How much significance do you attach to these rankings? Particularly, if this exercise is done on an international scale? Even if you, like me, don't really give a damn, do you (again, like me ;-) want to get a sneak peek at who is where in the pecking order? You might be interested in looking at the 'much awaited' Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2005 (the third in the series), published by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, MIT, Caltech, Columbia, Princeton, University of Chicago and Oxford are the top 10 universities. Overall, the top 25 list features nineteen universities from the US, and two from Asia (Tokyo and Kyoto).
Three Indian universities make it to the top 500 list: IISc (World rank: 301-400, Asia-Pacific rank: 37-65), IIT-Kharagpur (401-500, 66-93) and University of Calcutta (401-500, 66-93).