World University Ranking 2016-17 Ranks IISc as Top Indian University

Snigdha updated on : 23 Sep 2016

IISc Bangalore has been ranked as the top Indian university under the world’s best university ranking for the year 2016-17. Read the complete report here.

World Univ Ranking 2016 Ranks IISc on Top Indian

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been ranked as the top Indian university under the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the year 2016-17. Standing in 201-250 ranking group, IISc jumped up about 50 places from last year’s position in 251-300 group to reach the highest position ever attained by an Indian University.

Following suit is the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) that featured in 351-400 ranking group to grab the second highest position in this ranking. IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras grabbed the consequent positions by making it to the 401-500 ranking group.

Top 10 Indian Universities

Ranking Group




IISc Bengaluru



IIT Bombay



IIT Delhi



IIT Kanpur,



IIT Madras



IIT Kharagpur



IIT Roorkee



 Jadavpur University



Aligarh Muslim University



BITS Pilani

This year a record number of 31 universities featured in this World Ranking list with 19 universities ranked in top 800 places as compared to 17 universities last year. NIT Rourkela, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Sri Venkateshwara University and Tezpur University have made a brand new entry in the top 800 ranks.

Apart from Aligrah Muslim University and BITS Pilani, 601-800 ranking group also included University of Calcutta, IIT Guwahati, University of Delhi, NIT Rourkela, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Panjab University, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tezpur University and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Acharya Nagarjuna University, Amrita University, Amity University, Andhra University, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Manipal University, SASTRA University, Osmania University, Sathyabama University, Vellore Institute of Technology and SRM University have been listed in 800- 890 ranking group.

Interestingly, Times Higher Education has released a list of 980 universities in 2016-17 unlike 800 universities listed out in 2015-16. However, Indian institutes still could not make it to the top 200 positions. 

On the international front, United Kingdom’s Oxford University has grabbed the top position for the first time as the world’s best university, pushing California Institute of Technology (Caltech) of US to the second position. Stanford University (US), University of Cambridge (US) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) grabbed the remaining three top five positions. National University of Singapore has been ranked as the best university in Asia at 24th position.

Editor of Times Higher Education World University Ranking, Phil Baty called India’s strong performance in 2016-17 ranking as a result of realizing the importance of ‘global benchmarking exercises’. He gave the example of the recent government launched, funded project that focused on catapulting IITs to the top of the world’s best university ranking. 

India Director of Deloitte, Rohin Kapoor complemented the government’s consciousness to improving India position in global ranking and introducing country-specific ranking. He also suggested holding discussions with different ministries for free flow of students and teachers leading to internationalization and globalization.

This year’s world university ranking list of 980 universities have been taken from 79 different universities. Also, for the first time in 12 years, a non-US university has secured the top position in the list.


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