The IITs Kharagpur and Madras, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham and VIT are among the 20 institutions recommended for the grant of the Institute of Eminence status by the University Grants Commission on 2nd August.
UGC denied the tag to five private universities namely Azim Premji University, Ashoka University, KREA University, Indian Institute for Human Settlements and the Indian Institute of Public Health, the reason given was that they have not been placed in any global or national rankings.
As stated by N.Gopalaswami who headed the expert panel which initially identified the list of IoEs “We considered two types of institutions, those already ranked well and those which are having potential. We have felt something has potential, but the government may feel something else, they may have felt that if an institution is not ranked at all, it cannot be considered. It is entirely justified,”
The Institute of Eminence scheme is aiming to develop 20 world-class institutions which would put India on the global education map. Selected institutes will be given greater autonomy and freedom to decide fees, course durations and governance structures. The public institutions will also receive a government grant of ₹1,000 crore, while the private institutions will not get any funding under the scheme.