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List of all INIs in India - Total 13 of them now. - new on Setpember 9, 2006

Institute of National importance
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati Assam
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh Chandigarh
All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi Delhi
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute For Medical Sciences and Technology, Thirunvananthapuram Kerala
Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, Mumbai Maharashtra
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali Punjab
Dakshina Bharti Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai Tamil Nadu
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai Tamil Nadu
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttaranchal
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur West Bengal
Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta West Bengal






















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Last updated on September 11, 2006 (IST)

Mission: IIT, Shibpur - A journey since 2003

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Sri Sudip Banerjee, Secretarty, MHRD visited BESU on September 7, 2006. His visit to BESU is covered by all local news papers.

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Comments by soumen mukherjee from India on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 08:00 - IP Logged
i want a quick report on the topic that which colleges will be converted to IITs soon,so that we can prepare upto that stadard
Comments by Well Wisher from Canada on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 07:38 - IP Logged
In the light of such a glorious opportunity in the door step of BESU, May we expect our two fighting groups of students to call it a truce for the sake their own future. Please see that nothing happens to tarnish the image of BESU again.
Comments by Swapan Saha, 88EE from United States on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 21:46 - IP Logged
The Telegraph article is linked here already. It is basically a commentary of Expert Committee's recommendation. We are still looking for BESU authority and WB Govt's position on INI status for BESU in form of IIEST, Shibpur.
Comments by Saswata Misra, 94 CST from Eritrea on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 21:21 - IP Logged
Some good news: "A survey conducted among seven reputed technology institutes across the country has found that the oldest engineering college in Bengal is the most suitable for upgrade to IIT status. " See more details at :
Dated Monday, September 11, 2006
Comments by Well Wisher from Canada on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 13:19 - IP Logged
One of our our alumni ( Bhattacharya) from Civil Engg.Dept. of 73/74 batch working probably in Chennai,is son in law of Honourable Lok Sabha Speaker. Can somebody locate and get in touch with him to use his influence for convincing WBG.
Comments by Web Team from United States on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 11:04 - IP Logged
To Mr Molay Halder,
Alumni web team just sent out 2 URLs for Expert Team report which clearly says BESU will receive INR 519.55 Crore if WBG accepts MHRD proposal to upgrade BESU to IIEST, Shibpur!
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:42 - IP Logged
We particularly our senior and famous alumni from all over the world may write letters to the editors of various news papers like telegraph, statesman, times of india, anandabazar etc. supporting the upgradaton / conversion of BESU to IIT/INI.
Comments by P BASU from Australia on Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 22:56 - IP Logged
Keep it up alumnus and current students. You are better visionary than Bidhan Roy, A.C.Roy and so many College and Govt administrators.I am certain that BESU will be awarded IIT/INI status. It survived 150 years of peace and turmoil. BESU will lead the way in the grand revival of West Bengal in the same way it helped the progress of WB and India during 1950's.
Comments by GAABESU Web Team from United States on Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 17:11 - IP Logged
What do you think, we get the information from air? In case it is not published in news media, alumni office will publish it sending out to all alumni via email.
Please make sure you are in the global alumni distribution list. If you are a member of GAABESU, you must be in the list but join the list as it is free to all alumni of BEC/BECDU/BESU.
Comments by Molay Halder from India on Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 02:02 - IP Logged
Is it true that MHRD has agreed to provide 500 crore to BESU to upgrade to INI status as it says at the top of the front page of the alumni website on the scrolling line at the top? Is this the outcome of the meeting on 1st September 2006 between BESU,MHRD and WB governemnt?Has this been confirmed by the news media?
Comments by Molay Halder from India on Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 04:52 - IP Logged
The acquisition of a new campus is very encouraging news and shows we are more serious about IIT status then our competitior.Especially as it is in Shibpur itself and the campus is bein expanded instead of an entirley new campus coming up in a whole different area as some other institutes are planning.(Our competeitor is building a new 100 acre campus in Baruipur, some distance from where their current campus is based.
Comments by secret besu from India on Monday, September 04, 2006 at 00:25 - IP Logged
This is the most exciting news to come out of Besu in quite some time but it has not been picked up by all the media aswell as it should have been.
From the Indian Express August 10th:
Varsity mulls new campus
Besu buzz The proposed campus, spread across 100 acres, is likely to come up on premises bang opposite the varsity
Express News Service
