06-10-2015, 06:59 PM
Status of IIT: Cusat hopes revived
Kochi: while the proposal to establish a new Indian Institute of technology (IIT) in Kerala State gave cause for joy, Cochin University of science and technology (CUSAT) is waiting to be upgraded to Institute of national importance.
It's been more than ten years ago, in 2003, the year that first appeared in CUSAT SC Joshi Committee Report as one of the seven colleges and universities eligible to be upgraded to an IIT. In 2005 year, CUSAT featured Anandakrishnan Committee report as one of the five colleges are eligible to be upgraded to an IIEST (Indian Institute of engineering science and technology).
However, since the development moves along snail move debate going on about whether the Institute be IIT or IIEST. While one in five colleges has been upgraded to IIT in 2012 year and one for the year 2014 IIEST, three others along with CUSAT has not been upgraded yet.
Up to the year 2008, there was no discussion along the lines of its updating to IIEST when the Government was in favour of increasing it in light. These discussions, after the ex-Minister HRD Shashi Tharoor, are again in the lines of modernization in CUSAT IIEST.
"The proposal is still under consideration, and a meeting was held in June in the presence of the MHRD and Additional Chief Secretary for higher education KM Ibrahim.
Although there is provision for lifting to IIT, CUSAT features low, experts say.
The proposal is still under consideration in the Ministry of human resources and development.
"Committee of the Planning Commission gave its approval to go ahead with Upgradation. The process is under development. The Ministry also expects a certain documents from the Institute and the Government. However, we cannot say how long the entire process might take, "said k. Abraham, additional Chief Secretary, higher education.
"Both IIT and IIEST have equal values as institutes of national importance. However, IIT better assessment as a brand. Continuing the process of improving the CUSAT IIEST easier, as this continues, and any dispute concerning the review of the status of IIT for CUSAT will only add to the delay, "said Madhu, syndicate member of CUSAT and Director of the school of engineering, CUSAT.
"The federal budget proposed a new IIT for the State. Whether it's the new must be created or existing College should be upgraded depends on the decision of the State Government, "Thomas said.