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IT-BHU to become IIT; expenditure proposal cleared

Paving the way for creation of a new IIT in Varanasi, the Finance Ministry today gave the go-ahead to a proposal to convert Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) to an IIT.

delhi Updated: Mar 16, 2010 19:59 IST

Paving the way for creation of a new IIT in Varanasi, the Finance Ministry on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a proposal to convert Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) to an IIT.

The Expenditure Finance Committee under the Ministry cleared the HRD Ministry's proposal to provide additional Rs 238 crore grant to IT-BHU in the next three years. Now the matter will now go to the Cabinet for consideration.

As per the proposal, the government will provide Rs 154 crore in remaining period of 11th Plan and another Rs 83 crore in the first year of the 12th Plan.

The Banaras Hindu University Act will have to be amended to convert the IT-BHU to an IIT. The IIT Act of 1961 will also have to be amended to include IT-BHU as an IIT, ministry sources said.

At present, there are 15 IITs in the country. ISM Dhanbad is also considered as institute of IIT standards.

An HRD Ministry committee in 2003 recommended IIT status for seven institutions. However, another committee of the ministry later did not support IIT status for all the seven institutions, but suggested the status of IT-BHU.

IT-BHU, like all other faculties and departments of BHU, was created during in 1971 by the merger of three premier engineering institutions of the university.

The institute has so far produced more than 22,000 B.Tech graduates, 2700 M. Techs and 650 doctoral degree holders.