Tamil Nadu has topped the list of states in terms of government spending on higher education. The total expenditure on higher education by the state government stands at 1.5 per cent of its gross state domestic product (GSDP), HRD minister Smriti Irani informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
“The Centre expects the same from other states as it provides equal fund as grant under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme. Every state should spend at least 1.5 per cent of its GSDP for higher education,” said Prof S P Thyagarajan, former VC of Madras University.
“The investment of TN in higher education has been broad-based covering school, vocational, technical, professional and non-professional courses,” said Prof S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean, Sastra University.