Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University will have a deficit budget to the tune of Rs.27.61 crore for the academic year 2010-11. This was disclosed by Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana at the Academic Senate meeting held here on Monday. Reading through his budget speech, the Vice-Chancellor said the estimated revenue for the year would be Rs.157 crores, which includes the block grant of Rs.91.62 crores as sanctioned by the Andhra Pradesh Government. Prof Satyanarayana said the university in addition to the recommendation of the Executive Council to adopt the UGC revised pay scales for university teachers would now have to consider the proposed revision for non-teaching staff. “We expect to generate additional revenue during 2010-11 in addition to the sanctioned block grant, through internal sources in the form of tuition and examination fees, from school of distant education and affiliated colleges and self-finance courses,” he said

On a positive note Prof. Satyanarayana said despite the set backs, the university within its scope has decided to initiate various programmes to support teaching and research activities and student welfare. Giving details, he said, “the university has signed MoUs with various foreign universities, the e-class rooms and digital courseware programmes are in their initial stages of progress, the concept of ‘finishing schools' is being implemented from this academic year and a facelift for science and engineering laboratories for quality education is under active consideration.” The Vice-Chancellor also proposed to set up an exclusive engineering college for girl students from t010-11.

The revised estimates for 2009-10 and budget estimates for 2010-11 were passed by the senate at the meeting. Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy was present.

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