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Mission : IIT, Shibpur - Volume 2 - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 21:39

 

Mission: IIT, Shibpur - Volume 2

 

Updated on February 20, 2006 (IST) to include The Telegraph article.

 

Selected recent news media coverage about this initiative

 

Rediff.com

Indian Express

The Telegraph

The Times of India

Anandabazar (Bengali)

The Hindusthan Times

Pratidin (Bengali)

Bartaman (Bengali)

Ganashakti (Bengali)

Dainik Statesman (Bengali)

The Statesman

If you support the conversion of BESU, Shibpur to IIT, Shibpur, Please sign the petition to WB Chiefminister using IE

 

On-line Petition

 

Please write your full name and role (Alumnus with year and dept OR Student with dept and year OR faculty with dept OR Staff OR Well wisher).

 

Mission: IIT Shibpur - Students, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Administration, Alumni and Well Wishers United

 

After 3 years of constant and steady persuasion of all major stake holders of BESUS often isolated and uncoordinated, students, faculty, administrations, non-teaching staff and global alumni/alumnae of BESUS have come forward to pursue this historical initiative together. This article publishes a list of documents prepared by all of them with a single goal to convert their beloved Institution to IIT- Shibpur.

 

On 15th November, 2005, Dr. N R Banerjea, VC approached Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Chancellor and Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal for his personal intervention to realize the dream. Dr. Banerjea also sent out Academic Council's resolution [AC Resolution, PDF, 140KB] which unanimously adopted IIT-Shibpur as the new name for the upgraded Institution, to  Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister [Letter to WBCM, PDF, 250KB], Sri Arjun Singh, Hon’ble Minister, MHRD [Letter to MHRD, PDF, 190KB] and Prof. Satyasadhan Chakraborty, Hon'ble Minister-In-Charge, Dept of Higher Education, WB [Letter to MIC, PDF, 250KB].

 

Academic Council's resolution and VC's letters are available here.

 

The Times of India published an article about this major event on Nov 11, 2005 [TOI, PDF].

 

In the meantime, Bengal Engineering and Science University Teachers Association (BESUTA) unanimously decided in its general body meeting on Nov 14 to approach WBCM for his support to this initiative. Letters to WBCM, Governor of WB and MIC are being sent (in 18th November, 2005) and are available here 

 Students of BESUS joined this initiative collecting signatures from present students. Class wise signatures are presented below. As all of them nearly 1MB, it may take longer to download the following files. To receive the following files via email, please contact gbecaa AT Yahoo.com.

 

 

In the meantime, alumni of BESUS around the world have come together to pursue this dream. They formed the Global Alumni Association of Bengal Engineering and Science University (GAABESUS) to involve all alumni/alumnae with their Alma Mater to make it, one of the top Engineering and Science Universities in India [TOI Article, PDF]. In the August issue of the Alumni Newsletter, they presented how transformation of BESUS and JU to IITs will help the State of West Bengal.  This is available in Newsletter Vol 7 No 4 [Newsletter, PDF]. Alumni also sent a proposal on how BESUS can be improved [Suggestions, PDF].

 

Alumni suggestions and Newsletter are available as below:

 

Several senior and distinguished alumni holding very top position in both Academics and Industry including Directors, Deans, Chairpersons of top academic Institutions in India and Abroad and several C-level technologies and industry leaders openly supported this initiative and several of their letters are available at www.becollege.org.

 

Please sign the online petition addressed to WBCM. Please use your name, location (State, Country) and your connection to BESUS  (alumnus/faculty/student/staff/administrator/well wisher).

 

 

View who signed this petition already!

 

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?besus&1

 

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We hope all the efforts of students, faculty, non-teaching staff, administration,  alumni/alumnae and well wishers will eventually result in transformation of this institute to IIT- Shibpur! 

