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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham gets Institute of Eminence Status

Statue in front of Amrita University
Amrita University is one of India's youngest and fastest growing universities.

Key Points

  • In August 2019, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham achieved “Institution of Eminence” status, joining the select group of 10 private universities in India. This status grants increased autonomy for determining fees, course durations, and governance.
  • The recommendation for this prestigious status came from the University Grants Commission, aiming to elevate 20 Indian institutions to global education prominence.
  • The “Institution of Eminence” designation is part of a scheme to enhance Indian educational institutions, giving them greater flexibility and recognition on the international stage.
3 August 2019
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Rated as an “Institution of Eminence” by the Govt. of India

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has named Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham as one of ten private universities in its prestigious “Institutions of Eminence” list. Ten public universities were also named–including highly ranked branches of the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.

“It is a great honour for Amrita University, one of the youngest and fastest growing universities, to find a place in this prestigious list,” said Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor of Amrita University.

“Our Chancellor Mata Amritanandamayi’s endeavor in providing world class education across various disciplines in such a short period of time has paid off, and this recognition serves ample testimony. With this achievement, we are sure of taking our standards to another level. We would like to thank all our stakeholders, students and faculty for all their efforts.”

The goal of the Indian government is to develop the caliber of 20 institutions to such an extent that they put the country on the global education map in both teaching and research. The selected universities are granted greater autonomy and freedom to decide upon fees, course durations and governance structures.

The Institutions of Eminence are expected to have features that highly reputable universities from other countries demonstrate. These include:

– Highly qualified faculty, with freedom to hire from across the world

– Adequate financial assistance to meritorious students to support a need-blind admissions process

– A significant proportion of international students

– Interdisciplinary courses, especially in areas of emerging technology and sustainable development

Amrita University became a deemed university in 2003 and since then, has been awarded several landmark achievements. For example in 2009, it was the youngest institution–just six years old–to ever receive an ‘A’ grade by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is the highest grade awarded.

In 2018, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development declared Amrita University the country’s 8th best university under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), and in 2019, that position was maintained.

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