As informed in the past issues, the IT (Amendment) 2010 Bill (IIT Bill) has been passed by Lok Sabha on March 24. 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.
As a next step, govt. tried to introduce it for Rajya Sabha several times, but Bill could not be passed by raising demands on other issues by the opposition during the introduction of the Bill in September.
Now we have to wait till it is passed in Rajya Sabha for attaining IIT status for our institute in the current session (November 22 to December 21) of the parliament. The govt. is trying sincerely to place the Bill in Rajya Sabha for smooth passage; however it depends upon how the parliament affairs are going on without interruption or adjournment of the house by the opposition.
Once the Bill is passed by Rajya Sabha, next steps are straight forward, including signing of the Bill by the President.
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Highlight of this issue
Campus View page
-Talks by our alumni (Animesh Pathak and Rohan Narse) on campus. We need more such talks by alumni to give information and guidance to students.
Alumni World page
- Alumni meet at Bombay and reunion of 1986 batch at campus
-Alumni funded scholarships for students (More details under Feedback on front page)
-Interview with Mr. Mangal Gupa (Chemical 1962) who is constructing Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple in New Jersey.
Chronicle Extra page
-Complete with articles on science & Technology, IT, business, health, world politics, etc collected from leading newspapers and magazines around the world.
The alumni World page in this issue contains details about alumni funded scholarships for students and how alumni can participate in it. It also contains Shri Naresh and Christopher Jain Scholarship funded by Shri Naresh Jain (Mechanical 1967 batch) for the students with real economic needs. The scholarship provides for full tuition fees for all the 4 years of undergraduate study for 3 students each year, starting from this year. After 4 years, a total of 12 students will receive free tuition each year.
We all appreciate the generous donations made by Shri Naresh Jain and hope other alumni will take inspirations from it.
If you have any comments/suggestions, please write to:
Yogesh K. Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977)
For IT-BHU Global Alumni Association
Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221005, UP