Pune: The 2018-19 budget of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has emphasised upon empowering co-curricular activities and strengthening facilities for development of students in sports and cultural activities. The budget was presented by Rajesh Pande, a member of the management council, at the senate meeting held on Saturday at the main building of SPPU.
The budget is of Rs 649 crore this year, compared to 2017-18 budget which was of Rs 678 crore. After the Maharashtra Public University Act, 2016 came into effect, this was the first a senate meeting was held, presided by VC Nitin Karmalkar.
The provisions in the budget reflected on starting a new campaign called ‘Yuvarang’ which will enable students to showcase their talent on the national and international level.
One of the senate members highlighted that provisions for international students’ centre have been considerably reduced by Rs 2 crore. Ashish Pendse, a nominated senate member, pointed out that SPPU should check how many projects have been implemented so far. Professor Santosh Dhore, another senate member also stated that there has been no promising budget allotment towards health care, as students of the university had raised this issue.
SPPU Budget highlights
- Rs 79.84 crore allocated for building and development of structures
- Rs 28.2 crore earmarked towards student-related services
- Rs 15.85 crore for basic services and development works
- Rs 10.5 crore for souvenir and other promotions
- Rs 10 crore is expected to be raised from the CSR-Mobilisation
- Rs 8 crore for the sports complex