Only University in Top Ten in the category of Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities and Centrally funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs)

The University of Hyderabad has been ranked 10th in the prestigious Institutes of National Importance and central universities category  in the Union Education Ministry’s Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 that were released by Vice President Shri. M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday 18.08.2020. The University of Hyderabad is the only Central University in the list of top 10 Institutes of National Importance and ranked first among the central universities.  The Indian Institute of Technology Madras stood in the first place followed by the IITs at Mumbai and Delhi.  The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore stands in fourth place while the IIT Kharagpur stood fifth.

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India to systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India on indicators related to “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development” amongst students and faculties.

The University Hyderabad  has made a good beginning in creating the Innovation ecosystem and established section-8 company ASPIRE (Association for Scientific Pursuits for Innovative Research Enterprises) to support and coordinate the Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities of the university. The ASPIRE coordinates the activities of three incubation centres viz. TBI, TIDE and BioNEST in University of Hyderabad which together incubated  more than 40 start-ups creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the campus.  ASPIRE is planning to establish an “Innovation park” in the university which will give a big boost to the innovation ecosystem in the region.  The Innovation Park is proposed to be established in tripartite collaboration among the university, industry and Govt. funding bodies.


Prof. G S Prasad Director TIE-U expressed his happiness at the achievement of the university and thanked all the colleagues involved in creating and expanding the innovation ecosystem in the university for their support in achieving the rank.

Responding to this ranking, Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice Chancellor, UoH said, “I am happy that UoH is the only Central University to be ranked in the Top Ten of ARIIA ranking 2020. This will inspire us to encourage high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, we will focus on the quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally”. “This will also set the tone and direction for UoH for future development of the university to be globally competitive and be in the forefront of innovation”, he added.