Ministry of Human Resource and Development has received more than 100 applications from educational institutions for the World Class University tag.
The government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up / upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking. Overall 100 applications have been received. Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.
“Overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India”, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India”, Shri Javadekar said, adding that “the selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education but also propel competition in the entire education sector”.
The selection shall be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions shall be named as “Institutions of Eminence” which will have the freedom to choose their own path to become world-class institutions. These institutions shall be provided with greater autonomy viz. 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, etc.
The scheme will enable Indian students to get a world-class education and research facilities within the country. As per a circular issued by University Grants Commision, universities in India can apply for ‘Institutions of Eminence’ till 22nd February 2018. Currently, only a handful of Indian institutes are ranked in Top 500 best colleges in the world. The initiative with added funding and support would improve the quality and industry partnership of educational institutes in India.
– Chaitanya Kulkarni
Source – MHRD, Govt of India.