Institutions of Eminence to Open Foreign Campuses

The Government of India has notified guidelines for the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) to strike overseas through full-fledged campuses and offshore centres in order to see India on the global education map.

Key Points

  • As per the guidelines issued by the government, each of the Institutions of Eminence has been permitted to open up to 3 offshore centres in the period of the next five years.
  • For opening the offshore centres, IoEs will be required to obtain approval from three ministries— Ministry of Home Affairs, Education ministry, and external affairs ministry.
  • An institute is allowed to start offshore centres with 500 students and 5 post-graduate programmes, including research activity.
  • IoEs will also have to ensure that the offshore operations grow into a full-fledged campus of teaching and research campus with at least 300 faculty members and 3,000 students within 10 years.
  • All the IoEs will have to submit a detailed project report, five-year rolling implementation plan, and a 10-year vision plan to the ministries.


The Indian government declared 20 institutions as the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) in the years 2018 and 2019. The list includes central and state-run institutes like IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, Anna University, IISc Bengaluru, IIT Madras, and private universities like Jindal Global University and Shiv Nadar University.

The IoEs that are run by the government are expected to receive Rs 1,000 crore each for 5 years.

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