Long term association with big companies and greater industry partnerships are being sought by SPPU or Savitribai Phule Pune University. The University is seeking for companies who will be eager to fund their university research projects as per their mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR Activities.
The university has recently stopped multiple expenses they label as ‘Unwanted’ in the recently presented budget of 2019-20. The stopped expenses amount to Rs 47 cores from the total expenses of Rs. 632.61 crores allotted in the budget for the year-long expenses of SPPU. From the past two academic years, similar cuts in the budget are seen in Savitribai Phule Pune University or SPPU.
The officials of SPPU said that from the current year, the university will depend on parallel funds for university research projects rather than conducting them form university expenses. For this, the University is largely depending on the CSR activities done by big companies in different sectors.
A senior SPPU official said that they have not cut a big lump of amount from the budget but the university looks forward to more efficient spending in different sectors. The university has also started holding talks with companies who are interested in this matter.
The MNGL or Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited has agreed to provide some 14 seater vehicles to render service to the students inside the campus. Nitin Karmalkar, the Vice Chancellor or SPPU has informed that MNGL has agreed to provide 2 of such vehicles to SPPU and invest any amount ranging between 30 lakhs to 35 lakhs.
Kirloskar Cummins has promised that they will be working towards developing the water storage facilities and drinking water facilities in the campus. The SPPU campus has some storage tanks which are in dire need of upgradation. The SPPU officials said, on this case also, there will be an investment of 30 lakhs to 35 lakhs to repair the water storage systems which were established long ago and now many of them are considered useless. One storage system was established by Mahatma Jyotiba Phule long ago.
To fuel the 14 seater vehicles that are to be introduced in the SPPU campus, ONGC or Oil and Natural Gas Corporation have promised to provide Bio-Fuel. The company has also promised to invest Rs. 35 lakh in the SPPU campus.
The same amount has been promised by Excide which is one of the leading battery producing companies in India. Excide will also fund the research projects for finding out making more sustainable batteries and power backup systems.
Karmalkar also said SPPU is also seeking companies which are keen to extend their CRS activities for the development of the sports ground and the sports infrastructure of the college.
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