SRINAGAR- In a major boost to its global ambitions, the Govt. of India has recognised Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ (loE). KIIT has joined the select league of 10 public and 10 private universities which would be developed as world-class institutions under Institution of Eminence (loE) scheme of the Govt. of India.
As the institution’s global ranking was one of the criteria for selection as an loE, KIIT’s impressive position in international university rankings like the OS and Times Higher Education (THE) helped it achieve this historic milestone.
KIIT is among India’s most sought-after universities, attracting students from all over India and more than 50 countries to pursue professional and technical education. It has built its reputation as the most student-friendly university, anchored on the principles of Compassion and Humanity. It was founded in 1992-93 as a humble vocational training centre by eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta and opened as a centre of higher learning in 1997, which is considered as the base year. Since then KIIT has grown exponentially, setting a high benchmark in each area of education.
With a diverse student body of 30,000 representing all States of India and 50 foreign countries, KIIT is on its way to becoming an international hub for quality professional and technical education. It is accredited in high grades by various national and international accreditation bodies. It was conferred ‘A’ category university status in 2015 by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. It has been getting ‘A’ Grade from NAAC, the country’s top accreditation body for higher education institutions, for three times in a row. B.Tech programmes have got the coveted Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK accreditation, besides ‘Tier 1’ (Washington Accord) from NBA. It has also been ranked among top 50 universities by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Govt. of India.
KIIT is just 22 years old as an institution for professional education (started in 1997) and 15 years old as a University (declared in 2004). But, despite being a very young university, it has secured impressive positions in various benchmark global university rankings and ‘Institution of Eminence’ recognition.
Research and innovation are important hallmarks of a world-class university. The University has placed much emphasis on creating enabling infrastructure and facilities for advanced research in diverse areas. It is among only seven institutions in India selected by Boeing India for its Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) programme to boost aerospace entrepreneurship. Recently, KIIT was ranked 2″d among self-financing institutions of India by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA).
Quality faculty team and high research output by them contributed to KIIT’s success. They have published over 10,000 papers in various national and international journals of repute. About 3200 research papers have been indexed in international databases like Scopus taking its ‘h’ index to 41.
In addition to top recognitions, KIIT has been maintaining a remarkable placement record since its inception. Like every year, placement scenario for 2020 graduating batch is looking very bright. Though the placement drive for 2020 graduating batch has recently started, over 3000 students out of about 4500 eligible students have already been placed. While KIIT once again looks set to achieve cent percent placement in coming months, there is an increase in pay package offered to the students. So far, the highest salary package has touched Rs. 19 lakh per annum, while the average salary has been Rs. 6 lakh per annum.
As a university with a vision, in addition to quality academics, KIIT promotes sports and games among the students. Remarkably, KIIT and its sister concern Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) have produced about 5000 sports talents at a single place. Earlier this year, Dutee Chand, a student of KIIT, became the first Indian to win Gold Medal in the 100m event at the World University Games held in Italy. KIIT has been selected to host the 1st National University Games in February 2020 under ‘Khelo India’ programme of the Govt. of India.
Expressing satisfaction over the Institution of Eminence recognition to KIIT, Prof. Samanta thanked and expressed gratitude to Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for his vision to promote education and his blessings to KIIT.
“KIIT has been getting blessings and support of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha since 1997. It has got this rare achievement due to his blessings and support; for which KIIT family will always be obliged to him”, he stated.
He also thanked Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Hon’ble Minister, HRD, Govt. of India.