Jamshedpur : For many of colleges in Kolhan, struggling with the most basic of infrastructure, the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) offers a glimmer of hope and the promise of improved facilities.
Under the National Higher Education Mission or the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) launched in 2013 by the central government, university has asked colleges to submit their academic developmental plans for infrastructural development.
Colleges in Kolhan University had received letters last week asking the colleges to submit their developmental plans to improvise the status of higher education in Kolhan.
RUSA was launched by the union ministry of human resources development under the 12th five year plan. RUSA envisages elevating 45 out of the 441 autonomous colleges as unitary universities, establishing ‘model colleges’ in educationally backward districts and infrastructure strengthening of state colleges.
A 25,000-crore package of quality rejuvenation schemes for state universities and colleges has been approved by which 316 universities and 13,024 government and aided colleges would receive performance-linked funding.
“RUSA is an excellent opportunity to the state universities to upgrade educational and research ambience of infrastructure, knowledge resources and skill development expertise to produce international quality manpower.
It should also be underscored that the upgraded colleges and universities would be mentored for high-quality research outputs with fund-associated expertise through RUSA.
We have asked the colleges to submit their proposals within a week and we expect that they will think of better ways of improving the infrastructure in colleges to boost higher education irrespective,” said a senior official.
Meanwhile city based Jamshedpur Workers College in Mango has decided to introduce solar lighting for the entire campus making it eco-friendly. A meeting among the college staff was organised to finalise the plans and to send the proposal to the university which will forward it to the state government.
“We do have a three storeyed hostel and other plans in mind but we want that seeking green energy for the college will be a new initiative and will set an example for others,” said D.P. Shukla, principal, Jamshedpur Workers’ College.
A lecturer at the college said the college had many students from rural areas for whom the daily commute was a financial burden. “If we have a hostel on the campus, these students need not worry about travel expenses,” he said.
While this was one aspect, provision of other basic facilities such as toilets, was also among their major concerns.