The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for initiation of the Third Phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).
About TEQIP :
National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU) was established by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, in August 1990 for coordination, facilitation, monitoring and to provide guidance to the States/ Institutions in all aspects of the projects.
- During 1991 to 2007, NPIU implemented three Technician Education Projects of Government of India assisted by World Bank, which helped to strengthen and upgrade the Technician Education System and benefited 552 polytechnics in 27 States including UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.
- These three Projects have been rated as “Highly Satisfactory” on Project Management and implementation, which is highest rating, provided by the World Bank.
- Success of three Technician Projects has encouraged the Govt. of India to seek similar financial assistance from World Bank for a systemic transformation of the technical education system as a whole with special focus on overall Quality Improvement in engineering education.
- World Bank took keen interest in systemic transformation of India’s technical education system to make it globally competitive plan and shown its 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 2 or 3 phases.
- Subsequently, TEQIP was conceived in pursuance of the National Policy on Education 1986 (Revised 1992) with a goal to upscale and improve quality of technical education and enhance existing capacities of the institutions to become dynamic, demand driven, quality conscious, efficient and forward looking, responsive to rapid economic and technological developments occurring both at national and international levels.
- Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India (TEQIP) is being implemented as a World Bank assisted Project to improve the quality of technical education system in the country.
TEQIP had the following Objectives :
(a) Promotion of Academic Excellence;
(b) Networking of Institutions for quality enhancement and resource sharing;
(c) Enhancing quality and reach of services to Community and Economy;
(d) System Management Capacity Improvement
TEQIP Phase – III :
After the successful completion of Technician Education I & Technician Education II projects launched in the Country with the assistance of World Bank, for upgradation of Polytechnics in the country.
- The Government had launched another project called “Technician Education III” with the assistance of World Bank and the project was directed towards developing Polytechnics in the States/Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
- The Project aimed at capacity expansion, Quality Enhancement and Efficiency Improvement. The Project became effective in January 2001 and ended in June 2007.
- The Project covered 21 polytechnics including establishment of 9 new Polytechnics at one each at Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland & Tripura and two each at Meghalaya and Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir.
- The 12 existing Polytechnics were from Andaman & Nicobar (2) Jammu & Kashmir (4), Meghalaya (1), Mizoram (2), Nagaland (2) and Tripura(1). All the Project objectives were achieved in terms of establishing new polytechnics, new programmes, enhancing enrolment including women and disadvantaged groups. The existing laboratories & workshops were modernized and new workshops and laboratories were established.
- Computer Centers were established in all the Polytechnics with the provision of Internet facilities. Encouragement was given for Internal Revenue Generation, Faculty and staff development and recruitment during the implementation of the Project.
- In spite of difficulties in location most of the institutes obtained ISO 9001-2000 Certification. Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVE&T) Programmes conducted in the Polytechnics by using existing resources provided training and skills to the unorganized sector.