Varanasi: On Thursday i.e. on March 24, 2011,Lok Sabha passed the long-pending IIT (Amendment) Bill that paved the way for conversion of IT-Banaras Hindu University (BHU) into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
As per sources, inevitably, the BHU campus was alive and pulsating with joy and celebrations on Friday with students claiming that the IIT status to IT-BHU. Their joy had no limits. Aakash, fourth year B Tech (chemical engineering) student has told he watched Indian team knock out the world champions in a grand style. He also added that it is one of the milestones achieved by the prestigious engineering institute and hopefully the bill will also be passed in Rajya Sabha (Upper House). This will ultimately pave way for the long-pending conversion.
However, as a number of ITians were in an upbeat mood, for most of them the real celebration was due only after clearing of the bill in the Upper House of the Parliament Ankush, B Tech third year student from IT said that they all were waiting for the conversion and clearing of the bill in the Upper House would help achieve the target. He said that the passing of the bill in the Lower House is a big achievement in itself and they are all celebrating it together.
Moreover, sources mentioned that the much-awaited bill for transformation of IT-BHU into an IIT was introduced in Lok Sabha in August last year. Apart from upgradation of IT-BHU to the status of IIT, the bill also paves the way for IIT status to eight other institutes at Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar.