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November 21, 2009
IITBHU Global Editor @ 01:22 AM IIT?


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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.

 

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News Update 4 dated Nov 28, 2009

Several sources have pointed us towards the following link

http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/psearch/QResult15.aspx?qref=76562

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

MINISTRY OF 

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED

QUESTION NO

1017

ANSWERED ON  

25.11.2009

UPGRADATION OF IT AND ISM INTO IIT

1017 .

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?

ANSWER


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.

 

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News Update 3 dated Nov 26, 2009

Following news was posted in Amar Ujala (Hindi) newspaper on Nov 26:

Website: http://www.amarujala.com/today/default.asp

To view PDF file, click here.

AmarUjala-News.pdf

The English translation is as follows:

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“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.”

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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”.

http://www.prsindia.org/index.php?name=Sections&action=bill_details&id=5&bill_id=939&category=1&parent_category=0

It can also be viewed in the attached PDF file (the Bill is highlighted on page 3)

 listed_bill_winter_2009.pdf

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About PRS legislative Research (from its website):

http://www.prsindia.org/index.php

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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.

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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).

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

great news!

November 23, 2009 7:39 AM
 Anonymous said:

the news is indeed great but the non commitment from the minister clearly shows that the matter has a strong chance of going to the budget session which the agonizing wait is set to get longer.we need to constant reminders to the minister say in a weeks time so atleast the draft gets ready and the matter does not get delayed from the budget to the monsoon session!

November 23, 2009 10:29 PM
 Kevin said:

The proposed bill is clearly not being given full attention, when he can table the very recently proposed Central universities bill 2009 on 24 november then why not a long pending issue of itbhu conversion. We have to make sure that this bill gets tabled in this season only.

November 24, 2009 2:01 AM
 Rohit Sachan said:

Now only 3 days left, I hope they and we should really get serious about getting it done in this session only.

November 26, 2009 12:03 AM
 Anonymous said:

Any updates? What is the current status? Is there any possibility of the bill being passed by this session?

December 2, 2009 6:09 AM
 Ajai Singh said:

Does anyone have the text for "The Institute of Technology Amendment Bill, 2009" ?? Just curious that text about IT BHU's conversion to IIT is there. Any updates on whether the bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha. This is killing me slowly. :)

December 2, 2009 3:19 PM
 Anonymous said:

Another answer in loksabha stating that conversion of IT to IIT is under consideration (read the last line of the answer)

http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/psearch/QResult15.aspx?qref=76726

December 3, 2009 8:15 AM
 Anonymous said:

http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/psearch/QResult15.aspx?qref=76111

The above link provides the answer given by ministry in July. It states that the 'ministry has taken a decision to convert IT to IIT"

December 3, 2009 8:23 AM
 Sachin said:

Any news on EFC clearance

December 3, 2009 10:32 PM
 shakti singh said:

are they playing any games with us....

we are becoming iit in next session of the parliament from quite a time now.

cant they give a date by which we will get iit status.. from july to november and now to march...they are just trying to put the matter in the cold bag...

dont we need another repetition of what we did last year to get iit ststus..??

please dont let it go this time..

December 7, 2009 4:14 AM
 kevin said:

I urge current students at IT-BHU to restart some kind of agitation programme to exert necessary pressure on the central govt. They are tabling all kinds of stupid bills but why IT-BHU conversion is always 'work in progress'. You never know what lies ahead, something might happen and the conversion process might get lost. So accentuate the pressure to get it done this very time.

December 7, 2009 11:10 PM
 Anonymous said:

I think alumni of IT-BHU who are in IAS/IPS services can help in expediting the process. But current students and alumni who are in New Delhi can put pressure on them.

December 8, 2009 9:33 AM
 Anonymous said:

and I think that time is up for this session .... :(( :(( ... now .. wait for next one ... which will be anyway from Feb end to March end ..... but its getting too much now .. !!!!!!!!!!

December 10, 2009 12:55 AM
 Anonymous said:

looks like it's not going in this session...wait wait n wait :(!!

December 10, 2009 1:13 AM
 Sachin said:

The press release of Ministry of Parliamentary affairs also mentions the Institutes of Technology (amendment) bill 2009 (Sl. No. 53).

http://mpa.nic.in/prew09.htm

But the most important thing is when???

December 10, 2009 8:48 PM
 Anonymous said:

Now it seems that as usual it has again been thrown into dust bin. Decades and decades has passed and history is repeating itself. Now we should not waste our time and energy on an issue which is perpetually failing.

December 12, 2009 3:51 AM
 Anonymous said:

either we have to grab it now..

or march 2010 then july 2010 then november 2010....and finally everyone would forget this upgrade!!!

