The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has emerged as India's new No 1 in the latest rankings for universities from BRICS and other emerging economies.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2015 has placed Bangalore-based IISc at No 25 in the overall 100, topped by China's Peking University.

According to the latest rankings, India has four varsities in the top 40 IISc, IIT Bombay (37), IIT Roorkee (38) and Chandigarh's Panjab University (39) and seven more in the top 100.

The other seven universities that complete India's tally of 11 institutions in the 2015 list -- up from 10 last year are: IITs Kharagpur (43), Madras (44), and Delhi (56).
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (71), IIT Kanpur (74), Aligarh Muslim University (78) and IIT Guwahati (98).

Some 22 countries classified as emerging economies by FTSE have been analysed for the rankings, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS).

China has dramatically strengthened its position as the number one nation of the emerging economies, matching its economic dominance with rapidly improving universities.

The top five after Perking University is completed by China's Tsinghua University, Turkey's Middle East Technical University, University of Cape Town and MV Lomonosov Moscow State University, respectively.