State Project Facilitation Unit, Uttar Pradesh

Project Strategy

The strategy for transformation of selected institutions in the Technical Education System is to promote, with appropriate policy support and modern management systems at various levels, nodes of excellence in already well performing, competitively selected Lead Institutions in a phased manner and infusion of their special qualities throughout
the system through bi-directional sharing of resources with competitively selected Network Institutions.

The Programme is to be implemented as a centrally coordinated, multi-state, long-term Programme of 10 years. Initially, the World Bank financial assistance would be sought only for the First Phase of 5 years. Based on an in-depth assessment during the course of implementation and the experience gained, assistance for a Second Phase, overlapping with the First Phase is to be negotiated. Similarly, a Third Phase could commence before the end of the Second Phase. Each successive Phase would be built on the experience gained in earlier Phase. Each Phase will have 2-3 selection cycles for selection of institutions.

Through this Programme well performing institutions will be developed into excellent institutions comparable to the best in the world as Lead Institutions and through networking with these institutions, performance of additional institutions in the network
will be enhanced. It is expected that sub networks will evolve around the Programme institutions over a period of time, thereby diffusing the transformation effect on large part of technical education system.

The Programme also aims to enable some of the well performing polytechnics to offer, in addition to diploma programmes, Technician Degree Programmes in highly selected skill based areas in new and emerging technologies; specifically those areas not covered by engineering degree granting institutions.

Through this Programme the process of change is being introduced. The resultant of the change needs extensive exercise to manage the effect of the change within the parameters of the objectives of the Programme. The effort would provide a flexible platform to well performing institutions to acquire excellence in specialised areas and emerge as world-class institutions.

The change management requires standardisation of various academic and non-academic processes. Under the Programme various committees may be constituted to undertake the task of developing standard procedures for various reforms. Through an information portal created in NPIU/one of the Lead Institutions, standard procedures for various reforms will be disseminated to all institutions in the country.

  • Project cost in the Govt. and Govt. aided institutions for all sub‐components is being shared between the MHRD and State Governments in the ratio of 75:25 by all States.
  • Funding for private unaided institutions in all States selected under Sub‐component 1.1 for improving competencies of UG students, is being in the ratio of 60:20:20 i.e. 60% funding as Grant from MHRD, 20% funding as Grant from State and 20% funding from institutions.
  • The Project requires the project institutions to implement academic and non‐academic reforms for their self‐conceived development programmes that focus on quality and relevance, excellence, resource mobilization, greater institutional autonomy with accountability, research and equity.
  • The monitoring is based on action plans prepared by each project institution and achievements made on a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which have been defined in the Institutional Development Proposals (IDPs)
  • Establishing Centres of Excellence with potential of world‐class research in emerging areas is one of the important aspects of the Project.