IISER Bhopal becomes the Only IISER to feature in Atal Rankings on Innovation

The Institute has made rapid strides in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities in the last one year and made it to the ‘Band – Promising’ in the ARIIA 2021 Rankings

BHOPAL : Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal has made rapid strides in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities in the last year. This progress has been reflected in its significant progress in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2021.

The Institute was the only One among the Seven IISERs to be identified in the ‘Promising’ band under ‘Institute of National Importance and Central Universities/CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions) (Technical)’ Category

The Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) was launched in 2018 by the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education, Government of India. Dr. Subhas Sarkar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Education, Government of India, announced the results of the Third Edition of ARIIA Rankings on 29th December 2021.

Highlighting the major advancements that enabled this improved performance in ranking, Prof Siva Umapathy, Director, IISER Bhopal, said, “IISER Bhopal has made it to the ARIIA Ranking due to its continuous efforts and focus on startups and commercialization of technologies and translating those technologies for societal benefits. The Institute has a dedicated Innovation and Incubation Centre (IICE) for entrepreneurship, which is a Technology Business incubator, to promote start-ups and innovation at the Institute. He also added that “Institute’s ranking has improved this year as compared to last year and that has happened as faculty members take interest into start-ups, IPR and technology development along with teaching and research.”

The IICE at the Institute has a built-up space of 10,000 sq.ft, and it is one of the fastest-growing Technology Business Incubators among the incubators at higher educational institutions (HEIs) in India. It is generously supported by the Institute and NSTEDB, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

The Institute supports potential start-ups by providing them co-working space with office and research labs, mentoring support, networking through IICE and also helps them with technical, legal and financial matters along with marketing support. IICE is also open for incubation for external entrepreneurs as overall goal is to promote the culture of entrepreneurship within the campus and in the vicinity.

As many as 1,438 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) (including all IITs, NITs, and IISc, among others) participated in the Third Edition of ARIIA Rankings as compared to 674 HEIs during last year

ARIIA 2021 has rankings for seven categories of institutions, namely:

  1. CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions) /Central University/Institute of National Importance (Technical)
  2. State University and Deemed University (Govt & Govt aided)(technical)
  3. Govt College / Institution (Govt and Govt Aided)(technical)
  4. University & Deemed University (Self-finance/private)(technical)
  5. Private collage/Institute (self-finance/private)(technical)
  6. Institute of National Importance, Central University and CFIs (non-technical)
  7. General (non-technical)


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