NOIDA: Under the leadership of former election commissioner N Gopalaswami, the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) has referred the names of 24 higher educational institutes for consideration for Institutes of Eminence tags. In this list, the names of 12 public and 12 private institutions imparting higher education in India are listed. If the public institutes succeed in achieving the IoE tag, they will be provided with the government grant of Rs.1000 crores for the next five years.
The institutions with IoE status are going to have greater autonomy in comparison to other institutions active in providing higher education.
IIT Madras, IIT Kharaghpur, Delhi University, Jadavpur University, Anna University, Banaras Hindu University, Tezpur University, Savithribai Phule Pune University, University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Panjab University and Andhra University are the 12 public institutions which are recommended for IoE tags by EEC.
On the other hand, the private institutions that made to the list are Vellore (Tamilnadu), Jamia Hamdard University (Delhi), Shiv Nadar University (Uttar Pradesh), Azim Premji University (Karnataka), and Ashoka University (Haryana).
Earlier, the panel issued a list of eight public sector institutions with recommendation for IoE status out of which three made it to gaining the IoE tag.
University Grants Commission, being the regulatory body for higher education in India, also recommended the names of three private institutions in the first list. Those names were approved by the government with a statement that both categories of institutions would get same weightage.
In the second report issued by EEC on Friday, 2 more institutions from public category ad 7 from private category were added to the first list respectively. It changed the number to 10 institutions from each category with an equal weightage.
Moreover, EEC has also marked 5 institutions in each category, which were to be kept in the reserve list as per the policy.
According to a statement from Ministry of Human Resources Development, EEC has strongly recommended that all 15 institutions in each category should be approved for IoE status.