1. What is the goal of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)?
Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (the Programme) aims to scale up and support ongoing efforts of the Government of India to improve quality of Technical Education and enhance existing capacities of the institutions to become dynamic, demand-driven, quality conscious, efficient and forward looking, responsive to rapid economic and technological developments occurring at the local, State, National and International levels. It has a clear focus on the objectives to improve the overall quality of existing engineering educational programmes.
2. What are the objectives of TEQIP Phase-II?
The objectives of TEQIP Phase-II (the Project) are as follow.
- Strengthening Institutions to produce high quality engineers for better employability
- Scaling-up postgraduate education and demand-driven Research & Development and Innovation
- Establishing Centers of Excellence for focused applicable research
- Training of faculty for effective Teaching
- Enhancing Institutional and System Management effectiveness
3. What is the Project's design and components?
The TEQIP Phase-II (the Project) shall be implemented as a 'Centrally Sponsored Scheme' with matching contribution from the Governments of States and Union Territories. The Project is composed of following components and sub-components.
: Improving Quality of Education in Selected Institutions
- Sub-component-1.1: Strengthening institutions to improve learning outcomes and employability of graduates
- Sub-component-1.2: Scaling-up postgraduate education and demand driven R&D and innovation
Sub-component-1.2.1: Establishing Centers of Excellence (CoEs)
- Sub-component-1.3: Faculty development for effective teaching (pedagogical training)
: Improving System Management
- Sub-component-2.1: Capacity Building to Strengthen Management
- Sub-component-2.2: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
An elaborate description of the Project's components and sub-components is given in Project Implementation Plan (PIP), which may be viewed/downloaded through following link.
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4. How the Project shall be implemented at the selected States?
The selected States through respective State Steering Committee (SSC) and the State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) will be directly responsible for overall management, coordination, implementation and monitoring of the Project at the State level. The roles of SSC are as follow.
- Guiding the work of the SPFU and authorizing reports to the State Government and to the National Project Directorate/NPIU
- Shortlisting institutions eligible for participation in the Project
- Assessing and recommending institutional, university and SPFU proposals for financing under the Project
- Overseeing the operational activities within the State
- Preparing State proposals, and forwarding these and also proposals from other entities for seeking grants under the 'Innovation Fund'
- Reviewing and approving foreign training and foreign study tours
- Taking stock of the Project and facilitate implementation of Project under all components and sub-components as per the institutional proposals approved for funding by the NSC
The State Government's department responsible for technical education shall establish a State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) with adequate staff before singing of the Memorandum of Understanding between MHRD and State Government. The Head of SPFU designated as the State Project Advisor (SPA), will be the Director (Technical Education) or an equivalent officer responsible for technical education in that department. The SPA will be assisted by a Project Coordinator who will be an academician. State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) shall be responsible for the following activities.
- Overall supervision of the implementation of the State's part of the Project
- Obtaining necessary clearances from higher level in the State Government
- Coordinating implementation of the Project within the State sponsored institutions and monitoring implementation progress on a day-to-day basis
- Preparing Project's annual work plans, including operations and budgets
- Furnishing information to the State government, State Steering Committee and the NPIU as required from time to time
- Considering proposals for and subsequently procuring local technical assistance for activities undertaken at the State level
- Mobilizing resources to meet technical assistance needs of the SPFU
- Liaisoning with stakeholders (local and foreign) involved in implementing the Project
- Facilitating the provision of services required to ensure efficient performance of the Project
- Ensuring implementation of Equity Assurance Plan (EAP), Environmental Management Framework (EMF) and Disclosure Management Framework (DMF) by itself and by Project Institutions
- Submitting quarterly progress report to the SSC
- Publish minutes of SSC meetings on SPFUs website
- Carrying out other Project related tasks as may be reasonably requested by the SSC
To carry out the above activities, SPFUs will have four units, viz i) Academic Unit, ii) Procurement Unit, iii) Financial Management Unit, and iv) Monitoring & Evaluation Unit. States with less than five Project institutions may create at least two units, viz i) Academic and M&E Unit, and ii) Procurement and Financial Management Unit.
5. How the Project shall be implemented at the institutional level?
The Project at an institution will be managed at two levels, viz i) the Board of Governors (BoG), and ii) an institutional TEQIP unit.
Board of Governors (BoG)
Each institution shall have a functional BoG as per UGC guidelines (as per the NIT Act 2007 in case of NITs), either appointed by the sponsoring government or by itself through due procedure. The BoG shall be headed by an eminent industrialist/engineering academician with adequate representation from other stakeholders. Following shall be the functions of the BoG.
- Take all policy decisions with regard to smooth, cost effective and timely implementation of the Institutional sub-project
- Form, supervise and guide various Committees required for Project implementation and internal Project monitoring
- Ensure overall faculty development
- Enable implementation of all academic and non-academic Institutional reforms
- Ensure proper utilization of Project fund and timely submission of financial management reports (FMRs) and utilization certificates
- Ensure compliance with the agreed procedures for procurement of goods, works and services and financial management
- Ensure compliance with other fiduciary requirements under the Project such as Equity Assurance Plan (EAP), Environment Management Framework (EMF) and Disclosure Management Framework (DMF)
- Monitor progress in carrying out of all the proposed Project activities, resolve bottlenecks, and enable the institution to achieve targets for all key performance indicators
Institutional TEQIP Unit
Each institution will establish an institutional TEQIP unit with adequate representation from academic faculty, administration, technical and non-technical support staff and students. The Unit headed by the Head of the institution, shall be responsible for implementation of the Institutional Development Proposal approved in the Project. He/she shall be assisted by a senior professor for overall management and coordinating the Project activities with the guidance from BoG.
The institutional TEQIP unit shall operate through various specialized committees viz procurement (goods, works and services), financial management, faculty development, monitoring of Project implementation, updating key performance indicators and MIS, compliance of Equity Assurance Plan, compliance of Environment Management Framework, compliance of Disclosure Management Framework, implementation of institutional reforms, etc.