on the granting of institution of eminence status to reliance for an institute which exists on paper
The Department of Higher Education, a branch of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, has clarified its stance on granting “Institution of Eminence” (IoE) status to Reliance Foundation's Jio Institute in Maharashtra, which, as of now, only exists on paper.
Secretary of Department of Higher Education, R Subramanyam, said Greenfield private institutions, such as Jio Institute, can be granted the aforementioned status.
“There are three categories under which the ‘IoE' status can be granted, the first of which is the Public institutions category, which includes Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai and Delhi were considered. The second category was private institutions, under which Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani and Manipal University have been granted the status,” he explained.
“The third category, under which Jio Institute was granted the status, was the Greenfield Private institutions. These are institutions that do not exist right now, but well-meaning, responsible private investors want to bring global standards to the country. These should be welcomed,” he added.