December 12, 2009 5:50 AM
 Anonymous said:

Looks like it is a goner this parliament session as well.Dont see anything on it in lok sabha website for today's session

December 15, 2009 6:08 PM
 Anonymous said:

we are all forgetting that in order to get an IIT status for our institute the BHU Act needs to be amended as well but that Act is nowhere to be seen so the big question is WHETHER THE NAME OF OUR INSTITUTE IS IN THE Institutes of Technology(Amendment)Bill??

December 15, 2009 8:57 PM
 Anonymous said:

This is very frustrating.
Can someone provide some info.
Why are we so tight lipped on this ?
Why cannot someone from IT BHU faculty update this web page ?

December 17, 2009 11:54 PM
 Anonymous said:

I got a feeling that this will be held up for another couple of years min . Anyone got updates?

December 18, 2009 5:05 AM
 Laxman said:

It seems there is no further scope in this session. But, we should not get disheartened or be pessimistic. Instead, alumni especially from Delhi region alongwith current students & faculties of the institute should follow it up with appropriate authorities & influential personalities so as to get it approved by EFC & cabinet and persue for its introduction & passing during next Budget session atleast.

December 19, 2009 7:40 AM
 Anonymous said:

It is very ironical that news is posted on this site directly from parliament during it's session. We r seating idle for the rest of the time when it is actually required to be active. We are sitting silent at this point of time which is actually an ideal time to get active. I am sure useless news will start pouring in on this page during parliament session when nothing can be done.Where our great alumuni leaders are busy? This is real time to act. I request everybody to get active at this point itself so that matter does get further delayed and all the formalities can be completed by this month itself.

January 6, 2010 7:25 AM
 Anonymous said:

It is very ironical that news r posted on this site directly from parliament during it's session. We r seating idle for the rest of the time when it is actually required to be active. We are sitting silent at this point of time which is actually an ideal time to get active. I am sure that all useless news will start pouring in on this page during parliament session when nothing can be done.Where our great alumuni leaders are busy? This is real time to act. I request everybody to get active at this point of time itself so that matter does not get further delayed and all the formalities can be completed by the end of this month itself.

January 6, 2010 7:29 AM
 Rohit Sachan said:

Yes I strongly agree with above statement.

If parliament says

"The Ministry is in the process of taking necessary approvals, i.e.,of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) and the Cabinet."

We would like to know whats the development happening in EFC and cabinet.

coz if its started then there is no point in leaving it in the middle unfinished.
This time institute and government really reached sufficient to complete the task.

January 8, 2010 2:18 AM
 Animesh Pathak CSE03 said:

Dear all: From what we have been told, the matter had to be postponed to the spring session due to the unexpected (and unrelated) developments in the Parliament.

The alumni team is keeping a close watch on the proceedings, and will post any new developments on the websites.

Thanks,
Animesh

January 8, 2010 2:30 AM
 Anonymous said:

Our file has been pending with EFC for close to 2 months now.... Will it ever get out of it ??

January 11, 2010 1:02 AM
 Anonymous said:

try to understand the govt procedure ..., in the mid nov the new secy came .. and the whole ministry was busy in preparing the answers of the question asked in parliament .. it was over in Dec end .. then people started going on leave .. LTC etc .. and back in new year .. and its been only one week .. second is going on .. there is rush to prepare the budget for the year ahead .. to be send to finance min ... during all this IITs issue will also be taken .. (and that is not the only job with min), .....hope it will be through before feb 1st week .. at least from cabinet

January 11, 2010 6:19 AM
  Anonymous said:

HRD ministry is likely to be overloaded throughout this year, if you see the major issues before this ministry. However, we can not ignore the fact that govt. has been saying 'in the process .....' for a very long time. Waiting for such a long time has made everyone frustrated.After all, every thing should have a limit. So, nobody is in the mood of waiting any more.

January 11, 2010 11:53 PM
 Anonymous said:

and BHU officialy gave its permission only in Aug... and that's too after a lot and all kind of pushing from ministry ..

January 12, 2010 12:05 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Yeah that is right whatever u guys are saying ...

Now point here is that we atleast get approval from cabinet (After clearance from EFC)and get at a step equal to new IITs.

And that would be safe for us as well ....

January 12, 2010 2:44 AM
 Anonymous said:

I agree with Shailendra. The file must atleast be cleared by EFC and the cabinet without any further delay.

Alumni group in contact with the ministry should share the actual status for mass awareness of everybody conerned.

January 12, 2010 3:53 AM
 Anonymous said:

I agree with Shailendra. The file must atleast be cleared by EFC and the cabinet without any further delay.

Alumni group in contact with the ministry should share the actual status for mass awareness of everybody concerned.

