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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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).
We are pleased to state that the proposal of MHRD for conversion of IT-BHU to IIT has been making a good progress. The IIT Council has also unanimously approved the conversion of our institute to IIT during its meeting on October 19th.(One may recall that as early as January last week, 2009, IIT council rejected the proposal of MHRD and the issue of the conversion was kept in abeyance).Thanks to all our joint efforts of alumni, students, faculties, staff and well wishers of IT-BHU, because of which there were many developments in positive direction.
Now the MHRD’s proposal of conversion is being cleared by the Planning Commission. After that, it will be sent back to MHRD. Further, the meeting of EFC (Expenditure and Finance Committee) of MHRD has to take place to examine further and accord their approval. Though, it may not take time as it is being cleared by Planning Commission, but this formality needs to be completed.
Followed by EFC meeting, the suitable Cabinet note will be prepared by MHRD for the approval Union Cabinet.After the approval of the Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, the MHRD will then forward it to CCPA (Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs) with a note. After the approval of CCPA, this is further expected to be placed in the upcoming Parliament Session.
Thus the steps after clearance by Planning Commission are:
(1) Approval by EFC
(2) Approval of Union Cabinet for Government's Formal approval
(3) Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs for placing the bill in Parliament
(4) Parliament Session for modifying the necessary acts and statutes
(5) Notification: Govt. official notification for implementation under Parliament Act.
As our case has not been approved by the Cabinet in totality (i. e earlier it was approved 'in principle' due to non-completion of the necessary paperwork), the formal Cabinet's approval is required. Then CCPA examines whether the file is complete in all respects (mainly legal and finance) to be qualified to be placed in Parliament or not.
Amendment to the Institutes of Technology Act is expected to be passed by the Parliament during the winter Session, if all the formalities by that time are completed.The winter session of the Parliament will run from November 19 to December 22.The name of our institute will be changed to IIT-BHU.
The Institutes of Technology Act, 1963 will be modified to include names of the eight new IITs being set up in the country, along with our institute.
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With deep regret, we have to inform that Mr. Purshottam Wanikar (Mechanical 1977) passed away due to stomach cancer at Ashwini Hospital, Mumbai on October 18, 2009.
May his soul rest in peace.
Purshottam Wanikar (Babban to some and Wani to others) was born in Chittaranjan, West Bengal on March 25th 1954.
His father was working in the Railways and initially posted at Shimla. Wani studied in the Portmore School, till the 4th standard.Later when the design office of the Railways was shifted to Lucknow, the family moved to Lucknow and Wani completed his schooling up to the 10th from the City Montessori School and his 11th and 12th standards from the Christian College, Lucknow.
He was good in both academics and sports. A good football player, he was possibly the only guy in our batch who could pole-vault.
He appeared for the JEE in 1972 and joined BHU-IT in the mechanical engineering stream. He graduated in 1977. While in BHU-IT he was selected by the Indian Navy and joined them after graduation. He rose to the rank of a Commander. During his tenure with Indian Navy he also served on prestigious ships such as INS Amba and INS Viraat.
Extremely intelligent and quick witted he could brighten any dull moment with his jokes, mimicry and pantomime. He had appeared on TV. During his stint on INS Viraat, he got an opportunity to display his pantomime skills to the former Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Mrs. Sonia Gandhi when they visited the aircraft carrier and he earned praise from them. He won laurels for both his work as well as creative skills.
He took voluntary retirement from the Navy in 2001 and joined a software company called Webnet at Vishakhapatnam. He served them for 6 months and thereafter he joined Ambuja Cements Ltd. as Chief engineer in their Shipping Unit. He worked with them for one year and later joined the Great Eastern Shipping Corporation and worked with them for 2 years. His last tenure was with Dredging Corporation of India till 2008.
He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in first week of Jan 2009, but unfortunately the discovery was made at an advanced stage when the cancer had affected his liver. Treatment was commenced in mid-January and included 7 chemotherapy sessions of which 6 were oral and the last was intravenous.
Although the first four sessions helped, the last three were failures. The chemos were stopped in August 09 as his body was not in a position to take them anymore. As the disease advanced, other complications surfaced. He was admitted to Ashwini Hospital at Colaba, Mumbai on October 5th 2009 and breathed his last on Sunday, October 18th 2009
He is survived by his wife Alka, son Apoorv, mother Mrs. Asha, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
(Wanikar and his wife Alka - Entertaining friends)
Wani met Alka in BHU and married her after graduation. Alka studied in the women’s college and is a PhD. Apoorv is studying in IIM-C and has some of his father’s traits.
(The above info about Purshottam Wanikar was provided by Rajan K. Pillai-Mechanical 1977. He is based in New Delhi and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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