2 IITs, BITS Pilani among 6 to get ‘institute of eminence’ tag
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the names of six “institutes of eminence”, three each from the public and private sectors, as part of its plans to create world-class universities to enhance research and improve global rankings of Indian educational institutions, as reported in The Economic Times.
The HRD ministry granted the “institutes of eminence” status to India’s top three institutions, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Delhi and Mumbai, besides privately-held BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and a yet-to-be-launched greenfield university project of the Reliance Foundation.
Talking about the significance of this move, Prakash Javadekar tweeted, “Institutes of eminence are important for the country. We have 800 universities, but not a single university is in the top 100. Today’s decision will help achieve this.”
Javadekar said this decision gives “virtually full autonomy” to these institutions but it “will also ensure that no student will be denied opportunity of education with various measures like scholarships, interest waiver, fee waiver and ensure all equity principles”.