IIT-Madras has expressed its extreme disappointment to Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister for not being short listed as one of the six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) of India in spite of the advice from the selection panel of UGC.
EEC or Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) which was given the task of selecting 20 IoEs out of 114 applicants by UGC had suggested the names of 11 institutions for ‘eminence’ status. The Indian Institute of Science, IIT-Madras, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Delhi, Jadavpur University, Delhi University and Anna University were the recommendations in the public category while BITS-Pilani, Jio Institute of Reliance Foundation and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) were the recommendations under the private category.
However, on July 9, UGC has given only six names to the government that contain three names from public and three from private. As per the minutes of meeting conducted by UGC, IIT-Bombay, IISc and IIT-Delhi were selected on the grounds of their performance in the QS World University Rankings 2018.
IIT-Madras has been considered as the best engineering institute of the country by NIRF or National Institute Ranking Framework for three consecutive years. It has marked second ranking in 2017 and 2018 after IISc in the overall ranking across the streams.
Pawan Goenka, Industrialist and IIT-Madras chairman has stated the decision of UGC as disappointing and unfortunate.
There were the rumors of the public institutions whose names were not given by the UGC that they were not appeased with the selection procedure. But IIT-Madras is the first of them to raise its disappointment on record.
Last year, in August, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities Regulations 2017’. As per the regulations, an enabling architecture was there for 10 public and 10 private institutions to make them rise as world-class institutions.