2 IITs, BITS Pi­lani among 6 to get ‘in­sti­tute of em­i­nence’ tag

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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”.

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