New Delhi: The 14 new `innovation varsities`
the government has decided to set up will be unique in the
context that each university`s financial, academic and
research structure will be different from the other.
"These universities will be innovative in their
governance, in their financial structure, in their academics
and research structure, in their content and in every other
way," HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said today.
The varsities will be unique institutions which will
set benchmarks in academics, and more importantly, in research
comparable to the best in the world, he said speaking at the
golden jubilee celebration of IIT Delhi.
He said the rational behind setting up these universities
is to support innovation and nurture a different mindset among
"These universities will deal with the issues and
challenges related to hunger, water, poverty and diseases like
TB and malaria through cutting age science and technology.
At the same time, there will be emphasis on liberal arts
and social sciences," he said.
Earlier, he had also said one of the universities will
work on all issues including city planning, water management,
urban transport, housing and energy.
He also indicated the government`s intention of "taking
Stating that IITs are already a brand name overseas, he
said, even the new IITs will not "suffice" given the
burgeoning demand from students.