Fund crunch to hit Lucknow University plans for lab sports

  • | Friday | 29th March, 2019

If the government supports us enough just to pay the salaries, we will be able to manage other expenses,” he added. We get only Rs 44 crore from the government to pay salaries, which is clearly insufficient,” the VC added.He said that the university administration has exhausted all options for revenue collection.“We had even hiked fees of various courses in 2017, so we cannot increase it again in students’ interest. We cannot cut down the amount we spend on salaries, paying taxes and bills, which leaves development work,” said LU vice-chancellor SP Singh.Singh said that developmental projects like new construction on campus, new software, setting up hi-tech laboratories, offering smart classes in departments and developing sports facilities are likely to suffer in the wake of the budget cut.“After the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, LU’s expenditure on salaries has increased to Rs 143.8 crore, from around Rs 100 crore earlier. LUCKNOW: A Rs 32.3 crore budget deficit coupled with no new sources of revenue generation is likely to force Lucknow University ( LU ) to scale down its plans for expansion of academic and administrative facilities in the next academic session.LU tabled its 2019-20 annual budget before the Finance Committee on Thursday.With the report indicating a budget deficit of Rs 32.3 crore and no new sources of revenue, authorities said that LU would have to cut down on development activities to save costs.As per the tabled budget, LU generated Rs 167.7 crore as revenue from fees paid by students of various regular and self-finance course and other grants.Its expenditure ran to the tune of Rs 199.6 crore; of which Rs 143.8 crore was spent on salaries, Rs 8 crore on electricity, Rs 2 crore on maintenance and, the remainder on conducting examinations and other miscellaneous expenses.“As we have no means to increase revenues, the only way to meet this financial crisis is by cutting costs.

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