Congress Attacks Modi Government For Giving Status Of Eminence To Reliance-Funded Jio Institute

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New Delhi:  The Congress has attacked the BharatiyaJanata Party government at the Centre over selection of the yet-to-be-set up Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation as an “Institution of Eminence”.The Congress said that the human resources development (HRD) ministry was obligated to check if an institution fulfils the established criteria to be granted such a status.

“Any institution which is seeking such status must establish its credentials by various acknowledged established tests like adequate infrastructure, outstanding faculty, credible research output and a place of prestige in the academia,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

“This is the obligation of the government and the HRD ministry and till now apart from a lot of talk, we have not seen great achievements in this regard. I think it is counterproductive and wrong to focus on an individual or institution by taking names or otherwise,” he added.

On Monday, the Congress had tweeted, “It is only under Modi government that a non-existent university can receive the tag of ‘Institute of Eminence’, just like a person can study a non-existent course and receive the degree of ‘Entire Political Science’.”

Following the criticism, the HRD ministry said the selection of the proposed institute for IoE tag is conditional. “Right now they (Jio Institute) don’t have any IoE tag. It is only letter of intent given to the Jio based on their proposal for establishment of the institute within three years. They will get IoE tag only after they are able to establish it within the stipulated time-frame,” said R Subrahmanyam, higher education secretary of the HRD ministry.

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