For the first time in the history of Independent India eight Indian institute of higher education has been successful in grabbing ranks below the top 100, where Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has ranked 27th.
In the first 100 institutions, eight have featured from India and 16 in a total of 200.
It is the first time the list has been expanded to 200. In all, 22 countries are represented, an increase from 14 in 2015.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay (43rd), Kharagpur (51st), Delhi (60th), Madras (62nd), Roorkee (65th), and Guwahati (joint 80th) and Jadavpur University in joint 84th place are the other names that occupy various positions in the first 100.
National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University also from Singapore occupied the first and second position respectively for the first time.
However, the ranking authorities observed that the South Asian Institutions of higher education lag behind their East Asian Counterparts like Singapore, China and South Korea to attain an international standard primarily on the grounds of funding and the lack of government initiatives to treat the universities as a fulcrum to stimulate economic growth and frame policies.