According to the official press release by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD:
"[I]t is proposed to convert the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University [ITBHU] into an IIT."
This news is also being reported by several news outlets such as:
We, at ITBHU Global Alumni Association, share the excitement of all ITBHU alumni, and are actively following this situation. We will be posting new information on this topic as we get it.
We look forward to your comments on this topic. Also, please feel free to contact us if you can help out.
Watch this space for updates. We will be posting an official press release from the alumni association soon.
The ITBHUGlobal team.
Update: March 30, 2008: Yogesh Upadhyaya of the CHE '77 batch spoke with our Vice-Chancellor Shri Panjab Singhji yesterday. He has confirmed the IIT news. The process of conversion to IIT will start from July-August and it will be fairly quick.
|Rajesh Sethi, from the 1985 class of mettalurgy at ITBHU has been appointed the CEO and President of ING Life in Thailand. Rajesh takes over from Jim Brown, who retired last year. This was reported by The Nation, Thailand's biggest business daily. |
See http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/01/28/business/business_30063590.php for more
The February 2008 edition of the ITBHU Chronicle is now online. Click here to read more.
News reported by : Indian Express
Varanasi, March 7 Former President A P J Abdul Kalam has suggested a "1-5-10 model" for rendering global brand value to Banaras Hindu University (BHU), set up by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916.
He termed BHU as a shining star among all Indian universities. Interacting with professors at a closed-door meeting at K N Udupa Hall, Dr Kalam said "make BHU a global brand", said a senior professor who attended the meeting. The meeting was meant to acquaint Kalam with the rapid strides made by the university in various spheres of knowledge.
Elaborating on his 1-5-10 model, Kalam said: "BHU is a rare institution where 132 departments dealing in diverse disciplines are located on a single campus. Every department should first strive to make it number one in India. Once that is achieved, efforts will be needed to make the university feature among top five educational institutions in Asia, followed by measures to catapult every department of the central university among the top 10 institutions of the world." He also highlighted the need for stem cell therapy to treat diverse human ailments confronting mankind.
Accepting BHU's offer to be a visiting professor, Dr Kalam said he was ready to take classes of at least 60 students every year.
Dr Kalam, who inaugurated the International Seminar on Buddhism and World Cultures at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath on Friday morning, was back at BHU later in the day. He addressed students and teachers at the Swatantrata Bhawan, which was a full house with students occupying the stairs and some crowding near the closed doors to catch a glimpse of the former President. It was an hour long 'class' where Dr Kalam administered the oath of creative excellence to students for nation building.
"Channelising the youth power, an 'ecological saint', Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, has cleaned the Kali Bein rivulet, a tributary of Beas river in Punjab, which had once turned into a sewage stream. Be inspired by Babaji who accomplished the purging of the 160-km long rivulet on whose banks Guru Nanak Dev is believed to have attained enlightenment," he told the students.
He administered an oath of reviving the polluted Ganga to the students. "I will work and work for bringing back the glory of Ganga at Varanasi by launching the Ganga Revival Mission," he said, and the students repeated.
Appealing to the students to strive for visionary creative leadership for development of a prosperous India, Dr Kalam asked them to replicate the feats of Mahatma Gandhi, Vikram Sarabhai, J R D Tata and C V Raman. He also answered the questions asked by 10 select students, most of them representatives of the BHU student council. The questions spanned from the relation between economic and technological growth, gap between agricultural sciences and farmers to the declining state of ancient Indian mathematics (astrology).
In his answer to the last question, Dr Kalam's said: "You are asking a wrong person about the declining state of astrology. One of the leaders who supported my candidature for Presidency in 2002 even asked me on what auspicious time will I take oath of presidency. I replied: anytime till the earth spins on its axis and revolves around the sun."
Students could be seen breaking the security cordon to climb the stage to take a closer look at Kalam. They raced behind the fleet of cars as security personnel escorted the former President away.
The Banaras Hindu University has decided to hold the 90th Convocation of the University on 15th March 2008.
The Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology will be distributed degree/medals/prizes to the graduands of 2007 examination of the Institute one day prior of the 90th convocation i.e. 14th March 2008.
Please visit the Institute's website for more details.
You need send a confirmation to the Institute if you wish to attend the convo in person.