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

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An initiative to improve the Quality of Higher education in India by implementing RUSA scheme which was started in 2013 was in news again with the Minister of HRD providing information about the scheme in the Lower house.

RUSA Scheme

  • RUSA-  Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan
  • AimTo provide strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions

Implementation Authorities

National Mission Authority, Project Approval Board and the National Project Directorate at the centre and the State Higher Education Council and State Project Directorate at the state level

Funding for RUSA

  • The central funding in the ratio of 65:35 for general category States and 90:10 for special category states
  • The funding will be given by the Union Human Resources Ministry through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils

Features of RUSA

  • To improve the overall quality of state institutions by ensuring conformity to prescribed norms and standards
  • To usher transformative reforms in the state higher education system by creating a facilitating institutional structure for planning and monitoring at the state level, promoting autonomy in State Universities and improving governance in institutions
  • To ensure reforms in the affiliation, academic and examination
  • To ensure adequate availability of quality faculty
  • To expand the institutional base by creating additional capacity in existing institutions and establishing new institutions, in order to achieve enrolment targets.
  • To correct regional imbalances in access to higher education by setting up institutions in un‐served & underserved areas

Points to note

  • Minister of Human Resources Development- Smriti Irani