The overarching commitment of the RUSA is the consolidation of the universities and their component colleges.

RUSA aims to create new universities through upgradation of existing autonomous colleges and by conversion of colleges to a cluster. It will create new model degree colleges, new professional colleges and provide infrastructural support to universities and colleges. Faculty recruitment support, faculty improvements programmes and leadership development of educational administrators is also an important part of the scheme. In order to enhance skill development the existing central scheme of Polytechnics has been subsumed within RUSA.

A separate component to synergise vocational education with higher education has also been included in RUSA. Besides these, RUSA also supports reforming, restructuring and building capacity of institutions in participating states.

The following are the primary components of RUSA that capture the key action and funding areas that must be pursued for the fulfilment of the targets:

  • Upgradation of existing autonomous colleges to Universities

  • Conversion of colleges to Cluster Universities

  • Infrastructure grants to Universities

  • New Model Colleges (General)

  • Upgradation of existing degree colleges to model colleges

  • New Colleges (Professional)

  • Infrastructure grants to colleges

  • Research, innovation and quality improvement

  • Faculty improvements

  • Vocationalisation of Higher Education

  • Leadership Development of Educational Administrators

  • Institutional restructuring & reforms

  • Capacity building & preparation, data collection & planning

  • Equity Initiatives

  • Faculty Recruitment Support