The Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment is in the process of set­ting up uni­ver­si­ties un­der its Rashtriya Uchchatar Shik­sha Ab­hiyan (RUSA) to im­prove the stan­dard of col­leges and to cre­ate in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties, lat­est lab­o­ra­to­ries, qual­ity of fac­ul­ties, in­formed MoS for HRD Mr. Satya Pal Singh, while in­au­gu­rat­ing the ASSOCHAM Sum­mit ti­tled '11th Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mit' held on Fe­bru­ary 17, 2018. Scheme RUSAisa (CSS), launchedCen­trally Spon­sored in 2013 which aims at pro­vid­ing strate­gic fund­ing to el­i­gi­ble state higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. The main ob­jec­tive of the scheme is to usher trans­for­ma­tive re­forms in the state higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem by cre­at­ing a fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­sti­tu­tional struc­ture for plan­ning and mon­i­tor­ing the state level, pro­mot­ing au­ton­omy in State Uni­ver­si­ties and im­prov­ing gov­er­nance in in­sti­tu­tions.

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. Mr. Singh also men­tioned about the' Atal Tin­ker­ing Labs' is part of the Atal In­no­va­tive Mis­sion launched by the NIT! Aayog. The lab will of­fer ded­i­cated work spaces where stu­dents can learn in­no­va­tion skills and de­velop ideas that will help in the trans­for­ma­tion of In­dia.

"The chal­lenges be­fore us is how to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards in the coun­try, the prob­lem of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, GIW'"

af­ford abili ty, ac­count­abil­ity, qual­ity and eq­uity as we don't have ed­u­cate num­ber of higher ed­u­ca­tion of in­sti­tu­tions", said Mr. Satya Pal Singh at the ASSOCHAMevent.

Be­yond 2020, three mega­trends will sweep the world - au­to­ma­tion, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and mi­cro in­no­va­tion. These will have a mas­sive im­pact on work­places and how best we ed­u­cate and equip with ap­pro­pri­ate skills since medium and high skilled Jobs will re­main in de­mand. There­fore, work­places need to be best pre­pared to over­come dis­rup­tions from ma­chine learn­ing, said the HRD min­is­ter.

It is high time, in­sti­tu­tions must put stu­dents through en­trepreneur­shi p pro­grams. Stu­dents have to en­hance en­trepreneur­ship be­cause they will rarely see any ful­fill­ing Jobs. The point is to im­bibe in stu­dents the skill of learn­ing. Stu­dents must have holis­tic learn­ing - one can move from em­ploy­ment to em­ploy­a­bil­ity only if one con­stantly goes on sharp­en­ing the skill, said the min­is­ter.

It be­comes im­per­a­tive that our stu­dents cross bench­marks of aca­demic ex­cel­lence while em­pow­er­ing stu­dents through in­no­va­tive method­olo­gies and value based ed­u­ca­tion. In the chang­ing sce­nario, it has be­come the moral duty of ev­ery re­spon­si­ble ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion to groom chil­dren to be be­fit­ting ci­ti­zens with qual­ity of teach­ing, good gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity and to de­velop their pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes.

In­dia is one of the youngest pro­duc­tive work­force in the world. Our Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter has also set a tar­get of skilling 500 mil­lion youths by the year 2022.

In the year 2030, In­dia is ex­pected to be the fastest grow­ing econ­omy as well as one of the youngest na­tions in the world with a medium age of 32. The need of the hour is to make In­dia hub of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion ex­cel­lence to at­tract more for­eign stu­dents to study in In­dia and to aug­ment ex­port of ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices and re­strict brain-drain/ out­flow of In­dian youth's tal­ent with outgo of huge for­eign ex­change.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Hon'ble Min­is­ter of State for HRD with em­i­nent speak­ers.

Mr. S. S. Chawla, Sr. Di­rec­tor & Head of Ed­u­ca­tion Chan­cel­lor, Amity Univer­sity. Gur­gaon pre­sent­ing M

Mr. S. S. Chawla and Prof P B. Sharma pre­sent­ing me­mento to Dr. Harsh Vard­han, Hon'ble Union Min­is­ter for Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy & Earth Sciences.

. with Prof P B. Sharma, Pres­i­dent, AIU & Vice nto to Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Hon 'ble HRD Min­is­ter.

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