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POLICIESTHE HINDU : SEPTEMBER 2019

Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme

Context: Steps has been taken by the Ministry of HRD to implement the scheme of Institutions of Eminence (IoEs). 

What are these steps taken?

Orders has been released to 5 public Universities who are conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence (IoE). These includes IIT Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi and University of Hyderabad.

Letters of Intent (LoI) were also issued to 5 Private Universities for accepting and sending their preparedness for being declared as Institutions of Eminence. These are Amrita Viswavidyapeetham, Tamil Nadu;  Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu;  Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi;  Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Odisha;  Bharti Institute, Satya Bharti Foundation, Mohali.


About the Scheme

Institutions of Eminence (IoE) scheme under University Grant Commission has been launched to empower the Higher Educational Institutions and to help them become world class teaching and research institutions, as announced by the Hon’ble Finance Minister in his budget speech of 2016.

Till date we have 16 institutions as IoEs. Earlier, in the 1st round under the IoE scheme, Six institutions were selected as IoEs:
  • Public Category: Indian Institute of Sciencee (IISc), Bangalore; ; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
  • Private Category: Birla Institute of Technology& Sciences (BITS), Pilani; Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal; & Jio Institute under the Greenfield category.

Benefits of Institutions of Eminence

  • The Government Institutions selected under the scheme will get additional funding upto 1000 Crore and shall have complete academic and administrative autonomy.
  • They will have complete financial autonomy to spend the resources raised and allocated, subject to general conditions & restrictions of the Statutes and GFR.
  • There would be no government approvals needed for academic collaborations with foreign higher educational institutions (in top 500).
  • These will have the freedom to hire personnel from industry, etc, as faculty who are experts in their areas but may not have the requisite higher academic qualifications.
  • They will also have the freedom to recruit faculty from outside India (limit of 25% of its faculty strength for public institution).
  • These will have the freedom to enter into academic collaborations with other Institutions within the country.
  • They will have their own transparent merit based system for admission of students.


  • They will have the freedom to admit additionally foreign students on merit subject to a maximum of 30% of the strength of admitted domestic students.
  • These will have the freedom to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction.
  • These can determine the domestic student fees, subject to the condition that no student who gets selected admission is turned away for lack of finance. Every Institute needs to encourage scholarships and extension of loans facility.
  • They can offer courses within a program as well as to offer degrees in newer areas, including inter-disciplinary ones, after approval of its Governing Council and conforming to the minimum prevailing standards. 
  • They will have the flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree, after approval of their Governing Council and conforming to the minimum prevailing standards.
  • They will have the flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, with no UGC mandated curriculum structure.
  • They can offer online courses as part of their programmes with a restriction that not more than 20% of the programme should be in online mode. The certificate courses can entirely be through online mode.
  • The students enrolment capacity in these institutions to be 10,000 in 15 years.
  • The Faculty Student Ratio should be 1:20 at the time of notification and should increase to 1:10 in five years.
  • Also, the UGC Inspection shall not apply to Institutions of Eminence (IoE).

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