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Global academic community supports BESU conversion - Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 15:08


Selected comments from global academic circle supporting conversion of BESU to an INI ( Reference: )

Prof Sankar K Sen, 48EE, ex-Faculty, BESU & ex-Energy Minister, Govt of West Bengal, India


"The under-graduate teaching in the Bengal Engineering College was comparable to that of any engineering institution in the world; the only lacuna was and still is post-graduate education and research. It must be appreciated that without sound post-graduate education and research, undergraduate education and teaching is bound to suffer how hard the teachers try to keep it up. During the last thirty years or so, with the advent of computers, robotics, optical fiber communication, bio-informatics, nano-science and technology etc., the barrier between various disciplines have broken altogether, newer tools in information and management science have changed the global scenario and the requirement of engineers with innovative mind is the order of the day. Whereas, the IITs have been able to continuously keep pace wit the change because of massive financial support of the Central Government, BECOLLEGE (& BESU) remained static  and its product is turning into mediocrity. The opportunity has  arrived at its doorstep."


Prof Gautam Biswas, 79ME, Dean, Academic Affairs, IIT, Kanpur, India


"This golden opportunity should be utilized"


Prof N.R.Bandyopadhyay, BESU, India

"It’s a unique opportunity.  This must be availed for the cause of socio-techno-economic development of West Bengal. It will arrest brain draining from the State."


Dr. Prabir K. Bagchi, Undergraduate Dean and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, School of Business, The George Washington University, USA


"IIT status would be a fitting acknowledgement of the contribution made by BESU over 150 years and would enable to get the best out of the institution. It would energize the students and faculty immensely--thus helping India achieves excellence in knowledge work."


Prof Mainak Sengupta, BESU, India 


"We must win in this venture."


Prof Indrajit Ray, 88CST, Colorado, USA


"When the first IIT (IIT Kharagpur) was opened it looked towards B.E. College for faculty and brainpower help in getting established. It’s high time our beloved institution is restored to that old glory. An IIT status is the right step in that direction."


Dr. J Maiti, IIT, Kharagpur, India 

"I will be immensely happy if my beloved college (former) will become as IIT, Shibpur"


Reaz Ahmed Chaudhuri, Enginering Faculty Member, Utah, USA 


“BESU should have become IIT, Shibpur long time ago”


Prof N C Dey, BESU, India


"We must not miss the bus. This unique opportunity will hardly come in future."


Dr. Jyoti Mazumder, Robert H Lurie Professor of Engineering and Director of NSF I/UCRC on Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing, U of Michigan, USA


"I support it. I sent my comment to WB CM directly".


Asok Ray, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow IEEE, Fellow ASME, Fellow WIF

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA


"Bengal Engineering College, abbreviated as B.E.College, used to be one of the top five engineering schools in India.  Now, both its reputation and educational standard have dropped relative to many other Indian Universities, primarily, IITs and IISc, Bangalore.  Its conversion to IIT, Shibpur will be immensely beneficial for regaining its status and standard for the following reasons: (i) re-establishing its educational standard by attracting excellent faculty and students; (ii) being recognized as a top class institution outside India; and (iii) attracting both national and foreign research grants for both faculty and graduate students.  I applaud perseverance and dedication of our alumni for initiating this conversion.  I plea to the Government of West Bengal to expedite this issue. This will very likely free some of the financial resources of West Bengal Government to improve Regional Engineering Colleges such as REC, Durgapur."


Dr. Shyamal Chatterjee, Asst Prof. BESU, India


"Our continuous and concerted endeavour towards achieving excellence can only be duly honoured by elevating our institute to the status of an IIT. If we are deprived of that hard earned laurel, why people will work in future."


Dr. Prodyot Kumar Basu, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Director of Graduate Studies, Vanderbilt University (1963 graduate of BEC), USA


"BESU cannot and should not miss this once in a life time chance to become as great an institution as the established IITs are known to be all over the world"


Prof Ajit Kumar Chattopadhyay, Professor of Mech. Engg.,BESU, India


"We are being constantly working towards excellence of this institute through academic and research activities with a view to achieving recognition in the form of a national institute. Only through the transformation of this age old institute having its past and present glory to an IIT can our effort fructify into success. Our case is the most deserving case for being elevated to an IIT. Nothing short of an IIT can boost our morale to sustain the level of development we are today. IIT is thus a necessity for our sustained development."


Prof Amitava Jana, Professor of ME, Southern University, USA


"BEC deserves the IIT status"


Prof. Monideep Chattopadhyay, 1963 Arch; HOD Architecture, S. I. T. , Tumkur - 572 103, India


"I whole heartedly support the cause championed by GAABESU"


Prof A.M. Ghosh, ex-Faculty, BESU, India


"BECollege must be given IIT status immediately. What Pt. Neheru wanted to do some 50 years before, still remain undone due to lack of  vision of our state leaders. Better we stick to the slogan " Do it now.""


