Institution of eminence status granted to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani

Jul 10, 2018 14:20 IST
Institution of eminence status granted to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani

The Union Government has granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status to six institutions including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector.

The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendations given by an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC). The committee in its report recommended selection of 6 institutions (3 from public sector and 3 from the private sector) as Institutions of Eminence.

Following is the list of the selected Institutions:

Public Sector

Private Sector

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

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Karnataka

Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan

Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Karnataka

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi

Speaking on the same, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this is a landmark decision that grants a full autonomy to the institutes. At the same time, he added that the move will help the institutions to grow rapidly and scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement so that they become World Class Institutions in the field of education.


The aim of the Institutions of Eminence scheme is to bring the selected higher educational institutions in the world’s top 500 in the next 10 years and eventually in top 100.

The scheme has been launched with an objective to provide world-class teaching and research facilities to Indian students within the country and enhance general level of education of the country.

Key Highlights

To achieve the top world ranking, these Institutions will be provided with greater autonomy to admit foreign students up to 30 per cent of admitted students and to recruit foreign faculty up to 25 per cent of faculty strength.

The institutions will also be allowed to offer online courses up to 20 per cent of its programmes and to enter into academic collaboration with the top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without UGC’s permission.

The institutions will also be free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction.

They will also have flexibility in course structure, in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree and complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, among others.

Each public Institution selected as ‘Institution of Eminence’ will also get financial assistance up to Rs 1000 Crore over a period of five years under this scheme.

Institutions are selected as Institutions of Eminence by the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC), constituted for this purpose.


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2016 budget speech had announced that an enabling regulatory architecture will be provided to ten public and ten private institutions to emerge as world-class Teaching and Research Institutions. He said that this will enhance affordable access to high-quality education for ordinary Indians.

In accordance with the same, Government / UGC approved the scheme of providing Regulatory Architecture for setting up / upgrading of 20 Institutions (10 from public sector & 10 from the 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 the private sector) were received by the Ministry for the selection of IoEs.

For the selection of the institutions as IoEs, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) comprising N Gopalaswami (Chairman), Prof. Tarun Khanna, Prof. Pritam Singh and Renu Khatore was formed.

All the Institutions wishing to be selected as IoEs had to make presentations before the EEC between April 2 and May 8, 2018.

After looking at all the presentations, the committee filed a report, in which it recommended selection of only 6 institutions (3 from the public sector and 3 from the private sector) as Institutions of Eminence.


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