HRD Minister Shri Kabil Sibal is on a high with two key education bills passed in the Rajya Sabha, The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011 which was already passed by the Lok Sabha will clear way for eight new IITs and upgrade the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT BHU) as an IIT. New IITs will be identified in Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar.
As per the Amendment Bill the students admitted in 2006-07 session and thereafter, and graduating in 2009-10 and thereafter from IT BHU, will be awarded the IIT Degree. BHU has been deferring the convocation of IT-BHU for the 2009-10 session for the benefit of students.
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