Under fire for granting ‘Eminence’ status govt justifies stand

After awarding the status of ‘Institute of Eminence’ to six institutes on Monday, the government justified including Jio University, an institute which exists only on paper, in the list.

The five other on the list are Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IISc Bangalore , BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

The Department of Higher Education, a branch of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, clarified its by saying that greenfield private institutions, such as the Jio Institute, can be granted the status.

Speaking to ANI, Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, R. Subramanyam, said “There are three categories under which the ‘IoE’ status can be granted, the first of which is the Public institutions category, which includes Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai and Delhi were considered. The second category was Private institutions, under which Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani and Manipal University have been granted the status,” he explained.


“The third category, under which the Jio Institute was granted the status, was the Greenfield Private institutions. These are institutions that do not exist right now, but well-meaning, responsible private investors want to bring global standards to the country. These should be welcomed,” he added.

Eleven proposals were submitted under the greenfield category, of which the Jio Institute was deemed eligible for the status by the concerned screening committee, he further said.

“The committee, after due diligence, after reading through the proposals, looking at their vision statement, and their ability to mobilise land, building and the core team, came to the conclusion that there is only one institution which is eligible and we are respecting their judgement,” he said.

However, Subramanyam noted that the Jio Institute will be granted a ‘Letter of Intent’ initially. “As Jio institute is starting on a greenfield mode, they will only get a ‘Letter of Intent’, which states they must set up their institute within three years. If they do set up, then they get the ‘IOE’ status, right now they don’t have the tag, they only have the ‘Letter of Intent’,” he added.

Subramanyam also dismissed reports that the institute will receive Rs 1000 crores from the central government.

(With ANI inputs)

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