The University Of Mumbai

The University of Mumbai likely to miss out on Rs 340-crore RUSA aid

The University of Mumbai might not be capable of profit from the Rs 340-crore assist permitted underneath the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for institutes in Maharashtra, stated sources in the government. As the college presently does not have an accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), it has been rendered ineligible to apply for the funds. “At present, the university does not meet the edge standards, as it does not have a NAAC accreditation. The university is more likely to miss out on the help earmarked for larger instructional institutes in Maharashtra,” stated a senior authority’s official. RUSA is a centrally-sponsored programme to advertise high quality and fairness in greater instructional institutions. In April previous year, the university’s Grade A accreditation had lapsed and then after that, it has also missed the deadline for re-accreditation. It was granted Grade A by the NAAC in 2012 which is valid for five years. A fresh application for NAAC accreditation will be made in June. In the meeting of Project Approval Board Maharashtra was allocated financial aid of Rs 340 crore under the second leg of RUSA and dubbed as RUSA 2.0. Though, the RUSA council has mentioned that only NAAC accredited universities will be eligible for the aid. “The University of Mumbai, as a governing entity, will not be eligible. Its affiliated colleges, however, can be. The university will miss out on the funds allocated for promoting research in universities,” said an official. MM V Ramana who is the RUSA coordinator has said that “We will apply for the aid anyway. Whether our proposal is accepted is up to the government.”

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