More than 100 educational institutions apply for World Class University tag

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, December 13, 2017

More than 100 educational institutions have put in their applications for getting the world Class University tag, an official press release has said.
Earlier, the government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to figure among the top 100 of world institutions ranking.
Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was December 12. Overall, 100 applications have been received. Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied.
Under the private sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.
“The overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India,” Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said.
“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India,” he added.
“The selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education but also propel competition in the entire education sector,” Mr Javadekar said.
The selection would be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions will be named as “Institutions of Eminence” with the freedom to choose their own path to become world-class institutions.
These institutions will be provided with greater autonomy. They would be able  to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; recruit foreign faculty up to 25% of faculty strength and offer online courses for up to 20% of the programmes;
They would also be able to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; be free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; have the flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree, in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, and so on.
The scheme will enable Indian students to get a world-class education and research facilities within the country, the release added.