IIEST Shibpur – Mission Accomplished
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” – Winston Churchill
With the signing of the bill by the President of India, our Alma Mater becomes the first IIEST in the nation and our dream becomes a reality. Our mission to convert BESU to an Institute of National Importance (INI) has been accomplished. As we conclude our decade old efforts, we thought we would share with you how the mission started, how we planned and pursued it and how our mission was accomplished.
It has been an amazing journey since we posted our first message as an open appeal, to all alumni/ alumnae, in our web site, on August 10, 2003. The appeal came from the then BECDU Teacher’s Association Secretary, Prof Santanu Karmakar, (’83ME). We didn’t have any global organization, mailing list or any other channel to reach out. We launched a journey without knowing what we are getting into but as the days passed, we gradually became confident from the alumni responses that we are on the right track.
Between our first appeal on August 10, 2003 and President of India signing the bill on March 4, 2014, we witnessed change in power in Delhi from NDA to UPA 1 (then UPA 2) and in West Bengal from Left Front to TMC. These resulted changes in central cabinet (several Ministers at HRD, Delhi) as well as state cabinet (several Ministers of Higher Education, West Bengal). We also had changes in university administration (three VCs). Because of these changes, we encountered enormous challenges as we had to start afresh with every new administration. However, we kept our focus with strong faith in the cause. Our strategy was to get alums involved in this journey and went on to connect them one at a time. This created a snowball effect with 1000s of global alums becoming emotionally attached to the cause along with BESU students, faculty, staffs, administration, well-wishers, legislative branches in the state and at the center, executive branches in the state and at the center with a single goal to upgrade our Alma Mater to an INI first as an IITand then as IIEST. To keep this note short, we are skipping all the details of turns and twists we had in our journey which is meticulously documented at www.becollege.org under "Mission: IIEST Shibpur".
“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.”- Rabindranath Tagore
When we started the campaign, we said that it is going to be a marathon run but never expected tat it is going to take over ten (10) years to achieve our goal. Our journey had ups and downs but probably more downs than ups as we had a huge challenge to convince and win one support at a time from alums, political leaders of all colors, students and administration. In the last couple of years, faculty members have pursued this goal with more intensity, often ahead of other stake-holders, led by strong leaders who did not care for any personal benefit while administration took formal process to pursue the conversion officially. Our strategy to involve everyone, to stay the course and always keeping on the top of the issues related to the campaign helped us to earn confidence of our alums who in turn helped the cause. We helped students in their campaign for the conversion that shows our Alma Mater in a positive light, collaborated with the faculty and sought help from local and national media to create awareness and legitimacy of the cause. We constantly monitored progress with our contacts and shared information with the administration to take official responses for our common cause. We believe we succeeded here as none of us were looking for personal interest or gain. As a result, we could always be objective, stay focused and transparent sharing information regularly (via web site posting and/or emails) with all our entire stake-holders, whenever and wherever required.
We thank you all for your support, your passion, your trust and your active role in this historic transformation of our Alma Mater. We are sure that the present/in-transition/new administration will constantly strive to make our Alma Mater, a top tier institution in India, by fulfilling the missions and goals as envisioned by the MHRD-appointed expert commissions. We, the alums, are always ready to continue extending our hands and join other stake-holders in the rebuilding of our Alma Mater to make it a world class institution. Let us hope that our Alma Mater once again becomes the leader, as it was in the early days after independence, in training a newer class of engineers and scientists who will not only be leaders in their disciplines and but also help in meeting the growing demands of qualified technical personnel in academia and industry. As our efforts wind down, BESU administration will focus on the process for conversion and if you want to help in any manner, GAABESU will be glad to get you in touch with them. Before we stop, we would like to remember Swami Vivekananda’s words:
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
Following Swamiji, we came up with an idea, we had our dream and we lived this dream to see our Alma Mater recognized as an INI.
Swapan Saha, ‘88EE and Tarun Basu, ‘67CE – On behalf of an army of volunteers, dreamers and servants of our Alma Mater
History - A marathon journey began in 2003 with an appeal (click here)!
