(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are pleased to state that the IT (Amendment) 2010 Bill has been passed by Lok Sabha. Now we have to get it passed in Rajya Sabha for attaining IIT status for our institute.
The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) 2011 Bill is meant for converting IT-BHU to IIT-BHU and giving official status of IITs to the 8 new IITs.
The legal and procedural steps in parliament involving conversion of our institute to IIT are as follows:
a) Introducing IT (Amendment) Bill 2010 to the parliament (introduced on March 30, 2010 and listed for consideration on March 10, 2011)
b) Passing of the Bill by Lok Sabha (lower house of the parliament) (Passed on 24 March)
c) Introducing the Bill (message from Lok Sabha to Rajya Sabha) to Rajya Sabha (introduced on 25 March)
Since the session of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha ended on 25th March, there was not enough time left for consideration and passing of the Bill in Rajya Sabha. It is expected to be taken up during the next session of Rajya Sabha, beginning in the 1st week of July, 2011.
The remaining steps are:
d) Passing of the Bill by the Rajya Sabha; sending the passed Bill to the President of India for her ascent.
e) Signing of the Bill by the President of India
f) President of India sending the Bill to Law Ministry for gazette notification
h) MHRD notification to the University for necessary action
After publication, the Bill becomes Act and the institute is officially known as IIT (BHU).
The key milestones are: (i) passing of the Bill by Rajya Sabha, (ii) signing of the Bill by the President of India and (iii) Notification of the Bill in the gazette.
We have to wait a little more to see our institute as an IIT. We the alumni, teachers, students, parents of students and many well-wishers should not be complacent at this stage as we all have still to overcome the hurdles and the opposition in this journey. We also have to create conducive atmosphere to remove the apprehension in the mind of all concerned with the feelings that even after conversion the institute will continue to have the legacy and value system imbibed by our Visionary Founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. We also should strive to make it a world class institute being embedded in the rich heritage of BHU campus and having an organic linkages with BHU. Then it will be true tribute to Mahamana Malaviyaji on his 150th Birth Anniversary. Let us work together to attain this goal!!!
BHU's Institute of Technology gets IIT status
PTI, Mar 24, 2011, 06.17pm IST
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha has passed a bill to provide status of IIT to eight new institutes and upgrade BHU's institute of technology into IIT with government asserting that steps were being taken to address shortage of faculty and quality of higher education.
The Bill seeks to add eight new institutes at Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhour, Mandi, Patna and Ropar as IITs and integrate the Institute of Technology, BHU within the ambit of the Act. All the entities will also be declared as institutions of national importance.
The Bill was approved by voice vote amidst protest by BSP members who feared that the new legislation would distort the existing structure of the BHU, which was established by freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya.
Leaders from SP also demanded that the present status of the BHU should be maintained.
"We will not let down Madan Mohan Malviya...We have no interest in bifurcating the BHU," Sibal said, adding that the vice-chancellor of the BHU would continue to be vice-chairman of the board of governors of the IIT.
The amendments to the Act, he said, were needed to enable the new IITs to award degrees to students.
Referring to the issue of shortage of faculty, the minister said, the government proposed to introduce post-graduate courses in the IITs and connect all institutes with the National Knowledge Network to enable students to pursue courses with the help of teachers in other institutes.
He said there was a shortage of 1,216 teachers in old IITs and 1,516 teachers in new IITs as against the authorised strength of 4,105 and 4,765 respectively.
Pointing out that government does not have resources to set up large number of institutes of higher learning in the country, Sibal said there was a need to allow foreign universities and encourage Public Private Partnership (PPP) module.
The issues, he said, were being considered by the Standing Committee of Parliament.
Sibal said the country needed 1,000 more universities and 45,000 more colleges in the next decade to meet the requirement of higher education.
Among those who participated in the discussion were Nishikant Dubey (BJP), Bhakta Charan Das (Cong), Dhananjay Singh (BSP) Janardhana Swamy (BJP), Ijyaraj Singh (Cong) and K S Siva Rao (Cong).
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