The Union Government on Monday declared three private and three public universities as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ enabling them to get full autonomy and special incentives to project them as “world class universities”.
As per reports, the government has granted the IoEs status to the following institutes:
Public sector category:
Private sector category:
More on the report:
- The move is part of a scheme of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to select 20 IoEs 10 public and 10 private that will enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy
- However, the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami picked six institutions that, according to the panel, showed the potential to find a place among top 500 of global rankings
- While the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry will grant Rs 1,000 crore funds to the three public institutions in the next five years, the private institutes will not be eligible for government funding.
Here’s what HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said:
“The Institutes of Eminence are important for the country. We have 800 universities, but not a single university in top 100 or even 200 in the world ranking. Today’s decision will help achieve this,” Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet.
Congratulations to @iiscbangalore, which has been our real pride. This inst has been ranked in world ranking. It has the scope to improve further.Though it is a public sector inst, it is being granted full autonomy to become really world class inst & find out new opportunities.
Moreover, Javadekar congratulated institutes under the private sector category.
More on the report:
- Unlike other institutions, IoEs will get greater autonomy to start new courses, admit foreign students, hire foreign faculty, and collaborate with foreign educational institutions without the need for government approval
- As many as 114 institutes had applied for the tag. These include 11 central universities, 27 ‘institutes of national importance’, top IITs and NITs, 27 state universities, 10 private universities, and four greenfield institutes
- Top corporates were also competing for the private institutes category with the Reliance Group applying for the Reliance Foundation Institution and Research in Maharshtra, Airtel for Bharti University (Satya Bharti Foundation) in Delhi, and Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta University in Odisha. KREA University which has former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan as its advisor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, Indus Tech University in Delhi, and Acharya Institutes of Bangalore were among other applicants
Jio Institute draws criticism
Meanwhile, the HRD Ministry’s selection of the yet-to-be-established Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation as one of the six ‘Institutions of Eminence’ drew sharp criticism from various quarters today, with many questioning the process of selection and the motive behind it.
Here’s what JNU professor Ayesha Kidwai said:
“It doesn’t have a campus, a website or any alumni and it has left behind prominent IITs as well as private players like Ashoka University and OP Jindal Global University. It is yet to be established but will already be marketed as a world class institution by the government. Can’t we see the conflict of interest.”
Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC), a panel of which carried out the selections, however, defended the move saying the institution was accorded the coveted tag under the greenfield category for new or proposed institutions that are yet to come into existence, as reported by PTI.