IIT Madras has written to Ministry of Human Resources Development and expressed its disappointment for not being included in the list of “Institutions of Eminence” (IoE). According to reports in the media, industrialist and IIT-Madras chairman Pawan Goenka had conveyed to Union Minister for Human Resources and Development, Prakash Javadekar that the Board of Governors of IIT- Madras had expressed their anguish over non-inclusion of the institute among IoEs.
Expressing distress, Goenka informed the minister that it was unfortunate that IIT-Madras did not make it to IoEs despite bagging the top position among the engineering institutes in India rankings 2018, by National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF).
Putting across their point, IIT-Madras added that failure to include the premier institute among IoEs was not correct as they matched all the parameters which were laid down by the body which selected the IoEs. Moreover, it adversely affected the morale of the students and the teachers.
Earlier in July, the MHRD had announced that the ministry will provide Rs 1000 crore for five years to the three public institutions which are IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IIT-Delhi.
If the institutions do not meet the requisite goals after the conclusion of five years, they would be removed from IoE list and will revert to their original status.