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India's premier IITs lose ranks in global ranking
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have lost their rankings this year in the Quacquarelli Symonds QS World University Rankings 2016-17.
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has regained its position as the best-ranked institution from India but overall it has lost its rank and dropped out to 150. The rankings have fell for both academic and employer reputation.

In the global rankings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retained its top position for the fifth consecutive year. The US institutions hold all the top three places with Stanford and Harvard at number 2 and 3 respectively.

In terms of world's top 100 institutions in research impact, only four Indian institutions feature in the list. Ranking of IIT Madras in this field has dropped to 101 while it's overall rank has developed to 250. Last year, IIT Madras was ranked at 255. In research impact, India's best institute is IISc at rank 11.

"The performance of Indian institutions in our recent regional rankings suggests that India is gaining some ground on its regional competitors. Though India is making substantial and commendable progress towards ensuring that more of its tertiary-age population have access to tertiary education, the global edition indicates that substantial challenges remain," said Ben Sowter, head of research at QS Intelligence Unit.

The fall in rankings has been attributed to relatively low number of doctoral students and globally insufficient faculty-student ratio.

In the list of latest rankings, IIT Delhi has been placed at 185 (last year it was 179), IIT Bombay at 219 (202), IIT Kanpur 302 (271), IIT Kharagpur 313 (286), IIT Roorkee 399 (391) and IIT Guwahati in the 481-490 band, against 451-460 band last year.

This year's rankings imply that levels of investment are determining who progresses and who regresses. Institutions in countries that provide high levels of targeted funding... are rising. On the other hand, Western European nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending are losing ground to their US and Asian counterparts, Sowter said.

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