Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh in Arunachal Pradesh, has been ranked among the top 100 universities in India by Union Human Resource Development ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). The rankings were announced by President Ramnath Kovind on Monday and comprise the ranking among the 907 universities in the country.
RGU Vice-Chancellor Saket Kushwaha said that it is a great achievement for the university and expressed deep appreciation to the RGU team and the stewardship of Chief Rector and Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brigadier BD Mishra and former VC Tamo Mibang. He lauded the effort of the entire RGU team for their contribution in facilitating the evaluation process with the NIRF.
“As the only central university in the state, our role goes beyond just providing access to higher education and pushes us to contribute in the best manner to the socio-cultural development of the Arunachal society. Continuing to excel in the NIRF rankings is not an option but a must for us at the university,” Kushwaha said.
Applauding the achievement, Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) and the Rajiv Gandhi University Scholars’ Forum (RGUSF) congratulated the students, research scholars, faculty members and administration of RGU for the good work accomplished. Terming it as a matter of great pride for the state, the key student bodies of the RGU expressed hope that this benchmark of performance would continue in the years to come and assured the students’ contributions in the best manner.
“The rise in rank from 124 in last year’s rankings to 99 this year signifies a watermark achievement in the RGU’s evolution. Considering its location in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, with its own challenges of connectivity, communication and lack of adequate resources, this achievement of the RGU stands out,” a statement released by the university said.
As many as 7 universities from the Northeast region feature in the list of top 100 universities with NEHU, Tezpur University and RGU among them.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was launched by the MHRD in September 2015and has been published since 2016. Its framework outlines a well-defined methodology to rank institutions across the country.