 

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Comments by Readers
Comments by BILAL from India on Friday, May 19, 2006 at 21:56 - IP Logged
SIR I HAVE QUALIFIED GATE IN IT DISPLINE WITH 97.6 PERCENTILE. I WANT TO DO M.Tech. PLZ HELP ME REGARDING WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET ADMISSION THROUGH GATE SCORE
Comments by Saswata Misra, CST '94 from Tuvalu on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 21:57 - IP Logged
I have one simple and effective suggestion to control the unruly students: Conduct a proper investigation when each such incident occurs and debar the identified students from appearing in ANY/ALL campus placement. It will be a major and definite deterrant.
Can anyone put this suggestion to the BESU management?
Tnnx!
Comments by Well Wisher from United States on Monday, February 20, 2006 at 16:44 - IP Logged
That seems to be a good decison taken by the administration on character certificates of students who are troublemakers.
Comments by Tanmoy Halder from India on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 14:58 - IP Logged
Rethink on clean chits
- Character certificates may be withheld to discipline students
PRASUN BHATTACHARYA
Worried over repeated clashes among students, the authorities of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) have decided to be “more strict” about issuing character certificates to outgoing undergraduates seeking placements through campus interviews.
The move, officers feel, will make undisciplined students think twice before fomenting trouble on the campus.
“We are planning to be more strict while issuing character certificates to outgoing undergraduate students. A contract will be entered into with companies that absorb our students through campus interviews so that a student without a clean chit from BESU will be liable to get his candidature automatically cancelled,” Debasish Ghosh, dean of faculty, BESU, said on Sunday.
On an average, around 450 outgoing students land plum jobs with various companies through campus interviews every year, he added.
Three clashes among hostel inmates on the campus within a span of seven months has forced BESU to initiate the “stringent” move, a senior officer said.
“Every time a clash breaks out, police come, we order hostel inmates to vacate their rooms and leave the campus, meetings are held, the errant students tender ‘unconditional’ apologies and we pardon them. But after some time, things are back to square one,” the officer observed.
The university authorities have till now issued good character certificates to all outgoing students as “we don’t want a young man to be in trouble”.
The professor-in-charge of student affairs, hostel superintendents and various department heads will regularly maintain registers where the behaviour of students will be recorded.
Character certificates will be issued to students on the basis of records of their behaviour on the campus.
Students involved in trouble will not be issued character certificates at all, the official said.
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Comments by Subrata Roy from India on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 02:30 - IP Logged
Telegraph
Delhi date to pluck 3 IIT thorns
- Meeting on JU and BE College fate on Feb. 23
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Calcutta, Feb. 18: The crucial meeting to discuss who will govern Jadavpur University and Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, after they are awarded IIT status will be held in Delhi next week.
The outcome of the meeting will eventually enable the state government to take a final decision on whether it is going to accept the Centre’s offer to upgrade the two institutions to IITs or not.
The Union human resource development ministry has convened a meeting with the authorities of the two institutions in Delhi on February 23.
It is learnt that apart from governance, the Thursday talks will focus on two other key issues — the admission process and the extent of central funding after the institutions are upgraded.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s government has so far not reacted enthusiastically to the IIT proposal mainly because the Centre has not clarified its stand on the three issues — governance, admission and funding.
“We will be discussing these three issues in detail at the meeting,” a senior Bengal Engineering teacher said.
A three-member central inspection team, which visited the two institutions in December, submitted its report to the human resource development ministry on Monday.
During the inspection, the JU authorities had told the team that it wanted to follow a middle path in terms of governance after it was granted the IIT status.
Under the existing set-up, both JU and BE College have elected administrative bodies. In the IITs, the administrative bodies consist of nominated members. The two universities want both nominated and elected members in the governing bodies.
