Six of the top most higher education institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, the Indian Institutes of Technology at Mumbai and Delhi, the Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and BITS, Pilani, have been named Institutions of Eminence (IoE) by the Centre.
An empowered committee, under former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami, recommended these institutions.
According to Mr. Gopalaswami, the greenfield category institutions including the Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and BITS, Pilani, will be issued letters of intent for three years within which to commence academic operations for the notification declaring them IoE to be issued. If they fail, he said, the committee can recommend cancellation of the IoE status. This sets them apart from other institutions.
He added that institutions not given the IoE status in this round could apply again till the committee finalises 10 public and 10 private institutions.
These institutions will be permitted to admit 30% foreign students with no restrictions on fees charged from them, hire foreign faculty to the tune of 25% of the total faculty and enter into academic collaborations with the top 500 global universities without UGC approval. They will also have full flexibility in evolving curricula and syllabi.The public institutions will get assistance of up to ₹1000 crore over five years.
While IISc is ranked first in the all-India NIRF rankings of the Centre in 2018, IIT Bombay and Delhi are ranked third and fourth in the rankings, respectively.
IIT Madras, ranked second, IIT Kharagpur, ranked fifth, JNU, ranked sixth and IIT Kanpur, ranked seven, did not make the cut this time. Manipal is ranked 18th in India by the NIRF and BITS Pilani 26th.