Three Indian Universities figure in top 200, according to the QS World University Ranking as opposed to two Indian Universities in the year 2016 and none in 2013. The BJP government has launched programs such as IMPRINT India, Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY) and Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) to promote research in India.
However, the Jawahar Lal University (JNU) recently decided to slash the research seats (M.Phil & Ph.D) from 1234 to 194, a decline of 84 percent in 2017-18. This decision, that applies to all Universities, was in compliance of UGC guidelines that seek to restrict the number of research scholars a faculty member of a university, central or state, can supervise at a time. The decision has serious implications.