A non-existent educational institute with not even a brick on the ground has found a place among the coveted list of “Institution of Eminence”, triggering a major debate. Yet to be born, Jio Institute, which is controlled by Reliance Foundation is one of the eminent institutes.
The Government granted “Institution of Eminence” (IoE) status to IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay and Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the public sector, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation in the private sector.
IoEs is slated to get greater autonomy to start new courses, admit foreign students, hire foreign faculty, and collaborate with foreign educational institutions without the need for Government approval. As said by Mr Narendra Modi.
The Pioneer investigations later confirmed that Jio Institute doesn’t have any campus or a website and it is yet to be established about which the NDA Government initiated to market it as a world-class institution.
As many as 114 institutes had applied for the IoE tag to enable them to get full autonomy and special incentives to project them as “world class universities”. These include 11 Central universities, 27 ‘institutes of national importance’, top IITs and NITs, 27 State universities, 10 private universities.
While the HRD Ministry will grant Rs 1,000 crore funds to the three public institutions in the next five years, the private institutes will not be eligible for Government funding.
This is the third major “achievement” Javadekar announced in a week time. The first was the announcement of HEFA replacing UGC and the second was the declaration that all examinations, like JEE, NEET and NET, would be conducted online from next academic session through a newly formed Government agency, National Testing Agency (NTA).
The Ministry statement said it is expected that the above-selected Institutions will come up in top 500 of the world ranking in 10 years and in top 100 of the world ranking eventually over time.
The whole objective of such major new reforms is to bring Indian education to a world-class level hence a step forward to be counted as top 500 or top50 institutes in the world in next few years.