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Prakash Javadekar launches own portal and mobile app of RUSA

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On April 17, 2017, Union HRD Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar launched a portal and a mobile app of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in New Delhi. 12 State Education Ministers, Department Secretaries and RUSA Nodal officers were also present on the launch occasion.

  • He also released the Booklet “Digital Launch of Projects; Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)”

RUSA portal will serve as one-stop access point for following information:

  • States’ Higher Education PlansPrakash Javadekar launches the Fund and Reform Tracker of RUSA
  • Archives (in the form of gallery) of the projects initiated under RUSA
  • Details of the resources under this scheme
  • Decision of the States’ Higher Education Councils

Total 17 RUSA projects were launched digitally on April 17, 2017.

Some important RUSA projects that were launched on April 17, 2017:

  • Cluster university in Jammu & Kashmir
  • Language laboratories in Ghatsila College, Jharkhand
  • Solar power facility in Shree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala
  • Micro ATM facility at the RUSA centre for intelligent systems in Pune University

‘Fund and Reform Tracker’, a mobile application for LIVE monitoring of RUSA-funded projects was also launched by Mr. Javadekar on April 17, 2017.

About Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA):

Year of Launch: RUSA was launched in year 2013; however, implementation in its right earnest began after May 2016.

Administered by: Department of Higher Education, functioning under Union Ministry of Human Resource Development

Objective:  To provide strategic central funding to State/UT Higher Education Departments and Institutions and thereby facilitating equitable access to superior quality higher education. ‘Equity, Access and Excellence’ in higher education are the key components of RUSA.

Implementation: RUSA is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). In order to be eligible for RUSA grant from central govt., every State/UT should have a ‘Higher Education Plan’. Besides, State/UT higher education departments and institutions have to adopt prescribed reforms and governance measures. Central Ministry will send the funds to State/UT Govt., which will further send it to State/UT Higher Education Department and from there it will eventually reach the identified institution.

Progress attained under RUSA:

  • Till date, 29 States and 6 Union Territories have participated in RUSA.
  • The National Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) prior to the launch of RUSA was 20.8 (in 2012). The GER stood at 23.5 in 2015-16.
  • To fulfil the commitment made under RUSA, states have started recruitment drives for filling up vacant faculty positions.
  • Having a State/UT Higher Education Council is a prescribed condition to avail funds under RUSA. After the launch of RUSA, 26 State/UTs have created Higher Education Councils.