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Alumni ire over BIT neglect

BIT-Sindri alumni settled in various parts of the world have expressed concern over poor infrastructure at their alma mater and Jharkhand government’s negligent attitude towards the development of the institution.

The former students have offered to appoint a member of their association to assist chief minister Hemant Soren in selection of an able director for the cradle after S.K. Singh retires from the top post in July. They are also planning to approach former Assembly speaker and MP Inder Singh Namdhari to push for takeover of the institute by the Union government.

Corresponding with The Telegraph through e-mails, 1961 passout and former Nasa scientist Neil Dwivedi Pundit said approach of the state government and BIT-Sindri administration towards the institution’s development was unsatisfactory.

“We had offered to pay for the installation of 24X7 Wifi facility in all academic buildings and hostels. BIT-Sindri authorities sent me an estimate of $700,000. I asked them to verify as I found the figure too high. Since then, there has been no response from their side,” he said.

Pundit, the president of North chapter of Sindri Alumni Association, added that he had met chief minister Hemant Soren and additional chief secretary of state science and technology department A.K. Pandey on his last visit to Jharkhand in November last year and raised the issue.

The state cabinet subsequently passed a resolution affirming its commitment to upgrade BIT-Sindri and sought a report from the college administration. Authorities of the tech cradle quickly responded with a comprehensive report in the last week of November.

No action followed the submission of the report.

The alumni is also worried over the apathy of the institute’s administration and state government towards the proposed MoU between University of Manitoba, Canada, and BIT-Sindri for an academic exchange programme.

An MLA in Canada and a BIT-Sindri alumnus Bidhu Shekhar Jha visited the institute on February 28 and pressed for the issue. But, the institute is yet to act.

Contacted over the issue, additional chief secretary Pandey said that they were verifying the proposal. “We are looking into various aspects like whether University of Manitoba had taken a nod from Government of Canada before approaching us. A decision is this regard would soon be taken,” he added.

Over the appointment of a new director for BIT-Sindri, Pandey said: “We are discussing the option of raising the retirement age for director’s post from 62 to 65. If the term is not extended, process to appoint a new director will begin.”