Indian Universities score big at THE Impact Rankings 2023

THE assesses universities’ contributions to Sustainable Development Goals

Indian universities’ progress towards the sustainable development goals revealed in Impact Rankings 2023

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has secured the joint 52nd position globally in the overall category for Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023 for driving sustainability, reflecting their commitment across research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. 

The ranking access the worldwide university’s progress toward tackling the world’s greatest challenges. Further, 66 Indian universities have made their way in the overall category with nine in the top 400. Various other universities from India are listed under 17 different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) categories as well.

“The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, now in its fifth year, is establishing itself as one of the world’s most important university rankings. It moves away from the traditional and more narrow approach to rankings and looks at far broader issues – examining how universities are improving our world,” said Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge officer, THE.

THE’s rankings are the only rankings to judge universities’ contribution to all 17 of the UN’s SDGs across all their core activities. A record 1,705 universities from 115 countries/regions are assessed. Progress is measured for each of the individual 17 SDGs, and across the goals as a whole, which sees 18 universities from 10 countries and regions achieve number one positions.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education secures the 4th position in SDG 5 – gender equality. It has scored the highest rank in any individual SDG category from India. Five Indian universities (the highest from any country) are present in the top 100 list for SDG 7 – affordable and clean energy category.

Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science & Technology come in 9th, jointly in the 25th, and jointly in the 75th rank, respectively.

JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research in 16th, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 23rd, and Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research comes in 83rd position for SDG 3 – good health and well-being.

Indian universities highest position in the 17 individual SDGs

  • SDG 1 – No poverty: JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research – joint 65th
  • SDG 2 – Zero hunger: Lovely Professional University – 41st
  • SDG 3 – Good health and well-being: JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research – joint 16th
  • SDG 4 – Quality education: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham – 9th
  • SDG 5 – Gender equality: Manipal Academy of Higher Education – 4th
  • SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham – joint 24th
  • SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati – 6th
  • SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth: University of Calcutta – joint 52nd
  • SDG 9 – Industry innovation and infrastructure: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham – 101-200
  • SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities: KIIT University – 17th
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities: SRM Institute of Science and Technology – 101-200
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production: Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences – joint 44th
  • SDG 13 – Climate action: Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences – 101-200
  • SDG 14 – Life below water: Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology – 201-300
  • SDG 15 – Life on land: Don Bosco University – 101-200
  • SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions: KIIT University – 201-300
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham – 101-200

The world’s highest-ranked university in THE’s Ranking 2023, is Western Sydney University, in the overall category. Australian and Canadian universities dominate the top 10 in the overall category taking three and four places respectively.

Also in the top 10 is one university from the UK – University of Manchester coming second, one from Malaysia – Universiti Sains Malaysia which is fourth, one from the US – Arizona State University (Tempe) coming sixth and one from Denmark – Aalborg University in joint ninth. 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

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