DIPAK CHAUDHURI, Professor (OMBS), Sultan Qaboos University, Oman


"BESUS deserves the status of Institute of National Importance, and both the Central Govt and the State Govt should approve it without any more delay." 


Prof Pradip Kumar Ray, IIT, Kharagpur, India


"If the Govt of West Bengal does not try earnestly to upgrade our college to the status of IIT today, we will repent tomorrow. This is the last chance. If we do not grab this opportunity, the future of BEC is doomed." 


Dr. Gauranga  S. Chakrabarti, An Alumnus and a former member of the faculty, Pennsylvania, USA


"Bengal Engineering & Science University has been the cradle for the development of all engineering institutions of Eastern India. The original IIT at Khargpur was formed largely with the professors from B.E. College. The Regional Engineering College  at Durgapur was born in B.E. College and operated in B.E. College for two years before it moved to Durgapur at its present location. Both Tripura Engineering College and Jalpaiguri Engineering College initially got started at the B.E. College. This is a 150-year old institution (older than Calcutta University) of great influence in the field of engineering education.  This institution/university deserves to be honored to the level of a national institute of the stature of an IIT.  No other engineering university in the east deserves this honor more than the B.E.S. University. It is about time that this institution is recognized for its contribution to engineering education in India. It is to the interest and honor of West Bengal if it is made into an IIT. Thanks!" 

Prof. S.K.Mazumder, Delhi, India


"With proper infrastructures, the college can provide better consultancy and research facilities essentially needed in solving problems being faced by the Govt. and the Society."


Pabitra K. Saha, CE Dept-Head, Alabama A&M Univ, USA


“Establish credibility of academic standards to foreign universities/institution/ engineering licensing boards/ industries etc.”


Dr. Subhamoy Bhattacharya, Lecturer, University of Oxford, England, United Kingdom  


“I agree to the proposal of converting BESU to an IIT”


Prof  Jamini Kanta Das, Kolaghat, India

“IIT Status is overdue”


Dr. N.K. Mukhopadhya, Reader, Department of Metallurgical Engg., IT-BHU, Varanasi 221 005, Varanasi,UP, India


“In order to perform excellence and to compete in National and International level, BESU must be upgraded to IIT. Otherwise it will not be able to deliver excellence in teaching and research anymore in future”.


Prof. Indrakshi Ray, Colorado, USA 


“It should have been done long time back. Let us not miss this opportunity.”


Dr. Arun Deb, ex-Faculty- BESU, ex-Faculty, University College London,UK and ex-Faculty, University of Notre Dame, USA


"To cope with the way West Bengal is progressing, it would need an IIT/INI in the near vicinity of Calcutta. Upgradation of BESU to an IIT/INI would obviously fill the gap in high quality man power need."


Prof Manas Hira, BESU, India


Upgradation of BESUS to an IIT is essential not only for its further growth but also for its survival in the changed world scenario.”


Gautam Dasgupta (BE 67, ME 69), Professor, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, USA


“I support IIT-Shibpur very strongly.”



Read Mission-IIEST, Shibpur for details.



Comments by Readers
Comments by Dr. P. S. Paul, IIT Kharagpur from India on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 00:09 - IP Logged
B.E. College must be given IIT status immediately.
Comments by ashok kumar shaw from India on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 02:53 - IP Logged
i strongly support conversion of BESU TO IIT, Shibpur.It deserves this.
Comments by pbasu from Australia on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 03:35 - IP Logged
reservation thing is the last objective. Just to keep the bosses' in WB Govt happy.
Comments by Bibekananda Mondal, 89CE from Canada on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 21:07 - IP Logged
I couldn't restrict myself to express that the comment of our Senior Alumnus, Dr. Pabitra Saha (my relative) resembles the objective of our MISSION in this context. Let us all join hands to make that happen.
With lots of regards to him and all others.
Ontario, Canada
Comments by Molay Halder from India on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 12:32 - IP Logged
Let's not get into this reservation thing again. All reservations should be abolished whether caste or state based
Comments by p.basu from Australia on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 05:29 - IP Logged
Some comments are worthy of note. IIT/INI status is long overdue. Long overdue? after 150 years to a institution which is the mother of all Engineering Institutes and colleges in eastern India? WB Govt should allow this conversion soonest. If at all they back down a proposal that BESU be coverted to INI with seat reservation for Bengal may be put forward.
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 16:18 - IP Logged
excellent work by the web team. there are few more comments like prof.sarkar of new york state university, prof. gautam dasgupta of columbia university, prof. b k bose of tennessee university and few others. may we compile them separately and send it to CM . Can we publish this in telegraph / anandabazar / statesman ?But all our efforts may not work if our calcutta alumni fail to persuade respected prof.Dr.S.Sen to have few words with our CM. nothing works like personal approach for a just cause.


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