Higher Education

Higher Education

UGC issues guidelines for 'institutions of eminence'

PUBLISH DATE 9th September 2017

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released guidelines for creating a distinct category of deemed universities that will be called `Institutions of Eminence.' According to a recent circular, renowned institutions will be given financial support of over Rs 500 crore to create world-class facilities in academics.

The institutes willing to apply will have to submit the application along with a hefty fee of Rs 1crore.

The guidelines published on the UGC's website on September 7, stated that institutions of eminence deemed to be universities, will be regulated differently from other deemed to be universities, so as to help the former evolve into world class institutions in a reasonable time period.

The objective of the overall process is to provide an enabling regulatory architecture to ten public and ten private higher educational institutions to help them emerge as world class teaching and research institutions.

The guidelines are applicable to the government institutions namely-central universities, government owned and controlled deemed to be universities, Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and state universities.

Speaking about expectations the circular said that the institute should preferably be multi-disciplinary and have exceptionally high quality focus on both teaching and research.