Bengal Engineering Science University, Sibpur (BESU) on 18 November got the approval to get converted into a central institute-Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), after the Lok Sabha passed the Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2013. This bill was promoted to be sanctioned, by the minister of state for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor. However, the bill is yet to obtain clearance from Rajya Sabha for which odds are high. The legislation is aiming to transform BESU into a national level institute-Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), running with following the international standards.
IIEST will intend on producing quality and skilled manpower for the strategic sector. Institute will also bring out proficient teachers for institutions of engineering and science education. The bill which just passed in lok sabha also has plans on setting up a common central council for other educational institutes such as NITs, IISERs and IIESTs.
The Union Cabinet granted formal approval for upgrading the BESU in October 2010, however the institution was unable to go for it as the proposal had to obtain clearance from Parliament, besides, there was also unrest in the campus that time.
One crore is to be allotted in this current fiscal year, to be used for the conversion operations, as informed by the finance memorandum of the bill. In forthcoming 5 year period, approximately INR 592.20 crore budgets has been proposed for the transformed University, with a condition stating that approved funds would be released on incremental basis after evaluating the need, as part of the annual budgetary exercise.