HRD Ministry Likely To Consider Proposals Of Five More Public Institutions For IoE Status

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New Delhi: Union human resource development (HRD) ministry is expected to consider proposals of five more public institutions that were recommended by the Empowered Expert Committee headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami (EEC) for institute of eminence (IoE) status.

The empowered expert committee (EEC) headed by former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami that selects IoEs will consider IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, Jadavpur University, West Bengal and Anna University, Chennai for the status, officials familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.

They added that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) did not make it to the short-list.On Monday, the government named six IoEs, three public (IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, and IISc, Bangalore) and three private (BITS Pilani, Jio University, and Manipal Global).

The government will provide Rs 1,000 crore funds to the three public institutions in the next five years; the private institutes will not be eligible for government funding but will enjoy academic and administrative autonomy.The committee was supposed to select 20 IoEs, 10 public and 10 private. that will enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy. However, only six were selected.

According to the report of the committee, a copy of which has been seen by HT, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata, ICAR Delhi, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, ISI, Kolkata, TIFR, Mumbai, and TISS, Mumbai have been recommended for the tag of Special institutions (not IoE).

It said these institutions “hold great potential to reach national and global prominence in a singular field of study, e.g. management, agriculture, technology, medicine etc” and added that “many have already reached global prominence, albeit in their chosen field.”

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