Jio Institute whose vision will have a greater economy in future. They have been selected under ‘greenified’ category.
An initiative by Modi Govt. of setting up a Jio Institute is non-existent as of yet but declared the started operations of ‘Institute of Eminence’ along with two prestigious IITs in Delhi and Bombay as well as Institute of Science, Bengaluru .
On Monday, The Union Human Resources Development Ministry has announced that six institutes – three each in public and private sectors with a mission to make it one of the pioneer institutions but the idea of combining the Jio Institute of Reliance group is still floating in the clouds.
After a lot of glowing controversy, the HRD ministry gave a clarification on Monday and said –
“The clause 6.1 of the UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulation 2017, provides for a completely new proposal to establish an institution to be considered under this project,” said in a statement.
Accordingly, a separate category of applications have been invited from the sponsoring organizations for setting up new or Greenfield projects. The purpose of this provision is to allow responsible private investment to come into building global class education,” ministry added.
The tag attached to IoE will give special powers to these institutes which includes greater autonomy to start a new course, foreign faculty, and collaboration with foreign institutes without the approval of government.
University Grants Commission (UGC) explains an institute of eminence as ‘a distinct category of deemed to be Universities’ and also added that they ‘shall be regulated differently from other deemed to be universities in order to make them world class institutions’.
In 2016, government had declared the plan to set up Institute of Eminence which had been planned earlier under the name of World Class Institutes. The only idea was to grant special powers in order to propel them in world rankings.
As per the rules for greenified institutions, UGC had defended Jio’s inclusion on the particular forum because the proposed idea is yet to come into existence. As per the officials’ remarks, 11 institutions had applied for IoE tag and Jio has been selected among them.
HRD Secretary (Higher Education) R Subramanyam, defended the decision of selection of Jio under the ‘greenified category’ and stated that –
‘We are just giving letter of intent to the institutes and they have to come up with concrete plans to show that they can turn into top-class institutes,” he told The New Indian Express.
“Also, private institutes will not get any funding support under the scheme but will get complete autonomy and freedom from regulations. “A “vision document” shared by the ministry about the institute said its implementation plan included “land in possession and promoters’ commitment of Rs. 9500 crore towards capital investment”.