Premier Institutes to Be More Autonomous: HRD Minister


An admission into a premier graduation institute in India is the dream of almost every student in the country. This is due to the fact that these institutes provide the best-in-class education and also provide the best facilities in the country. This happens mainly because these colleges are under the control of the government and the students pay only a fraction of the expenses for the services that they are provided. These institutes also provide superior facilities for research and innovation purposes.

Reviews and Decisions

HRD minister Mr. Javadekar recently said in a review meeting at IISER, Mohali, that the government would give more powers to the premier institutions and act as a facilitator to the institutes. He also stressed upon the importance of research and innovation activities in these institutes. This will be done based on the performance of these institutes on various criteria laid down by the government.

The HRD minister was quoted saying that the government doesn’t want to exercise control on the working of the institutes and wants to let them follow their own plan to achieve excellence. He also said that the government would apply more rules to institutes that are under-performing and give more powers to institutes that are doing an outstanding job.

Talking about scholarships, Javadekar said that the Prime Minister’s scholarship, which applies to IITs and IIMs, would also apply for IISERs in the near future. He said that IITs, IIMs, and IISERs should work together for the country to improve its ranking on an international scale.

There are many institutes in India which provide quality education but do not make it to the international ranking list. This is mainly due to the inefficient feedback system and perception issues. The HRD Minister said he would look into this matter and make an effort to improve India’s ranking on a global scale.

Towards the end of the meeting, the HRD minister highlighted the fact that Modi’s government firmly believes that research and innovation are the two ways in which a country can grow stronger and sustain the growth for an extended period of time. This is the main reason the government is stressing on the improvement of infrastructure and rules followed in a premier institute.

The review meeting at IISER, Mohali was attended by directors of the five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER).


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