No educational institution from India was in the top 200 ranks of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, while the highest ranked institution from India, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), slipped to 251-300 band of ranking from 201-250 of last year’s.

Most of the Indian universities came down in ranking.

Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Kanpur and Madras were ranked down to 501–600 band from last year’s 401-500 rankings.

IISC’s ranking declined because of the “drops in its research influence score and research income,” THE report said.

Universities in neighboring China, on the other hand, climbed up in the raking, with Peking University reaching 27th rank and Tsinghua university reaching to 30th.

But there is optimism. “..India’s overall research income and research quality has risen this year, and the country’s world class university plan shows that it recognises the importance of investing in higher education,” Phil Baty, editorial director, Global Rankings, THE, said .

University of Oxford got the first rank while the University of Cambridge was second. California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, jointly held the third position.

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