The University Grants Commission or UGC, the higher education regulator, has released a list of 20 institutes – 10 public and 10 private – which are recommended for Institutions of Eminence or IoE status. In case of the private institutions proposed as IoEs, there will be no financial support, but they will be entitled for more autonomy as a special category Deemed University. The UGC, it its 542nd meeting held today has considered the reports of the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) appointed by Government under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami recommending 15 public institutions and 15 private institutions for considering to give status of IoE.
Since the scheme has only provided for 10 public and 10 private institutions, the UGC has examined the list of 15 public and 15 private institutions using ‘transparent and verifiable criteria’, the education ministry said.
“Since the thrust of the scheme is to prepare institutions for the global rankings, no existing institution which has NOT figured in any of the global/national ranks shall be recommended for the IoE status,” a statement from the ministry said.
Institutes which are given IoE status from public category includes IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISC Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, and BHU