Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) was envisaged in 2003 as a long-term Programme of about 10-12 years duration to be implemented in 3 phases for transformation of the Technical Education System. KITE Center (Knowledge Incubation in Technical Education) was created at IIT Hyderabad, to scale-up and support ongoing efforts of the Government of India to improve quality of Technical Education and enhance existing capacities of the colleges and institutions (non-IITs) across India to become quality conscious, efficient and forward looking, responsive to rapid economic and technological developments occurring at the National and International levels. The reform process needs to be sustained and scaled-up for embedding gains in the system and taking the transformation to a higher level. To continue the development activities initiated through TEQIP-I, a sequel project is planned as TEQIP-II. As of now, the Project duration shall be up to 2016. About 32 Colleges from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana have been associated with KITE-IIT Hyderabad under TEQIP program.
The Project, Third phase of Technical Education programme (referred to as TEQIP-III) is fully integrated with the twelfth five-year plan objectives for Technical Education as a key component for improving the quality of engineering Education in existing institutions with a Special Category States (SCS) and support to strengthen few affiliated technical universities to improve their policy, academic and management practice.
Strengthening institutions to produce high quality Engineers for better employability, Scaling-up Postgraduate Education and demand-driven Research & Development and Innovation, Establishing Centres of Excellence for focused applicable research, Training of faculty for effective Teaching, and Enhancing Institutional and System Management effectiveness.
Improving quality and equity in engineering institutions in focus states viz. 7 Low Income States (LIS ), eight states in the North-East of India, three Hill states viz. Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (a union territory (UT))
System-level initiatives to strengthen sector governance and performance which include widening the scope of Affiliating Technical Universities (ATUs) to improve their policy, academic and management practices towards affiliated institutions, and
Twinning Arrangements to Build Capacity and Improve Performance of institutions and ATUs participating in focus states.