Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar has won the 'University of the Year' award at the FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards 2021 ceremony held at its 16th annual summit. The awards were bestowed under 11 different categories and the jury was chaired by RA Mashelkar. IIT Bhubaneswar has been trying to offer holistic education to its students, in standards at par with the cream of global class Institutions by bringing in academic excellence through several unique pedagogical and operational reforms, said RV Raja Kumar, director, IIT Bhubaneswar in a media report. Highlighting the changes introduced due to the pandemic, Raja Kumar said that the sudden onset of the pandemic posed a lot of challenges in fulfilling the self-imposed commitment for which the Institute had to bring in the right innovative processes required for offering education which is not compromised due to the pandemic. Certain initiatives were taken up by the Institute to continue classes during the pandemic such as conducting online examinations, switching to online classes, holding combined hybrid model of teaching-learning process, helping out the students and staff members who were left back at the campus during the lockdown and organising convocation ceremonies. The FICCI annual ‘Higher Education Summit’ (HES) was a three-day event as part of which it gave awards under categories such as ‘Excellence in Faculty’, ‘Excellence in Employability through industry engagement’, ‘Excellence in Enabling Research Environment’, ‘Excellence in Internationalization of Education’ and ‘Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts’.