Process to form AU finance panel begins
A NUMBER of important issues came up for discussion at the second meeting of the Allahabad University (AU) Executive Council, after AU obtained the Central status, in the AU North Hall on Tuesday.After almost over eight months since the University of Allahabad Act-2005 became effective, the AU counsellors finally began the process for the formation of the all-important finance committee of the varsity by nominating the names of two members and leaving the name of the third to be nominated by Vice-Chancellor Prof Rajen Harshe.
The AU Finance Committee consists of the vice-chancellor, the pro-vice-chancellor (if any), three persons to be nominated by the EC, out of whom at least one should be a member of the EC and three persons to be nominated by the Visitor (President of India).During the EC meeting, the members nominated Prof Ravi S Srivastava of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Satya Prakash Malviya, both EC member, to the Finance Committee and empowered the V-C to nominate the third person.
The report of the Standing Committee, consisting of Prof Janak Pandey, Sunit Vyas and Prof HN Tiwari, that was formed on December 24, 2005 to look into the issues of the exact status of the Motilal Nehru Medical College (along with SRN hospital) and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Government Degree College, was also presented before the counsellors.The EC members unanimously resolved that both the institutions should be admitted to the privileges of the Allahabad University as its constituent units immediately. The members, however, did not agree with the recommendations of the standing committee that rules for the governance and administration of these institutions be formed under the Society’s Act.
The members unanimously authorised the AU V-C to take over the administrative as well as financial control of these two institutions with immediate effect after a resolution in this regard was moved by a senior EC member Sunit Vyas.
The issue of Kamla Nehru Hospital (Kamla Nehru Post Graduate Medical Institute) and Harish-Chandra Research Institute, both of which have expressed their desire not to remain as constituent units of AU, also came up for discussion.After deliberations, the EC formed a four-member committee comprising of counsellors Girdhar Gopal, Prof Ravi S Srivastava, Prof Janak Pandey and Inder Khosla, all EC members, to look into the matter.
The EC also unanimously passed the resolution extending leave travel concession and contributory health scheme benefits to the AU employees at the meeting. Details of the non-plan grant estimates recently submitted to the UGC by the AU V-C for 2006-07 as well as the annual plan grant for 2005-06 were also presented before the counsellor.
Demand to reduce admission fee: Former president of Allahabad University Students Union Sanjay Tiwari has urged the V-C Prof RG Harshe to reduce the entrance examination and admission fee. Tiwari put forth his demands through a fax message sent to the V-C.Tiwari in a Press release said that he told the V-C that earlier before attaining the Central University status, the university charged high entrance and admission charges due to scarcity of funds but after attaining Central Status, the varsity received lots of funds hence it should not charge so much fee now.