How does the University of Delhi fare globally?

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The University of Delhi is among one of the most popular universities in India. 

In 2019, the Hindu college which is one of the most sought after institutions in DU set the highest percentage cut-off of 99% for B.A. (Hons) Political Science.

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In the same year, it was ranked as the 2nd best college in India by the NIRF(National Institutional Ranking Framework).

Overall, the NIRF marked DU as the 18th best university in India in 2020.

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So, how well does the University of Delhi stand in the global educational scenario? Can it carry its weight for demanding a near-perfect score from students?

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According to the QS Annual World Rankings 2021, the University of Delhi was ranked between the 501-510 spot.

The University of Connecticut and the University of Georgia have ranked alongside Delhi University.

How does the University of Delhi fare globally?
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The University of Georgia is classed as a “Research I ” institute, making it one of the most prestigious public schools in the United States of America. 
The University of Delhi’s ranking alongside it is, indeed, dignifying.

In the other categories by the QS World rankings, DU bagged 67th rank in Asia and 7th rank in India.

So,what are the criteria for ranking universities?

Different ranking programs have their own unique set of ranking procedures.

For instance, the Quacquarelli Symonds’s website reveals,The six QS rankings indicators are academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.”

Similarly,The Times Higher Education World Rankings (THE) ranks its participatory universities by performance indicators, which are then grouped in five areas- Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook and Industry Income.

The THE 2020 placed DU at the 601-800 slot in world rankings and at the 155th slot in Asian rankings.

The University of Oxford topped the world rankings globally. Interestingly, the admission procedure in Oxford is more holistic, along with being academically rigorous.

 Apart from demanding good scores from students, its admission committee reviews the prospective student’s personal statements, takes multiple interviews from shortlisted students and has entrance exams for most of its courses. 

The University of Delhi has some of these requirements in selected colleges, like St Stephen’s and courses like the Bachelors in Management Studies too, but it largely hinges its admission process from strict cut-offs.

DU would have a better academic student-body, if it included a diverse range of academic principles to judge students on.

An alternative admission process which allows students to showcase their innovations, research and community work would encourage younger students to develop more holistically.

This does not mean that the students excelling in scholastic or theoretical abilities should be completely discarded, on the other hand, a more inclusive and open approach for assessment should be expanded-both academically and non academically.


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Vanshika Yadav
She is currently studying English Literature from the Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Read her other writings at

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