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Special support of Rs.70 crore for Madras, Bombay, Calcutta universities

Separate allotment of Rs.515 crore for Central universities Rs.42 crore for 5 State universities to help them become centres of excellence Rs.50 crore for construction of girls' hostels Rs.7 crore for building its new campus

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission has increased its budgetary allocation for the financial year 2006-07 to Rs. 1,269.8 crore from last year's Rs.785 crore.

Approved by the Commission at its very first meeting of the financial year, the budget has also made way for Central Universities to receive, for the first time, a separate allotment of Rs. 515 crore. Also, under the plan development for strengthening technical education, five State universities will be supported to the tune of Rs. 42 crore to help them become centres of excellence.

The UGC is also awarding Madras, Bombay and Calcutta universities a special financial support of Rs. 70 crore to celebrate 150 years of their establishment. In keeping with the Government's focus on education of the girl child, the UGC has also earmarked Rs. 50 crore for construction of girls' hostels.

With increasing demand for an improvement in research studies, it has also proposed new initiatives such as post-doctoral fellowship and junior research fellowship.

It has also set aside Rs. 5 crore each for two new programmes Centres for Comparative Studies in Regional Languages and Literature and Centre for Studies in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.

Shifting as it is to e-governance, the UGC has set aside Rs. 10 crore for the purpose, while earmarking Rs. 7 crore for the construction of its new campus near the Jawaharlal Nehru University. For Central universities, deemed universities and Delhi colleges, the non-plan requirement have been assessed and Rs.1,460.70 allocated.

While noting that it decided to pass the budget in its very first meeting to ensure proper utilisation of funds, the UGC in a statement said it would adopt the monthly monitoring system of utilisations.