Uncertainty looms over English and Foreign Languages University Second Campus
The English and Foreign Languages University ( Eflu ) may have to shelve its plans for a second campus in the city for the next five years.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development ( MHRD ) has allotted just about 161 crore under the XII Plan to the varsity as against an estimated 600 crore requested by Eflu authorities. The varsity was planning to procure land from the state government this year to go ahead with its expansion plan.
Eflu requires a new campus as its student strength and courses have multiplied ever since the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages ( CIEFL – former name ) was converted to a central university in 2008. Now, with fund crunch hitting the university hard, officials are planning to knock on MHRD’s door for a one-time grant which will be used just for infrastructural requirements of its new campus in the city.
“A new campus is a necessity and not a luxury for Eflu as the current campus is suffocating due to over population. We are not able to provide all amenities to students as even hostels are overcrowded. We plan to approach MHRD and are hopeful that we would get approval for the one-time grant,” said Syed Sayeed, nodal officer, Eflu.
Eflu authorities had earlier rejected land allotted for a new campus at Pochampally in Nalgonda district, as it did not suit the development plan envisioned and was rooting to procure new land close to the city.
“Since the central government did not earmark funds under the XII Plan for development of a new campus we fear that the state government could go back on its plan to give additional land for a second city campus,” a university source rued. The fund crunch will also hit other expansion plans of Eflu. For instance, an off-state campus planned in Malappuram district, Kerala might also see a sudden death.
In a recent order issued by MHRD, the central authorities have already informed the varsity that the final decision on the proposed Kerala campus will be taken only “if the response to the courses ( being run currently ) is encouraging in terms of enrolment.”
Development of a new campus for Eflu in Shillong might also have to wait even as the Meghalaya state government allotted the varsity land for the same. Currently, the university’s Shillong centre is running from the campus of North Eastern Hill University ( NEHU ).
Only if the one-time grant is sanctioned can the off-state development plans of Eflu be fulfilled, officials confirmed. “Land was allotted by respective state governments for both these campuses. And if we get a one-time grant, development will start on these campuses too,” Sayeed said.
The meager budget will also hit the development of the existing campus of Eflu as the fund allocated would barely cover teaching and non-teaching staff salaries and maintenance work on the existing campus. This would also mean that Eflu will not have any faculty or non-teaching staff recruitment for the next five years as it cannot afford any additions to the payroll.
The curbed expansion plans of the varsity points to beginnings of a policy shift in MHRD’s education plan, educationists said. “The MHRD is no longer interested in subsidised education as the central government does not want to pay hefty salaries. Also, most students doing their post-graduation and research in central universities are getting top quality education at a low price with the help of centrally sponsored scholarships,” a senior academic said.
The ministry seems to be tilting towards public-private partnership ventures in education than subsidised education model, sources rued.
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