Pune: Meritorious colleges affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) are unlikely to be a part of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) grant procedure this year.
There are 26 colleges affiliated to SPPU, which have above 3.5 NAAC grade. SPPU had insisted that affiliated colleges with 2.5 or above grade in the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) should apply for RUSA grant. However, some colleges with even 3.5 and above grade in NAAC, are unable to fill the online form.
“There are two components 8 and 9 of RUSA grant. Under component 8, autonomous colleges are eligible to apply for the grants, whereas those with 3.5 and above NAAC grade, should first apply for autonomy and then can apply under this component for grant. Under component 9, only those colleges which have between 2.5 and 3.5 NAAC grade can apply for the grant,” said Maharashtra Project Director of RUSA (Government of India), Meeta Rajivlochan.
Rajivlochan added, “The scheme is not available for this year only. It is an ongoing procedure. Therefore, colleges aspiring for grants can follow the due procedure and freshly apply for RUSA grant.”
Senate members of SPPU and principals of aforesaid colleges have sent a letter of complaint to Vice Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar that the website is restricting these colleges from applying and stating that they are not eligible.
The senate members, in the letter, have further questioned the VC if receiving higher grades in NAAC is wrong. They stated that RUSA has opened the window for colleges/institutes with 2.5 and above NAAC grades to submit the application for various grants received under component 9 of RUSA scheme for academic developments, but 3.5 and above NAAC graded colleges are unable to do so. The last date for form filling is July 2 by 1 pm.
Pro-VC of SPPU NS Umrani said, “We have received these complaints and have also sent a letter mentioning about inconvenience faced by colleges to RUSA. Now, we have to wait for their reply. However, according to their clauses, 3.5 and above NAAC graded colleges should opt for autonomy.”