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Friday, October 04, 2013

Reforms in Higher Education- RUSA

The cabinet recently approved RUSA which can make significant impact of quality of higher education. The report prepared by MHRD in association with Tata Institute of Social Sciences makes many recommendation, important is need to completely overhaul the University Affiliation system.

Majority of the students (94%) are enrolled in state universities or autonomous/ affiliated institutes. The state universities depend on affiliation fees and raise additional resources by offering revenue yielding courses. This type of university affiliation, with resource started university granting degrees to hundreds of affiliated institutes is the main problem. Need for affiliation revenue ensures that universities do not let go even autonomous institutes. The second problem is structure of UGC which is entrusted with responsibility of maintaining standards and also fund disbursement. 

The solution proposed transfers action to state with empowered State Higher Education Council. Will it deliver? 

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