The provisions of section 3 of this Act shall not apply to--
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(b) the institutions of excellence, research institutions, institutions of national and strategic importance specified in the Schedule to this Act:
Provided that the Central Government may, as and when considered necessary, by notification in the Official Gazette, amend the Schedule;
(c) a Minority Educational Institution as defined in this Act;
(d) a course or programme at high levels of specialisation, including at the post-doctoral level, within any branch of study or faculty, which the Central Government may, in consultation with the appropriate authority, specify.
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1. Cl. <i>(a)</i> omitted by s. 4, <i>ibid</i>. (w.e.f. 19-6-2012).