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Technical university may improve ranking with World Bank fund

The project -- Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the government of India -- aims at networking institutions, improving digital systems and exposing students to field work for better placements.

dehradun Updated: Jan 27, 2018 20:32 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Uttarakhand Technical University, established in 2005, has 132 colleges in the state.(HT Photo)

The Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU) is hopeful of improving its national ranking with the help of a Rs 20-crore budget sanctioned last year under a project funded by the World Bank in association with the union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD).

The project -- Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the government of India -- aims at networking institutions, improving digital systems and exposing students to field work for better placements. The project is in its phase III.

“We are about to take several steps that will change the face of technical university. From establishing e-learning centre for easy access to curriculum online to a central instrumentation facility for comprehensive training of teachers, we are in the process to upgrade and strengthen the university system,” UTU registrar Anita Rawat said.

The university, established in 2005, has 132 colleges in the state. It is not ranked in the top 100 universities of the country, as per the MHRD website. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee was the only institution in Uttarakhand to have made to the top 10 list last year.

The state capital is known for school education with institutions, such as The Doon School and Welham Girls and Boys schools. Mussoorie has Woodstock school and St George’s College. But the condition of higher education is still poor.

Some private universities, such as Graphic Era (deemed to be) University and IMS Unison University, are doing well with regard to student placement and infrastructure, but the performance of UTU is not up to mark, said university staff requesting anonymity.

One of the key components realised by university officers was lack of students’ exposure to industries or companies. UTU will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in consultation with the Uttarakhand government to ensure trainings in industries.

“Practical knowledge is necessary for which the state government will support in arranging summer and winter trainings for students in industries where they will get ample exposure,” Rawat said.

TEQIP was sanctioned in last October and officials have already started formulating strategies for it. “We are strategising every activity and will proceed accordingly. The funds are provided for a period for three years and we are sure to improve the university’s national ranking,” Rawat said.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 20:32 IST