The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, created history by being featured in the top 20 small universities in the world on Monday.

IIT-G has been ranked number 14 in the in Times Higher Education's World's Best Small Universities Ranking 2016.

There are two universities in top 20 from India with Savitribai Phule Pune University from Maharashtra in 18th place.

Giving the credit to the students and faculty, IIT-G director Gautam Biswas said the ranking is a major boost to the region and will motivate school students and other institutions towards science education.

"This is definitely a credit to the students, faculty and staff. The dedication of the IIT-G community made it possible. Now we have the responsibility to do better and that is possible only with cutting edge publication and research, which is the new paradigm. If we can do that that will be the real service as knowledge and high science are time and space invariant and has long lasting impact," he said.

Biswas believes that the turbulent times since 80s seem to be over and education sector will be back on track.

"The eight North East states are pretty good in education. Assam is quite advanced especially in science. But science and research culture took a beating that due to several other societal problems in early 80s. But now it is on the right track. Institutions like IIT-G and Tezpur University will boost the academic culture and science education in the region. We hope this will help leapfrog the institutions in other neighbouring states," he said.

California Institute of Technology, USA, is in first position. Although the US has the highest (five) number of universities, Europe has eight and Asia has seven. Of the eight European countries represented, the UK does not feature despite being second only to the US for world-class universities, with 78 in the top 800 and 34 institutions in the top 200.

"India's institutions are well represented in the World's Best Small Universities Ranking 2016.Alongside Caltech, they demonstrate the worldclass offering available at smaller institutions, no matter their location," said Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor.

Small universities are defined by having fewer than 5,000 students and teach and research across more than four disciplines.


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