The Human Resource Development Ministry has awarded Institute of Eminence status to 5 more public Institutions, said an official statement. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently said that “Orders have been issued to five public higher education institutes declaring them as IoEs“.
This development comes on the recommendations from University Grants Commission (UGC) and an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) appointed by the Government under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami to choose 10 public and 10 private IoEs. UGC sent their recommendations last month to the Ministry.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) issued orders to five higher education institutes – IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the University of Hyderabad conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence status (IoE).
The Ministry also issued a letter of intent to Four private Universities – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Tamilnadu, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Tamil Nadu, Jamia Hamdard Delhi, Kalinga Institute Of Industrial Technology (KIIT Bhubaneswar) Odisha and greenfield Bharti Institute, a project of Airtel’s Satya Bharti Foundation (Mohali) for sending their preparedness for being granted as IoEs status.
Four other institutions, which had also been recommended by the UGC, require the State governments to act before they can be awarded the status.
The State governments have been asked to indicate their commitment to contribute half of the funds under the IoE scheme. In regard to Jadavpur University (West Bengal) and Anna University (Tamil Nadu), the two-state Universities which were also recommended by the empowered committee to be declared as IoEs,
The Uttar Pradesh and Haryana Assemblies must pass legislation to end the private university status of Shiv Nadar University and OP Jindal University so that they could receive the new status of IoE Deemed Universities.
Benefits of Institute of Eminence status
Each university will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry, laying out its plan to achieve the objective of becoming a world-class institution. The public institutions will also receive a government grant of Rs 1,000 crore over 5 years to improve the quality, infrastructure and research while the private institutions will not get any funding under the scheme.
The selected IoEs are proposed to have greater autonomy and independence. These institutions will not be subject to UGC inspections and are free to set their own courses, curriculum, faculty hiring and merit-based admission systems. They will have complete academic, administrative and financial autonomy, the statement said.
The Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities Regulations 2017’ in August 2017 to emerge these institutes as world-class institutions and to put India on the global Education map. Earlier, the Centre had approved and awarded IoE status to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, BITS-Pilani, Manipal University, and the yet-to-open Jio University.
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