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Tata Education Excellence Programme (TEEP)

Ever since its launch in 2003, The Tata Education Excellence Programme (TEEP), has striven to promote unmatched education excellence in the schools of Jamshedpur, and a select few in the vicinity of Tata Steel’s out locations. The programme was the brainchild of Mr B Muthuraman, Vice Chairman, Tata Steel, as a tool to empower schools to improve the quality of their education – the ultimate objective being to offer higher value to students, and foster a culture of excellence to nurture the ‘citizens of tomorrow’.

TEEP, adapted from the Malcolm Baldrige Criterion for Performance Excellence, is designed to help students learn the concepts of excellence and quality in their early years. This creates social capital for the country and ensures that these concepts eventually become an integral part of their professional lives. The importance of TEEP lies in the fact that it impacts the minds of the young generation, who in future will play strategic roles in the management of business.


The programme

The TEEP programme enables schools to enhance their management systems and processes by providing them a holistic model to manage their schools. Under TEEP, schools get themselves assessed every year, to understand their pace of improvement and identify improvement opportunities. In order to get assessed, schools write an application covering the following parameters:

1) School profile

2) Description of existing processes in the school, including improvements achieved over the years

3) Overall results achieved

This assessment is done under the ‘Regular Programme’ and about 25-30 schools participate annually.


A comprehensive assessment is conducted by a team of five trained assessors consisting of principals and teachers. The applications are invited in July each year, and assessments are conducted between August-October, each assessment taking around 6-8 weeks.


Two other types of assessments are also conducted for TEEP, namely Basic Assessment and Saral Assessment.


Basic Assessment

Basic Assessment, a simpler version of the Regular Programme, is for schools that have just embarked on their education excellence journey. This is primarily focused on the assessment of schools’ processes. A 90-percent compliance achieved herein enables these schools to further qualify for the Regular Programme, and put forth an application to get themselves comprehensively assessed.

Here, the school uses a comprehensive checklist of basic processes, and submits a filled up report along with process documents copies to TBExG. A team of two trained assessors consisting of principals and teachers go through the checklist and conduct a site visit for one day. The school receives a report once the team discusses their findings with mentors at TBExG. This assessment takes 2-5 days, and the entire process is completed within two months. About 10-15 schools participate annually in the Basic Programme.


Saral Assessment

The Saral Assessment is aimed at helping Government and rural schools comprehend their areas of strength. The focus is on ensuring that the school’s basic infrastructure, processes like communication, involvement of parents/students, and review of students’ results are in place. Here too, a 90-percent compliance ensures that the applicant school qualifies for the Basic Programme. The assessment process is similar to the Basic Programme.

This initiative was launched in 2014, and 23 schools (supported by Tata group companies in and around Jamshedpur) participated in this programme for the first time.


Other initiatives

Besides, there are other improvement opportunities for schools to participate in, viz. Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP), INNOTEACHING (Papers on innovative teaching methods by teachers), & PANKH (improvement project taken up by student/ group of students in various areas. These projects are shortlisted and further evaluated by a Jury. Selected projects are recognized at the TEEP annual award function.


Direction and Purpose

The TEEP assessments are aimed at assisting schools to focus on improving:

- Quality and education

- Overall school functions

- Teaching and learning processes.

Apart from a thorough health check of the applicant schools, the assessment leads them towards progress by:


- Promoting performance excellence

- Helping identify improvement areas

- Facilitating communication and sharing of Best Practices among schools

- Encouraging ‘learning by understanding’

- Ascertaining overall development of students


Alignment to group level vision

Aligned with the group vision, the TEEP programme empowers schools to adopt the education excellence framework; creates a focus on safety, ethics, and environment; fosters a culture of improvement and innovation; and accelerates the performance journey.