Crores spent but no glory for Nalanda University | RTI story

With a lot fanfare in 2010, the Nalanda University was opened in Bihar on the again of a political dream to revive the traditional glory of the college, which historians say was one of many oldest seats of studying on this planet.

The historic Nalanda University was constructed someday within the fifth century BC. It braved a number of invasions, and was lastly ransacked and destroyed by Turkish army normal Bakhtiyar Khilji in round 1200 AD. The ruins of the college have withstood the ravages of time refusing to vanish altogether, serving as a reminder of its misplaced glory.

The trendy Nalanda University takes inspiration from its historic precursor. Its mandate is to be an “international institution for the pursuit of intellectual, philosophical, historical and spiritual studies”.

To discover out its present standing after a decade of multinational, India Today filed a Right to Information (RTI) question with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which is the nodal physique for this college.

Among the questions posed to the MEA had been:

1. How a lot cash has the Government of India spent on it?

2. How a lot cash has been acquired from different nations?

3. What is the variety of college students, who’ve been enrolled and what number of handed out?

4. How many common college students are there, at current, in the principle course and what number of educating and nonteaching staffs are there?

5. Who are the highest ten officers of the college drawing most wage and allowances?

The MEA, in response stated, the Nalanda University got here into existence in 2010 but tutorial programs commenced from the 12 months 2014. So far, it’s got round Rs 964 crore as grant from the federal government. It has additionally obtained round Rs 18 crore as endowment funds from overseas nations.

From 2014 to 2020, the Nalanda University enrolled 710 common college students, 97 per cent of whom efficiently accomplished their programs. Currently, there are 172 common college students, 24 educating employees, 18 visiting or visitor college and 40 non-teaching employees on the college.

Annual wage of the vice-chancellor of the Nalanda University is $ 80,000. This comes round Rs 4.83 lakh per thirty days.

Salary of high 10 workers as per the approval:

S. No

Designation

No of Positions

Basic Pay

(Per annum)*

1

Vice Chancellor

1

USD 80,000.00

2

Professor

3

USD 30,900.00

3

Professor

1

USD 30,000.00

4

Registrar

1

USD 30,000.00

5

Finance Officer

1

USD 30,900.00

7

Associate Professor

1

USD 31,847.00

8

Assistant Professor

1

USD 23,339.80

Total annual grants acquired so removed from the federal government is round Rs 964 crore.

Annual Grants Received From Government

Financial 12 months

Grant Received (Amount in INR)

2010-11

2,00,00,000

2011-12

7,12,00,000

2012-13

11,50,59,955

2013-14

9,15,00,000

2014-15

17,00,00,000

2015-16

31,67,00,000

2016-17

80,23,00,000

2017-18

1,50,00,00,000

2018-19

1,90,00,00,000

2019-20

3,00,00,00,000

2020-21(upto 31.12.2020)

1,65,00,00,000

Total

9,63,67,59,955

Many nations akin to China, Switzerland and Australia have additionally given endowment funds as contribution. The whole quantity acquired by the Nalanda University as endowment is round Rs 18 crore.

Contribution From Foreign Countries

Name

Amount (INR)

PR China

512,17,500

Thailand

71,60,754

Laos

27,03,178

Indonesia

18,54,525

Switzerland

6,37,05,000

South Korea

7,37,432

Australia

5,54,89,229

Total

18,28,67,618

If we mix the contributions from the federal government and from aboard, it involves round Rs 982 crore — the cash that got here to the college. A complete of 710 common college students obtained admission on the Nalanda University. It means per scholar expenditure of the Nalanda University stands at 1.38 crore.


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