2 November 2021
Leaving behind several established universities like the Panjab University and the Guru Nanak Dev University and Himachal Pradesh University, Himachal Pradesh based Trust-run Shoolini University has come out with flying colours in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), world’s top higher institution ranking agency, for Asia.
While retaining its number one position in the country for citation per publication, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences has climbed from 14th position to joint 4th in Asia in the same category this year as per the rankings declared today.The 12-year old University has also improved its over-all Asia ranking from 291-300 last year to 271-280 slot this year. The 2022 QS Asia University Rankings 2022 have been published on topuniversities.com website.
Punjab University has figured in the 301-350 bracket while GNDU is placed in the 451-500 group and Kurukshetra University is in the 601-650 group. HPU does not figure in the list. Chandigarh University is bracketed with Shoolini University in the 271-280 slot.
Among all the over 1000 universities in the country, Shoolini University has been ranked at 38th position last year and it has improved its position to 35 this year. It is ranked 20th among all universities in the country. Among all the private universities in the country, it has been ranked 8th best in the country.
The rankings are done on the basis of a wide criteria including academic reputation, staff-student ratio, papers per faculty, citation impact, international research network, international staff and students, exchange students and employer reputation.
The QS Asia considered 675 institutions in Asia, including 38 new institutions during the period under review. A total of 119 institutions were evaluated in India.
Founder and Chancellor Prof P K Khosla congratulated the faculty and the researchers on the achievement and said it was a step towards its goal of being among the 200 top global universities.
Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla said it was a matter of great pride that Shoolini University is the youngest to be among top ranked by QS Asia. It has performed better than most IITs, Panjab University and several other established institutions.
Pro Chancellor Mr Vishal Anand, while congratulating the researchers, faculty and students, said it is the only institution in Himachal Pradesh to be ranked in the list.
The young, Trust-run university, which has been making waves in the field of research and innovation, was recently placed third in the Education Ministry’s list for filing patents in the country which was topped by the combined output of all the 23 IITs of the country. So far its researchers have filed over 700 patents.
The University, located at Bajhol village in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, was placed at 89th rank by the National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) under the government of India’s education ministry.
In a recent achievement, at least seven of its faculty members were placed among the top two per cent of scientists of the world as per a study done by the Stanford University. It was also placed in the band from six to 25 in the Atal Rankings of private Institutions on Innovations and Achievements (ARIIA) at the all-India level.