From The Economic Times.
NEW DELHI: Parliament Monday passed a bill which will make the six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) capable of granting degrees to the engineers that pass out.
The Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, along with the National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote Monday. Both the bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The institute of technology bill adds eight new Indian Institutes of Technology in Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna, Ropar and Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), to the list of IITs. All these institutions will be declared as institutions of national importance.
The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, amends the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, to add a schedule of five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram
The ITBHU Global Alumni Association wishes to congratulate all members of the ITBHU family, and recognize the efforts of all those who have worked so hard to bring about this conversion. More updates coming soon.
Update: The bill has also been re-approved with the minor changes (e.g,, updating "2011" to "2012" ) in the Lok Sabha, and is expected to go to the President soon for signature.
Update: Latest updates on this issue in the IT BHU Chronicle.
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Update April 11, 2012: The goal of collecting 7.5 lacs for Jaskaran's treatment has been reached. We have been asked by the organizers of the fund-raising campaign to communicate that the fund-raising has been suspended for now and if more funds are needed for treatment the organizers will reach out to us again. The organizers have also expressed their gratitude for the support they have received from the IT-BHU community.
Editor's Note: We are publishing verbatim an appeal for help from Abhishek Singh, 2009 MET. The latest status of the funds is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqyPi6xZ2C0sdDlNT3RPb1FwU2VFMERVZ3pRWUFOLVE
More Details: Jassi's friends are uploading supporting documents at the Google docs collection at https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwHqlngTfgq3R3d3RGZiWGVTSnFndUIxWXV3eWVDZw -- please feel free to have a look.
Donating in US dollars: Please send your funds in US dollars to Abhishek Ranjan (Mech. Engg., 2007) at the following mailing address: 3425 Tulane drive, Apt. 31, Hyattsville, Maryland, 20783
Paypal address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current status of the funds collected in USD is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqSNX38T2gQ_dHpLcTFLdU9raEpYUklqcWRULWtyUkE
Although the amount immediately needed is 7.5 lacs, we strongly encourage all our fellow members of the ITBHU family to donate as much as possible.
This mail is in regarding treatment of Jaskaran Singh, 2011 ITBHU passout, B-Tech, civil engineering.
Just before joining his job last year Jaskaran had gone to Manikaran with his family (to pay homage to God). On their way back they met with an accident. Unfortunately his whole family died in the accident (Mother, father and younger brother).
Jaskaran suffered injuries to his spine which disabled movement of any of his body parts. He was treated at a hospital in Chandigarh (Government Medical College).
It has been six months since his treatment. His recovery has been very slow (he is hardly able to move his fingers even now). The doctors at Indian Spinal Injury Centre(ISIC), Vasant Kunj, New Delhi have suggested a 3 month treatment which should enable Jaskaran to get back up on his feet (if everything goes well).
Mentally Jaskaran has shown a lot of strength which in-turn has enabled us (friends and family) to be able to support him. His extended family and their friends have already exhausted all of their financial resources for his treatment.
That is why I request our alumni to please help Jaskaran get through this treatment by contributing in whatever way we can. The total cost of the treatment at ISIC is INR 7.5 lakh. The money is needed before 10th April to get the treatment started
Below are the account details of Abhishek Singh, ITBHU 2009 Passout, Metallurgical Engg (who will be the single point of contact for all financial transactions). I request you to drop him an email mentioning the amount which you have contributed (he will confirm receipt of the money).
Name: ABHISHEK SINGH
Account No.: 081601510942
Bank& Branch: ICICI DLF CITY GURGAON BRANCH
IFSC CODE: ICIC0000177
For sending Demand Drafts, please make them out in the name of "Abhishek Singh", and send them to the following address:
First Floor Greenwood City