The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), has been approved by The cabinet committee on economic affairs. RUSA is a centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) for improving the state higher education system.
In the 12th plan period, 80 new universities would be set up by converting autonomous colleges in a collection of state universities.
100 new colleges, including professional/technical colleges is to be set up. 54 active colleges would be transformed into model degree colleges.
Infrastructure funding would be offered to 150 universities and 3,500 colleges to improve and mend crucial gaps in infrastructure such as in libraries, laboratories etc. RUSA would sustain 5,000 faculty positions as well.
Ratio of Centre-State funding will be 90:10 for north-eastern states - Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. While, 65:35 for other states and UT’s.
12th plan period, RUSA would have 22,855 crore of financial outlay, of which 16, 227 crore is to be the central share.
Besides, in the 12th plan, allocation of Rs. 1,800 crore for the active scheme sub-mission polytechnics will also be counted in RUSA.
Therefore, the total central share, including the existing scheme of polytechnics will be Rs 18,027 crore during the 12th plan.
RUSA will be a new scheme extended over two plan periods, to better the access, fairness and quality of state higher education system.
More than 96% of students in India are enrolled in the state higher education system. RUSA also aims to incentivize states to act up in planning investments for higher education.