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The Times of India | PTI | March 22, 2016 |

New Delhi, March 22 : The HRD ministry has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to work on draft regulations for creating a roadmap that would lead to 10 private and government institutions each emerging as world class centres. Officials said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced in his 2016-17 budget speech that an enabling regulatory architecture will be provided to 10 public and 10 private institutions to help them emerge as world-class teaching and research centres. “The ministry has asked UGC to work on draft guidelines regarding the creation of such an enabling regulatory framework and also on the criterion for the selection of such institutes,” a senior official said.

“It is under consideration that greenfield as well as brownfield institutions could be chosen. So, a detailed exercise for choosing such institutes has to be conducted,” the senior official said. It is expected that many reputed deemed universities would be in the reckoning for selection among the institutions that would get the push to achieve world-class standards. Earlier this month, HRD minister Smriti Irani had told reporters that her ministry plans to identify central institutions in the next two or three months which will be helped to attain world-class standards. Irani had said that domestic rankings of the country’s educational institutes, the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), will be released in April and would assist in selecting the institutes which can be competitive worldwide. Institutions involved in inter-disciplinary studies or the highest levels of research will be chosen, HRD ministry officials had said. –  Courtesy


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