So far the process for converting IT-BHU to IIT has been going smooth. A senior advisor of Planning Commission, Mr. Bhasker Chatterji visited our institute on August 11 to discuss about IIT conversion. He was satisfied with the steps being taken by our institute for the conversion and discussed the funding needs of about Rs. 500 crores.
On the other hand, there are two issues which need to be resolved before the conversion process can proceed further. One is about the governance of IIT and other about naming of our institute.
For governance, BHU administration has proposed that Vice-Chancellor of the University should be always head of the Chairman of the Board for the proposed IIT. Currently the Chairman of the Board of each IIT is the outside person appointed by the central government. Usually he is a distinguished person, such as industrialist, academician, scientist, etc. Since he is always a person outside of the institute, the current IIT Council (apex group of all IITs) may not have much objection about appointing VC as the Chairman of the Board of our institute.
However, the second problem is more complex. Our University wants to rename our institute as IIT-BHU, Varanasi after conversion. On the other hand, HRD ministry and IIT council wants to have name similar to other IITs, i.e. IIT, Varanasi only. This is to maintain the brand-image of IITs, as IITs are named after the respective city only. Anything else is not acceptable to them.
Our alumni volunteers are in constant touch with University administration and officials from HRD ministry. We hope that the issue will be quickly resolved as per our expectations and process for conversion of our institute to IIT will move forward.
If you believe you can help in our efforts, please email Yogesh Upadhyay of CHE 1977 at yogesh@ alumni.itbhu.ac.in