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Law schools (like JGLS) lose out on Institutions of Eminence gamble, with 6 winners announced by the Centre today

Jindal loses race to be recognised,
Jindal loses race to be recognised,

JGLS Sonepat has lost its investment of Rs 25 lakh toward being recognised as “Institution of Eminence” (IoE), after having failed to make the final list of Indian universities declared as IoEs by the central government.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that JGLS had lost Rs 1 crore toward the IoE application. The UGC will refund Rs 75 lakh out of the Rs 1 crore application fee to unsuccessful universities, the Daily Hunt had reported.

The union HRD ministry has granted IoE status today to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute, reported the Express and other media.

The Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) of the ministry for the task could muster only six names instead of the originally proposed 20, from 103 total applicants. The EEC found teaching and research quality of the other applicants too low to be accorded the IoE status.

The IoEs are set to get Rs 1,000 crore each in the next five years in addition to greater autonomy. They will be free to decide their fee structure and their course structure and duration.

JGLS Sonepat had stood a chance to be the one of the only renowned law school to make it to the list of IoEs after its parent university JGU had applied for the status in September 2017 but none of the national law universities had applied. The fee for the application was hefty at Rs 1 crore, whereas most NLUs struggle to make ends meet.

Several Twitter users have complained about the selection of the six, with Rohini Mohan tweeting:

Has anyone heard of Jio Institute before? 6 #InstitutesOfEminence to get multicrore grants from govt, includes IISc, BITS Pilani, IIT Bombay. How many PhDs has Jio produced? Where is its research quoted? Does it even have a website? #ModiLovesAmbani Rohini Mohan (@rohini_mohan) Mon, 09 Jul 2018, 17:51

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