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In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 released recently, India has strengthened its presence in a final world university rankings by claiming 49 places this year, up from 42 last year, media reported on Friday.
A total of 1,258 institutions participated globally in the survey and were ranked on several parameters.
India's highest ranked institution remains the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, followed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore, Bombay and Roorkee with Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University from Karnataka making a debut this year to complete the country's top five.
IIT Roorkee has been adjudged as the third best university in India. According to a statement released from the institute, IIT Roorkee has climbed up 100 points from 501-600 in the previous year to 401-500 in the current year, in the best Universities group category.
It overtakes IIT Bombay, which slips from the 351-400 rankings band to the 401-500 band.
Professor Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, on this significant improvement in the Institute's global ranking, said, "The work of IIT Roorkee's faculty and students is getting increasing global recognition. It will be our endeavor to strive for further improvement in our performance. I congratulate the faculty, students, and staff of the Institute on this achievement."
IIT Indore has become India's second highest ranked university and a global top 400 institution, with its strong scoring for the amount of research and impact.
Pradeep Mathur, Director of IIT Indore in an interview with the media said, "Our efforts in making research the focus of the institute is now reflected in the form of citation and other impact metrics of research."
He further added, "We continue to make research the focus of all our programmes which is why you see even our undergraduate students are active participants of research projects and collaborations within India and internationally too. We are committed to making IIT Indore a top-notch research hub nationally and internationally."
Amrita University from South India marked a significant rise in this year's rankings, from the 801-1000 band to 601-800 this year.
Some of the other new entries for the year include IITs in Bhubaneswar and Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune and Kolkata and Acharya Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh.
On the overall global charts, Oxford University claims the first position for a third consecutive year. Cambridge University retains the second spot, while Stanford in the US is holding steady at third.