The Ministry of Education has approved the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme for continuation till 2026. The scheme is centrally funded and mainly believes in the idea that sometimes the most important lessons of life are learned outside the classroom.
In this new phase of the scheme, around 1600 projects are to be covered. The proposal includes an expenditure of Rs 12,929.16 crore, out of which the central share is Rs 8,120.97 crores and the state share is Rs 4,808.19 crores.
A senior ministry official commented, “The new phase of RUSA targets to reach out the unserved, underserved areas, remote and rural areas, difficult geographies, aspirational districts, tier-2 cities and areas with low GER, to benefit the most disadvantaged areas and SEDGs (Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups).”
He further added, “The new phase of the scheme has been designed to implement some of the recommendations and aims of the New Education Policy, which suggests some key changes to the current higher education system to revamp and re-energize it and thereby deliver quality higher education, with equity and inclusion.”
The official elaborated that states will also be supported for the creation of new model degree colleges. “State universities will be supported for multi-disciplinary education and research. Grants will be provided for strengthening both accredited and non-accredited universities and colleges for undertaking various activities including teaching-learning in Indian languages.”