The Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) was launched by Government of India in 1970. Since its inception the programme has been endeavouring to improve the quality of technical education in the country. The main objective of the programme is to upgrade the expertise and capabilities of teachers of the AICTE approved degree-level engineering institutions, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) of the country.
The programme is now being implemented and monitored by the National QIP Coordination Committee, funded by AICTE (A Statutory Body of the Government of India).
Through its Curriculum Development Cell, this programme has also been involved in making efforts to upgrade the teaching curricula and enhance the knowledge of teachers of various engineering colleges/ institutions.
There are nine major QIP centres (the 8 IITs, & Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru) in the country. In addition, there are 53 minor centres.
Under this scheme, faculty member of AICTE approved institutions are given opportunity to upgrade their qualifications. Certain selected institutions offer Masters and Ph.D. Programmes to the faculty members and they are paid scholarships and contingency grant by the Council. Recently, the facility of pursuing Master’s Degree programmes has been extended to approve polytechnic teachers as well.
A number of short term courses are organized under QIP for the benefit of the faculty members from different institutions in the emerging areas of Engineering Technology / Pharmacy / Management etc.
The curriculum development cells were set up to help preparation and revision of monographs, text books, teachers’ manuals, teaching aids and other resource material. In addition, the activities include organizing seminars, workshops and inter-institutional programmes related to development of methodologies for formal and informal training.