The admission issue is also vital because the government does not favour changing the system of taking in students through state-level Joint Entrance Examinations.
But, if the institutions are granted IIT status, the admission procedure will have to be brought under the IIT entrance examination system. “We are waiting to know the inspection team’s suggestion in this regard,” a JU official said.
The Centre has agreed to provide nearly Rs 300 crore to JU and nearly Rs 900 crore to BE College for the upgrade in phases.
“But we must get a clear picture on whether the Centre will continue to provide financial assistance to them on a par with the annual grants it provides to the IITs,” a state government official said.
HRD officials said the panel had rated JU and BE College the “most deserving” of the seven institutions short-listed for the upgrade.
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Friday, February 17, 2006 at 18:49 - IP Logged
Being a student for five years during the most turbulent period in sixties/seventies, I know only a few students are creating trouble and maligning the image of BESU. Instead of suspending classes or closing down the university, these students should be isolated and punished. When BESU is almost on the threshold of getting the IIT/ INI status, such act of vandalism should be condemned and avoided at any cost. Our VC has done a commendable job so far and he should get all the support to take BESU further ahead.
Another point I would like to insist here that we should now keep only BESU,s interest in our mind and focus all our effort towards achieving the goal of IIT status for BESU. I don't see any reason why some of our alumni should advocate for other rival institute when they have always tried to spoil our case. I am not talking about ITBHU here as their alumni have all along supported BESU. Loosing our focus at this stage may damage our case and let us not give any opportunity to our detractors.
Comments by Piyali Dey from United States on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 17:10 - IP Logged
The VC and the administration has taken the right steps. This kind of behavior from the students cannot be accepted at a moment when the University is poised for an upgradation.
Comments by Subrata Roy from India on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 14:47 - IP Logged
Tough talk on varsity violence
A STAFF REPORTER
Friday, February 17, 2006
The convocation ceremony on Thursday may have gone off without a hitch, but there is little hope of normalcy returning to the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) campus in a hurry.
Following the clashes that broke out between two student factions on Tuesday night, BESU vice-chancellor N.R. Banerjea ruled out resumption of undergraduate classes till next week. “I had asked the students to vacate the hostels by Wednesday but the students’ union has said its members will not do so. I have already sent a report to the disciplinary committee for further action.”
Debroop Sengupta, cultural secretary of the students’ union, said: “Suspending classes indefinitely will not solve the problem, it will only go against student interests.”
Banerjea aims to convene a meeting of the guardians of all undergraduate students next week and urge them to rein in their wards. “BESU alone cannot take responsibility for such acts of violence by students; let the guardians shoulder some of it,” he said on Thursday, soon after the eighth annual convocation of the university that was attended by chancellor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
The vice-chancellor said students found guilty of destroying university property would be fined Rs 5,000. The students’ union denied that any property had been damaged in Tuesday night’s violence.
The matter was raised in the Assembly on Thursday, with Trinamul Congress MLA Saugata Roy asking chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to intervene and restore normalcy at BESU.
“Such an incident is not expected in an institution like BE College,” said Roy.
Vice-chancellor Banerjea hinted at a sinister design to malign the university when it is poised to gain IIT status. “Everything was going in the right direction till the clashes between the rival student unions broke out,” he rued.
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Comments by ARUNAVA BISWAS from India on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 19:32 - IP Logged
Following News Article which was published in The Statesman is very disturbing
"Techies hostile...
Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Feb. 15. — At a time when the Bengal Engineering and Science University is aspiring for an IIT status, its campus has been riven by students’ agitation. Undergraduate classes have been suspended and boarders of all UG boys hostels asked to vacate them at the earliest.
Campus placement interviews for final year undergraduate students have also been postponed.
