Centre gives ‘Eminence tag’ to Reliance Jio Institute

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New Delhi, July 10: Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, which is yet to be established, has been granted the status of “Institution of Eminence” by the Narendra Modi led central government. 

Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, on Monday announced the names of six institutions of higher education – three each in public and private sectors which includes BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and the Indian Institutes of Technology in Mumbai and Delhi.

“This will facilitate them to grow more rapidly and at the same time they will get more opportunity to scale up their operations with more skills and quality improvement so that they become world class Institutes”, Javadekar said in a series of tweets.

An empowered expert committee (EEC) set up by the University Grants Commission under the UGC (World Class Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016, selected the name of Institutions.

With the announcement, the central government invited flak and later the ministry HRD clarified its stand on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the UGC said the Jio Institute was selected under rules for greenfield institutions.

As Jio institute is starting on a greenfield mode, they will only get ‘Letter of Intent’ which states they must set-up in 3 yrs. If they setup, then they get ‘IOA’ status, right now they don’t have the tag, they only have letter of intent, R Subramanyam, Secretary of Higher Education told media on Tuesday.

“In greenfield category, 11 proposals came,Committee after due diligence&reading through their proposals&their ability to mobilize land, building etc, Committee concluded that only one institution which is eligible”, he added.



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