In the efforts to boost GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) and quality of the teacher training programmes in the higher education sector, Indian Government has planned to infuse additional Re. 500 Cr during the upcoming financial year 2013-14. Government of India has planned to invest the money through Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
HRD Ministry officials have said that they would be pressing for at least five per cent hike in the budget allocated to the Ministry to focus on the critical areas like enhancing quality of the teacher training programmes and meeting the requirements under skill development initiatives. Thought his allocation Government has plans to set up 200 community colleges in the country, research parks and innovation centres.
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.
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.