(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: Yogesh@optonline.net)
As stated in the past issues, the Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill was first introduced in the parliament on August 30, 2010. The Bill includes 8 new IITs and conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU.
The Bill was also sent to Standing Committee on Human Resource Development for review. The Committee has reviewed the Bill and sent its comments to the parliament. HRD ministry has replied to the questions raised by Standing Committee.
We are confident that the IT (Amendment) Bill, 2010 will be passed by the parliament in the current budget session (Feb 21 to April 21).
(Chronicle note: This page will be frequently updated as we receive the news about IT-BHU to IIT conversion)
Bill to declare IT-BHU as IIT introduced in Lok Sabha
Press Trust of India
Posted on Aug 30, 2010 at 03:06pm IST
New Delhi: A bill to declare the Institute of Technology of Benaras 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.
(Posted on March 12, 2011. 10.00 AM EST)
1) PROVISIONAL CALENDAR OF SITTINGS AND ALLOTMENT OF DAYS FOR ANSWERING QUESTIONS
SEVENTH SESSION—FIFTEENTH LOK SABHA (February - April, 2011)
The budget session of the parliament will be from February 21 to March 16; April 4 to April 21. HRD ministry has been allotted all Wednesdays for official business.
BULLETIN – PART II
(General information relating to Parliamentary and other matters)
2) Government Business expected to be taken up during the Seventh Session of Fifteenth Lok Sabha, 2011
The Government have sent the following Tentative List of Government Legislative and Other Business expected to be taken up during the Seventh Session of Fifteenth Lok Sabha:–
C. Bills introduced in Lok Sabha - Referred to Standing Committees and their Reports presented
11. The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010.
Introduced on 30 August, 2010.
The Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development was laid on the Table of Lok Sabha on 26 November, 2010
Consideration and passing.
3) Cabinet approves changes in IIT amendment bill
New Delhi, Feb 25, (PTI):
The Union Cabinet is understood to have given its approval today to some proposed changes in the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 on providing technological support by IITs to the states.
Sources said there were some objections including from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD to some clauses in the proposed amendment making it compulsory for IITs to collaborate and assist technical institutions and governments.
The Government is also believed to have approved inclusion of new IITs set up in Gandhinagar, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Hyderabad, Indore, Mandi, Jodhpurm, Ropar in the Bill along with the newly converted Institute of Technology, BHU into an IIT. These new IITs were set up in 2008.
4) Finally, PM announces JPC probe into 2G spectrum scam
NEW DELHI: Giving in to opposition demands, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced government's decision to set up a JPC into the 2G spectrum scam, saying the country could "ill afford" disruption of the crucial Budget session of Parliament.
Making the announcement in Lok Sabha as soon as it met for the first working day of the session, Singh said a formal motion for constitution of the Joint Parliamentary Committee would be moved soon.
"We could not succeed in spite of our sincere efforts" to persuade the Opposition not to insist on a JPC probe, Singh said.
Asserting that his government was committed to root out corruption, the Prime Minister said "all effective steps" were taken to convince the Opposition in this regard.
"We can ill afford a situation where Parliament is not allowed to function during the crucial Budget session. It is in these special circumstances that our government agrees to the setting up of a JPC," he said.
Singh requested Speaker Meira Kumar to proceed with the process of formation of the JPC and said a formal motion would be moved soon.
Welcoming the government's move, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj thanked the Prime Minister and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee for the decision.
"We should not see this as a victory or defeat. This is a victory of democracy. We should all work together putting aside any talk of victory or defeat," she said.
5) Govt. blinks again, to set up 30-member JPC
TNN, Feb 24, 2011, 03.00am IST
NEW DELHI: The government will announce a 30-member joint parliamentary panel with terms of reference expected to cover the period of the execution of the first-come, first-served policy for telecom licences including the opposition NDA's term in office.
The committee is expected to submit a report in six months but sources were doubtful if this might be sufficient. The announcement on the JPC, its membership and terms is to be made on Thursday afternoon.
The proportional representation on the panel will see 22 Lok Sabha and 10 Rajya Sabha members. The Congress will have eight from LS and three from the upper House while the numbers for BJP will be four and two respectively. BSP and JD(U) will have one member each from both Houses.
Larger parties like BJD, DMK and Trinamool Congress will have one member each from Lok Sabha even though no party apart from BJP and Congress has 27 MPs needed to claim a seat in the JPC. Since AIADMK, though lacking numbers, is to be accommodated, BJP will give one seat on the panel out of its quota to ally Shiv Sena.
The BJP is preparing to field former ministers Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad along with S S Ahluwalia and Harin Pathak as its representatives on the parliamentary committee.
Kerala MP P C Chacko is still tipped to chair the JPC, though a strong opinion in the party holds that someone less combative will better serve the purpose.
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