[Update 1]: Link to Dainik Jagran Article added
[Update 2]: Link to Times of India article, and pre-meet Hindustan Times article added.
[Update 3] (July 30, 2009): Link to The Telegraph article added.
[Update 4] (August 20, 2009): Link to The updates from the Chronicle added.
Newspapers including Amar Ujala (page viewable only in Internet Explorer, screenshot attached below) are reporting that in the executive committee meeting of BHU held on July 16, 2009, a resolution was adopted which paves the way for conversion of IT-BHU to IIT. The article reports that the resolution stipulates that the BHU VC will be the co-chairman of the board of the new IIT, and that the IIT should be on the Varanasi campus itself.
We look forward to more confirmed reports of the same. Please post any other links in the comments.
[Update] Anuj Shukla EEE '01 sent us the link to this Dainik Jagran Post (please click the article in the second column after the page opens)
The article says
बीएचयू आईटी बना आईआईटी
वाराणसी, शिक्षा प्रतिनिधि : काशी हिंदू विश्वविद्यालय स्थित आईटी को आईआईटी का दर्जा प्राप्त हो गया है। गुरुवार को कुलपति आवास पर हुई कार्यकारिणी परिषद की बैठक में आईआईटी बनाए जाए संबंधी प्रस्ताव को पास कर दिया गया। आईआईटी बनाए जाने के बाबत मानव संसाधन एवं विकास मंत्रालय की ओर से दिए गए सभी दिशानिर्देशों को कौंसिल ने पारित कर दिया है। इसके तहत आईआईटी की गवर्निग बॉडी के को-चेयरमैन बीएचयू के कुलपति होंगे जबकि कार्यकारिणी एवं विद्वत परिषद में बीएचयू का प्रतिनिधित्व रहेगा। इस एतिहासिक फैसले के बाद से आईटी के छात्रों व शिक्षकों में जबर्दस्त खुशी की लहर दौड़ गई। लोग एक-दूसरे को बधाई देने के साथ ही मिठाइयां भी खिलाने लगे। गौरतलब है कि आईटी को आईआईटी बनाने के लिए शिक्षकों व छात्रों ने पिछले कई वर्षो से मुहिम छेड़ रखी थी। इस दौरान कई बार उन्हें निराशा हाथ लगी लेकिन अंतत: उनका संघर्ष रंग लाया और वाराणसी जिले को एक आईआईटी मिल गया। पूर्वाह्न 10 बजे से लगभग पांच घंटे तक चली कार्यकारिणी परिषद की बैठक में लिये गए अन्य फैसलों में मैकेनिकल इंजीनियरिंग विभाग के प्रो. बीबी बंसल को यूजीसी एकेडमिक स्टाफ कालेज का निदेशक बना दिया गया। इसके अलावा गत माह संपन्न विश्वविद्यालय फाइनेंस कमेटी, इन्वेस्टमेंट कमेटी तथा एकेडमिक कौंसिल द्वारा पारित फैसलों पर भी कार्यकारिणी की मुहर लग गई। विभिन्न पदों पर सीधी भर्ती के तहत 23 तथा प्रोन्नति के अंतर्गत 36 पदों पर की गई नियुक्तियों को भी कार्यकारिणी परिषद ने मुहर लगाई। नई ग्रुप लिंक इंश्योरेन्स स्कीम को अनुमोदित किया गया। एचआरडी मिनिस्ट्री द्वारा बीएचयू से संबद्ध महाविद्यालयों की संबद्धता के परिप्रेक्ष्य में निर्धारित किये गये दिशा-निर्देशों पर अमल करने के लिए विश्वविद्यालय द्वारा एक कमेटी का गठन किया गया है, इस प्रस्ताव को भी कार्यकारिणी की मंजूरी मिली। बैठक में कार्यकारिणी परिषद के सदस्य के रूप में मेजर जनरल एसएन मुखर्जी, प्रो. कमल सिंह, प्रो.एस. चूड़ामणि गोपाल, प्रो. डीएस राठौर, प्रो. लक्ष्मण चतुर्वेदी एवं प्रो. एसबी सिंह मौजूद थे।
Update: Hari points us to this Times of India article, which concurs with other reports.
