The days of disappointment are over as finally an Indian educational institute, IISc Bangalore, has broken into the top 10 of a global university rankings.
The University which has achieved this feat is the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
The Times Higher Education (THE) revealed that India is home to one of the world’s best small universities, as it made public the 2017 edition of the rankings.
IISc Bangalore, has been ranked eighth in ‘THE’s Best Small Universities in the World 2017’.
However, India’s overall show in the ranking took a hit this year, as there were two institutions in the top 20 last year, though none were in top 10. Small universities are those with fewer than 5,000 students.
The International Ranking system correlates data from around the world and compares thousands of Universities on various parameters of excellence, quality of curriculum, international exposure and so on.
IISc has ranked in the list of Top Universities for some time but this year it has become one among the elite Top 10.
The ranking catapults IISc further up the charts within the domestic circuit.
IISc, a public university for scientific research and higher education, was established in 1909 with active support from Jamsetji Tata and Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore.
In 2015-16 it became the first Indian institute to be ranked among the top 100 in THE World University Rankings for engineering and technology at 99th position.
IISc now joins the elite list that includes California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from the US, Ecole Normale Superieure from France and Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea.
Caltech continues to retain its leadership position, and France and Italy each take three places among the top 10.
Despite the new high, India has two misses. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Savitribai Phule Pune University which were ranked 14 and 18 respectively in the 2016 edition could not retain their spots in the top 20 this time.