The National Informatics Centre (NIC) recently added to its association with two private institutes in the country an appointment of Eminence Director at ITU Institute, which provides B.Tech and M.Tech programmes, as well as Eminence Professor at the Institute of Engineers, Cadre Corporation in India (IECCI).
“The initiatives in the name of establishment of Eminence Chair were initiated in line with the vision of the government for higher education, which emphasises on the institutions playing an important role in the creation of vibrant knowledge based economy,” said Ruchira Ghosh, Director, Instituto del Comunicacao e Tecnologia Instituto de Ciencias Fiscales in an email response to queries.
The verification of the name, which is connected to the country’s civilian institutions, was done following a nomination by the Chairman, ITU IECCI. “The name was forwarded to the Patron of the Institution in consultation with NIC through Minster of State (Development of North Eastern Region), Research and Technology, which was communicated to the Chairperson of the Institution by NIC,” added Ghosh.
The corporate world, which had been opposed to the appointment of the chairmanship, however, was silent on the subject.
“The Association (NAC) is yet to know about the nomination and we expect the details on the nomination of the Chair of a distinguished service,” said a spokesperson for the Association of Colleges and Universities of India.
In October last year, The Indian Express had reported that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) was recommending the appointment of a M.Tech to Eminence Director, a fresh move by the government that was challenged in the court by a section of educationalists, including the Chairman of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, who felt that the quality of education to be provided by ITU in Dhobia Begum campus in Jaipur in the case of Eminence was “too good” for the special college to become a “special institution”.
The Registrar of Institutes did not respond to The Indian Express query for a response to the report. But in response to an Email addressed to him, Chairman ITU IECCI Rajesh Joseph said that he had sent the nomination “based on his position as Chairman, ITU IECCI and approval of the Patron of the Institution” and that the selection committee recommended the name of “Professor (The Honorable) J J Verma, Dr Narendra Prasad and Dr K Ksinghal, who are eminent and industry-oriented”.
“The University of Jaipur (UJ) has been advising us on teachers and students’ selection based on their ranks in their colleges’ AIEEE (All India Council for Technical Education) Rankings,” he said.