Government to Set up 20 World Class Institutes

Sarika Rana updated on : 29 Sep 2016

In a bid to promote international quality education, HRD ministry, PMO and NITI Aayog are planning to set up 20 world-class institutes. Read to know more.

HRD ministry to set up 20 world institutes

To promote international quality education, the Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to set up 20 world-class institutes, after Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) suggestion. The meeting held between HRD Ministry, PMO and NITI Aayog along with the Higher Education Secretary, V.S. Oberoi finalized this decision when concerns were raised on the quality of education and the need of improving it.

NITI Aayog has urged the Ministry for the freedom of world-class institution from regulating councils. The NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, in his letter to the PMO, suggested changes in the draft UGC council and said that the world-class institutes should enjoy autonomy and should not be regulated under professional councils including All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Medical Council of India and Architecture Council of India.
The PMO on the other hand, wishes to grant autonomy to these world-class institutes from the regulating councils mentioned above. However, the HRD ministry thinks otherwise, granting freedom to these institutes would require numerous changes in the amendments of fifteen different council Acts.

The funds required in the setting up of these institutes have not been disclosed yet. 

NITI Aayog

The National Institution for Transforming India, also known as NITI Aayog was a resolution of the Union Cabinet established in the year 2015. It is the policy ‘Think Tank’ of the government of India providing directional, strategic and policy inputs. It also provides relevant technical advice to the centre and states.

Promoting World Class Education

The decision of the Ministry to set up these 20 world-class institutes has raised a hope of improvisation of quality of education. However, it will be interesting to see how well these institutes of international excellence work after getting autonomous status.


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