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December 16, 2008
@ 07:57 AM

The amendment to the IIT Act, 1961 is likely to come up in the winter session of Parliament, which will start on December 8.

The govt. plans to add the names of 8 new IITs and IT-BHU in the list of IITs by amending the IIT Act. Before IIT Act is amended, govt. has to complete all the necessary formalities and ensure that all pending issues pertaining to the institutes under the Act are resolved. For example, locations of new IITs are to be finalized, and finance allocation is to be reconfirmed with Planning Commission.

Our alumni volunteers and institute administration are meeting HRD ministry officials and other govt. officials almost every month to follow up with the matter. According to informed sources, conversion of our institute to IIT is under active consideration by the HRD ministry. It is hoped that the conversion will be complete before the start of next academic session, i.e. latest by July 2009.

Additional Link:

Govt. to amend Institutes of Technology Act, for new IITs

http://www.zeenews.com/Nation/2008-09-23/471310news.html

New Delhi, Sept 23: The government will table an amendment to the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, in the coming session of Parliament to make the new IITs eligible to award degrees to students.

The new IITs, started this year, are operating as societies at present. To be an institute with power to award degrees, the names of the new IITs have to be incorporated into the existing Act.

"A draft of the Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2008, is ready. It will be tabled in Parliament in the coming session," a senior official in HRD Ministry said.

Six new IITs have been started in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Orissa, Punjab and Gujarat from this year. Academic activities in these institutes are either run by mentor IITs or in temporary campuses.

"They have been started as societies. If the Act is not amended and their names are not incorporated into the Act, they cannot award degrees. A society cannot award degrees to students," the official said.

The Act was earlier amended in 1994 when IIT Guwahati came into existence.

Of the seven existing IITs, the ones at Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Guwahati and Chennai had come up as registered societies.

After the amendment, the new IITs will act as autonomous bodies and take up their own activities. They can design their courses and will enjoy financial autonomy as well, the official said.

Apart from six new IITs, which have already started functioning, two new IITs will come up in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. There is also a proposal to upgrade the Institute of Technology, BHU, into an IIT.

The new institutes have recruited students. However, they do not have campuses and directors. The directors and chairmen of board of governors of the mentor IITs are acting as directors and chairmen of the new IITs.

The government has allocated Rs 2,000 crore in the 11th Plan for these institutes. State governments have provided 500 to 600 acres of land for establishment of each of the new IITs.

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

Why is the word "proposal" still there? Are we not confirmed yet? Till date, each news related to the conversion process carries with it the word "proposal".

December 16, 2008 8:54 AM
 Shashank Tyagi said:

Does anyone have any idea when the bill would be placed? Cause in official site of Lok Sabha there is no mention of this bill.

December 17, 2008 1:28 AM
 suman said:

Hi
Here is another setback
please read Part II of this link
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=45901
This does not talk about IT-BHU.
can any one really confirm about the conversion

Suman
Min-03

December 19, 2008 2:16 AM
 Anonymous said:

Ever since the conversion news was released, it was clear that this was nothing but a farce and still it is a farce...

We must come out of this delusion now and face the reality... It is better to be IT-BHU and we are... rather than riding on false hopes and making a mockery of ourselves

December 20, 2008 6:12 AM
 Yogesh K Upadhyaya said:

Anonymous/Suman/Shashank:

The IIT issue is still alive. The current parliament session (December 10-19) has just ended, but amendment of IIT Act was not discussed. Most likely it will come up during Budget session or Supplementary Budget session of parliament during Feb/March next year. Refer chronicle October issue, where we mentioned the possibility of passing of IIT Bill in budget session.

The reason for delay is (as we learnt from our volunteeers who meet govt. officials) that country is under mild recession type economic condition and govt. has to make sure that required funding is allocated to the project, although availability is not an issue. In our case, there is additional requirement about university asking for a say in the IIT-Varanasi, for which HRD ministry is studying the means to solve it. Till that time, it will refer the case of our college as 'proposal' only. According to recent Daily Telegraph report, the decision about passing of Bill in parliament for 10 new NITs, one IIM and six new IITs is getting delayed.

We should have little more patience, as govt. does not take decision even as per its own announcement. We have to worry only if IIT Act is amended for six new iITs and our college is not included.

Thanks,

Yogesh K Upadhyaya
Chemical 1977

December 20, 2008 10:44 AM
 Suman said:

I dont agree with the previous post that there is a reason to be pessimistic about the conversion, we are an esteemed institute and deserve the status.
I am pretty sure that the senior members of our alumni could do something- like the several former/current SAIL MDs from IT BHU and also other PSUs, who would have contacts with ministry. But most likely they do not read these posts, and need to be contacted individually by Alumni association and we can have some momentum going. Do we have a database of such former influential alumni to reach out to?

