National Project Implementation Unit

(A Unit of MHRD, Govt of India for Implementation of World Bank Assisted Projects in Technical Education)

National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU)

National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU) is the in charge of the day-to-day implementation of the project at the National level. It headed by Central Project Advisor (CPA).

NPIU Team: A File Photo

The existing NPIU restructured to carry out its functions through 7 functional Units and headed by the Central Project Advisor (CPA):

  1. Institutional Development Unit (1.1)
  2. ATU Support Unit (1.2 & 1.3)
  3. Institutional Excellence Unit (1.3)
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation Unit
    1. Functional Support Unit
    2. IT Support Unit
  5. Financial Management Unit
  6. Procurement Management Unit
  7. Administration Unit

These Units may be modified by the CPA from time to time. The Institutional Development, ATU Strengthening Unit and Institutional Excellence Units headed by senior academicians and experienced professionals headed the Procurement, Finance, IT Support, M&E and Administration Unit.

Role of the NPIU’s Functional Units:


  1. Institutional Development Unit
    • Organize training, workshops and technical assistance to the SPIUs of new States on preparation of IDPs, based on SWOT analysis, for seeking funds under Sub-component-1.1 and 1.2
    • Scrutinize Eligibility of the short listed proposals for this Sub-component as received from States and UTs for completeness, validation of State/UT recommendations, eligibility parameters, and prepare reports on the same for consideration of the NSC
    • Scrutinize and follow up with evaluation of Institutional Development Proposals for Sub-component 1.1 of all short listed Institutions (for those that have State sponsorship) through NEC, submit recommendations of NEC to the NSC for selections and communicate decisions of the NSC to the States, UTs and CFIs along with recommendations for improvement of proposals, as may be required
    • Review funding requirements from Institutions and monitor fund utilization for Sub-component 1.1 including seed money for institutions under Component 1.1
    • Review funding requirements from Institutions & ATUs and monitor fund utilization for Sub-component 1.1& 1.2
    • Identify resource persons in consultation with the SPIUs
    • Develop guidelines for capacity building of BoGs and develop appropriate orientation programmes for Project Institutions
    • Identify a set of mentors for CFIs
    • Approve (based on their experience and capability) mentors for State sponsored institutions
    • Empanel performance and data auditors for all project institutions
    • Develop clear ToRs, guidelines and methodologies for mentors (persons and institutions) and, performance and data auditors
    • Promote organization of separate workshops by States and select Institutions for sharing the good academic and governance practices and innovations
    • Develop and oversee procedures for effective mentoring, performance audits and data audits of all project institutions, and
    • Obtain reports from mentors and auditors; review these for satisfactory progress in implementation of the proposed activities and achievement of targets
    • Monitor the use of seed money for Cycle 2 institutions in 1.1
  2. Affiliated Technical University (ATU) Support Unit
    • Organize training, workshops and technical assistance for preparing Eligibility proposals and University Action Plans (similar to IDPs) from ATUs’ under Sub-Component 1.2
    • Scrutinize Eligibility of the short listed proposals for this Sub-component as received from ATUs, for completeness, validation, eligibility parameters, and prepare reports on the same for consideration of the NSC
    • Scrutinize and follow up with evaluation of Action Plans for Sub-component 1.2 of all short listed ATUs through NEC, submit recommendations of NEC to the NSC for selections and communicate decisions of the NSC to the ATUs & respective States along with recommendations for improvement of Action Plans as may be required
    • Review funding requirements from selected ATUs and monitor fund utilization for Sub-component 1.2
    • Ensure networking across ATU’s, exchange of best practices from 1.3 to 1.2 institutions
  3. Institutional Excellence Unit
    • Scrutinize the short listed IDPs for Sub-component 1.3 as received from States and UTs for completeness and validation of State/UT recommendations, and prepare reports on the same for consideration of evaluation by NEC
    • Organize meetings of the NEC for in-depth review of the IDPs for this Sub-component
    • Submit NEC recommendations for selection and fund allocation to the NSC, and communicate the decision of the NSC to the States/UTs and the Institutions
    • Monitor fund utilization and implementation progress for the Sub-comp 1.3
    • Ensure networking across institutions, exchange of best practices from 1.3 to 1.1 institutions
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit

