Bhubaneswar: Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), the faculty of engineering and technology of the SOA Deemed to be University here, has been ranked 23rd in the country in the Times Engineering Ranking Survey 2020 published on Friday. ITER, besides IIT-Bhubaneswar, is the only engineering institute in Odisha to be nationally ranked in the list of top 25 such institutions.

The institute, which was ranked 4th in eastern India in the survey, was placed at 15th in the list of country’s top 100 private engineering institutes. The survey said ITER was placed eighth in the list of top 20 institutes in the country in regard to research capability while in placement, it occupied the 13th position in the list of top 50 privates institutes.

ITER, which was launched in the 1996-97 academic year, is known today for its quality teaching, stress on research and focus on job creation and skill development. The institute offers eight undergraduate and 10 post-graduate programs besides Ph.D in 14 disciplines. ITER’s engineering programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) of USA, the prestigious accrediting body in the world for technical education. With a faculty to student ratio of 1:9, ITER has several international collaborations in teaching and research with global institutions and universities of repute including University of California, Davis, USA and University of California, Riverside, USA.

Approximately 92 per cent of the students who passed out in 2020 have got placement with reputed companies including Microsoft, Amazon, Cognizant, Deloitte, BOSCH, Reliance Industries Ltd, IBM, DXC Technology, Tata Steel, Wipro, Infosys, Capgemini, FSS, Informatica, Hexaware, Mahindra, TCS, Mediamint and ITC Infotech.

The QS I-Gauge awarded SOA the ‘Diamond University Rating’ on Wednesday. In a communication to the university, QS I-Gauge said SOA had exhibited outstanding results in their audit earning themselves a ‘Diamond rating’. SOA is the only University in eastern India to earn this rating.