Here Is Why Jio Institute Was Selected For ‘Institute of Eminence’ Status

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Jio Institute declared 'institute of eminence' even before it is set up. Here Is Why Jio Institute Was Selected For ‘Institute of Eminence’ Status. Jio trended on Twitter, with many tagging Education Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking him about the institute's location and credentials.
Jio Institute declared 'institute of eminence' even before it is set up. Here Is Why Jio Institute Was Selected For ‘Institute of Eminence’ Status. Jio trended on Twitter, with many tagging Education Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking him about the institute's location and credentials.

On June 9, the Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, announced the names of six institutions of higher education – three each in public and private sectors – that have been granted the status of “Institution of Eminence”.

The government granted “Institutions of Eminence” (IoEs) status to IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay and the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the public sector, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation in the private sector.

Jio Institute has been selected under the Greenfield Category – pertaining to new institutes – and according to officials, 10 other institutes had applied for it.

Greenfield projects are those projects which start from the scratch and are not modifying or upgrading any already established projects. The latter are called brownfield projects

What the HRD Ministry said? 

Clarifying that they assessed 11 institutions the EEC said they have taken the following parameters into consideration

1) Availability of land for construction of the institution 2) Putting in place a core team with very high qualification and wide experience3) Making available funding for setting up the intitution4) A stratetigic vision plan with clear annual milesones

The committee said only Jio Institute satisfied all four parameters.

Here is what ” Head of the Empowered Expert Committee N Gopalaswami said.

N Gopalaswami told the Economic Times: “We considered the eligibility criteria carefully and we could not find 20 institutes that we felt would be able to find a place among top 500 global rankings in ten years.” i told the Economic Times: “We considered the eligibility criteria carefully and we could not find 20 institutes that we felt would be able to find a place among top 500 global rankings in ten years.”

The decision attracted sharp criticism on social media!
Jio Institute declared 'institute of eminence' even before it is set up.
Jio Institute declared ‘institute of eminence’ even before it is set up.

The decision drew sharp criticism from various quarters with many questioning the process of selection and the motive behind it. Jio trended on Twitter, with many tagging Education Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking him about the institute’s location and credentials.

Sources- NDTV, News18, TOI, FirstPost, HT, IndiaTV

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