The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) lost ground in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17 issued on Tuesday.
The rankings confirmed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US as the world's best for the fifth consecutive year.
Indian Institute of Science+ (IISc), Bengaluru, remained India's highest-ranked institution, but dropped out of the top 150. The only good news is that IIT Madras+ has broken into the top 250, climbing up five places.
IISc's drop is symptomatic of the near-uniform drops faced by India's tertiary institutions this year, the report said. In fact, the positions of nine out of the 10 Indian universities ranked 700 or above in 2015 have dropped this year. The rankings fell for both academic and employer reputation. There are just four Indian institutions among the world's top 100 in research impact, one fewer than last year's, as IIT Madras dropped eight ranks to 101st. IISc remains India's best research institution, ranked 11th.