The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has emerged as the highest-ranked educational institute in India, according to the QS World University Rankings 2024. The institute has achieved a global ranking of 149, marking its first-ever entry into the top 150 of the QS rankings.
This achievement represents a significant improvement from IIT Bombay’s position in the previous year’s rankings, where it held the 172nd spot. The institute’s rise in the rankings is a testament to its commitment to excellence in teaching and research.
IIT Bombay scored highly across several indicators used in the QS rankings. It achieved a score of 81.9 in employer reputation, 73.1 in citation per faculty, 55.5 in academic reputation, 47.4 in employment outcome, and 54.9 in sustainability. All scores are out of a maximum of 100 points.
Following IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi secured the second spot among Indian institutes, ranking 197th globally. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, came third nationally and 225th globally. These were the only two Indian institutes in the top 200 on the list.
Globally, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge retained the top two spots, followed by the University of Oxford.
The QS World University Rankings 2024 further highlighted that the Indian higher education system was the seventh most represented globally, with 45 universities on the list. It ranked third in Asia, after China and Japan.
Despite these achievements, the report suggested that to enhance its global standing, India should focus on attracting international students, fostering international collaborations, promoting diversity in faculty, and prioritising sustainability efforts.
Professor Subhasis Chaudhari, Director of IIT Bombay, expressed his satisfaction with the institute’s performance, stating, “Our efforts lie in providing an ambience and infrastructure that is conducive to achieving excellence by our students and faculty. Achieving a higher rank is just a byproduct and is never a goal. I am sure IIT Bombay still has miles to go, and we are walking.”
The QS World University Rankings are among the most prestigious and widely recognised university rankings globally. They evaluate universities based on a range of indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, and international faculty and student ratios.