No JNU, no AMU, no Jamia, only IIT and science universities make it to top world 100

Recently, Times Higher Education (THE) has released its latest rankings of the institutions in emerging economies. Indian universities have achieved a major milestone by breaking into the top 100.

Three Chinese universities including Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Zhejiang University, topped the list whereas 11 Indian Universities have made the place into the list of top 100 universities.

The surprising fact is that India’s premiere Universities- the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) are the ones breaking into the top 100.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, on the other hand, surprised everyone by entering the list. This university, situated in Coimbatore, jumped 51 spots to become the top 100th emerging economies University. Therefore, its entry into the top 100 is no less than a great achievement. 

IISc ranks 16th in the list followed by IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay at the 32nd and 34th spot respectively. Other IITs in the list are- IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Indore, IIT Madras, IIT Ropar and IIT Kanpur.

Speaking about the performance of Indian Universities, Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE said, “There has long been a debate on the success of Indian universities in world rankings, and for too long they have been seen as underperforming on the global stage. The Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020 suggests that real progress is being made by a number of institutions in a number of metrics across our robust methodology, and could mark an exciting turning point for Indian higher education, enabled in part by the Institutes of Eminence scheme.”

It is a matter of pride for Indian universities to be among the top 100. It proves that Indian universities are improving day by day, making India proud. One thing has caught everyone’s attention that all the top Indian universities are Science & Technology universities with the exception of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham which is a multi-disciplinary University.

Universities like the JNU, AMU, Jamia Milia Islamia University, etc. could not make a place among the top 100 Universities in the world. JNU, AMU and Jamia Milia Islamia University have been in the news since the Citizenship amendment act came into effect. These Universities have opposed the new citizenship law whereas prominent Indian universities like IITs and IIMs have supported the Citizenship Act (CAA).

The government allocates budget in crores to the universities opposing the new citizenship law but we get anti-national slogans in return. Students get stipend every month from the government for the research work. Besides stipend, they also get subsidized accommodation on campus. They get all the facilities and freebies through tax paid by ordinary Indians. But students participate in protest instead of doing research, and they also create unnecessary ruckus.

Prominent institutions including IITs and IIMs managed to make a mark at the THE rankings by dint of their performance. On the other hand, the performance of universities like JNU, AMU, etc. are not up to the mark. They are so engrossed in protest that they often forgot to pay attention to performance.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.