India is aiming at increasing the number of students in higher education and the Gross Enrolment Ratio from 18% to 30% through a Rs 99,000 crore plan
India is aiming at increasing the number of students in higher education and the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from 18% to 30% over the next seven years. The HRD ministry presented their plans to the Consultatative Committee where the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan will take the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from 18% to 30%. Estimated to cost Rs 99,000 crore the scheme will envelop all other existing schemes.
The crux of the scheme is in the central funding that will now go through the state council of higher education instead of directly from the Centre and UGC to educational institutions. The funding will increase upto 90%. It will be available to private institutions as will though based on certain norms and conditions.
Reforms in the State Higher Education System will be focused upon. A facilitating institutional structure for planning and monitoring at the state level will be created for this purpose. Autonomy in state universities and governance in the institutions will be promoted by this structure.RUSA will also aspire to bring about academic examination reforms in the higher education institutions. It will enable the upgrading of some universities into world class research universities.
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