THE IMPACT Rankings for the year 2020 are out and IIT Kharagpur makes a clean sweep into the top 100 positions, globally. IIT Kharagpur secured the 57th position among all the universities in the world for its research work largely contributing towards sustainable development and creating a socio-economic influence on the planet, Earth. 

About 766 global universities from 80 nations took part in THE Impact Ranking for 2020. Out of these, IIT Kharagpur is the only Indian institute that featured in the top 100 positions. THE Impact Ranking considers 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN to evaluate research impacts. The report surfaces at a time when the world is making a headway into sustainable development amid this global pandemic.

As the report claims, IIT Kharagpur showcased a terrific performance at the SDG6 level of individual rankings, where it struck at 4th position for clean water and sanitation. Other ranks followed as 6th in SDG (for Zero Hunger), at 13 for SDG13 (Climate Action), jointly at 24 for SDG1 (No Poverty) and 24 in SDG7 (for Affordable and Clean Energy).

28 of the Indian universities participated in THE Impact ranking out of which 26 found positions in the overall ranking list. Apart from IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras notched at rank 16 with SDG9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) as well as 32nd rank for SDG6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). 

Days after 7 IITs (Guwahati, Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Madras, Roorkee and Kharagpur) of India decided to step down from THE Global University Rankings to be conducted in years to come. The IITs made this decision citing disbelief in transparency of ranking measures. 

What's the IMPACT?

Times Higher Education’s initiative for Impact Ranking is the first of its kind ranking system in the world. This system has taken a clean curve from the conventional indicators like research citations and reputation to rank global universities. 

Instead, parameters like climate action, gender equality, sanitation and social-economic influences evaluate the impact of research studies. Thus, the ranking celebrates commitments of universities in creating a social and economic impact on the planet. 

Total of 857 universities from 89 different countries covering 6 continents took part by submitting proofs of research works that align with 17 SDGs of the UN. All these universities have been ranked in at least one of the 17 criteria. 

As the overall ranking suggests, 27 universities of India found prominence in SDG17. However, IIT Kharagpur added three more to its list of criteria for submissions. Thus, coming out as the best university in India and 57th in the world.

Indian Universities in THE Ranking 2020

Indian universities secured top 20 positions in 6 of the SDGs.The progress of Indian Universities in making their presence felt on a global scale is a bigger achievement. In this context, Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer of THE has appreciated Indian universities in their strive for excellence in research for creating impact, socially and economically.

As for the moment, it’s a big achievement for IIT Kharagpur and IIT Madras as well. Featuring in 16th position for industry, innovation and infrastructure as well as 35th for clean water and sanitation, IIT Madras is also enjoying a big win. It has been ranked in the 350-400 bracket, globally.

Here’s the list of 10 Indian Universities in THE Impact Rankings 2020:

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As the list goes, what is more surprising is the performance of the smaller universities in India like Acharya Nagarjuna University, Yenepoya University or Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. These universities have made it to the top 200 positions in terms of quality of education imparted considering sustainability goals. 

Additionally, universities like TISS, Pondicherry University, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research and Chitkara University have been ranked within the top 200 for gender equality. 

Global Varsities in the Scene

The entire ranking list observes Australian Universities paramount at top 4 positions. University of Auckland made it to the first place, followed by University of Sydney at 2, Western Sydney University at 3 and La Trobe University at 4. However, none of the Australian Universities could secure their positions in the top 10 for 2019; hence the progress.

The other positions in top 10 have been shared by Arizona State University of USA (5), University of Bologna, Italy (6), University of British Columbia, Canada (7), University of Manchester, UK (8), King’s College London (9) and RMIT University, Australia (10).

Thus, as evident from 766 universities from 89 countries making it to the global list, Indian universities considerably lag behind when it comes to ‘impactful’ education. c.