This change of nomenclature will feel like a breath of relief to ISM’s students, who have been fighting a lone battle against the belief that ISM is known only for its mining engineering programmes. Deemed to be a University since 1967, ISM (also known as ISM University) has been offering courses other than Mining and Mineral Engineering since 1977.
This year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced in his budget speech that Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, will be converted to a full-fledged IIT. Once it does, IIT Dhanbad will become the 3rd oldest IIT institute, after IIT Roorkee (founded as Thomason College of Engineering in 1847, converted to an IIT in 2001) and IIT (BHU) Varanasi (founded as Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), a constituent of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), in 1919, converted to an IIT in 2012), displacing IIT Kharagpur, the first actual Indian Institute of Technology, to 4th place.
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