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									    Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan                   Draft for Circulation – Not to be cited


Council as well as the state government and UGC. State Councils may be formed through an
executive order, in the beginning, but within five years they must be converted into statutory
bodies by State Legislatures.

5.2.2 Composition
        The composition of State Councils should reflect the needs and diversity of States for
planning and requirement in the higher education sector. However, below is the description of
the broad contours of the recommended institutional architecture of State Councils of Higher
Education.
        The State Higher Education Council should consist of twelve to twenty five members;
each with a term of 6 years, of whom one-third will retire every two years. The composition may
be as follows: -
•       Chairman, an eminent Academic/Public intellectual with proven leadership

        qualities,

•       Chief Executive, an eminent academic administrator with proven record (rank of a
        Professor) – Chief Executive,
•       State Project Director
•       Ten to fifteen members, individuals representing fields of Arts, Science and
        technology, culture, civil society and industry
•       Five to Ten Vice Chancellors of State Universities


             The Council must meet at least once every quarter. Quorum for the Council
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        meetings shall be 1/3 of the strength, including the Chairman and Chief Executive.
    Chairman
        A search committee of three members will appoint the Chairman. Of the committee
members, the Council will nominate two and the state will nominate one. The committee will
recommend three names to state Government, which will make the appointment. The Chairman
will have a three year term extendable by another three years OR one non-extendable term of
five years
    Chief Executive
        A search committee of three members will appoint the Chief Executive. The State may
prescribe composition of search committee. The committee will recommend three names to the




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Council, which will make the appointment. The Chief Executive will have one non-extendable
term of five years.
    Members of the Council
        At any point in time, seven members of the Council should be from the state and three
members must be individuals of national eminence (outside the state). Each member will have a
term of 6 years; 1/3rd of the members will retire every 2 years. The existing council will
nominate 3 new members every 2 years
    Secretariat and Administrative Staff
        The council must have its own Secretariat and Administrative Staff. The staff will not be
permanent to the Council but brought on deputation from other institutions and state
government (for a maximum period of 5 years). Suitable talent maybe be drawn from the
system or the industry and compensated adequately
    Formation of Councils under RUSA - states with existing Councils
        State will appoint a five-member selection committee to select 7 new members and 3
members from existing Council. Selection committee must consist of:
    •         2 eminent scientists/social scientists

    •         1 former VC of a state university
    •         1 former director of Institute of National repute within or outside the state
    •         1 former VC of a central university
        When the Council is constituted, initially, one-third of the Council members (i.e. three
members) should be given one non-renewable term of six-years. Another one-third should be
given a four-year term and the remaining one-third should be drawn from existing members,
who would be given a term of two years.
    Formation of Councils under RUSA - states without existing Councils
        The first Council will be appointed by a five-member selection committee to be
appointed by the State, whose the members must be:
   • 2 eminent scientists/social scientists

    •   1 former VC of a state university
    •   1 former director of Institute of National repute within or outside the state
    •   1 former VC of a central university
        When the Council is constituted for the first time, initially, one-third of the Board
members (i.e. six members) should be given one non-renewable term of six-years. Another one-



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 third should be given a four-year term and the remaining one-third would be given a term of
 two years
     Basic roles and responsibilities
         The uniform functioning of RUSA across all states would require for the State Higher
 Education Councils to have the following responsibilities and powers. Under the guidance of this
 broad framework, the state may modify their individual Councils as required and grant them
 additional powers.
                   Table 5: Powers and functions of State Higher Education Council
   Regulatory Function
    Strategy and Planning
• Preparing the State Higher Education Plan (Perspective Plan, Annual Plan and Budget Plan)

• Providing state institutions inputs for creating their Plans and implementing them
• Coordination between apex bodies, regulatory institutions and government
• Promoting use of technology in learning, esp deployment of ICT tools
Monitoring & evaluation
• Monitoring the implementation of State Higher Education Plan

• Creating and maintaining the Management Information Systems
• Compiling and maintaining periodic statistics at state and Institutional level
• Evaluating state institutions on the basis of norms and Indicators developed under RUSA (the
 Council may, for its own use, develop additional norms as it thinks fit)
Quality assurance & academic functions
• Faculty quality enhancement initiatives

• Quality of examinations
• Maintaining quality of Curriculum
• Promoting innovation in research
• Protecting the autonomy of state institutions
Advisory functions
• Advising state government on strategic investments in higher education

• Advising universities on statute and ordinance formulation
• Advise on matters of regulation of existing private institutions and permission to new ones
• Advise on Open and Distance Education (ODL) strategies
Funding Function



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