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Tech cradle hopes to speed up campus upgrades

- Director with twin charges pushes to complete pending work on IT building

BIT-Sindri director S.K. Singh’s elevation as acting head of the state science and technology department has kindled hope for the lone state-run engineering college to speed up infrastructure updates held up due to cost escalations and other problems.

For starters, Singh has sought a report from executive engineer of the building division, Manoj Kumar Mahali, on the reasons behind the suspension of work on a new information technology building.

Most of the work on the three-storied IT building, construction for which began in 2009, has been completed. But work has now been suspended due to cost escalation.

Once ready, the building will accommodate offices and three major departments, including computer science engineering and electronics and communication engineering, along with information technology.

“I have sought a fresh estimate and other details with regard to the incomplete IT building from the building division executive engineer. I will soon take measures to ensure work on the building is completed soon,” said Singh.

This apart, work is on to build another three-storied academic complex, at a cost of Rs 4.95 crore, to house 10 classrooms, seminar halls on two floors and a parking lot on the ground floor.

Construction up to the first floor is already over.

As for yet another three-storied building, to house a 300-bed hostel at a cost of Rs 4.40 crore by state public works department, the tendering process has been completed.

Sources said the BIT administration was now working on holding a meeting of the its board of governors, the highest decision making body of the institute.

A number of issues are to be discussed at the proposed meeting.

Among them are renewal of accreditation for various undergraduate engineering courses, accreditation for new MTech courses and academic autonomy.

This apart, a decision is likely on formalising an MoU with University of Manitoba, Canada, for an academic exchange programme.

Two BIT teachers, Om Prakash of chemical engineering and R.P. Sharma of civil engineering, who were a part of the board have retired. Hence, the board will now have to decide on two new teacher representatives.

The last meeting of the board of governors was held two years ago.

Singh agreed that efforts were on to organise a meeting of the institute’s board of governors.

“All these issues, including the one on an agreement with University of Manitoba, can be finalised at the meeting,” he said.