India names 14 more universities as Institutes of Eminence

India names 14 more universities as Institutes of Eminence

Fourteen more universities have been named as India Institutes of Eminence.

Seven public and seven private universities have been added to the list, institutes that will be expected to rise up global university rankings to be in the top 200 within five years.

The University Grants Commission (UGC), India’s national higher education regulatory body, unveiled the new list on August 2nd, just over a year after the first six India Institutes of Eminence were named.

Total of 20 India Institutes of Eminence

The private universities that have been added to the list are: Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi; Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Bengaluru; Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa; Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu; OP Jindal University in Sonepat in the northern state of Haryana; and Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Bharti University has been included in the list in the ‘greenfield category’. Greenfield institutes are those that have not begun to operate yet and are given three years to establish and operationalise their institutions.

The public institutions that are named include the University of Hyderbad, Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, Anna University in Chennai, Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Delhi University and two Indian Institutes of Technology (or IITs): IIT-Madras and IIT Kharagpur.

Scheme brings US$145 million to institutes over five years

The government’s scheme to create a new class of universities with the eminence status was rolled out in 2017 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) in 2017, with more than 100 institutions bidding for the upgrade.

For public institutions named on the list, they will receive substantial extra government funding reaching RS10 billion ($145 million USD) over five years.

While private institutions are not to receive government funds, they will have complete autonomy from regulators.

This will give them the freedom to decide their fee structure and courses, hire and admit foreign faculty and foreign students up to a certain limit, and have the freedom to form academic and research collaborations with foreign institutions.

The India Institute of Eminence tag for Jadavpur University in West Bengal state and Anna University in Tamil Nadu is contingent on their state governments agreeing to fund 50% of the additional RS10 billion of funds over five years promised by the central government for public Institutes of Eminence.

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