Friday, March 28, 2008

The extra "I" -- Really?

I woke this morning to info coming from various sources on the Indian Govt's new plans for improving university education in India.

1. Official GoI press release.
2. Business Standard, Rediff, and ToI links.

[Thanks to Yogesh, Rajat, and others from the ITBHU Alumni team for the links]

The part I am most interested in is [from the Official press release]
In addition, it is also proposed to convert the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University into an IIT. Admission to this Institute is already based on the IIT – Joint Entrance Examination.

Of course, there is the more important news of the setup of 8 new IITs, 7 new IIMs, 14 "world class" universities, and 16 central univs, but after so many years of wondering why ITBHU has not become an IIT yet despite recommendations from so many committees [and being told that the reason is political, not merit based], this news has come as a welcome pleasant surprise.

However, it is also worth noting that this is election season, and promises are the dish du jour. I will hold my horses now, and wait for more concrete confirmation.

For more, I refer you to Abi's post on this.

[fingers crossed]

update: Keep watching the following link for up to date news on the ITBHU to IIT conversion.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, it was kinda boring to keep hearing the same old "one IIT in a state" excuse time and again. The refusal by the current VC to accept the IIEST carrot speaks volumes about his concern for the students! :)
    This is definitely good news in a long-long time... :)