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Category ‘A’ status for KIIT varsity

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Mar 6:

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has placed KIIT University in the list of Category ‘A’ among all government and self-financing deemed universities on the basis of high-level Tandon Committee recommendations.

KIIT had a modest beginning in 1992 as an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) functioning from a rented building. In 1997, the university introduced BTech, MCA and MBA courses.

In 2002, the founder of KIIT, Achyuta Samanta had applied to MHRD and University Grants Commission (UGC) for recognition of the institute as a deemed university. The recognition came in 2004 under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956 and KIIT became the youngest institution in the country.

In 2009, the MHRD constituted the 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 detailed assessment, the committee put 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 fresh presentation before the Tandon Committee.

After a thorough and stringent assessment of various quality parameters, the Committee was pleased to upgrade KIIT University to Category ‘A’ status in its recommendations.

On the basis of the Committee’s recommendation, the ministry published a notification, No. 9-26/2009-U3 (A)(Vol.5), to this effect on March 4.

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