Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad (UoH) ranked among the top 10 institutes in the Union education ministry’s Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 under the category 'Institutes of National Importance and Central universities'.
The list was released by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on 18 August.
UoH is the only Central University in the list of top 10 'Institutes of National Importance' and ranked first among the Central universities. The Indian Institute of Technology Madras topped the list, followed by the IITs at Mumbai and Delhi. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, ranked fourth while IIT Kharagpur placed fifth.
ARIIA is an initiative of the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) that systematically ranks all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” among students and faculties.
UoH has established ASPIRE (Association for Scientific Pursuits for Innovative Research Enterprises), a Section-8 company, to support and coordinate the innovation and entrepreneurship activities of the university. It coordinates the activities of the university's three incubation centres - TBI, TIDE, and BioNEST – that have together incubated more than 40 start-ups creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the campus. ASPIRE is planning to establish an “innovation park” in the university to boost the innovation ecosystem in the region. The park is proposed to be established in collaboration with industries and government bodies.
Prof. Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor of UoH, said, “I am happy that UoH is the only Central university to be ranked in the top 10 of ARIIA 2020. This will inspire us to encourage high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, we will focus on the quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally.”
He added, “This will also set the tone and direction for UoH for the future development of the university to be globally competitive and be in the forefront of innovation.”