Eminent' education bodies on anvil

Narendra Modi government plans to set up 20 Institutions of Eminence' that are expected to have world class faculty.

New Delhi: The government which was to set up 20 institutions under the banner of ‘World Class Institutions’ has now decided to go for a change in nomenclature and replace the title with ‘Institutions of Eminence’.

Sources stated that the change in title under the proposed regulation was made after it was felt that with none of Indian institutions even figuring in the top 100 in world ranking it would be a presumptuous tag.

Narendra Modi government plans to set up 20 ‘Institutions of Eminence’ that are expected to have world class faculty, facilities and infrastructure.

The Union human resource development ministry has finished working on regulations to set up these institutes and is soon expected to prepare a note for Cabinet’s approval.

Sources said that the detailed consultation process with stakeholders for the setting up of these universities has already been completed and a cabinet note is soon expected to be put up for approval of the cabinet. In the last Union Budget, finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced the setting up of these institutions and grant them autonomy under a new regulatory framework.

Sources said Centre wishes to seek collaboration with international universities to set up world class institutions. Sources also said the HRD may identify existing higher educational institutions to develop them as ‘Institutions of Eminence’.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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