Education: Reliance’s JIO institute, 2 IITs in six Institutions of Eminence selected

July 10, 2018

India News Stream Network

July 10, 2018

New Delhi:The Government has shortlisted six Institutions of Eminence , three each from Public Sector and Private Sector, for developing them as world class institutions.

An Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) in its report recommended selection of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka; Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra; and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
in the public sector category.

The private sector institutions chosen are Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation), Pune under Green Field Category, Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan; and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka.

Each public Institution selected as ‘Institution of Eminence’ will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over the period of five years under this scheme.

To achieve the top world ranking, these Institutions will be provided with greater autonomy to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; and to recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength. They can also enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC. They will also be free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction. Besides, there will be flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree, and complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, among others.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the landmark will ensure complete autonomy to the selected institutions and facilitate them to grow more rapidly. At the same time, they will get more opportunity to scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement so that they become World Class Institutions in the field of education, the Minister added.

The Finance Minister in his budget speech 2016 had announced the Government’s commitment to empower Higher Educational Institutions to help them become world class teaching and research institutions.

Accordingly, the Government / UGC approved the scheme of providing Regulatory Architecture for setting up / upgrading of 20 Institutions (10 from public sector & 10 from private sector) as world class teaching and research institutions called as ‘Institutions of Eminence’.

The Regulatory Architecture has been provided in the form of UGC (Declaration of Government Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 for public Institutions and UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 for private Institutions.

Under this scheme, 114 applications (74 from public sectorand 40 from private sector) were received in the Ministry for selection of IoEs. In order to select the Institutions as IoEs, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) comprising of SN. Gopalaswami (Chairman), Prof. Tarun Khanna, Prof. Pritam Singhand Renu Khatore whad been formed..

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