The state has not allocated any fund for the only vet varsity, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, under the planned budget for research and development work for three continuous financial years now. Funds was last released for it in 2012-13.
Last year (2015-16), GADVASU had submitted a proposal of Rs 33 crore for research projects. However, it was not approved. According to sources from the finance department of the varsity, the proposal has been resent now.
In last year’s budget, Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa had announced Rs 20 crore under planned head for GADVASU, but it has not been released till date.
In 2012-13, Rs 3.15 crore was allocated under planned budget for research and development in the varsity. There has been no state funding for the varsity since then.
This makes GADVASU dependent on external bodies like Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Delhi, and others for research funds. ICAR released Rs 2.65 crore for the varsity as research and development fund, this year.
Apart from research funds, the state is even struggling to allocate funds for salaries and maintenance of the varsity. Under the non-planned budget, GADVASU has been getting Rs 54 crore from the state budget since 2012-13. But its expenditure now has soared to Rs 61.25 crore.
With an additional Rs 7 crore expenditure due to increased salaries, DA and pensions, the varsity has now written to the government and demanded sanctioning of Rs 7 crore for the varsity from this year’s budget.
Speaking to The Indian Express, PPS Dhaliwal, comptroller, GADVASU, said that not a single penny had been sanctioned for research and development under the planned budget since the past three financial years. “We had been getting this grant annually from 2006-07, but it was discontinued from 2013-14. Last year, a proposal of Rs 33 crore for research was submitted, but it was not approved. This year, it has been sent again,” he said.
He added that the varsity’s expenditure on salaries and maintenance had increased from Rs 54 crore to Rs 61.25 crore in the past four years. “We have informed the state’s finance department. We try compensating from our income, but it does not suffice. An additional Rs 7 crore is what we expect, this year, to pay salaries and pensions on time,” he said.
GADVASU vice-chancellor A S Nanda said, “We have external funding sources for research projects, but we have written to the state for allocation of funds from the state budget.”