In an effort to generate revenue to maintain infrastructure created during the Commonwealth Games in 2010, Delhi University administration has decided to let out its stadium, halls and conference centre for non-commercial purposes. The decision was taken at the Executive Council meeting on Thursday.
According to university officials, the stadium was handed to the university administration only a few months ago.””Even though the infrastructure generated during the Commonwealth Games was under the government, no attention was paid to its maintenance for months.
Now it has been handed to over the university, but maintenance costs are so high that we had to find a way to generate revenue,” a university official said.”
“DU has decided to offer infrastructural facilities on rent to the varsity-affiliated colleges, other institutions and NGOs. However, it will be let out strictly for non-commercial purposes,” joint dean of Students’ Welfare Malay Neerav said.
Sources said the facilities include the Rugby Stadium, Polo Ground, Conference Centre, Academic Research Centre, Activity Centre, Shankar Lal Concert Hall, and Tagore Hall. Conference Centre will be available for rent ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 30,000 per day, depending on whether the event was being conducted with or without sponsorships.
Affiliated colleges have to pay for the facilities. “Colleges have facilities in their respective campuses for routine programmes. If they organise something on a bigger scale and utilise the facilities, they will have to pay for operational costs such as air-conditioning and light,” an official said. Using the stadium or Polo Ground will cost between Rs 10,000 and Rs 3 lakh per day, officials said.
DU colleges will be able to book the premises with permission from deputy registrar (Estate), outside institutions will have to take permission from the registrar. For the stadium, a recommendation from the chairman of DU Sports Council is needed.