The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has given nod to upgrade Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal wrote to chief minister Mamata Banerjee informing the same. He also said that his ministry is initiating an amendment bill to the National Institute of Technology Act to give Besu the much coveted status. BESU will now be upgraded to a central university. The IIEST tag would give Besu the status of an Institute of National Importance.
"This is great news. The current government has played a very proactive role in ensuring that our institute achieves the status of a central university. The process had been initiated by the former government. Without the CM's support and education minister Bratya Basu's prod, it would not have been possible to expedite the process," said BESU vice-chancellor Ajay Kumar Ray.
The central university status will bring a lot more funds to BESU. "Initially, we were supposed to receive Rs 600 crore over a five-year period. Now, the amount will definitely increase due to a delay. The university has lined up several plans, which we will take up once the campus receives the new status. We will build an auditorium and a new guest house for visiting faculty members. There are also plans to construct a new library. The hostel accommodation will be upgraded," said Ray.
Once the Centre formally makes the amendment, students taking the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations will not find a place in Besu, which will have to take students from the All India Engineering Entrance Examination. Fifty per cent seats in BESU will be reserved for students from Bengal, say sources.
[Source: Times of India]