Kolkata, August 10: The Bengal Engineering & Science University (BESU) is in the process of expansion. It is looking forward to setting up a second campus spread across 100 acres of land.
The proposed campus is likely to come up on premises opposite the university, if things work out as planned. Nikhil Ranjan Banerjea, Vice-Chancellor of the university, met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today and discussed the university’s plans in this regard.
Banerjea said that the chief minister has asked him to forward a formal proposal on need for land. The said plot is currently housing a godown of the Food Corporation of India.
Celebrating its 150 years of completion in November this year, the university with current strength of 2,500 students, has been growing over the years. The new campus will house new schools. The campus will also have residential blocks for students and teachers who have been living on the main campus.
The new campus project is likely to incur a cost of around Rs 950 crore. It will rely heavily on the Central government’s funds with land procurement through the state government.
The Centre’s funding is expected to be around Rs 750 crore. “The government of India had set up an experts committee that has made recommendations on the financial needs of the university. I do not know what’s the amount coming in finally,” said Banerjea.
The university is already working on implementing projects, utilising a sanctioned fund of Rs 10 crore. The money is being utilised for construction of an eight-storey building and for purchase of equipment required by the Applied Chemistry and Physics departments.
The university has stated that availability of treated and purified water is becoming scarce for students and the staff.
“We have water problem. For overcoming this, we plan to construct a water treatment plant in the university. Water from the river shall be treated and brought into the campus,” Banerjea added.
Comments by secret besu from India on Monday, September 04, 2006 at 00:13 - IP Logged
The Statesman Sept 1:
Talks start on granting INI status to Besu, JU
KOLKATA, Sept. 1: After waiting for more than six months, the Union ministry of human resources today held discussions on the issue of bestowing the status of Institute of National Importance (INI) to Jadavpur University (JU) and Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu).
A meeting in New Delhi attended by representatives of both institutions, officials of the state higher education department and those from the Union human resources development ministry discussed changes required to upgrade these institutions at par INI standards. Both universities submitted proposals and investment plans sought by the ministry of human resource development.
While Besu has sought Rs 10 crore for constructing an eight-storied building and installing a central computing facility, JU did not seek any new grant. Besu and JU had earlier submitted proposals for Rs 950 crore and Rs 400 crore respectively. The ministry of human resource development had then granted Besu Rs 10 crore and JU Rs 7 crore.
“The discussions were positive,” said Mr Partha Pratim Biswas, member of JU’s executive committee.
Comments by Swapan Saha from United States on Sunday, September 03, 2006 at 23:26 - IP Logged
"Secret BESU"
You seem to follow it regularly as you posted many newspaper articles. In case you have seen any newspaper articles about Setpember 1, 2006 meeting with MHRD, please feel free to post it with proper reference.
Swapan Saha, 88EE
Comments by secret besu from India on Sunday, September 03, 2006 at 03:57 - IP Logged
Its obvious that without changing the admissions procedure to IIT JEE from the current WBJEE we simply wont get the IIT status from the MHRD. This seems to be the major stumbling block between the state government and the MHRD. We must rapidly take initiative to encourage the state government to allow IIT JJE admissions at BESU.
1) It seems that since our vice chancellor is head of BESU while simultaneously head of WBJEE this is creating some major conflict of interest. There is some refusal on his part to do the best thing for BESU and convert to IIT JEE. Something needs to be done about this otherwise we will lose the opportunity of a lifetime.
2)100,000 candidates took the WBJEE with only 30,000 of them from outside the state in 2006. How can the vice chancellor possibly contend that WBJEE is a national exam when the majority of students(70000) are from west Bengal. In contrast 300000 candidates took the IIT JEE in 2006, 3 times as many as WBJEE producing far more competitive environment and higher quality students which we require.
3) Our competitor in Jadavpur has already agreed to switch to IIT JEE and the decision now lies with the sate government. Once again we are being rapidly out manoeuvred by Jadavpur while we are still dawdling and sticking with WBJEE.
We need to contact the Minister for Higher Education and other officials in the West Bengal government and make our voices heard along with the vice chancellor of BESU.
Comments by Souvik Karak from United States on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 14:15 - IP Logged
It seems a little unclear as to what the Centre is thinking in terms of offering the IIT knighthood to regional educational powerhouses like BESU.
Well:They do seem do have come up with the the idea of bestowing the crown of IIEST to 5 such institutions of higher learning viz. Beneras Hindu University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Andhra University, College of Engineering and Osmania University College of Engineering and University College of Techonology and our own BESU.
Do we have a clear underlying strategy from the Academic Governance at Shibpore which is aiming at the coveted status.
From what i experienced in the Global Academic circle - the institution that makes it to the premium list must have the - Faculty Profile, Student Profile and Alumni Profile to meet the match.
Meaning- one needs to showcase the Volume of academic and research papers/ documents that are published by the institute annually as an evidence of merit.
