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CWUR Report Highlights: Indian Higher Education Institutions Performance Analysis

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) released its 2024 report, revealing a mixed bag for Indian higher education institutions. While the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad improved its rank, many others, including the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, experienced a decline. The report indicates that despite advancements in research output, this success isn’t translating equally to higher education excellence. Furthermore, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) witnessed varied performances, with IIT Bombay notably climbing in rankings.

Key Findings

Indian Institutes’ Performance

  • IIM Ahmedabad Leads: Securing the 410th position globally, IIM Ahmedabad emerges as India’s top-performing institution.
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Decline: Despite its historical prominence, IISc dropped seven places, now standing at 501st.
  • IITs in Focus: IIT Bombay climbed 14 spots, reaching 568th rank, while IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur featured among the top 10 performers.

Top 10 Indian Higher Education Institutions

  1. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (410)
  2. Indian Institute of Science (501)
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (568)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (582)
  5. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (606)
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (616)
  7. Delhi University (622)
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (704)
  9. Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (798)
  10. Punjab University (823)

Global Landscape

  • Harvard Dominates: Harvard University continues its reign atop the global rankings for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Chinese Advancements: Chinese institutions showcase significant progress, with 95% moving up the list, attributed to robust investments in research and development.


The CWUR report analyzes 62 million outcome-based data points, assessing universities worldwide based on four parameters: quality of education, employability, faculty quality, and research. The list encompasses 20,966 universities from 94 countries, providing a comprehensive overview of global higher education performance.

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