UGC Recommends ‘Institute Of Eminence’ Status For KIIT Bhubaneswar

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New Delhi: The UGC has recommended ‘Institute of Eminence’ (IoE) status for Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) here so as to help it become a world-class teaching and research institution.

The recommendation came after the full commission meeting of UGC here on Friday, officials in the Ministry of Human Resource Development said.

KIIT is the only institute from Odisha to figure in the list of 10 public institutes and 10 private institutes in the country, who have been recommended for grant of the IoE status.

In 2016, the Narendra Modi government had announced the IoE scheme to make the 20 identified institutes as world-class institutes and help them be ranked among the best 100 institutes globally.

While the public institutes will receive special funding, to be shared by both the central and state government, the privately-managed institutes will be entitled to more autonomy with special category deemed university status.

The Centre had set up an expert committee under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami to recommend the institutes for the IoE status. The committee had come up with a list of 30 institutes. Of these institutes, UGC finalised the name of 20 institutes in its Friday meeting.

The institutes are… 

Government-run:
1. IIT Bombay
2. IIT Delhi
3. IISC Bangalore
4. IIT Madras
5. IIT Kharagpur
6. Delhi University
7. Central University of Hyderabad
8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata (tentative)
9. Anna University, Chennai
10. BHU Varanasi

Private:
1. KIIT Bhubaneswar
2. BITS Pilani Rajasthan
3. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
4. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation) Green filed
5. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
6. VIT Vellore, Tamil Nadu
7. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
8. O P Jindal University, Haryana
9. Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh
10. Bharti (Satya Bharti Foundation) Delhi

Expectations from the IoE…

  • Highly qualified faculty, with the freedom to hire from across the world.
  • Existence of academic, administrative and financial autonomy.
  • Excellence in research
  • High Quality of teaching
  • High levels of funding.
  • Adequate financial assistance to meritorious students to support a need-based admissions process.
  • Selection of students through a transparent system so as to ensure intake of meritorious students.
  • A significant proportion of international students
  • Autonomous governance structures
  • Well-equipped facilities for teaching, research, administration, and student life
  • Tangible and intangible contribution to society
  • Ability to leverage alumni and alternative funding sources, and the autonomy to utilize these resources
  • It should preferably be multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary and have both teaching and research focus of exceptionally high quality.
  • It should offer inter-disciplinary courses, including in areas of emerging technology and interest as well as those of relevance to the development concerns of countries like India and also award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions in such interdisciplinary areas.
  • It should have a good proportion of foreign or foreign qualified faculty.
  • There should be a reasonably good mix of Indian and foreign students.

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