Vol. 1, Issue 9 (2016)
State higher education councils in India under purview of RUSA: Opportunities and Challenges
Author(s): Rajesh Kumar
Abstract: As India is a nation of full of diversions socially, economically and educationally where education keeps importance to remove such diversions ethically and morally. In view, this paper is made an attempt to explore the contributions of central government for imparting the education among whole parts of all states, and an attempt to put an end to the urban and rural divide through RUSA. Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a centrally sponsored scheme proposed by the ministry of human resources development. Which will be functioning under UGC to ensure holistic planning at the state level and enhancement of allocation for the state institutions, which will focus on state higher educational institutions? There are 16 RUSA objectives listed. The foremost important is ‘Facilitate the creation of State Higher Education Councils (SHECs)’. The intent of RUSA is that SHECs are to play a Central role in the delivery of the RUSA vision to attain higher levels of access, equity and excellence in the state higher education system with greater efficiency, transparency, accountability and responsiveness. The task of developing State Higher Education Plans demands expertise in assessing national and regional needs, setting targets, in assessing existing progress, in resource allocation and in challenging assumptions about the adequacy of implementation arrangements. To have the confidence of state governmental officials and agencies, state councils must have the staff expertise and competence to carry out funding responsibilities. Ensuring objectivity and validity in funding methodologies is a critical responsibility of most state councils. None of the SHECs fully meets good international practice regarding an “arms-length” relationship with state political leadership and state government administrative entities. This paper will focus on the Approach, Planning and Appraisal. Moreover, this will attempt to find out challenges and short out problems through making comparative studies from other nation’s higher education status and policies.