The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, is among 102 universities and colleges the Centre has identified as having the “potential” to receive the ‘Institution of Eminence’ status.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), which recently invited applications for grant of the ‘Institutes of Eminence’ tag, identified these institutions on the basis of their position in the all-India ranking of higher educational institutions, conducted by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry every year.
The HRD ministry will hold an interaction with these institutions this week through video conferencing to encourage them to apply for the prestigious tag, official sources said.
The IISc, established in 1909, was recently also ranked eighth among the best small universities of the world by an international rating agency.
Out of the 20 institutions to be given the ‘Institute of Eminence’ tag, 10 will be in public sector and 10 in the private sector.
These higher educational institutions will be established as a distinct category of the deemed universities and will be given complete academic, administrative and financial autonomy to enable them to earn “world class” status in quality and standards.
According to the regulations notified by the UGC for this category, all public and private universities are eligible to apply for the ‘eminence’ tag, subject to the conditions stipulated under the scheme.
Applications from private entities for the establishment of the ‘Institution of Eminence’ as “ greenfield ventures” will also be considered.
“Institutions will be selected for the tag in a challenge mode,” an official said.