‘No sense in elite status for Jio’

The Centre’s decision to grant the status of institute of eminence to Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute – provided it commences academic operations within three years – has not gone down well with the academic community, with teachers’ associations and veterans of the field wondering why the step was taken.

The Centre has on its part said this was done under the greenfield – or, yet to come – category, which is different from the public and private institutions’ categories.

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor and eminent scientist S.K. Sopory said the very idea of a future institution being seen as institution of eminence did not make sense.

“The most surprising is Jio Institute. It hasn’t even come up, which means there is no way of it proving itself,” he told
The Hindu
, saying that eminence required a reputation an institution has earned.

Academic Ramachandra Guha tweeted, “This preferential treatment to an Ambani University that does not yet exist is shocking. Particularly when several first-rate private universities have been bypassed.” The Delhi University Teachers’ Association said: “The inclusion of clauses which allow paper proposals to qualify as an eminent institution is an academic corruption of the highest order.”

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