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Update on 3rd October 2013

Panel for upgrading Bengal college at the earliest [The Hindu]

There is a unanimity in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) that The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2013 — on upgrading the 157-year-old Bengal Engineering Science University (BESU) to a national institute — should be passed at the earliest, a committee member said on Wednesday.

“I was present in meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuesday and all the members, including the chairman, have agreed that the Bill to upgrade BESU to a national institute needs to passed as early as possible,” Revolutionary Socialist Party MP Prasanta Kumar Majumdar told The Hindu over telephone from West Bengal’s Malda district. For more click here.

Please read a related article in Anandabazar [Bengali]

Canadian research network urges president to convert besu to IIEST - The Statesman, September 22, 2013

Kolkata, 22 September

AUTO 21 Network of Centres of Excellence, a research network based in Canada, has written to President Mr Pranab Mukherjee asking for the immediate conversion of Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) to an Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST)

Click here for the entire story.

Update on 18th September 2013

Senior Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy has written to the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) urging it to give its report immediately so that legislation to upgrade the Bengal Engineering Science University (BESU) to an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) can be passed in the winter session of Parliament [Read more in The Hindu]

The following letter has been sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD Ministry. The letter is copied to Govt of India and Govt of West Bengal.

September 14, 2013

Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD Ministry
Parliament of India
Dear Members of the Standing Committee on HRD:

I, on behalf of Global Alumni Association of Bengal Engineering and Science University (GAABESU), would like to bring to your kind attention to the resolution adopted by the Union Cabinet on 12th October 2010. The resolution was to accept the recommendation of the Anandakrishnan Committee which was to take over BESU, Shibpur and convert it to an IIT-type institution in the form of an Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST). Please note that BESU, in 2005, was one of the seven institutes short-listed by the Joshi Committee and then recommended by the Anandakrishnan Committee (both MHRD-appointed) for this conversion. Anandakrishnan committee chose five institutes and put BESU at the top, while putting IT-BHU in the second place for the conversion.

You may be aware that the Committee recommended IIEST to resemble graduate schools in USA that will have Master’s and Doctoral degree programs only. They reasoned that this is necessary to meet the demands of growing engineering faculty in the country as even the IITs cannot find faculty for the vacant positions. The conversion of BESU, Shibpur to IIEST, Shibpur was proposed by amending the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Bill, 2013 (No. 30 of 2013). Unfortunately, in spite of being listed several times during the budget session, the bill could not be taken upfor discussion and approval.
After the Budget Session, on17th May 2013, above Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on HRD for review. The committee was asked to report on this Bill within three months. It is our understanding that the Standing Committee could not consider the aforesaid Bill, as there was no Chairman of the Committee for a long time. Recently we have come to know that the Standing Committee on HRD has been re-constituted under a new Chairman, Shri Birender Singh and a meeting of the committee is scheduled on 17th September 2013.

For a long time, we have been waiting for conversion of BESU into an IIEST. It’s more than seven years since the MHRD-appointed Anandakrishnan Committee proposed the conversion of BESU into IIEST and almost three years since the Union Cabinet gave its clearance to the proposal in 2010. It is worthwhile to note here that in the meantime, IT-BHU has been converted into an IIT. You will agree that this is quite unfair to this age-old institution that has taken a prominent role in the development of pre- and post-independent India.

I am sure that you appreciate the rationale for quick conversion to an IIEST, as envisaged by Anandakrishnan Commission and it is urgently needed not only for retaining the meaningful existence of this institution but also for meeting the urgent need of qualified technical faculty in the nation. Under these circumstances, as a member of the BESU alum community, I fervently request you to take necessary steps to get (NITSER) Amendment Bill, 2013 (No. 30 of 2013) passed in the winter session of the Parliament. This will also remedy the injustice done to our institute.

I am also attaching a copy of the signatures and comments of over 2000 students, faculty, alumni/alumnae in connection with our on-line petition to Hon'ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. This shows how anxiously the alumni/alumnae are waiting for the conversion of BESU to IIEST.

