The new standard will cost Anna University the Institute of Eminence (IoE) status
Even had top 10 engineering institutes in the country, it may not easy to get Anna university to get the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Institute of Eminence (IoE) status.
While the University allots 50% of funds, which will amount to Rs 500 crore. Previously the University grant 1000 crore over the five years, but now new rule is implanted UGC will give only 500 crores to two state universities who were selected the IoE status.
University officials said, “Anna University was short-listed for eminence tag last July. From application to short-listing, it was not mentioned that the state university needs to get up to 50% of the allocation from the state government. The new rule will affect the state universities which are already starved of funds.”
The official said “University officials will discuss the issue with government representatives. We will make a detailed presentation on IoE status next week.”
While some professors also said, “We were short-listed purely on our merit and research output. But now the UGC is treating us differently.”
IIT Kanpur Ex- chairman M Ananathakrishnan said, “The two-state universities should be treated on a par with central universities since they have capabilities to become Institutes of Eminence. Despite the financial handicap, these universities competed with other central universities. Now, differentiating them as state and central universities is unfair and uncalled for.”
Also added that “Anna University is a top university ranked above many IITs. The Union government should fund it fully without any condition to make it a world-class institution,” he said.