UGC Announces Application Process for Eminence Status (Download PDF)

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University Grants Commission (UGC) rolled out systematic application process for universities and higher education institutes which seek to become “Institutions of Eminence” . Institutions of Eminence is a status grated to the top universities and institutes in India.

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  • Unfortunately universities in the country are not aspiring to become “Eminent” with the current closed process with no fixed targets.
  • The new scheme is open with clear targets to help institutions come to top 500 global rankings in 10 years, and then eventually come to top 100.

Application Process

  • 90-day application process for interested public and private institutions
  • Application submitted into three categories:
    • Existing government educational institutions
    • Existing private higher educational institutions
    • Sponsoring organisation for setting up of private institutions
  • Empowered expert committee will process the applications.
  • Process of shortlisting to be completed by March-April 2018.

Eligible Institutions

Applying institute must be one of the following:

  • One of 50 National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings
  • Top 500 of Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Feature in Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Feature in QS University Rankings will be eligible to apply

What is Eminence Status?

Eminence status would be given to 20 institutions: 10 public and 10 private. Institute of Eminence:

  • Will have freedom to become world-class institutions.
  • Become free of regulatory mechanism and become autonomous.
  • Can choose the path the see best to become institutions of global repute
  • Expected to provide emphasis to multi-disciplinary initiatives, global best practices, high quality research and international collaborations.
  • Can enroll up to 30 % foreign students.
  • Can recruit up to 25 % foreign faculty- with no limit for selected private institutions.
  • Given freedom of devising their own courses, own fee structure, and can create centres without UGC approval.

Additionally, 10 state-run institutions get ₹ 10,000 crore over a period of 10 years, over and above regular grants.

What is University Grants Commission (UGC) ?

  • Statutory body under HRD Ministry.
  • Set up under the UGC Act 1956 with mandate to initiate important decisions and processes affecting the higher education in country.

Functions of UGC

  • Overseeing distribution of grants to universities and colleges in India.
  • Providing scholarships and fellowships to beneficiaries
  • Monitoring conformity by universities and colleges to its regulations.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 10, 2017

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