Malaviya’s vi­sion must con­tinue guid­ing IIT-BHU

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - PROF BN DWIVEDI, PRO­FES­SOR, DEPT OF PHYSICS, IIT (BHU). (Views ex­pressed are per­sonal)

The In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Ba­naras Hindu Uni­ver­sity aka IIT-BHU is cel­e­brat­ing its cen­te­nary.

BHU founder Pt Malaviya had es­tab­lished the in­sti­tu­tion for na­tion build­ing in Jan­uary 1919.

He al­ways thought of restoring the glory of Kashi which has been ‘a seat of learn­ing’ from time im­memo­rial.

Draw­ing from our past glory to the Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties of Sor­bonne, Ox­ford and Cam­bridge, he had a vi­sion to es­tab­lish a unique uni­ver­sity with a blend of the East and the West. This in­cluded our rich cul­ture, her­itage and tra­di­tion, with top-qual­ity re­search and teach­ing in ev­ery branch of hu­man knowl­edge.

He cre­ated ‘a tem­ple of learn­ing’ with an ex­cel­lent sci­en­tific/so­cial/cul­tural/ value-based rep­u­ta­tion in­cul­cat­ing a hu­mane and in­ter­ac­tive work-cul­ture in both teach­ers and taught.

This healthy en­vi­ron­ment in­spired the fa­mous sci­en­tist and a pro­fes­sor of this uni­ver­sity Dr Shanti Swarup Bhat­na­gar to write its col­lege an­them (Kul­geet): ‘Mad­hur, Manohar, Ateev Sun­dar’ (so sweet, serene and in­fin­itely beau­ti­ful).

Pt Malaviya thought of a uni­ver­sity whose stu­dents should feel the in­ner mean­ing of a cor­po­rate life and where the teach­ers would mould their char­ac­ters for good and where stu­dents would be­gin to value knowl­edge for the ser­vice of the moth­er­land and the mankind.

At the same time, he re­alised the need of the coun­try and its peo­ple. In this spirit, three cour­ses namely ‘ar­ti­san’, ‘diploma’ and ‘de­gree’ were started at the col­lege.

It was a unique model for im­part­ing tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise from the grass­roots to higher tech­no­log­i­cal learn­ing and in­no­va­tion.

The Ba­naras Engi­neer­ing Col­lege (BENCO) had Prof Charles King as its prin­ci­pal. BENCO elec­tric power house be­came op­er­a­tional in 1921 to cater to the needs of BHU. Col­leges of Min­ing and Met­al­lurgy (MIN-MET) and Tech­nol­ogy (TECHNO) were es­tab­lished later. These three col­leges were merged to make an In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IT-BHU) in 1968.

On June 29, 2012, IT-BHU was con­verted into an IIT on a promis­ing note that it will serve as a leader of engi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia with its rich legacy. The first con­vo­ca­tion of the IIT-BHUwas held on July 10, 2013.

For­mer Pres­i­dent of In­dia the late Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam had given away de­grees to the stu­dents then.

Malaviya’s vi­sion, his re­spect for ex­cel­lence, and his

self-con­fi­dence must in­spire, guide and re­mind us of mak­ing and shap­ing our in­sti­tu­tion not only to meet the so­ci­etal needs but also to rank high on the global level.

This is how we should cel­e­brate the­cen­te­nary of the in­sti­tu­tion to move for­ward.

▪ BHU founder Pt Madan Mo­han Malaviya.

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