The HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has released a list of six institutes that have been accorded a status of Institution of Eminence, which includes 3 from the public and 3 from the private sector. All these institutes have been selected by Empowered Expert Committee that is headed by the former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami.
The public sector colleges that have been included are the Indian Institue of Science (IISc) from Bengaluru, Karnataka, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Indian Institute of Technology (Maharashtra). Other private sector institutes include Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (Karnataka), Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani (Rajasthan) and Jio Institute of Reliance Foundation in Pune (Maharashtra) under Green Field Project.
The Institutions of Eminence has been rolled out by University Grants Commission (UGC), which aims at helping twenty such higher education institutes with ten from the public and ten private to break into the top 500 global rankings in next ten years making them break into top 100 with time.
With IoE, these institutions will have a greater autonomy to other higher education institutes and will have a freedom to decide their fee for foreign and domestic students along with flexibility in course structure and duration. Such institutions will be spared from taking approvals from UGC for making academic collaborations with other foreign institutions. The HRD Ministry will allot Rs 1000 crore each to such ten government institutions to help them achieve world-class status and this scheme will not imply on private institutions.
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