Mumbai University had established an FM radio service by incurring a cost of Rs 23 lakhs, and has a recurring expenses of Rs 12 lakhs per year, and the said service is in a non functional, , this is a shocking information provided by the University to RTI Activist Anil Galgali.
RTI Activist Anil Galgali had filed an query with the Mumbai University, seeking details of FM Radio Service. The Mumbai University's Department of Economics Co- Ordinator Neeraj Hatekar informed Galgali that The FM community radio service of the Mumbai University is currently not on air, as new transmitter is being acquired. The old transmitter which has been service for about 11 years needs to be replaced and the appropriate procedure is being followed. Mr Hatekar further informed Galgali that The FM Radio Service was launched as the hands of Her Excellency the President Of India , Pratibha Singh Patil on 8th February 2008. The initial budget allocation for setting up the radio station in 2006 was Rs 25 lakhs out of which Rs 22,80,798/- was spent on the cost of installation and equipment. The average annual budget of the radio has been Rs 12 lakhs. The actual expenditure incurred was each and every year less than Rs 12 lakhs. The details of the expenditure us being collated and will be sent you shortly, said Hatekar. In 2003-04, Senate Member's Dr Amarjit singh Manhas , Sameer desai, Prashant Patil, Tushar Jagtap then initiate this proposal before the Vice Chancellor.
Anil Galgali has finally commented that be it examinations results declaration or FM radio service, the Mumbai University is proving to be a complete failure in all its functions.