Committee recommendation


A three-member expert committee has recommended to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, the upgrading of Banaras Hindu University's Information Technology Institute into a full-fledged Indian Institute of Technology. The committee comprising former Vice-Chancellor of Roorkee University D.V. Singh, former VC of Anna University Anand Krishna and former Director of IIT Kharagpur Amitabh Ghosh made the suggestion recently after expressing satisfaction at the existing infrastructure, faculties of engineering and technology and other parameters at the institute, BHU sources said.

It also endorsed the BHU demand for sanction of Rs 262 crore to build the necessary infrastructure for functioning of a full-fledged IIT in the campus and the HRD Ministry was expected to take a decision on upgrading the institute soon, they said.

The committee held wide-ranging discussions with BHU Vice-Chancellor Punjab Singh, IT Institute Director S.N. Upadhyaya, faculty members and administrative officials during their three-day visit to the campus, they added

CBSE announces sports scholarships

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced 50 annual sports scholarships to students of class IX to XII for encouraging their active participation in sports activities and to identify and nurture budding talents.

The scholarships for Rs.500 per month will be awarded to select students for a maximum period of four years depending upon their performance in various disciplines at the national level competitions organised by the Board, CBSE said in a statement.

The Chacha Nehru Sports Scholarship, announced to mark the 116th birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawarharlal Nehru, will boost sports activities at school level and buttress the importance of mental and physical health among children, it said.

The CBSE feels that in the absence of adequate support system, both financial and motivational, even the best of talents are not able to compete at the main stream and believes the scholarships would make school education an enjoyable experience.

Research facility launched

The Anna University-Pasco Japan Research Facility was inaugurated at the Anna University Campus in Chennai by the Tamil Nadu Education Minister C.V. Shanmugam.

The research facility coming under the Institute of Remote Sensing of Anna University will facilitate studies in geomatics engineering and development of technology for disaster management. It will be funded by Pasco, one of the top geomatics engineering and applications organisation in Japan.