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1. Which are the academic and non-academic reforms to be implemented by a participating institution in the project?
2. Is there any provision of scholarships for masters and research students?
3. Will the institutions in the Project be funded for starting new UG programmes in engineering?
4. Will the institutions in the Project be funded for starting new PG programmes in engineering?
5. What is Equity Action Plan (EAP) for helping academically weak students?
6. What is the role of private sector (industry/industry associations) in engineering academia?


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1. Which are the academic and non-academic reforms to be implemented by a participating institution in the project?

i) Following academic reforms shall be implemented by participating institutions in the project.

   a) Innovations in teaching and student evaluation methodologies

   b) Regular revision/reorientation/restructuring of all curicula

   c) Design skills, communication skills, entrepreneurial skills, information processing, creative and innovative thinking,
    leadership skills

   d) Problem solving Projects from industry

   e) Variety in elective courses

   f) Extensive use of media

   g) Invited expert lectures from industry and field

   h) Visits to and training in industry

   i) Credit based multi-level and multi-background entry

   j) Improved evaluation of students performance

   k) Appraisal of faculty performance by students

ii) Following non-academic reforms shall be implemented by participating institutions in the project.

   a) Exercise of autonomies

   b) Establishment and augmentation of corpus fund, faculty development fund, equipment replacement fund, and maintenance fund

   c) Generation, retention and utilization of revenue generated

   d) Filling-up all existing teaching and staff vacancies

   e) Delegation of decision making powers to senior institutional functionaries with accountability

   f) Faculty incentive for continuing education (CE), consultancy and R&D

   g) Accreditation of UG and PG programmes.





2. Is there any provision of scholarships for masters and research students?

Yes, there is a provision of teaching/research assistantships in the Project for inculcation of teaching/ research culture in students envisaging them as a future stock of teachers/researchers. Details of teaching/research assistantships are as follow.

a) Sub-component-1.1 (Strengthening institutions to improve learning outcomes and employability of graduates)

GATE qualified students shall receive an assistantship as per AICTE norms. The non-GATE qualified students will receive teaching/research assistantships on selection basis. The candidates selected for teaching/research assistantships will be required to devote 8-10 hours per week in classroom teaching and/or laboratory assignments. The institutions may plan to utilize 8-10% of the total institutional Project outlay on giving assistantship to masters and doctoral students.

b) Sub-component-1.2 (Scaling-up postgraduate education and demand driven R&D and innovation)

The Project shall fund the institutions a total of 50 masters teaching assistantships to non-GATE qualified students and 30 research assistantships (for PhD) in the Project duration (in addition to the assistantships already available to the GATE qualified students and QIP assistantships) as per the prevalent Govt norms. Institutions should plan to utilize 10-15% of the total institutional Project outlay for giving assistantships to masters and doctoral students. Those candidates receiving assistantship will be required to devote 8-10 hours per week for teaching or research.





3. Will the institutions in the Project be funded for starting new UG programmes in engineering?

The institutions selected in both sub-components 1.1 and 1.2 will not be funded for starting of new UG programmes.







4. Will the institutions in the Project be funded for starting new PG programmes in engineering?

Yes, starting of new AICTE approved PG programmes in emerging areas of engineering & technology will be supported in the Project, provided a) these programmmes are started latest by August 2011, b) more than 50% of the seats are occupied, and c) sufficiency of the required faculty is maintained throughout Project life.





5. What is Equity Action Plan (EAP) for helping academically weak students?

To ensure equal opportunities for academically weak students in the Project institutions, a commitment shall be taken from the States and institutions that the reservation of seats for students as per the GoI policy framework is mandatory.
It is mandatory for institutions for arranging additional academic support to academically weak students and SC/ST/OBC students to improve their academic performance. Institutions shall plan and implement an Equity Action Plan (EAP) through innovative methods such as remedial coaching classes, skill development classes, improving communication & presentation skills and special skills training. To achieve the objective of improving employability of weak students institutions are required to increase the transition rate to 45% in the first year of Project implementation and further enhancement in subsequent years. Project institutions selected under sub-component-1.1 shall spend a minimum of 4% of the institutional allocation, and institutions selected under sub-component-1.2 shall spend a minimum of 2% for providing academic support to weak students. More details about the Equity Action Plan (EAP) are provided in the Section-IX of PIP.


6. What is the role of private sector (industry/industry associations) in engineering academia?

The Project seeks maximize collaboration between industry/industry associations and engineering institutions by providing with precise and concrete advice and feedback on academia-industry partnerships to meet the national demand for graduates equipped with skills and knowledge relevant to the changing market requirements, through national and state private sector advisory groups enabling an effective functioning of academia-industry partnerships. Main expected benefits will be the following.

a) Improvement of the skills of future job candidates through inputs on curriculum-this could lower industry training costs,

b) Early access to highly educated talent,

c) Relevant research and technology development demanded by the market,

d) Access to new ideas and early research results through such means as offering problems for solution through consultancy,

e) Technical assistance through interaction with researchers,

f) Access to specialized R&D equipment and laboratories,

g) Professional development of employed engineers and technicians, and

h) Access to intellectual property.





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