The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to include all government and government-aided institutions across the country as quality improvement programme (QIP) centres in order to promote research among faculty members and churn out more PhDs. Presently, the number of such centres are 200 which will increase by 350 after inclusion.
Under the QIP, faculty members of degree-level institutions are given the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications to Masters and PhD levels. Similarly, under the scheme QIP (poly), polytechnic teachers can pursue Masters degree programmes. Course-wise development and other short-term training programmes are also conducted under the QIP.
“This will revive research amongst faculty and produce more PhDs. Hence, a more faculty members would be needed to be provided with QIP scholarships. This is already in place and we introduced this almost three months back,” said SS Mantha, acting chairman, AICTE.
The QIP was initiated in 1970-71 to improve the quality and standards of technical education by focussing on faculty development, which includes M Tech and doctoral programmes. Short-term courses at QIP centres includes curriculum development, which consists of laboratory development, preparation of instructional materials and text-books and practical training in-industry for teachers of engineering colleges and polytechnics.
At present, almost 500 teachers are being supported under this scheme. These programmes are generally carried out in the IITs and several other select institutions in the country.
The council will partially fund the new centres for offering these services. The criteria for institutions to qualify in becoming QIP centres is that they should be conducting post graduate programmes for five years in that discipline.
IIT Madras has 107 QIP scholars of which 99 are for PhD and M Tech. They include 20 women in PhD and 4 in M Tech.
[Source: Financial Express]