From the coming academic year, students of Bangalore University (BU) will have to shell out Rs.400 more for the bus facility. BU’s Syndicate, which met here Thursday, decided to hike the yearly fee for the 18 routes (including the fresh addition of Jnanabharathi campus to Central College) from Rs.600 to Rs.1,000.

This, Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda said, was because the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which contracts its fleet, is citing increased diesel prices.

Add-ons

“We are already paying an additional Rs. 60 lakh apart from the fee collected from the students and staff, and will have to spend Rs.10 lakh more due to the new rates,” the Vice-Chancellor explained.

The staff who avail the service will pay between Rs.350 to Rs.650 (depending on their salary) every month, instead of Rs. 250 to Rs. 450.

Lease rates

Another significant decision taken was to increase the lease rates of properties on the vast Jnanabharathi campus. The discussion, which came about as the Institute for Social and Economic Change’s (ISEC) lease period is set to end, led to the decision to consider increasing the lease amount from the present Rs.100 per acre to at least Rs. 1,000 or even Rs. 5,000 per acre.

Uniform enhancements

There will be uniform enhancement for all the leased out properties after negotiations with the institutes, some of which include the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Sports Authority of India, National Law School of India University and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).