Development Support Grant

Development Support Phase

Each institution which is recognized during the first phase will then be shortlisted for a Development Support Grant (DSG) amounting to USD 400,000. As the Recognition phase, the Development Support Phase will also be repeated twice during the project cycle. It is expected that out of the 20 Recognized institutions in each cycle, at least 7 will qualify for DSG. In order to qualify for selection, a two –stage process will be entered into, as follows:

  1. Business Plan Evaluation. Each institution will be asked to prepare a detailed Business Plan for the next three years. The Business Plans will focus on the activities that will be financed by the institution over the next 3-5 years as well as annual performance targets. It will also state how the institution will –
    • Induct private sector and industry representatives in their Governing Councils
    • Involve private sector and industry representatives in school management activities [particularly in investments on infrastructure (both hard and soft), and in managerial and administrative matters] and decision-making including placement and student learning-particularly through practical training
    • Develop regular linkages with industry and formalize interactive processes with industry
    • Gradually concentrate on Core Focus Areas and Areas of Core Faculty competence
    • Bring about reforms in classroom management practices especially for practical and workshop classes
    • Evolve systems for inducting students in various committees concerning management of the institution
    • Introduce a student and staff Grievance Redressal Mechanism
    • Create a system for watching over student health and hygiene particularly in the hostels
    • Capacity building of school administrative and management personnel (including Committee and Council members)
    • Involve women in Governing Councils and in Academic activities
    • Encourage female participation in the student body.
  1. Business Plans will not cover construction. Purchase of laboratory and workshop equipment and minor civil works such as building internal partition walls or electrical installations will be allowed. Total expenditure on such minor works will not be allowed to exceed 15% of the total budget of the Business Plan.
  2. Institutions will prepare these Business Plans with clear milestones and timelines so that implementation of the Plans can be carried out. The Business Plans will be evaluated by the TEC (although for this phase the outside experts may be changed if the Ministry so desires), and graded as per criteria to be decided. Institutional Business Plans that score more than 60% of marks will be invited for the second and final phase of selection.
  3. TA support (common TA firm for all institutions) will be provided under the project to assist institutions in preparing their plans as above.
  4. Selection. Those institutions that qualify after the Business Plan Evaluation phase will then be asked to appear for a presentation before the Grant Committee. The Grant Committee will take the final decision on the selection for Development support. TA will help the institutions with their presentations, and will also assist them during their appearance before the Committee.
  5. Prior to disbursements, each selected school will have to arrive at an MOU with the DMTVET and confirmed by the MOE. The MOU will have the agreed Business Plan as an integral attachment, and will specifically mention the benchmarks and timelines for each of the major heads of activities under 1(a) to (f) in the previous paragraph. The MOU will also have clauses for suspension of support if the stipulated conditions, including timelines, are not met. Further, the MOU will also enjoin the Grantee to ensure the implementation of proper FM and procurement practices within the institutions. Grantees will also be provided with TA to regularly monitor progress and to guide school administration on effective implementation of the Business Plan. TA will also report to Skills Team within DMTVET on the progress being made by the institution.