Bangalore University has announced a budget of Rs. 273 crore for 2013-14, which will cover several ambitious infrastructure projects. This is an increase from the previous year’s budget, which was approximately Rs. 230 crore.

Announcing this during the meeting of the university’s academic council here on Thursday, Finance Officer R. Ramanna, however, said there was a deficit of around Rs. 5 crore. “We had asked the State government for an allocation of Rs. 110 crore, but only Rs. 67 crore was sanctioned.

He said that the university’s main income was from examination fees, penalty, affiliation charges and rent. “A lion’s share of the budget goes for payment of wages and development works,” he said.

Infrastructure boost

Bangalore University, in its divided form, would undertake infrastructure works immediately, Mr. Ramanna said.

Recalling the Rs. 6 crore that remained unspent last year as several works were stalled, he said this year’s funds would be better utilised.

Hostels for girls

Beginning with Rs. 1 crore principal amount for construction of buildings at the Ramanagaram Postgraduate Centre as it is the university’s only PG centre (the Kolar PG Centre will come under the newly carved out DVG Jnanavahini University), the budget also allots money for the construction of hostels for girls, Backward Classes and Minorities and northeast students.

Security measures

Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda also announced Rs. 2 crore to fence the buildings on the Jnanabharathi campus. “New roads on the campus are not enough as our students have to feel safe. We are setting aside Rs. 1.1 crore for installation of CCTVs and also putting up solar lamps on the campus to provide 24-hour illumination.”