VARANASI: The executive council of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) approved the proposal for IIT status to the Institute of Technology (IT) at its meeting held on Thursday.
According to the university spokesperson, it was approved that the BHU would have its representation in the proposed IIT-BHU's executive council and academic council. The BHU vice-chancellor would be the co-chairman in the governing body. It may be mentioned here that the students of IT-BHU have been raising the demand for IIT status for a long time.
The EC also approved the appointment of Prof BB Bansal of mechanical engineering department as the director of UGC Academic Staff College. Besides, 23 appointments through direct recruitment and 36 appointments through promotion were also approved by the EC. The meeting was attended by V-C Prof DP Singh, Major General SN Mukherjee, Prof Kamal Singh, Prof S Churamani Gopal, Prof DS Rathore, Prof Laxman Chaturvedi and Prof SB Singh.
[Update]: Sarfaraz (and many others) point us to this article in the Hindustan Times which says that the Minister of State for Human Resources made a statement in our support some days ago.
[Update] Several of our well-wishers have sent us the link to this Post on The Telegraph, which mentions that MHRD has okayed the name "IIT-BHU"
The article says
Deal breaks deadlock, BHU closer to IIT tag
CHARU SUDAN KASTURI
New Delhi, July 30: Banaras Hindu University's engineering wing can retain the name of its parent varsity even after being cleaved into an independent IIT, the Centre has accepted, clearing a major roadblock in the execution of a long-promised upgrade.
The university, too, has withdrawn its demand that the vice-chancellor (VC) be permanently made chairman of the new IIT in a compromise that has revived efforts to elevate the status of the Institute of Technology-BHU.
The human resource development and the law ministries have agreed to name the upgraded institute IIT-BHU -- unlike any other of India's 15 IITs -- instead of IIT Varanasi as they initially wanted, The Telegraph has learnt.
Two days after the law ministry approved IIT-BHU as the name of the new institute on July 14, the executive council of the university met and accepted a set of demands by the HRD ministry. Government officials confirmed there was still a slight divergence between the HRD ministry and the university over a key government demand. But with each conceding ground from their earlier positions, the university and the Centre have broken the deadlock, sources said.
"The compromise is significant because the plans for the upgrade of IT-BHU into an IIT were appearing bleaker with every passing day. Now it is a question of when, not whether," an official said.
IT-BHU, which for years has admitted students through the IIT Joint Entrance Examination, was first promised the IIT status, along with six other institutes, during NDA rule. An expert panel subsequently proposed that IT-BHU be granted the IIT tag.
In 2008, the HRD ministry announced it would start eight new IITs and upgrade IT-BHU into an IIT under the current Eleventh Five-Year Plan. Earlier this year, the move to upgrade IT-BHU was temporarily shelved ahead of the polls.
At the IIT council meeting in January, concerns were raised about separating IT-BHU from its parent varsity. The concerns were later echoed by others at BHU.
In February, the university's executive council passed a resolution agreeing to the upgrade of IT-BHU but placed a set of conditions the Centre has till now found unacceptable. The demands that the newly created institute should be called IIT-BHU and that the university's VC be made chairman of the board of governors of the new IIT were considered the most controversial.
IITs, by definition, were required to have an independent existence, and a name tying the new institution to an existing one was unacceptable, ministry officials had argued. While they have now accepted IIT-BHU as the new name, the university council has agreed to withdraw a proposal that a new institute be built at its Mirzapur campus.
BHU has also agreed that its vice-chancellor need not be made de-facto chairman of the new IIT. But it is still demanding that the VC be made co-chairman, a request the Centre is unwilling to accept.
[update] The ITBHU Chronicle has the latest update on this topic at this page. Please visit it and post your comments there.
