More than 70 senior academics have been engaged by the TEQIP Project to carry out the roles of both Mentors and Performance Auditors.
Mentors are engaged to act as ‘critical friends’, guides and advisors to institutions. Their principal role is to support institutional development and achievement of the goals and targets in the Institutional Development Proposal.
Performance Auditors provide stakeholders with periodic dipstick evaluations of institutional performance against the goals and targets set out in the Institutional Development Proposals in the context of the TEQIP project’s key performance indicators, as set out in the TEQIP Project Implementation Plan.
In order to evaluate the project’s (TEQIP ) performance, Performance Audits (Evaluations) are legally binding on the States/State Project Facilitation Units and the Government of India/National Project Implementation Unit.
The Handbook was prepared by national and international experts working in India. Funding in part was provided by a generous grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
The TEQIP Handbook for Mentors and Auditors replaces the ‘National Project Implementation Unit Guidelines for Mentors’, ‘Guidelines for Performance Auditors’, and ‘Data Auditor Form’.
The guidelines were brought together:
A further group of skilled professionals conduct the Data Audits and assist Performance Auditors before and during the performance audit visits. The Data Auditors are appointed by the State Project Facilitation Units for all State linked institutions (and by the National Project Implementation Unit for Centrally Funded Institutions). The State Project Facilitation Units, and the National Project Implementation Unit will meet all expenses for Performance and Data audits in respect of their institutions concerned as per approved norms that are reviewed from time to time.
It is clear that institutional development, achievement and identification of major problems should be the central focus of the work of both Mentors and Performance Auditors, but there is a fundamental difference in the way these roles are undertaken. It is important for institutions, as well as all those undertaking these roles, to be clear about those differences.
The purpose of this handbook is to clarify these roles and the stakeholders’ expectations of Mentors and Performance Auditors.
Supporting governance development needs of individual governors, governing bodies and institutions. An output of the TEQIP Good Governance Programme is to see how governance development is built into institutional development through a time bound governance development plan with clear goals and action plans.