The TEQIP (phase -II) is about to commence for institutions that fall under both categories (sub-component 1.1 as well as 1.2). At the outset we heartily congratulate all the institutes for having qualified for the TEQIP project. It is indeed an outstanding achievement – You are now one of the 200 best institutes in the country.
It is a good idea to revise the TEQIP objectives once again. The TEQIP effort will primarily focus on achieving the following objectives:
1. Strengthening institutions to produce high quality Engineers for better employability
2. Scaling-up Postgraduate Education and demand-driven Research & Development and Innovation
3. Establishing Centers of Excellence for focused applicable research
4. Training of faculty for effective Teaching
5. Enhancing Institutional and System Management effectiveness
It is important to remember the following points:
- Now that the results are out – the game has just begun.
- Every institute shall have their performance monitored very strictly by the TEQIP appraisal committee.
- At the end of 2 years if the performance of the institute is not up to the mark, not only the grant can be stopped – in certain cases the money may be asked to be refunded.
- It is therefore extremely important for the institutes to first form the relevant TEQIP committees as detailed in the IDP – project implementation plan.
- Mentioning in the proposal is very different from putting the same in implementation – our experience says that a thorough sensitization of the IDP – the project requirements, the specific action plans and how to implement them needs to be carried out across every institution.
- In many cases, our experience shows that handholding shall be required till such time the project gathers momentum.
- Overall, our experience says that it is good to hire an external consultant who is expert in the relevant domain.
Why do you need a consultant?
- The TEQIP targets may seem to be stiff and challenging for your faculty as they are new to the process. Moreover they need to be met within deadlines.
- TEQIP funding will be based on quarterly performance and report sending – so performance is important and will have to be on schedule from the very beginning – otherwise the financial installments will be delayed.
- Most of the work will need to be carried out by the faculty – in most of the institute majority faculty identify this as extra work and most unwelcome. Neither is it that TEQIP has any immediate provision for enhancement of faculty and staff salaries such that it works as an immediate motivation.
- After submission of the application for autonomy procurement, the university representatives shall come to visit to check the level of autonomy preparedness of the institute. Also, for 1.1 institutions, autonomy has to be procured within 2 years – this is a compliance issue w.r.t. TEQIP.
- Regarding accreditation of programs – this is a requirement for both TEQIP as well as autonomy.
- Another key area that needs to be addressed is generation of internal revenue for the institute – in the event when the institute turns autonomous, this will be of paramount importance.
Keeping this mind and with our experience with more than 30 institutions in TEQIP I and II including the NITs we have designed these following consultancy services for your institution:
- Sensitization of the project
- Managing the project as Project Managers
- Faculty and staff training
- Management capacity enhancement
- Accreditation of your departments
- Industry – Institute Partnership