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Shri Pranab Mukherjee Launches QS I-Gauge - India's First Nationwide Higher Education Rating System

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NEW DELHI, March 23, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- O.P. Jindal Global University secures the Diamond Rating

Former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, launched the QS I-Gauge, India's first nationwide higher education rating system for Indian universities and colleges.

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Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pranab Mukherjee emphasized the importance of globally-benchmarked quality assurance systems. Referring to the importance of rankings, he said, "It does not create excellence but it recognizes, identifies, and introduces the existing talent to the world and to the larger society, and that brings huge consequential benefits. But you shall have to keep in mind that quality is of primary importance in education."

Reiterating the importance of rankings and ratings, Shri Mukherjee said, "Many of our institutions have these talents but sometimes they do not adopt the system though they are aware of it's importance. It does not add to their capacities or excellence but it helps them to have connections outside. We are living in a globalized world. We cannot live in isolation and we must prepare ourselves to be communicative to the globalised world," he further emphasised.

Recognizing the commitment to academic excellence, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was awarded the Diamond Rating by QS I-Gauge at that event. The announcement was made in the presence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Dr. Virander Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) on 21st March. In 2017, JGU was ranked among the Top 10 Private Institutions in India by QS BRICS University Rankings and Top 300 in the BRICS countries.

Referring to the milestones that JGU covered, the Founding Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr) C Raj Kumar said, "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every member of the JGU family for being awarded with not one but two laurels on the same day. The autonomous status by the UGC and QS Diamond Rating are remarkable milestones, which will expedite our endeavour to underline India's exemplary contribution to the global higher education and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow. Receiving the recognition from the Former President of India was indeed a matter of great honour for us."

Explaining the practices of the QS I-Gauge ranking system, Mr Ben Sowter, Director, QS Ltd., UK said, "We believe we will be able to surface the excellence that is developing in India in a much broader variety in ways than any existing exercise captures. We hope it will also empower colleges and universities here in India to develop more robust data collection and reporting capabilities that may go well beyond the QS I-Gauge context and help them diagnose their performance and improve in a variety of different ways."

Consisting of seven primary categories and five secondary categories, ranging from Teaching and Learning, Employability and Social Responsibility to Research and Innovation, the QS I-GAUGE rating provides a unique 360-degree perspective of Indian institutions of higher learning.

Each rating produced by QS I-GAUGE is strictly monitored and supervised by the QS Intelligence Unit in London. This is the same team that produces the authoritative rankings as well as the globally recognized QS Stars university ratings system. The rigor and integrity of QS ratings are guided by an International Advisory Board, which comprises of luminaries in the higher education field - from both India and overseas.

Many distinguished academics attend the launch of QS I-Gauge event.

About O.P. Jindal Global University: A non-profit global university established by the Government of Haryana, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). JGU was established as a philanthropic initiative of its Founding Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal, in memory of his father, Mr O.P. Jindal. JGU has been awarded the highest grade 'A' by the National Accreditation & Assessment Council (NAAC).

JGU is one of the few universities in Asia maintaining a 1:13 faculty-student ratio and appointing faculty members from India and different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. A research-intensive university, JGU is deeply committed to its core institutional values of inter-disciplinary and innovative pedagogy; pluralism and rigorous scholarship; as well as globalism and international engagement.

JGU has established eight schools: Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), Jindal Global Business School (JGBS), Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP), Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH), Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC), Jindal School of Art & Architecture (JSAA) and Jindal School of Banking & Finance (JSBF).

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Media Contact: Devadeep Konwar [email protected] +91-7027850344, Assistant Director Communication and Public Affairs O.P. Jindal Global University Source: O.P. Jindal Global University. PRNewswire DL DL

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