The 2014-15 annual budget of Mumbai University was presented and cleared on Friday amid protests, as the university failed to submit audited reports of the past two years. Senior senate members attributed the reason to the university’s callous attitude.
Following the arguments, however, the budgetary provision of Rs 427.11 crore for 2014-15 was presented by Rajpal Hande, director of the university’s Board of College and University Development (BCUD).
This year, the university has focused more on allocating funds towards various development projects, for which Rs 10.82 crore has been allocated. This includes provision of Rs 5 crore towards the Indian Science Congress and Rs 2 crore to start Nana Juggonath Sunkerseth Centre for Gender Studies. For the first time, the university has made a provision of Rs 3 crore for indoor sports facility.
Further, a provision of Rs 9.77 crore has been made for allocation to development fund, depreciation fund, contingency fund, staff housing fund, sinking fund, vice-chancellor’s fund and pension fund, among others.
The university also formally announced the donations it received for various projects in 2013-14, which includes Rs 1.05 crore from the Reserve Bank of India for endowment in monetary economics and the first installment of Rs 84 lakh from Tata Consultancy Services.
The number of colleges affiliated to the university has increased from 390 in 2004-05 to 707 in 2013-14, recording a growth of 81.28 per cent. Student population has increased from 4,07,894 in 2004-05 to 6,87,442 in 2013-14, registering a growth of 68.53 per cent.
11-member panel to resolve fee issue
The university has appointed an 11-member committee to review the PhD coursework framed by the UGC and to resolve fee-related issues. The decision was taken after the issue of discrepancies in coursework and fees were pointed out by a few senate members. Report to be submitted in 15 days.
Pro V-C to write to EC about poll duty
Senior senators raised the issue of teaching staff requisition from colleges by the Election Commission. The pro vice-chancellor then assured the members that they would write to the Election Commission about the issue and get it resolved at the earliest.