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The Center has decided to adopt the criteria obtained in the top international rankings such as QS and Times Rankings for Higher Education Institutions to gauge the advancement of 20 institutions that have been awarded the prestigious Institute of Eminence tag. The decision comes after a panel of IIT directors was joined or recommended by the committee that is tasked with recommending ways to improve the perception of institutions and international rankings with tags.

The main criteria used in the international rankings of universities comprise academic and employer reputation, faculty-student ratios, research citations per faculty, international faculty, and international learner ratios.

In the last two years, 20 institutions of higher education – each in 10 private and public sectors, some of which are yet to be opened in universities – have been tagged ‘IOE’.

Over the status, the government has proposed other monetary assistance to public institutions and greater autonomy in setting up and running the premises in the case of private institutions.

On Monday, In a survey of the institutes, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank explained that an incentive mechanism for institutions would be formulated to reward the IoE and an integrated portal with world-class research papers would be created from all the institutes.

A senior official attending the meeting said, These are based on the recommendations given by the panel and they will soon formulate separate plans in two categories – private and public.

After the meeting, Nishank tweeted, different topics were discussed during the meeting like what measures can be taken to speed up the recruitment of international faculty.

The minister also said that measures would be taken to provide engineers a better awareness of IOE.

He said, The authorities were directed to develop a detailed strategy (with both qualitative and quantitative parameters) for the brand building of the institutions.

Sources said there are also plans to adopt the recommendations of the newly released National Education Policy, such as multiple admissions and exits, online degrees, multi-disciplinary, and internationalization to ensure the success of IOE.

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Last year, status was given to the final list of public institutions which included Banaras Hindu University, Delhi, IIT, Bombay, Madras and Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Science, University of Delhi, Hyderabad University, and Jadavpur University.

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