'Institute of Eminence' tag to Jio Institute: Most hilarious Twitter reactions

Jio Institute was trending on Twitter with many users tagging the HRD Minister, asking him about the institute's location and credentials.

'Institute of Eminence' tag to Jio Institute: Most hilarious Twitter reactions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mukesh Ambani. Photo: AFP (File)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 10 Jul 2018 07:18 PM
NEW DELHI: The HRD Ministry's selection of the yet-to-be-established Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation as one of the six "Institutions of Eminence" drew sharp criticism from various quarters today, with many questioning the process of selection and the motive behind it.

The University Grants Commission (UGC), a panel of which carried out the selections, however, defended the move saying the institution was accorded the coveted tag under greenfield category for new or proposed institutions that are yet to come into existence.


Jio Institute was trending on Twitter with many users tagging the HRD Minister, asking him about the institute's location and credentials.

"It doesn't have a campus, a website or any alumni and it has left behind prominent IITs as well as private players like Ashoka University and OP Jindal Global University. It is yet to be established but will already be marketed as a world class institution by the government. Can't we see the conflict of interest," JNU professor Ayesha Kidwai said.

"What is Jio Institute? I thought only I didn't know its eminence but looks like everyone knew of its existence only today," a Twitter user said.

A professor from IISc-Bangalore, which was also accorded the "Institute of Eminence" (IoE) tag, tweeted, "How did @PrakashJavdekar evaluate this Jio Institute to decide it was better than IIT M or IIT KGP or so many other Institutions? How can an Institution that is in the process of being set up be declared Institution of Eminence? What are we missing here?"

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