December 21, 2008 6:10 AM
 Anonymous said:

As far as suman's apprehension are concerned the release highlights the iniatives of MHRD and not what it proposes to do and not.IT-BHU never became an IIT in 2008 and hence the absence and the second one on dec 19 the cabinet approved the conversion and now if it goes back RTI can prove to be a good source to extract info from the govt if a backtrack happens.roorkee took 3 yrs to finally convert into an IIT.as for us not even 1 yr has passed :-)

December 22, 2008 5:53 AM
 Ashish said:

If ITBHU - IIT conversion does not happen in this parliament session, ITBHU alumni association should start working on building international brand name and recognition for ITBHU brand. I am sure there are ITBHU alumni who know how to build a strong brand name and can help with their expertise.

December 23, 2008 6:00 AM
 Anonymous said:

is there really no comment !!!! or moderator is just busy!!!!

January 6, 2009 6:19 AM
 Anonymous said:

please update this blog

January 12, 2009 1:31 AM
 Anonymous said:

any updates by Yogesh Sir ?

January 13, 2009 8:49 AM
 Yogesh K Upadhyaya said:

Anonymous/Ashish/Suman:

Thanks for your comments.

Currently there is no update available on our IIT status issue. Even HRD ministry is tight-lipped about the subject. Still we have alumni volunteers who regularly visit the ministry to keep the subject live.

The govt. did not take up IIT Act subject in the December session of parliament. Next session is from Feb 16-24. But it will have discussion on limited subjects only, as per model code of conduct imposed by Election Commission due to approaching election. The general election is planned for April/May, and the next regular parliament session will be in June.

Still, govt. has to modify IIT Act for 8 new IITs, locations of which are just being finalized. We have to worry seriously only if IIT Act is amended for 8 new IITs and we are not included.

On the negative side. if IIT Act is not amended in February, then we shall not be called IIT for incoming students (in 2009-2010 session) and also passouts of 2009 batch will not get IIT tag.

Because there is no really news update, we refrain from posting anything.

Thanks,

Yogesh Upadhyaya
Chemical 1977

January 17, 2009 11:48 AM
 Abhijeet Ghoshal said:

On Yogesh Sir's comment: if there is no time frame for resolving the naming and administration issue, then I don't think conversion is going to happen.

January 22, 2009 12:56 PM
 Anonymous said:

to yogesh sir,
the Rajya Sabha is being summoned from Feb12 to 26( pib.nic.in release 23th jan). can you and your volunteers press the MHRD officials for introducing the bill in the said period.Since it is an ordinary bill it can introduced in any house of the parliament. this will also put the Lok Sabha under pressure to pass the bill within 14 days.the election code of conduct can be up anytime and urgency on this matter is required

January 23, 2009 2:43 AM
 Anonymous said:

can you give us any update from the MHRD, yogesh sir especially after the news of the parliament meet on feb 12.

January 26, 2009 8:18 AM
 Imran said:

I fear our chances are over after this press notification....

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=47043

January 28, 2009 1:01 PM
 Anonymous said:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/IIT_faculty_likely_to_be_exempt_from_quota/articleshow/4044599.cms

Latest on IT-BHU conversion...

"There was a lot of discussion on converting IT-BHU into a fully fledged IIT but no decision was taken. "IT-BHU is an important part of the BHU system. There was discussion on how to empower IT-BHU without taking it out of the BHU system. But there is no clarity on that front yet," an official said."

January 28, 2009 1:22 PM
 Abhijeet Ghoshal said:

What tro say about this? good news or bad news? See the last para.

NEW DELHI: After resisting reservation in faculty for more than a year, IITs are likely to be exempted
from it.

**Truncated extra paragraphs***

There was a lot of discussion on converting IT-BHU into a fully fledged IIT but no decision was taken. "IT-BHU is an important part of the BHU system. There was discussion on how to empower IT-BHU without taking it out of the BHU system. But there is no clarity on that front yet," an official said.

January 28, 2009 1:32 PM
 Anonymous said:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/IIT_faculty_likely_to_be_exempt_from_quota/articleshow/4044599.cms


There was a lot of discussion on converting IT-BHU into a fully fledged IIT but no decision was taken. "IT-BHU is an important part of the BHU system. There was discussion on how to empower IT-BHU without taking it out of the BHU system. But there is no clarity on that front yet," an official said.

January 28, 2009 4:24 PM
 Anonymous said:

IIT news:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/IIT_faculty_likely_to_be_exempt_from_quota/articleshow/4044599.cms

Please see the last paragraph.

"There was a lot of discussion on converting IT-BHU into a fully fledged IIT but no decision was taken. "IT-BHU is an important part of the BHU system. There was discussion on how to empower IT-BHU without taking it out of the BHU system. But there is no clarity on that front yet," an official said."

