Pune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has made it to the second proposed list of Institutes of Eminence (IoE). The empowered expert committee has cleared 22 educational institutes for the latest list. The first list, which consisted of six institutes including IITs, IISc, was published in July 2018.
Seven government and 15 private educational institutes have been nominated in the second list.
After realising that not even a single educational institute from India was placed in the top 200 institutes at the global level, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had taken the initiative to identify 20 institutions,10 public and 10 private, to give them the tag of ‘Institute of Eminence’ (IoE). These institutes will function autonomously.
“We are glad that at least our name is featured in the proposed list. Hopefully, we will receive the status of eminence. The list has been sent by the committee. It will be discussed in the commission. The official declaration will happen on December 10. Only after that our name will be confirmed,” said SPPU VC Nitin Karmalkar.
Besides the SPPU, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), the University of Hyderabad and the Tezpur University and the University of Andhra Pradesh also appear in the second list.
Private institutions like the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, Tamil Nadu, the Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, the Shiv Nadar University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and the Ashoka University, Sonipat (Haryana). The OP Jindal Global University, Haryana and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneshwar, have also featured in the latest list.
So far, the MHRD has approved the IoE status for six institutes, three each from the public and private categories. The IISC Bangalore, the IIT Bombay and the IIT Delhi are among the government institutes, while the BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute, Maharashtra have been conferred with the IoE tag.