SPPU receives Rs 100 crores grant under RUSA for its consistent performance
Thanks to the consistent performance in the arena of research and its high ranking on the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has been rewarded by the Union Government by announcing Rs.100 crores grant under its Rashtriya Uchchatar Shhikshan Abhiyan (RUSA), according to an IE report. Higher and Technical Education Minister, Government of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawde, while announcing this said that the SPPU will have to utilise the funds to enhance its research programs in addition to commencing new projects and bring about overall improvement in the quality of education.
Institutes of higher education in Maharashtra have received a total grant of Rs 340 crore under RUSA, said the minister. Tawde said a draft plan for higher education in the state was ready and it was going to focus on the autonomy of institutes, granting university status to autonomous institutes, research, learning, teaching techniques at the institute level as well as development of latest methods to evaluate performances, noted the report.
Maharashtra is entering the second phase of RUSA, which is different from the earlier version in some aspects, said the minister. The salient feature of RUSA 2.0 includes the ‘challenge-level funding policy’ for government- run colleges and universities. Under the system, RUSA lays down different slabs for its grants: colleges or universities with a NAAC score of 3.51 will get a grant of Rs 5 crore, and those with a score of 2.5 and above will get Rs 2 crore, the report pointed out.
In the first week of June, applications to avail of grants under RUSA will be invited from eligible institutes, said Tawde. Fergusson College, which has been recently accorded the status of a university under RUSA, will get Rs 55 crore to develop its infrastructure, said the minister. “It’s a matter of pride for us that Fergusson College is among the first few autonomous institutes which got the status of a university,” the Minister added.
Meanwhile, SPPU celebrated its 113th convocation on June 1, where a total of 104 PhDs, 54 MPhils, 63 postgraduate diplomas, 3994 graduate degrees, 3006 postgraduate degrees and 21 diploma certificates were awarded at the occasion, according to an HT report. The event was held at 5.00 pm on the varisity campus, where a total of eleven students were felicitated with gold medals for their academic excellence. As per the UGC guidelines, a total of 7,242 students who passed out in the 2016-17 academic year or earlier were given degrees at the event.
Set up in 1949, under the Poona University Act, Pune University is spread across 411 acres and houses in excess of 40 academic departments. The university has 307 recognised research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduation and under graduation courses.