January 28, 2009 6:46 PM
 Anonymous said:

last paragraph!!! .. looks like the demands of VC, for control on IIT BHU/Varanasi has really spoiled the case


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/No_quota_likely_for_IIT_faculty/articleshow/4044599.cms

January 28, 2009 9:08 PM
 suman said:

Hi All

another set back is here:
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=47043
read para number 4)
its says that The Council approved the amendments proposed in “The Institutes of Technology Act” to provide for establishment of new IITs. There is nothing mention about IT-BHU. Its really a worrying news

Suman
Min-03

January 28, 2009 11:56 PM
 Anonymous said:

http://www.indiaedunews.net/IIT/IIT_Council_approves_appointment_of_directors_7299/

specifically says that no decision has been made on IT-BHU.

January 29, 2009 8:26 AM
 Anonymous said:

Again BHU administration proved they cannot let ITBHU develop its own way. BHU is the biggest problem for IT-BHU. Anyway, with new VC already the hopes were halved, now its gone. He has no sentiments with this conversion process, so can't hope from him.

January 29, 2009 11:52 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yogesh sir,
Whats happening?will we ever get the IIT status or we would have to satisfy ourselves with IT only??If the latter happens then we can only say that the hard work of all the volunteers in Project IIT goes waste.........

January 29, 2009 9:36 PM
 Yogesh Upadhyaya said:

Hi all:
This is regarding Times of India news item about the report on discussion held at IIT Council. There is no need to panic, but we should maintain pressure on govt.

About TOI story, we contacted our source, who is in touch with MHRD. According to informed sources, it is only partially true, as the IIT council has no authority to decide about which institute will become an IIT. Council only decides about IIT issue, such as IIT-JEE, faculty pay, etc., although as per rule, some MHRD officials were present in the meeting. The source also added that TOI reporter has misquoted the story. The decision about IT-BHU shall be made by union cabinet only and they are working on it. For example, they have prepared budget outlay for the conversion.

We should wait for IIT Act, which shall be amended during 12-26 Feb session of parliament. If it does not include our institute by then, it will be worrisome.

Yogesh K Upadhyaya
Chemical 1977

January 30, 2009 7:06 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yogesh Sir,
You really have to cling onto the issue until the IIT Act gets amended in our favour.Since we are in the institute we really dont know whats going inside in the MHRD but you can do such a thing.Please make sure that the IIT Act is amended in our favour.

An over anxious student in the IT-BHU

January 31, 2009 1:02 AM
 Anonymous said:

Further to Yogesh's last post, it there any way we can proactively influence various stakeholders to ensure that IT BHU is included in the IIT Act to be tabled in Feb ? Now that some of the volunteers like Yogesh & others have worked very hard over past many years to bring us so close to the IIT tag, think we all need to collectively ensure a strong PUSH during this last stretch of the marathon.

We need some urgent ideas, action & enthu guys. Pls don't forget that the cost of inaction is quite high as new IITs will further erode the IT BHU brand pushing it further down the league tables.

January 31, 2009 10:46 PM
 Abhijeet said:

Thanks to Yogesh Sir,
This is a big relief.

February 1, 2009 10:18 AM
 Anonymous said:

Those who are in BHU campus can meet and let the VC know about the importance of this conversion, and request him not to put hurdles in the conversion process, if he is putting any.

February 3, 2009 11:00 AM
 Anonymous said:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090204/jsp/nation/story_10482942.jsp

"The Centre plans to shelve the promised upgrade of Banaras Hindu University’s engineering school to an Indian Institute of Technology, citing opposition from the IITs’ top decision-making body."

This is disastrous!!!


February 3, 2009 1:08 PM
 Anonymous said:

Latest News: I believe it is over now.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090204/jsp/nation/story_10482942.jsp

Mr. R Chidambaram has opposed it. If a man of his stature opposes this I think nothing much can be done.

February 3, 2009 1:48 PM
 gautam said:

further worries.....

The Telegraph (4th feb) writes
IIT tag eludes Banaras tech school

(http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090204/jsp/nation/story_10482942.jsp)

February 3, 2009 8:59 PM
 anonymous said:

I think it is all over....!!!!!
No need of keeping false hopes...
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090204/jsp/nation/story_10482942.jsp

February 3, 2009 10:31 PM
 suman said:

sad news.... now we are in trouble. loosing hope in educational system. its sad that such a great insititution is not getting IIT tags and govt is planning to kill it-bhu by opening lots of IIts

February 4, 2009 12:57 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yogesh sir!!!
Please update on this matter and persuade the MHRD to revoke this plan

February 4, 2009 2:35 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yogesh Sir, Please comment on the veracity of the latest news about Chidambaram opposing IIT-V.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090204/jsp/nation/story_10482942.jsp

February 4, 2009 7:15 AM
 Anonymous said:

Hey guys here are the email ID’s of this Cidambaram guy who opposed the conversion.

chairman@tifac.org.in
rc@magnum.barc.ernet.in

If IT-BHU is not included in IIT act, I think we are entitled to ask this nu-age Einstein that who in their right mind would think that it is better idea to open a new IIT from scratch than to invest upgrading of an existing, already world class institute. If this is the guy who knows what is right for everybody (or atleast he thinks he does), he should have opposed when Govt opened 6 IIT’s without even having locations finalized, let alone faculty or labs and buildings.