The alumni association would like to welcome all those incoming students who have chosen to make IT-BHU their next home. This article is an attempt to answer some of your most commonly asked questions. Feel free to post a comment, or email us at jee @ itbhuglobal.org if you have any other questions.
1. Will ITBHU be converted into an IIT?
We have been lobbying very hard for this, and see it as possible in the coming months, esp. with the new MHRD. The Alumni Association is in regular touch with BHU administration and MHRD and regular updates are posted in our newsletter, the chronicle, at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/
IIT or not IIT, IT-BHU has been always rated as one of top engineering colleges in the country. Many surveys have rated it higher than the existing IITs. Apart from great career opportunities, IT-BHU provides many avenues for overall growth of its students. Being a part of BHU, students can study courses at various faculties such as foreign language, music etc. IT-BHU has a very strong network of a LARGE number of alumni, who greatly miss BHU life and are always more than happy to meet and help another ITian.
2. How are the placements at IT-BHU?
The placements at IT-BHU are among the best in the country. Even in the recessionary times, it has had placements above 150%. Many surveys have rated the placements at IT-BHU as one of the best in the country. The institute sees a range companies visiting the instituting, including core engineering companies, IT companies, financial and consulting companies.
3. How are the new branches at IT-BHU?
- Industrial Chemistry
- Engineering Physics
- Mathematics & Computing
How are the dual degree courses at IT-BHU?
We do not have the placements for the dual degree courses as the first batch is yet to appear for placements. The coursework in the 5 year program involves more research opportunities and given the experience in the IITs, should various opportunities for students.
4. Which is better -- ITBHU(MECH) OR BITS PILANI(EEE)?
Which is better -- ITBHU(MINING) OR NIT Trichy(EEE)/IIIT Hyderabad (CSE)?
Again, we would request students to take the holistic picture to take into account.
One aspect that makes IT-BHU unique is that it allows to develop lateral thinking due to close interactions with guys from such diverse fields like Medical to Arts to Music to various Engineering fields. The place will allow to dream of an idea and validate it with excellent facilities and technical support available out there (129 departments) inside the campus. This is a place where there is confluence of so many cultures and the five or four years of stay moulds you to a near perfect human being capable of handling any adverse situation with absolute ease.
5. How does ITBHU compare with the newly formed IITs?
The new IITs could well go on to become one of the top institutes in the country, but currently most of them are run out of temporary campus. IT-BHU on the other hand, has great facilities and infrastructure for traditional engineering branches and a strong faculty. The student-faculty ratio is one of the best in the country. For example, the ECE department has one of the best fabrication and VLSI design facilities with all the leading EDA tools donated by several companies.
6. How are the prospects for MBA/MS at IT-BHU?
Many students from ITBHU go for further studies to the top management and engineering institutes every year. The curriculum provides you ample time to prepare for exams such as CAT or GRE, and you also get a great atmosphere since many students prepare for the exams together with you. The institute will provide you adequate opportunities for research oportunities. In terms of research output, IT-BHU was ranked third among all the top engineering institutions in India (including IISc and IITs). So you can imagine that faculty members at IT-BHU are also as good as any IIT.
Students from IT-BHU go to almost all the top universities for higher studies (Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, CMU, Caltech, UMich, UCLA to name a few) and all the top business schools for MBA (Harvard, Columbia, Sloan, Kellogg, IIMs, etc).
7. Which is better -- ITBHU(CSE) OR IIT(CHE/CIV)?
Students should give due opportunity to the branch they are choosing. Sometimes your branch in B.Tech. defines your future career prospects. If you choose IT-BHU over an IIT, the trade-off is a branch with more rewarding career over the IIT tag. Branch becomes more important if you want to stay in engineering profession and want to practice your technical expertise. Just to make a point, if you want to do MS/PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, it makes more sense to do B.Tech.(CSE) from IT-BHU rather than doing B.Tech.(Chemical) at an IIT.