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IIT Kgp leaves no stone unturned to become 'Institution of Eminence'

Kolkata: IIT Kharagpur is leaving no stone unturned to make a strong pitch in its application for Institutions of Eminence status.
If the institution is selected, it will get an additional fund of Rs 1000 crore from the Centre which will be utilised for various projects aimed towards educational excellence. "We will be forwarding our application in this regard by the first week of December," IIT Kharagpur Director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said.
In September, UGC had started inviting applications from institutions which are keen to make it to the top 100 in global ranking with the government's assistance.
The application window remains open for three months. After the deadline expires, an empowered committee will vet all entries and finalise names of 20 institutions (10 government and 10 private) by March next year, which will be declared as IoEs.
The IOE announcement has come as a glimmer of hope for institutions like IIT as the rejection of the Vishwajeet project – proposed by the Human Resources Development Ministry came as a setback to the premier technological institutes including IIT Kharagpur. "We were supposed to use the funds (Rs 1,250 crore each over a five-year period) to upgrade our infrastructure, hire foreign faculty members, tie up with international institutions and adopt a host of other measures for improving our global rankings. We had planned to launch some "ambitious" projects with the corpus," a senior teacher at IIT Khargapur said.
In September, the Centre had junked Vishwajeet, a project that would have resulted in allocation of Rs 8,700 crore to seven top IITs as a part of an ongoing effort to enhance their global standing. IITs in Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee and Guwahati were picked as the likely beneficiaries of the scheme.
"We were supposed to have core funding for six technology converging areas under Vishwajeet. After it was scrapped, we have separated all the six converging areas from the integrated part," a senior IIT official said.
IIT Kharagpur that has recently signed an MoU with the Ministry of Heavy Industries for building a Centre of Excellence on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Heavy Industries, was supposed to get Rs 3,000 crore from the bouquet of Vishwajeet from which Rs 10 crore was to be allocated for the Centre of Excellence. "We are ready to spend Rs 10 crore from our own funds to come up with this Centre," one of the senior officials mentioned.
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