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Bihar varsities likely to get Rs 1200 crore grants

June 23, 2014


Patna: Thanks to the recent initiative taken by the Central government for improving the infrastructural facilities of colleges under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), universities of the state are likely to get a sum of Rs 1,200 crore during the next three years for their much-needed 'facelift'.
The state government has already made it clear that a sum of Rs 400 crore would be spent on the infrastructural development of different colleges and universities each year from 1914-15 to 1916-17. The money would be spent on repair and maintenance of buildings, creation of new facilities, renovation and upgradation of the existing facilities and purchase of new equipment.
Patna University (PU) is likely to get 7% of the total grant (Rs 28 crore per year) for improving its infrastructure. Besides, the government has proposed another sum of Rs 20 crore to the university for its development during the next three years. PU registrar Balram Tiwary said the university had already submitted its development proposals that include setting up of an instrumentation centre at Patna Science College at the site where an old, dysfunctional workshop of the physics department is located, and a separate building for the vocational courses.
Besides, the proposals also include completion of the incomplete building of PU's academic staff college at Saidpur. The construction of this building was started more than a decade ago with the grants (Rs 71 lakh) received from the UGC but it was left incomplete by the contractors. The university also proposes to construct a cafeteria at a centralized place on the campus and to develop e-resources for the benefit of scholars and faculty members, said the registrar.
Meanwhile, the Bihar State Educational Infrastructural Development Corporation has already undertaken the work of repair and renovation of various buildings. The buildings of Patna Science College, Patna College, Darbhanga House and B N College are likely to be renovated.
The state government has released funds for payment of 10% arrears of the revised UGC scales to teachers during the current fiscal. In the last fiscal, the teachers were paid 20% of their arrears. (Source- TOI)
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