Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

In the relentless pursuit of excellence to strengthen the core of our nation’s universities.


The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan is the central government’s contribution to further the promise held by the rich expanse of India’s state universities. The country’s future lies in empowering these campuses with all that it takes to enhance learning, better research and promote innovation. A centrally sponsored scheme, RUSA understands that sometimes the most important lessons of life are learnt outside the classroom. So whether it is upgrading libraries or computer laboratories, promoting autonomous colleges or clubbing them to consolidate their strength and forming cluster universities, this programme realizes that every institution holds the power to enrich lives through top-class education.
With universities, to prepare universe-ready scholars.

 Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)


Two Day Training Programme on ‘Digital Library and Information Management

The Regional Institute of English organized a Two Day Training Programme on ‘Digital Library and Information Management’ under the aegis of RUSA, UT, Chandigarh on 20th and 21st July, 2017 for the Library Professionals working in College/State Libraries of Chandigarh. Total registration for the event was 46. The workshop was inaugurated by the Director of the Institute, Dr Vandana Lunyal. She spoke on the need for digitization by libraries.

Many Issues related to digital libraries were taken up by the resource persons. The course aimed at being an interactive learning experience to enhance the competencies of library professionals in digital library skills.

During the training programme, the participants were given hands-on training in developing an android application for RSS feeds and creating Blogs. Their queries regarding digitization of libraries were also addressed by the resource persons.

During the programme, the need for user-centred services and implementing RFID in libraries and continuous professional development of libraries through MOOCs was highlighted. The sessions were well received and need for more such courses was entrusted.

The Valedictory Session was presided over by Professor Dilip Kumar from Post-Graduate Government College for Girls. Sector 42 ASPD RUSA. He enlightened the audience about RUSA and spoke on the positive effects that RUSA is going to have on higher education.


  1. Five Day Basic Film-making Workshop

The Institute, under the aegis of RUSA, organized a five day Basic Film-Making Workshop from 30 January to 3 February 2017 for students of English Literature, Functional English and Mass Communication in the city of Chandigarh with the aim to create an understanding of the medium of Cinema and imparting rudimentary training in image-making. Mr Tuhinabha Mazumdar, an independent filmmaker and Associate Professor of Direction at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, along with Mr Shrikant Agawane a documentary filmmaker and ex- faculty, FTII, Pune conducted the workshop. Students learned the basics of filmmaking and film appreciation from the observations they were required to make during exercises as Blind -walk, observation/ Actuality report, and visualizing. Based on these exercises students made 3-5 minute video-films with stress on narrative progression and characterization within a given space and time. The teaching method used during the workshop was largely hands-on with the faculty closely monitoring shot taking and narrative progression of the films shot by students. At the end of the workshop, students had learnt basics of filmmaking as to what is a shot, what is continuity, what is narrative in cinema, how to combine two shots to create meaning. They also got an idea of film history, literary adaptations by watching films as Happy Anniversary by  Pierre Etaix, Glass by Bert Hanstra, Where is my friend’s home by Abbas Kiarostami, Latcho Dram by Tony Gatlif, BadalDwar by Mani Kaul, and PatherPanchali by Satyajit Ray. A total of 50 students registered for the workshop from MCM DAV -36, PGGC, 46, PGGCG-42, PU, PGGC-11 and RIE-32.

  1. Two-day Workshop on ‘Everyday Essentials’

Institute conducted a 2-day workshop on 3-4 March 2017 for Group-D employees of Chandigarh Administration on ‘Everyday Essentials’ under the aegis of RUSA. The workshop was placed with a view to making them aware of everyday responsibilities which help create a good and disciplined life and help them to build enduring and conducive environment to deal with the problems and conflicts of daily life. Sessions on self-discipline, work ethics, self-management, yogic meditation, oral and general hygiene and e-skills were the highlights and very well received by the 37 participants.

  1. Workshop on “Academic and Job Prospects for Postgraduate Students in English”

Institute organized RUSA funded a one day workshop on “Academic and Job Prospects for Postgraduate Students in English” on 6 March 2017. The workshop was conducted by Ms Jayanti Ghose, a leading career and education consultant from Mumbai. Her research in the area of career counselling and guidance spans almost three decades. She is a widely read Career Counselor in India through her print and online career guidance columns. Sessions on ‘Writing C. V.’ by Dr Vandana Lunyal, DRIE and ‘Employability Skills’ by Dr Jyoti Singh were also well-received 34 participants.

 2015 -16

  1.  Two Day Workshop on “Everyday Matters” for Group-D Staff on 16-17 March 2016.
  2. Two Day Workshop on “Research Methodology” for Graduate & Postgraduate Students on 24-25 February 2016.
  3. One Day Workshop on “Enhancing Employability Skills” for Graduate & Postgraduate Students on 19 February 2016.

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