With the main focus on upgrading research facilities for Master’s and Ph.D. programmes, Phase II of the World-Bank aided Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), set to commence from July, 2009, promises to bridge the gap between National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Technology.

The main factor that NITs, which are to receive Rs.15 crore each as lead institutions, consider advantageous to research is the institution of scholarships.

Scholarships

A total of 55 scholarships will be given in each institution per year for a three-year period.

Senior research fellows will receive Rs. 15,000 per month as stipend and junior research fellows Rs. 10,000 per month, in addition to annual contingency grants of Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. Of the Rs. 2,430 crore proposal that the Ministry of Human Resource Development is planning to forward to the World Bank, Rs. 310 crore would be spent on Central institutions and the rest on State Universities and Colleges.

By availing themselves of the benefit of TEQIP funding, they are expected to upgrade postgraduate programmes, undertake staff development, carry out community development programmes, create good curriculum, and evolve good teaching-learning process. In the second phase of TEQIP, the Ministry of Human Resource Development expects the State governments to make a nominal contribution for the programme.