Thanks and with best regards,
Tarun Kr. Basu, BE(Calcutta University), ME(Calcutta University), MS(Columbia University, USA), MBA(Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Chairman, GAABESU Publicity Sub-Committee
GAABESU is registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961. S/1L/29880 of 2005-2006.
Web Site:; Email:; Phone / Fax: 033-2668-4564
Address – GAABESU, University Guest House, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, WB 711 103, India
GAABESU USA is registered with the US Treasury as a 501(c) tax-exempt organization in the USA.
  • Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
  • Shri M. K. Narayanan, Hon'ble Governor, Govt. of West Bengal
  • Smt. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of West Bengal
  • Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President of India
  • Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India & Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Shri SHUMSHER K. SHERIFF, Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju, Honb'le Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India
  • Shri AshokThakur, Secretary, Department of Higher Education
  • Shri Kamal Nath,Hon’ble Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Urban Development, Govt. of India
  • Smt. Meira Kumar, Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Shri Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Shri Sushil Kumar Sambhajirao Shinde, Leader of the House, Lok Sabha,Parliament of India
  • Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition, Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Leader of AITC, Lok Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Shri Derek O’Brien, Leader of AITC, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India
  • Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray, Vice Chancellor, BESUS
  • N.S Walia, Director(HRD)
  • Shri Arun Sharma, J.D.(HRD)

Last Update on September 11, 2013

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No. BESUTA/ EC/ 2013-14/ VC08
Date: August 13, 2013

The Vice Chancellor
Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur
Howrah – 711 103

Sub: Sit-in Demonstration by the members of BESUTA on 14th August 2013 from 10am to 5pm at the 1st lobby of the main University building


The teachers of BESU, who have outstretched themselves for years together with the vision of conversion of this institute to an IIEST, are greatly disappointed and aggrieved not to find the NITSER Amendment bill, 2013 in the list of bills included for consideration and passing during the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament. The teachers apprehend that the conversion will be delayed inordinately unless the amendment to the relevant Act is tabled and passed in the current session.

As resolved in the first general body meeting of BESUTA held on 12th August 2013, the members of BESUTA will participate in a Sit-in Demonstration on 14th August 2013 from 10am to 5pm at the 1st lobby of the main University building, demanding immediate conversion of BESU to an IIEST.

It may please be noted that there is no call from BESUTA for disruption of schedule of classes during the aforesaid time of the Sit-in Demonstration.

This is for your kind information.

Thanks and regards,
(Amitava Roy)
Secretary, BESUTA


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    Comments by Kajal K. Gupta, '56CE from United States on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 15:11 - IP Logged
    I have contacted the Scientific Attache at the Indian Embassy at D.C. and discussed the matter at great length.
    They will send the input to HRD and Birendra Singh and copy it to Dr. Singh and Dr. Kalam.

