Eminence tag: Rs 1,000 crore govt grant only for IITs, IISc, says Prakash Javadekar

Amid a controversy over the Central government’s decision to grant Institution of Eminence status to Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the Rs 1,000-crore government grant is meant only for public sector institutes which have received the eminence tag.

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Eminence is just a tag

Earlier this month, the Government of India informed us that six higher education institutions have been named Institutions of Eminence (IoE) by the Centre. Of these, five are known for their science and technology schools and one does not exist. They will be permitted to admit 30 per cent foreign students with no restrictions on the fees charged from them.

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There is no shortcut to ‘Eminence’

No Indian university or institute has come in the top 100 of world university rankings. The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, comes highest at 179 in the global 2018 QS Top Universities rankings. So, it’s obvious that the regulatory bodies, the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), have failed to spawn excellence.

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Explained: How the pay-and-publish business works

An investigation by The Indian Express has revealed India to be one of the biggest global hubs for the “pay-and-publish” business , a practice in which “predatory journals” that often exist only online, publish research without any rigorous checks or expert review , for a “fee” ranging from as little as a couple of thousand rupees to well over a lakh.

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India sees huge surge in Intellectual Property rights applications

India has witnessed a huge surge in the applications for intellectual property rights and their subsequent approvals in the last five years. According to statistics from Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), trademarks, copyrights and patent registrations have seen growth of 236 per cent, 233 per cent and 41 per cent respectively since 2016.