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News Update 5 dated Mar 12, 2010
Kapil Sibal, Minister for the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, was the chief guest at the 92nd convocation of Banaras Hindu Univesity on 7th March, 2010. The updates from the convocation would be covered in the ITBHU Chronicle.
After the convocation the Minister assured people that IT-BHU would be converted to an IIT soon. This news article was covered widely in the media.
News Update 4 dated Nov 28, 2009
Several sources have pointed us towards the following link
Where Minister of State for HRD, Honorable Smt. D. Purandeswari confirmed that
"The Ministry of Human Resource Development made an announcement in March, 2008 to up-grade the Institute of Technology,Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi to an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).The Ministry is in the process of taking necessary approvals, i.e.,of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and the Cabinet. "
The Full text is below.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
UPGRADATION OF IT AND ISM INTO IIT
Shri INDER SINGH NAMDHARI
Will the Minister of
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has any plan to upgrade Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU),Varanasi and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad into Indian Institute of Technology (IIT);
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) the time by which these institutes are likely to be upgraded?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT(SMT. D. PURANDESWARI)
(a) to (c): The Ministry of Human Resource Development made an announcement in March, 2008 to up-grade the Institute of Technology,Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi to an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).The Ministry is in the process of taking necessary approvals, i.e.,of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and the Cabinet. There is, however, no plan at present to up-grade the Indian School of Mines (ISM),Dhanbad to an IIT.
News Update 3 dated Nov 26, 2009
Following news was posted in Amar Ujala (Hindi) newspaper on Nov 26:
To view PDF file, click here.
The English translation is as follows:
“BHUIT will soon get IIT status
New Delhi: The road for BHUIT to get IIT status is clear now. It is hoped that in next 2-3 months, our country will get 16th IIT and UP will get 2nd IIT. Minister of State for HRD Ministry, D. Purandeswari informed Parliament on Wednesday. In March 2008, the then HRD Minister, Mr. Arjun Singh announced conversion of Institute of Technology, BHU to IIT.
Prof. S. N. Upadhyaya, Director of BHUIT offered mixed reaction to the promise by Minister of State for quickly resolving this issue, which was hanging for one and half years. Although he expressed satisfaction that govt. finally recognized BHUIT, he also expressed doubt that the issue may go to cold storage again. He suggested that govt. should take this on priority basis, by announcing it after getting approval from cabinet. If this happens before Joint Entrance exam (IIT-JEE), then name of BHUIT will be also published in IIT-JEE brochure. This will enable bright students to join the institute and the institute will get all facilities. It is well-known that ITBHU stands 8th among older technical institutes. After opening of new IITs, there was doubt about the institute falling behind; for that faculty, alumni and students have started a campaign.”
News Update 2 dated Nov 24, 2009
The agenda for Winter Session of Parliament includes introduction of The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2009.
This information is provided by PRS Legislative Research on its website, www.prsindia.org. It is listed under “Bills Listed for Introduction”.
It can also be viewed in the attached PDF file (the Bill is highlighted on page 3)
About PRS legislative Research (from its website):
PRS Legislative Research seeks to strengthen the legislative process by making it better informed, more transparent and participatory.
PRS Legislative Research (PRS) was founded in 2005 as an independent research initiative. PRS works with Members of Parliament (MPs) across party lines to provide research support on legislative and policy issues. Our aim is to complement the base of knowledge and expertise that already exists in government, citizens groups, businesses, and other research institutions.
News Update1 dated Nov 20, 2009 On Tuesday (Nov 17) evening, Planning Commission dispatched the IT-BHU conversion file with its approval and recommendation to HRD Ministry.
Earlier, the group of students met the Secretary of Planning Commission and requested him to expedite the matter. The Secretary gave the assurance. Later, the same students could meet Hon'ble Minister Kapil Sibal in his residence (Saturday 14th Nov). The Minister received them well and discussed the matter. He reassured them that this will be done but could not commit whether it could be done in this session. However he mentioned that he would look into it.
There are 4 dates available for MHRD to table IIT Act in Parliament: 25 Nov; 2 Dec, 9, Dec, 16 Dec (all are on Wednesday).
If the EFC and cabinet meetings are over within next 10-15 days, then we could expect the same to be passed in this Parliament Session (Nov 19-Dec 22).
In continuation of its long tradition of hosting semi-annual meets in the bay area, the ITBHUGAA Silicon Valley Chapter successfully organized yet another alumni meet on 1st Nov. 2009.
The theme this time was markedly different from the last Holi meet, which was characterized by dance and live music performances. The get-together was held in the lush Central Park location in Santa Clara and featured several outdoor events.
The day that epitomized 'the perfect California weather' saw alumni pouring in with their families at noon. While some people took off to the ground with Frisbees and cricket gear, the others enjoyed hot Samosa-Chole and Methu Vada with Chutney while chatting. Soon, the kids took the center stage at the park during the Lemon Race. It was a delight seeing the young ITians run to the finish lines while their parents cheered for them. Next in line were the couples for the needle and thread challenge. The wives held the needle at the far end and their husbands ran to put the thread across the needle. Gagan(EE 98) and his wife, Rupali, showed superb coordination as Gagan beat Anshuman(EE 98) to the finish line.
Another exciting event was Tug-of-War that exposed the rivalry between the ITBHU hostels. The crowd started cheering as alumni from DG made the alumni from Raman-Morvi bite the dust. Moments later, the alumni from Vivekanand-Limbdi-Dey routed the alumni from Vishvesaraiyya-Rajputana. However, the final bout between DG and Vivekanand-Limbdi-Dey was heart throbbing. DG recovered from the verge of defeat, owing mostly to their anchor Nishant(Met 02), to win the inter-hostel Tug-of-War championship. Everyone enjoyed Dosas and Uthapam with Gajar Halwa after this incredibly thrilling event.
Vivek(EcE 86), who had mesmerized everyone with 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala' at the Holi meet, re-casted his magic with an innovative Bingo. Replacing Bingo numbers with ITBHU events(Kashiyatra, Technex etc.), and hostels(Limbdi, Dey etc.), and Benares restaurants(Sindhi, Diamond etc.) and places(VT, Sankar Mochan etc.), he took everyone down that memory lane one more time. The get-together ended with a 30-second silence to pay homage to the alumni from Kashi'81 who have left us at a very young age.
Attended by more than 85 people (including kids), the event rejuvenated the IT-BHU bond that has existed for several decades.
Video on YouTube
- Great video done by Neel (Chandra's son)
|Photos of the event|
|Mr Jung's (Class of 1955)||Shalab's (Class of 2002)||Kranti's (Class of 1994)|