Of course the presence (from regional areas) and diversity of Students and Faculty adds to the significance at the national level.
To name some elements of success:
A Business Model for Academic Growth and Enrichment from regional and national perspective needs to be built and presented.
A Roadmap (5yr/10yr/15yr) of achieving academic excellence through research and industrial projects should be showcased. Past and Present collaterals are also essential.
Setting up of a Panel to discuss penetrative strategy and key differentiators is a must. Invite profesional help from Alumni to streamline and bolster the process.
Comments by Rangan, Well Wisher from India on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 03:09 - IP Logged
Mission IIT is a great ambition to have. But let us honestly answer some questions.
Do we have a compelling vision and a concrete strategy to be ten times better than what we are today in the next two years?
Do we have the leadership in place today to get us to our cherished ambition?
For example MDI , which was not such a great b school until a few years ago has today pole vaulted into a Top 20 B school. This was because of clear direction, strong execution and inspiring leadership.
What we need today at BESU
We have great vintage. No doubt about that but we need an equally great plan and execution to go with it as well.
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 14:12 - IP Logged
Let BESU authorities analyse how India Today and others make the rankings, find out the various parameters and make every effort to improve upon those aspects.These rankings have an impact on the general perception of the people/ employers through out the country and we must take it seriously. BESU's inclusion in the top ten will improve its brand image which we need desperately to draw best students.
Comments by Pradip Sarkar from India on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 23:18 - IP Logged
This year 'India Today' also kept BECollege out of the top 20 list. Interestingly none of the seven institutions selected for upgradation (except IT BHU) figures in that list (it is true for 'Outlook' ranking also).
I feel if we have only Bengali student/teacher in the campus the 'professional things' will not come. We should have mixture of people in the campus...the outlook will change....student politics can be stopped. This is one advantage in IIT's, BHU, BIT's, NIT's. So I think we must go for IIEST option without fail in case we don’t get the IIT thing.
Pradip, 99CE (BE) 2002AM (ME)
Comments by Saswata Misra, '94 CST from Central African Republic on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 21:07 - IP Logged
Of all the surveys and rankings till date, this one seems to be most realistic to me.
I was in Calcutta recently and decided to visit the college. The sight was not very pretty. In spite of increase in budget, things are worse off now (at least on the face of it) than before. The Lords ground looks like South American grassland strewn with paper/garbage. The cemetery in front of Pandya Hall is a virtual forest. It used to be clean and was maintained quite well in better days. And, of course, the clock tower does not work!
Comments by Souvik Sadhu 99CE from India on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 12:03 - IP Logged
I feel the order of 'Top 100 Engineering Colleges In India' published in outlook is nearly true. Although I love to see BECollege at the top of the list but it's true that our college do not deserve a space in top 10 right now. But I'm sure we'll reach there very soon. I feel BECollege is still running like a typical Govt. office in West Bengal. We should have professional things in all the activities. See BECollege official's like an old textbook....can't we hire somebody?...make it appealing, interactive, useful...I don't think it needs so much money that an Institution can't afford.
You see BECollege scored very low in the placement…I know how placement department used to act 5-6 years back. It was full of inactive people who do not care about their students. I can still remember placement department gave us a list of Company and their addresses to contact personally….when we visited those places we found many of the companies either shifted from this place or closed their offices. I hope situation has changed now.
There are problems in faculty recruitment (I personally believe authority is not very interested to take qualified/efficient people….I wonder when I see there are young faculties who has only BTech…when there are many Ph.D.’s around), syllabus (There are many useless subjects in the undergraduate/post-graduate syllabus…nobody has looked on it for years).
I am sorry if I hurt anybody…..I don’t want to criticize…I am telling it publicly so that we can correct ourselves. My best wishes are always there with BECollege. I consider it my second home.
Comments by Saswata Misra, 94 'CST from Bouvet Island on Monday, July 10, 2006 at 22:13 - IP Logged
See the latest college ranking at
Article is 'Top 100 Engineering Colleges In India'.
Comments by Subhasis Mukherjee(Mech,4th y) from India on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 23:33 - IP Logged
it's a great pleasure if our college gets converted to iit,shibpur.Because,it's not only portraits for our college's high esteem and rewards our commendable achievement in the field of engineering for past 150 years but also it will certainly enhance our chances of getting into top-notch foreign universities for higher studies.
Comments by Prabal Choudhury 71 Electrical from Canada on Thursday, June 01, 2006 at 05:54 - IP Logged
It is nice to note the achievement of BESU. But we must get this news published in Telegraph/ Statesman/Anandabazar, otherwise majority of students and parents in Bengal will remain in dark about it and BESU will not be able to attract the best candidates from WBJEE. Our objective should be getting the bests like earlier days of BEC.


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