QS I∙GAUGE was the strategic partner at the 2nd Edition of QS India Summit held in Goa on October 20 – 22 2019. Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the QS India Summit, a three-day event organised by UK’s Quacquarelli Symonds group at the Cidade de Goa Resort in Goa. The summit was an attempt to facilitate internationalisation, as well as empowering leaders in academia to not only build an emergent Asia, but also a resilient India. The intent of this gathering was that Indian higher educational institutions should be motivated to excel and do better, so that they can be seen standing shoulder to shoulder with Asian and western super-powers.
Addressing an eminent gathering of university presidents and academic leaders from India and over 20 countries at QS India Summit in Goa, Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that India has the right ingredients and determination to take on the world, and offer higher education at a fraction of the cost, yet not compromising the standard of education. He made this statement, sharing the stage with Mr Jason Newman – Vice President of QS, Mr Ashwin Fernandes – Regional Director of QS, Dr Rajesh Naithani – Advisor for Minister at MHRD and Dr Khaled Assaleh – Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ajman University in the UAE.
He also stressed that “The Ministry of Human Resources Development has been working rigorously to prepare India for the global stage, and several plans and initiatives have been launched by the ministry”. He also added that “We can project India as a world power only through quality and value-based education”.
In conclusion Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said “It is good opportunity to meet eminent leaders of higher education in India. you all have a key role to play in initiatives of Government” who applauded the initiative of QS to organise this conference at his request and encouraged QS to look at introducing new methods of evaluation which would further enhance and support Indian institutions in their assessment and journey towards excellence. He suggested initiatives like university rankings of women only institutions and increasing the participation of India in the global academic and employer surveys.
The highlight of the event was Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ presenting the prestigious QS I∙GAUGE Diamond Rating certificates to Graphic Era University (Dehradun) and VNRVJIET College (Hyderabad), along with Gold Rating certificates to Karunya institute of Technology and Sciences (Coimbatore), UEM (Jaipur) and G D Goenka University (Gurgaon).
Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ also revealed the second edition of QS India University Rankings 2020 and gave out certificates to the top ranked institutions present at the summit. This edition of the QS India University Rankings 2020 has 100 Indian institutions. The 5 top-ranked institutes in India are #1 IITB, #2 IISc, #3 IITD, #4 IITM and #5 IITKGP. New entrants this year in the ranking include #31 JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research (Mysuru), #49 Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan and #51-55 Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology amongst 21 other newly ranked institutions in India.
To celebrate the occasion, QS donated proceeds of the conference to a local charity, The Owl House which is India's first-of-its-kind community service initiative that helps individuals and families with neurological differences integrate into society. The Minister presented the cheque to the children and representatives of the charity on stage.