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Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 03, Jan 2022
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Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2021 was released recently.

Atal Innovation Rankings 2021:

ARIIA 2021 classifies participating institutions into two major categories; technical and non-technical. Further, these rankings have been divided into seven sub-categories.


  • Top 3: This is the third time that IIT Madras has secured the first rank. IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi were placed at the second and third ranks respectively.

Non-technical institutions:

  • The top central universities under this category include Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.

The rankings have been prepared after evaluating the participating institutions under nine parameters:

  1. Developing an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset through a series of activities.
  2. Teaching and learning: Academic programmes related to innovation and entrepreneurship (I & E) and IPR offered by the HEI.
  3. Dedicated infrastructure and facilities to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at HEI.
  4. Generation of innovations/ ideas with the support of HEI and recognition received.
  5. Ventures established with the support of the HEI and recognitions received.
  6. Angel and VC fund/investment mobilized to support innovation and startups incubated at HEI, Promotion of collaboration for and co-creation of I&E initiatives.
  7. Intellectual Property (IP), generation and commercialization.
  8. Annual budget on promoting and supporting I&E activities: Total expenses towards I&E and IPR support activities, total revenue generated by HEI from incubation services to startups and commercialization of IP and innovations.
  9. Participation of HEI in I&E initiative of MOE.

 About ARIIA:

It is an initiative by the Ministry of Education.

Implemented by AICTE and the Ministry’s Innovation Cell.

Objective: To systematically rank all major higher educational institutions and universities in India.


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