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Delhi University Features in the QS Global Ranking 2021

JNU, DU, IIT-D programs rank among the top in the Quacquarelli Symonds global ranking list 2021, with various programs and discipline achieving new hallmarks and ranking in the corresponding list.

Following the release of the QS World Subject-wise Rankings 2021 on Friday, March 4, JNU emerged as the best college for arts and humanities in India followed up by DU and IIT-Bombay, taking the second and third position respectively in the list. JNU has bagged 159th rank among all universities of the world in the Arts and Humanities stream, whereas DU has bagged 252nd rank.

Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), USA has maintained its first position in the list.

Three Indian Institutes of Technology have entered the group of the top-100 engineering institutes with IIT Bombay grabbing the top position in the Engineering and Technology category. IIT Bombay has secured the 49th position, IIT Delhi is at 54th spot, and IIT Madras is at 94th in the same category.

There are a total of six parameters on which the QS World Universities Ranking is dependent. The universities are evaluated as per Academic Reputation (40%), Employer Reputation (10%), Faculty/Student Ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), and International Faculty Ratio & International Student Ratio (5%). 

Recently, twenty disciplines offered by the University of Delhi have been counted in the QS World University ranking by subject 2021. DU alongside Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi) situated in the NCR, are among the list of 12 Indian institutions that made it to the top 100 in the respective lists. 

The other institutions include IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, Anna University, OP Jindal Global University, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad. Last year only 8 institutions made it to the list, but the current number has shown a great deal of progress.

In subjects belonging to the Social Sciences and Management field, DU has secured the 208th position by acquiring the top position among the Indian institutions. In the Arts and Humanities, the University of Delhi secured 252nd position while on the other hand, it ranked between 401-450 in Life Sciences and Medicines; bagging the 2nd position among the Indian institutions in the respective two fields. In the category of natural sciences, DU has secured the 7th position.

Modern Languages and Philosophy in the Arts and Humanities stream, have received top positions in India between 101-150 ranks. History and English language and Literature has secured 2nd position among Indian institutions by dropping within the strut of 151-200 status. In Linguistics, the Delhi University engaged 1st position among Indian Universities and within 151-200 internationally.

In the field of Engineering and Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering have been ranked between 410 and 500, Mechanical Engineering between 401 and 500 and Computer Science and Information Systems between 351 and 400. In terms of the subject-wise ranking, Agriculture and Forestry are ranked between 201 and 250 with the second position in India, Biological Sciences is ranked between 251 and 300 with the third position in India and Medicines is ranked between 351 and 400 with 4th position in India.

In Natural Sciences, Geography has been ranked between 151 and 200 and received a 2nd position in India. Environmental Studies with QS ranking of 351-400 received 5th position in India and Physics and Astronomy with 201-251 QS world ranking received 8th position in India and the 400). Chemistry (QS rank 351) and Mathematics (QS rank 315400) are at the 10th position in India.

Subsequently, on March 4, the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, who also goes by the nom de plume of Nishank, expressed his joy and congratulated the 12 Indian institutions on securing a position in the top 100. In a recent press conference he stated, “Over the last few years, the government’s continuous focus on improvement and reform in Indian higher education has resulted in significant improvement in the representation of Indian institutions in globally acclaimed and reputed rankings like QS.”

India’s higher education system plays a vital role in driving the nation’s competitiveness. Today, India is a leading nation with the highest number of higher education institutions across the globe with significant progress in the last few years in terms of enrolment in higher education which now stands at 37.4 million.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Pokhriyal credited the government’s efforts towards minimizing the gender gap in higher education, giving an additional array of hope to the NEP by deeming its aim at ‘transforming Indian higher education into a knowledge superpower in the 21st century‘.

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Nirmanyu Chouhan

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