Reaffirming the State's dominance in technical education in the country four institutes from the State bagged selections in the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) Phase-II, a World Bank funded project, while another 11 institutions have been shortlisted to submit their eligibility proposals.

The selection list was released on Wednesday and the maximum number of selected or shortlisted institutions figured from the State. The selections will make these institutions eligible for grants ranging from Rs.5 crore to Rs.15 crore for improving research facilities and quality laboratories in various disciplines of engineering.

The four institutions selected – Andhra University College of Engineering, Vishakapatnam; JNTU College of Engineering, Hyderabad; SVU College of Engineering, Tirupati and Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad were selected in the category aimed at scaling up post graduate education and demand-driven research and development and innovations. These were selected among the nine institutions from the State and 95 across the country that vied for funding.

The 11 institutes shortlisted for submission of eligibility proposals include some prominent private colleges in the State and these were not part of TEQUIP's Phase-1. These 11 institutes were shortlisted among the 86 institutions from the State and 264 institutions across the country. Karnataka stood second with six of its institutes getting selections. Rajasthan and Haryana followed with five and four respectively. “The State has bagged the maximum in both the categories and it reflects the emphasis given on technical education in the State,” says J.R. Subramanyam, senior professor and TEQUIP mentor from the State.

Several university and government colleges too sought funds under the programme but failed to reach the expected mark. Lot of institutions were rejected as they had faculty less than prescribed or there were less Ph.Ds within the prescribed faculty. However, some institutions missed the bus for administrative reasons despite scoring very high in the evaluation.

The selection was based on several parameters including autonomous status, decentralisation of financing framework, filling up the faculty vacancies, Constitution of Board of Governors in each project institution, reforms implementation and Conduct of pedagogical training.

The total outlay of the project is expected to be around Rs.2,450 crore and the major advantage is that funds for the government institutes will be given as a grant with the Central government bearing 75 per cent and State government bearing 25 per cent of the funds given to each institute. However, the private colleges have to contribute 20 per cent of the funds sanctioned under the project.