President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Saturday that up-gradation of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) to Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) is a “well-earned honour” and the institution has come a long way after being set up in 1836.
“The Government of India in recognition of the services by the university in the area of engineering has conferred the status of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology to the university and recognised it as an institute of national importance (INI),” Mr Mukherjee said, while delivering the convocation address at the 15th Annual Convocation.
The institute is awaiting an amendment to the National Institute of Technology Act ( 2007) to finally start operating as a Central institute
Recalling his last visit to the university in 2011, he said efforts made by the university in setting up undergraduate and post graduate programme of aerospace engineering, medical science and technology and remote sensing is commendable.
Mr Mukherjee said there is a deficit in research in strategic areas of space technology, defence, medical science and technology and environmental science.
Emphasising that the process of modernisation that has begun at the university will be an ongoing process, he said the various stake holders of the university should have a regular interaction with other universities and also develop a symbiotic relationship with industry to facilitate development of new technologies.
Calling upon the young graduates to channelise their energy to solve the problems of the country, he said they should play a proactive role in building the society “without forgetting our tradition of tolerance and mutual respect”.
Governor M. K. Narayanan, who is also the Chancellor of the university, highlighted its “remarkable transformation” from a “university rocked by student violence, all round mayhem and political interference” to a “modern, thriving and forward-looking university”.