Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday approved the State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) envisaging establishment of new universities, technical colleges, model degree colleges, polytechnics and upgrading the existing higher educational system in the state during the 12th and 13th Five Year Plan periods.
While chairing the first meeting of the State Higher Education Council here, Omar gave his nod to the comprehensive proposal, which would be sent to the union government, seeking assistance under the newly-launched Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) - a final tier of the centrally-sponsored schemes under the union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD).
The other two schemes implemented with the help of MHRD are Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamaik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
The chief minister, meanwhile, stressed on the need of fast tracking the scheme at the MHRD level so that its implementation could be initiated as early as possible.
RUSA provides for 90:10 Centre-state funding pattern and Jammu and Kashmir has prepared a plan under it to improve the quality of the universities, colleges and higher education institutions to make them dynamic, demand driven, quality conscious and efficient.
Omar said in order to improve the overall quality of educational institutions, ensure academic, examination and governance reforms, where RUSA would have a nucleolus role.
He said equitable growth of education in all regions and sub-regions by setting up institutions in un-served and underserved areas and improving adequate opportunity of higher education to socially deprived communities -SCs, STs, OBCs, women and differently-able persons - RUSA would provide a necessary edifice and give a fillip to the state government's initiatives in this direction.