Recent Udpates (Beyond Volume 7)
|Comments by Well Wisher Alumnus from Canada on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 09:08 - IP Logged |
|Let us organize a grand celebration of up gradation of BESU to IIEST & INI inviting all the captains of big industrial houses and come out with a big insertion in all the leading news papers regarding transformation of BESU to IIEST. We need to make this Great Transformation Process particularly up gradation of our beloved institution to an Institute of National Institute known to all and create awareness and great image of our great institute. |
|Comments by Tarun from India on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 05:17 - IP Logged |
|There is a Notice/Information regarding the changes of IIEST available on University website and copy distributed to all Govt. authority. Can University authority distribute the same notice/information to all Industry Bodies(CII, FICII, NASSCOM etc. etc.) and all the well known Corporate Houses in India/Abroad. This will definitly going to create huge impact. So let us give a thought on this line. |
|Comments by Abhishek Mukherjee from Belgium on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 14:18 - IP Logged |
|It is indeed heartening to see our BESU (Bengal engineering college when i passed out in 2003) to transform into the first IIEST of India. The journey of transformation, and the unending initiative of the alumni association is praise worthy and heartwarming. Let the transformation begin in an era when our college ranks among the best not only in India but in the world. However, for that we need very good faculties, great research and top class students. Things will happen. I am waiting!!!!! |
|Comments by Sukomal Pal from India on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 02:29 - IP Logged |
|Recently in a Conference held at ISM Dhanbad, I congratulated Prof Ajoy Ray for his endeavor to make our alma-mater the first IIEST of its kind. When asked how we the alumni can contribute in the journey of our alma-mater in its new avatar, he requested whether we the alumni can institute a few Chair Professorship in different departments.|
I think some of us who are in that position can give it a serious thought and can directly contact him.
Dept of CSE
|Comments by student from India on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 02:54 - IP Logged |
|I am a PG student of BESU. As far as I know that when dual M.tech degree started first time in iitkgp they offered current student who were pursuing m.tech, want to enroll themselves to phd as apart of dual degree course can enroll. |
|Comments by well wisher alumnus from Canada on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 16:20 - IP Logged |
|The NITSER Amendment Act converting BESU to IIEST has already been published in Govt. of India Gazette on 5th March and listed in its website. The process is now complete and BESU IS NOW OFFCIALLY IIEST.This may please be updated in our website.|
Thanks to All and it is time to celebrate.
|Comments by Ajoy Chakraborti from United States on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:03 - IP Logged |
|Could not be proud of the group that made this happen. It is a proud moment for all of us (BECA) and on behalf of them all over the world a sincere thanks. The work has not ended, rather has just begun. |
|Comments by Jayanta Mukherjee ('88 ME) from India on Sunday, March 09, 2014 at 09:03 - IP Logged |
|Getting IIEST tag with INI status is indeed a great achivement for our Alma Mater. Would like to congratulate & thank each and everyone associated with the upgradation process. Hope the institute will be back among the top 15 engineering institutes in the PAN-India survey. Let IIEST, Shibpur continue to seek excellence & model itself as an institute of international repute. |
|Comments by Apurba Tribedi from United States on Friday, March 07, 2014 at 21:38 - IP Logged |
|Great News. Congratulations to all. |
|Comments by Nirmal Chaturvedi from India on Friday, March 07, 2014 at 04:57 - IP Logged |
|GREAT NEWS & Big Achievement!!!|
Beginning of a New Era for our Institute.
Congrats to One & All.
- NIRMAL CHATURVEDI(EE79)
|Comments by Buddheswar Roy from United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 23:24 - IP Logged |
|It was a continuos effort by university management supported by distinguish alumni over the world supported by political leaders in Bengal. We all believe that changes are very much important in life of any system whereas BESU was not out of that. So what ever the changes happened that all will help BESU to become one of the renowned top university in india. Special thanks to prof. Roy without his effort it could not have possible. |
|Comments by Pradip Kumar Basu '62CE from India on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 10:52 - IP Logged |
|A Great Achievement.Due to your aspirations and perseverance,dreams became reality in my life time.But remember the real journey to excellence has just started. ----Pradip Kumar Basu (62 CE)|
|Comments by Well Wisher Alumnus from Canada on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 09:27 - IP Logged |
|Great Achievement.Being an Indian Institute with INI tag, We are now ahead of other state universities.Let IIEST march ahead and be a centre of Excellence in Engineering Science and Technology in the World not to be compared with other over hyped state university any more.|
I feel happy that I had sent emails to MPs and called many of them to expedite the passing of the bill.
Thanks to all and specially to Prof.Ajay Roy, Swapan Saha and Tarunda for their relentless effort to make it happen.
|Comments by Mayukh Datta from United Arab Emirates on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 07:13 - IP Logged |
|Congrats to all, specially the silent workers who worked so hard since 2003 behind the scene... |
|Comments by Aritra Dutta from India on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 02:07 - IP Logged |
|Until and unless there is a robust students body to voice their views and grievances it is unlikely that anything will change except the new faculties who will be recruited from the perspective of the students. I through this comment of mine is giving a call to all of our alumni to take up this issue seriously. The real image of BESU is quiet different from what is getting projected. Finally please replace the quote by Winston Churchill by someone's who had some love for our dear motherland. |
|Comments by Swapan Saha, '88EE from United States on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 00:34 - IP Logged |
|We already own domains iiests.org and iiest.org with firstname.lastname@example.org. |
|Comments by Subrata Ghosh from United States on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 00:28 - IP Logged |
I think now it is time to change the title of the current Alumni website "Global Alumni Association of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India." What do you think?!