Rs 1000 crore grant only to public institutions under Institutes of Eminence tag: Javadekar

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday only public institutions would be eligible for the Rs 1000 crore grant for Institutes of Eminence.
Mr Javadekar informed the Rajya Sabha during question hour that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had notified the UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 for public institutions and UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 for private institutions for setting up or upgrading of 20 institutions (10 from public sector and 10 from private sector) as world-class teaching and research institutions called as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoEs).  
The Regulations inter-alia provide for Greenfield category, too, he said.
Accordingly, applications were invited through UGC’s notification dated September 13, 2017, from existing Government Institutions and existing Private Institution along with from Sponsoring Organizations which intends to set up new Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be University.
A total of 114 applications, 74 from the public sector and 40 from the private sector, including 11 applications in the Greenfield projects had been received, he said.
These applications had been entrusted to an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) constituted for this purpose. The EEC, after a thorough examination of applications and presentations made by the institutions, made its recommendations to UGC.
The Institutions were recommended and approved by the EEC and the UGC based on their detailed 15 year strategic vision plan and a five-year rolling implementation plan: Academic Plan, Faculty Recruitment Plan, Students Admission plan, Research Plan, Networking Plan, Infrastructure development Plan, Finance Plan, Administrative Plan, Governance Plan, and so on.
They also had to come out with clear annual milestones and action plans on how the Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities were to be set up, with identifiable outputs and outcomes and their plan to meet the criteria for attaining the status.
The Minister clarified that the Institute of Eminence tag has not been given to Jio Institute yet; only Letter of Intent has been given on the recommendation of the EEC.
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