DU, JNU, 7 IITs among 100 applicants  for HRD’s World Class Tag

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has received 100 applications, for the Human Resource Development Ministry’s ambitious 20 world-class Tag


10 central universities, 25 state universities, six deemed to be universities, 20 institutions of national importance and six stand-alone institutions have applied. Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University, Panjab University and Mangalore University.


Nine private universities and 16 deemed to be universities have applied in brownfield category and eight institutions have applied in the green field category. From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.


“Overwhelming response to the idea of institutions of eminence. This is how world-class universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The Centre wants to establish a total of 20 ‘Institutes of Eminence’ — a distinct category of deemed-to-be- universities, supporting them to become “World Class” institutions. By March-April 2018, 20 (10 each from public and private category) institutions will be accorded the eminence status with a mandate to achieve the world-class status over a period of 10 years.


  1. The selected institutions will have the freedom to choose their own path to become world-class institutions.
  2. The institutions will also be free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction
  3. Will have a flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree and fixing of the curriculum.

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