A proposal regarding take over of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) at Shibpur for turning it into an Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), has been approved by the union cabinet. The same is to be done with amendment of the National Institutes of Technology Act, with special clauses, which should reflect its exclusive character and it will be an institute of national importance the release mentioned. Over a period of five years, an amount of INR 592.20 crore will be used to complete the project. Students will be enrolled in the institute on basis of through All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).
The decision was taken following a recommendation from an expert committee for establishing a new system of Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology (IIESTs) as institutes of national importance through an act of parliament. The committee recommended upgradation of five institutes including BESU, to become an IIEST.