Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday recommended Institutes of Eminence (IoE) tag for 20 educational institutes including IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur and the Delhi University.

The University of Hyderabad and the Benaras Hindu University have also been recommended to be granted the IoE status. The list of 20 IoEs includes IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and the IISc that feature in top 200 in QS world rankings.

In its 542nd meeting held today, UGC has considered the reports of the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) appointed by Government under the Chairmanship of N Gopalaswami recommending  (15) Public institutions and (15) Private institutions for considering to give status of Institutions of Eminence.

Since the scheme has only provided for (10) Public and (10) Private Institutions, the UGC has examined the list of (15) Public and (15) Private Institutions using transparent and verifiable criteria.

Apart from the public universities, UGC has also recommended the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to grant the IoE tag to a number of private universities.

The private  including Shiv Nadar University (Uttar Pradesh), O.P. Jindal University (Haryana), Jamia Hamdard (New Delhi), VIT Vellore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Bengaluru), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Bhubaneswar) and the Satya Bharti Foundation.

The universities that have been denied the tag include the Aligarh Muslim University, the Ashoka University, the Tezpur University, the KREA University, the Jadavpur University, the Azim Premji University, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru, and Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar.

"Since the thrust of the scheme is to prepare institutions for the global rankings, no existing institution which has not figured in any of the global/national ranks shall be recommended for the IoE status. Only after exhausting the above criterion, if any slot remains vacant, consideration shall be given to 'yet to be established (Greenfield)' proposals," the ministry said.