OP Jindal Global University (JGU) has once again been ranked India’s Number 1 Private University by the QS World University Rankings 2022. As per the latest rankings, the JGU continues to be the highest-ranked private Institution of Eminence of India.
Reacting to the remarkable feat achieved by the JGU, the university’s Founding Chancellor Naveen Jindal said that the global recognition for three consecutive years was ‘indeed a defining moment.’
He said, “It is an incredibly proud moment for me to see JGU leading the charge in fostering academic excellence in India and the world. JGU was established in memory of my father to be a centre of excellence and produce outstanding leaders in various walks of life. I am immensely pleased to see that it is fulfilling its vision through sustained hard work. I wish to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor, faculty, and staff of JGU for their continued commitment to providing a world-class education to our students.” He further said, “Featuring in the QS World University Rankings 2022 yet again and the prestigious recognition of JGU as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ gives hope for a more evolved higher education landscape in India in the coming years”.
JSPL Foundation Chairperson Shallu Jindal tweeted, “Congratulations @JindalGlobalUNI VC Prof Dr Raj kumar and faculty Clapping hands signClapping hands signThumbs up you have done India proud with your hard work and commitment for excellence even in the most challenging times!”
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Within 12 years of establishment, the JGU has made its way into the top 750 universities in the world. As a twelve-year-old, non-STEM and non-medicine university, the JGU has yet again broken stereotypes of what it takes to be a truly global university by sustaining its rank in the top 750 universities in the world. While 21 Indian universities made it to the top 1000 last year, this number stands at 22 universities this year.
A statement from the university attributed the global recognition to the JGU’s international diversity among its faculty, its reputation among academics and employers globally, and a steadfast commitment to maintaining a strong faculty-student ratio. As per the QS World University Rankings 2022, the JGU is ranked amongst the top 260 universities in the world in faculty-student ratio, which presently stands at a phenomenal 1:8, and also amongst the top universities in the world in academic and employer reputation.
Moreover, out of the 20 IOEs selected by the government of India, only 11 found a place in the top 1000 of the QS World University Rankings 2022. This includes IISc, 4 IITs, Delhi University, Anna University, University of Hyderabad, MAHE, Jadavpur University and OP Jindal Global University. This year also, the JGU is the youngest and the highest performing IOE compared to the previous year’s QS World University Rankings.
Welcoming this exciting development, Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of the JGU said, “JGU being recognized as a leading university in the world is testament to its aspiration to be a world-class university. The achievement of being recognized as the Rank 1 private university in India once again is remarkable in our brief institutional journey. We are deeply humbled by this international recognition for our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in higher education. Being a little over a decade-old, private, non-STEM, non-Medicine University, we are elated to have broken all stereotypes of what it takes to become a world-class university. Our constant endeavour will be to further strengthen our teaching, learning outcomes, international collaborations and quality of education.”
Referring to the unprecedented challenges and current uncertainties during a pandemic, Professor Kumar affirmed the institutional commitment to promoting excellence at JGU and said, “At 12 years of age, a youthful and dynamic JGU is leading the path for a resurgent and emerging India to make a mark in the global higher education space. As the world fights the ramifications of a global pandemic, JGU, as the highest-ranked Indian university that solely focuses on social sciences, arts & humanities, and the highest-ranked private university in India, has a significant role to play in the development of India and the world.”
The JGU is now in the same league as some of the leading international and mature universities, including the City University of New York (established in 1961), Georgia State University (established in 1913) and University of Houston (established in 1927) in the USA, Middlesex University (established in 1878) and University of Westminster (established in 1838) in the UK, Tokyo Metropolitan University (established in 1949) in Japan, University of Haifa (established in 1963) in Israel, and University of Duesseldorf (established in 1965) in Germany.
In his reaction, Professor Dabiru Sridhar Pattnaik, Registrar of JGU said, “I am excited about this development. At JGU, we are strongly committed to ensuring world-class education and these rankings vindicate the steps taken by us since our inception. To retain the position of the number one ranked Private University would not have become possible without a sound vision, implementation plan and sustained hard work. I wish to sincerely thank all members of the Governing Body and other apex bodies of the university, faculty members, staff, students and our partner institutions for their laudable contribution in this achievement.”
Last year, JGU became the first Indian university to receive QS IGAUGE E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation (E-LEAD) Certification from the coveted QS IGAUGE for e-learning excellence. This represents JGU’s commitment towards providing its students a truly global experience in their academic pursuits while ensuring that even a global pandemic like COVID-19 does not deter them. This news indeed comes as a ray of hope for students who aspire to pursue a world-class education at a global university but face tremendous constraints of international mobility due to the pandemic.
Professor (Dr.) Ashish Bharadwaj, Dean, Jindal School of Banking and Finance and Executive Director of the Office of Rankings, Benchmarking and Institutional Transformation (ORBIT) said, “As a very young and focused university, we are delighted to be a part of an illustrious league of mature national and international universities yet again. We envisage entering the top 500 globally in the near future for which healthy competition and fruitful cooperation are vital to success.”
Professor Arjya B. Majumdar, Dean, Admissions & Outreach and Executive Director of the Office of Rankings, Benchmarking and Institutional Transformation (ORBIT) said, “This is indicative of the quality of our faculty, the work that we do, and our reputation globally. We should, of course, be mindful that rankings are but a tool to determine excellence – a means to an end and not the end itself. It is indeed a proud moment to continue to be ranked among the top universities of the world in just a little over a decade.”
About O.P. Jindal Global University
O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is a multi-disciplinary and research-oriented University that is recognised by the Government of India as an “Institution of Eminence” (IoE). JGU is the only non-STEM and non-Medicine University, which has been recognised as an IoE. Founded in 2009, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is a non-profit global and research focussed university established by the Government of Haryana and recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). JGU maintains a 1:8 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from India and different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. With over 6,600 students and 830-plus faculty members, studying and living on a fully residential campus, JGU’s ten schools focus on law, management, international affairs, public policy, liberal arts & humanities, journalism, art & architecture, banking & finance, environment & sustainability, and psychology & counselling. In 2019, JGU broke into the QS World University Rankings, and retained its top position as the top Indian private university since then. JGU is the only Indian private university in the top 150 ‘young’ universities in the world (under 50 years of age) in the recent QS Rankings of Young Universities. Recently, the Jindal Global Law School of JGU was ranked Number 1 in India and ranked 76 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Law. JGU is also the first Indian university to receive the QS IGAUGE E-LEAD (E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation) Certification for achieving excellence in promoting online education. JGU is an initiative of the Jindal Steel & Power Foundation.