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Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)


Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The central funding (in the ratio of 65:35 for general category States and 90:10 for special category states) would be norm based and outcome dependent. The funding would flow from the central ministry through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils before reaching the identified institutions. The funding to states would be made on the basis of critical appraisal of State Higher Education Plans, which would describe each state’s strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education.


The salient objectives of RUSA are to;

  • Improve the overall quality of state institutions by ensuring conformity to prescribed norms and standards and adopt accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework.
  • Usher transformative reforms in the state higher education system by creating a facilitating institutional structure for planning and monitoring at the state level, promoting autonomy in State Universities and improving governance in institutions.
  • Ensure reforms in the affiliation, academic and examination systems.
  • Ensure adequate availability of quality faculty in all higher educational institutions and ensure capacity building at all levels of employment.
  • Create an enabling atmosphere in the higher educational institutions to devote themselves to research and innovations.
  • Expand the institutional base by creating additional capacity in existing institutions and establishing new institutions, in order to achieve enrolment targets.
  • Correct regional imbalances in access to higher education by setting up institutions in un‐served & underserved areas.
  • Improve equity in higher education by providing adequate opportunities of higher education to SC/STs and socially and educationally backward classes; promote inclusion of women, minorities, and differently abled persons.


RUSA would create new universities through upgradation of existing autonomous colleges and conversion of colleges in a cluster. It would create new model degree colleges, new professional colleges and provide infrastructural support to universities and colleges Faculty recruitment support, faculty improvements programmes and leadership development of educational administrators are also an important part of the scheme. In order to enhance skill development, the existing central scheme of Polytechnics has been subsumed within RUSA. A separate component to synergise vocational education with higher education has also been included in RUSA. Besides these, RUSA also supports reforming, restructuring and building capacity of institutions in participating state.

Institutional Hierarchy

RUSA is implemented and monitored through an institutional structure comprising the National Mission Authority, Project Approval Board and the National Project Directorate at the centre and the State Higher Education Council and State Project Directorate at the state level.


Open Universities


  1. Central Open University


Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established in 1985 by an Act of Parliament with the dual responsibilities of (i) enhancing access and equity to higher education through distance mode and (ii) promoting, coordinating and determining standards in open learning and distance education systems. Since then, the IGNOU has undergone rapid expansion and emerged as an international institution in the field of Open and Distance Learning.


2. State Open Universities

1 Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU), Hyderabad, A.P. – (1982)
2 Vardhman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU), Kota, Rajasthan – (1987)
3 Nalanda Open University (NOU). Patna, Bihar – (1987)
4 Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik, Maharashtra – (1989)
5 Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University (MPBOU), Bhopal, M.P. – (1991)
6 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU), Ahmedabad, Gujarat – (1994)
7 Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Mysore, Karnataka – (1996)
8 Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), Kolkata, W.B. – (1997)
9 U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad, U.P. – (1998)
10 Tamil Nadu Open University (TNOU), Chennai, Tamil Nadu – (2002)
11 Pt. Sunderlal Sharma Open University (PSSOU), Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh – (2005)
12 Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Distt. Nainitall, Uttarakhand
13 Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, Guwahati, Assam





The following listed universities and institutions have been declared as FAKE UNIVERSITIES and they are not entitled to confer any degree.


State-wise List of fake Universities (as in September 2016)



  1. Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar.


  1. Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi (UP) Jagatpuri, Delhi
  2. Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj, Delhi.
  3. United Nations University, Delhi.
  4. Vocational University, Delhi.
  5. ADR-Centric Juridical University, ADR House, 8J, Gopala Tower, 25 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110 008.
  6. Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi.


  1. Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka.


  1. John’s University, Kishanattam, Kerala.

Madhya Pradesh

  1. Kesarwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.


  1. Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Tamil Nadu

  1. D.B. Sanskrit University, Trichi, Tamil Nadu.

West Bengal

  1. Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkatta.

Uttar Pradesh

  1. Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, (Women’s University) Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  2. Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  3. National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
  4. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University), Achaltal, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
  5. Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Kosi Kalan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
  6. Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
  7. Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Institutional Area,Khoda,Makanpur,Noida Phase-II, Uttar Pradesh.
  8. Gurukul Vishwavidyala, Vridanvan, Uttar Pradesh.


  1. Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, Anupoorna Bhawan, Plot No. 242, Pani Tanki Road, Shaktinagar, Rourkela-769014.

* Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, UP – the matter is subjudice before the District Judge – Lucknow


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