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. The Project will be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored
Scheme (CSS) with matching contribution from State Governments and Union Territories.
India comprises apart from 07 Union Territories, 18 States in the general and 11 States in the Special category. The Special category states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand. These states have some distinct characteristics like international boundaries, hilly terrains and have distinctly different socio‐economic development parameters. These States
also have geographical disadvantages in their effort for infrastructural development and hence these States deserve special assistance.
Project cost in the Government funded and Government aided institutions for all sub‐components will be shared between the MHRD and State and UT Governments in the ratio of 75:25 in all States except the Special Category States
wherein 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 and UTs will be in the ratio of 60:20:20 i.e. 60% funding as Grant from MHRD, 20% funding as Grant from the State and 20% funding from institutions.
The funding pattern and cost‐sharing details with respect to Centre, State and Private unaided institutions are given in Table‐13.
A set of Eligibility Criteria for States and UTs is 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. A primary focus is to increase empowerment of institutions for self‐governance and incentivizing improvements in Engineering Education.
The project institutions will be required to implement academic and non‐academic reforms within their self‐conceived development programmes that focus on quality and relevance, excellence, resource mobilization, greater institutional
autonomy with accountability, research and equity. 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 will lay 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). 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 for world‐class research in emerging areas is one of the important aspects of the Project.