Each year, The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) releases its list of higher education institutions in India. This year, the Business School at IIT Kharagpur, which was established by Vinod Gupta, has scored number 7 in the ranking. The government of India, working through their Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), developed the ranking system and established a set of criteria for evaluating each institution.
The five categories upon which the institutions are scored are:
- Teaching, learning, and resources
- Research and professional practices
- Graduation Outcomes
- Outreach and Inclusivity
Falling under a subcategory of management schools, The Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM) at IIT Kharagpur has been ranked at seven. Presenting a total of 76.82 graduates out of 100 possibles, the school excelled in the category of graduation outcomes. In evaluating graduation outcomes, several factors were examined from each school. VGSoM exhibited higher placement and studies, more entrepreneurial participation, better scores on examinations, a higher median salary for graduates, more students transferring to top universities, and a higher number of students graduating from the school’s PhD program. Unlike most management schools, Vinod Gupta’s school is less focused and offers a broader range of studies, which makes their ranking on this year’s list that much more impressive.
is the chairman of Everest Group, LLC and the founder of the Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation, established in 1997. The foundation attempts to reach young people in rural areas of India and present them with a broader range of educational opportunities. The charity emphasizes educational opportunities for girls and women with programs like the Smt. Ram Rati Gupta Women’s Polytechnic and the Dr. Giri Lal Gupta Institute of Public Health.
In 1972, Grupta graduated from the University of Nebraska
and launched the Business Research Service, which was later renamed Infogroup. After 35 years as the CEO and chairman of Infogroup, Vinod separated from the organization to launch a couple of new business ventures. He started Database101.com, a service that offers sales leads to businesses, and he also founded Everest Group
, LLC, which provides venture capital, private equity services, and consulting services.