Nunzio Quacquarelli Founder, QS World Rankings Lauds Indian Prime Minister

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The QS World University Rankings 2025 have placed the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) Bombay and Delhi among the top 150 universities globally. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented on Friday that the qualitative changes in India’s education sector are evident in the QS World University Ranking, and his government aims to further enhance research and innovation in its third term.

The number of Indian institutions featured in the QS World University Rankings has grown significantly, from 11 in 2015 to 46 currently, marking a 318 percent increase over the past decade. Nunzio Quacquarelli, the founder-president of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-based higher education analyst, praised Modi’s leadership, highlighting the steady improvement of Indian universities in the QS rankings over the last decade.

In response, Modi posted on X: “Over the last decade, we have focused on qualitative changes in the education sector. This is reflected in the QS World University Rankings. Compliments to the students, faculty, and institutions for their hard work and dedication. In this term, we want to do even more to boost research and innovation.”

Revealed on Wednesday, the QS World University Rankings 2025 ranked IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi among the top 150 universities globally. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) retained its top global position for the 13th consecutive year.

India now has 46 universities in the QS rankings, making it the seventh most represented country globally and the third in Asia, following Japan (49 universities) and China (71 universities). IIT Bombay improved from 149th to 118th in the latest QS rankings, rising by 31 places. IIT Delhi advanced by 47 places to 150th globally.

IIT Kharagpur moved up from 271st to 222nd, becoming the fourth-ranked institution in India. IIT Madras climbed 58 places from 285th to 227th, overtaking IIT Kanpur, which advanced from 278th to 263rd. The University of Delhi made a notable leap of 79 places, moving from 407th to 328th, and improved its national rank from ninth to seventh.

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