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October 26, 2008
IITBHU Global Editor @ 07:47 AM

[The following report is from Yogesh Upadhyaya, CHE 1977, who has been closely following the IIT conversion issue]:

Our alumni volunteers are meeting HRD ministry officials, other govt. officials and institute administration almost every month to follow up with the matter. The matter is in govt. hand now and the implementation is slow.

Please read the following links, which state that current winter session of the parliament may be curtailed on Oct. 24 and reconvened on Dec08. Thus earliest possibility of discussing about amendment of IIT Act will be in Dec or perhaps in February budget session:

http://www.hindu.com/2008/10/21/stories/2008102155401000.htm
http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1683344

The reason for postponing the session and IIT discussion are many. The parliament session is postponed and shortened so as to avoid no-trust motion by the opposition on the issue of price rise, etc. In any case, there are a lot of agenda to be discussed in the shortened parliament session, and amendment of IIT Act requires some spare time for discussion.

The govt. plans to put forth in parliament the amendment of the IIT Act, 1961 so as to add 8 new IITs and IT-BHU to be officially declared as IITs.

The bill is delayed due to the fact that:

  • Four IITs (Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh) has not finalized location as per HRD requirement and the land is not procured. IIT Act will be amended after all details are clear and agreed upon.
  • Review and final approval from Planning Commission about the funding for new IITs. Funding is available, only to be reassessed considering current slow economy and possible reduced income to govt.
  • For IT-BHU, BHU Act is to be modified or the consensus should be arrived at.

We can only wait and see. We are still hopeful about the outcome.

Thanks,

Yogesh K Upadhyaya
Chemical 1977

[link to previous post on this topic]

27 Comment(s) (The views expressed here are those of the commenters, and ITBHUGlobal.org is not responsible for them.)
 Anonymous said:

A student of IT told me that UGC commision was to visit the campus from Oct 21-24. Has this visit happened ? If yes, does anyone know of the agenda and the outcome ?

October 26, 2008 9:15 AM
 Anonymous said:

New IITs to get directors soon

New Delhi, Oct 24: The new IITs in the country will get their directors in the next two months after which the institutes will be able to design their roadmaps for campus development and courses from next year.

New IITs to get directors soon New Delhi, Oct 24: The new IITs in the country will get their directors in the next two months after which the institutes will be able to design their roadmaps for campus development and courses from next year. The names for the posts were scrutinised at a high- level meeting held yesterday. HRD Minister Arjun Singh is the chairman of the committee involved in the selection of directors.

"The final selection of directors will be over in next two to three weeks. Then it will go Department of Personnel and Training for approval which may take more than a month time," a highly placed official told a news agency today.

The HRD Ministry had earlier asked the mentoring IITs to propose names for the director posts in the new IITs. Besides, advertisements were issued seeking application for the posts.

"Unless there is a director, there cannot be any progress for these institutes in having independent campus and starting courses. Once the directors are appointed, the new IITs take up their own activities," he said.

The HRD Ministry has already set up a committee, headed by its Additional Secretary Ashok Thakur, for site selection for the IITs.

The government had prepared a set of parameters for choosing the site for an IIT. As per the criteria, the state should provide a location of 500 to 600 acres of land with air, rail and road connectivity.

The committee last week visited Mandi in Himachal Pradesh which has been proposed by the state government for setting up of an IIT. "Mandi has some problems. The nearest airport is about 60 km away. The report of site selection will take into consideration these factors," a ministry official said.

The proposed IIT in Himachal Pradesh would start functioning from next year.

The committee will now visit the sites offered by Rajasthan, Orissa and Gujarat for inspection.

The other members of the committee are A K Dey, former director if IIT-Bombay, K Narayan Rao, member secretary of AICTE, and the directors of the IITs who have been given the responsibility of mentoring these institutes.

The government has started six new IITs in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, Punjab and Gujarat from this year. Academic activities in these institutes are either run by certain mentor IITs or held in temporary campuses.

Two other IITs, one in Madhya Pradesh and one in Himachal Pradesh, will commence session from 2009. There is a proposal to upgrade Institute of Technology, BHU, into an IIT.

Prime Minister's science advisor C N R Rao had recently expressed unhappiness over the government's initiative to start eight new IITs without campuses. He had stressed on evolving some "patchwork" to make them viable.

Bureau Report

October 27, 2008 8:09 AM
 Anonymous said:

if result are again prolonged then it will be a loose loose game for ITBHU . As there would be a severe shortage of professors in new IITs best carrear opportunitiees would be I think for ITBHU professors which we can presume are the best faculty available in India qfter IITs .

October 28, 2008 2:28 AM
 Anonymous said:

im from 1st year n really very eager 2 get the iit tag can anyone please tell what is the next date to which v should b waiting for som good news 2 come

October 28, 2008 5:04 AM
 Anonymous said:

i am from 1 yr i would really like to get iit tag before passing from the institute I am always praying for this

November 4, 2008 3:44 AM
 Anonymous said:

i think you should not only pray but Do Something .
I think you can start a *Kramik Anshan* Or * Dharana* type of thing in front of VC/Director office . You have to get out & ensure the conversion . It must not stop now due to laziness or politics ...

