The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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Debate on ISM upgrade

ISM-Dhanbad is keeping its fingers crossed.

An expert committee from the Union HRD ministry concluded its three-day visit to the institute on Monday with a crucial interactive session with the faculty on upgrading the mining institute into an IIT. If the panel submits a favourable report, a bill will be introduced in Parliament to grant the IIT status.

“We had a debate on why ISM should get an IIT tag. The committee members wanted to know why teachers and student were in favour of converting a cradle, which has its own place of pride in earth science, into an institute of technical excellence,” said a teacher.

Professors like Pramod Pathak, Kampan Mukherjee and A.K. Mishra argued that the IIT status would help their institute be perceived as one of the best tech cradles across India, besides maintaining its core competence in earth science and engineering.

Headed by former director of IIT-Bombay Ashok Mishra, the committee had five members. They were IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurty, his Jodhpur counterpart Prem Kalra, member of IIT-Kanpur board of governors Niraj Mishra, former professor of IIT-Bangalore K. Khemka and ISM director Durga Charna Panigrahi.

The team during its three-day stay inspected the various departments, apart from the cradle’s geological museum, central library, workshop, canteen, hostels and sports complex.

The six left for Calcutta to catch the next flight to Delhi.