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Sorry, no foreign funds for OU departments

Sorry, no foreign funds for OU departments
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Sorry, no foreign funds for OU departments. Several departments in the University College of Arts & Social Sciences (OUCASS), Hyderabad, claim that...

Several departments in the University College of Arts & Social Sciences (OUCASS), Hyderabad, claim that they have not been receiving their share of foreign tuition fee for two years now.

Even before the issue of controversies over unfair conduct of interviews and appointments of assistant professors in Osmania University died down, another one over non-payment of foreign tuition fee to the departments of the Arts & Social Sciences has started making headlines again.

Several departments in the University College of Arts & Social Sciences (OUCASS) have not been receiving their share of foreign tuition fee for two years now. With the University attaining the ‘University for Potential Excellence’ status, the number of foreign students’ influx to the university has gone up considerably. Each foreigner pays a tuition fee ranging from Rs 60,000-1.5 lakh per annum depending on the course. According to reliable sources, each department has to receive around 45 percent of the foreign funds for proper functioning of the department.

A professor, on the condition of anonymity, said that in recent times the number of foreign students joining OUCASS has increased, thus generating more revenue for the university. “Foreign students join here expecting sophisticated infrastructure, but we are unable to provide even the basic things to the foreign students due to lack of funds. At times, we even shell out money from our pockets to provide required material for the students. We have requested the principal to release the funds but we are yet to receive it,” said a faculty member.

“For the benefit of the students, we invite industry experts for guest lectures. Due to lack of funds, we are unable to organise guest lectures. We requested principal to release the funds, but all our efforts went in vain,” said a senior faculty member.

According to University Foreign Relations Office, Director, Venugopal Rao, “Every year we take up admission process and we send the required tuition fee to the university. The college concerned has to send it to the departments.”

Prof Mallesham, University College of Arts & Social Science, Principal, said that the university follows a certain procedure to release funds to the departments. The departments have to send a proposal of their requirements, which upon assessment, will be sent to the administration. “So far, I have received a letter from linguistics department requesting for material. I have sent the proposal to the University administration and matter is pending with them. With respect to the other departments, I have not received any formal letters,” he added.

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