Chennai: British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) unfolded the list of top 50 Asian University of 2016. Indian Institute of Technology - Madras has entered the list of top 50 universities jumping from 56th to 43rd position.
IIT- Madras director, Mr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “We are happy that we entered the list of Top 50 Asian University of 2016. We constantly focus on improving out teaching methods and overall curriculum. An increased number of research publication has contributed to the ranking. At the IIT council meeting, it was concluded that every faculty member should have at least one PhD. Our faculty/student ratio, i.e. 1.14/15 is another reason for rolling up in the ranking.
Ramamurthi also expects that after entering the top 50 list, foreign student will be more attracted towards the Indian universities and especially IIT-M.
IISc- Bangalore (Rank 33), IIT Bombay (Rank 35), IIT Delhi (Rank36) and IIT Kanpur (Rank 48) are the other Indian universities in top 50’s list. IIT Kharagpur ranked 51st. IIT Roorkee (Rank 78) and IIT Guwahati (Rank 94) made it to the top 100 list.
Andhra University and Amrita University made their debuts in list. University of Delhi rose up from 91st to 66th position while University of Calcutta from 149th to 108th position. Indian performance was ranked 5th best among 17 countries, with 23 Indian universities in top 350. National University of Singapore (Rank 1), University of Hong Kong (Rank 2) and Nanyang Technological University (Rank 3) are the top three rankers in the list.
The factors considered for ranking the universities were – academic reputation – 30%, reputation among prospective employers 20%, the ratio of faculty/students – 15%, papers per faculty – 10%, citations per papers – 10%, staff with PhD – 5%, proportion of international student – 2.5%, proportion of international faculty – 2.5%, proportion of inbound exchange students – 2.5%, and proportion of outbound exchange students – 2.5%.
The list of Top 50 Asian Universities of 2016 can be viewed on -