After a long wait, Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad gets the IIT status. In a recent development, the Union cabinet nods positively to give IIT status to the institute.
Welcoming the decision of the Central Government and HRD Ministry in particular, ISM Registrar, Col (Retd) MK Singh said that the Prime Minister has fulfilled his election promises of elevating the institution.
ISM had been fighting for an IIT tag since 2013.
The IIT tag was very necessary for this institute in order to get more research funds from the government, better placement and better international collaborations.
A street protest was undertaken by the students last year for the delay in implementation of this decision.
Over one thousand students had demonstrated at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in 2013 and got huge support from the political leaders, especially MPs across the country.
The institute was formally opened on December 9, 1926, by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India to address the need for trained manpower related to mining activities in the country with disciplines of Mining and Applied Geology.
Earlier on April 8, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on her visit to ISM had assured students an IIT tag would be announced soon.