India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

Following last week's launch of the Times Higher Education magazine's Asia University Rankings 2014 at a policy dialogue, and ahead of another event on higher education statistics in New Delhi next week, the British Council's Indranil Ghosh explains India's ambitions.

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

A football programme has helped Pakistani children leave behind a life of drugs and beatings. Former street children Meher, Rajab and Awais speak here about how they turned their lives around through the British Council's DOSTI project (Developing and Organising Social Transformation Initiatives -- the acronym means 'friendship' in Urdu).

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

This Sunday, 15 June, the British Council will present its 'Understanding India' research, which spells out the challenges and opportunities that British universities should know about when working with their Indian counterparts. Manjula Rao of the British Council in India explains.

Students at the Academy of Design, Colombo, combined distinctive elements of each language to make Sinhala/Tamil hybrid letters. Copyright: AOD Graphic Design department, used with permission.

Students at the Academy of Design, Colombo, combined distinctive elements of each language to make Sinhala/Tamil hybrid letters. Copyright: AOD Graphic Design department, used with permission.

Students at the Academy of Design, Colombo, combined distinctive elements of each language to make Sinhala/Tamil hybrid letters. Copyright: AOD Graphic Design department, used with permission.

Three main languages with discrete alphabets are spoken in Sri Lanka. Alain Parizeau from the Academy of Design, Colombo, explains why his students embarked on an artistically ambitious project to develop new typefaces based on different language combinations of Sinhala, Tamil and English. You can see the academy's

The fashion industry in Pakistan has taken off in recent years. Designs by Nilofer Nashid. Photo by Mark Kirchner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

The fashion industry in Pakistan has taken off in recent years. Designs by Nilofer Nashid. Photo by Mark Kirchner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

The fashion industry in Pakistan has taken off in recent years. Designs by Nilofer Nashid. Photo by Mark Kirchner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How is fashion changing in Pakistan? Sarah Javaid, a designer and lecturer at the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, looks at Pakistan's growing fashion industry. Her post comes before Alchemy Fashion, a show about the underground design and urban fashion scene in Pakistan at London’s Southbank Centre on 21 May.