Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Innovation varsity to promote world-class research

KOCHI: Kochi is among 14 places across the country identified by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for setting up a world class innovation university.

The other centres are Amritsar, Greater Noida, Jaipur, Patna, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Coimbatore, Mysore, Pune, Visakhapatnam, and Bhubaneswar.

The Ministry had circulated the draft legislation for comments by various stakeholders. According to the draft Bill, the innovation universities are aimed at making India a global knowledge hub. Each one to be built around a theme or subject, these unique universities will enjoy total autonomy in appointments, collaborations, resource generation and nomenclature of degrees.

The universities will be open to all, irrespective of nationality, gender, ethnicity and disability, provided at least half the students admitted to any programme are Indians. There is, however, no mention of caste-based reservation.

Each university for innovation will have to establish a university endowment fund but will have the freedom to receive donations, contributions from alumni and other incomes as long as 80 per cent of the annual income is used for development of research infrastructure

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