Ranking exercises are stupid -- they don't stand up to even the merest of scrutiny. And that's the only kind of scrutiny I can give to the 2009 THE-QS rankings! [Update: If you want a somewhat more elaborate critique, read this article over at Inside Higher Ed.]
Here's what I found:
You turn now to the ranking of Asian universities, and look at the IITs. You do find IIT-B and IIT-D ranked at 30 and 36 (no overall scores are given in this list).
But wait a minute: IIT-K is also there at No. 34.
IIT-K is good enough to beat IIT-D in Asia, but not in the World?/li>
How sadly off-the-mark should this exercise be if it ranks IIT-R (Rank: 63) way ahead of IIT-KGP (Rank: 141)?
It's bad stuff. It's not worth any more of our time.
But I do expect one or both of the following:
clueless Indian journalists will go gaga over this list in tomorrow's newspapers.
one or two anonymous commenters will come in and tell us about all the ways in which IIT-R is actually "better" than IIT-KGP.