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Govt. asks UGC about the eligibility of 2 private institutes for IoE status

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  • The center has sought an explanation from the University Grants Commission (UGC) on whether the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Odisha and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu are eligible for the ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IoE) status.

News Summary:

  • The eligibility criterion states the collective net worth of the members of the sponsoring organization should be Rs 3,000 crore for existing institutions and Rs 5,000 crore for new ones.
  • However, as per news reports, the applications filed by VIT and KIIT show that both have provided the market value of current assets, such as land and building, as the net worth of the sponsoring organization.
  • Now the center has sought an explanation from the University Grants Commission (UGC) on whether the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Odisha and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu are eligible for the ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IoE) status.

Background:

  • In August 2019, it was reported that a few private institutes got the recognition as Institutes of Eminence. These include:
    1. Shiv Nadar University (Uttar Pradesh)
    2. P. Jindal Global University (Haryana)
    3. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Tamil Nadu)
    4. VIT Vellore (Tami Nadu)
    5. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
    6. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Bhubaneswar)
    7. Bharti of the Satya Bharti Foundation in Delhi
  • In early March 2020, there were news reports that Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Odisha and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Tamil Nadu do not meet the eligibility criterion on the net worth of the sponsoring organization members.

Institutions of Eminence - IoE
Institutions of Eminence – IoE

About: Institutions of Eminence Scheme

Aim:

  • The Institute of Eminence scheme aimed at developing 20 world-class institutions which would put India on the global education map.

Objective:

  • To ensure complete autonomy to the selected institutions and facilitate them to grow more rapidly.
  • To provide more opportunities to institutions to scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement and in future become World Class Institutions in the field of education.
NOTE : It is expected that the above selected Institutions will come up in top 500 of the world ranking in 10 years and in top 100 of the world ranking eventually overtime.

Benefits of status to institutions:

  • Greater autonomy:
    • To admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students;
    • To recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength;
    • To offer online courses upto 20% of its programmes;
    • To enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC;
    • Free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction;
    • Flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree;
    • Complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, among others.
  • Financial Assistance:
    • Each public Institution selected as ‘Institution of Eminence’ will get financial assistance up to 1000 Crore over the period of five years under this scheme.
NOTE: While private institutes will enjoy the autonomy, public institutes in the list will also get financial assistance to improve their growth in India and in global rankings.

Eligibility for applying for Institutes of Eminence (IoT) Tag:

  • The educational institutes selected, need to be a good mix of Central Universities as well as Arts, Management and Technical Institutes.
  • To get the status, they should be among:
    • Top 50 in the National institution Ranking Framework in their category
    • Top 500 in internationally recognized rankings like the Times Higher Education World University Rankings or Q.S. rankings.
  • Following Public Institutes that are eligible to apply under Institutes of Eminence are as follows:
    • Central Universities,
    • Government-owned and controlled Deemed to be Universities,
    • Institutions of National importance such as IITs, NITs, etc. and
    • State Universities set up under a law made by Legislative Assembly of a State.

Expectations that a University of Eminence should satisfy:

  • Some of the expectations that a University of Eminence should satisfy within a reasonable time, as provided in the UGC (Declaration of Government Educational institutions as institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 are:
    1. It should preferably be multi-disciplinary and have both teaching and research focus of an exceptionally high quality.
    2. There should be a reasonably good mix of domestic and foreign students.
    3. It should have a good proportion of foreign or foreign qualified faculty.
    4. It should have student amenities comparable with that of globally reputed institutions.
    5. The institution should have reasonably large owned campus with adequate space for expansion.
    6. It should come in the top 500 of any of the world-renowned ranking frameworks in the first ten years of setting up on being declared as institution of Eminence, and having achieved top five hundred rank, should consistently improve its ranking to come in the top one hundred eventually over time.

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