Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan, has been awarded the Diamond Rating by reputed UK-based University ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds as part of its India specific QS I-Gauge rating system on March 21, 2018. The Deemed-to-be-University has also been accorded a QS4 Star rating in the BRICS University Rankings. The Diamond Rating certification was presented to Prof. Aditya Shastri, Vice Chancellor of Bansthali Vidyapith, in the presence of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and Dr. Virander Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). The institute has thus become the sole women-only University and the first from Rajasthan to be accorded this rating.
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Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Shastri said, “Over its 83 year journey, Banasthali Vidyapith has reached many milestones and this is another feather in the cap. Banasthali is committed to its mission of nurturing women leaders in all walks of life through its unique five-fold education. Without compromising the spirit and ethos of the institution, Banasthali will keep marching ahead on the road of academic excellence."
QS I-Gauge, touted to be India’s first nation-wide rating system for institutions of higher education, consists of seven primary categories and five secondary categories, ranging from Teaching and Learning, Employability and Social Responsibility to Research and Innovation. Explaining the practices of the QS I-Gauge rating system, Mr Ben Sowter, Director of 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."
Elaborating upon Banasthali Vidyapith’s achievements, Prof. Shastri said that the University had been established in 1935 with just 5 students but is now the world's largest fully residential university for women with 15,000 students in its 950 acre campus in Tonk, Rajasthan. It has also been awarded A grade accreditation by NAAC. The students, who can pursue their education from nursery up to doctorate level, are offered courses in nearly all traditional and modern disciplines. The campus is home to 25 academic blocks, 47 hostels, horseracing and sports fields, DGCA approved all women's flying club with a fleet of aircrafts, a 100 bed hospital, a community radio station, an Atal Incubation Centre and many other infrastructural facilities, Prof. Shastri added.