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Par nod to bill on West Bengal Engg and Science University

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The process of converting the Bengal Engineering and Science University in Sibpur, West Bengal, into an institute of national importance got the approval of today.

The National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was passed by the after Minister of State for HRD moved it in the Upper House in the absence of The bill was passed by in December.

BJP, however, raised objections to Tharoor moving the bill in the absence of Raju and sought to know if he has sought the permission of the Chair in doing so.

BJP's raised a point of order saying a bill can be moved only by a cabinet minister and not by a junior minister unless permitted to do so, at which Kurien said the Chair has allowed him to do so.

Prasad also sought to know why Pallam Raju, a member of from Andhra Pradesh, was not present in the House for passage of the Bill. The was to take up the crucial Reorganisation Bill that sought to create a new state of Telangana.

The legislation also sought to transform the university into Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).

IIEST will be an institute of international standards and produce quality manpower for the strategic sector and quality teachers for institutions of engineering and science education.

The Bill also seeks to establish a common central council for institutes such as NITs, IISERs and IIESTs.

First Published: Wed, February 19 2014. 20:17 IST