World Bank faculty training programme a success

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Mysore, Jul 10 (UNI) The World Bank funded programme TEQUIP to train faculty in engineering today concluded with more than 600 faculty members undergoing training at the Infosys campus in the city today.

Speaking to reporters Education Economist Andreas Blom of the world bank said USD 270 million dollars was set aside for the programme and in India faculty from 127 institutions that included IITs and private technical institutes were trained.

Engineering education experts from the U S took part in the training in a bid to scale up the quality of engineering education in the country to global standards.

"We have surveyed 8000 students and 2000 faculty members in India. Large amount of money looks well spent in this country," he said.

Earlier speaking at a conference on 'autonomy and accountability in engineering education' he said autonomy was important for technical institutions and the state government could allow them design their own curriculum.

He said the World Bank was conducting periodic surveys to ensure financial discipline practiced by the institutes, he said.

U S faculty experts from renowned institutions trained experienced Indian faculty using latest tools of effective and learning.

After the complettion of the training. The Indian faculty would in turn, take the lead and conduct similar training workshops for junior engineering faculty in their respective regions and colleges in fundamentals and content, Prof Krishna Vedula, Executive Director for Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education, said.

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