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Final leg of the decade old IIEST/INI movement - Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 07:40


Last Updated on March 6, 2014 (IST)


Summary prepared by Prof Indra N Sinha, '82MIN



Introduction, Loksabha

Mar 04, 2013

Referred to HRD Standing Committee

May 17, 2013

Standing Committee report.

Dec 09, 2013

Passed in Lok Sabha without amendments

Dec 18, 2013

Tabled (as passed by Loksabha) in Rajyasabha

Dec 18, 2013

Passed in Rajya Sabha with amendments
the figure 2013 has been substituted by the figure 2014)

Feb. 19, 2014

Reported in Loksabha

Feb. 20, 2014

Lok Sabha agreed to the amendments made by Rajyasabha

Feb. 20, 2014

The action by Loksabha Reported to Rajyasabha

Feb 21, 2014

Assent of the President

Mar 4, 2014

Publication in Gazette of India

Mar 5, 2014


Media Coverage

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17. Government Bill – Passed
The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2013
The motion for consideration of the Bill moved by Dr. Shashi Tharoor was adopted and Clause-by-Clause consideration of the Bill was taken up.
Clauses 2 to 13 were adopted. Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Long Title were also adopted.
The motion that the Bill be passed was moved by Dr. Shashi Tharoor. The motion was adopted and the Bill was passed
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Comments by well wisher from India on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 17:20 - IP Logged
nitser bill was passed in rajya sabha on 19th February,2014.can anybody indicate how much time is generally required for President's assent ? may we expect it t
Comments by Prabir K Bagchi from United States on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 18:38 - IP Logged
This is the most important news for our Alma Mater in our living memory. I call upon all friends, faculty, stakeholders, and alumni of erstwhile BECollege to come forward and help the new IIEST to close the gap with IITs and the best institutions of the world. I know I will.
Sincerest thanks to all those who played any part in this.
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 08:25 - IP Logged
when IIEST bill passed in Rajya Sabha ? I don't see it anywhere in the news / Rajesh please confirm the source.
Comments by Rajesh from India on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 04:28 - IP Logged
IIEST Bills passed in Rajya Sabha
Comments by well wisher from Canada on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:57 - IP Logged
I sent emails to all Members of Rajya Sabha and called three of them for passing the NITSER Bill. But so far nothing has happened. This session is going to end within next four days. Is there any thing we can do ?
Our Delhi based Alumni may help. Please do your best to save BEC.
Comments by Dulal Goldar,1967BECivil from India on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 08:42 - IP Logged
It is great news for ALL of us. Hope to get approval from Rajya Sabha.
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year 2014!
Prof.Dulal Goldar, Former Principal/ Director, Delhi College of Engineering
Comments by Pradip Kr.Basu, 1962 CE from India on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 07:34 - IP Logged
We are eagerly waiting for that Great Day when we can visit our Alma Mater as IIEST.
Comments by Saibal Pal from India on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 03:35 - IP Logged
BESU has to be converted to IIEST. I am very to learn the development. Let us put our maximum effort to convert the same. Hopeful get the in FY'14
Saibal Pal , 81, ETC
Comments by prof.s.k.mazumder(59,CE) from India on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 23:42 - IP Logged
I am delighted to know about the conversion of BESU to IIEST, Shibpur.I often visit IIT, Roorkee and feel amazed to see its development,especially in PG study,research and consultancy works there.I am also aware about the contributions made by developed institutions in the world in solving intricate problems being faced by the society at large.Let us hope that our Alma mater will rise to similar standard in future.Being a poor country, we should concentrate more on applied research
Comments by Arun K. Ghosh from Canada on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 20:58 - IP Logged
Thanks to all well wishers of BESU. Very encouraging positive development indeed. IIEST Shibpur will soon get an opportunity for a positive paradigm shift and all of us should give our wholehearted support to VC and the administration.
Comments by Swapan Saha, '88EE from United States on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 21:10 - IP Logged
We understand that there are enough reasons to celebrate now and express thanks. I believe we should step back and review: who are we and what our roles are now. We consider NITSER (IIEST) bill passing in the lower house of Indian Parliament is a significant step due to coming election and life cycle of a bill. However, should we start celebrating? To me it is probably not yet. For those who are engaged and/or following this “marathon” movement, know unless this bill is signed by the Hon’ble President of India, it is not done yet.

