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IT-BHU to IIT Conversion Update
@ Sep 29, 2010
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(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: yogesh@optonline.net)


The process for converting our institute to IIT is progressing as planned. As stated in the past issue, the Institute of Technology (amendment) Bill 2010 was introduced in the parliament on August 30. The bill includes 8 new IITs and conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU.

There are still many of the administrative and legal formalities to be completed, before the Bill becomes an Act.

In the process for Bill turning into an Act, there are 6 milestones to be achieved.

The milestones already achieved are:

* Introducing Bill in the parliament (on August 30)

*Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) approves the bill and forwards to Standing Committee on HRD Ministry (on September 16)

The next milestones to be achieved are:

* The Standing Committee clears the Bill and the same is introduced in parliament (expected in November Session)

* The Bill is then approved by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, who forwards it to the President of India for approval

* The President signs the Bill

* The passage of Bill is announced in the Gazette Extraordinary of Govt. of India.

The process description:

The Standing Committee consists of members of parliament and Rajya Sabha and they work for the matters pertaining to the particular ministry (HRD ministry in this case) only. The Bill has been sent to the Committee since it also involves financial matters (funding for the institutes).

After the Committee examines the Bill from administrative, financial and legal point of view, it is then ready to be introduced in the parliament. It is expected that the Bill will be introduced in the winter session of the parliament, which shall begin on November 7.

Once the Bill is forwarded to the President of India (Shrimati Pratibha Patil), she will review and sign it. As a Visitor of Banaras Hindu University, she will also ascertain that all the relevant statues of BHU Act are modified and taken care of.

The last step after the approval by the President is to make an announcement in the government gazette. After the announcement, the Bill officially becomes the Act. Only after that, our institute will be officially known as IIT-BHU, Varanasi; and then it is the time to celebrate by everyone. It is expected that our institute will officially become an IIT by the year end.


Parliamentary Committees






(General information relating to Parliamentary and other matters)

Nos. 1936-1940 [Thursday, September 16, 2010/Bhadra 25, 1932 (Saka)]

No. 1940 Legislative Branch-I



Members are informed that the Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha in consultation with the Speaker, Lok Sabha has referred the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, as introduced in Lok Sabha, to the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development for examination and report within three months.




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Three IT-BHU students drowned in Ganga
@ Sep 30, 2010
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We are sad to announce the news that three of our students died in a tragic incident on September 28. They were drowned in Ganga around mid-night. They all were 3rd year students of B. Tech (Electronics Engineering). The students were: Mihir Jha, Mayank Ahuja and Tarun Kumar.

This tragic incident has created a shock wave on our campus community. It is very hard to describe the loss of 3 young, bright engineers. May their souls rest in peace.

This is also a lesson for our student community to put the safety first and avoid any misstep, which can have very tragic effect.

The Chronicle team shares the grief experienced by our campus community in particular and by IT-BHU alumni in general.


a) Three BHU students drown in Ganga


29 Sep 2010 08:54:00

Three IIT students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were drowned in Ganga River on Tuesday morning.

The B. Tech 3rd-year students were went to celebrate at famous ghats of Varanasi when the incident took place.

The bodies of all three victims were still missing. Meanwhile, divers have been trying to fish out the bodies.

Eyewitnesses said that the trio washed away due to heavy torrent in Ganga these days.

The incident has sent shock wave among the classmates and inside the BHU campus.

It is worth mentioning here that the Ganga has violent flow these days due to heavy rains in Uttarakhand.


b) Three engineering students of BHU drown in Ganga


Wed, Sep 29 2010 13:39 IST

Lucknow, Sep 29

Three engineering students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) drowned in the Ganga river in Uttar Pradeshs Varanasi district, police said Wednesday.

The B. Tech (Electronics) third year students -- Mihir Jha, Mayank Ahuja and Tarun Kumar -- went on an outing late Tuesday after managing to get out of their hostel on the university campus.

"Preliminary investigations indicate that the three students drowned while bathing near the Ravidas Ghat of the Ganga," police inspector Mohan Verma told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from Lucknow.

The three students were inmates of the varsitys Vishwakarma Hostel. While Jha was a native of Lucknow, Ahuja belonged to Delhi and Kumar to Pune.

