For the very first time the University of Hyderabad has been included in the QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2018. Till 2017 it was being ranked only among three subjects namely English, Chemistry and Physics. As per the latest report released by QS the UoH is ranked in the range of 601-650 in the World. In the 2018 edition, the UoH performed among the top 62% in the QS World University Rankings. Considering there are approximately 26,000 universities globally, this makes University of Hyderabad one of the top 2.3% Universities in the World.

Only 12 Indian institutions and universities have made it t the top 700. IIT-Delhi tops at 172 rank, IISc is at 190. Only four Universities namely University of Delhi (481-490); Jadavpur University (601-650), University of Hyderabad (601-650) and Anna University (651-700) figure in the top rankings of the World in the QS World Rankings 2018.

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Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Student to Faculty Ratio, International Faculty and International Students are the parameters on which the Universities have been ranked by QS.

At 254 globally, the Citations per Faculty indicator is the strongest one for University of Hyderabad. As per QS, 3390 research papers have been published by the faculty between 2011-2016 and they have a total citation of 21639. The University has also performed exceptionally well both in India and at Global Level in the Citations per Faculty indicator. While it has a score of 48.1 to the average country score of 42.2, at the Global level it has a score of 57.2 to the Global Median of 32.6.

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While responding to these rankings Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor, UoH says, “It’s nice to see the University of Hyderabad performing well and making an entry in the QS World Rankings for the first time. I must congratulate all faculty, staff and students for this achievement.” “This definitely puts more responsibility on the University to outclass its performance to reach better standards. We hope to increase publications quality that will read and be cited world over to enable us to move to top 200 club by next year. Our goal is not only to retain our rankings in India but also be among the top Institutions of the World”, he added.

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Prof. Appa Rao further says, “We are carefully inducting new faculty and are making continuous efforts towards this. Two advertisements have been released by the University where a total of 155 teaching positions have been notified. For both these advertisements the University has received more than 1900 applications. Till date 55 new faculty have been appointed and the process is on to fill the balance positions. The onus is on appointing quality faculty who can teach, conduct research and mentor students.”

The University is often described as a ‘Research University’. Research Performance and output has to be improved at PhD Scholar and Faculty levels, since rankings depend heavily on high-impact, heavily cited publications and patent rights.

· We are discussing ways to incentivize research performance. Faculty have been asked to supply their work/project plans for the next three years and submit a yearly progress report on these plans, so we can have a consist workflow in research.

· Faculty are also being encouraged to have projects, and to approach agencies that fund research – the University is likely to streamline the fund- and grant-writing/application processes to help Faculty.

· The University will lay greater insistence on publication in high-impact journals.

· The University also plans to showcase its research output better.

The University of Hyderabad widely known for its excellence in research and for its distinguished faculty intends to promote innovation and entrepreneurship activities within the campus and in the region. UoH strongly believes in building a strong foundation for corporate interface through excellent innovative practices. For more than three decades UoH has created a strong industry- academia interface in the region by taking up research projects in collaboration with industry in various disciplines. With the help of strong industry-institute interface and under the guidance of industry stalwarts and University faculty special programmes are delivered at UoH to students to bridge the gap between industry requirements.

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With an aim to strengthen the industry-academia tie-up, UoH has taken steps for setting up of Technology Business incubators’ in various disciplines at the University to promote innovation, Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship promotion activities in UoH

. Technology Business Incubator (TBI) with support from Dept. of. Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India has been sanctioned in the year
2006 by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST). Currently TBI at UoH has incubated 9 start-ups and having 10 plug and play laboratory space in the areas of Pharma and Biotech sectors. Till date 10 patents have been filed by our incubatees and three are granted, two technologies are ready for commercialization.

. Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurship Program (TIDE) with Support of Dept. of Information Technology (DIT), Govt. of India sanctioned in the year 2012 by DEITy, Govt of India with mandate to incubate startups in IT and Electronics. Currently TIDE incubated 4 start-ups and is providing seed fund to the maximum tune of Rs.25.00 lakhs each.

. Biotech Incubator at School of Life Sciences, UoH with Support of BIRAC, DBT

Recently UoH has received sanction for one more incubator in the area of Life Sciences by BIRAC, DBT.

. Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) at School of Management Studies to promote innovation & entrepreneurship in Business sectors.

Business Plan Boot Camp: A two day boot camp on business plan was organised on 6th and 7th June, 2017, as part of promotion to start ups. Three proposals have been short-listed for funding by Govin Capital, Singapore/Start up Accelerator India.

Academy-Industry Collaborations: Faculty of various schools are engaged in collaborative research projects with leading Pharma and Biotech companies. Some of these include Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Aurobindo Pharma, Biological E, Atul, Dabur, Natco Pharma, Shantha Biotech, Bharat biotech, Indian Immunologicals, Surya Pharmaceuticals etc.

QS World University Rankings is a publication of university rankings, published annually by British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The team at QS have analysed over 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers, 115,000 survey responses from employers and academics and considered more than 4,000 universities before evaluating 980 of them. The QS World University Rankings® 2018 is bigger and more comprehensive than before.

Rankings at: https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-hyderabad#wurs

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