The Government has not decided whether to revise its funding plan for universities in the wake of widespread opposition from lawmakers which forced it to withdraw the proposal at last week's Legislative Council finance committee meeting. A spokesman for the Education and Manpower Bureau said they would consult legislators and the University Grants Committee (UGC) before deciding on whether to revise the plan, which could reduce the next three years of funding for the eight tertiary institutions by four per cent to $36.2 billion. The Legco defeat was the first time the Government had to withdraw its triennial funding plan. It is not known yet when the bureau will resubmit a proposal to Legco, but the Government is due to finalise the budget for the eight UGC-funded institutions before June. UGC deputy secretary-general Jack Chan said they would step up communication with lawmakers before suggesting revisions. He said some legislators 'may not understand very well how the funding mechanism works'. The Government insists that the funding cut is based on an agreement with universities for a 10 per cent reduction in funding over six years, agreed with them three years ago. But university heads reacted angrily to the plan, saying they'd had no idea about the proposed reductions. Earlier this month, the academics had refused to attend a Legco educational panel debating the funding controversy. Lingnan University faced a 5.5 per cent cut in funding, and its president, Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, had warned of mass layoffs or an $80 million deficit if the plan was endorsed by legislators. Discussions are currently being held by university heads in response to the situation. An eight-episode documentary on higher education in Hong Kong began last week on TVB Jade. The five-minute weekly programmes, aired at 11.35pm on Fridays, cover the role and function of the UGC, history and characteristics of the funded institutions, and campus facilities.