    Kajal K. Gupta

    Comments by Atanu Biswas from India on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 12:11 - IP Logged
    now this bill is with HRD committee. And feedback mail address of this committee is
    To pay any attention of HRD all the BESU students, teachers and alumni should mail to HRD . And University officially or unofficially would asked to do this
    Comments by well wisher alumnus from Canada on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 13:23 - IP Logged
    Kajalda is right. Important Delhi alumnis like our respected alumnis Mr.S.S.Chakraborty CMD of CES / Amitabha Bhattacharya, IAS may help. Other active alumnis may also support the cause. Please help BESU.
    Comments by Kajal K. Gupta from United States on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 15:56 - IP Logged
    We need to initiate contact at a pretty 'high' level like the PM, the President and the HRD to make anything happen. I will try to find out the status with officers of the Indian embassy in D.C.
    Comments by Manoj Kumar Singh from India on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 08:19 - IP Logged
    Remember we the Engineer always break the rule of Nature for our sophistication. Bhainsh ke aage agar bin bajane se wo nahi sunta hai na to pata hai kya karna padta hai???
    Comments by SANDIP DAS from India on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:34 - IP Logged
    IIEST status will help the upgradation of the campus.
    Comments by Anindya Kanti Talukdar from India on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 02:39 - IP Logged
    As an alumni how does it matter if BEC is an IIEST? It is only for current students and teachers who need to fight. It will add tremendous value to their resume.
    Comments by well wisher alumnus from Canada on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 21:54 - IP Logged
    Our Delhi Alumni Association can play a Very Important Role at this juncture.Being in Delhi they can mobilise our alumnis & well wishers in Delhi and meet the concerned ministers / higher officials to impress upon them to expedite the passing of the bill which is pending since long. Every decision / action in India is a political one and nothing can happen without involvement of politicians.To All Delhi Alumnis - Please take it up now for our glorious and beloved institution.
    Comments by Himansu Pal from United States on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 16:16 - IP Logged
    IIEST(INI) status of BESU
    Comments by A well wisher from United States on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 13:12 - IP Logged
    Even politicians have a hard time lobbying for their causes in New Delhi !! Apart from mass petitions, suggest Delhi Alumni Group to get involved much more together with visits from Kolkata by faculty, alumni , etc from time to time. This is not at all an easy process !!
    Comments by Bamandas Pattanayak from United States on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 06:46 - IP Logged
    I am a 1963 Mechanical Engineer from BE College, Shibpore. I do not understand the politics behind upgradation of BESU to IIEST. In our time i.e in 1959 students were preferring to join BE College than IIT Kharagpur due to its name and fame. It is one of the best engineering college in India. Why the Government of India is not granting fund yet to upgrade to IIEST?
    Comments by SAIBAL PAL from India on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 23:22 - IP Logged
    I fully agree with this idea of converting BESU to IIEST and we need support from everybody for the same. We should show our strength to the ministers.
    Saibal Pal,
    ETC, 1981
    Comments by Jayanta Mukherjee from India on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 23:51 - IP Logged
    I fully agree with Barun-da's viewpoint. We must form the necessary working groups,visit Delhi & meet the persons concerned to take up the cause of quick implementation of BESU into IIEST. Social media & print/electronic media coverage/pressure group may also be helpful. Jayanta Mukherjee, '88 Mech.
    Comments by dibakar adhikary-mech-2009 from India on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 14:43 - IP Logged
    great job.we need full strength support from our student body.I personally talk with current yr I mean 4th yr juniors to make GBM and also to give a good strength to this "movement" and also ask them to do some great job like 2007 movement regarding IIEST..hope stud can support our BESUTA fully w/o any disruption of schedule of classes.Thank you.
    I don't know whether I am wrong or not.
    Pardon for any mistake.
    I am fully agreed with Sir Mr.Barun Kr Basak, '71-Mech (our beloved alumni.)
    Comments by Well Wisher Alumnus from Canada on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 14:15 - IP Logged
    We may also campaign / spread this issue through various social medias like facebook / twitter etc. and mobilise support for our cause. News items in Times of India / Telegraph / Hindusthan Times etc. will attract more attention of the people / politicians.
    Comments by Subodh K Nandy from India on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:16 - IP Logged

    I fully agree with the idea of lobbying Delhi by the people of influential stature. Lobbying act shall be carried out on a fast pace since time is the essence on the eve of next Parliament Election. At the same time Sit-in demonstration can be organized at State level.
    Subodh K Nandy, '66 CE
    Comments by Well Wisher Alumnus / Canada from Canada on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 10:06 - IP Logged
    Barun Kr.Basak is right. Along with demonstration, Delegation of Professors and Alumnis should visit Delhi to meet our President and Ministers and impress upon them for early passage of the bill. Our Distinguished Alumnis in Delhi should actively support our case. Let the Delhi Alumni Association take it up and organise.
    Comments by SUDIP KUMAR MUKHERJEE from India on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 04:07 - IP Logged
    I agree with Barunda. In my opinion a delgation comprising of Professors, Ex-student, presesent student, non-teaching staff should meet HRD Minister and other powerful politicians of all parties for their necessary action to pass the bill in parliament
    Comments by BARUN KR BASAK from India on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 22:33 - IP Logged
    I do not see much value in such sit-in demonstrations, and thus doing really nothing. Instead, in my view, we should form groups of four (professors and senior ex-students), visit Delhi and meet Ministers, Secretaries and Politicians of different parties, who matter, and motivate them to take up the bill in the parliament fast.
    Barun Kr Basak, '71-Mech
    Comments by Probir Kymar Roy '71 EE from India on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 22:31 - IP Logged

    We should get some inside informatiom as to what is causing this in-ordinate delay. With the Parliament Election next year it appears to be now or never.

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