Hunt Begins for Panel Members to Select Institutes of Eminence
Looking for people of Abdul Kalam’s stature, says HRD ministry official
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.