RUSA Scheme to be implemented to improve Equity, Quality of Higher Education

Central government is implementing the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for providing financial support to proposals contained in State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) approved by the State Higher Education Councils (SHECs) in order to achieve the objectives of equity, access and quality.

A total of 115 Universities and 1218 colleges have been approved by RUSA PAB for infrastructure grants. These approvals were accorded to the proposals included in the respective State Higher Education Plans (SHEPs).

objectives of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

Ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions and ensure capacity building at all levels. To achieve the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) target of 25.2% by the end of 12th Plan and 32% by the end of 13th Plan.

Only seven proposals from the states under the component of creation of universities through upgradation of autonomous colleges and eight proposals of states under the component of creation of universities through clustering of colleges have been approved by the PAB of RUSA as other proposals could not meet the prescribed norms.

The participating States have already given a commitment to lift the ban, if earlier imposed, by them on faculty recruitments in state government and government aided Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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  • Improve the overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions by ensuring their conformity to prescribed norms and standards.
  • Adoption of accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework.
  • Create opportunities for states to undertake reforms in the affiliating system.

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Source – The Hindu


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