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QS World University Rankings 2021: JGU ranked no. 1 private university in India

June 10, 2020

O.P. Jindal Global University has been ranked as the number one university in India by the QS World University Rankings 2021. At a time when the total number of Indian institutions have gone down in the QS World University Rankings 2021, JGU has vastly improved its position in these rankings that were released today by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

Within 11 years of establishment, JGU has been ranked in the top 651-700 universities in the world and has become India’s number one ranked private university. With a jump of a possible 100 ranks this year, JGU is the only ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IOE) that has climbed up significantly in the QS World University Rankings 2021 compared to the rankings last year. 

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will be the chief guest at a virtual event being held today for the India exclusive launch of QS World University Rankings (2021) for unveiling and the presentation of QS World University Rankings 2021 Certificates to ranked Indian Institutions. The Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Professor (Dr.) D.P. Singh, and the Chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Professor (Dr.) V.S. Chauhan will be the Guests of Honour on the occasion. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) will be represented by the Senior Vice President of QS, Ben Sowter, and Regional Director – MENA & South Asia, QS, Dr. Ashwin Fernandes.

While 24 Indian universities made it to the top 1000 last year, this number has dropped to 21 universities this year. JGU is the highest-ranked Indian university solely dedicated to the study of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. 

Out of the 20 IOEs selected by the government of India, only 13 found a place in the QS World University Rankings 2021. This includes 4 IITs, IISc, Delhi University, Anna University, University of Hyderabad, MAHE, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, BHU, Jadavpur University and O.P. Jindal Global University. This year, JGU is the youngest and the highest performing IOE compared to previous year’s QS World University Rankings.

The founding Chancellor of JGU, Naveen Jindal, said, “It is an incredibly proud moment for me to see JGU leading the charge in fostering academic excellence in India and the world. JGU was established in memory of my father to be a centre of excellence and produce outstanding leaders in various walks of life. I am immensely pleased to see that it is fulfilling its vision through sustained hard work. I wish to congratulate the Vice Chancellor, faculty, and staff of JGU for their continued commitment to providing a world-class education to our students.”  He further said, “Climbing up in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and the prestigious recognition of JGU as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ gives hope for a more evolved higher education landscape in India in the coming years”.

JGU also became the first Indian university to receive QS IGAUGE E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation (E-LEAD) Certification from the coveted QS IGAUGE for e-learning excellence. This represents JGU’s commitment towards providing its students a truly global experience in their academic pursuits while ensuring that even a global pandemic like COVID-19 does not deter them.

Also read: QS World University Rankings 2021: IIT Bombay tops the list in India

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