Overall Strategies and Five-year Perspective Plan

The Department of Higher Education is making efforts to develop the academic infrastructure and research base as per the parameters and benchmarks set by UGC, NAAC and State norms. The State Plan has been drafted with a objective to meet with the global standards of academic excellence apart from catering to the educational needs of the State in particular for ensuring equity, quality and access to all sections of aspiring and deserving students.

OVERVIEW OF STRATEGIES

The State Plan of Uttar Pradesh under RUSA has a clear focus on ‘Triple Es’, Expansion, Equity and Excellence through institutional strengthening and capacity building by initiating academic and governance reforms. This would enable the State to develop its universities and colleges within a broad framework of the National Policy.

Based on Institutional Development Plans received from the Universities, monitoring will be focused on

(i) implementation of reforms by institutions,

(ii) achievements in project activities under different sub-components, procurement of resources and services,

(iii) utilization of financial allocations and

(iv) achievement in faculty and staff development and management development activities.

The requisites at institutional level such as governance (administrative) reforms at University level Academic reforms and facilitation inter-disciplinary learning, Examination reforms, Affiliation reforms, Separate project management teams, commitments on research and innovation efforts, Mandatory faculty recruitment and improvement, establishment of Management Information System and Regulatory compliance are firmly committed to by the State government.

In order to reach the above goals, strategies have been enumerated below with details of specific interventions

S.No. Strategy Interventions
1. Expansion of Access to Higher Education
  • Establishment of 36 (26+10) Model Degree Colleges in 41 low GER districts.
  • Proposal for Upgradation  of 5 degree colleges to Model Degree Colleges.
  • Request for adhoc grants to establish 14 new model degree colleges in totally unserved 14 blocks out of 822 blocks of State so as to saturate the State in terms of spatial norms.
  • Establishment of 8 Professional colleges and polytechnics.
  • Creation of New classrooms, labs for improving access and retention in Government Degree Colleges.
2. Equity To provide Inclusive Education for socially disadvantaged group and girls:
  • 14 new model degree colleges are being proposed in 14 blocks out of 822 blocks in the State which are totally unserved by any (govt. or private) degree college in order to remove spatial and regional inequity which adversely affects access to higher education among these groups.
  • Two new Universities in the eastern part of the State to meet the jurisdictional norms of the State.
  • Creation of Supplementary Training Cells in State Universities and Government Degree Colleges.
  • Creation of English Language Lab in State Universities and Government Degree Colleges for empowering them by building their self-esteem and confidence.
3. Excellence in Higher Education
  • Infrastructure grants to Colleges for Libraries, Laboratories and Equipments. New courses and departments.
  •  Research support.
  • Improvement in Library Resources and e-library resources subscriptions.
  • Teachers training
  • Educational Administrators training
  • Curricular Reforms by having a common minimum curriculum comparable to the standards of best in the category as per prevailing professional, vocational and industrial requirements to be reviewed every three years by Board of Studies and displayed on website.
  • Vocationalization of Higher Education for improving employability.
  •  NAAC Accreditation for all Higher Educational Institutions. A baseline survey will be conducted by all the Colleges & Universities in the forthcoming Academic year by running a trial NAAC, followed by peer/university teams for checking compliance and putting annually the score in the public domain on websites.
  • It is proposed to reduce the failure rate in all colleges of the State in a phased manner beginning from the year 2014-15 through learning achievement tests to be conducted online for students across the State.
Faculty Support
  • Recruitment of Assistant Professors will be done by Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.
  • No. of Assistant Professors proposed.
  • Encouraging teachers for membership to professional bodies and associations and on professional collaboration networks.
  • Academic Performance Indicators (API) to be finalized for Career Advancement Scheme (CAS)
  • To equip Teachers with ICT Tools for assessment and improving the learning levels of children in the classroom
  • Training of all teachers on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) with innovative assessment and evaluation techniques.
  • Review and development of training modules for strengthening pedagogy.
  • Sharing good practices of teaching and learning assessment on a collaborative learning portal/ platform.
  • Innovation on teaching methods. Restructuring of syllabi towards job orientation.
Special Training for Language Skills & Soft Skills
  • Supplementary Training Cells are proposed in State Universities and Govt. Degree Colleges for orientation in Soft Skills, Communication and English Language Skills.
  • Vocationalization of Higher Education through the support of Industry and NGOs and strengthening of placement cell.
  • Aptitude testing based on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences for greater employability in chosen sectors.
Strengthening of Research and Innovation
  • Proposal to establish 14 Research and Innovation Centres in State Universities.
  • Providing infrastructure and equipment for quality research.
4. Capacity Building in Higher Education
  • Strengthening of Academic Staff Colleges – Lucknow & Gorakhpur @Rs. 5 crore per ASC
  • Strengthening of Institutes of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) through their orientation and training in the ASCs.
  • Training to Educational Administrators at all level.
  • IAQC cells to be established in Universities.
Strengthening Capacities for Management, Monitoring, Evaluation & Research (MMER)
  • Administrative supervision to be strengthened along divisional levels. 18 Divisions, 16 participating State Universities, at least 18 offices at divisional level [8 Regional Higher Education Officers and 10 Principals of Government Degree/P.G. Colleges at headquarter or nearby places, to be supported in the form of ex-officio consultants to the project for:
  • Tasks of data collection – AISHE
  • Supervision Support
  • Universities support
5. Institutional Reforms in Higher Education
  • Governance Reforms
  • College Accountability through NAAC
  • Teacher Accountability and CAS through API
  • ICT for Student-Centric Services – Online Registration, Online Payment of Fees, Online Submission of Examination Forms, Online Scholarships
  • ICT for Affiliation of Colleges with Universities with GIS and web enabled systems.
  • University website updation for providing academic details, tenders, audited accounts, regular meetings of statutory bodies, awards and achievements, webcasting of seminar and conferences.
  • A legislative framework for private participation in order to maintain quality in Higher Education.
  • The extent of private participation for educational planning will be ensured through better MIS and reporting through AISHE
  • Academic Reforms
  • Curricular reforms through minimum standard curricular framework
  • To introduce reforms in examination and evaluation system based on continuous assessment, semester system.
  • Web portal for e-learning content uploading, videos, ppts, virtual classroom etc.

