The State Cabinet has decided to implement a Rs. 221-crore World Bank-aided project in 15 engineering colleges to improve the quality of technical education and research.

Addressing mediapersons on the decisions taken at a Cabinet meeting here on Friday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said the second phase of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) would be implemented in 15 private and government engineering colleges to promote research and innovation.

Under the TEQUIP-II, 15 engineering colleges would receive Rs. 12 crore each. The Union Government would route 75 per cent of funds for the Rs. 221-crore project while the State government would contribute the rest.

Mr. Kageri said colleges such as Malnad Engineering College, Hassan; M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, R V Engineering College, BMC engineering college, Dr Ambedkar Engineering College, all located in Bangalore; NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte; and Siddaganga Engineering College, Tumkur, have been selected for the project, he said.

The State Government had signed a MoU with these 15 colleges with regard to the TEQIP Phase-2 when the late V.S. Acharya was Higher Education Minister.