Union Government introduces Atal ranking for institutions to promote innovation

Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has introduced the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARRIA) to systematically rank education institutions and universities primarily on innovation related indicators. ARRIA aims to promote the culture of innovation and research in higher education.

ARRIA is named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It measures some parameters which are India-specific considering the current scenario and status of higher education in India. ARIIA parameters are primarily organised in five broad heads which are further elaborated into suitable sub-heads. Each of five main parameters has the certain weight assigned to it and sub-heads also have appropriate weight distribution. The institutions will be rank-ordered based on scores. The overall score can take a maximum value of 100.

ARRIA will inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mindset and build ecosystems to encourage high-quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It will focus on the quality of innovations rather than quantity and measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. It will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in forefront of innovation.

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