The consolidated outlay in different components is given in the table below.

Consolidated table Uttar Pradesh RUSA Plan

S.No Component Name Requirement Proposed (Rs. Lakhs)
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Total
1. 1-Expansion Creation of Universities by way of upgradation of existing Autonomous Colleges 00 00 00 00
2.   Creation of Universities by conversion of colleges in a cluster (Establishment of 2 New State Universities) 5500 2750 2750 11000
3.   New Model Colleges (General) 21600 21600 00 43200
4.   Model Degree Colleges in 14 Unserved Blocks of the state 8400 4200 4200 16800
5.   New Colleges (Professional) 31083.68 15541.84 15541.84 62167.36
6.   Support to polytechnics 7372 5529 5529 18430
7 II-Equity Equity Initiatives 300 100 100 500
8. III-Excellence Infrastructure Grants to Colleges (138 Government Degree Colleges and 4 Technical Colleges) 14200 7100 7100 28400
9.   Infrastructure Grants to Universities 16000 8000 8000 32000
10.   Upgradation of existing Degree Colleges to Model Degree Colleges 1000 1000 00 2000
11.   Research, Innovation and Quality Improvement 6000 3000 3000 12000
12.   Faculty Recruitment Support 00.00 3132.00 4350.00 7482.00
13.   Vocationalisation of Higher Education 500 500 500 1500
14.   Faculty Improvement 400 300 300 1000
15. IV-Capacity building Leadership Development of Educational Administrators 500.00 250.00 250.00 1000.00
16.   Management Information System 100 50 50 200
17.   Capacity Building and Preparation, Data Collection and Planning and Monitoring. 400 300 300 1000
18. V-Institutional Reforms Institutional Restructuring and Reforms 400 300 300 1000
  Total 113755.68 73652.84 52270.84 239679.36
MMER 1% of the proposed outlay   1137.56 736.53 522.71 2396.80
Funds Received from MHRD in FY 2013-14 Preparatory 324.95        
Model Degree Colleges 10140.00 10569.59      
MMER 104.64
Total 10569.59
Total Requirement 104323.65 74389.37 52793.55 231506.57