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Fate of 7 'new IIT's in balance

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March 22, 2005 16:55 IST

The government was considering the report of the S K Joshi Committee to constitute an expert group to assess the suitability of transforming seven institutions to the level of Indian Institutes of Technology the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Human Resource Development M A A Fatmi said the committee had shortlisted seven institutions possessing best potential among the engineering and technical colleges in the country for upgradation to the level of IITs.

The shortlisted institutions are the Institute of Technology BHU Varanasi, University College of Engineering combined with University College of Technology, both belonging to the Osmania University, Bengal Engineering College Howrah, Jadavpur University's engineering and technology departments, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU Aligarh, Andhra University College of Engineering and Cochin University of Science and Technology, he said.

However, these institutions fell far below the level of the existing IITs in all criteria used for shortlisting. As such it would not be correct to position these colleges straight away alongside the IITs, the committee noted, he said.

The committee suggested that the HRD ministry could form a small expert group to assess the suitability of these institutions and also to assess first hand, the problems of transformation of these institutions in the event of the government deciding to upgrade them, Fatmi informed the House.
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