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Cabinet committee approves continuation of higher education scheme

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved continuation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.

National Higher Education MissionRUSA – a centrally-sponsored was launched with an aim to improve the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of the country to 30 per cent by 2020.

To improve the quality of higher education in the country, the scheme in its second phase aims to set up 70 new model degree colleges and eight new professional colleges in 70 autonomous colleges and 10 select State universities.

Another important objective of RUSA is to bring reforms in academics, governance, affiliation norms and in other areas to improve access, equity and accessibility. To achieve the objective, infrastructural support is being provided to 50 universities and 750 colleges under the scheme.

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 The scheme seeks to improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities of higher education to socially deprived communities, increase spending on higher education by the State Governments, identity and fill up the existing gaps in higher education, by augmenting and supporting efforts of state governments.

An official release revealed the total cost of the scheme is Rs 9,604 crore including state share of new proposals.

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