Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)

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Institutions of Eminence

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) will ensure complete autonomy to the selected institutions

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) will ensure complete autonomy to the selected institutions and facilitate them to grow more rapidly. At the same time, they will get more opportunity to scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement so that they become World Class Institutions in the field of education.

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) – Need

There is a felt need to create a distinct category of deemed to be Universities, called lnstitutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities, which shall be regulated differently from other deemed to be universities so as to evolve into institutions of world class in a reasonable time period

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) – Objective:

To provide an enabling regulatory architecture to ten public and ten private Higher Educational lnstitutions to emerge as world-class Teaching and Research lnstitutions

The Government has shortlisted Six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)  including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector. An Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) in its report recommended selection of 6 institutions (3 from public sector and 3 from private sector) as Institutions of Eminence. The details of these Institutions are as under:

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) – Public Sector: 

(i) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka;

(ii) Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra;

(iii) Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) – Private Sector: 

(i) Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation), Pune under Green Field Category;

(ii) Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan;

(iii) Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka.

Institutions of Eminence

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.

  • To achieve the top world ranking, these Institutions shall be provided with 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.
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Each public Institution selected as ‘Institution of Eminence’ will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over the period of five years under this scheme.

Accordingly, the Government / UGC approved the scheme of providing Regulatory Architecture for setting up / upgrading of 20 Institutions (10 from public sector & 10 from private sector) as world class teaching and research institutions called as ‘Institutions of Eminence’. The Regulatory Architecture has been provided in the form of UGC (Declaration of Government Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 for public Institutions and UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 for private Institutions.

Under this scheme, 114 applications (74 from public sector & 40 from private sector) were received in the Ministry for selection of IoEs. In order to select the Institutions as IoEs, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) comprising of Shri N. Gopalaswami (Chairman), Prof. Tarun Khanna, Prof. Pritam Singh & Smt. Renu Khatore was formed.

The Committee in its report recommended selection of only 6 institutions (3 from public sector and 3 from private sector) as Institutions of Eminence

Expectations from  Government on institution of Eminence:

While a Government institution declared as an institution of Eminence, is free to choose its path to become an institution of global repute, an indicative list of parameters, the institution should satisfy within a reasonable pre-determined time frame from the date of notification declaring it as a institution of Eminence are as follows.

  1. lt should preferably be multi-disciplinary and have both teaching and research focus of an exceptionally high quality.
  2. Apart from the regular courses, it should also offer various inter-disciplinary courses, including in areas of emerging technology and interest as well as those of relevance to the development concerns of countries like lndia

  3. lt should have a good proportion of foreign or foreign qualified faculty. lnstitutions which succeed in mobilizing a broadly diverse national and international academic staff are likely to maximise knowledge capacity. Foreign / Foreign qualified faculty means:
  4. Any lndian citizen who has spent considerable time in academics in a foreign country, with his academic qualification /experience from top 500 lnstitutions figuring in a reputed world ranking.
  5. There should be a reasonably good mix of domestic and foreign students.
  6. There should be a transparent merit based selection in admissions, so that the focus remains on getting meritorious students
  7. The admission process should be need-blind so that once a student gets admission purely on merit, such a meritorious student should not be turned away for lack of financial ability.
  8. The faculty student ratio should be not be less than 1:20 at the time of notification issued declaring an institution as an institution of Eminence and should increase over time so as not to be less than 1 :10  after five years of this date.
  9. The faculty for this purpose includes the regular faculty, adjunct faculty, and long term faculty (for at least three years). Part time faculty shall not be counted for the purpose.
  10. There should be laboratory facilities that do cutting-edge scientific research for those institutions engaged in scientific research. ln case of humanities and social science and other interdisciplinary areas, the faculty should be engaged in research and field work in frontier areas using the latest methodologies.
  11. The institution should have a world-class library with subscriptions to reputed journals in the areas of its course offerings.
  12. It should have student amenities comparable with that of globally reputed institutions.
  13. The institution should have reasonably large owned campus with adequate space for expansion.
  14. The institution should strive to achieve social impact by engaging in applied research and innovation in issues of concern to developing societies.
  15. Governance structure of the institution should be distinct from the governance structure of the organization sponsoring/funding the institution.
  16. It should be financially sound, either in terms of recourse to public funding.
  17. The institution should have teaching and research collaborations with a reasonable number of global universities figuring in the most reputed global rankings.
  18. The institution should be known for promoting a culture where faculty are encouraged to publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals and engage academically with the issues of concern to the society. lt should have a record of research publications at the mean rate of at least one per faculty member each year in reputed peer-reviewed international journals based on publication made by top ‘100 global Universities in these journals.
  19. lt should come in top five hundred of any of the world renowned ranking frameworks (such as the Times Higher Education world University Rankings or QS or.Shanghai’s jiao Tong University) 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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