Funds going to universities are grants, not loans, says government | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: A day after teaching and non-teaching staff at state universities launched a sit-in protest against the government, the higher education department said it would continue to support universities through subsidies. The department further said that Rs 148 crore released recently for universities are grants and not loans.
In a letter released by the Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education), Anand Mohan Saran said the decision taken earlier was not to create accountability on universities but to encourage universities to exercise their independence and autonomy and to emerge as dynamic high-level institutions. quality.
“It is implied that Rs. 147.75 crore as mentioned in the memo issued by the finance department in favor of all state universities is a grant only…However, the intention, purpose and terminology used in the memo previous were to maintain registers of subsidiary assets as per the recommendation of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and to allow an appropriate provision for the upkeep of such fixed assets of the universities in the annual budget of the state government every year reads the letter published on Thursday.
Last month, a memo released by the state’s finance department noted that it had agreed to the administrative department’s proposal to approve the loan of Rs 147.75 crore to universities as the first installment during the 2022-23 financial year.
The notification sparked strong opposition from teachers and students. Under the banner of Teachers Organization of the Federation of Universities and Colleges of Haryana, several teachers, students and non-teaching staff of state colleges and universities observed a three-hour sit-in on Wednesday.
Now, with the clarification issued, university professors have argued that the government should keep its word. “It is encouraging that the government has put its plan aside. As such, the government gives less than 15% of the total amount committed by universities and if that too is taken away, it will be a death knell for higher education and students from EWS families. Education and health are areas where the government cannot shirk the welfare state role,” said HFUCTO President Vikas Siwach.

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