To promote a culture of innovation and research in higher education, the Union Government has introduced the Innovation Cell and Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) at AICTE, New Delhi.

Innovation cell is MHRD’s initiative and has been established at AICTE premises with a purpose to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions across the country. The primary mandate of Innovation Cell is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years fostered through Network of Innovation clubs in Higher Educational Institutions, the Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar told.

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

To assess the real outcome, the Union Government introduced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA). HRD ministry hopeful to encourage healthy competiveness among Higher Educational Institutions with ARIIA.

For India to emerge as a global innovation hub, higher education institutions need to play a crucial role to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem. To ensure that Innovation is primary fulcrum of all higher education institutions, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India has introduced ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)’ to systematically rank education institutions and universities primarily on innovation related indicators. ARIIA considers all major indicators which are commonly used globally to rank most innovative education institutions/ universities in the world.

ARIIA ranking is aimed to inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mind-set and build ecosystems to encourage high quality research, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, ARIIA focusing on quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. Moreover, ARIIA will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in forefront of innovation.

ARIIA will primarily focus on 5 main parameters

Institution can start apply from 15th Oct 2018 and 30th Nov 2018 is last date. ARIIA ranking will be announced on April 2019.