Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has for the first time made it to the coveted Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking and has been ranked at 751-800, according to its just released 2019 ranking.
Ranked at 13th among the 24 Indian universities that have featured in the QS Ranking 2019, JMI has been placed above Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Expressing his delight over JMI’s debut and good performance in QS World Ranking, Vice Chancellor JMI, Prof Talat Ahmad said that it reflects the university’s increased focus on research, teaching and quality publications. With research and publications taking center stage in the university’s curricula in the last few years, JMI has moved up in all significant national and international rankings whether it be National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) or Times Higher Education (THE).
“Now that we have found an important place in world ranking, the challenge before the university’s teaching community is not only to sustain the trend but make all efforts to improve it further.” Prof Ahmad said .
UK-based QS which has ranked world’s top 1000 universities from among 85 countries in its 2019 annual report has highlighted that the “positive performance recorded by India’s most prominent institutions is symptomatic of a successful year for the country’s higher education system”. The highlights point out that of the 24 universities that featured from India, 7 have improved their rank, 9 remain stable, 5 are newly-ranked and three have recorded a drop in their their position.
It said that the better performance of Indian universities can “primarily be attributed to improvements in QS’s reputational indicators, which account for the insights of 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers. 17 of India’s 24 ranked universities improve their rank for Academic Reputation, while 13 improve their rank for Employer Reputation.”
Prof Shafeeque Ahmed Ansari, Director, IQAC, JMI attributed the university’s success to the proactive participation of all faculty members who have been diligently providing and updating their research and related data from time to time.
Being the only international ranking to have received International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approval, the QS ranking is viewed as one of the three most-widely read university rankings in the world, along with Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.