India has eight universities in the top 50 list of BRICS nations


The 2016 edition of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for BRICS Nations, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is out, and Indian educational institutes seem to have both lost and gained ranks in it.

While on one hand India has expanded its base in the rankings with 17.6% of the 250 universities from the country getting ranked, on the other hand, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru, India’s top university in this list, has gone one rank down from last year. Not only this, six of the top 10 Indian universities in the rankings also lost ranks this year.

However, India managed to bring eight universities in the top 50, a number same as Russia and a step up than Brazil.

Last year, Indian universities took 31 of the 200 available places, taking a share of 15.5%. This year, however, the number was 44 in 250, or 17.6%.

However, India is behind China, with 86 universities, Russia, with 55 universities, and Brazil, with 54 universities in the list.

The top five places were grabbed by Chinese institutions, with India’s IISc, Bengaluru, coming in on sixth, a place down from 2015. The prestigious IITs, from Bombay, Delhi and Madras also came in the top 20 spots.

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