January 12, 2010 3:55 AM
 Anonymous said:

kuch karo bhai plz . koi bhi help chahiye to batao :)

January 16, 2010 11:03 AM
 Anonymous said:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100119/jsp/nation/story_12000865.jsp

Scam accused to head next IIT
CHARU SUDAN KASTURI
New Delhi, Jan. 18: Banaras Hindu University has picked an academic accused by the Uttar Pradesh government in a 2007 state medical examination scam as director of its engineering wing, which is set to become India’s newest IIT.

The BHU executive council has chosen K.P. Singh, sacked as vice-chancellor of Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University in 2007, to head the Institute of Technology BHU, triggering allegations of impropriety stoked by caste affiliations.

K.P. Singh, picked in late December, will take over when current IT-BHU director S.N. Upadhyay’s term ends on January 31, varsity officials confirmed. “I do not wish to comment at this stage except to say that the charges levelled against me are baseless. I will speak when I take over,” K.P. Singh said when contacted.

Many faculty members and students accuse the university administration of picking K.P. Singh on caste considerations, ignoring seniority and tarnishing IT-BHU’s reputation.

The Centre has promised that IT-BHU will be India’s next IIT and the upgrade could happen this year. The taint associated with Singh could hurt the institute and its reputation during this crucial transition phase, the critics say.

BHU vice-chancellor D.P. Singh insisted that all norms had been followed in the selection. He told The Telegraph: “The executive council has picked K.P. Singh on my recommendation because he presents us with the best balance between seniority and time left before retirement. I don’t pick people on the basis of their caste.”

A 62-year-old electrical engineer, K.P. Singh was sacked as vice-chancellor of the Uttar Pradesh government’s VBS Purvanchal University in 2007 after a scam broke out over that year’s state pre-medical exam, conducted under him.

A nine-member inquiry team had held him guilty of large-scale bungling that led to thousands of deserving candidates initially being denied selection because of marking and assessment errors. A few of the affected students committed suicide.

After K.P. Singh was sacked, the Mayavati government lodged an FIR against him.

BHU vice-chancellor D.P. Singh claimed that Allahabad High Court had dismissed the FIR. “As far as I know, as of today, there is nothing against him,” he said.

But a senior state official said the claim was “blatantly false”. The official said the court had “merely stayed disciplinary proceedings against him for the duration of the case, which it is hearing”.

The state government is still pursing the case and is convinced of K.P. Singh’s guilt, the official added.

Traditionally, BHU picks the senior-most available faculty member to head its institutes. Critics of K.P. Singh’s selection say civil engineer and dean Virendra Singh, senior-most after outgoing IT-BHU director Upadhyay, was ignored.

D.P. Singh said Virendra was ignored because he had only a few months left before retirement. He added that Upadhyay’s request for an extension was not approved because university statutes do not allow a second term. The critics disputed this.

K.P. Singh and D.P. Singh are both Thakurs, as are six of the 10 BHU executive council members, the critics said. Upadhyay, who has a year before retirement, is a Brahmin

January 18, 2010 8:42 PM
 Anonymous said:

News of such kind almost always kill us .... I request somebody senior to comment on this and also let us know the status of conversion ....

Thanks In Advance.

January 18, 2010 11:07 PM
 Anonymous said:

why does telegraph always write so upsetting news????????? alumni and seniors plz tell us the meaning of this news and its relation to conversion.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

January 19, 2010 6:22 AM
 Anonymous said:

why does telegraph always write so upsetting news????????? alumni and seniors plz tell us the meaning of this news and its relation to conversion.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

January 19, 2010 6:23 AM
 DJ said:

I think government works with its own pace. Somebody wants to put his puppet to control over it even it becomes ......

January 19, 2010 9:41 AM
 Abhijeet Ghoshal said:

I don't think it should impact the conversion process at all. VC got all what he wanted. Also, for this new Diro, unless charges are proved in court, he is innocent "officially". So govt. procedures should not get impacted. If he is proved guilty, he will have to go anyway. Yes, this could be the result of D.P. Singh's political game. Let it be. We know it happens everywhere, here it happens more because of BHU. Let the conversion process be completed, surely things will improve.

January 19, 2010 9:16 PM
 Anonymous said:

budget session is expected from 22 february. goverment shud make an official announcement regarding conversion before 22 feb .

January 22, 2010 1:26 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

And from the news it seems that only these two bills are being put in the budget session.

January 22, 2010 2:12 AM
 anonymous said:

The alumni group working on this issue should provide an update of the actual status...

January 22, 2010 3:07 AM
 Anonymous said:

it seems like every session nothing is gonna happen in this one too.IT-BHU people who r working for this conversion plz plz plz provide some updates and tell IT-BHU students that is any possibility of passing this bill in this session??? otherwise i think like every session this session will pass and we will get a news that HRD minister has assured the conversion but in this session due to work load it could not be passed, may be in next session it will be. that means it is never gonna happen.........

