Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department : Ministry of Human Resource Development
Aim: It aims at providing strategic funding to higher education institutions throughout the country.
  • The scheme is being operated in mission mode for funding state universities and colleges to achieve the aims of equity, access and excellence.
  • Funding: It is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in October 2013.
  • Since 2016-17, the government has spent an average of Rs. 1,500 crore every year on RUSA.
  • Objectives:
    • Improve the overall quality of state institutions by conforming to the prescribed norms and standards.
    • Adoption of accreditation (certification of competency) as a mandatory quality assurance framework.
    • Promoting autonomy in state universities and improving governance in institutions.
    • Ensure reforms in the affiliation, academic and examination system.
    • Ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions and ensure capacity building at all levels of employment.
    • Create an enabling atmosphere for research in the higher education system.
    • Correct regional imbalances in access to higher education by setting up institutions in unserved and underserved areas.
    • Improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities to the disadvantaged.
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