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  • Total expenditure estimated at Rs. 132.09 crores
  • Grants not sufficient even for paying salaries, says V-C

    VISAKHAPATNAM: The expenditure estimated to be incurred by Andhra University during 2007-08 is Rs. 132.09 crores, with a deficit of Rs. 16.17 crores.

    There was no addition to the block grant of Rs. 77.25 crores to be released by the Government while the university was expecting to raise Rs. 38.67 crores through international resources like fees, transfers from the School of Distance Education, etc., said Executive Council Member I. Muralikrishna while presenting the budget estimates for 2007-08 and revised estimates for 2006-07 during the AU Academic Senate meeting held here on Saturday.

    Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy presided over the meeting.

    The revised estimates for 2006-07 showed a deficit of Rs. 1.87 crores as against the anticipated deficit of about Rs. 11.75 crores shown in the estimated budget for the year.

    "The reduction in the deficit is mainly due to constant efforts made by the administration in mobilisation of internal resources. Also the pension, DA and grants are still due from the Government", Prof. Muralikrishna pointed out.

    In spite of the deficit increasing from last year, AU decided to spend Rs. 5.79 crores on the 21st century Gurukulam, contributory pension scheme, five-year integrated M.Sc. applied chemistry course and pension to those retiring next year.

    This was being done with a hope that the Government would reimburse the same.

    Civil works

    During next year as much as Rs. 7.39 crores would be spent on several civil works on the campus like renovation work and face lift to the buildings, furniture and face lift to Foreign Students Hostels being built and providing additional transformers at different places.

    During discussion on the budget estimates Prof. Reddy pointed out that the Government grants were not sufficient even for paying salaries and AU on its own was spending Rs. 32 crores towards pensions.

    Principal of AU College of Engineering Allam Appa Rao sought power and water supply to the college beefed up.

    There was all-round support to the point made by secretary of AU Teachers Association that the age of retirement for teachers be increased to 65 years and Prof. Reddy announced that the Government would be addressed on this issue.

    Prof. Apada Rao wanted the facilities at the AU dispensary improved as not even simple diagnostic tests were not carried out there. President of AUTA U. Viplava Prasad wanted better amenities for teachers.

    President of the non-teaching employees representative panel Nodagala Appa Rao wanted the administration to provide amenities and benefits to the staff on a par with the teachers.

    EC Member Routhu Seetaramaswamy wanted teacher vacancies at the PG Centre, Etcherla, filled and more buildings constructed.

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