Source: News Bharati English17 Apr 2017 16:32:44

New Delhi, April 17: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) at Silver Oak Hall, Habitat Centre, and New Delhi. All details related to States’ Higher Education Plans, the decision of the States’ Higher Education Councils will be provided in the portal.

29 States and 6 UTs are participating in the portal. Over 2000 State Universities and Colleges have supported the scheme. The main objective of the scheme is to give education a digital boost. Improving vocational skills and creating opportunities for employment will be in focus. Students from various states were part of today’s launch. Inside thousands of classrooms across India, teaching-learning has once again been revived. RUSA has made commitments on the removal of the ban on recruitment of teachers to fill vacant posts.
RUSA is the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) of the Department of Higher Education, MHRD which aims to provide strategic central funding to State Higher Education Departments and Institutions and achieve the broad objectives of access, equity, and excellence. The State Higher Education Departments and Institutions undertake certain governance, academic and administrative reforms as a pre-requisite to be entitled to RUSA grants. The implementation of RUSA in its right earnest began after May 2014. 

States are also planning their education outlays in a better way. Prior to the formation of RUSA, 9 State Higher Education Councils were created by an Act of the legislature. The States joined RUSA with a commitment to creating State Higher Education Councils within a stipulated time indicated by them. To date, 21 more States/UTs have already created State Higher Education Councils through an executive order and 5 more States have established State Higher Education Councils through an Act of the legislature. Till date, out of 36 States and UTs, 34 States and UTs except Delhi and Lakshadweep have submitted their Higher Education Plan. Each State has to prepare a State Higher Education Plan through a bottom-up approach in consultation with their key stakeholders.