January 22, 2010 4:59 AM
 Anonymous said:

plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz give us some good news.

January 22, 2010 5:01 AM
 Anonymous: said:

This is a shame that here everyone is fighting to make IT BHU an IIT and Vice Chancellor is appointing K.P. Singh bypassing Virendra Singh and others who are definetly far more qualified than him academically and seniority wise. If I am not mistaken Virendra Singh is an IIT graduate and should be appointed as next director. I don't know what type of IIT it will become under K.P Singh leadership who has failed in past. VC should reconsider his decision and let more qualified person lead the brand new IIT. I don't agree with Abhijeet as all effort to make it IIT will be in vain, if starting is not right.

January 25, 2010 9:24 PM
 Vijay Kumar said:

Mr. anonymous, this is not the right forum to discuss about the issues related with appointment of IT-BHU director. Please, restrict ourself discussing about conversion issues only on this forum.

January 25, 2010 10:07 PM
 neeraj said:

when the for bill for conversion to IIT likely to be tabled in the parliament ?

January 27, 2010 3:55 AM
 neeraj said:

When is the bill for conversion to IIT likely to be tabled in the parliament ?

January 27, 2010 3:57 AM
 Animesh said:

Hi all,
The latest updates from Yogesh on this issue are in the Chronicle Dec. 2009 edition.

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2009/12/itbhu_to_iit_co_12.php

Thanks,
Animesh

January 27, 2010 4:08 AM
 nitin said:

I think personal comments against any person ( specially our directors should be deleted ) !

February 1, 2010 8:57 AM
 Anonymous said:

I agree, it is bad to write such a comment.

February 1, 2010 6:43 PM
 Joy Thomas said:

I strongly feel that the moderators should see to it that such personal remarks on any individual is not put on this website any more. We have all seen and experienced how the dirty politics (by both the students community as well as the faculty) has brought in the deterioration of the Institute. I had visited IT-BHU in Dec. 2008 after a gap of 25 years and was sorry to see the sad state of affairs to which the institute has fallen into. So let us try to put our hands and minds together to do something positive for our alma mater so that it could be brought back to its old glory once again. We should try to bring in top ranking engineering students and faculty to Benaras and this could be achieved by getting the IIT status it rightly deserves to begin with . So let us all work towards that goal leaving aside all our personal prejudices.
Joy Thomas 1983 EE.

February 1, 2010 9:28 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Budget Session is about to begin.... Do we have any updates ??

February 3, 2010 2:15 AM
 Anonymous said:

i think this is not gonna happen in this session too.coz dere is not any official news about conversion till now!!!!!!!!!!

February 3, 2010 11:17 AM
 anonymous said:

The calender of budget session of the parliament is now published.

Unfortunately, we are yet to see any news related to EFC/cabinet clearance/IT amendment bill.

February 4, 2010 10:03 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

All the working Wednesday are allotted to MHRD.

February 5, 2010 1:01 AM
 Anonymous said:

budget session is about to start. we dont have any news regarding conversion. moderators and concerned people to conversion give some updates. whats going on in MHRD ????????

February 6, 2010 2:57 AM
 Anonymous said:

Do we need another pen down movement in the insti so that MHRD clears the final hurdle?? last time we did it for R.Chidambaram now we might need it for EFC clearance.....This prob has been going since a very long time.

February 6, 2010 5:42 AM
 Anonymous said:

plzzzzzzzzzzzz give some news. why is this forum so dead????????? the budget session will have passed and we wil have done nothing like every session..........

February 6, 2010 6:41 AM
 Anonymous said:

Do we need to start the movement inside the insti again for efc clearance..!!!

Remember..Do it this time or forget it forever,..

February 6, 2010 10:39 AM
 Anonymous said:

The silence itself, is telling a lot.

February 7, 2010 1:47 AM
 Anonymous said:

It is very disturbing to note that after 28th of November 2009 there is not a single update on this forum except one small update publiced in the chronicle. This itself put question mark on the very existance of this forum and a big question mark on the capability and intention of the people who are sitting at the helm of the affairs to organise a movement and channelise the every bit of energy towards giving our institute what it deservs. But we can see that people who has been entrusted to stear this movement successfully have completely failed to do so. It it high time these people wake up and do their duty in more transperent manner so that fruitfull result can be achieved without any further delays.

February 7, 2010 2:46 AM
 Anonymous said:

why are u people not updating this dead forum. if anything is not happening then tell the truth to students in insti. we will start a movement again and try our best to get what we deserve.otherwise this session will have passed and we will post only comments and involve in long discussions on dead forums like this and nothing will happen.

