EDR staff urge governor for government funding

Bharathidasan University Staff Welfare Association (BUSWA) urged the governor and chancellor to get the state government to spend 18.36 crores on the creation of permanent buildings and other facilities infrastructure in eight constituent colleges.

Bharathidasan University has borne the brunt of the financial pressure after being assigned 10 of the 41 constituent colleges. The university must spend 1.5 crore each month from its own funds to cover running expenses, including the salary of teaching and non-teaching staff in constituent colleges and other administrative expenses.

In addition, 12 affiliated colleges in the newly formed Mayiladuthurai district after the Nagapattinam fork were placed under the jurisdiction of Annamalai University from 2020-21. This further caused a revenue shortfall, adding to the financial burden on Bharathidasan University, BUSWA secretary K. Paneerselvam said in a letter to the governor.

The university’s financial burden increased for these reasons, and the institution was relegated to a “very weak” financial position. The deficit budget makes it difficult for the university to meet the salary expenses of teaching and administrative staff, subcontractors and daily salaries. The day-to-day administration of the university has been affected, Paneerselvam said.

The university was financially stable in previous decades, when it had affiliated institutions in various faculties, including arts and sciences, engineering, medicine, teacher training, physical education, fine arts and music. Financial inflow to the university began to decline steadily after the state government formed separate universities for different faculties, Paneerselvam said.

The letter also brought to the governor’s attention the use of university funds to the tune of 54 crore in 1988 for the establishment of the Bharathidasan Institute of Technology, which was later converted into the campus of Anna-Tiruchi University. The ILO received new infrastructure, including an administrative building, classrooms, laboratories, workshops, seminar rooms and student hostels.

Repayment

Although the state government has promised to repay the amount invested by BDU, it has not received any so far despite repeated requests to the Department of Higher Education, according to the letter.

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