Rajiv Gandhi University. (rgu.ac.in )

Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), the only central university in Arunachal Pradesh, has secured second place among all central universities in the country.

It ranks among 40 central universities in the rankings of the Union’s Ministry of Human Resources Development, said RGU Vice Chancellor Saket Kushwaha.

Rono Hills University in Doimukh Village, 15 kilometers from here, scored 83 percent, while Jamia Milia Islamia topped the list with 90 percent.

In the assessment of the central universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scored 82 percent, followed by Aligarh Muslim University with 78 percent.

The assessment is based on an assessment of 17 key parameters set in a MoU signed between the central universities, the UGC and the Ministry of Personnel Development. Every three months the ministry assesses the universities’ performance.

The Vice Chancellor attributed the success to the efforts of the “four pillars” of the university – teachers, students, civil servants and non-teaching staff.

“Merit for achievement goes to the university’s teachers, students, civil servants and non-teaching staff. As a VC, I am striving to create a platform for the students to demonstrate their hidden talent and motivate the four pillars under which The University works, ”said Kushwaha.

The university failed to score on two points – enrolling foreign students and hiring legal bodies, according to the VC.

“Foreign students could not be enrolled in the state because of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP) restrictions,” said Kushwaha.

In addition, the university has not been able to regularly hire a registrar as well as an examiner and a finance officer for the past three years, for whom it scored fewer points in the performance evaluation.

The assessment was also based on other parameters such as the annual student enrollment in UG, PG, PhD, and M.Phil and the diversity of students including the percentage of female students from other states and countries.

Central universities were also rated based on the number of students matched through campus interviews and the number of students who qualified for the National Aptitude Test (NET) and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), formerly known as Arunachal University, received central university status on April 9, 2007.


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