February 7, 2010 6:46 AM
 Abhijeet said:

First of all, I think people who dare to question the efforts of this movement should put their names. Secondly, before questioning others' and blaming those people whose hard work has brought to this stage, we should think how we can contribute in this effort. Sitting in a room and writing comments won't help. Everything is in the hands of Government right now. They take their own time. It is not a matter of national importance for them. Also, they have never said that there is any hurdle. So I don't think we should blame those people who are behind this campaign. If you really want to help, try to get the news from Delhi and post it here. Otherwise, wait for someone to do so.

February 7, 2010 7:10 AM
 anonymous said:

Has the file been cleared by EFC? PLZ PLZ give updates regarding this matter.

February 7, 2010 9:50 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Questioning efforts of people who are working on this campaign is not right ...

There are things which might go beyond understanding of many people so plz wait and watch as things are being done ....

February 8, 2010 12:28 AM
 anonymous said:

Yes, it's correct. But it is always better to keep the people informed to avoid frustration, rather than keeping the forum silent.

February 8, 2010 2:36 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Look none of us holds the power to do anything here, we are all just facilitators, once there is anything the forum would be updates by authorized people.
Besides we should remember that it is a public forum and always keep ourselves composed and calm.

Plz put your names from next posts.

February 8, 2010 3:02 AM
 Animesh Pathak said:

Dear all:
From the alumni team, all I can say is that we are closely monitoring the situation, and taking appropriate actions as and when needed from our side. If there is action needed at the students' end, we will be sure to inform you of that.

Regarding the anonymous commentors' comments: We hope you do realize that it is unwise to discuss everything completely out in the open [this webpage is open to absolutely everyone on the internet]. Also, would be much better if you signed with your name.

Abhijeet, Shailendra, Joy and others: Thanks for your support. Only by working together can we ensure the upliftment of the institute.

All: If you really are interested in _doing_ something about this, here are some steps:

1. Find a one-hop contact in the govt (someone you know directly, or through your parents) who can help in this matter.

2. Join the alumni volunteer team [details at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/volunteer/volunteer.php ], and help us with your actions.

best wishes,
Animesh
CSE 2003
P.S. If there are any IT/Tech oriented people here who want to help set up a more vibrant forum -- email me at animesh @ alumni.itbhu.ac.in -- we could use your help in something we have been working on.

February 8, 2010 4:28 AM
 Anonymous said:

I heard Mr.Satish Chandra, IAS(IT-BHU, Civil'83)
is in the Ministry of Power on deputation as Jt. Secretary. I think he should be able to help us. IAS network is very good and he must be knowing the Jt. Secy, Addl. Secy or even the Secretary of MHRD.

February 8, 2010 6:33 PM
 Anonymous said:

so few days r left 4 session. what is going on???????? plz tell sumthing. is dere any possibility of passing the conversion??

February 10, 2010 4:33 AM
 Neeraj said:

Something relevant..
Don't know the name of paper although:
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/593/iitbhu.jpg

February 11, 2010 12:40 PM
 Adnan said:

We need authentication on this, somehow I am not able to trust the source of information coz it says nothing on the EFC, parliament bill introduction which are the pending blocks of the conversion

February 11, 2010 10:31 PM
 Sachin said:

The title of the paper appears like 'Delhi Times'. However, it needs further confirmation, as rightly said by Adnan. Most of the contents of this news is similar to that already reported by Telegraph in September last.

February 12, 2010 1:33 AM
 Anonymous said:

moderators plzz comment on this news. and tell about its authenticity........

February 13, 2010 4:33 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

I have matched lots of news papers which use same kind of calligraphy (The news paper title).

I guess only "The Telegraph" uses a similar "T" as is seen in this clipping.

February 15, 2010 1:36 AM
 Anonymous said:

whosoever posted this link, i request him to tell its source. we want to know , from where he got this image???????

February 15, 2010 4:08 AM
 Anonymous said:

who posted this link. why he is creating a mystery??????????? tell the source of this news and name of newspaper.........

February 15, 2010 5:40 AM
 Neeraj said:

The image I posted was tossed on the university LAN one day.. considering it may be helpful and relevant I thought to post it here.
I am equally unaware of the source as you all.Now that its so many days and still no authentication on it, i assume it may be created by some student and broadcast on the LAN(which is a bad thing as issue for a critical issue like this).
Sincere apologies from my side..

February 17, 2010 1:50 AM
 Saurabh Dubey said:

http://164.100.47.132/provisionalcalender/15/provisional%20calender.pdf

So the dates for HRD are

February 24,
March 3, 10
April 21, 28
May 5

Saurabh CHE 2004

February 17, 2010 9:00 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

I guess this is a 3 months old news ... Let me know if somebody did find anything new in the news ....

February 18, 2010 9:54 PM
 suraj said:

this is a new development because the paper mention the director KP singh,who has recently taken the charge of director (in feb 21010).

