Increase in outlay under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan will boost Quality Education: Javadekar
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar has said that the Cabinet approval for continuation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan with a substantially increased outlay is a major initiative of the government to enhance quality of education.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi recently, the HRD Minister said that the cabinet has approved fourfold increase in outlay under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.

Giving more details, Javadekar said that it was about Rs 600 crores per year, totalling to Rs 2400 crore, for 4 yrs from 2013-14 to 2016-17.

Now it is Rs 7100 crores for three-years beginning 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The HRD Minister added that 10 Central/State universities with a rating of more than 3.5 under the Graded Autonomy Scheme will get Rs.100 Crores each.

Not only that, 20 states will get Rs 50 crore each, totalling to Rs 1000 crore, to create research clusters in the state.

The HRD Minister said that it is a huge gift for quality enhancement of education sector.

It will enhance quality of overall education by creating research labs, academic blocks; curriculum, girl’s hostels, improving research initiatives, faculty improvement; innovation in teaching.

All these quality initiatives will be mapped; grants will be released. This will enable India to innovate efficiently. So this is a step towards transforming education.

The Minister also informed that in aspirational Districts, which have lagged behind in education, the government is granting 70 new model degree colleges with an allocation of Rs 12 crore each, totalling to Rs 840 crore.

For transformation of education, the government will also give Rs 4 crore each to 75 degree colleges for upgrading them to model degree colleges.

He further said that 8 new professional colleges are to be established in educationally backward (aspirational districts) states like UP, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh with a grant Rs 26 crore each totalling to Rs 208 crore.

750 colleges will get Rs 2 crore each, totalling to Rs 1500 crore for upgradation of academic infrastructures like research labs, library etc.

He added that in a unique equity initiative to set up hostels for SC/ST girl students, 15 states will get Rs 5 crore each, totalling Rs 75 crores.

RUSA is an overarching scheme, operated in a mission mode for funding the state universities and colleges in order to achieve the aims of equity, access and excellence.
It seeks to improve the overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions by ensuring their conformity to prescribed norms and standards.