IIT status still eludes IT-BHU

IIT status still eludes IT-BHU

Varanasi: Even after five months of the Union Cabinet decision to upgrade IT-BHU to an IIT, the status still eludes the institute as no further step has been taken to give the decision a concrete shape, adding to the deep disappointment of the students and the faculties here.

“We are deeply disappointed at this juncture as no visible steps have been taken to accomplish the Cabinet decision to upgrade the IT-BHU to an IIT and the present Lok Sabha is about to complete its five years’ term," Prof Siddha Nath Upadhyay, Director of IT-BHU, said.

The Union Cabinet had approved the setting up of eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab, HP and MP at a total cost of Rs6080 crores for 6 years period, on 17 July this year.

At the same meeting the Cabinet also approved in principle the taking over of the IT-BHU, a unit of the Banaras Hindu University, its conversion into an IIT and integrating it with the IIT system in the country.

“But since then while the academic sessions commenced in 6 new IITs opened with effect from 23 July this year, even without any formal campus for them, the sprawling lush green campus of IT-BHU has been left out without any visible further step in the direction of upgrading it to the IIT status," a senior official of the institute said.

“The IT-BHU has not been even officially informed about the Cabinet decision to upgrade it till date," Prof Upadhyay said.

“We had demanded for an additional estimated fund of about Rs300 crore for the first phase of the upgradation plan of the institute but still waiting for the response of the Union Government," he added.