COIMBATORE: The Government College of Technology (GCT) has secured funding of Rs 5 crore under phase-II of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), over and above the Rs 12.5 crore sanctioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development under this programme.
The additional funding has been provided in recognition of the good performance of the college under this programme, said V Lakshmi Prabha, the principal of GCT. The college had received Rs 14.5 crore under TEQIP phase-I.
Besides, the college had also secured Centre’ funding for the setting up of Centres of Excellence in Alternative Energy Research and Environmental Studies, she added. While the Centre of Excellence in Alternative Energy Research focuses on wind energy, solar energy and maximising their output, the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Studies explores the generation of bio-diesel from waste.
TEQIP coordinator of the college, N Suryanarayanan, said, “The fund allocated under TEQIP phase-II will be utilised towards procuring advanced laboratory equipment, providing teaching and research assistance to postgraduates and PhD students, establishing industry-institute interaction and enhancing research and development in various departments of the college.” While the ME/MTech students will be provided financial assistance of Rs 6,000, PhD students will be granted Rs 12,000 in financial aid, he said.
While the Alternative Energy Research Centre is conducting research on non-conventional energy sources, the Environmental Studies Centre is engaged in furthering the cause of environmental protection.