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MAHE Celebrates ‘Institute of Eminence’ Tag in its Silver Jubilee Year – The Manipal Journal
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MAHE Celebrates ‘Institute of Eminence’ Tag in its Silver Jubilee Year

It was a moment of joy for the Manipal Academy of Higher Education when on Monday, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar announced three public and three private educational institutions of India as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoE) on Twitter.

As per the announcement, the public sector institutions to receive IoE status are – Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi (IIT- D), Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IIT- B), and Indian Institute of Science- Bangalore (IISc- B). With this status, the public sector institutions will also get special funding of Rs 1,000 crore for next five years. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and the Reliance Foundation’s yet-to-be-set-up Jio Institute are the private institutions, which will now enjoy complete autonomy.

 

 

MAHE’s journey so far

MAHE is ranked no. 1 private university in India in the QS Ranking. Now achievement of being an IoE adds to the glory of MAHE. The Vice-Chancellor of MAHE Dr. H. Vinod Bhat exclaimed, “This is a defining moment for MAHE, coming in its 25th year. The responsibilities attached to this coveted status are mammoth but not insurmountable. The expectations of the country by way of Excellence, Expansion, and Equity; culminating in a leadership role in the global scenario, are to be addressed from now on”.

Beginning with India’s first private medical college Kasturba Medical College (KMC) in 1953, MAHE was accorded deemed university status in 1993. KMC has established itself as one of India’s best medical colleges and is placed among 10 best colleges in the country. Today, over 28000 students from all over the world study in the university town in Karnataka.

Manipal Group has also been imparting education outside India for nearly three decades. In 1994, it had set up its first college in Nepal called the Manipal College of Medical Sciences. The Melaka-Manipal Medical College was set up as the first ever Indo-Malaysian joint venture in private medical education in the year 1997. Later the GlobalNxt University was established in Malaysia delivering online graduate programmes.

The Manipal University, Dubai has around 1500 students from 26 different nations, established in 2000. To address the growing scarcity of physicians in the United States led to the establishment of The America University of Antigua by the Manipal Group.

In addition to this, a 135-acre university will be set up in Sri Lanka by Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE), a unit of Manipal Group. The campus will be in Kalutara and the construction will begin by the end of this year expecting it to get ready in the next three years.

“The status thus acquired will serve as an inspiration for us to move forward with greater confidence and resolve to raise the standard of teaching and research to higher levels. This development is a stepping stone for our University to earn prestige of being one of the top 200 universities in the world.  We will direct our efforts to achieve this distinction and live up to the expectations of the Government of India,” said the Chancellor of MAHE Dr. Ramdas M Pai, who was extremely happy with Union HRD Ministry’s decision.

The autonomy will open new doorways

The autonomy granted with the tag will give immense freedom to the institutions to take their own decisions. The Vice-Chancellor of MAHE said regarding the autonomy granted to the university, “What is exciting for me is the autonomy – the freedom to innovate, add new branches, partnerships with overseas universities etc.” This initiative will serve as a great learning opportunity for the students.

On this matter and the affordability of education for the students, Prakash Javadekar cleared the cloud saying, “While today’s decision gives virtually full autonomy, it will also ensure that no student will be denied the opportunity of education with various measures like scholarships, interest waiver, fee waiver and ensure all equity principles.” This gives a clear understanding that the autonomy is to innovate new measures for quality education and using the potential of Indian universities to their fullest.

 

 

A move to improve rankings of Indian universities

The aim of this sustained planning and complete freedom by the government is to improve the world ranking of the Indian Universities. The HRD Minister said that this decision will help our universities find a place among top 100 or 200 universities in the world.

An Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) was set up to select 10 public and 10 private IoEs. However, the committee headed by N Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) could only find three public and three private institutions that deserved the status.

The decision also drew criticism as the Jio Institute, which does not even exist currently, was chosen alongside IITs and IISc. The government, on Tuesday, clarified that Reliance Foundation’s institution has been chosen under the greenfield category which refers to “private institutions that were found very promising at proposal stage”, said the statement by Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam.

 

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Google Images/MAHE

Edited by: Mehul Malpani

Disha Acharya

acharyadisha03@gmail.com

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