MoU SIGNING BETWEEN MHRD & STATES

The Project will focus on the following objectives: The MoU signing ceremony between Ministry of Human Resource Development and state authorities was arranged on 2nd February, 2017 at Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi in the presence of Hon. Shri Prakash Javadekar, Human Resource Minister for implementation of the third phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme. MHRD is implementing TEQIP- III in 18 focus states i.e. North-Eastern, Hilly Areas and Low income states and 1 Union Territory.

Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP-III) is designed as a Central Sector Scheme with the project outlay of Rs.2660 crore for the period of 2017-2020 starting from 1st April, 2017 in collaboration with the World Bank. The project will be coterminous with Fourteenth Finance Commission (FCC) i.e. 2019-20. The project shall have a facility of Direct Funds Transfer to the accounts of beneficiaries. TEQIP-III will cover around 200 Government/ Government aided engineering institutes, Affiliating Technical Universities (ATUs) and CFTIs from Focus States/ UT. The purpose of considering ATUs in the project is to transfer benefits of the project to the students taking education in around 1100 private unaided institutes.

The design and strategies for implementation of the project were presented by Ms Tripti Gurha, Director (IITs), MHRD. During the ceremony, Shri R. Subrahmanyam, A.S.(TE), MHRD, stressed upon introducing key reforms like setting up BoG, academic autonomy and accreditation for ensuring improvement in quality of technical education in terms of employability, research and equity and appealed functionaries from participating states to come forward to adopt these reforms. Shri K.K. Sharma, Secretary, MHRD, explained about the importance of autonomy and formation of BoG for effective governance of government technical institutes. He further mentioned about huge shortage of faculty in engineering institutions. He suggested the state authorities to devise some mechanism like e-learning for taking care of faculty shortage.

Hon. Minister, while addressing the august gathering, expressed his happiness that the program is targeting to improve quality of technical education in low income and hilly area states. He emphasized the need to bring these states in mainstream of development, technical education in particular, so as to take advantage of MoU SIGNING demographic dividend. He further expressed that innovation and research can happen only when physical infrastructure and trained manpower is available. Therefore, this programme is vital for such needed endeavors. The programme design has inbuilt sustainability mechanism so that the institutes continue introducing reforms for achieving excellence in education.

The secretaries for technical education from seven low-income states, also called as BIMARU states of Bihar, Chhasgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh; three hill states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand; and eight north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim and Tripura; and one UT of Andaman & Nicobar Island shave signed MoU in the function. The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks by CPA of NPIU who expressed his gratitude to Hon. Minister, Officials from MHRD and the World Bank for their continuous support and encouragement and appealed all the states to participate enthusiastically in making the project successful.