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1. Which types of institutions are eligible for participation in the Project?
2. Which types of institutions are not eligible for participation in the Project?
3. Are private unaided institutions eligible for participation in the Project?
4. What is the eligibility criteria for States for participation in the Project?
5. What are the eligibility criteria for the institutions for participation in the Project?
6. How the States are required to apply for participation and in which proforma?
7. How the institutions are required to apply for participation and in which proforma?
8. How the States shall be selected for the Project?
9. How the institutions shall be selected in the Project?
10. What is SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats) analysis and how it is to be performed by an institution?
11. What is Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and how it is to be performed by an institution?


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1. Which types of institutions are eligible for participation in the Project?

Project is open for participation through competition by the AICTE approved engineering institutions from all States and Union Territories and centrally funded engineering institutions. The Project also supports universities (affiliating Project institutions) for the innovations to improve policy, academic and management practices.





2. Which types of institutions are not eligible for participation in the Project?

Following types of institutions are not eligible for participation in the Project.

a) Polytechnic institutions, and

b) Institutions/Departments of Architecture, Computer Applications, Management and Pharmacy.





3. Are private unaided institutions eligible for participation in the Project?

AICTE approved private unaided engineering institutions willing to contribute to the vision and mission of Govt of India to produce high quality technical manpower, are eligible to participate in the Project.







4. What is the eligibility criteria for States for participation in the Project?

States will be selected on the basis of following eligibility criteria and merit of their proposals.

i) Promoting Autonomy: Promote the institutions (in sub-component 1.1) to obtain the status of autonomous institutions as per UGC norms to enable them to improve quality and relevance of the knowledge and skills of the graduates. The States need to issue necessary orders to the Project institutions obtain autonomous status as per UGC guidelines and procedures.

ii) Decentralizing financing framework: The States need to:
a) Adopt a Block Grant pattern of funding for at least, the non-salary non-plan component of grants to the funded and aided (as the case may be) Project institutions.

b) Retention of internal revenue generated including tuition & other fees and charges from students without adjusting the revenue retained in their non-plan grants.

c) Permit the Project institutions for establishing four funds in a Bank account, namely the Corpus Fund, Faculty Development Fund, Equipment Replacement Fund and Maintenance Fund. Each of these funds is to be augmented with an annual contribution of at least 0.5% of annual recurring expenditure of the institution.

iii) Filling-up the faculty vacancies: The States need to authorize each Project institution to fill-up the all faculty vacancies on a regular basis. Till such time that these vacancies are filled-up on a regular basis, the appointments on 11 month or longer contract may be permitted by the State.

iv) Establishing a State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU) with headship of the Director (or the equivalent officer) of technical education designated as State Project Advisor (SPA). The SPA will be assisted by a Project Coordinator (an academician). State should be willing to not to change/transfer the SPFU officials for the Project duration.

v) Constituting a Board of Governors (BoG) in each Project institution and ensuring that it meets at least four times in a year.

vi) Implementing the reforms as prescribed in the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) including support and facilitation to all Project institutions implement both academic and non-academic reforms.

vii) Conduct of Pedagogical Training: Each State has to ensure that each Project Institution imparts pedagogical training to all the faculty members. The benefit of the basic pedagogical training is also to be extended to faculty of non-TEQIP institutions on cost sharing basis.





5. What are the eligibility criteria for the institutions for participation in the Project?

a) Eligibility criteria for sub-component 1.1

(Strengthening Institutions to Improve Learning Outcomes and Employability of Graduates); (Open only for those institutions who didn't participated in TEQIP Phase-I)

S.No. Criteria Benchmark
1 Agreement to implement following academic and non-academic reforms:

a) Curricular Reforms

b) Exercise of autonomies

c) Establishment of Corpus Fund, Faculty Development Fund, Equipment Replacement Fund and Maintenance Fund

d) Generation, retention and utilization of revenue generated through a variety of activities

e) Filling up all existing teaching and staff vacancies

f) Delegation of decision making powers to senior Institutional functionaries with accountability

g) Improved student performance evaluation

h) Performance appraisal of faculty by students

i) Incentive to faculty for Continuing Education (CE), consultancy and R & D
j) Accreditation of eligible UG and PG programmes

YES
2 Age of the institution (in years) from its first academic session:

a) Regular States

b) New States (those who didn't participate in TEQIP Phase-I) lagging in technical education


