Karnataka Government today enhanced allocation for the state’s first DNA Centre from Rs four crore to Rs 12.15 Crore to fund its expansion and research activities.

A sum of Rs four crore had been earmarked for the Centre in the 2010 -11 budget and another Rs 8.15 crore was sanctioned today at a cabinet meeting, Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya told reporters here after the meeting.

The Centre functioning at the Dharwad University is engaged in research work in genetic diseases like Haemophilia, Anemia,Sickle Cell,Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer among others.

The cabinet approved payment of revised AICTE payscales to teaching staff in 19 aided engineering colleges with retrospective effect from April one, 2010, Dr Acharya said.

Following the revision of scales, the pay slabs for lecturers would increase from Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 to Rs 19,000, Associate Professors and professors from Rs 12,000—18,000 to Rs 37,400—67,000.

The meeting approved the proposal of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to raise Rs 200 crore loan in two packages of Rs 100 crore each and also that of the BBMP for a similar amount.

The cabinet meeting decided to conduct the State’s first ever Agricultural Investment meet during May-June, Dr Acharya said.