Liberty in Sight
# The Telegraph, October
June 28: The government has set the ball rolling to convert BIT, Sindri, the oldest engineering college of the state, autonomous.
A 10-member board of governance (BoG) has been constituted under XLRI director Casimir Raj for the purpose. The BoG is looking into different aspects of administrative, managerial, financial and academic autonomy for the institution established in 1949.
At present, the state’s science and technology department takes care of administrative, managerial and financial aspects of the college. Hazaribagh-based Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) handles the academics issues like conducting examinations and issuing certificates to students pursuing technical courses in BIT, Sindri.
Sources said a meeting of the recently constituted BoG took place on October 24 at the state science and technology department. The authorities decided to draft a memorandum of association, a pre-requisite for getting autonomy from the government for a state-run institution, at the meet.
BIT, Sindri, director S.K. Singh, one of the BoG members, said he was in favour of government extending administrative, managerial and academic autonomy. The financial things should rest with the government, he added.
However, several members of BoG differ from the view of Singh. They are not in favour of autonomy without financial bindings.
“No one will be accountable without the financial autonomy. The government should give aid in form of fees (if government recommends increased fees) difference for students hailing from the state. Let them upgrade their quality in imparting technical education, undertake special projects and assist industries,” said a technocrat-turned-bureaucrat in the science and technology department.
Technical education director Arun Kumar told The Telegraph various things have to be weighed before granting autonomy to the institution.
Several persons feel the present atmosphere of technical education in the state do not prescribe for giving autonomy to government-run institutions. “People want to use autonomy for wrong reasons,” they said.
About 3,000 students are presently enrolled in the undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses offered by the institution. Sources said of late there are few takers for the postgraduate-level courses in the institution.