Hunt Be­gins for Panel Mem­bers to Se­lect In­sti­tutes of Em­i­nence

Look­ing for peo­ple of Ab­dul Kalam’s stature, says HRD min­istry of­fi­cial

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Our Po­lit­i­cal Bureau

New Delhi: The Cen­tre will set the ball rolling soon on its am­bi­tious plan for set­ting up 20 In­sti­tutes of Em­i­nence. The Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment min­istry is in the process of set­ting up an em­pow­ered com­mit­tee of em­i­nent peo­ple to choose in­sti­tu­tions that can be con­ferred the sta­tus. The se­lected 20 in­sti­tutes will en­joy more au­ton­omy than to other higher in­sti­tutes.

HRD min­istry sources said that nearly 5-6 em­i­nent per­sons would be iden­ti­fied by a core com­mit­tee com­pris­ing the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary and the chair­man of the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion. “We are look­ing at em­i­nent peo­ple of the stature of APJ Ab­dul Kalam,” an HRD min­istry of­fi­cial said.

While the bill for set­ting up the in­sti­tutes is yet to be cleared by Par­lia­ment, the min­istry is look­ing at com­plet­ing the process by April 2018. “We are look­ing at get­ting in­sti­tutes to send ap­plica- tions once the em­pow­ered com­mit­tee is in place, which is soon,” the source added.

Of the 20 in­sti­tutes to be con­ferred the sta­tus, 10 will be pub­lic in­sti­tutes. While pri­vate in­sti­tutes will have the ad­van­tage of greater au­ton­omy, the 10 pub­lic in­sti­tutes will be given an ad­di­tional grant of .₹ 1,000 crore over five years to at­tain global stan­dards.

The idea for hav­ing ‘world class in­sti­tutes’ was first announced in the 2016 bud­get but the pro­posal un­der­went sev­eral changes, in­clud­ing nomen­cla­ture, fund­ing pat­tern and level of au­ton­omy. The draft reg­u­la­tions ini­tially said the in­sti­tu­tions must en­sure a 1:10 fac­ulty stu­dent ra­tio and en­roll 20,000 stu­dents in 15 years.


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