Apparently, some members of the IC and the SFI clashed late last night. SFI supporters say some IC supporters had entered a hostel and beat up a few of them causing three students to be admitted to a hospital. IC activists said that it just happened that two groups of students had got into a fight. Incidentally, the undergraduate students’ union election is scheduled to be held on 20 February.
“The matter is being unnecessarily played up. Other colleges have bigger problems. We have written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor seeking resumption of classes as well as campus interviews,” IC general secretary Arindam Das.
Kakuli Mondol of the SFI said the IC had a habit of preventing elections from being conducted in a fair manner. “They base their election campaign on Rebecca, the campus fest. Since this time around, the poll has been scheduled ahead of the fest, the IC supporters are bent on scuppering it,” Kakuli said.
“We do not want such disturbances on the campus. The election has been postponed and classes will remain suspended for the time being. We have also decided to send complaint letters to the parents,” Besu Vice-Chancellor Prof. NR Banerjea said. Post-graduate classes will go on, though. Policemen are patrolling a tense Besu campus.
The institute campus witnessed similar clashes earlier. Authorities of Besu drew up a code of conduct to enforce discipline among the students after the SFI and the IC clashed ahead of Pujas last year. At that time, the university brass had set up a three-member panel to probe the incident. Soon after, police were asked to ensure that outsiders did not enter the campus. "
My submission to The College authority is that please seriously punish those found guilty. If the offenders are not serious about their career and college,atleast we should be serious about the future of our college and other innocent students.
Comments by Ajoy Ghosh from India on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 22:34 - IP Logged
The support extended by the likes of Mr. Arvind Singh and BHU-IT Alumni body deserves our whole-hearted thanks.
Does any one know what has been the outcome of the report of the central commitee on this issue, which was slated to be submitted on 13.2,2006 ?
Comments by Arvind Singh IT-BHU from India on Sunday, February 12, 2006 at 05:52 - IP Logged
Dear friends at BEC,
I am a student of IT-BHU & a well wisher of BEC..... This is to infor u all the our alumni association has carried out an online petition of the IIT conversion issue....
In this we have whole heartedly supported the issue of conversion of BEC...
Comments by Prabal Choudhury from Canada on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 08:05 - IP Logged
It appears from the various media reports that WBG is not going to allow BEC and JU's conversion to IIT/INI. While JU is not so keen for conversion due to obvious political and cultural shocks it will have to face for following IIT like rigorous educational and disciplinary changes to which its students and even faculty are not accustomed to,BEC is keen to convert itself into an IIT because its operational and cultural systems are more close to IIT systems. In fact IITKGP followed BEC systems when it was started way back in late fifties.
But only expressing our wishes in the website will not be enough to move WBG from its stand of not allowing conversion to IIT. Probably we will have to go further like people of Assam or REC Durgapore students to realise our dream. In both the occasions,ultimately Govt. was forced to take decisions for creation of a new IIT or conversion of REC into NIT. The same WBG was standing in the way of conversion of REC Durgapore to NIT and the students had to go for almost violent agitation to snatch it from the Higher Education(?) Minister of the WBG. Should we not take some lessons from the past experience and act accordingly in advance.We must understand that it is now or never for BEC.
Comments by Sumanta Chaudhuri , E. E.1977 from India on Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 02:01 - IP Logged
Ajoy is absolutely CORRECT ! The VC,teaching & non-teaching staff and also the Alumni Association at Kolkata should clarify in absolute terms their stand regarding Shibpore becoming an IIT or still advanced and improved form of IIT . This clarification has become very essential to all of us in view of the conflicting news item in the Anandabazar on 7/12/2005 vis -a -vis the earlier reported stand of the VC ,Kolkata Alumni Association & the faculty , as brought out in the various newspapers only .
Comments by Ajoy Ghosh from India on Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 01:08 - IP Logged
Swapan,
Is it not in the fitness of things to ask our VC to issue a clarification (about the press-release)from BESUS's side to the student/alumni/well-wisher community in order to allay unneccessary confusions and misgivings .
Comments by Swapan88 from United States on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 09:21 - IP Logged

