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Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

Introduction :

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, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) 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.
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.

The State of Odisha joined RUSA on 28.10.13 by committing to reform its higher education sector. The Project Approval Board (PAB) in its 4th, 8th and 9th meetings held on 05.12.14, 02.9.15 and 1.12.15 approved proposals of the State worth Rs. 688 crore, comprising of Rs. 412.8 crores as Central share (60%) and Rs. 275.2 crore (40%) as State’s share.he State joined RUSA 2.0 in the 12th PAB held on 25th May, 2018. The funds approved by PAB in RUSA 2.0 is 216 Crores comprising of 129.6 Crores Central Share and 86.4 Crores as State Share. The Component-Wise funds approved and central share released till 7th July, 2019 under RUSA 1.0 & RUSA 2.0 are given below:

RUSA 1.0
S. No. Component Physical units approved Total amount approved (Rs. in   Crore) Central share approved (Rs. in   Crore)
1 Creation   of University by upgradation of Autonomous College to University 2 110 66
2 Cluster   University 1 55 33
3 Model   Degree Colleges Scheme 8 96 57.6
4 Infrastructure   Grants to Universities 9 180 108
5 Infrastructure   Grants to Colleges 115 230 138
6 Upgradation   of Existing Colleges to MDCs 3 12 7.2
7 Equity   Initiatives 5 5 3
Total 688 412.8
RUSA 2.0
S. No. Component Physical units approved Total amount approved (Rs. in   Crore) Central share approved (Rs. in   Crore)
1 Enhancing   Quality and Excellence in select State Universities 1 100 60
2 New Model   Colleges 6 72 43.2
3 Upgradation   of existing college to MDC 1 4 2.4
4 Infrastructure   Grants to Colleges 20 40 24
Total 216 129.6

RUSA Co-oridanator of the College
Dr, Jayaram Singh Samal Asst. Professor in Political Science

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