Hyderabad: “Employability of the students passing out of the Engineering, MBA, MCA, Pharmacy and other Professional colleges should be our main focus hereafter. It is not enough producing about four lakh engineering and other professionals every year without providing them quality education and employment opportunities”, the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy said.
The Chief Minister reviewed the new initiatives and programmes of the Higher Education Department with officials. He lauded the initiatives of the Department of Collegiate Education in launching the Jawahar Knowledge Centres in almost all the degree colleges in the State. Officials informed the Chief Minister that “Sandwich courses” were introduced in the professional colleges in the State and a 6-month attachment with industry in the 3rd year from the Academic year 2010-11. This would increase higher employability of the students and all courses are converted to sandwich courses.
Commissioner of Technical Education also briefed the Chief Minister about the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP). The TEQIP Phase-I is an Externally Aided Project (EAP) with World Bank assistance and implemented in selected Engineering colleges and Government Polytechnics.
The Chief Minister was informed that Under TEQIP-Phase-II, it is aimed to improve quality of education in selected States and to strengthen institutions to improve learning outcomes and employability of graduates.
Other Components of the Programme are Establishment of Centre of Excellence @ Rs.5 crores per centre with the same GoI share of 75% and State share of 25%. It also includes Faculty Development for effective teaching (training in Pedagogy), Improving system management (Capacity building to strengthen management) and Project management, monitoring and evaluation. The tentative Project outlay is Rs.263 crores and the MoU between State and GoI has already been signed by Andhra Pradesh and sent to the Government of India for final approval. Project period for the programme is 4 years and will be started very soon. The Chief Minister asked the Finance Department to release the State share at the earliest. Meanwhile 85 colleges out of 88 applied were permitted in the TEQUIP-Phase II and 80 colleges submitted their development proposals for final selection.
The Chief Minister said the Professional Colleges should leverage the maximum advantage of the scheme and the State Government share towards the scheme would be released in time.(NSS)