As part of the World-Bank funded Technical Education Quality Implementation Programme (TEQUP) implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), a two-day national-level workshop was organised for officials from 24 states at Coimbatore. These states will be implementing the TEQIP at various institutions in their respective states. Coimbatore’s State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) helped organise the event with the help of the Directorate of Technical Education (DOTE), Chennai.
The workshop provided training in not just hardware but also software skills to the officials. This workshop was part of the third phase of TEQIP.
Seven engineering colleges from Tamil Nadu—Government College of Technology (GCT), PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Alagappa Chettiar Government College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi; Government College of Engineering, Salem; Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai; and Government College of Engineering, Bargur— have already been selected for the programme, and an amount of Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned for the same. Half of this fund will be used to procure and install the latest equipment while the other half will be spent on skilling the participants.
Once the selected colleges have received training, they will be able to train or mentor eight other colleges or institutions across Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Rajasthan
The launch of the workshop was witnessed by senior officials from the higher education department, the commissioner of technical education as well as the principal of the Coimbatore Institute of Technology.