The College of Engineering Pune (CoEP),which has earned two centres of excellence on its campus under the World Bank-assisted Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP),has called it a honour as well as a responsibility.
The CoEP centres for excellence for inter-disciplinary research,will focus on smart renewable energy and signal and image processing. Other notable institutes have got the nod for only a single centre each under the TEQIP of the Government of India.
A total of 30 such centres of excellence will be set up in phase II of TEQIP that aims at covering around 200 engineering institutions competitively selected to improve quality of technical education through institutional and systemic reform.
Receiving two centres of excellence is an honour for us as well as a big responsibility. We will receive Rs 5 crore for setting up each centre,of which Rs 2 crore has already been released by the Centre to the state government. While work on setting up these centres has already begun,they are expected to be fully operational in a couple of years, CoEP director Anil Sahasrabudhe said.
Each centre is expected to conduct applicable thematic research and development in collaboration with the industry and other knowledge users,including foreign universities. The result of this research and development will be converted into applicable technologies and projects. These centres are also mandated to enhance collaborative activities with national and international institutions, Sahasrabudhe told Newsline.
Phase I of TEQIP was implemented in 13 states and covered 127 institutions including CoEP between March 2003 and March 2009. Phase II covers around 200 engineering institutions with an aim to boost efforts to prepare more post-graduate students to reduce shortage of qualified faculty,and enhance R&D in collaboration with the industry.