November 4, 2008 7:10 AM
 Anonymous said:

I second the direction stated in the previous post that the current students at ITBHU should take an aggressive stand on this issue. Go out and tell them how much we all want this conversion. Tell them what it means to all of us. Tell them we are no less than other IITians and that we deserve this recongnition too. Go out, don't be lazy, you guys may not fully appreciate yet what can the IIT brand name do to the rest of your career.

Do some peaceful dharna infront of VCs office, raise your voice, and be heard.

November 6, 2008 2:26 PM
 Anonymous said:

what are you teaching to these new folks? I agree we should make our voice heard, but do you want to be counted as all other BHU politicians? Whom we used to see on the gate on "Anshan' and laugh at them, that they don't have any meaningful work in their life? There are more respectful ways of following up the things with authorities, like what alumni is doing. Please do not tarnish the image of institute and alumni by getting involved in Dharnas and anshans. Don't behave like local politicians of BHU. If you really want to follow up, make up a team of representatives and they should talk to VC and Director. I am sure they will have half and hour to talk to students. All these people in top positions are well known academicians and they can never be totally indifferent to students and their demands.
Secondly, we must understand that in this context VC and Diro do not have much say. It's central govt's decision when to introduce the bill, or whether to introduce or not. By having a dharna, you will not achieve anything, in fact they will think that ITBHU students have started molding themselves into arts and history "neta" type students.

November 7, 2008 1:35 PM
 Anonymous said:

"we must understand that in this context VC and Diro do not have much say. It's central govt's decision when to introduce the bill, or whether to introduce or not."

I think you are not fully aware of the problem the conversion process is facing . It is because VC & other authorities either does not want to separate its premier engg college from BHU Or the want to change it as only IIT BHU with having some high level authority in it Which I think may not be possible for HRD ministry due to IITs independent nature .

November 8, 2008 8:59 AM
 Anonymous said:

"but do you want to be counted as all other BHU politicians? Whom we used to see on the gate on "Anshan' and laugh at them, that they don't have any meaningful work in their life?"
It seems that you are totally in oppose of politics in politician . I personally never laghed to see anyone who was peacefully demonstrating their demands by Dharna & anshan . Wat do u say about Mahatma Gandhi's teachings ?

November 8, 2008 9:04 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yes I agree that students should NOT stage a dharna. As suggested above, if at all, the student's rep's should talk to the VC and Diro to see what if any the students and alumni could to do to help the cause. Dont do anything that tarnishes the image of the students. What would be the purpose of a dharna if the VC has no power to do anything ?

November 8, 2008 11:57 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Can we plz start putting our real names here ....
Everyone being anonymous sounds confusing.

November 9, 2008 10:49 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Any Final news,Good or bad or whatever ??

November 12, 2008 8:45 PM
 ashish sharma said:

i m 1st yr MnC student at IT-bhu ,can the bill be presented in the budget session

November 14, 2008 11:33 PM
 anonymous said:

itna sannatta kyon hai bhai?

... koi khabar?

November 21, 2008 7:46 PM
 Raj said:

Now as the session is likely to be convenved from 08/Dec is there any update regarding the tabling of the bill in the parliament.

November 24, 2008 9:51 PM
 Anonymous said:

Dear Yogeshji/Animesh,

Could you please share the updates, if any.
The things seem to be moving at snail's pace now...

Thanks

December 1, 2008 8:00 PM
 Animesh said:

Hi,
Thanks for your patience. Yogesh has written an article about the IIT issue update, and it will be published in the chronicle in the next few days. We will also post a link to it in this post.

Thanks,
Animesh

December 2, 2008 1:07 AM
 Anonymous said:

will the budget sesson take place before general elections are announced? that session is the last hope under the present government regime otherwise new government new priorities and IT to IIT conversion might go for a toss

December 4, 2008 8:25 PM
 Anonymous said:

can we please get a latest update on te matter preferably from yogesh sir. 26-10 update is now appearing to be too old

December 12, 2008 3:46 AM
 Dishank gupta said:

Hi all,

Can anyone tell what is happening right now because parliament session is going on. How much probability is there to get the bill passed in this session only?

Regards
Dishank

December 15, 2008 7:12 AM
 Anonymous said:

wat have u done this ???? why 2 words are needed to be seen ? no buddy is going for spamming here ! space between both words is not mentioned ?

December 15, 2008 12:56 PM
 Anonymous said:

This is a sad news. If director is so disappointed, what will happen to the rest of us:

http://www.livemint.com/2008/12/14171513/IIT-status-still-eludes-ITBHU.html

December 15, 2008 6:24 PM
 Animesh Pathak CSE03 said:

Dear all,

The latest on this topic can be seen at this post. Comments on the current post are hereby closed.

Thanks,
Animesh
CSE03

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