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KIIT gets category ‘A’ status from MHRD

Bhubaneswar: Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has placed KIIT University in the list of Category ‘A’ Deemed Universities on the basis of high-level Tandon Committee recommendations. KIIT University was conferred the coveted Category ‘A’ tag among all Government and self-financing Deemed Universities of the country by MHRD.

Within only five years of its inception, in 2002, founder of KIIT, Achyuta Samanta applied to Ministry and UGC for recognition of the institute as a Deemed University. In 2004, KIIT was declared as a Deemed University - an apt recognition of its excellence – under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956. It, thus, became the youngest institution to be declared Deemed University, creating much sensation among the academic community in the country.

In 2009, Ministry of MHRD constituted a high-level committee – Tandon Committee - to review all the Deemed Universities, Government as well as self-financing, on the basis of nine parameters, such as infrastructure, teaching quality, management system, admission, research and publication, etc. After a rigorous assessment process, Tandon Committee categorized a total of 126 Deemed Universities into ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ categories.

At that time, KIIT University, along with 43 others including many reputed and old Deemed Universities, was placed in Category ‘B’.

In 2013, a high-level team from KIIT University made a presentation before the Tandon Committee. After a thorough and stringent assessment on various quality parameters, the Committee was pleased to upgrade KIIT University to Category ‘A’ status in its recommendations. Till date only some of Category ‘B’ Deemed Universities, both Government and self-financing, have been upgraded to Category ‘A’, KIIT being one among them.

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