Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Policies and Schemes (Download PDF)

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Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

  • A Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).

  • Launched in 2013.

  • Aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.


  • Improving the overall quality of state institutions.

  • Ensure reforms in the affiliation, academic and examination systems.

  • Ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions.

  • Expanding the institutional base by creating additional capacity in existing institutions.

  • Correcting regional imbalances in access to higher education.

  • Providing adequate opportunities of higher education to SC/STs and socially and educationally backward classes.

  • Promoting inclusion of women, minorities and differently abled persons.

Impacts and Targets

  • Seeks to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio of the country to 30 % by 2020.

  • To increase the spending on higher education by the State Governments.

  • Improving access, equity and accessibility of higher education in states.

  • Improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities of higher education to socially deprived communities.

  • Identifying and filling up the existing gaps in higher education.

  • Promoting a spirit of healthy competition amongst states and institutions.


  • A separate component to synergise vocational education with higher education.

  • Creation of a new universities through upgradation of existing autonomous colleges and conversion of colleges in a cluster.

  • Supports reforming, restructuring and building capacity of institutions in participating state.

Important parts of the scheme:

  • Faculty recruitment support

  • Faculty improvements programmes

  • Leadership development of educational administrators

Primary Components of RUSA

  • Creation of Universities by way of upgradation of existing autonomous colleges.

  • Creation of Universities by conversion of colleges in a cluster.

  • Infrastructure grants to Universities.

  • Enhancing Quality and Excellence in select State Universities.

  • New Model Colleges (General).

  • Upgradation of existing degree colleges to model colleges.

  • New Colleges (Professional).

  • Enhancing Quality and Excellence in Autonomous colleges.

  • Infrastructure grants to Colleges.

  • Research, innovation and quality improvement.

  • Equity initiatives.

  • Faculty Recruitment Support.

  • Faculty improvements.

  • Institutional Restructuring, Capacity Building and Reforms.

  • National Higher Education Resource Centre.

Financial Outlay

  • Outlay of Rs. 7100 crores.

  • Earmarked for 3 years beginning 2017 - 18 to 2019 - 20.

  • On the basis of critical appraisal of State Higher Education Plans.

  • Each state’s strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education.

Project cost Central Government Vs State Government:

  • 90: 10 for North-Eastern States, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

  • 60: 40 for other States and UTs with Legislature

  • 100: 0 for UTs without Legislature

- Published/Last Modified on: May 20, 2020

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