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(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: yogesh@optonline.net)


A major step towards IIT status for our institute!

Cabinet approves Cabinet Note with IT-BHU included; Institute of Technology (amendment) Bill 2010 is introduced in the current monsoon session of parliament.

Considerable progress has been made on IT-BHU to IIT conversion front. There were two important events in the last week:

In a meeting under chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister on August 16, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposed Institute of Technology (amendment) Bill 2010. The proposed bill includes 8 new IITs and conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU.

Next, the Bill has been introduced in the Parliament on August 30. Now it will go to Standing Committee for discussion and then to be introduced to Rajya Sabha.

Now we shall have to wait for the Institute of Technology bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha and passed by both the houses in the winter session (November session) or may be perhaps later. One thing is for sure that we shall not be left behind and  our institute  name has been included in the Bill approved by Union Cabinet and the same been accepted by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Ministry for introduction  in Lok Sabha.


Update # 1 dated August 31.

Removed Inclusion of medical college and setting up IITs abroad; included Standing Committee.



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* Bill to declare IT-BHU as IIT introduced in LS


Press Trust of India

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 at 15:06

New Delhi: A bill to declare the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University as an IIT and include eight new IITs within its ambit as institutions of national importance was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2010, introduced by Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari, is in line with "the overall thinking of the government to have more IIT level institutions by upgrading existing institutions as well as creating new IITs," its Statement of Objects and Reasons said.

In view of this, the need was felt to amend the Act to "effectuate the conversion of Institute of Technology, BHU, into IIT (BHU) and to bring the eight newly set up IITs within its ambit," it said.

An Experts Committee, constituted by the government, had identified certain academic institutions which had the potential for being upgraded to the level of IITs, including the Institute under BHU.

Following this, the government had announced in 2008 that IT-BHU will be converted to IIT and later announced setting up of eight new IITs within its ambit.


* The text of the Bill:



OR click on the following PDF link:

The IT (Amendment) Bill, 2010

Institute of Technology Bill 2010.pdf


* IITs may be free to go abroad


Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, August 23, 2010

The Indian Institutes of Technology may soon be legally empowered to set up campuses abroad even if their political masters oppose their international aspirations, under amendments to the law governing the technical institutions. Kapil Sibal’s HRD ministry is proposing amendment of the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 to insert a clause specifically empowering the IITs to set up institutions abroad, government sources have told HT.

The move will mean that an IIT that wishes to set up a campus abroad will have the right to do so irrespective of the political whims of the government of the day. A future government would have to change the law to prevent the IITs from going abroad. The IITs are depending on a favourable interpretation of the Act by the government.

While Sibal is keen to allow the IITs to expand abroad, his predecessors Arjun Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi were against the move.

“It is a legal shield from political interference. The IITs will no longer be dependent on the politics or the whims of the government of the day. They can expand based on their needs and vision,” a source said.

The Cabinet last week approved the inclusion of eight new IITs and the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, under the Institutes of Technology Act. But it asked the HRD ministry to bring broader amendments to the Act, to reflect the changes that the IITs and India have undergone since the law was passed in 1961.

The proposed inclusion of a clause “empowering the IITs to set up institutions abroad” and other proposed amendments will be discussed by Sibal with Directors of the IITs at a meeting of the IIT Council on September 10. The IIT Council is the apex decision-making body of the IITs and is chaired by the HRD minister.

The HRD ministry will also use the Cabinet’s push for broad amendments to once again try and obtain sanction for the IITs to start medical schools on their own. A proposal to allow them to start medical courses was put on hold by the law ministry after the health ministry’s opposition, as was first reported by HT on August 1.

Other proposed amendments include induction of two members of the PM’s scientific advisory council into the IIT Council, and empowering Directors to make most appointments on their own.


* IT-BHU awaits Parliament approval for its IIT status


TNN, Aug 22, 2010, 08.47pm IST

VARANASI: The recent approval of the cabinet committee for granting the status of IIT to IT-BHU under the XI five-year plan may have given the much needed push to the long pending demand of the university authorities and students, but senior IT-officials feel there are a number of steps to be cleared before the long cherished dream gets to see the light of day.

While the decision of the cabinet committee has already cheered the IT-BHU fraternity, top officials also believe that the move has definitely pushed one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country closer to the IIT status.

"It is an encouraging sign that the cabinet committee has approved the proposal that will soon be tabled in the Parliament for the nod," said Prof KP Singh, director, IT-BHU, while talking to TOI on Sunday. However, he also added the process could take longer time, as there were changes to be brought in the rules and regulations for governing the IIT, which would be an autonomous body. "There are a number of steps to be cleared before IT-BHU finally gets the status of an IIT," he said.

It may be mentioned here that the recent cabinet committee meeting in New Delhi has approved the status of IITs for nine institutes including IT-BHU, sanctioning special grant of Rs 422 crore for the institute, apart from Rs 3132 crore for other institutes under the XI five-year plan. Apart from IT-BHU, the other IITs are at Bhubaneswar, Patna, Indore, Jodhpur, Raipur, Hyderabad, Ropar and Mandi.

"All eyes are now on the Parliament session where the bill would be tabled for discussion with amendment in the IIT Act, 1961. Once it gets clearance from both Houses of the Parliament, the proposal would really get to see the light of the day," said one of the senior IT-BHU officials, informing about the steps to be cleared for the much deserved IIT status for the institute.

It is also worth mentioning that IT-BHU is one of the oldest engineering institutes in the country with some of its departments, including mining, metallurgy, ceramic and pharmaceutics, being the firsts to be started in the country.

Chronological development for IT-BHU

Pt Madan Mohan Malviya, founder of BHU, established three engineering colleges on the university campus, namely the Benaras Engineering College ( BENCO), College of Technology in 1919 and the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET) in 1923

After the formation of IITs in the country, the three engineering colleges were merged to form Institute of Technology (IT) that came into existence in 1971

The demand for IIT status for IT-BHU was started in 1973 and gained momentum in the late 1990s, when Dr Murlai Manohar Joshi was the Union HRD minister

On March 28, 2008, the Union HRD ministry announced that eight new IITs will be developed in the country as a part of the 11th Five Year Plan, one of which tentatively included IT-BHU





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