The Guidelines for the Mission REACH programme are as given below:
Centre of Excellence & Relevance (CORE):
- Space: *CORE must be a distinct entity which is separately identifiable and distinguishable, with clearly earmarked and dedicated adequate physical space in the institution/ college.
- Manpower: CORE must have exclusive, dedicated, deputed / full time faculty and staff. The number, qualification, designation and salary of the faculty and staff to be assigned to the CORE should be indicated at the time of submitting the proposal.
- Recurring Cost: CORE will bear full cost of salary of faculty and staff assigned to the project, as well as the cost of repair and maintenance of the physical facility and basic equipments.
- Industry Partnership: CORE should partner with industry for financial contribution and/ or specific assignment of experts for clearly defined tasks in the project.
- CORE activities involving participation of Industry may also include :
- assisting the students in the regular Post Graduate level professional courses in their industry projects;
- organising lectures/factory visits/workshops etc for U.G. and P.G. students in professional courses;
- organising special lectures by inviting industry experts;
- Offering specialized short terms courses by involving industry for faculty/technicians/ students etc;
- Collaborating in various other activities for value addition to the academic courses
- Only one CORE can be established by an Institution, a College or a Deemed University. However, each college affiliated to regular statutory university may establish only one CORE.
- It must be a multi-disciplinary centre.
- The proposal should indicate as to how the CORE will be sustained after successful completion of the project.
Requirements for Institution:
- An Institution can apply for another CORE only after it has successfully completed a project supported by TIFAC earlier under Mission REACH.
- An Institution must have been in existence continuously since last 7 years with proper approvals from AICTE/MCI/PCI/UGC or other statutory bodies related the academic programmes of the institution in all respects.
- The institution or the program must have been accredited by the concerned Accrediting agency e.g. NBA, NAAC etc and the Accreditation Rating of the institution (with its validity period) must be indicated in the proposal.
Requirements for Leading Department:
- Leading department must have been in existence continuously since last 5 years with approval of its academic programs from AICTE/MCI/PCI/UGC or concerned statutory body.
- *The department must be having at least a viable number of under-graduate programs.
- *It is desirable that the department has experience in conducting PG and PhD programmes.
Requirements for CORE Coordinator and Faculty:
- *He/ she must have relevant academic and professional qualifications and experience.
- The Co-ordinator must have been a regular Employee of the same Institution for at least 3 years and have 5 years remaining for superannuation.
- The Co-ordinator must be assigned full-time by the Head of Institution.
- The qualifications of the assigned or hired Faculty should be as per the norms of AICTE or other relevant statutory body.
Financial Contribution from Institution/ College /Deemed University
- * Institution / College /Deemed University should make financial contribution towards Recurring costs to CORE in cash only.
- The contribution towards Recurring Costs is for running expenses of CORE including those for salary of only specifically hired faculty and staff for the CORE.
- In case of Government / Government-aided institutions, if faced with official financial constraints to meet recurring cost, this amount may be obtained by the institution by alumni associations or individual alumni by way of cash contribution. Similarly, the funds available with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Schemes of public/private sector industries, if available to the institutions may also be accepted as Institute contributions.
- The Revenue earned by CORE from training, contract research, testing, prototype development consultancy etc is not to be treated as Recurring Contribution of the project from Institution / College /Deemed University. However the same is to be used towards costs of upgrading the CORE facilities for its long term sustainability.
- If in addition to the Institution/ College /Deemed University, the industry partner is also contributing towards recurring cost, it should be clearly brought out at the proposal stage along with firm commitments.
- * Only those industries committed to the objectives of the CORE would be considered for industry partnership i.e those who can truly add value to the CORE programmes such as hiring manpower from CORE, participating in various CORE activities, mentoring of students, attending meetings, making appropriate non-recurring financial contribution to CORE and so on.
- * NGOs, Dealers, Vendors, Equipment sellers, Trusts of the institution etc. are not allowed as Industry partners to CORE.
- The role of industry partners in fulfilling the objectives must be specifically mentioned in the proposal.
Financial Contribution from Industry Partners:
- Industry must contribute towards Non-Recurring cost to CORE in the form of cash only for all new projects. In case partnering industry does not meet its obligation subsequent to the commissioning of the project, the Institute / College /Deemed University is bound to fulfil financial commitment of the industry from its own institutional account.
- * TIFAC will contribute towards Non-recurring cost to the extent of 50% of total Non-Recurring cost to CORE in form of cash. This amount will be limited to the value of the Non-Recurring prior contribution to CORE from Industry.
- In the case of Govt/Govt–aided institutions, if the scope for industry contribution for non-recurring costs does not exist, the Institution may be provided only the TIFAC contributions for non-recurring cost up to a maximum of Rs 2 crores provided the industries indicate their participation in specific activities such as project guidance, expert lectures, softwares, auxiliary tools, and machineries etc. of substantial value specifically in support of the project.
