Try to get used to the cashless system before your next visit to Santiniketan. Visva-Bharati (V-B) is all set to adopt a plan to make financial collections and transactions cashless by mid-January 2017.
The authorities of the varsity have already revealed this decision to all concern departments and officials and requested them to ensure speedy implementation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the Acharya (chancellor) of Visva-Bharati has called for a cashless society for transparent and corruption-free society, as part of that vision.
“In an urgent meeting at the varsity’s central library’s conference room, in presence of vice-chancellor, registrar, finance officer, principals, heads of departments and other senior officials, a power point presentation was made. The varsity has given clear instruction that all financial transactions and collections will be cashless from henceforth,” said a senior V-B official.
Sources said that the varsity has said that though the salary of all teaching and non-teaching staff goes directly through banks, fees of students and payments for several things will be cashless from now.
Payment for research programmes, researchers and payment to several agencies will be made through Net banking. “Even we plan to implement this for entry to Rabindra Bhavan museum and our souvenir shop. Payment will be taken through the point of sale (POS) machine there,” the V-B official said.
Varsity authorities have already discussed the matter with the officials of SBI Santiniketan branch so that necessary steps can be taken to provide support for a smooth transition.
“The matter has been discussed with bank officials. They have assured us of providing all required POS machines. They have also said they will provide training to our officials,” said acting registrar of varsity Amit Hazra.
Meanwhile, it has been decided that on December 17, SBI Santiniketan branch employees will train V-B officials on how to use POS machines.
They will also be given lessons on Net and mobile banking.
V-B authorities have said that they have already planned to make Poush Mela cashless, for which they have asked for POS machine from SBI Santiniketan so that people could book their place using their debit or credit cards.
“We have decided to encourage others to use this POS machine to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister, and our chancellor towards a cashless society,” Hazra said.