Naveen Jindal thrilled on ‘Institute of Eminence’ status for OP Jindal University, AMU and Jadavpur University face rejection


Industrialist Naveen Jindal on Saturday said that he was extremely pleased on being recommended for the ‘Institute of Eminence’ status for the OP Jindal University in Sonipat by the University Grants Commission or the UGC.

Naveen Jindal

Taking to Twitter, Jindal wrote, “Immensely pleased with the recognition of @JindalGlobalUNI as an Institution of Eminence. JGU was established in the memory of my father, Shri O.P. Jindal who believed in education, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and nation-building.”

The official Twitter handle of the OP Jindal University too tweeted, “Proud moment for #JGU on being recommended for an #InstitutionofEminence by @ugc_india to the @HRDMinistry. It has entered a select list of #Top10 #privateinstitutions in the country which will be freed from regulatory control and given full #autonomy.”

Last month, OP Jindal Global University was included in the global top 150 amongst all young universities that are under 50 years of age by the QS Young University Ranking.

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati established in 1994, Anna University established in 1978 and OP Jindal Global University established in 2009 were the only three Indian universities that featured in the QS global ranking. JGU was the only private university from India and the only university with a focus entirely on social sciences, arts and humanities to be featured in the QS Young University Rankings 2020.

The decision to shortlist the names of 20 universities for the ‘Institute of Eminence’ status was taken on Friday at the 542nd UGC meeting. A special committee led by former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami had drawn the list of universities for the consideration of the UGC, which will send its final list to the Union HRD Ministry. While the scheme provides for 10 public and 10 private institutions, the UGC examined the list of 15 public and 15 private institutions.

Among those making the cut are Delhi University, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad and the Benaras Hindu University in the category of public universities. Among private universities, the UGC has recommended the names of OP Jindal University in Sonipat, Shiv Nadar University in Greater Noida, Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Bengaluru, VIT Vellore, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, and Satya Bharti Foundation.

The UGC denied the ‘Institute of Eminence (IoE)’ tag to the Ashoka University in Haryana’s Sonipat, KREA University in Andhra Pradesh’s Sri City, Jadavpur University in Kolkata, Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bengaluru and Indian Institute of Public Health in Gandhinagar.


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