Government of India has written letters to reputed higher education institutions of the country urging them to follow ‘Meta University’ model. These institutions include University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, the University of Hyderabad, the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad.
Out of these, the University of Calcutta, EFLU and IIM Calcutta have expressed their interest in the same.
Stressing that the higher educational institutions are autonomous, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha said “Higher Educational Institutions being fully autonomous entities, it is now left to them to collaborate and identify the courses/programmes to be offered in the Meta Universities. One such Meta University has already been started in Delhi.”
The main purpose of the Meta University is to share learning resources with different Universities by using the latest technologies available in order to enable the students to benefit from the learning resources available in different institutions.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) as the apex regulatory body for universities has decided to come out with detailed guidelines on Meta Universities. The participating institutions/universities share their learning resources to provide students with a more holistic learning experience. Hence such programmes are joint degree programmes, as clarified by UGC to Delhi University.