ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) has moved three places to be ranked 13th in the list of Central Universities released by the Indian Institutional Ranking Framework (IIRF), topping in the northeast region.

RGU was followed by Mizoram University in 15th place, Tezpur University and NEHU, Shillong in 16th and 18th positions in a list of 50 other central varsities of the country.

Accredited recently with an "A" grade by NAAC, RGU achieved an overall index score of 972.24 in the IIRF evaluation, reaffirming its academic prowess.

The evaluation by IIRF, a significant non-governmental organization, considers parameters such as academic reputation, employer perception, teaching-learning resources, research, and graduation outcomes.

RGU vice-chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha lauded the university community for the achievement, emphasizing RGU's dedication to academic excellence and competitiveness on the national stage.

He expressed confidence in RGU's potential to feature prominently in international rankings like the QS World University Rankings, highlighting the university's focus on employability and sustainability.

RGU registrar Dr N T Rikam hailed the ranking as a milestone achieved through persistent efforts put in by the university community.

He underscored RGU's commitment to enhancing the teaching and research environment, ensuring high-quality education and impactful research.

Joint Registrar and member of RGU's Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) Dr David Pertin acknowledged challenges related to regional restrictions on admitting foreign students but noted RGU's steadfast efforts yielding positive outcomes.

He expressed optimism about RGU's continuous improvement aligned with the transformative features of the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020.

RGU's rise in the IIRF rankings solidifies its standing as a premier institution in Northeast India, setting benchmarks for academic excellence and research-driven education.

Founded on February 4, 1984, at Rono Hills, Doimukh where its current campus resides, the university received academic recognition under section 2(f) from the University Grants Commission on March 28, 1985.

It commenced operations from April 1, 1985, and obtained financial recognition under section 12-B of the UGC on March 25, 1994.