Amid concern over its increasing deficit, Punjab University senate passed the budget of Rs. 506.55 crore for 2014-15 on Saturday.
Making his concluding statement after a debate that lasted nearly three hours, vice-chancellor A K Grover said that university needs to relook at its “resource mobilisation model,” stating that government representatives had been pressing the varsity to enhance its resources generation.
“Before going to the Central and Punjab governments, we need to show them that we are working on it,” he stated, pitching for increase in fee proposed by the university.
He also announced that a special official would be appointed who would explore the possibilties of getting funds from various central governmnet departments.
He said that official would also help the university provide guidance in identifying scholarships for underprivileged students being offered by various government organisations.
Grover also stressed on the need to develop corporate partnerships to generate funds and suggested that the varsity seek help from its alumni for the purpose.
The debates held earlier in the day saw a senator, Raghbir Dayal, allege that some departments are yet to be audited and claim that the budget projections were wrong.
Following a heated exchange of words with Grover, Dayal staged a walkout accusing the V-C of not allowing him to make his point.
After being allowed to speak again later, he demanded a white paper on the varsity’s infrastructure projects of PU and also suggested an increase in the number of seats in affiliated finance-courses.
In their speeches former V-C, RP Bambah and former MP Tarlochan Singh emphasised on the need to approach the Central government for more funds.
Senator Rajesh Gill alleged that the university’s arts departments were given a step motherly treatment. She also demanded budgetary provisions for proper functioning of sexual harassment committee, while another senator, Ronki Ram, urged the varsity to take up the funds issue with the centre with vigour.
Meanwhile, another senator Karamjit Singh highlighted the need for proper the planning of infrastructure at the university.