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BIT Sindri: Govt set to notify autonomy

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Posted on: November 20, 2006

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-- Dr.P.R.Prasad, retired Prof & Head, Dept of Met Engg, BIT Sindri (Presently settled in Patna)

Govt set to notify autonomy

Pradyuman Choubey
# Hindustan Times, 20 November 2006

Dhanbad, November 19

The management of Birsa Institute of Technology (BIT), Sindri would now not have to look up to the state government before taking any decisions regarding the day-to-day functioning of the institute. The decision of the institute director in consonance with the board of governors (BoG) on any issue would henceforth will be final. And, if indications from the institute top brass are to be believed, this may become a reality soon, as the state Science & Technology Dept is all set to grant functional autonomy to the institute.

The institute had already forwarded a proposal in this regard to the department about three months back. The institute has also constituted the Board of Governors (BoG) for running of the institute. Indicating some concrete steps in this regard, the institute Director, Dr.S.K.Singh said that a notification by the department in this regard is likely in a day or two. Disclosing about the composition of BoG, Singh said, "Faculty members from the premier engineering institutes of the country including IITs besides the representatives of the government and industry people have been included in the board".

Contacted, Director of the Science & Technology Dept, Arun Kumar Sinha said that the department was serious towards granting autonomy to the institute. "The department besides providing administrative autonomy was also considering giving financial autonomy to the institute", he added.

Elaborating on the issue, senior professor and head of the department of mining, Dr.U.K.Dey said that the autonomy will allow the institute to take decisions on all issues including the appointment of teachers and staff. He, however, said that granting financial autonomy to the institute was a matter that should be considered seriously.