Odisha draws a blank in Centre’s list of Top 10 edu institutions

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Bhubaneswar: No university or engineering/management institute from Odisha has been able to break into the country’s top 10 list of educational institutions announced by the Centre on Monday.

While National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela has managed to get 19th position in the expanded list, Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar (IITB) was awarded 26th rank.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development released the list under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) – a first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework.

As per the NIRF list for engineering institutions, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras was ranked first, followed by IIT, Bombay and IIT Kharagpur. For management studies, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore outsmarted IIM, Ahmedabad to rank number one.

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, ranks first in the list of best universities in the country.

Expressing satisfaction at the position it received, NIT, Rourkela director said more needs to be done to score better in the future.

“I am happy that NIT, Rourkel has got 19th rank in the country. But we must work harder to rank higher,” NIT director Sunil Sarangi said.

However the Odisha government has said the list is disappointing.

“It is unfortunate that not a single educational institution from Odisha got a rank in the top 10. It has thrown up a big challenge for all of us,” Higher Education minister Pradeep Panigrahi stated.

The institutions were ranked under four categories – engineering, management, pharmacy and universities and colleges. Under the pharmacy category, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences ranks number one in the country.

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