February 18, 2010 11:08 PM
 Ashutosh said:

@Shailendra

This news is published in todays i.e 19feb10 Dainik Jagran Varanasi Edition..!!!

February 19, 2010 12:35 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Yeah I checked the news paper itself. Allahabad edition and 2nd page. But news does not say anything new as we already know that finance ministry and planning commission have cleared our case and we are now pending with EFC.

February 19, 2010 12:44 AM
 ashutosh chauhan said:

i found something interesting in a hindi daily newspaper.........go thru this link......

http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/epaper/index.php?location=30&edition=2010-02-19&pageno=11

February 19, 2010 1:13 AM
 Anonymous said:

I believe this is all in preparation for the visit of Dr. Sibal to BHU for the convocation. Let's hope for a positive announcement during the function there.

http://itbhu.ac.in/admissions/index.php/convocation.html

February 19, 2010 1:20 AM
 Anonymous said:

Why dont we request an MP again, this time to ask for a definite time frame from the MHRD in the parliament on the EFC clearance and expected date of introduction of the Bill

February 22, 2010 12:21 AM
 Anonymous said:


check this..

http://164.100.24.207/bulletinII/2010/22.02.2010.pdf

Institute of Technology amendment bill is mentioned but no trace of BHU bill..

February 22, 2010 9:21 AM
 Anonymous said:

there is nothing about BHU act in this pdf and even whatever is given about IT amendment ,it mentions about only 8 new IITs and nothing about IT-BHU conversion also.........
plzzzzzzzz clarify.........

February 22, 2010 10:33 AM
 Anonymous said:

Looks like we missed the train...

February 22, 2010 1:19 PM
 Sachin said:

I think, the group closely working on this project is aware of this fact. The moderators should look into and act appropriately.

February 22, 2010 6:38 PM
 Anonymous said:

Is the government again trying to play games with us? I shouldn't hope so but to be realistic in case if we aren't added along with the eight IITs we can comfortably forget about the IIT status. Looks like we need another pen down at the institute.It opens on March 04 and we might need it right away considering we will be losing two days alloted to the MHRD. but we need a comment on the moderators preferably yogesh sir or animesh sir before doing anything

February 22, 2010 8:56 PM
 Anonymous said:

i agree.....
moderators plzzz comment on this . this is really a serious thing to consider.........

February 22, 2010 10:24 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Dear Friend
Here are my thoughts -

1. The last news published by Dainik Jagaran mentions a new development that is - clearance by Finance Ministry. So the things are moving ahead definitely and we can expect EFC clearance very soon I guess in a weeks time or two after budget is done.

2. Govt. Approved conversion of our Institute In principle and we still have not reached the stage (Approval Of Cabinet), only after which, they can FORMALLY think of putting our name in the bill's pdf as suggested by this link(http://164.100.24.207/bulletinII/2010/22.02.2010.pdf).

So please have patience.

February 23, 2010 12:17 AM
 Anonymous said:

so that means this is not gonna happen in this session too..............

February 23, 2010 1:49 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Yeah this will happen in this session, All the new ones and out Institute should be passed together.

February 23, 2010 2:05 AM
 Animesh Pathak said:

To all students posting on this thread:

Please do not get anxious. If you want to do something about things, please prepare to meet the HRD minister when he comes to BHU for the convocation on March 7th, to thank him for the conversion.

The GoI works at its own pace, and at this moment, actions like pen-down can only cause damage. Be positive, and aim for positive actions.

And yes, signing your name and expected grad year with your comment will also be appreciated :).

best wishes,
Animesh
CSE03
P.S. Shailendra: Well said.

February 23, 2010 7:04 AM
 Anonymous said:

well, we have no problems in being patient but the only thing which we are anxious about is that we only have a fair chance of conversion with the 8 new ones, getting an individual clearance later on will be a very tough nut to crack!!

February 23, 2010 8:58 AM
 Musali Naidu said:

Sorry....please ignore it's an old link that I got

February 24, 2010 8:21 PM
 Manoj Twari ECE08 said:


Recently I met to an MP, he is in consultant committee of HRD, through him I have forwarded request to MHRD to speed-up the IIT up-gradation process and also queued up the question of status of conversion in parliament.


http://mypage.rediff.com/photoalbum/preview/mkt_album/2049918/11029920/0

February 26, 2010 4:24 AM
 Anonymous said:

Thanks!

February 26, 2010 6:35 AM
 nitin said:

IITs, IIMs face crunch in shift

The budget has reduced the allocation for running existing higher education programmes and institutions, reflected in a drop in the non-plan budget from Rs 6,437 crore spent last year to Rs 5,694 crore in today’s budget.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100227/jsp/nation/story_12158503.jsp

I don't know if it matters .

