Goa only state with over 90% educational institutions covered under grants: CM
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said that Goa is the only state in the country where more than 90 per cent of the educational institutions are covered under grants and also the first state to provide grants to aided colleges, adding, in most states only government institutions are receiving grants.
Speaking at the function of handing over the first installment of grants to higher educational institutes under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a scheme launched by government of India in 2013-14, at the department of education, Porvorim, Parsekar reiterated that in spite of financial constraints the state government agreed to take forward the proposal of 40 per cent state share under the national scheme and made a provision of Rs 16 crore in the budget 2015-16 and has released Rs 6 crore towards the RUSA account.
In order to cover higher education sector, the central government has launched RUSA scheme in 2013-14 and the state government has given its commitment to RUSA requirements. Under the RUSA, the government on Wednesday disbursed Rs 7,49,28,000 to nine institutes including Goa University, of which Rs 4.50 crore is central share and Rs 2,99,2800 state share.
Under RUSA, Goa University has been provided Rs 4.16 crore as infrastructure grants while other eight institutions like St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Rosary College, Navelim, Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panaji, Goa College of Engineering, Ponda, Dnyanprassarak Mandal College of Arts, Mapusa, S S Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Panaji, S V Sridora Caculo College, Mapusa and Cuncolim Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce have been provided Rs 41.66 lakh each as first installment.
It is informed that the project approval board of RUSA has already approved 10 more colleges for grants. The central share is yet to be received and the same is expected to be received before the close of the current fiscal year. The total allotment for state of Goa at this stage would be Rs 60 crore.
The RUSA is the largest funding programme for higher education in the country. The grants are given under various components like infrastructure, research innovation and quality improvement, equity initiative, faculty recruitment support, vocationalisation of higher education, leadership development of educational administrators, capacity building and preparation of data collection and plans, management information system and management monitoring and evaluation.
The Chief Minister, in his statement, said that the central government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore to Goa University and Rs 2 crore each to eight colleges in the first instance. The Government College, Quepem has been identified as Model Degree College with grant of Rs 4 core, which would be released on production of detailed project report (DPR).
Further Parsekar noted that all the 18 Goa colleges, which are eligible for grants, are NAAC accredited at either ‘A’ or ‘B’ level and more than 92 per cent of the eligible colleges in the state are NAAC accredited. However, at present RUSA funding is limited to general degree and engineering colleges, while other single faculty colleges like law, education, home science and music are not covered under the scheme.
He also said that there are over 40 proposals received by the department of education to set up new schools of primary and secondary level, however, the government has decided not to grant permission for any new schools.
Secretary for education, Virendra Kumar, director of higher education, Bhaskar Nayak, member of Goa State Higher Education Council, industrialist Shrinivas Dempo and other officials were present on the occasion.