Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has emerged in the Top 100 universities in the world in the just-released Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. Holding 81st rank, Amrita is the only Indian university to appear in the prestigious top 100 list.
THE’s Impact Rankings rate universities against the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are global goals adopted by all UN member nations to improve life for all people in the world and protect the planet. They attempt to document evidence of the impact that universities have upon the society, in addition to their research and teaching performance.
Notably, Amrita has been ranked No. 5 in the world for furthering SDG4 (Quality Education) and No. 8 for SDG5 (Gender Equality). The varsity was also ranked 37th for SDG3 (Good Health & Well-Being); 52nd for SD6 (Clean Water & Sanitation); and between 101-200 for SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure) as well as SDG17 (Partnership for The Goals).
“Times Higher Education are delighted by the performance of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in this year’s Impact Rankings,” said Duncan Ross, Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education. “Their commitment to core humanity, that lies at the heart of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, shone through in their submission. India has a huge role to play in delivering a sustainable future for the world, and the work that its universities do, as exemplified by Amrita, is vital.”
Dr. P Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham said, “Our Hon’ble Prime Minister started the ‘Institute of Eminence’ program to put Indian educational institutions within the top 100 universities in the world in 10 years. We are therefore very happy that Amrita University has found its place in the top 90 universities in the world in THE Impact Rankings.”
Amrita has also drawn acclaim for its adult literacy programs and provision of Internet literacy in tribal populations. The varsity has India’s first-ever UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment, runs a massive women-empowerment program, and is home to NIRF’s No 7-ranked teaching hospital that has conducted massive charitable outreach to the poor. The Indian university is involved in a massive program to bring clean drinking water to 10 million people throughout India, among many other such programs.