NITI Aayog prepares blueprint for 20 institutes to be recognised as ‘Institutions of Eminence’

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These institutes will receive full autonomy and other associated benefits as long as they fulfill all the conditions set forth by NITI Aayog and HRD Ministry

The Centre is working towards improving the quality of education in India. Earlier, it had announced to give status of ‘Institute of Eminence’ to some of the higher educational institutes in the country.

The aim was to upgrade the quality of education in higher educational institutes to match that of international standards and help them rank in the list of the top 100 world institutes.

The institutes receiving the status of ‘Institutions of Eminence’ would be given full autonomy to choose foreign faculty and students, and even fix and charge fees without UGC intervention. They will also be entitled to other benefits, which come with getting this status.

The response from the higher educational institutes in the country was very positive, as hundreds of institutes including IITs, and other private institutes applied to get the status of ‘Institute of Eminence’.

The Government has finally decided and prepared a blueprint to select and groom 20 institutes as ‘Institutions of Eminence’. NITI Aayog will shortlist the institutes to be given the coveted status.

The selected institutes will have to make it to the elite list of top 100 world institutes within five years of being conferred the coveted status.

If any institute fails to obtain a position on this top list, the title will be taken back, and the institute will also lose all the associated privileges and advantages.

The Government has clearly said that institutes receiving the coveted status will have as much autonomy as possible, but there will be zero tolerance in case any institute violates any terms of the guidelines prepared by the NITI Aayog and HRD Ministry.

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