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Paid seats for better facilities
- PU mulls double fee

The Patna University administration is planning to introduce paid seats in self-financing (vocational) courses from the next academic session to give more students an opportunity to pursue higher studies as well as to improve its financial health.

The registrar of the university, Balram Tiwari, said: “The varsity administration has decided to introduce the system of paid seats in self-financing (vocational) courses from coming academic session.” Five seats would be increased in every vocational course and they would be reserved as paid seats.

Sources said the academic council had approved the proposal. It is awaiting clearance from the chancellor.

Those taking admission in paid seats would have to pay double the fees as compared to that for regular seats. Students have to pay between Rs 30,000 and Rs 60,000 for taking admission in a regular seat of a vocational course, depending on the subject. In case of paid seats, the student would have to pay just the double — between Rs 60,000 and Rs 1.2 lakh, depending on the course.

Sources said that money generated through admission of students in the paid seats would be used in the infrastructure development of the university. The Patna University gets funds from three sources — fees collected from students during admission, funds from the state government and the UGC.

A senior teacher of a vocational course expressed his doubts over the success of paid seats at a time when the university faces a tough time in filling up the regular seats. Echoing him, a student of Patna University, Anshuman Singh, said: “Filling up the paid seats in self-financing course would be a big challenge when the university lacks infrastructure and adequate number of teachers.”

Budget

The Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University senate on Wednesday passed the annual budget for 2013-14 and 2014-2015 — amounting to Rs 1,500 crore — amid pandemonium.

Vice-chancellor (VC) Pandit Prabhakar Palande expressed regret that the senate meeting for 2013-14 could not be conducted owing to unavoidable circumstances. Senator Arun Kumar Singh accused the VC of usurping the sanctity of the senate by whimsically deleting the question and answer session.