Many alumni and well wishers expressed concern about the Anandabazar Patrika article on Dec 7, 2005. We believe the observation made in the latest issue of the alumni newsletter (distributed on Dec 6, 2005) is still valid. We should wait till MHRD publishes it report in January. We request all alumni, students, faculty, staffs and well wishers who support conversion of BESUS to IIT, Shibpur or similar Institution (funding, governance, etc.), please sign the petition now.
Thanks,
Swapan Saha, 88EE
P.S. This is my personal opinion.
Comments by Ajoy Ghosh from India on Monday, December 05, 2005 at 20:52 - IP Logged
"Well Wisher" is right in a sense that so many bright students of West Bengal who (like us) have not been brought up and tutored in line with IIT-JEE will be inconvenienced once BESUS becomes an IIT.
Infact, if J C Bose and Vidyasagar were to sit for the Entrance exams of these two institutions after their School-leaving examinations, I am sure Bose would have scrapped through to IIT (because of his upbringing and schooling) but Vidyasagar would have had to come to BESUS ! Infact, it is because of this quality of students
(More than the present teaching or infrastructural quality )of BESUS, we still see streaks of brilliance from our much-villed institute.
THEY SHINE, IF NOT BECAUSE OF, INSPITE OF B E COLLEGE.
But still, IIT should be our only choice because of the following reasons :
a) This is the only way to save this ailing once-glorious institution from the petty politics, backwardness, lethargy and self-destructive tendencies which are endemic to our State. The other option would have been to change the State itself but that, I think, should be tried in another forum.
2) Trying to protect the "Vidyasagars" of the State by building sanctuaries
will not work. Time requires todays engineers to be global and it is better we follow the wind of change rather than trying to race against it. For years, West Bengal tried to ignore the Computer Revolution for fear that it will curtail jobs involving manual labour. Now it has gone head-over-heel to get a chunk of the pie, but that came after the southern states have lapped up the cream.Net result : we have to be content with being a tail-ender.
3) Even the IITs have their special coaching/training programme to aid students in their preparation for IIT-JEE. Why not IIT, Sibpur think of the same.
4) Conversion to IIT means more fund-flow and many other indirect benefits to the State.
Ajoy Ghosh
1980 Mech Engg
Comments by well-wisher from India on Monday, December 05, 2005 at 16:26 - IP Logged

