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Credit agreement was signed with the Centre by the World Bank in July
‘Objective of the project is to turn these colleges into centres of excellence'
BANGALORE: A World Bank-aided Technical Education Quality Improvement Project-II (TEQIP-II) has become operational in the State, and 20 engineering colleges are expected to get financial aid under the project for a four-year period.
Sources in the Department of Technical Education told The Hindu on Wednesday that the project would support some 20 competitively-selected engineering educational institutions to produce high quality and more employable engineers. It would also scale up postgraduate education, research, development and innovation at these institutions.
A credit agreement of $300 million for the TEQIP was signed with the Centre by the World Bank in July 2010. The credit is from the International Development Association — the World Bank's concessionary lending arm — which provides interest-free loans. About 200 engineering institutions are expected to get support across the country in the second phase.
“TEQIP's second phase will respond to the emerging challenge of a shortage of faculty in these institutions by helping prepare more postgraduates to fill the gap. It will also help these technical institutions launch more Research and Development (R&D) programs in collaboration with industry,” the World Bank said.
TEQIP-I, which commenced in 2004, was completed in 2009 and 14 engineering colleges benefited from it in the State. The State had received Rs. 167 crore in the first phase.
10 colleges selected
Sources in the Department said already 10 engineering colleges had been selected for the aid under the project in two different categories — strengthening infrastructure, education, and research and innovation. Another batch of 10 colleges would be selected later.
The selected colleges are: Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan; Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur; R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore; Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore; Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar; BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli; JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore; Rural Engineering College, Bhalki; Sri Jagadguru Mallikarjuna Murugharajendra Institute of Technology, Chitradurga; and KVJ College of Engineering, Sullia. These colleges were selected from a list of 59 that applied for aid under the project. The colleges have been asked to submit detailed project plans for sanction of funds for taking up infrastructure work and education-related programmes in their respective colleges. The main objective of the project was to turn these colleges into “centres of excellence”, the officials said.
Private, aided and government engineering colleges are eligible to get aid under the TEQIP. While a college selected under the criteria for strengthening of institutions to improve learning outcomes and employability of graduates would get grant of Rs. 4 crore, an institution chosen under scaling up postgraduation and demand driven research and development would get Rs. 12 crore during the four-period project, officials said.
The Human Resource Development Ministry would select the engineering colleges based on the infrastructure and academic performance, the sources said.
They said the World Bank had lauded the implementation of the TEQIP-I in the State, and it was one among the top five States in implementing the project. The Joint Review Mission of the Bank reviewed the progress of the TEQIP-I, which was implemented in 13 States and has termed the progress as “satisfactory” in the State.
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