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Ranked in Top 351- 400 band among universities across 104 countries, it is also overall second in the country, just behind Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. Also ranked 39th in the world for Citations.

October 12, Solan

Scripting history for setting exemplary global standards in research, academic excellence and knowledge transfer, Himachal Pradesh-based Shoolini University has been ranked as Number 1 among private universities in India in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2023. Furthermore, the university is ranked 351-400 overall and 39th in the world in THE Rankings on Citations, an indicator of the quality of research.

Founded in 2009, Shoolini University an innovative, research-oriented university, is emerging as one of India’s leading multi-disciplinary universities and has been figuring among the top rankings by various international and national ranking agencies. It has been ranked in the 351-400 band globally with only the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) ahead of it. The university is placed in the band along with JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Bengaluru, a deemed university. 

Based on an elaborate and rigorous assessment process, THE World University Rankings are considered the world’s largest and most reputed rankings, which act as a valuable resource for international students and universities by helping them identify the right candidates and institutions of higher learning.

Terming the achievement as a matter of national pride, Shoolini University Chancellor and Founder Prof PK Khosla said, “This ranking will enable us to be recognised as one of the world’s best institutions for higher education and research. It is a collective outcome of the untiring efforts put in by our faculty to establish new benchmarks in teaching and research. Motivated by a multi-disciplinary approach to education powered by state-of-the-art infrastructure, cutting-edge research, highly competent faculty, unmatched industry exposure, notable international collaborations, and an enviable placement record, we aim to be in the league of top 200 global universities by 2026.”

While Shoolini University has come a long way in 13 years of its inception as a pioneering research-focused institute of international repute, it is now making a mark, cutting across diverse disciplines like management, pharmaceutical sciences, agriculture, basic and applied sciences, computer sciences, mass communication, engineering and law.

Terming THE World University rankings as a new and exciting chapter for Shoolini University, Pro Chancellor and Co Founder Vishal Anand said, “With our debut at THE rankings as India’s Top Private University & Second Best among all private & public Institutions, the possibilities ahead are endless. We look forward to attract the best minds to study, teach & research with us. This will open doorways of new opportunities for international and domestic partnerships with the academia and industry.”

As a decisive step in this direction, Shoolini University has entered into more than 250 collaborations with reputed international universities in South Korea, UK, Canada, Australia, Taiwan and USA. These tie-ups with top-class global universities enable its students and faculty to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology through global exposure.  Notably, over 70% of the university’s research is in collaboration with international universities and 38.9% of its publications are in the world’s top 10% journals.

Hailing the landmark accomplishment, Shoolini University Vice Chancellor and Co Founder Prof Atul Khosla said, “We are an innovation-led campus that kindles great ideas and inspires out-of-the-box thinking to make our students stand out. We are driven by a vision of taking education to the next level by redefining its paradigms and powering the passion for excellence.”

Known for its unique research and teaching models, Shoolini University has emerged as a leader in research in focus areas ranging from sustainability and renewable energy to bio-molecules and applications of Artificial Intelligence. THE Impact rankings, which measure the impact made by institutions in meeting UN sustainability goals, have ranked Shoolini University second in the world for SDG 7 (clean energy) and sixth for SDG (clean water). 

Commenting on Shoolini’s global rank of 39 in Citations in the THE World University Rankings 2023, Ashish Khosla, Shoolini’s President of Innovation and Technology said, “We have developed a thriving ecosystem of research and innovation, and have filed more than 1,100 patents so far, which are among the highest in India. We are also amongst the few Universities in India that actively coach and encourage undergraduate students to undertake research and file patents. The university also has a 100% placement record in several core courses and has secured more than 3,000 placements for its students in top multi-national and leading Indian companies.”

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