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Institution of Eminence

News: The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has awarded the status of Institute of Eminence to five public institutions

Facts:

  • Institutions awarded with status of Institute of Eminence:
    • IIT-Madras,
    • IIT-Kharagpur,
    • Delhi University,
    • Benares Hindu University
    • University of Hyderabad

About Institution of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

  • First announced in 2016 Budget speech, the Institution of Eminence scheme is a scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development pertaining to higher education institutions (HES) in India
  • Aim: To develop 20 world-class teaching and research institutions
  • Objectives:
    • To bring higher educational institutions selected as IoEs in top 500 of world ranking in the next 10 years and in top 100 eventually overtime
    • To provide world class teaching and research facilities to Indian students within the country and enhance general level of education.
    • To pay special attention to teaching and research in unique and emerging areas of knowledge          
  • Regulatory framework: It has been provided through
    • 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.

Key Benefits of Institutions of Eminence

  • Government Institutions to get additional funding up to 1000 Cr.
  • Complete academic, administrative and financial autonomy
  • Exemption from government approvals for academic collaborations with foreign HES (in top 500)
  • Freedom to hire personnel from industry as faculty, and recruit faculty from outside India (25% limit of its faculty strength)
  • Freedom to have own transparent merit based system for admission of students.
  • Will not be subjected to UGC Inspections

Current Status of scheme: Earlier 6 institutions were selected as IoEs:

  • Public Category
    • Indian Institute of Sciencee (IISc), Bangalore
    • IIT Delhi
    • IIT Mumbai
  • Private Category
    • Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal
    • Birla Institute of Technology& Sciences (BITS), Pilani
    • Jio Institute under the Greenfield category.
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