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Union Cabinet approved IIEST status to BESU - Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 06:47


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Upgradation of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur at Howrah, West Bengal
17:51 IST

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for taking over of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur and converting it to Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), with a total five years' project cost of Rs.592.20 crore (Rs. 300.30 Crore as non-recurring cost towards capital expenditure and Rs.291.90 Crore as recurring expenditure).

BESU will be converted to IIEST by suitably amending the NIT Act, with special clauses, which should reflect its exclusive character. IIEST will be an 'Institute of National Importance' covered under NIT Act and its organizational and governing structure will be on the lines of National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

IIEST will integrate under-graduate education, post graduate education and research in engineering and science under the same umbrella. IIEST will be an Institution of international standard and will produce quality manpower for the strategic sector of the country, research laboratories and quality teachers for the institutions of engineering and science education.


The Government had constituted an Expert Committee in 2005 to evaluate and suggest a plan of action for upgrading seven Institutes, including BESU, which had earlier been identified by Prof. S K Joshi Committee. The Expert Committee recommended the establishment of a new system of 'Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology (IIESTs) as Institutes of National Importance through an Act of Parliament. The Committee recommended upgradation of five Institutes including BESU, to become an IIEST.

The admissions to IIEST will be through national level entrance exam namely, All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).




Comments by Readers
Comments by TANMOY from India on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 10:33 - IP Logged
IIT & IISc could not do it......
Let IIEST do this....
OK,I am talking about a place within top 20 in the WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING.
Right from the inception IIEST should be nurtured carefully with an aim set to that high.....
Comments by T. Mukhopadhyay 'CE 10 from India on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 12:13 - IP Logged
Here the dream comes true...finally
BESU has got what it deserves...the IIEST status.
Some suggestions for further upgradation:
1.Starting new engineering departments like Chemical and Biotechnology etc.
2.In near future BESU has to create its image as a premier RESEARCH INSTITUTE otherwise it will fail to get its coveted worldwise recognition.
3.Along with engineering studies BESU should also emphasize in basic science subjects to become really a complete WORLD CLASS institute.
Comments by atikur rahaman , 1994CE from India on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 02:23 - IP Logged
It's matter of great pride to see our BE College ( as I love to call it always) elevated to such standard. It began when we were in BEC. Became autonomous in 1992. And finally, IIEST. Wow, feeling really good. Congrats to those who put their sincere efforts to achieve it.
Comments by S.Mukherjee from India on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 07:49 - IP Logged
From which academic year students will get the IIEST cirtifiate?Will the final or prefinal year students of Masters In Engineering and the Bachelor In Engineering get the IIEST degree Certificate?
Comments by Sumanta Kumar show from India on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 08:43 - IP Logged

Will the final year students of Masters In Engineering and the Bachelor In Engineering get the IIEST degree Certificate?
Comments by Smarajit Banerjee from India on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 10:51 - IP Logged
Great Honour& News.Thanks to all who involved in the process of transforming B.E.College into IIEST.Special Thanks To Our Great AJOY.
Comments by Anindya Sankar Chattopadhyay from Australia on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 20:17 - IP Logged
Proud to be from BESUS ... congratulation to everyone involved in the process.
Comments by Prabal Choudhury BEC / XLRI from India on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 06:16 - IP Logged
Great News. Thanks to all. Let IIEST Shibpore be the Top Institute in India.
Comments by Keshab Ray from India on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 20:02 - IP Logged
This is very good news. I feel delighted with this news.
Thanks a lot to everyone who has worked very hard to make it possible.
Comments by Debajyoti Mukhopadhyay, 77ETC from India on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 00:20 - IP Logged
It is a historic moment for all of us - the past and present students, faculty and staff. We must thank our Ajoy-da (Dr. Ajoy Kumar Ray, the VC) whose golden touch has started transforming B.E. College into IIEST. Now IIEST need continued support from all the alumni in India and abroad. Dr.Debajyoti Mukhopadhyay, Former General Secretary, B.E.College Alumni Association (USA East Coast Chapter).
Comments by Swapan Saha, 88EE from United States on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 20:26 - IP Logged

