Three private universities – Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS (Pilani) and Jio Institute were awarded the top status of ‘institutions of eminence’ by the Centre on Monday.
Government institutions like Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru) and the Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi and Mumbai were also granted the status.
Among the awarded institutions by the All India NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework), the IISc was ranked first, while IIT Delhi and Mumbai were ranked fourth and third in the rankings, respectively.
IIT Madras ranked second and IIT Kharagpur ranked fifth, with IIT Kanpur, ranked seven are not on the list. Manipal was ranked 18th in India and BITS Pilani was ranked 26th.
The surprising entry was the Jio Institute, which was not found on the NIRF 2018 ranking list.
A leading press agency on March reported that the Reliance Foundation was planning to build a university with state of art facilities.
Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar tweeted about the inclusion of these six institutions: “Yet another landmark initiative of @narendramodi government. The #instituteofeminence are selected by the experts panel and today we are releasing list of six universities -- three each in public and private sector.”
Yet another landmark quality initiative of @narendramodi Government. The #InstituteofEminence are selected by the Experts Panel & today we are releasing list of 6 universities - 3 each in public and private sector. #TransformingEducation #48MonthsOfTransformingIndia @PIB_India— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) July 9, 2018
The University Grants Commission (UGC), which is set to be replaced by Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), will lose the power to regulate these institutions, which are expected to be into the top 500 in the world in the coming decade.