New Delhi: In a major step that would boost creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, has today (12 September 2016) for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions including Indian Institute of Technology (IITs)/Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)/National Institutes of Technology (NITs). Further, the already cash-starved higher learning institutes including IITs/IIMs/NITs will get relief in mobilising funds for upgrading their scale and R&D infrastructure.
The HEFA would be jointly promoted by the identified Promoter and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) with an authorised capital of Rs.2,000 crore. The Government equity would be Rs.1,000 crore. The HEFA would be formed as a SPV within a PSU Bank/ Government-owned-NBFC (Promoter). It would leverage the equity to raise up to Rs. 20,000 crore for funding projects for infrastructure and development of world class Labs in IITs/IIMs/NITs and such other institutions.
The HEFA would also mobilise CSR funds from PSUs/Corporates, which would in turn be released for promoting research and innovation in these institutions on grant basis. The HEFA would finance the civil and lab infrastructure projects through a 10-year loan. The principal portion of the loan will be repaid through the ‘internal accruals’ (earned through the fee receipts, research earnings etc) of the institutions. The Government would service the interest portion through the regular Plan assistance.
The Government of India informed in a statement that all the Centrally Funded Higher Educational Institutions would be eligible for joining as members of the HEFA. For joining as members, the Institution should agree to escrow a specific amount from their internal accruals to HEFA for a period of 10 years. This secured future flows would be securitised by the HEFA for mobilising the funds from the market. Each member institution would be eligible for a credit limit as decided by HEFA based on the amount agreed to be escrowed from the internal accruals.