6

4
3 Total number of UG and PG programmes currently conducted 4
4 Faculty positions filled on regular full-time basis as percentage of the total faculty positions sanctioned 50%
5 A functional Board of Governors (as per recommended structure in PIP) with an eminent academician or industrialist as the chairperson Yes


b) Eligibility criteria for sub-component 1.2

(Scaling-up PG Education and Demand Driven R&D and Innovation)

S.No. Criteria Benchmark
1 Agreement to implement all academic and non-academic reforms given as below:

a) Curricular Reforms

b) Exercise of autonomies

c) Establishment of Corpus Fund, Faculty Development Fund, Equipment Replacement Fund and Maintenance Fund

d) Generation, retention and utilization of revenue generated through a variety of activities

e) Institutions to fill-up all existing teaching and staff vacancies

f) Delegation of decision making powers to senior functionaries with accountability

g) Improved student performance evaluation

h) Performance appraisal of faculty by students

i) Faculty incentive for Continuing Education (CE), consultancy and R & D
j) Accreditation of eligible UG and PG programmes

YES
2 Availability of academic autonomy as recognized by UGC for both UG and PG programmes YES
3 Presence of Board of Governors with an eminent academician or industrialist as the Chairperson YES
4 Percentage of eligible UG programmes accredited and/or applied for 60%
5 Percentage of eligible PG programmes accredited and/or applied for 40%
6 Cumulative number of PhDs produced in the last three academic years (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09),
OR
Cumulative number of MTech produced in the last three academic years (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)
5

50
7 Faculty positions filled on regular full time basis as percentage of total faculty positions sanctioned in accordance with the AICTE prescribed student to faculty ratio 65%
8 Percentage of regular faculty with PhD in engineering*as percentage of total faculty 15%

Note: *PhD in engineering and applied sciences for Special Category States.

c) Eligibility criteria for sub-sub-component 1.2.1

(Establishing Centres of Excellence) (Open only for those institutions who are selected in sub-component 1.2):

S.No. Criteria Benchmark
1 Availability of academic autonomy YES
2 Percentage of eligible UG programmes accredited or applied for 75%
3 Percentage of eligible PG programmes accredited or applied for 60%
4 Cumulative number of PhDs produced in the last three academic years (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) in the departments participating for establishing CoEs 12
5 Faculty positions filled on regular full time basis as percentage of total faculty positions sanctioned in accordance with the AICTE prescribed student to faculty ratio in the departments participating for establishing CoEs 70%
6 Percentage of regular faculty with PhD in engineering as percentage of total faculty 20
7 Number of sponsored Research Projects completed in the last three academic years (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10) 07






6. How the States are required to apply for participation and in which proforma?

The States are required to apply in a prescribed proforma given in the Project Implementation Plan(PIP), and furnish the same to NPIU.

State Proposal Proforma :: View Online || Download





7. How the institutions are required to apply for participation and in which proforma?

The institutions are required to apply in a prescribed proforma (separate for sub-components 1.1 and 1.2, and sub-sub-component 1.2.1) given in PIP, and furnish the same to State Project Facilitation Unit (SPFU). After preliminary scrutiny by SPFU, it shall forward the complete applications to NPIU.

Eligibility Proposal Proforma for sub-component 1.1 View Online || Download
Development Proposal Proforma for sub-component 1.1 View Online || Download
Development Proposal Proforma for sub-component 1.2 View Online || Download
Development Proposal Proforma for sub-sub-component 1.2.1 View Online || Download






8. How the States shall be selected for the Project?

The steps for the selection of States are as follow.

a) MHRD/NPIU invites State proposals in the prescribed format containing elements of:

i) Evidence that the State's participation in the Project is linked to its policy objectives for technical education,
ii) Evidence that the State has identified, understood and discussed with key stakeholders (State Finance Department and affiliating universities) the main steps and challenges for implementation of the required reforms, and
iii) Evidence that the State has a plan to sustain the gains from the Project after its closure.

b) Receipt of State proposals by the NPIU.

c) Evaluation of State Proposals by the National Evaluation Committee (NEC) appointed by the National Project Director.

d) NEC's observations to the States, if suggested for improvements in the proposal.

e) Consideration of improved (as per NEC's suggestions) State proposals.

f) Review and validation of NEC's report on State proposals and its recommendations on State selection by the National Steering Committee (NSC).

g) Announcement of Selection of States by NSC through NPIU.





9. How the institutions shall be selected in the Project?

a) Sub-component 1.1 (Strengthening Institutions to Improve Learning Outcomes and Employability of Graduates):
The selection of institutions from States selected in the Project will take place in two steps.

i) Qualifying eligibility proposals evaluation, and

ii) Qualifying institutional development proposals evaluation.

