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Govt grants Eminence status to proposed Jio university, flayed

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Tanishka Sodhi

Jio Institute (proposed) was given Institution of Eminence tag along with 5 other existing institutes

The government has come under heavy criticism after giving the proposed Jio Institute, along with five other institutes, the Institution of Eminence status tag. Along with the three public and two other private institutions — IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), BITS-Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute near Navi Mumbai has been granted this prestigious status.

The government’s decision to include Jio Institute in the private institution category, even before it comes into existence, saw a lot of backlash. Angry twitter users spoke out against the institute being granted Eminence status at the cost of many more worthy institutes. Amid a lot of jokes poked at the fact the institute exists only on paper, a parody account of the Jio university was created, and already has 16,000 followers. The admins of the account have been busy posting hilarious threads that have been going viral.

In response to the criticism this move received, the HRD Ministry gave out a detailed response. Among other things, it clarified that out of the 11 applications sent in by institutes, only Jio Institute satisfied the four required parameters,  which are: availability of land for construction of the institution, putting in place a core team with very high qualification, wide experience, making available funding for setting up the institution, a strategic vision plan with clear annual milestones and action plan.

The proposed university is proposed to start academic operations within the next three years.

The Institutions of Eminence will be granted greater autonomy, along with certain privileges like having a flexible course duration, structure and the freedom to decide the fees for domestic and foreign students.

The three public institutions will also get Rs 1,000 crore funds each.

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