    This Unit will have two sub-units

    1. Functional Support Unit
      • Develop, implement and maintain a Project Management Information System (MIS)
      • Monitor and evaluate the internal operations of the Project
      • Guide the operations of M&E specialists in the SPIUs and the project institutions through providing advice and operating as a clearing house for issues (problems and solutions) raised by States, UTs and Institutions
      • Monitor status of monitoring indicators
      • Incorporate data on the performance of Institutions into the MIS
      • Develop procedures for regular monitoring of performance of project institutions
      • Conduct/commission surveys, audits and studies envisaged under Sub-component
      • Publish on its website results of all National level selections and such other information as required under Disclosure Management Framework
    2. IT Support Unit
      • Provide Technical Coordination for development, implementation and maintenance of the web based application software viz. MIS, PMSS, e-FMR of Project Management
      • Provide Technical coordination for web based surveys
      • Publish results of all National level selections and such other information as required under Disclosure Management Framework on NPIU website
      • Publish / Coordinate for updates and activities on NPIU / Good Governance website
      • Coordinate trainings for web based application software and Surveys etc.
      • Network set up, maintenance, software installation, data backup, website updation etc.
  5. Procurement Management Unit
    • Ensure full knowledge and systematic application of the World Bank’s Procurement Guidelines and provide guidance on queries from States, UTs and institutions, regarding the World Bank’s Procurement Procedures and use of PMSS
    • Manage the procurement of “seed money” to Cycle 2 institutions under Component 1.1
    • Build capacity of procurement officers in the SPIUs and the project institutions to procure Goods and Works in accordance with the World Bank Procurement Guidelines by conducting the first round of training within three months of Project inception and thereafter repeating the workshops every six months
    • Guide the SPIUs and the CFIs in the preparation of good bid documents, integrating environmental concerns in bid documents for works, and in quality assurance
    • Review the procurement documents and certify technical specifications before forwarding the documents to the World Bank for prior review
    • Make aware all the concerned of the post-review procedure, documentation required for post-review and facilitate post-review, which may be conducted by the World Bank from time to time
    • Build capacity in the SPIUs for carrying out procurement audits at the State level, and
    • Act as a support and reference person for all Project-related procurement tasks
  6. Financial Management Unit
    • Ensure full knowledge and systematic application of the Project procedures and requirements for financial management
    • Provide guidelines for financial, accounting, reporting and audit aspects through facilitating preparation of Financial Management Manual
    • Guide/monitor and provide support on adherence to fiduciary guidelines and financial management arrangements by working in close coordination with the World Bank/MHRD/CAAA
    • Provide support to the Financial Management/accounting staff for issues related to Financial Management aspects of the Project
    • Prepare annual estimates and budget for the Project and play an important role in release of funds
    • Facilitate implementation of the Project and provide advisory services and support for financial management and other allied issues
    • Monitor/Consolidate and Review Quarterly/Six-Monthly/Annual Reports of the participating States and CFIs
    • Prepare consolidated Project Financial Monitoring Reports (FMRs) and ensure timely submission of FMRs to the World Bank/CAAA
    • Coordinate receipt of annual audit reports from the States/the UTs/the CFIs and other recipients and audit of the NPIU
    • Prepare and submit Consolidated Audit Report to the World Bank through National Project Directorate on a timely basis
    • Ensure timely compliance of audit observations by all the States, UTs, CFIs and other recipients; and coordinate timely response from all concerned on audit observations
    • Prepare and implement a plan for capacity building in financial management of the FM staff in the SPIUs and the project institutions and review the capacity building requirements of FM staff at all levels on a regular basis
    • Guide the Finance Officers in the SPIUs through advice and operate as a clearing house for issues (problems and solutions) raised by States/UTs
    • Act as a support and reference person for all project-related financial management tasks
    • Impart comprehensive and theme specific training to project staff at various levels on Financial Management and manage those training programmes through preparation of training plan, including schedule of trainings/workshops/ seminars/orientation and monitoring and implementation of the same
    • Participate in reviews and monitoring of States and CFIs
    • Monitor disclosure of FM information, and
    • Carry out revision of Financial Management Manual as may be required

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