In a new move to track the progress of projects under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), higher education stakeholders and institutional leaders will be able to know about the progress of projects as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched a new ‘Fund and reform’ app. The Human Resource Development Ministry also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for Geo-tacking of RUSA projects.
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The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar also talked about the importance of new technology and new education policies. “To re-imagine our classrooms, be in sync with time and technology and engage stakeholders in constant conversation to do and achieve more, is the aim of this application besides being sort of a report card of states with details of their higher education policies, plans, and best practices,” Minister said at the launch. Javedkar also said that the interface would be available for Central government, institutional leaders, and state higher education authorities, apart from thousands of vendors across the country. The HRD Minister said that each will get a diverse access on the role and functionality. “Each will get a varied level of access to the app depending on their role and functionality,” HRD Minister Javedkar said.
The Human Resource Development Ministry aimed at providing central funding to higher education departments and institutions to accomplish the main objectives of access, excellence, and equity through Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), which is a central sponsored scheme of HRD Ministry. The HRD Minister Javedkar also launched 17 projects on Monday, which includes a university in Jammu and Kashmir, solar power facility in Kerala’s Shree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit and language laboratories in Jharkhand’s Ghatsila College. This newly launched ‘Fund and reform’ app will help in recording the fund allocation as per the Project Approval Board, the institution-wise key project, the installment-wise fund release by the Centre and the state, vendors appointed and the payment also be made to them as stage-wise photos and time stamps of payments made and comments entered.
Adding to this, every initiative will be labeled with a Unique ID number, which will be providing the entire story of how a developed and qualified. The dashboard will also provide an overall picture of the scheme and the state-wise performance of the impact that the programme has made. “Component-wise details give a quick snapshot into the funding of RUSA projects. Whether it is infrastructure grants of equity initiatives, this window gives a peek into the funds approved, the amount released, the sum utilized and the percentage of work completed,” a senior HRD Ministry official revealed. He also added that the stakeholders can get rough details on the money released from the Centre and the state. “Stakeholders can also get granular details on the money released from the Centre and the state. The date stamps give a picture on the timeliness followed and the pictures provide the ground reality,” he added.