University of Delhi (DU), along with IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Hyderabad University and Banaras Hindu University, has been granted the status of Institution of Eminence by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).
On Thursday, 5th September 2018, the HRD Ministry granted the status of Institution of Eminence (IoE) to DU, along with four other public institutions- IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, Hyderabad University, and Banaras Hindu University.
The decision to grant IoEs to these institutions was preceded by a recommendation by the University Grant Commission (UGC) last month.
This decision is a part of a scheme promulgated by the HRD Ministry last year, wherein it would select 10 public, and 10 private institutions to be granted the status of IoE, and enjoy complete administrative and academic autonomy.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank told The Hindu, “Till date, we have 16 institutions as IoEs, apart from which another 4 institutions where state government’s confirmation and commitment is awaited.”
Mr. Nishak also added, “A Letter of Intent for granting the IoE status has also been issued to five private universities — Amrita Vidyapeetham and Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, Odhisha’s Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Jamia Hamdard University in Delhi and Satya Bharti Foundation’s Bharti Institute in Mohali. Shiv Nadar University in Noida and O. P. Jindal University in Sonipat have also been recommended by the selection panel. “These institutions will be required to submit their readiness for commencing academic operations as IoEs,”.
The government will be providing funding for up to INR 1,000 crore for public institutions with the IoE tag; however, no financial support will be provided for private institutions that have been granted the IoE status. They will, however, be applicable for more autonomy under the category of Deemed University. The IoEs also get to forgo inspections by the UGC.
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