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Top Billing For Jio Institute Conditional, Clarifies Government: 10 Facts

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NEW DELHI: Questioned relentlessly over its move to tag the Jio Institute of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance – which exists only on paper – as an “Institution of Eminence”, the government today clarified that what Jio would have for now is only a “letter of intent” with conditions. The Jio Institute was on the elite list yesterday along with two IITs, the Indian Institute of Science and three others. The “eminence” label gives these institutes unprecedented freedom from government controls and promises “enabling architecture” to help them achieve global excellence.
Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:
Six institutions were named for the “eminence” list – the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) of Delhi and Bombay, the Indian Institute of Science, BITS Pilani, Manipal Academy and the Jio Institute.
Last evening, the government clarified that the Jio Institute was named in the “greenfield” category, which acknowledges new proposals to establish an institution.
The Human Resource Development ministry said it received 11 private proposals but only Jio cleared the four parametres – land availability, highly qualified and experienced core team, funding and strategic vision with “clear milestones and action plan”.
Today, the government said Institutes of Eminence were chosen from three categories – public institutions like IITs, private institutions like BITS Pilani and Greenfield private institutions.
“These institutions are not there right now but where well-meaning responsible private investment wants to bring global standards to the country, they should be welcomed,” said Education Secretary R Subramanyam.
As the Jio Institute was starting on a greenfield mode, he said, “they will only get a ‘Letter of Intent’. “If they set up within three years, they get the Institution of Eminence status. Right now they don’t have the tag, they only have letter of intent,” he said.
The top official also clarified following criticism over Rs. 1,000 crore grant for the institutes. “Rs. 1000 crore will be given only to public institutions, that is, Indian Institute of Science, IIT Delhi and IIT Mumbai,” Mr Subramanyam said.
On Monday, Jio trended on Twitter, with many tagging Education Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking him about the institute’s location and credentials.
“Does Jio Institute have a building? Website? Has any student graduated from there?” tweeted Sudhir Yadav. “Why has government declared it an institute of Eminence and giving it a Rs. 1000 crore grant? This is most outrageous and shameful decision.”
The Congress tweeted, “The BJP Govt favours Mukesh & Nita Ambani yet again. The illusionary JIO Institute which is yet to see the light of day has been declared as an ’eminent’ institute. The Govt needs to clarify the basis of classification for granting such a status. #SuitBo…”

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