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:

  • Creation of Universities by conversion of colleges in a cluster

  • Creation of Universities by upgradation of existing Autonomous College

  • Enhancing Quality and Excellence in select Autonomous Colleges

  • Equity Initiatives

  • Faculty Improvement

  • Faculty Recruitment Support

  • Infrastructure grants to colleges

  • Infrastructure grants to Universities

  • Institutional Restructuring, Capacity building and Reforms

  • New Colleges (Professional)

  • New Model Degree Colleges

  • Quality and Excellence in select State Universities (new)

  • Research, Innovation & Quality Improvement

  • Upgradation of Existing Degree Colleges to Model Degree Colleges

  • Vocationalisation of Higher Education (State as a Unit)