Higher education sector might get a boost of Rs. 500 crore during the upcoming financial year 2013-14. Government of India has planned to invest the money through Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to increase the GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) and quality of the teacher training programmes in the higher education sector.
HRD Ministry officials have said that they would be pressing for at least five per cent hike in the budget for the Ministry so that focus could also be given on critical areas like enhancing quality of the teacher training programmes and meeting the requirements under skill development initiatives.
Government of India’s ambitious programme, Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) aims at expanding the institutional base of higher education by creating additional capacity in existing institutions, establishing new institutions and incentivising state governments.
Thought his allocation Government has plans to set up 200 community colleges in the country, research parks and innovation centres.
One of the budget proposals could also include funding central universities on the basis of number of students and actual demands for infrastructure like laboratory, library etc. against the present practice of capital grants, reported Business Standard.