Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, a centrally sponsored programme, aims to work with 300-plus state universities and their affiliated colleges to raise the bar of campus life.
Launched in 2013, the RUSA aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category states, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) is based on norms and is outcome dependent.
Funds flow from the central ministry through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils before reaching the identified institutions. Funding to states would be made on the basis of the critical appraisal of State Higher Education Plans, which would enlist each state’s strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education.
RUSA places greater emphasis on the improvement of the quality of teaching-learning processes in order to produce employable and competitive graduates, post-graduates and PhDs. Spread across two plan periods (XII and XIII), the programme focuses on state higher educational institutions and draws upon the best practices from colleges and universities across the nation.
In short, RUSA isn’t a touch-up tint of paint. It is the central government’s plan to develop every state university to its most exemplary version
The key objectives of RUSA are to improve access, equity and quality in higher education through the planned development of higher education at the state level. Objectives include creating new academic institutions, expanding and upgrading the existing ones, developing institutions that are self-reliant in terms of quality education, professionally managed, and characterized by a greater inclination towards research and provide students with an education that is relevant to them as well the nation as a whole.
Government College Kasaragod was sanctioned a total amount of Rs. 1,98,95,000/- by RUSA in three instalments during the period 2015 to 2018. As directed by RUSA, the amount was fruitfully utilized as per plan and under the supervision of the RUSA committee for construction (35%), Renovation (35%) and purchase (30%).
RUSA funding was instrumental in the overall infrastructural upliftment of the College. Library books for all departments, laboratory instruments for all Science departments, essential furniture for classrooms, staff rooms and office rooms were purchased from the RUSA fund.
The essential construction and renovation works were implemented through the District Nirmithi Kendra, Kasaragod. Construction of Boys toilet complex, roof construction for the P.G. Block, construction of an open-air auditorium, interlocks works at various essential locations within the campus, beautification works within the campus, renovation of laboratories in Chemistry and Botany departments, renovation of museums in Zoology, Geology and Kannada departments, renovation of front yard and flag post area, repair and renovation of windows, doors and drainage system are the important works carried out with the help of RUSA fund.
Within the fund received, efforts were taken to improve all areas/sections/departments of the College in a holistic and harmonious way, which was appreciated by the State level review committee during its visit to the College.