||Network mantra for technical institutes
# The Telegraph, November
1: Two engineering colleges of the state have begun “networking”.
The Indian School of Mines (ISM) became the “informal networking” partner of the Birsa Institute of
Technology (BIT), Sindri, today. Both engineering institutes signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) at ISM for sharing academic and research and development (R&D) resources.
Now, the institutes would be able to share faculty and library resources. They can also work on
research projects jointly and take up consultancy and R&D work together.
The MoU was part of “networking for quality enhancement and resource sharing” of the Technical
Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) started at BIT, Sindri, in 2005. As TEQIP would
continue till June 2008, BIT has drawn up plans to make the institute a centre of excellence.
The components include promotion of academic excellence, networking for quality enhancement and
resource sharing, services to the community and industry and tribal development programme.
In fact, TEQIP is operational in only four institutes in the state — BIT, Mesra and BIT Sindri and
Ranchi and Dumka polytechnics. According to TEQIP, BIT Mesra is the leading institution while BIT,
Sindri, and the polytechnics are network institutions.
The component of TEQIP mentions that a well performing engineering institution would be developed
into a centre of excellence, which can network with about five institutions located in the
neighbourhood. The MoU signed today was proposed in August.
It would be renewed every three years, the authorities of the institutions said.