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QS University Rankings

Topics Covered:

Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.


QS University Rankings


What to study?

For Prelims: Indicators and top performers.

For Mains: Significance of the rankings and ways to improve the higher education system.


Context: QS World University Rankings for Asia has been released.

The National University of Singapore is ranked Asia’s best for the second consecutive year. It is followed by Nanyang Technological University, which has risen from 3rd to 2nd; and the University of Hong Kong.


Performance of Indian Institutes:

  1. 96 Indian institutions rank among 550 for the continent.
  2. India does not yet have a university among the top 30.
  3. The best performing institution from India is IIT Bombay, which drops one place to 34th position. It is followed by IIT Delhi at 43rd place and IIT Madras at 50th.

Way ahead:

The Indian higher education system has grown exponentially over the past decade. The number of universities has nearly doubled, and the number of colleges has grown by 50 per cent. The sheer scale of this development is awe-inspiring. Nevertheless, the domestic demand for tertiary education of its young population — which is estimated to become the world’s largest by 2030 — is growing more rapidly than the expanded provision.


Sources: Indian Express.