The Indian system of engineering education has become vast and so far around 3000 engineering institutions have been established throughout the country. The exponential growth in Technical Education has however not translated into any significant growth in the number of quality graduates due to restricted availability of qualified faculty and better teaching-learning and training facilities. There is currently a huge gap between quality and quantity in Technical Education. The World Bank took keen interest in systemic transformation of country’s technical education system to make it globally competitive and showed willingness to assist the Government of India to launch a Technical Education Improvement Programme (TEQIP) as a long term programme of 10-12 years and in three phases. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India through NPIU have competitively selected 127 institutions including 18 Centrally funded institutions, 68 State funded institutions, 22 private unaided institutions and 19 Polytechnics spread across 13 States ofIndia to participate in the first phase of TEQIP during 2003-09. After the completion of TEQIP Phase-I, a study was carried out for evaluating the impact of the Programme and learn lessons for TEQIP Phase-II.
As per TEQIP design, each phase is required to be designed on the basis of lessons learnt from the implementation of an earlier phase. As mentioned above, TEQIP-I started a reform process in 127 Institutions. The reform process needs to be sustained and scaled-up for embedding gains in the system and taking the transformation to a higher level. To continue the development activities initiated through TEQIP-I, a sequel Project is planned as TEQIP-II.
1. Strengthening Institutions to produce high quality engineers for better employability,
2. Scaling-up PG education and demand-driven Research & Development and innovation,
3. Establishing Centers of Excellence for focused applicable research,
4. Training of faculty for effective Teaching, and
5. Enhancing Institutional and System Management effectiveness.