Associations in nations that provide high amounts of targeted funds... are increasing. On the other hand, Western European nations making or proposing reductions to public research spending are losing ground to their own US and Asian counterparts," Sowter said.

"The performance of Indian institutions in our recent Regional Rankings indicate that India is gaining some ground on its regional competitors," he added.

This means US institutions hold all top-three places for the first time since the initiative positions of 2004.