Ministry of Education approves RUSA until 2026
The proposal involves an expenditure of Rs 12,929.16 crores of which the central share is Rs 8,120.97 crores and the state share is Rs 4,808.19 crores.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has approved the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) program for continuation until 2026, according to MoE officials. The proposal involves an expenditure of Rs 12,929.16 crore of which Rs 8,120.97 crore is for the central share and the state share is Rs 4,808.19 crore. The scheme was envisaged to support around 1,600 projects under its new phase.
“The new phase of RUSA aims to reach unserved, underserved, remote and rural areas, challenging geographies, aspirational districts, Tier 2 cities, low TBS areas, benefiting the most and SEDGs (Socio-Economically Disadvantaged groups),” a senior ministry official said.
“The new phase of the program has been designed to implement some of the recommendations and objectives of the new education policy, which suggests key changes to the current higher education system to reorganize and reinvigorate it and thus offer an education higher quality, with equity and inclusion,” the official added.
RUSA is a centralized program (CSS) that funds state government universities and colleges, helping them achieve the goals of equity, access, and excellence. Under the new phase of the program, state governments will be supported for equity initiatives, inclusion of women, ICTs, improving employability through skills enhancement and professionalization .
The official further added, “States will also be supported to establish new model university colleges. State universities will be supported for multidisciplinary teaching and research. Grants will be made to strengthen accredited and non-accredited universities and colleges to undertake various activities including teaching-learning in Indian languages”.
Also Read: Ministry of Education approves India’s new NEP-aligned literacy curriculum
Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay up to date with the latest Biz news and updates.