February 4, 2009 2:50 PM
 Raj said:

Yogesh ji,
I request you to please give an update on this issue. Your words are highly trusted. Please update aboot telegraph news about our institute.

Raj

February 5, 2009 1:52 AM
 devansh said:

yogesh sir plz comment

February 5, 2009 5:25 AM
 Anonymous said:

That is bad, i think we as students should do something, (like a rally to parliament). And everyone check their it bhu mails.

February 5, 2009 10:24 AM
 Abhijeet Ghoshal said:

Whatever be the news, we are still thankful to all those people who drove this initiative and did whatever they could, Specially to Yogesh Sir.

February 6, 2009 10:28 AM
 123 said:

IT-BHU is so weak that even central govt dares to play dirty jokes because they know they will loose nothing but gain the support of exising IITs and upcoming IITs because this is what these existing IITs think and say about IT-BHU. They have no regards to IT-BHU and they don't care about IT-BHU. Forget surpassing IITs,They can't let it happen that IT-BHU stands as tall as IIT.

February 7, 2009 3:33 AM
 From US said:

I think Mayavati can be of great help here. Another politician, Mr. Monoj Sinha, Ex-Mp(BJP) and ex-student of IT-BHU can help too. When BHU has not objected IT's conversion to IIT, why should Mr. Chidambaram worry if the conversion would hurt BHU or not. It is none of his business. Guys in India, please be pro-active. If you know some MPs, request them to raise question in parliament about the sttaus of conversion of IT BHU. It is our last chance.

February 7, 2009 4:56 AM
 anonymous said:

Protest carried out by IT students.A gathering was also called in G11 in which director was also present.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Varanasi/BHU_students_protest_against_delay_in_IIT_status/articleshow/4092731.cms

February 7, 2009 10:25 AM
 Anonymous said:

Yes this sounds like the end of a pipe dream.
I think IT BHU profs should take a very hardline stance and refuse to admit IIT JEE students from the coming session.

Clearly, both IIT directors/influential faculty members and BHU are against this. Unless IT BHU faculty is willing to do much this case should be forgotten for ever.

February 7, 2009 6:54 PM
 Anonymous said:

More news from Dainik Jagran. Nice to see that local media is taking lot of interest in IT--> IIT

http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh/4_1_5227601.html

February 10, 2009 4:11 PM
 meenakshi garg said:

I feel the current issue is only a mockery of the system.The whole year Students were hopeful about the upgrading to IIT.Now when the students are agitating,they should not do so in an impulsive manner rather they should work strategically .May be something positive happens.

February 10, 2009 11:21 PM
 Anonymous said:

Some more news from another Hindi daily

http://www.amarujala.com/today/vnsnews.asp?city=11VNS4M.asp

February 11, 2009 6:26 PM
 Anonymous said:

It seems that ball is in now BHU's court ..

http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh/4_1_5235929.html

February 14, 2009 6:33 AM
 shrikant said:

students meeting more than 100 M.P. ,all M.P. supportting the issue

February 14, 2009 9:05 PM
 Anonymous said:


I wonder if religious politics is also coming into play. This is a election year and since AMU was not in the IIT list, the government may have decided not to convert IT-BHU to IIT, not at least this year.

I don't mean to instigate any religious sentiments, just my opinion on the election year politics.

February 16, 2009 9:12 AM
 Anonymous said:

This is ridiculous. Govt has opened so many new IITs without even a building ..These problems are bound to crop up ..irony is that they are not upgrading the ITBHU that has an excellent infrastructure and can reduce the burden of some of the IITs to provide the accommodation and educations to students of new building less IITs.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/IIT-Kanpur-faces-resource-crunch/articleshow/4145153.cms

February 17, 2009 8:11 AM
 Anonymous said:

plz give recent updates on conversion.

March 22, 2009 6:52 AM
 Anonymous said:

any updates for conversion ?

April 1, 2009 4:37 AM
 Anonymous said:

Now, with Arjun Singh is out of scene .. whats the next step? Do we need to start from scratch?

May 22, 2009 6:57 PM
 ErerneCaw said:

mita olin etsimassa, kiitos

May 27, 2011 11:26 AM

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