- All purchases of sanctioned equipment / machinery must be made from the cash in the bank account of the CORE.
- * Additional equipment / machinery donated by industry or purchased through other grants to the institution or internal transfers from the same / other departments etc. cannot be attributed as industry/ institution / college /Deemed University non-recurring financial contribution in the project costs.
- * For existing projects, Industry must contribute towards Non-Recurring costs to CORE in form of cash or equipment (with defined terms and valuation of equipment as given below) only:
a.Equipment if manufactured by the same Industry, then the contributed equipment should have been manufactured within the last two years and valued at ex-factory price (with proof).
b.In case of either imported equipment or equipment purchased locally, and then installed by Industry then it may be valued at actual cost of purchase (by Industry) with proof of purchase.
- * Industry must make its Non-Recurring contribution to the CORE before the matching TIFAC contribution can be released.
- * Discounts/concessions on equipment and software in various forms are not allowed as industry non-recurring contribution.
- * Industry may also make financial contribution towards Recurring costs.
- *Project will be monitored by RMCs (REACH Monitoring Committees) constituted by TIFAC at least once in six months.
- Role of RMC will be standardized and specified in Agreements.
- Outsourced services of Project monitoring agencies according to the criteria specified by TIFAC may also be availed but within framework of TIFAC / Government rules if any, in this regard.
- Project Monitoring may also be authorised / outsourced by TIFAC to specified Centres in appropriate Institutions of National Importance such as IITs and NITs or IIMs which have specific specialisation / expertise where there is no scope for conflict of interest.
- *CORE shall maintain separate interest bearing bank account and be audited by authorized Chartered Accounts.
- *Only TIFAC approved Accounts submission forms shall be submitted to TIFAC for all accounting purposes in the project.
Submission of New Project Proposal:
- 1.The proposal for establishing CORE will be submitted by the institution / college / Deemed University against an advertisement only.
- The format for submission of proposal will be available on the web at the time of advertisement.
- TIFAC will indicate at the time of advertisement the choice of sector / topic for establishing CORE based on priority areas of national economic and social development. Specific national mission oriented sectors where proper curriculum and expert base is available will receive preference.
- The process of evaluation of the proposals will be transparent indicating the criteria for selection.
Screening, Evaluation and Recommendation of Proposals:
- An Expert Group constituted by TIFAC shall evolve a broad criteria for screening, evaluation and support for any proposal.
- The Screening Criteria will be based on the capabilities of the Institution, Coordinator, Department(s), Budget, Relevance etc.
- A Screening Committee with members drawn from academia and industry shall be established for initial screening and to make recommendations of proposals.
- The Screening Committee may suggest other specific criteria in addition to those suggested by the Expert Group if warranted by any particular proposal.
- A detailed presentation will be made by the institutions short-listed by the Screening Committee.
- After the detailed presentation, the Screening Committee will recommend the proposals for site visit.
- The team for site visit shall consist of three members, one of whom will be member of the Screening Committee and other two domain experts. The team shall be accompanied by TIFAC Officers.
- Based on the report of the site visit team the Screening Committee shall make recommendations to the Expert Group which shall take final decision regarding supports of the proposal.
- The Expert Group may call for detailed presentation with additional particulars if necessary before arriving at final decision.
- Thereafter the recommended proposals will be considered by TIFAC for approval.
- It is normally expected that the duration of the CORE project shall be 3 years and under exceptional circumstances extended upto 5 years one year at a time without any additional financial commitment from TIFAC.
- Project Cost will be limited to Rs. 6 crores, with Non-recurring TIFAC contribution not exceeding Rs. 2 crores.
- TIFAC to contribute towards Non-recurring cost (to the extent of 50% of total Non-Recurring cost) to CORE in form of cash limited to the Non-Recurring prior contribution to CORE from Industry
- Institution / College /Deemed University shall contribute fully to the Recurring Costs
- On intimation of the preliminary approval of the project by TIFAC, an Agreement between institution / college /Deemed University and the partnering industry/industries must be signed and copies of the Agreement must be sent to TIFAC with full details and specific information clearly showing separate recurring and non-recurring contribution and its financial valuation.
- An agreement will be signed between Institution/ College / Deemed University & TIFAC
- The Agreement may specify that IPR shall be jointly owned by TIFAC and the institution.
- It may also specify that in case of withdrawal or foreclosure of the project TIFAC shall have the ownership of the assets acquired for the project in proportion to TIFAC share of the project cost.
- In case of any guideline requiring further clarification or interpretation, the decision of TIFAC will be final
- Institute / College / Deemed University refers to the legal entity which submits the proposal to TIFAC
- The items marked with * above are also applicable to all ongoing projects
- Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification of the project proposal