Only based on letter of intent: Govt clarifies why Jio Institute got Institution of Eminence tag

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After facing flak for listing Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation among the six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) in India, the government called the controversy a result of ‘some misinformation campaign’ in social media.

On the criticism that how can an institute which has not even been set up feature on the list, the government has clarified that under the rules, a proposal to establish an institution can also be considered. However, such an institution needs to be set up within three years after the Ministry issues a Letter of Intent to the sponsoring organisation.

“Under clause 6.1 of the UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulation 2017, provides for a completely new proposal to establish an institution to be considered under this project. Accordingly, a separate category of applications have been invited from the sponsoring organisations for setting up new or Greenfield projects. The purpose of this provision is to allow responsible private investment to come into building global class educational infrastructure, thereby benefiting the nation as a whole,” the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.

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