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Order delay holds up Besu probe
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The Besu campus: Uncertainty ahead

The one-man committee set up by the state government more than a month ago to probe student unrest at Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) has yet to start work.

The delay has been blamed on Besu’s reluctance to issue a notification on the constitution of the panel — to be headed by former vice-chancellor Sparshamani Chatterjee — and its terms of reference.

The notification is meant to also invite “interested parties” to depose before the panel. The rules for such a probe stipulate that the panel cannot start functioning unless the notification is issued.

The Chatterjee commission, set up through a government order on August 8, is supposed to submit its report within three months.

“We are trying to issue the notification at the earliest, preferably by next week,” said registrar Biman Bandyopadhyay.

The Shibpur campus was on the boil and academic activity was on hold for more than two weeks in March following student clashes.

Sources attributed the delay in issuing the notification to a tussle between the state government and the university.

Besu had issued a notification on March 29 about the constitution of a probe panel. But Chatterjee refused to take charge of the probe unless the chancellor, Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, asked him to. This prompted the government to issue its April 8 order, leading to resentment among Besu higher-ups.

“Ours is an autonomous body. We cannot issue a fresh notification in response to the April 8 order without the state’s clearance. We have written to the government on this,” said a Besu official.

A section of teachers fears that the delay will affect Besu’s upgrade process, which is awaiting the Centre’s nod.

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http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080522/jsp/calcutta/story_9302003.jsp
Thursday ,May 22 , 2008
Bill for Besu upgrade forces rethink
- Union HRD ministry may constitute committee to look into process
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The Besu campus at Shibpur, Howrah. A Telegraph picture

The investment required to upgrade Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) has prompted the Centre to a reconsider the process.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry is thinking about constituting an internal committee to look into the upgrade of Besu and the Cochin University of Science and Technology to Indian Institutes of Engineering, Science and Technology, said Alex Chacko, the undersecretary of the department, in Delhi.

“It was felt that the commitment of Rs 500 crore for upgrading the already existing institutes to the level of IITs is a bit steep,” said Chacko.

The note on the upgrade, which was supposed to have been passed by the cabinet and tabled in Parliament in the last budget session, has been referred back to the internal finance department of HRD ministry for reappraisal. There is no word from the officials on when it will be placed before the cabinet.

Asked when the internal committee will be formed, Chacko said: “We cannot give a date…. Representative from the institutes may be included in the committee besides officials from the ministry.”

The ministry’s decision comes out of the blue, since the Anandakrishnan Committee in its report had recommended an investment of around Rs 500 crore for each institute. Setting up new IITs would require larger investments than for upgrading existing institutes.

In a letter in December, the Union ministry had informed the chief secretary of the West Bengal government that Besu would be upgraded to an Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology from the academic session 2008-09. However, an official in Delhi later said: “Besu should continue to function as a state university till such time when the ministry completes the procedures for update.”

“The Centre seems to be going back on its words. We are at a loss as to when the upgrade will happen. The academic atmosphere on the campus is affected because of this delay. A number of projects, proposals cannot be taken forward because of the uncertainty about our status,” said Prof N.R. Bandopadhyay, the president of the teachers’ union and the head of the materials and metallurgy department of Besu. He, however, added that the delay is merely a procedural thing.

The teachers are planning a “prolonged campaign” to push for the upgrade. They will “write to HRD minister Arjun Singh and all concerned officials”.

“We will keep visiting the ministry every fortnight to keep the pressure on,” said Manas Hira, the secretary of the teachers’ union.

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http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080429/jsp/nation/story_9202695.jsp
Besu reminder on govt funds
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New Delhi, April 28: The Centre is yet to release funds it had promised for upgrading the Bengal Engineering and Science University though the Shibpur-Besu has the tag of an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.

Ahead of its first academic session as an IIEST — labelled an Institute of National Importance (INI) — Besu has, in a firm letter, now asked the Centre to put its money where its mouth is.

Besu vice-chancellor N.R. Bannerjea has written to the HRD ministry complaining that the institute is still to receive a third of the promised funds, senior officials have told The Telegraph. The letter was received today.

In a separate letter to the University Grants Commission, Bannerjea has urged for urgent disbursal of the funds, sources said.

Of the Rs 15 crore sanctioned for Besu’s upgrade to an IIEST — an institute which will aim to compete with the Indian Institutes of Technology — the university has received only Rs 10 crore.

Bannerjea and a senior faculty member from the institute’s architecture department are expected in Delhi tomorrow to discuss Besu’s case for funds with the HRD ministry, sources said.

In December 2007, the ministry had officially bestowed the tag of an IIEST on the 151-year-old Besu, Asia’s oldest engineering institute.

Starting from the 2008-09 academic session, Besu will be known as an IIEST, the ministry had informed university authorities. In his letter to the ministry, Bannerjea has also hinted at concerns other than the release of funds.

Till last year (2007-08), Besu admitted students on the basis of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination. For several years now, Besu has itself been the nodal agency in charge of conducting the WBJEE. Bannerjea himself has been the chief of the WBJEE Board.

This year, however, Besu was to admit students on the basis of the centrally conducted All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). The exam was held yesterday.

While students to all other courses are being admitted through the AIEEE this year, admissions to the Besu B.Arch programme (bachelor in architecture) are through the WBJEE.

The WBJEE question papers were leaked this year, putting a question mark on the admissions to a course run by an INI, sources said.

“We want to discuss the possibility of admitting students to the B.Arch programme through the AIEEE. That is why the architecture faculty member is accompanying the VC. We are not too hopeful though,” a Besu official said.

The ministry may have a question of its own, when Bannerjea comes visiting, HRD officials said. Though it is no longer supposed to admit students through the WBJEE, Besu continues to manage the state exam. Besu may be asked to explain, a source said.

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Anyone any idea on when our beloved alma mater will be called IIEST?



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