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Mangalore University adopts deficit budget

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, MARCH 16. Mangalore University has adopted a deficit budget for 2004-2005 at the fourth meeting of the Academic Council here on Tuesday. Against receipts of Rs. 21.43 crores under non-plan head, its expenditure is Rs. 21.59 crores, leaving it with a deficit of Rs. 16 lakhs. Under the plan head, the expected receipt is Rs. 2.49 crores and the expenditure Rs. 2.36 crores.

The Finance Committee and the Syndicate have approved the budget estimates. Government grants account for 64 per cent of the university's revenue. This is utilised towards payment of salary and allowances. Receipts from various fees constitute 30 per cent of the receipts. Receipts from university employees are four per cent.

Major share of expenditure (56 per cent) is towards salary and allowance. The university spends 10 per cent on holding examinations and 24 per cent for administrative expenses. Contribution towards pension (three per cent), post-graduate departments and hostel (four per cent), constituent colleges (two per cent), debts and deposits (one per cent) account for the remaining expenditure.

Presenting the budget estimates, the finance officer, Jameel Ahmad Khan, said requirements of all departments had been kept in mind as also problems confronted during the financial year. Efforts had been made to overcome these shortcomings.

Resources available were insufficient to meet the requirements of all the departments and efforts had been made to justifiably distribute them.

The non-plan funds sanctioned by the Government were towards salary of officers and staff only. The grants sanctioned by the Government for development works were only meant as token grants. The development grant accounted for Rs. 100 lakhs in 1997-1998. But this grant had been gradually reduced every year and at present the university was getting only Rs. 20 lakhs per annum, he said.

With expenditure on salaries increasing every year, it had not been able to spend much on development works. At present, it was spending five per cent on development works and the rest on general expenditure. As against Rs. 2.28 crores spent on development works during 1999-2000, the university spent Rs. 1.5 crores in 2000-2001, Rs. 1.52 crores in 2001-02 and Rs. 79.56 lakhs in 2002-2003.

Mr. Khan said the activities of the university had been increasing every year. But the expenditure on administration had been kept under control. Various committees established in the university were scrutinising all proposals and the requirements of the Transparency Act were being fulfilled. He said as a result of these measures, wasteful expenditure has been avoided.

Stating that the budget estimate for 2004-2005 had been prepared with care, he said while estimating anticipated receipts and allocating funds for various activities actual availability had been taken into account. He noted that the university had been able to balance the receipts and expenditure and reduce the deficit.

The Registrar (Evaluation), Suryanarayana Rao, lauded the budget estimates. He said despite the projected deficit, this could be met from surplus of the previous year, 2002-2003, when receipts were Rs. 17 crores and the expenditure Rs. 13.51 crores.

He lauded the Vice-Chancellor, B. Hanumaiah, for taking measures to curtail expenditure at all levels. The head of department of chemistry, Shivaram Holla, and the dean of the department of commerce, Fakeerappa, expressed concern over cuts in grants to their departments.

Subayya Shetty, member of the Academic Council, noted that the budget estimate was silent on a long-standing proposal to set up a wastewater treatment plant for the university.

Prof. Hanumaiah, who chaired the meeting, said steps had been taken to cut unnecessary expenditure.

The university had received Rs. 79 lakhs from the University Grants Commission under the 10th Finance Plan, he said and added the commission had promised more funds after it received the utilisation certificate.

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