February 26, 2010 4:46 PM
 Anonymous said:

@Manoj
A great job sir, but I would request you to please make the question more specific for the MP :"What is the estimated time frame in which the MHRD proposes the conversion otherwise the minister will hand us a photocopy of her answers which she(the MOS) gave in July and November last year

February 26, 2010 9:59 PM
 Anonymous said:

Is there any update about the file being cleared by the EFC....its been a long time we've got any news...?

February 28, 2010 4:33 AM
 Anonymous said:

February is gone. Is there any progress on EFC front?

March 1, 2010 10:57 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Hello Manoj
Can u please tell us, when we can see the question on the site(Parliament).

March 3, 2010 4:50 AM
 Anonymous said:

Dunno whether this is of any signigicance...such things have been said so many times...

March 6, 2010 11:27 AM
 Anonymous said:

sibalji is coming to bhu tomoorow....our ppl should meet wid sibal on this matter....

dunno if there is any plan about this...

moderators this is the right time to get it done...we dont and cant get chances like this...

and plz dont make this forum so dead...if we wnt our institue to develope nd get iit status...we cant be sittin like this...with 7300 of us on this site...this is a shame we are doing such a dead forum....

wake up ..fight for what u deserve ..this world aint going to give it easily...

wake up fellow itians...


bd

March 6, 2010 12:27 PM
 Anonymous said:

How much more politics do we have to play with this issue ? Can IT BHU Director/Dean give some feedback as to how the conversation went with Mr. Kapil Sibal ?

Not to antagonize Mr. Sibal should be the focus of this meeting. It is very important that the Alumni take forefront role in this effort. It is needless to mention that if IT BHU does not an IIT status, the students, faculty and alumni should take a tougher stance. We will have receded more in student quality and faculty for sure.

The institute also needs to put forth a strong case that the huge alumni base will come strongly behind this move and provide additional funding.

Mr. Kapil Sibal seems to be genuinely interested in improving the quality of education in India so we should lend full support to him.

I only wish the Director and Dean could provide more feedback of what they have done to push this cause. Can they not use this link or Facebook to update us all.

March 6, 2010 9:10 PM
 chandan said:

From dainik jagaran-

बीएचयू आईटी को आईआईटी का दर्जा स्वीकृत--
http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh/4_1_6235016.html

March 6, 2010 10:27 PM
 Anonymous said:

we are getting this iit status from quite a time now....it was just a matter of time everytime...

i want to know just how much time is equivalent to "a matter of time."

Does anyone present in convocation can tell us if sibalji said anythinga bout the conversion issue there..?

and these news are no worthy than dust...they dont tell anything about details such as EFC clearance, etc...!!!

March 7, 2010 12:25 AM
 Anonymous said:

sraight and simple: Get another pendown!!

March 7, 2010 10:24 AM
 Anonymous said:

is it becoming iit r nt...??

March 7, 2010 10:38 AM
 Abhijeet Ghoshal said:

I don't think another pen down will help anyway. It might hurt. Don't be impatient. Govt. cannot backtrack at this stage after confirming the conversion so many times. If they do, then pen down is the right move. Till then, keep the matter live. It will happen. I think some nudge should be given by raising question in the parliament or approaching the minister through a team of representatives. Be polite and patient. Show some grace and faith in the system. Revolutionary moves can tarnish the image of the institute and you guys.

March 7, 2010 8:27 PM
 bmbarot said:

The ways GOvt. systems work,we have no other option but to wait patiently.BESU which had tried very hard for IIEST tag had almost lost the hope after student unrest in the campus.Now I find that some amount has been sanctioned by the center(RS 15 Crore or so) for the upgradation.
Such are the ways of Govt.All existing students need not unnecessarily be too anxious.I advise them to focus more on their studies and prove that they are second to none

March 7, 2010 8:41 PM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

I encourage some current student to send a mail on itbhu group providing detailed version of what happened in the insti while Mr Sibal visited the campus.

March 7, 2010 10:04 PM
 Anonymous said:

well nothing happened when sibal visited ...and a little wait is still needed ... just a little bit ..

March 8, 2010 4:01 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

What do Director and Dean say ??

March 8, 2010 4:56 AM
 Lakshman Singh said:

Can any one from the current batch students give update about IIT conversion issue mentioned in the convo speech delivered by honble minister Mr. Sibal?

March 9, 2010 12:57 AM
 Anonymous said:

there was no mention about conversion in convo speech

March 9, 2010 5:51 AM
 chandan said:

Din,t any body from campus met with sibal over this issue??

March 9, 2010 8:16 AM
 Anonymous said:

Here is the key difference between an IIT administration and IT BHU administration.

