Patiala: The financial crunch-bitten Punjabi University here seems to be in a mood to try out of the present tough financial situation as it’s ready to implement the cost cutting in it’s expenditures to ease out of this tight position. The university authorities have decided to set up a committee for this purpose.
The university authorities also seems in a mood to turn tough against it’s erring employees who were booked by the police for blocking the Patiala-Chandigarh highway for more than six hours and disrupting vehicular traffic, thus causing inconvenience to the public.
A top official of the university, on the condition of anonymity, said these employees had put the university authorities in an embarrassing situation and tried to lower the name of the university as well through such actions so the university authorities had taken a very serious view of it. He further said that so far the university authorities had not received any report of the registration of the case and after receiving such a report the university authorities also decided to take a stern action against such employees as he claimed that there were so many ways to lodge a protest in a peaceful manner but nobody is going to tolerate such an act in any way.
So far the police have not initiated any action in this case because of which no arrest has been made of university employees who were booked by the police.
As far as the issue of cost cutting is concerned even though no word has come from the Vice Chancellor’s side as he was not available in the university after February 10 and is staying in New Delhi, but letter issued by the Registrar and the Dean, Academic Affairs, to pacify the agitating employees has mentioned this as it indicated to follow the cost cutting to cut down its expenditure and it proposes to set up a committee in this connection and the said committee will suggest ways and means to curtail the ever-increasing financial crunch of the university once considered as the best educational institute in the state.
The release of the letter has opened a pandora of discussions on the university campus about how to control the unwanted expenditures of the university to tide over the financial crunch and again the demand arose about the services of the re-employed teaching and non-teaching staff as it will help in net saving of Rs 7 crore for the university.
Whereas it is also learnt that recently with a decision of the Dean, Academic Affairs, Dr Gurnam Singh, the university tried to put under control its expenditure over the purchase of the paper for the printing of the question papers and answer sheets.
Earlier the university has been following the policy of the paper through callling quotations and it spent crores over it, but this time because of the decision of the Dean, Academic Affairs, the university has introduced e-tendering for the same and it helped the university in a net saving in a big way. If to believe the top sources earlier the university was getting the paper at a rate of Rs 7 but now it is going to get at Rs 4 only, thus a net saving of about Rs 3. The sources claimed that now the bill of the university for the paper purchase will come down considerably.
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