Narendra Modi 2.0: Cap on 'Institute of Eminence' Tags to be Raised From 20 to 30 Under New HRD Ministry
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New Delhi, May 25: With the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance winning the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and going to form the government for the second straight term, the human resource development (HRD) ministry is planning to increase the number of “institutes of eminence”, or IoEs from 20 to 30. This latest development states that the number of institutes in IoE by 50 per cent.

According to a report, published by Hindustan Times, the HRD ministry is seeking approval for a special research grant of Rs 250 crore for eight other niche institutions. Soon after the government is formed, the ministry is planning to confer the status on five additional public and an equal number of private educational institutes. Institutes of Eminence: UGC Postpones Decision to Grant Tag as Expert Committee Recommended More Names. 

It is to be known that with the eminence tag, the institutes would get greater autonomy without having to report to the University Grants Commission (UGC). Along with this, they would be able to admit foreign students and recruit faculty from abroad. Also, the tag gives freedom to institutes to follow a flexible course and fee structure to enable them to vault to the ranks of the top global institutions.

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, and Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore in the public sector and BITS Pilani, Manipal Institute and Jio Institute in the private sector have been given the eminence tag as of now. More 24 institutes like IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, Delhi University, Jadavpur University and others have been recommended for this tag too.