Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and its significance and challenges on inclusive growth of higher Education
Author(s): Anita Devi, Bharat Bushan
Abstract: RUSA will have a completely new approach towards funding higher education in state universities and colleges. It is based on key principles of performance-based funding, incentivising well performing institutions and decision making through clearly defined norms, which will establish and rely upon a management information system to gather the essential information from institutions. RUSA will aim to provide greater autonomy to universities as well as colleges and have a sharper focus on equity-based development and improvement in teaching-learning quality and research. It will be a new flagship scheme of the Government of India after successful implementations of SSA and RMSA in the primary and secondary levels of education respectively for overall development of the education system in India to compete with fast global changes. In the forthcoming decade, to harvest the benefits of demographic factors i.e. a huge working age population, there was a need for achieving an educated and productive workforce through intensive effort to improve quality and relevance of higher education. In this direction, this paper examines the provisions and objectives of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and its implications on the status of higher education in India. The paper takes the form of an exploratory study and draws upon from the materials available in the various published papers and reports by UGC, AICTE, MHRD etc. to present an overview of the need, objectives, prescribed provisions of RUSA and the major challenges to overcome.