Now about us – I think present and past students, present and past faculty, present and past staffs, present and past administration belong to BESU Family. We believe this long movement started as grass-root level and later supported at top created resonance from both top down and bottom up approaches. Everyone at BESU Family deserves pat at his/her back. But the recent struggle has been to convince and win decision makers in the state and at the centre; both in legislative and executive branches. We trust our BESU family members with their persistence effort won these critical sections- legislative and executive branches and we should all thank all members of these legislative and executive branches starting with WB CM, all MPs from WB representing all political parties, President of India, several influential central ministers and a section of media who have become champions for our Alma Mater. We say to all of them - THANK YOU for caring about our Alma Mater. We need their continued patronage to complete the remaining formalities so that our immediate dream becomes reality - BESU Shibpur to IIEST Shibpur. We will require their continuous support to achieve the goals as stated in IIEST bill to regain the past glory of the second oldest engineering college in India to be one of the top in the country.

So, we request to our BESU family is keep constant touch with our legislative and executive branches at state and central govt. Please don’t give up or slow down here and please don’t forget your responsibility while indulging in pre-mature celebration. We are confident that when time will come, we can thank within our own BESU Family. Till then, please thank all others who are helping us!

Comments by Tarun Basu from United States on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 21:40 - IP Logged
BESU has crossed a really big hurdle. Next one will come in February/March. We must thank Amitabhada ('62ME) who floated the idea and helped from behind and Santanu Karmakar ('83ME) who did most of the legworks for the first four/five years till he was pulled off. We are grateful to Ms. Banerjee for her help from 2010 when she was Railways Minister till now as Chief Minister and to all MPs for their help. We hope our dream of making BEC, a top engineering school again will be realized soon.
Comments by Jayanta Mukherjee (Ex-student) from India on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 03:17 - IP Logged
Excellent news! Happy to know that the Bill has been passed in Loksabha.Thanks to thank all concerned students,teachers, ex-students/alumni and of course our V.C. Prof. Ajay Kumar Roy, for the determined hard work & active persuasion. I also thank the President of India,the Chief Minister of West Bengal,the Union HRD minister & the MPs from West Bengal for taking up the rightful cause. Earnestly hope that the Bill will be passed in the upcoming Rajyasabha session in Feb/Mar '14.
Comments by DR PARTHA SARATHI PAUL from India on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 23:41 - IP Logged
Its a great and long waiting News! But, we have to wait another 3 months to get final green signal from Rajya Sabha.
Thanks to Prof.Ajay Roy our VC, Chief Minister (WB), all MPs of WB and all our alumni all over the world.
Comments by Sujoy Sinha Roy from Belgium on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 17:48 - IP Logged
Good achievement !
But the enforcement of integrated ME degree might be discouraging for good students to opt for BE college. Good students normally prefer to do ME in IITs after completing BE from BESU or JU. Hence I feel the integrated ME program is not a good selection.
Comments by Prabal Choudhury from India on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 15:43 - IP Logged
Great News. Let us hope - this bill is also passed in Rajya Shabha as early as possible. Thanks to Prof.Ajay Roy our VC and all our alumni all over the world.
Comments by Indranath Sinha from India on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:12 - IP Logged
Rajyasabha adjourned sine die. So not before Feb/ Mar'14
Comments by Arun Deb 1957CE from United States on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 09:25 - IP Logged
After long eight years of persuasion, the IIEST bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha. It is a great news for all alumni, students, faculty and all well wishers of BESU. We will have to wait for approval of the Rajya Sabha. We sincerely hope this will be passed in the Rajya Sabha in this session.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Vice Chancellor Professor Ajoy Ray and Sri Prasanta Kumar Majumdar, MP.
Comments by Biman Ghosh from United States on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 08:51 - IP Logged
The IIEST bill has crossed one of the most important milestones and this current Lok Sabha session seems very productive for BESU. Let's hope the passage of the Bill takes place in Rajya Sabha either this session or in March ‘14. I thank all concerned Alumni, the Teachers' Association at BESU, MPs of both houses from the state and the Chief Minister of West Bengal for their consolidated effort and persuasion.

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