The University of Pune (UoP) has decided to take stock of how many self-supporting courses run by its various departments located on its campus are financially viable, following which it would be requesting the state to start salary grants for teachers working on these courses for the past several years.
Taking action: The University of Pune (UoP) has formed a committee to ascertain how many teaching posts are self-supported at present. File Pic
UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr W N Gade said, “Several departments of the university are running several courses without any government aid. The question is that for how long we will continue this because some departments the ratio between income they generate and expenditure is adverse.” The varsity appointed a separate committee under the chairmanship of senior management council member Dr Sanjeev Sonavane to do the needful.
Sonavane said, “The Computer Science department has been self-sufficient since its establishment. In other departments such as Communication Studies, Physical Education, Foreign Language and Institute of Biotechnology, among others, the government funds some of the teaching posts, while others get salary through UoP funds. The committee has appealed to all the departments to submit their status till March 11. After compiling this information, we will make a report by the end of this month and present it to government in the first week of April.”
Sources said that state appeared positive about accepting about UoP’s proposal. When asked about how many teaching posts were self-supported at present, Gade said the actual number would come only after the submission of the report by the committee.