NIT Rourkela is the only institute from Odisha to figure among top 25 institutions in any category in the India Rankings 2016, a national-level grading of educational institutions published by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) on Monday.
There are 16 universities in Odisha, ten of them run by Odisha Government. But only two – both private – have found place on the list of the top 100 universities of the country. Siksha O Anusandhan University was placed at the 26th spot while KIIT University received 53rd rank.
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, formerly Rourkela Engineering College, came on top in the State with an overall national ranking of 19. The IIT Bhubaneswar, one of the young IITs which has completed four batches as yet, has been ranked 26th. The two operate under MHRD.
While KIIT got 32nd rank, it is followed by NIST, Berhampur at 69th place, CV Raman College of Engineering at 74th and Centurion Institute of Technology at 81st rank. In the pharmacy institutes list, Baripada-based Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences was placed 49th among top 50.
As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), IIT Madras has bagged the top engineering college slot followed by IIT Mumbai and IIT Kharagpur. Top management institution is IIM Bangalore while Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is the best university in India.
The survey outcome has also thrown up serious questions about the state of affairs of the institutes of higher learning in the State.