Asked how the students managed to leave their hostel late night, Verma said: "We would definitely question the BHU officials in this regard as the hostellers are not allowed to leave the hostel after 10 p.m."

"As per the information gathered by us, the three students managed to get out of the hostel after 11 p.m.," he said.


c) TNN (29v-crim.tim) B. Tech student drowned into Ganga


TNN, Sep 29, 2010, 08.06pm IST

VARANASI: The body of a B Tech III year student of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, was fished out of the Ganga on Wednesday, while two of his classmates were also feared drowned into the river.

According to reports, K P Tarun of Pune (Mahrashtra), Mihir Jha of Lucknow, Mayank Ahuja of Delhi, Saksham and their other classmates, who were living in Vishwakarma Hostel on BHU campus, had gone out for partying on Tuesday evening. It was stated that initially they visited some food outlet on Mohansarai by-pass road, where they also took hard drinks. After the party they returned to the city.

Instead of returning to hostel, Tarun, Mihir, Mayank and Saksham reached Ravidas Ghat under Lanka police station around midnight, while their other companions preferred to return to their hostel rooms.

The students reportedly consumed beer at the ghat, after which Mihir and Tarun jumped into the river for bathing. But, the duo started drowning. On seeing his friends in trouble, Mayank also jumped into the river to save them. However, none of them succeeded in coming out of the river.

The incident came to light when Saksham reached the hostel and reported the matter to other students and hostel authorities. The officials immediately reported the matter to police. On receiving the information, the Lanka cops engaged local divers. Later, the divers of the flood squad of PAC were also called for the rescue operation. After a lot of searching, the divers succeeded in fishing out the body of Mihir, while Tarun and Mayank could not be traced.

When the chief proctor of BHU, Prof H C S Rathore was contacted, he said that the students had gone out for partying on Tuesday evening without seeking permission from hostel authorities. The matter was reported to the families of the students.


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October 1, 2011 9:30 AM
 Animesh said:

It's a tragic incident for everyone. I extend all condolence to the grieving family of the students, though we know that their losses are irreversible. We as the students of IT-BHU, feel highly shocked due to this misfortune that struck late night. But this incident has left behind a number of lessons to be learned, both on part of students and he institute. We need to follow rules and regulations, not as a restraint but as safety measures. College administration should not be blamed, they take enough care of us, and put our safety first unless some of our friends are adamant to enjoy life the way that should not be. It's an eye-opener for us, but alas, we paid a very heavy price for it.... we lost our beloved dear colleagues ... we'll miss them .

October 16, 2010 6:44 AM
 Rishabh Jha said:

It is unfortunate to say that one of the victims of this tragic incident was my best school freind, i am in a state of utter shock as, i still cant believe that the incident happened, i think a permanent void have been created in my life vhich cannot b filled ever, may god provide peace to their souls.

October 11, 2010 6:46 PM
 Sourish said:

The incident is very unfortunate. I know how much labor these bright fellows put in to get in such institution and the way things ended was really heart breaking. I guess it is time our Institute and fellow students learn to value the discipline. May god bless the soul of the departed and give strength to those who are left stranded.

October 6, 2010 5:08 AM
 Shekhar Bansal said:

It is truly an unfortunate incident that happened at IT-BHU which is aggravated by the lack of timely decision making to organize any recovery efforts by IT-BHU or the Police. IT-BHU can step up and take some responsibility instead of passing all the blame to the students. After all, aren't they the guardians with parents living far away? Police takes guidance from IT-BHU in how to act and do their work. Students recovered was in possession of the Warden instead of Police. It is a pity that one PHD in Math sitting in the manager's office at SBI learned all education except simple manners to talk to a mother who lost her son. Education goes hand in hand with human values and civic responsibility which makes one a leader and not just a techologist. Hope to see great leaders coming out of this venerable institution who can not only shape their careers but return back to Varanasi where they got equipped. May all parents who lost their loved ones find peace and comfort. Shekhar Bansal

October 5, 2010 12:55 AM
 krishna kant said:

it is very sad new for all of us.Student should refrain from all these misadventures.

September 30, 2010 9:26 AM

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