KIIT earns IoE tag: Have aspired for excellence from day one, says Achyuta Samanta

Five top public universities including Delhi University, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad and the BHU have got the IoE tag as well
KIIT is among seven prominent private universities to get the IoE tag (Pic: KIIT)
KIIT is among seven prominent private universities to get the IoE tag (Pic: KIIT)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development tagged Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT Deemed to be University) as an Institute of Eminence (IoE). KIIT is among seven prominent private universities to get the IoE tag. KIIT, just 22 years old as an institution (started in 1997) and 15 years old as a University, is one of the youngest institutions in the category.

Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik for their support and recognising KIIT as one of the best in the country. "This was not achieved in a day. We have aspired to be the best since our first day and over the years we have been recognised across the world for our continued efforts," said Dr Samanta. "Be it research or placements, we have consistently excelled. We have also attracted foreign students and faculty over the years. KIIT was ranked second in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) and in 2018 KIIT was ranked 42nd among Indian universities ranked by the National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF)," he added.

The KIIT curriculum is updated every three years, said Dr Samanta, keeping the major changes and the incorporating recent advancements. "We need to keep ourselves updated and always aspire for more. That's the only way we can grow," he said. "We have collaborated with hundreds of universities abroad till date and we look forward to initiating advanced collaborative relationships with foreign universities now that the government plans to give universities unrestricted collaborative opportunities," he said talking about the Draft New Education Policy and added that it is a step forward to revamp the education system to help it reach global standards. "We have excellence, we need to channelise it and utilise it properly," he added.

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