The National Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2013,
to upgrade Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) might get tabled in
the ongoing Budget session of Parliament. Once it is approved it would make
BESU country’s first Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology
The Bill has figures among the 16 Bills slated to be
introduced during the session, the upgrade was in the pipeline since
Anandakrishnan committee in 2007 recommended turning BESU and five others,
including Jadavpur University, into IIESTs.
Trinamool Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay said,
“This is the only bill that has seen a rare unanimity among all mainstream
parties. This is also the only bill that will not be sent to the standing
committee for thorough examination. So its passage is only a matter of time,”
reported Times of India.
The passage of Bill will bring several benefits for the
150-year-old institution and it would get around Rs 592 crore from centre in
five years for up-gradation. Rs 300.30 crore will be non-recurring expenditure;
while, recurring expenditure will entail Rs 291.90 crore.
The upgrade will also make BESU a completely
centrally-funded institution allowing it to offer better facilities to the
undergraduate and postgraduate students and also research scholars, along with a
better pay structure for academics and employees.