New Delhi, November 23: Three IITs and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have been named among top 20 varsities in BRICS countries, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings. Over 300 universities from India, China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil have been observed and graded for the QS ranking. Also Read - National Security Advisors of BRICS Nations to Hold Virtual Meeting on Thursday

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay secured ninth rank followed by IISc, Bangalore (10), IIT Delhi (15) and IIT Madras (18). Also Read - IIT JAM 2021: IISC Bangalore Releases Schedule, Apply on jam.iisc.ac.in From September 10-October 15

Chinese universities led the race by securing top three spots and occupying eight of the top 10 positions. Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University grabbed the top three ranks. Also Read - BRICS Foreign Ministers Meet: 'EAM Jaishankar Highlighted Early Steps Taken by India in Wake of COVID-19,' Says MEA

“Role of ranking in terms of students getting to know about the institutions can’t be negated, but also sometimes overplayed. Rankings are relevant for institutions and most importantly because of the rankings what happened in India is that institutions have started to look at themselves,” UGC Chairman VS Chauhan said at unveiling of rankings.

“Indian education has expanded and we are trying to change a lot of regulations which were made long ago. The government is also realizing that the universities are a matter of prestige for the country,” he added.

Congratulating the universities for making it to the top 20, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, in a series of tweets, said: “Kudos to faculty members and students of IIT Bombay for rising four notches from 13 to 9 in the 2018 at World University Ranking . Glad that two more IITs -IIT Delhi and IIT Madras feature in top 20. Congrats! ”

India has the second highest representation in the 2017 list.

The ranking was given on the basis of eight parameters — academic reputation, employer reputation, proportion of staff with a PhD, faculty/student ratio, research publications and citation rates and proportion of international faculty and students.

According to the rankings, among the top 10 public varsities in India are IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Kanpur, Delhi University and Kolkata University.

Among the top 10 private universities in the country are BITS Pillani, Thapar University, Symbiosis International University, Manipal University, Amrita University, VIT University, Kalinga University and OP Jindal Global University.

In 2016, IISc Bangalore was the only Indian institution to figure in the top 10 with rank 6.

With inputs from PTI