All of us want to see BEC as an IIT. But then what will be the fate of the students of WB. Many of us ( I think 99% of us) couldn't crack IIT but that does not mean we are not competent in industry and in academic field. In some fields even we are performing better than the so called IITian. That is what we have got from our beloved BEC. so if BEC will be an IIT, people like us will be most deprived from having the oppurtunity to study in BEC. As per as our WB syllabus is concerned,it is very difficult to compete wid some other states in cracking IIT-JEE exam despite having enough potential.
So please think over that issue. Is the only way to improve the quality of education to be an IIT? Cant we do this without having an IIT tag?
Comments by Siddhartha Banerjee from Canada on Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 21:28 - IP Logged
I strongly believe that BECollege should become IIT. For this our beloved alma mater needs active support from it's proud alumni community. So let's act now to make our dream come true.
Comments by Well wishers from India on Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 21:24 - IP Logged
We certainly hope not! Basically this is the same position WB Govt is presenting. We understand JU is supporting this position openly to keep their politically charged environment where faculty and students do not show up till 10:30 am. I guess when they agree with MHRD, they need to start day early what BESUS already does like all IITs. But if you follow the news, BESUS administration and faculty are showing different position and supporting IIT status for BESUS. But as BESUS is a state university, it will depend on West Bengal Govt whether they will destroy these institutions without proper funding or accept MHRD proposal and convert them well funded and well governed research institutions.
Comments by Saswata Misra, 94 CST from Antigua And Barbuda on Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 18:52 - IP Logged
From the article in The Telegraph ("Control first, IIT later"), it seems to be the end of the road for this initiative!
http://www.telegraphindia.com/ 1051202/asp/frontpage/story_5549508.asp
Comments by Santu Mandal from India on Friday, November 25, 2005 at 01:48 - IP Logged
I have passed out from Bengal Engineering & Science University,Shibpur very last year.I was a student of CST department. I will be very happy when our university will take the IIT status. So we all have to fight against any political issue.
Comments by Ajoy Ghosh from Thailand on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 23:17 - IP Logged
I read the postings of "An insider of BESUS" dated 23/11/05 and Mr. Arvind Singh dated 22/11/05. It appears both of them speaks of the same apprehension.
If it is so, then it will serve only half the purpose.
To me, the present difference between the IITs and BESUS is due half to funding and another half to branding.
It is correct that enhancement of fund flow will help to better the available infrastructures and bring better quality faculties.
But unless the IIT tag is there, the institute will be deprieved of the Branding that has been meticulously built up by the Union Govt. and bestowed upon the IITs, often at the expense of other colleges like BESUS.
Yes, Branding does make a difference !
I recently bought two DVD players, one of branded Japanese make for self-use and the other of local Thai make, for gifting. I find the Thai make DVD has more functions and the picture/sound quality is comparably good as the Japanese make. Only that the Thai one costs a third of the Japanese DVD !
In my proffesional life, I have on several occassions observed that IIT products enjoy this "Price advantage" (atleast at the initial stage) though their "Functional" and "Quality" superiority over others may be questionable.
I am aware that others may not care about this unjust disparity but let us , the students/alumni/staff/well-wishers , be uni-vocal and do whatever is possible within our might to make the IIT tag a reality.
Let us not be cynical.
Comments by Bamandas Pattanayak from United States on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 12:53 - IP Logged
I am a BESU alumni of 1963 ( Mechanical Engg. I strongly advocate to upgrade BESU as IIT, Shibpore. I will be very much upset if any hindrances or obstacles created by the W.B State Govt for not granting the status of an IIT to BESU.
Comments by An anon alumnus from India on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 10:30 - IP Logged
The important things are:
1) Board of Management decision on Nov 24.
2) BESUS's presentation to Expert Team on Dec 2 on Governance Model
3) Expert Teams's decision based on its visit to BESUS on Dec 2.
Comments by Hajra from India on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 08:07 - IP Logged
I hope entrance will only be through IIT JEE as the quality of students in AIEEE is not as high. We may even be able to steal away some of the toppers from the IIT's if we follow thier entrance exam. More importantly if both JU and BESU only allow entrance through IIT JEE it will encourage a lot more Bengali kids to take the IIT JEE instead of the dismal few 6000 or so that take it every year from this state while states like AP have a whopping 40000 students taking the exam every year and take a lion's share of the IIT seats. I am aware that Besu VC N.R.Banerjea also heads the WBJEE board and so is naturally keen to promote the state entrance exam over any other but in this instance would it not be more productive to adopt IIT JEE instead?
Comments by Watcher from India on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 07:56 - IP Logged
The Statesman article(22nd Nov) does not correspond with the Telegraph article in what it is saying. The Statesman suggests BESU and JU will not be converted into fully fledged IIT's while the Telegraph suggests after 3 years BESU may become a fully fledged IIT after a review at that time. The Telegraph article(22nd Nov) suggests that BESU entrance procedure will have to be through IIT JEE while the TOI article(23rd Nov) suggests entrance maybe through IIT JEE or AIEEE.There is some confusion and discrepancy here.
Comments by Well wishers from India on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 07:43 - IP Logged
The Statesman article does not make much sense if you follow other articles published in the media. Let's wait a few weeks to see what Expert Team recommends based on what BESUS presents.
Comments by An insider of BESUS from India on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 06:42 - IP Logged
May I seek alumni attention and comments to the Statesman 22 report, part of which I'm copying hereunder. Please note that the expert team is due on 2nd Dec and we have this press report now.
"Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Nov. 21. — Bengal Engineering and Science University (formerly BE college) and Jadavpur University would be given more autonomy and funds and not converted into IITs as thought earlier. Mr Sudip Banerjee, education secretary at Human Resource Development Ministry, said: “Both institutes will function under the state government. But they will enjoy greater autonomy and more funds from the government.
Their standards will be upgraded to that of IITs but their names will remain unchanged.”