In the first step, the institutions need to qualify evaluation of the eligibility proposals. The eligibility proposals shall be evaluated and ranked by National Evaluation Committee. The institutions whose eligibility proposals are shortlisted will be informed through their respective State to submit the institutional development proposals. In the second step, the institutional development proposals shall be evaluated and ranked by NEC. The shortlisted institutions and recommendations by National Evaluation Committee shall be reviewed and approved by National Steering Committee. The recommended institutions shall be declared selected only after signing a relevant memorandum of understanding (MoU) with their respective State.

b) Sub-component 1.2 (Scaling-up PG Education and Demand-Driven R&D and Innovation):
The selection of institutions from States selected in the Project will take place on the basis of meeting the eligibility criteria and evaluation of their institutional development proposals.

i) States invite the institutional development proposals, screen them for completeness, shortlist the institutions and forward the shortlisted IDPs to NPIU.

ii) NPIU screens the IDPs for completeness.

iii) Evaluation and ranking of the IDPs by National Evaluation Committee.

iv) Review and validation of the NEC's evaluation of IDPs and its recommendations for selection along with fund allocation by National Steering Committee.

v) The recommended institutions shall be declared selected only after signing a relevant memorandum of understanding (MoU) with their respective State.

c) Sub-sub-component 1.2.1 (Establishing Centres of Excellence)
Only those institutions which are already selected under sub-component 1.2 shall be eligible for submitting their proposals for establishing Centers of Excellence (CoEs). Maximum of two Centers of Excellence shall be permitted to an institution subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria and successful evaluation of merit in the proposals in the following steps.

a) NPIU shall invite the institutions selected under sub-component 1.2 (Scaling-up PG Education and Demand-Driven R&D and Innovation) through SPFU to submit the proposals for establishing centers of excellence, and screens them for completeness.

b) Evaluation and ranking of the proposals by National Evaluation Committee, taking into account the suggestions from domains experts (Indian, foreign and industry).

c) The shortlisted proposals shall be asked to make presentation, if required before the NEC.

d) NPIU will send comments and recommendations from the National Evaluation Committee (NEC) to the National Steering Committee (NSC)

e) Selection of development proposals by the National Steering Committee along with fund allocation

f) Declaration of selected institutions

g) Improved proposals to be reconsidered through the same selection process





10. What is SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats) analysis and how it is to be performed by an institution?

Carrying out an institutional analysis using SWOT framework is a pre-requisite exercise to identify Strengths, and Weaknesses, and to examine Opportunities and Threats, thereby focusing on the areas where it is strong, where the greatest opportunities lie, and the weaknesses which can pose threats in future. Based upon the SWOT analysis, the institution will prepare an institutional development proposal that seeks to strengthen the institution and increase the employability of graduates. While taking the SWOT exercise, the institutions can analyze a combination of the following areas.

a) Teaching, training, and learning resources & facilities,

b) Access to knowledge resources including modernization and strengthening,

c) Expansion of UG/PG progammes, starting new PG programmes, providing assistantships, and enhancement of research and consultancy activities,

d) Faculty and Staff development,

e) Interaction and partnership with Industry,

f) Management capacity enhancement,

g) Implementation of institutional reforms, and

h) Support to weak students.

Further details of the procedure to take the exercise of SWOT are described in Project Implementation Plan (PIP) (Annex-V) and may be downloaded from the following link.

SWOT GUIDELINES :: View Online || Download





11. What is Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and how it is to be performed by an institution?

Carrying out an institutional analysis using Training Needs Analysis (TNA) framework is a pre-requisite exercise to define the gap between the current and the desired individual and organizational performances. The exercise of TNA identifies the areas where both individuals and an organization would benefit from training in order to become more effective at achieving the individual's own professional aspirations and the objectives of the organization.

TNA is a systematic process based on specific information converging techniques. It proceeds in stages, with the findings of one stage helping to shape the next one. Each particular stage requires its own mix of observations and analysis. It is not a one-time event but an institution needs to carry out the exercise ideally every year and the training/development plan resulted from it is to be implemented in the following year. TNA gives performance improvement, introduction of new system, task or technology and organizational benefits.

The exercise of conducting TNA has three sequential levels.

i) Individual level (by members of faculty/staff),
ii) Department/Division level (by Heads of Departments/Divisions), and
iii) Institutional level (by Head of the institution).

Further details of the procedure to take the exercise of TNA are described in Project Implementation Plan (PIP) (Annex-VI) and may be downloaded from the following link.

TNA GUIDELINES :: View Online || Download





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