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					    Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan           Draft for Circulation – Not to be cited
       •       Performance appraisal of teachers may be initiated based on Memoranda of

        Understanding (MoUs) with each faculty member.

        •        Points can be allocated to teaching, learning and evaluation activities, which
        include tutorials, lectures and practical; research activities and co‐curricular activities.
        •        An “Internal Quality Assessment Cell” will maintain an annual database for

        individual and institutional performance.

(xiv)   Creating Centres of Excellence:
        The State universities may develop at least one centre of excellence in a discipline
considering its own human resource endowments and regional requirements. Existing models either
in the central universities or research centres in this regard may be studied. It is also necessary to
study success models of coordination and collaboration between and State universities and Central
Universities and Research Laboratories.
(xv)    Innovative Academic Programmes:

        Promoting quality research requires, apart from other things, quality Research students.
One initiative suggested is introduction of four year programme with a provision for master
Programme with additional credits. This has to be supported not only to augment quality input but
more important to retain them for research.

(xvi)   Funding for Cutting-edge Research:
        Top academicians prefer to join only those special institutions which have good research
funding rather than a university. This trend is very much against the international practice where the
cutting edge research is carried out in the universities and not in the institutions outside the
university system. Carrying out cutting edge research in a university has a merit that there is always
a fresh blood and also the young minds are motivated to take research as their career. It is most
important that the cutting edge research is brought into the State university system commensurate
with funding so that high calibre human resource is produced by the university.


        In respect of Research and Innovations, the following need to be done;


        •       Earmarking of budget allocation for research and innovations for individual
        universities.

•           Establishment of specialization-oriented Inter-University Centres (IUCs).



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•          Establishment of Innovation Incubators to create necessary linkages between the
           universities, relevant local/national industry, Research labs, civil society, through PPP
           mode.

•          Issue related to Intellectually Property Rights (IPR).


•          Role of University Innovation Clusters for building an innovation network with industry,
           other universities and R & D Labs to ensure optimum use of human and infrastructural
           resource;

•          Enhancing the number as well as amount of Research Fellowship;


        However, there is a need to further identify and deliberate on key areas of concern in
order to convincingly make our way forward. Research and innovation capabilities needs to be
developed with social accountabilities. There should be a social relevance in the research.
University can develop a thrust area of their researchers. Based on it some incentives should be
provided with special grants to the R and D Programmes of the Universities. The research
capabilities of the individual’s researches should be enhanced and encouraged through the
packages of incentives.

4.8 Prerequisites
        A cornerstone of RUSA will be the stipulation of Prerequisite conditions, certain
commitments that must be made by the state government as well as institutions in order to be
eligible for receiving grants under RUSA. This is an essential element of strategic central funding.
These conditions are in the nature of categorical policy imperatives which would ensure that the
higher education in the country is guided on desirable paths by all states.
        The prerequisites are at two levels, commitment given by States to Center and the
commitment given by Institutions to States. Unless these commitments are fulfilled, the States
and institutions will not be able to avail of grants under RUSA. The states are expected to fulfill
the a-priori requirements and also honour the commitments made towards certain conditions
which must be fulfilled during the course of the RUSA implementation.




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    Table 4: Prerequisites

    Prerequisite
                         •• State Higher Education Council
                         • State perspective Plan
                         • State contribution to higher education in terms of GSDP

    for the States       • State funding commitment – share and timeliness
                         • Agreement to create separate fund for RUSA




                         • Filling faculty positions
                         • Affiliation and examination reforms
                         • State accreditation agencies
                                   Governance/administrative reforms

                         •• Institutional governance (administrative) reforms
                         • Academic reforms and inter and cross disciplinarily
                         • Examination reforms
                         • Affiliation reforms

for the Institutions     • Separate project management teams
                         • Perspective planning




                         • Equity commitments (esp aided sector)
                         • Commitments on research and innovation efforts
                         • Mandatory faculty recruitment and improvement
                         • Establishment of Management Information System
                                   Regulatory compliance


4.8.1 State Higher Education Council
        In order for the State Higher education system to function effectively, states need to set
up State Higher Education Councils. State Councils may be formed through an executive order,
in the beginning, but within five years they must be converted into statutory bodies by Acts of
the State Legislature. The Councils will perform multiple roles such as strategy and planning,
monitoring, evaluation etc. Subsequent section would detail the way these councils have to be
structured and formed.




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