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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Sep 22:

The Steel City of Odisha has added another feather in its cap as the National Institute of Technology here has found place in the list of ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-17’ released yesterday.

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In the global higher education, India has fared well with a record 31 varsities, including 14 new entrants, making it to the list.

The University of Oxford has topped the list followed by California Institute of Technology.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is India’s top institution in the list, up nearly 50 places from its last year’s rank. Only two Indian universities have made it to the top 400 universities’ list. IISc (201-250 group), up from last year’s 251-300 group, is accompanied by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay (351-400 group) in the top 400 table.

There is no Indian university in the coveted top 200 list.

The other Indian universities on the list include IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee.

The calculation of the THE World University Rankings is subject to an independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The rankings claim to be the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. It uses 13 calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

Other Indian universities which have found a place in the list include Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, University of Calcutta, University of Delhi, IIT Guwahati, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Panjab University, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

Sri Venkateswara University, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tezpur University, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Amity University, Amrita University, Andhra University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Manipal University, Osmania University, SASTRA University, Sathyabama University, SRM University, Vellore Institute of Technology have also made it to the list.

Overall, 289 Asian universities from 24 countries make the overall list of 980 institutions and an elite group of 19 are in the top 200, up from 15 last year.

Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice-president of research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education and co-editor of the book Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower?, said that the “sharp rise” of Asia’s universities is due to three main factors: rapidly growing populations and demand for higher education in the region; governments making “significant investments” in universities; and improvements by individual institutions.

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