Central govt extends RUSA to encourage quality standards in state HEIs

The Union government has recently announced the extension of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) till March 31, 2026 to encourage the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) under state governments to improve their overall educational standards.

Introduced in 2013, RUSA was instrumental in improving the educational ecosystem under the state institutes. IIT Bombay in 2017 had conducted an independent performance review of the scheme and found that the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) increased from 19.4 % in 2013 to 25.2% in 2018. The teacher-student ratio also significantly increased in the state government HEIs.

Speaking to , Vivek Kumar Mishra, nodal officer of RUSA at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, says, “The extension of RUSA scheme till March 31, 2026, is an affirmative step, which will offer grants to state institutes. This will help increase facilities, maintenance of labs, purchasing high-quality lab equipment.”

The grant is divided into three parts – construction, maintenance part and purchasing of new equipment. “New campuses must be built and the short on fund institutes must use it for better maintenance.”

The funds are divided between central and state governments (60-40%) and the basic purpose of this scheme is to ensure that quality teaching-learning outcomes take place in state government HEIs. Underdeveloped state government institutions in Tier 2 cities will be the main beneficiaries, says Mishra.

Kamaljeet Singh, vice-chancellor, Madhusudan Law University, Cuttack, says, “Since 2013 RUSA scheme has been effectively implemented by Odisha Higher Education Department. Every three months, the vice-chancellor conclave is held to take stock of the progress and improvement needed.”

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