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Indian Varsities that made it to the Asian Top 100

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The country has a total of 16 universities in the top 200 of the newly-expanded rankings, with the Indian Institute of Science leading the pack at the 27th place.

This is also the first time that an Indian institute has broken into the top 30 league.
IIT Bombay
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IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar told ET that India's better showing is the result of institutes' better research profiles as well as the fact that they are now providing data in a much more systematic way.

"India is on an upward trajectory. We'll keep doing better every year," he said. However, more needs to be done. Khakhar reckons one has to focus on parameters such as getting more international students and faculty into the system to move further up the order.
Other IITs
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Other IITs
Other Indian universities in the top half of rankings include IIT Kharagpur (51), IIT Delhi (60), IIT Madras (62), IIT Roorkee (65), IIT Guwahati (joint 80th ) as well as Jadavpur University in joint 84th place.

Incidentally, the IITs have also decided to hold their entrance tests in Singapore, the UAE, Ethiopia and SAARC nations from next year, to select foreign students for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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Narayanan Ramaswamy, head, education and skill development, KPMG in India, shared his views. "Indian institutes are now acknowledging that global rankings are here to stay. They are sharing information properly and even planning the process in advance. They are also making an effort to understand the nuances of various parameters in the rankings and working on them," he said.

"This is just the beginning. Fundamentally, our institutes are very strong. They deserve to move up much higher in global rankings."
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Government funding
"The nation still has a long way to go to compete with Asia's leading university nations such as in China, Japan and South Korea, and scores particularly weakly on internationalisation," said Phil Baty, editor, Times Higher Education rankings, in a statement.

He, however, stressed on some positives, saying, "The government's move to select 20 institutions across public and private sectors for special funding and special report to help compete on the global stage is very good news."
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