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Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to set up campuses abroad

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 Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to set up campuses abroad


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended its regulations, allowing Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to set up campuses abroad after receiving no objection certificates from the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • The amendments also permit the IOEs to start new off campus centres, with a maximum of three in five years and not more than one in an academic year.

 What are the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)?

Institutions of Eminence scheme has been launched in order to implement the commitment of the Government to empower the Higher Educational Institutions and to help them become world class teaching and research institutions.

  • The scheme was announced by the Finance Minister in his budget speech of 2016.
  • This will enhance affordable access to high quality education for ordinary Indians.

 About the IoEs scheme:

Launched in order to empower the Higher Educational Institutions and to help them become world-class teaching and research institutions.


Excellence and Innovation: To provide for higher education leading to excellence and innovations in such branches of knowledge as may be deemed fit at post-graduate, graduate and research degree levels.

Specialization: To engage in areas of specialization to make distinctive contributions to the objectives of the university education system.

Global Rating: To aim to be rated internationally for its teaching and research as a top hundred Institution in the world over time.

Quality teaching and Research: To provide for high quality teaching and research and for the advancement of knowledge and its dissemination.

Incentives of the scheme:

  • Institutes with IOE tag will be given greater autonomy and freedom to decide fees, course durations and governance structures.
  • The public institutions under IOE tag will receive a government grant of ₹1,000 crore, while the private institutions will not get any funding under the scheme.

 Why is it important?

Academic institutions that can impart highest quality education, generate cutting edge research, and attract the best and the brightest from across the globe can have multiplier beneficial effects for the country. So the idea of elevating the best in a sector to an eminent status by granting autonomy is a good one.


Prelims Link:

  1. Key features of the IoEs Scheme
  2. UGC guidelines for IoEs

 Mains Link:

What are Institutions of Eminence? Discuss the benefits of Institutions of Eminence to India.

Sources: the Hindu.