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January 29 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


The Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme, initiated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2017, is a landmark endeavor aimed at elevating selected higher education institutions to global standards.

Twenty institutions, comprising both public and private entities, have received the coveted IoE tag, signifying their potential to become hubs of academic brilliance and innovation.

Objectives of the Scheme:

  • Excellence in Education: To foster excellence in post-graduate, graduate, and research degree levels, creating distinctive contributions to the global tertiary education landscape.
  • Global Recognition: Aim to position selected institutions among the top 500 globally, making them internationally recognized centers for teaching, research, and innovation.
  • Academic Autonomy: Granting academic and administrative autonomy, IoE institutions are free to design their curriculum, collaborate with international institutions, hire foreign faculty, and enrol students without rigid norms.

Selection Process and Criteria:

To attain the prestigious IoE tag, institutions must meet specific criteria:

  • Global/National Ranking: Only institutions featured in global or national rankings are eligible. QS-2020 rankings for public institutions and QS India/NIRF rankings for private institutions are considered.
  • Greenfield Proposals: In cases where slots remain vacant, consideration is given to yet-to-be-established (Greenfield) proposals, provided they establish and operationalize within three years.

Benefits of Institutions of Eminence Scheme:

  • Financial Support: Government institutions can receive up to ₹1000 Cr. in additional funding.
  • Autonomy: IoE institutions enjoy complete academic, administrative, and financial autonomy with minimal government interference.
  • International Collaborations: Collaboration with the top 500 foreign higher educational institutions is exempt from government approvals.
  • Faculty Recruitment: Public institutions have the freedom to recruit up to 25% of faculty from outside India, including industry personnel.
  • Transparent Admissions: IoE institutions can maintain a transparent merit-based admission system, ensuring fair and inclusive enrollment.


While the IoE scheme is transformative, certain challenges need attention for its optimal success:

  • Funding Constraints: Adequate funding for research, infrastructure development, and talent retention remains a challenge for IoE institutions.
  • Faculty Quality: Attracting and retaining top-quality faculty is a persistent challenge that IoE institutions must address.
  • Effective Collaboration: Building effective collaborations with industry, other academic institutions, and international partners demands strategic planning and execution.
  • Inclusivity: Ensuring accessibility to students from diverse backgrounds is crucial for maintaining inclusivity and diversity within these prestigious institutions.


In conclusion, the Institutions of Eminence Scheme marks a pivotal step in transforming higher education in India.

Investments in research, infrastructure, and human resources, coupled with an environment fostering innovation and creativity, will be instrumental in realizing the vision of creating world-class universities in India.

The IoE scheme, undoubtedly a game-changer, sets the stage for India to emerge as a global education hub.

Mains Question:

  1. “Critically evaluate the impact of the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme on the higher education landscape in India. (150 WORDS)


January 29
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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