The Institution of Eminence (IoE) MoU was signed today (17 February, 2020) between University of Hyderabad (UoH) and MHRD at New Delhi. Shri P. Sardar Singh, Registrar, UoH and Shri LVSSS Subba Rao, Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of India, MHRD signed and exchanged the MoU.

As an IoE, the University receives additional grants, with financial and administrative autonomy to execute its plans, spread across 15 years. The IoE status demands that within the next 10 years, the University must move into the top 500 Institutions of the world. The financial assistance would be to the tune of rupees 1000 crore or 50 to 75% of the requirement projected in the perspective and detailed plans of the institution, whichever is less, in a span of five years starting from the financial year of declaration of Institute as Institution of Eminence.

The UoH has drawn up detailed plans (which were presented to the EEC) for the execution of the IoE, which it treats as a major step toward improving the quality of research and teaching, not to mention services and amenities for its students. The plan includes putting in place national and international collaborations for research, the development of new programmes (regular, MOOCs, Diploma and Certificate) and courses within programs, interdisciplinary studies, increasing enrolment of students (including foreign students), hiring of experts from the industry, improvement in faculty-student ratio, global faculty recruitment, among others.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued the UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 for public institutions for upgradation of existing public institutions as ‘Institution of Eminence’. University of Hyderabad had submitted its application on 12 December, 2017 for conferment of IoE Deemed to be university status to the university. After the approval from the Empowered Expert Committee, the UoH was declared as an Institution of Eminence on 4th September 2019.