The IIT administration takes every step to rally its Alumni force. The Alumni is what keeps the IITs going. Look for yourself what the alumni has done in the past 10 years in every IIT. A Pan-IIT event is attended by very influential mass.

Here is our administration. Never posts a single bit of extra information on the Alumni web page. It does not care much to keep the alumni informed.

How do we expect anything positive from this administration and faculty ?

How does the Director/Dean get away with this ?

I only hope they sack half the faculty/administration and get folks from IITs to run the show.

March 9, 2010 10:37 AM
 Anonymous said:

How do you know that no faculty is posting here ? .. there may be some reasons for being them anonymous .. and couple of information can not be disclosed because of obvious reasons ... if you can read between the lines .. you will get a hint that what is going on ... and if it is said that little wait is needed then trust it .. government work at its own pace .. and academics work on its own .., and politics at both the places are dirty .. never the less things are moving in positive direction. sadly with a little slower pace .. and all are keeping their finger crossed ..

March 9, 2010 11:00 AM
 Anonymous said:

i understand your point but i think you are missing the point i am trying to put forward.

we all understand that the government is slow and with so much dirty politics it is hard to narrow things quickly. Also the government is faced with far more important issues from time to time. This is not the only case.

What i am trying to say is that there should be an official "not anonymous" channel of communication. Trust is only built when you work at it. By not divulging any information is worst that giving some straight forward and honest answers.

I can assure you that well connected, responsible administration will be run more efficiently and will be more upfront about it.

this is not something where we are asking the IT BHU administration for too much. All we are saying is that there has to be some formal process to address this.

We all absolutely want the final goal peacefully and not with any kind of protests/violence. That is the worst thing that we can do. What we are asking is more openness from "our administration".

That is not too much to ask.

March 9, 2010 2:22 PM
 Anonymous said:

what will be told ? .. if there is no news .. other than .. "our file is moving forward.".

March 9, 2010 10:16 PM
 Anonymous said:

3 wednesdays r passed and only 3 are left. the next wednesday for HRD is 21st april. looks like we will hv to wait and wait and wait ............
do u guys think that in this session its possible???????????????????

March 10, 2010 5:46 AM
 Anonnymous said:

Looks difficult...this wait is just gettin too long..
i dun think this is gonna happen in this session...
someone should atleast give an update..

March 10, 2010 7:04 AM
 Anonymous said:

I think there is no need to be disappointed .. as the next working day is after almost 40 days .. a lot of time to do a lot of things .. remember .. budget is over and the load on HRD for Q/A will also be less ..

March 10, 2010 9:26 AM
 Anonymous said:

banega bhi iit ya bas time paas chal raha hai idhar......???????

kisiko seriously pata bhi hai ya sab apni apni fatte marne ki kala ka pradarshaan kar rahe hain..??

March 11, 2010 5:59 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

You know the kind of thing u said above is the core reason why information is not divulged in public.
Because people dont appreciate it but are there to blame.

I was part of the first rally IT-BHU did 10 years back for conversion and I am still trying/hoping for the conversion.

And its a big feat that we have come so far, A simple legal process of resolving a mediocre dispute in India takes more than 10 years, if u look at records.

And do you know how many steps EFC has to do before giving clearance ??

So if u cant do anything then just sit down there.

March 11, 2010 10:27 PM
 Anonymous said:

Not related to IIT conversion, but here's a nice step taken by IT-BHU:

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/03/08/daily46.html

March 12, 2010 3:10 PM
 akhi said:

what is the current status of conveersion ??

March 13, 2010 1:57 PM
 Anonymous said:

If the IT-BHU --> IIT conversion does not happen, we also might face similar identity crisis like what DTU (erstwhile DCE) students are facing now. I think, current students will be more impacted than alums with the flurry of new IITs.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Big-league-dreams-dashed-with-erosion-of-brand-DCE/articleshow/5688037.cms

March 15, 2010 12:26 PM
 Anonymous said:

today at the end of two day emmi seminar....

vc delared that efc has cleared our case and we would become iit in this acedamic session only..

March 16, 2010 6:11 AM
 Animesh Pathak said:

The EFC clearance news has also been reported by Outlook. Thanks for letting us know.

Further comments on this post are closed. The discussion continues at

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/archives/2010/03/finance_ministry_gives_go_ahea.html

Thanks,
Animesh
CSE03
Alumni volunteer

March 16, 2010 6:46 AM
November 5, 2009
@ 11:31 AM

ITBHU Picnic 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)



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

This is amazing - most inspiring to all the rest of us alumni all over the world.

Kudos to the organizing team!
cheers,
-A

November 8, 2009 2:30 PM
 Cheri31Ryan said:

People in the world take the personal loans from different banks, just because it's easy.

August 4, 2010 5:51 PM

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