Bengaluru: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to declare 20 select places of learning in the country as Institutions of Eminence (IoE) as part of its endeavour to provide a new regulatory structure for enabling higher educational institutions (HEIs) to evolve into places of world class teaching and research.
Ten public and 10 private higher education institutions will be granted the IoE status, going by the latest UGC guidelines. For a government institution to emerge as an IoE, the commission expects it to be multi disciplinary. It also expects the institution to offer inter disciplinary courses and have foreign or foreign qualified faculty with a mixed intake of domestic and foreign students. It must also have a merit based admission.
“The faculty student ratio should be less than 1:20 and increase to a minimum of 1:10 within 5 years of attaining the IoE label,” reads the notification. Technical institutions, management and arts institutions, as well as central universities, which were earlier under the government owned and controlled category, will be considered for the tag.
The selected institutions will enjoy complete flexibility in fixing curriculum and syllabus and receive an assistance of up to Rs 1,000 crore or 50 to 75 per cent of the requirement projected in their perspective and detailed plans.
An Empowered Expert Committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, which is in charge of selecting the institutions under the scheme, will monitor and review IoEs once in 3 years until they find a place in the top 100 spots in a world ranking of repute for 2 years....