LONDON, May 1 � The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati has made it to the world�s top 100 varsity rankings, bringing India for the first time on the list, reports PTI.
The IIT-Guwahati is the only Indian educational institute in the 2014 league table of �100 Under 50� institutions released by the �Times Higher Education� (THE) magazine here yesterday.
The IIT-G shares the 87th rank on the list with Portugal�s New University of Lisbon and Australia�s University of Western Sydney.
The annual evaluation of the world�s top 100 universities under 50 years of age had a distinct Eastern stance with South Korea�s Pohang University of Science and Technology topping the list for the third consecutive year.
�There has been a great deal of soul-searching in India over the fact that none of its universities make the World University Rankings� top 200 � a serious concern given the country�s great intellectual history and growing social and economic influence,� said Phil Baty, rankings editor at THE magazine.
�But this new analysis, which examines the next generation of global university stars, should be encouraging. Of the �BRICS� nations, Russia, mainland China and South Africa do not make the grade, so it is cause for optimism that the�Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati�breaks into the top 100,� he added.
The �100 Under 50 � 2014� uses the same comprehensive list of 13 performance indicators that underpin the prestigious THE World University Rankings, but employs an especially re-calibrated methodology to better capture the characteristics of young institutions.
�It looks to the future by examining a new breed of global universities � those that have managed to join the world elite in a matter of decades rather than centuries, and those with the potential to become the next generation�s Harvard or Oxford,� THE said in a statement.
Asia again makes an impressive showing in the rankings, bolstered by India�s inclusion. The top Asian nation in terms of numbers is Taiwan, which has four representatives (down from five), led by the National Sun Yat-Sen University in 40th, the statement said.