Comments by Santosh Kumar Saha, Civil Engg from United States on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 18:42 - IP Logged
BE College, being an institution which produced a large number of illustrious engineers during the period of last 150 years deserves conversion.
Comments by RAVI RAMADUGU from India on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 10:38 - IP Logged
THIS IS MUST BECAUSE THE BENGAL ENGG. AND SCEINCE UNIV. IS ONE OF THE PRESTAGIOUS UNIV. IN INDIA AND ALSO ONE OF THE OLD ENGG. COLLEGE.WE WANT TO SEE OUR UNIV. IS A 10TH IIT IN INDIA
Comments by Arvind Singh IT-BHU from India on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 10:11 - IP Logged
Dear Friends at BEC, I have learned that the govt. is not interested in giving the IIT tag itself to BEC or for that matter to any of the rest 6 instt. Instead it plans to give some " Deemed IIT" status..
Any comments?? regarding this fact...
Comments by Well wisher from India on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 07:34 - IP Logged
BESU has opened its door to the whole of India last year itself and the present effort shows only that efforts are now on towards dedicating it to the nation with a IIT tag that world recognises well for the benefit of all. One of the oldest technical institution with its service to the nation rightly deserves the conversion.
Comments by Ajoy Ghosh from Thailand on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 00:50 - IP Logged
Mr. Arvind Singh has very nicely summed up the sentimental aspect of BESUS's candidature.
But, Mr. Singh, sentiments alone will not win the day.
It remains to be seen whether BESUS, like BHUIT, is able to present its best face forward to the visiting team.
And for those, who are responsible for making this happen, may I remind the comment of Ms. Kabita Jha (Sl. No. 1106 of the petition signatories) : " A chance to even up the injustice/mistakes of the fifties".
Ajoy Ghosh
1980 Mech Engg
Comments by Well wisher from India on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 11:08 - IP Logged
Mice to see the comments of Shri Arvind Singh. He has expressed his matured mind and I do appreciate his views.
Comments by Subir Hazra from Iran on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 09:56 - IP Logged
BE college being the 2nd oldest and one of the most reputed technical school in India, MUST be upgraded to IIT ...all must support this cause ...
Comments by Arvind Singh from India on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 07:35 - IP Logged
I am a student of IT-BHU. I very much appreciate the cause of the BEC students and supports it upgradation for IITs. But dear friends don't make it a regional issue .. We must understand that only the best colleges (which could be called as the mother of all the IITs) must be upgraded. Now in this categoty only 3 colleges comes 1) Roorkee; 2) BEC and 3) IT-BHU.. Since Roorkee had got what it desrved so now only IT-BHU and BEC are left... PLZ understand that there is almost no status of other 5 colleges in the list.
The IIT team had visted IT-BHU on 17th and they were highly inmpressed by it. They have also recommended it to become an IIT... Best of luck for BEC
Comments by Well wisher from India on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 07:18 - IP Logged
"Great things are done when Men & Mountains meet;
This is not done by Jostling in the Street."
William Blake
British poet
Comments by Well wisher from United States on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 10:10 - IP Logged
Apparently it needs to be in political agenda, a relentless striving with firmness of purpose garnering mass support to achieve it. Perhaps a movement is required beyond the precinct of this web-page.
Look at the way the Assam students succeded in setting up the IIT-Guwahati.
Comments by Sumanta Chaudhuri , E. E.1977 from India on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 22:43 - IP Logged
Thank you Amalendu Da . The historical truth is that the very concept of the first IIT in the country was born in the hearts of B.E.College , Shibpore . Shibpore cannot loose the second and probably the last chance of having access to mobilising the maximum fund in the country required for its effective operations ,including conducting research activities to the desired level . How can the authorities in our country so far deny the mother of the IITs ( not Rorkee or BHU ) and also the mother of higher technological education in India ( first to introduce ME courses in India) its long long overdue platform to regain the TOPMOST postion in technogical education and research in India and probably a leading position among the top technogical institutes globally . It will be a real ressurgence for technological education and reseach for the country , particularly with the LOOK EAST policy being strongly put forward by both the Central & State Governments . Shibpore means intense passion in the intellectual mind ( like Presidency College ) and giving its due recognition and opportunity in the present day context will herald a new era in the country's technogical advancement , which I am very sure even no other IITs or IISC can match within a few years .
Comments by Professor Amalendu Ghosh, 1966 from India on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 04:14 - IP Logged
My Alma Mater helped in building the FIRST IIT in many ways. In fact the FIRST IIT was built taking BE College as a model. Still today many alumni of BEC have become Directors, Professors, Deans, Heads of different Departments of several IITs. Many alumni have held / are holding key positions of many academic institutions and industries of the country and abroad. BEC, having its glorious existence of 150 years,deserves its conversion to IIT. Pandit Jawahrlal Nehru,the FIRST Prime Minister of the country approached Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy,the then Chief Minister of WB for converting BEC to the FIRST IIT. Instead of allowing BEC to be converted to IIT, Dr. Roy insisted on building the FIRST IIT at Kharagpur. Now time has again come to confer the due prestigious status to my Alma Mater by converting BEC to IIT which was missed about half a century ago. I believe my state of WB will be benefited in many ways and this will be a pride for our state.
 

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