Odisha’s KIIT University to get ‘Institutions of Eminence’ status
Bhubaneswar: The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, a premier educational institute in Odisha, was recommended for the status of ‘Institutions of Eminence’ or IoE status.
KIIT is the only institution from the state of Odisha to get this status.
The decision was taken on Friday at the 542nd UGC meeting, which considered reports of the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami. The committee recommended 15 public institutions and an equal number of private ones for consideration as Institutions of Eminence. While the scheme provides for 10 public and 10 private institutions, the UGC examined the list of 15 public and 15 private institutions.
Apart from KIIT University, other Private institutes which are recommended for IoE status include BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation, Maharashtra), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore, VIT Vellore, Jamia Hamdard, O.P JINDAL University, Shiv Nadar University, and Bharti (Satya Bharti Foundation).
Institutes which are given IoE status from public category includes IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISC Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, and BHU.
KIIT is just 22 years old as an institution for professional education (started in 1997) and 15 years old as a University. But, despite being a very young university, it has secured an impressive position in various University Rankings.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS , extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for such prestigious recognition.
Dr. Samanta also thanked students, alumni, teaching and non-teaching staff members of KIIT for their continuous effort to make the institution successful.