Bharathidasan University has decided to hike transportation charges for its teaching staff by more than three fold while non-teaching staff will to pay Rs 500 starting from July.
The university administration said there has not been any hike for five years and the measure was taken keeping in mind the increasing operational cost to the university exchequer. Six buses operated by the university to different parts of the city from the main campus, covering a distance of 16km. Five buses are operated for teaching and non-teaching staff while one is operated for students.
A circular dated June 4 by the university registrar said that teachers will have to pay Rs 1,000 per month to avail the transport facility and non-teaching staff Rs 500. Currently, both teaching and nonteaching staff are paying Rs 300 per for the bus service. A section of the staff have demanded rolling back the hike and questioned the disparity in charging teachers more.
“Such charges are justifiable if the university was residential like the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Trichy and National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy, both of which are equally far from Trichy city,” said the staffers. Vice chancellor P Manisankar said, “The university is spending Rs 3 lakh every month on transportation facility.
The hike was necessary to ease the financial burden. Moreover, there has not been any hike for over five years.” He said that the transport facilities are meant for students paying Rs 6,000 per year. From this year, M Phil and PhD students will also be allowed to use the transport facility by paying Rs 6,000 per year.
(source : TOI)