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Reliance Foundation to zero in on design for Jio Institute soon, buildings will reflect ‘Indian heritage and ethos’.

New Delhi: The Reliance Foundation is all set to finalise the design for its proposed Jio Institute and begin construction on the project between January and June 2019.

In a presentation made to the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on 26 September, a copy of which is with ThePrint, the foundation informed officials about its implementation plan for the proposed institute.

Giving details regarding the campus, the presentation says it will be a fully-residential smart campus. The buildings’ design will reflect “Indian heritage and ethos”, it adds.

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It also says that road connectivity, water availability, power supply arrangements are underway. The presentation states it will carry out “merit-based and need-blind student admissions”.  Need-blind admission refers to college admission policy in which the institution does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding on admission.

The presentation has also chalked out an action plan for the institute

The proposed Jio Institute was granted the Institute of Eminence (IoE) tag by the Narendra Modi government in July, triggering a controversy because it did not having a building in place yet. It was selected under the Greenfield category — meant for institutions that are yet to be established.

The HRD ministry had conferred the IoE tag on three public institutes — IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore — and three private institutes — BITS Pilani, Manipal University and the proposed Jio University. The selected government institutions are eligible for funding and greater autonomy while the private ones can enjoy greater academic autonomy.

Plan of action

The presentation has also chalked out a plan of action over the next year. According to it, three development activities have been listed for the three-month period between October and December this year.

They include:

  1. Campus Development

Appointment of various agencies for campus development

  1. Governance and organisation

Principles, institutional ethos, culture and values

  1. Academics

Prioritise schools, disciplines, research centres

Finalise scope of international partnerships

Formalise principles for recruitment of key academic leaders, faculty and staff

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The action plan also has three developments lined up for the first six months of 2019. These include:

  1. Campus Development

Finalise design for campus construction

Commencement of construction on site

  1. Governance and Organisation

Forming a global advisory council

A board of governors

Key formative policies

  1. Academics

Planning of programme structure, curriculum and research agenda

Identification of industry partners for lab and research facilities development

In process of getting clearances

Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani and key leaders of the Jio Institute recently conducted an on-site review for infrastructure steps and priorities, the document points out.

It also says they are in the process of getting regulatory clearances from the state and central governments. The institute will come up in Maharashtra.

“Detailed programming and design brief developed on following guiding principles: simple, modular and zero maintenance campus, the design will reflect Indian heritage and ethos, intelligent and next-generation digitisation and architect and programme management consulting agencies are being identified,” reads the document.

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