Published On: Fri, Mar 23rd, 2012

Calcutta University VC raises voice on UGC funding bias against State Universities

EduShine Academic Search

The Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University Suranjan Das has accused the University Grants Commission to be unfair to state state-run universities in terms of funding. Das criticized the apex regulator for splurging money on central universities.

“It is a matter of deep regret that about 65 per cent of the UGC fund is spent for central universities, If India has to move forward this centrist bias in the funding pattern of the UGC needs to be urgently rectified,” he said while highlighting that Calcutta University’s finances remain dependent on the state government’s assistance.

In 2010-11, the University of Calcutta received Rs 230.41 crore from the West Bengal government as maintenance grant while the UGC sanctioned a development grant of Rs 29.12 crore.

Das while quoting UGC’s latest available annual report of 2009-10, said while the 23 old central universities received a sum of Rs 776.42 crore, 107 eligible state universities were allotted only Rs 172.16 crore from the UGC.

“Besides, the central universities received a non-plan maintenance grant of Rs 2669.72 crore, whereas the state universities are not entitled to receive any UGC grant under this head,” Das said.

[Source: IBNLive]