(A Unit of MHRD, Govt of India for Implementation of World Bank Assisted Projects in Technical Education)
The Project will be implemented in pursuance of the National Policy on Education (NPE-1986 revised in 1992) through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India as a "Centrally Sponsored Scheme" with matching contribution from the State Governments and Union Territories. The Project cost in the Govt. and Govt. aided institutions for all sub-components will be shared between the MHRD and State Governments in the ratio of 75:25 by all States except the Special Category States for which the ratio will be 90:10. For Centrally Funded Institutions, 100% of institutional project costs will be borne by the MHRD.
Funding for private unaided institutions in all States selected under Sub-component 1.1 for improving competencies of UG students, will be in the ratio of 60:20:20 i.e. 60% funding as Grant from MHRD, 20% funding as Grant from State and 20% funding from institutions whereas funding for private unaided institutions in all States selected under sub-component 1.2 for Scaling-up Postgraduate Education and demand-driven Research & Development and Innovation will be in the ratio of 75:25 i.e. 75% funding as Grant from MHRD and 25% funding as Grant from States.
A set of Eligibility Criteria for States has been enforced to achieve a high and sustained impact of the Project. The criteria seek to give the project institutions adequate decision making powers that will enable and encourage them to deliver quality education and undertake research in an efficient manner. The project recommends incentivizing improvements in Engineering Education.
The Project requires the project institutions to implement academic and non-academic reforms for their self-conceived development programmes that focus on quality and relevance, excellence, resource mobilization, greater institutional autonomy with accountability, research and equity.
The Project will provide specific funds for imparting Pedagogical Training to faculty for making teaching effective and will cover maximum faculty members from the project institutions. The benefit of this aspect of the Project will also be extended to faculty from non-project institutions.
Professional development programmes for engineering-education policy planners, administrators and implementers at the Central, State and Institutional levels will be organized. The Project will also support development of an effective governance model.
The Project lays major emphasis on monitoring and evaluation. The prime responsibility of monitoring will lie with the institutions themselves. The management structure at the Institutional level i.e. the Board of Governors (BoG) will monitor the progress of Institutional projects on a regular basis and provide guidance for improving the performance of institutions in project implementation. The information from project institutions will be collected through a scalable web-based Management Information System (MIS). State Governments will also regularly monitor and evaluate the progress of institutions.
The Government of India and the World Bank will conduct bi-annual Joint Reviews of the Project with assistance from the National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU). The monitoring will be based on action plans prepared by each project institution and achievements made on a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) defined in the Institutional Development Proposals. The monitoring will focus on implementation of reforms by institutions, achievements in project activities under different Sub-components, procurement of resources and services, utilization of financial allocations and achievements in faculty and staff development and management development activities.
Establishing Centres of Excellence with potential of world-class research in emerging areas is one of the important aspects of the Project.