1) Project Objectives
The Project will focus on the following objectives:
(a) Improving quality and equity in engineering institutions in focus states (7 Low Income States, 8 states in the North-East of India, 3 Hill states, A few union territories (UTs)) which includes Uttar Pradesh being Low Income State.
(b)System-level initiatives to strengthen sector governance and performance which include widening the scope of Affiliating Technical Universities (ATUs) to improve their policy, academic and management practices towards affiliated institutions, and
(c) Twinning Arrangements to Build Capacity and Improve Performance of institutions and ATUs participating in focus states. For Uttar Pradesh, ATU is Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University Lucknow.
2) Project Scope
Only the Government and Government aided AICTE approved Engineering institutions/Engineering faculty/Engineering Teaching Department/Constituent Institutions of Universities/Deemed to be Universities and new centrally funded institutions in SCS will be the part of the project.
3) Project Strategy
The project will be implemented in alignment with the 12th Five Year Plan (2012- 17), based on faster, sustainable, and inclusive growth. It emphasizes increasing the supply of highly-skilled workers to drive the economy, as well as helping low income states to catch up with their more advanced neighbours.
The Project will be implemented through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Government of India as a Central Sector Scheme (CSS), wherein 100% funds will be provided as grants to the States, Institutions & ATUs.
The primary focus is to increase empowerment of institutions for self-governance and create incentives for achieving excellence 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 University levels will be organized. The Project will also support development of more efficient governance activities.>/p>
4) Project Design
TEQIP seeks to enhance quality and equity in participating engineering education institutions and improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states.
The Project will support two components:
Component – 1: Improving quality and equity in engineering institutions in focus states.
Sub-component 1.1 : Institutional Development for Participating Institutions
An estimated 90 Engineering Education institutions meeting (progressively) the enabling mechanisms and based on meeting minimum standards in quality of Institutional Development Proposals (IDPs), will be selected.
Sub-component 1.2 : Widening Impact through ATUs in focus states
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is selected under this component. The financial allocation to university is Rs.20.00 crore.
Listed some of the activities that are being conducted by AKTU:
- Procurement of Goods (equipment, furniture, books LRs, software and minor items) and minor civil works
- Centralized Research hubs that will be opened for all faculty of affiliated institutions
- Established and continuously improving ERP / management information system for student, staff and faculty data
- Improving financial management and procurement procedures
- Working on modern HR system for efficient personnel management
- Organizing FDP’s & Workshops to Improve Teaching, Learning and Research Competence of affiliated institutions
- Mentoring of affiliated institutions and promoting of applications to UGC/NBA
- Increasing faculty productivity and motivation
- Twinning arrangements with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, Raigarh, Maharashtra under Sub-component 1.3 to build capacity and improved performance
- Preparation of massive open online courses (also referred to as MOOCs), facilitating access of institutions to MOOCs
- Filling up of faculty vacancies
- Developing credit-based systems such that students in institutions could use select e-learning courses as part of their degree programs
- Greater access to digital resources
- Improving institutional governance
- Improving student learning &
- Student employability
Sub-component 1.3 : Twinning Arrangements to Build Capacity and Improve Performance of Participating Institutions and ATUs
Component – 2: System Level initiatives to strengthen sector governance and performance
This component will support MHRD and key apex bodies in engineering education, including AICTE and NBA, to strengthen the overall system of engineering education.