Clearing another hurdle in this Marathon process is another step in the right direction but there are still many of the administrative and legal formalities to be completed, before this cabinet Approval becomes an Act. Here are a few things we expect to see next:
1) Place a Bill in the parliament
2) Approve the bill by Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and then forward it to the Standing Committee on HRD Ministry
3) Clear the Bill by the Standing Committee on HRD Ministry and the same is introduced in parliament
4) Approve the Bill is then in the Rajya Sabha, then Chairman forwards it to the President of India for approval
5) Sign the Bill by the President of India
6) Announce the passage of Bill in the Gazette Extraordinary of Govt. of India.
Union Cabinet approved ITBHU’s conversion to an IIT in March 2010 and a bill was only placed in Indian Parliament on August 30th . Additionally, WB State Government may need to relinquish control of BESU during the process which may be another step. So the next step for BESU is to place a bill to amend NIT Act to include IIEST. By the way, an amendment of NIT Act 2010 has been placed recently in the Parliament to include 5 IISERs. So, either IIEST is included within IISER provision or we have to wait for another amendment of NIT Act. BESU has also needs to be included within AIEEE system which will have additional administrative (and WB Govt approval?) steps. There many a few other options like it happened in the case of Roorkee which was upgraded by an Ordinance.
It means that we need to wait for while to complete all the administrative and legal formalities till we see BESU, Shibpur is officially changed to IIEST, Shibpur. It is almost 8 year old mission to convert BESU to an INI in form of IIT or IIEST. We hope both State and Central Govts will continue helping here till we see IIEST is born. Of course, we will have to wait till we see true potential of IIEST once administration, faculty and students participate to change our Alma Mater for better within IIEST framework.
Comments by Reaz Chaudhuri from United States on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 04:05 - IP Logged
This is the proudest moment for me and many of my contemporaries. Congrats to people who worked up front and behind the scene to make this happen. It is incumbent on all of us to pool our organizational and technological resources together, and make our alma mater a world-class research institute that it so deserves.
Comments by Debroop Sengupta 2007 Mech from India on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 07:11 - IP Logged
It is a proud moment for all of us. Congratulations to all my profs. our VC and the present students. salute to the hard work and sheer determination of those who made this dream come true.
Comments by Ayan Ghosh from India on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 01:32 - IP Logged
Congratulations to all those who have made it possible. This indeed is a great achievement something that even we alumni were looking at with great hope. This will undoubtedly put BE College(as I still like to call it) on the world map.
Comments by ARUNAVA BISWAS from Norway on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 03:05 - IP Logged
Hearty congratulations to everybody.Great news indeed!!The new IIEST must create a new bench mark for itself in the world. We do not want to be compared to others . Let others be compared to us across the world. We are with you.Go IIEST..go.
Comments by R.Choudhury from India on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 23:47 - IP Logged
We now want to see "Besu converted to IIEST and taken over by GOI" This kind of proposal for upgradation approved - we saw earlier also may be 3 years back but nothing happened after that. Please see that the approval translates into action / reality as early as possible and does not remain in paper only. May be approval of parliament and many other road blocks will be created just to stall the conversion. Please keep constant pressure on GOI and WBG to make it a reality.
Comments by Samrat Mukhopadhyay from India on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 22:04 - IP Logged
This is a great news for all.
I am a student of BESUS ,ETC 3rd year. I have some questions:
Can I get the certificate of IIEST?
Shall we get any priviledge for admission in Mtech programme or we have to pass the GATE exam for this purpose?
Comments by Prabir Bagchi from United States on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 08:25 - IP Logged
Great news--culmination of painstaking efforts by many people. Thanks to all. The journey has just begun! The hard work lies ahead. Let us pray to Maa Durga so that SHE shows us the way to become the finest technical university in India.
Comments by Prithuraj Singh from India on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 07:43 - IP Logged
congrats to all.Its time to celebrate.Special thanks to our V.C. Ajay Kumar Roy .
Comments by Kaustav Bandyopadhyay from India on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 04:35 - IP Logged
Congratulations to all who made this transition possible....I am so proud today...we were in college when the movement started...I still remember the fight, the effort, the zeal and everything related towards earning this glory for our alma mater....It feels great as I write this....Nothing could have been a better Pujo Gift than this....Now its time to turn back and answer our critics who lost hope about us, in terms of acads, extra curriculurs and in every sphere possible...just want to let the beloved teachers and current students that, we alumni will always be a mail away to help......
Comments by Arijit Barik from India on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 22:18 - IP Logged
Great achievement by our institution..After a long time a progressive step to get back the honour and reputation that we were gradually loosing.Sincere Gratitude to all who's efforts made this happen.
Comments by Asim Deb, 1977 ETC from India on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 19:18 - IP Logged
Most of us are now in festive mood. And what a “Puja Upohaar” !!
My sincere gratitude to those who worked tireless, against all obstacles & for a cause without any self interest.
Comments by Samir Basu, 64EE from Canada on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 17:36 - IP Logged
What a great news after such a long wait, worth every minute of evryone's efforts and prayers. Once again we can recapture the reputation that we the are alumni of a great institution.
Toronto, Canada
Comments by P. Das from India on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 13:04 - IP Logged
Great news for all.....
But, I have one single question.
"From which academic year students will get the IIEST cirtifiate?"


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