Educational institutes from Gujarat have performed well in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA), a ranking initiative by the Union ministry of education and AICTE. Among the top-5 in various categories, city-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) grabbed the first rank in the general category (non-technical), LD College of Engineering took the 3rd rank in the government and government-aided category (technical), Pandit Deendayal Energy University stood 5th in the university and deemed university (self-financed/ private university) technical category.
Other among the top 10 in India are GTU at 7th rank and Gujarat University at 9th rank in the state university and deemed university category. GTU has slipped by two ranks this year and GU has improved significantly to be among the top 10.
Officials said ARIA rankings started in 2019 when a total 496 institutes competed to get a position in the rankings. For the 2nd edition in 2020, 674 institutes participated, while the 2021 edition saw an unprecedented participation compared to the earlier two editions. A total of 3,551 HEIs registered out of 1,438 institutions (including all IITs, NITS, IISC, etc.) participated. There 7 categories in which innovation rankings were given. None from Gujarat made it to the top 10 or top spot in three categories- Central Universities/ Institute of National Importance- Technical, Private College/ Institute (self-finance/ Private) Technical and Institute of National Importance, Central University & CFIs (Non-Technical).Rajul Gajjar, principal of LDCE, said the college participated in the process for the first time this year. We re-strategized to make the system students centric and the change was hand-held by faculty members.