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Increase number of institutes of eminence from 20 to 30: Expert panel

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The Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) for selecting Institutions of Eminence (IOEs), constituted by the HRD Ministry has suggested an increase in the number of such institutes from 20 to 30,” said, a senior official.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had set up a committee of four members, last year in February. This committee was given with the responsibility to conduct the appraisal of applications for shortlisting 20 IOEs.

About the IOE projects

The IOE project for globalisation of Indian campuses and creating world class universities was rolled out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in September 2017.

According to a senior HRD Ministry official, the EEC has recommended to increase the number of Institutions of Eminence to 30. However, the recommendations are yet to be considered by the UGC.

Union Minister of State for HRD Satya Pal Singh had also informed Parliament about the committee’s recommendations earlier this month.

Public institutes granted with the eminence

After the first report of recommendations from the committee, the HRD Ministry in June last year granted the eminence tag to three public institutions including Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and Bombay.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation were granted the IOE tag in the private sector.

The EEC has finally come up with 19 recommended names for the IOE status in December, which included two public universities and seven private universities. Also, five names from the two categories to be kept in reserve list.

List of public institutions recommended:

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Tezpur University,
Savithribai Phule Pune University,
University of Hyderabad,
Aligarh Muslim University,
Panjab University,
Andhra University.

List of private collages recommended names from Public sector are:

Sharda University,
Ashoka University,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
VIT Vellore,
Jamia Hamdard University,
Azim Premji University,
Krea University,
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology,
OP Jindal Global University,
Indian Institute for Human Settlements,
Institute of Public Health Sciences,
Satya Bharti University.

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