Enhancing the capabilities of technical education in India



Other national and international experts have contributed to the TEQIP governance development work, including:

Professor B S Sonde
Professor Saji Gopinath
Dr. Aims McGuinness
Professor Tsutomu Kimura



Professor B. S. Sonde was member of the academic staff of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (1964-97) occupying key positions, Chairman of Department, Division & Dean, Faculty of Engineering until his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Goa University (1997-2002). His fields of interest cover microelectronics, instrumentation and communication engineering, wherein he has trained students for B.E., M.E., Ph. D. Degrees & authored many research publications, reports and text/reference books. During his tenure at IISc, Prof. Sonde planned and set up CEDT, an Indo-Swiss project for training R&D engineers for industry. In this period, he was Member, Electronics Commission, Government of India, Chairman, DOE Working Group on Consumer Electronics & President, IETE. Later, he was Chairman, NBA & also of AICTE Board of UG Studies in Engineering & Technology. He has widely travelled in India and abroad on academic assignments. He is now engaged in Advisory/Expert Committees on higher/technical education, research and accreditation in India. He is a Distinguished Fellow-IETE, Honorary Fellow-ISTE, Senior Member -IEEE and closely connected with the development of higher education/research & electronics industry in India.


Professor Saji Gopinath is the Dean-Academics and Professor in the area of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. He has been associated with IIM Kozhikode, since its inception in 1997 and played a key role in making IIMK one of the top 5 Business Schools in India. During 2009-2011, while Director of T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal, he was key to TAPMI achieving the coveted AACSB Accreditation, the 2nd Business School to obtain this in South Asia. Dr. Gopinath graduated in Mechanical Engineering,and his Ph.D was in the area of Management from the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore. Before becoming an Academic, Dr. Gopinath worked in industry for 8 years. As the founder Chairman of the Asia's first Synchronous e-Learning Programme in Executive Management Education, Prof. Gopinath created a unique way of delivering high quality education in a virtual mode. This program, pioneered by IIMK, became the first program offered in a virtual mode to obtain AMBA accreditation in the world. He also acts as a consultant for corporate, PSUs and Government in the area of Operations Excellence, Business Strategy and Sustainable Development and has published several research papers in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Institutional Development. Dr Gopinath is a recipient of several national and international awards for his scholastic and professional achievementsincluding London Business School Best case Study award 2009, B-School Affairs National Award for best Faculty, ISTE National award for best teacher in technology.At present, Dr Gopinath also plays a crucial role in mentoring select Engineering Institutions in the area of quality improvement and Academic Governance under the TEQIP project.


Dr. Aims McGuinness is a senior associate of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in the United States. Prior to joining NCHEMS in 1993, he was director of higher education policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Before joining ECS in 1975, was executive assistant (chief of staff) to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System. He is an authority on state governance and coordination of higher education in the United States and has been a member of a number of international reviews through OECD and the World Bank. At NCHEMS, he specializes in state governance and coordination of higher education; strategic planning and restructuring higher education systems; roles and responsibilities of public institutional and multi-campus system governing boards; and international comparison of education reform. Heal so acts as a facilitator and consultant for board development for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (USA) and has served as former chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado. Aims McGuinness is the author of several publications on state higher education policy, university systems and governance. He initiated the State Postsecondary Education Structures Sourcebook, a basic reference guide to state coordination and governance in the United States, and maintains an updated web-based version on the NCHEMS website and the ECS website


Professor Tsutomu Kimura CBE is an advisor to Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and president of the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation from 1998 to 2009, President of Tokyo Institute of Technology from 1993 to 1997, board Member of INQAAHE from 2003 to 2005, and Vice Chair for the Central Council for Education from 2001 to 2007. In addition, he has served as member of Science Council of Japan from 2000 to 2008, board member for International Geotechnical Society from 1992 to 1996, and OECD expert regarding quality assurance for cross-border higher education from 2003 to 2006.


Self-review is a key activity and output of the Good Governance Programme through which institutions can examine their current governance practice. Self-review can be undertaken regularly (for example every 3 -5 years).

Supporting governance development needs of individual governors, governing bodies, institutions and States is a key activity of this and other national and regional initiatives. Another output of the Good Governance Programme is a Governance Development Plan to see how governance development is built into institutional development through clear, timebound action planning.



Implementing good governance practice is the primary outcome of the Good Governance Programme demonstrated by institutions developing their own governance guidelines which sets out institutional governance practices based on the Good Practice Guide for Governing Bodies. This would include a process and timetable for monitoring and reviewing governance practise.
Sharing experience underpins and supports the Good Governance Programme through good governance learning forums, sharing of institutional case studies of good practice, highlighting common gaps, barriers and issues, and helping institutions to learn from one another.