The Budget was supposed to be passed on March 27 meeting itself. However, utter uproar by the same Senate members targeted at the then Vice Chancellor Dr Sapkal and disapproval of Budget, had forced adjournment of the meeting. The unruly meeting subsequently saw downfall of Dr Sapkal as he resigned from the post unceremoniously.
With whipping boy Dr Vilas Sapkal gone, RTMNU has suddenly become “responsible” and “disciplined” institute. The unruly Senate on Tuesday (April 1) passed the Annual Buget, Annual Report of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Manaharaj Nagpur University without the chaos as was witnessed on March 27 meeting that was supposed to pass the Budget on the day itself. However, utter uproar by the same Senate members targeted at the then Vice Chancellor Dr Sapkal and disapproval of Budget, had forced adjournment of the meeting. The unruly meeting subsequently saw downfall of Dr Sapkal as he resigned from the post unceremoniously.
The adjourned Senate meeting began under the Chairmanship of Acting Vice Chancellor, RTMNU, Anoop Kumar, who is also the Divisional Commissioner of Nagpur. The clearing of the Budget was very important as all the expenditure of the RTMNU had come to grinding halt because of Senate’s disapproval of it in the last meeting. The Budget was passed so smoothly as if nothing had happened over this issue.
Another interesting aspect of Tuesday’s Senate meeting was that although the agenda of the meeting was Budget, but the members, all of a sudden, one by one started raising issues of students’ welfare, university development and so on. This was totally contrary to the stance adopted by them in last eight months. In this long past period, the members had only one point agenda – the blacklisted 250 colleges.
Today’s proceedings clearly showed that the members were not comfortable with the former VC and hence baying for his blood. They did not let the House to function by various ways and means just to settle score with the former Vice Chancellor.
On the 2014-15 Budget aspect, the expected RTMNU revenue is Rs 249. 47 crore and expenditure will be 274.20 crore. There will be deficit of about 24.72 crore.
Acting VC Anoop Kumar assured the Senate that the Convocation Ceremony issue will be taken on priority and will be held soon. He said, “We should look forward. ‘Jo beet gayi, woh baat gayi’ (Past is past).
Some of the highlights of the Budget are: To encourage research work Rs 20 lakh, for NAAC Proposal Rs 8.63 crore, for new pipeline, campus compound, multi purpose hall for convocation and parking Rs 12 crore, for administration building Rs 10 crore, for teaching rooms-seminar hall-new labs Rs 4.87 crore, student training centre Rs 90 lakh, library expansion Rs 50 lakh, students’ medical assistance Rs 20 lakh, for students’ development fund Rs 20 lakh, for students’ assistance fund Rs 20 lakh, students’ entreprenuership fund Rs 5 lakh, for earn and learn scheme Rs 5 lakh and for HRD Cell Rs 5 lakh.