The Rs 240-crore budget of M S University for 2012-13 was passed without any amendments by the senate late on Saturday. According to estimates,the budgetary deficit for the next financial year would be Rs 91.67 lakh.
Against a revenue income of Rs 1,98,34,93,000,the budgeted revenue expenditure would be Rs 1,99,26,60,00.
However,the budget estimates a balance on the capital revenue and expenditure front. The university would get and
spend Rs 41,71,42,190 in capital expenditure.
Presenting the budget,senator and syndicate member Prakash Shah said the deficit was largely due to the expenditure to be incurred by various faculties of the university to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad-III during the year.
Maharaja Sayajirao was the visionary ruler of the erstwhile Baroda state and from whom the university derives its name.
While 96.75 per cent of the total expenditure of the university will be met from state government grants,2.78 per cent would accrue from internal revenue sources like students fees and renting out university premises.
Fee-hike proposal trashed
During budget discussion,senate member Milind Mehta proposed that course fees charged to the students be increased to generate extra revenue for the university. However,the proposal encountered vehement opposition from other senate and syndicate members and could not be passed.
IPRIS gets senate nod
The senate meeting approved the proposal to set up Institute of Policy Research and International Studies (IPRIS) under the aegis of Faculty of Arts. However,Prof P M Patel and I I Pandya registered their dissent,citing the example of Faculty of Journalism and Communication for which state government sanction is being awaited for 15 years. But the proposal was granted approval by a majority. The university plans to make IPRIS operational by 2013-14 academic year and has already got Rs1 crore grant for it from Vadodara MP Balkrishna Shukla.
Political science: No nomenclature change
The senate meeting referred back to the syndicate a
proposal to change the nomenclature of Department of Political Science to Department of Political Studies. Members said UGC does not recognise nomenclature political studies and suggested that the proposed change should be put on hold till experts opinion was sought. The department had suggested the name change on the basis that term science was misleading to institutes and experts in the Western countries.