Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)
Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category States and 90:10 for special category states) would be norm based and outcome dependent. The funding would flow from the central ministry through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils before reaching the identified institutions. The funding to states would be made on the basis of critical appraisal of State Higher Education Plans, which would describe each state’s strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education.
The salient objectives of RUSA are to:
- Improve the overall quality of state institutions by ensuring conformity to prescribed norms and standards and adopt accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework.
- 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.
- Ensure reforms in the affiliation, academic and examination systems.
- Ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions and ensure capacity building at all levels of employment.
- Create an enabling atmosphere in the higher educational institutions to devote themselves to research and innovations.
- Expand the institutional base by creating additional capacity in existing institutions and establishing new institutions, in order to achieve enrolment targets.
- Correct regional imbalances in access to higher education by setting up institutions in un‐served & underserved areas.
- improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities of higher education to SC/STs and socially and educationally backward classes; promote inclusion of women, minorities, and differently abled persons.
Programs of RUSA 1.0 & 2.0 in Karnataka
- Under RUSA 1.o & 2.0 program Karnataka state has received Rs. 792 crore grants in the ratio of 60:40 (Central: State). Government College, Mandya (autonomous) and Government science College, Bengaluru have been upgraded as unitary Universities. Maharani’s Cluster University has been established at Bengaluru.
- For the successful implementation of RUSA program the meeting of the heads and RUSA Nodal Officers beneficiary colleges and Universities are being convened. Karnataka state Higher Education Council has convened three review meetings of the Southern States and Union Territories.
- Under RUSA Program Academic, Administrative, Affiliation and Examination reforms have been introduced. At RUSA beneficiary Colleges and Universities necessary infrastructure has been created. In a nutshell RUSA program has helped to enhance access, equity and excellence in Higher Education.