Institute of Eminence touted to be a major reform
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has recognized six institutions of higher education with the status of Institution of Eminence. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the idea is "important for the country."
Explaining the rationale, he says, "We have 800 universities but not a single university in top 100 or even 200 in the world ranking. This decision is a landmark decision for following reasons - This was never thought off and tried; it is more than a graded autonomy, it is really a full autonomy to the institutes; the institutes can take their own decisions."
"While today's decision gives virtually full autonomy, it will also ensure that no student will be denied an opportunity of education with various measures like scholarships, interest waiver, fee waiver and ensure all equity principles," he adds.
IoE reform is meant to extend autonomy to three public and three private institutes in the field of higher education. Existing institutes that offer interdisciplinary courses and conduct research in areas of emerging technology are considered for the status. There are other criteria as well.