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More Indian institutes in list, but IISc slips in global rank

More Indian institutes in list, but IISc slips in global rank

At number three is the University of Cambridge.

A total of 56 Indian institutes are among thousand world-class universities this year.

Auckland now has two universities ranked in the top 1 per cent worldwide, according to new rankings from Times Higher Education (THE).

But, there has been an increase in the number of universities being represented in the list this year.

There are approximately 4,000 global research institutions, according to Essential Science Indicators, and at least 26,000 universities in the world, according to the Webometrics ranking system. Bangalore retains the top position in the country, it has failed to figure among the top 300 best institutes, the ranking of which is compiled by UK-based Times Higher Education (THE). It means both IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi have grown by 100 ranks from the previous year.

The Indian Institute of Technology - Ropar pushed Indian Institute of Technology - Indore, which remains in the 351-400 band, into third place. "It now needs to back up these aspirations with high levels of investment - or risk declining further amid increasing global competition, especially from other parts of Asia", Ellie Bothwell, THE rankings editor, said in an email. Apart from IISc, six other Indian universities fall into a lower band this year, though the bulk of the nation's institutions more or less remained stable. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar made it to the top 350 on it's debut in the list. United States institutions saw a slight drop in their average ranking overall.

In Asia, China's dominance continues with 24 of its universities finding a place among the top 200 in the list. U.S. universities make up 14 of the global top 20 and seven of the top 10, with the country's leading institutions performing particularly well in the area of citation impact.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trinity College Dublin called on the government to work with universities to develop a national strategy on rankings to reverse the slide in rankings witnessed in many Irish universities over the past decade. THE chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said, "It has always been clear that the emerging countries of Asia are going to play an increasingly powerful role among the global elite of higher education".