Published on November 30, 2008
The Chronicle November 2008 issue.
Vol.2008 : Issue 0011
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We are pleased to announce the chronicle November issue with a number of articles.
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.
Govt. to amend Institutes of Technology Act, for new IITs
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.
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(Chronicle note: We are sad to announce the untimely demise of our alumnus, Rahul Sharma from Ceramic 2005. He died on November 04, 2008 in a tragic accident in his hometown in Bihar. May his soul rest in peace. Chronicle team, along with IT-BHU community, shares the grief about this sad news. The news was forwarded to us by Shushant Kumar (Ceramic 2005). His tribute to Rahul is posted below. Shushant can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Late Rahul Sharma)
Rahul Sharma, Ceramics Engineering batch of 2001-05, passed away in an unfortunate accident in his native place in Begusarai Bihar on 4th November 2008.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. R. P Sharma on 22 September 1981, Rahul did his schooling in Begusarai and Patna in Bihar. Rahul has left behind his parents and two elder brothers.
After IT-BHU, Rahul started his professional career with Calance in Gurgaon. He had shifted to q3 technologies in Gurgaon in the end of October 2008. Rahul was recognized as a hardworking and intelligent professional who used to add fun to the team. He was loved by everyone in his firm and had made some very good friends.
Besides his ‘down to earth’ and fun loving nature, Rahul was an ambitious youngster who had come a long way from his initial struggle days in a small town in Bihar. Unfortunately, only when he had started to spread his wings, he was taken away from us.
Rahul was a popular figure among his batch mates and especially the juniors – who loved to flock around him and get a few tips about living life to the fullest. That’s what he knew the best – living life to the full. He was the one who could light up our day – leave us rolling in laughter even when we were stressed with mundane things in college. Besides, he was a great human being, a nice person who loved to make friends.
He loved cricket and was a very good fast bowler. I remember his passion to swing the ball in the DG hostel ground – where he used to bowl for hours. That’s what he was – passionate about little things in life, prankster at times, a source of joy for all of us.
It’s a great loss for our batch of Ceramics 2005, to have lost one of our best. We pray for peace to him and his family members.
By Shushant Kumar
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