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The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is the country’s highest-ranked institution, placed between 251-300 ranks, moving up one group band after being in the 301-350 band for three consecutive years.

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A record 75 Indian institutes featured in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023, up from 71 last year, though none of them have broken into the top-250 league yet.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is the country’s highest-ranked institution, placed between 251-300 ranks, moving up one group band after being in the 301-350 band for three consecutive years. Even with seven of the first-generation Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) continuing to boycott the rankings, India is the sixth most-represented country in the 2023 list. In the 2017 edition of THE ranking, only 31 Indian universities were ranked.

India has five universities in the world’s top 500 and nine institutions in the top 600 – up from six in 2022. They include JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Alagappa University, Mahatma Gandhi University, IIT Ropar, IIIT Hyderabad, Jamia Milia Islamia, and Saveetha University, apart from IISc.

In 2020, IITs of Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee had issued a joint statement saying they had decided not to participate in THE World University Rankings, citing concerns over transparency.

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