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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

University of Delhi ranked world’s 16th-best Development Studies program

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
University of Delhi ranked world’s 16th-best Development Studies program
Indian struggles continue in latest QS World Subject Rankings
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London, 8th March 2017: The University of Delhi is home to the world’s 16th-best Development Studies program, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by SubjectThe seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance, released today, lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects. QS’s subject tables were viewed more than thirty million times throughout 2016.
Harvard University is number-one in 15 tables, ahead of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12 number-one spots).
The University of Delhi has risen two places for Development Studies, and provides one of India’s four top-50 finishes across the 46 tables – one more than last year. The others are provided by:
  •     The Indian School of Mines, which has leapt from the 51-100 category to 24th for Engineering – Mineral and Mining;
  •     Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, which has debuted in the Engineering – Mineral and Mining ranking in 35th position;
  •     Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, which ranks 49th for Electrical Engineering.
This slight increase in the number of Indian institutions providing top-50 programs is one of Indian higher education’s major highlights this year. So, too, is the fact that, as India seeks to provide the strength in depth necessary to educate one of the world’s largest tertiary-age populations, it has seen the number of universities ranked for at least one subject increase. Last year, 22 Indian institutions were ranked at least once; this year, that number increases to 28.
Furthermore, India also increases its overall share of places. Last year, its 22 universities were ranked 117 times, taking 1.27% of all available places. This year, its 28 universities are ranked 151 times, representing 1.32% of overall places. The below table provides a visual overview of India’s year-on-year performance:
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017: Performance Overview
2017 Figure
2016 Figure
Overall Placements
% of Overall Placements
Number of Universities Ranked
Top 400 Placements
Top 300 Placements
Top 200 Placements
Top 100 Placements
Top 50 Placements
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017

However, this year’s release still indicates the level of work necessary for Indian higher education. At the top levels of the subject tables – the top 200, top 100, and top 50 – Indian universities see a numerical increase in places but not a substantial proportional increase.
Furthermore, India’s IITs, IIMs, and IISC Bangalore are not yet gaining ground on the world’s top institutions. These higher education providers are ranked 95 times in total this year. This is an increase from 82 in 2016. However, they see a larger number of drops in rank (24) than increases in rank (9). 
IIT Madras is responsible for most of the improved positions. It rises to the 101-150 category for Mathematics, to the 151-200 category for Physics & Astronomy, and into the top 100 for Materials Science.
The following table lists the institutions that feature in the top 10 of the 46 subject tables most frequently:
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017: Most Top-10 Ranks Global)
Number of Top-10 Places
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
University of California, Berkeley
United States
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Stanford University
United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States
University of California, Los Angeles
United States
London School of Economics
United Kingdom
Yale University
United States
ETH Zurich
Princeton University
United States
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017

QS have also released their QS World University Rankings by Faculty. The rankings by Faculty assess university performance across five broad groups of subjects: Arts & HumanitiesEngineering & TechnologyLife Sciences & MedicineNatural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management. India’s best rank in the Faculty tables is Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)’s 71st-place rank in the Engineering & Technology faculty area. It is closely followed in the same faculty area by IIT Bombay, which ranks 78th.
QS have added four subjects to this year’s project: Anatomy & PhysiologyHospitality & Leisure ManagementSports-related Subjects, and Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies.
The final tables are the result of QS analysing:
  • Over 185 million citations;
  • Over 43 million papers;
  • 194,000 responses to their global Employer Survey;
  • Over 305,000 responses to their global Academic Survey.
Bibliometric data is provided by Scopus/Elsevier, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The full QS World University Rankings by Subject tables can be found here. The full methodology can be found here.


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