UGC defers decision to grant tag to more Institutes of Eminence

• The University Grants Commission has deferred its decision on granting the Institute of Eminence tag to more educational institutions.

• The expert committee has recommended more than the mandated number that the scheme allowed.

Key suggestions by the expert committee

• The government had asked the expert committee in 2017 to find 20 institutions.

• 10 public and 10 private institutions with the potential to be world-class teaching and research institutions that could be given the tag.

• Sushma Yadav, a member of the University Grants Commission, said the empowered expert committee has recommended 30 names 15 in each category.

• “But the government scheme said we had to select ten in each category [of public and private institutions].

• So we decided to refer back to the government, whether they want to expand the scheme.

• Yadav said it was not just a question of naming the institutions, but also granting public institutions Rs 1,000 crore in special funds.

• Yadav added that the expert committee had not listed the names in any preferential order or ranking.

• Yadav also clarified that there had been no mention or discussion of a report or input from the Intelligence Bureau on universities that have been critical of the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

• A report on Monday had said that the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development was hesitant to give such universities the Institute of Eminence tag.

Background

• In July, the Human Resource Development Ministry granted the Institution of Eminence status to three public and three private educational institutions in India after the empowered expert committee recommended 11 names.

• The six institutions included the Mukesh Ambani-backed Jio Institute, which is yet to be set up.

• In December, the committee recommended 19 more names.

• Now it taking the total list to 30.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Prelims level: Institute of Eminence tag

Mains level: Impact of having the tag

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