Patna University approves Rs 545-crore deficit budget

  • | Saturday | 30th January, 2021

The Patna University (PU) senate passed a Rs 545.15-crore deficit budget for the 2021-2022 financial year on Friday. It will now be submitted to the government for its inclusion in the annual state budget

The Patna University (PU) senate passed a Rs 545.15-crore deficit budget for the 2021-2022 financial year on Friday. It will now be submitted to the government for its inclusion in the annual state budget.

Presenting the budget, PU pro-vice-chancellor (VC) Ajay Kumar Singh pointed out that it envisaged an expenditure of Rs 583.98 crore against an income of Rs 38.83 crore from all sources.

“The expenditure is likely to be met with grants from the education department (Rs 557.03 crore), science and technology department (Rs 4.42 crore), directorate of distance education (Rs 5.53 crore), and vocational and self-financing courses (Rs 17.20 crore),” he said and added, “Due to non-receipt of statutory grants from the government for the last 16 years, PU has been facing difficulties in clearing its outstanding liabilities, including payment of electricity charges, municipal taxes and maintenance of laboratories and other infrastructural facilities.”

Singh observed that PU had been facing an acute dearth of teachers and non-teaching staff. “There are only 291 teachers working in the university against 869 sanctioned posts. The academic work is being managed with the help of 87 guest faculty members. Similarly, only 619 non-teaching staff are working against 1,506 sanctioned posts. A sum of Rs 51.10 crore has been proposed for the appointment of non-teaching staff on a contract basis through outsourcing,” he said.

The pro-VC also pointed out that a sum of Rs 57.6 crore had been provided in the budget for the payment of arrears of revised pay to the teachers and non-teaching staff. He added, “Another sum of Rs 77.21 crore has been provided for construction of employees’ quarters and repair of existing quarters, construction of elevators at the PU office, library, and Darbhanga House. The budget also includes a sum of Rs 22.55 lakh for strengthening the placement cell.”

PU VC Girish Kumar Chaudhary presided over the meeting.


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