28 July 2018
The Indian government has revealed the names of six Institutions of Eminence that will be groomed to achieve world class university status. Originally it was intended to select 20 institutions that would receive “virtually full autonomy”. It is, however, possible that more will be chosen later. The objective is to get into the top 100 of the global rankings.
At present the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Bombay and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore are in the top 200 in the QS world rankings and IISc is in the top 400 in the Shanghai rankings and the top 100 of the Round University Ranking.
Three of the selected institutions are private, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani and Jio Institute, a project of the Reliance Foundation, which is still in the planning stage. The other three – IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IISc – are private.
The six schools will be free from government regulation and will have opportunities for global collaboration. They will be allowed to admit up to 30% international students without any restrictions on fees and recruit up to 25% foreign faculty. The IITs and IISc will receive additional funding.
There has been considerable debate over the inclusion of the Jio Institute which has ambitious plans across a broad range of disciplines but has yet to declare its future location.