The Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and Punjab University (Chandigarh) have made it to be among the list of top 50 universities across Asia, not considering the fact that no Indian varsity or institute figures in the world top 100 list.
The Asia University Ranking is one of the category in Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, was ranked to be 37 as it scored 39.4 for its overall performance. The qualification to be one among top 50 was completely based on a criteria including teaching, international outlook, Industry income, research and citations.
The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee was at 55th rank followed by IIT, Bombay at 57th rank and the fifth one from India was IIT, Delhi at 67th rank and other IITs follow quickly — IIT, Kharagpur at rank 69 , IIT-Madras at 78, and Aligarh Muslim University with a rank of 90. The last from India to just scape through was JNU at 96th rank. In all only 9 institutions have made it to the top 100 that from Asia list while none of them figured in the world top 100 universities.
The IISc was set up by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, with only two departments initially, a century ago, with general and applied chemistry and electro-technology. Later, several new areas of research were introduced ranging from biochemistry to aerospace engineering.
Panjab University ranked 38 with an overall score of 38.5. This University is spread over 550 acres of land in Chandigarh. It has 75 teaching and research departments and more than 190 affiliated colleges across the region. Being one of the oldest universities, it boasts Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister and Kalpana Chawla, NASA Astronaut among its alumni.
What tops the list is the University of Tokyo, Japan with overall score of 76.1, following National University of Singapore to be second with 73.3 score.
The list also had University of Hong Kong with 67.5 score making third place for itself. Subsequently, Peking University and Tsinghua University both from China made to fourth and fifth place with an overall score of 65.2 and 65.1 respectively.
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