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July 30, 2007
IITBHU Global Editor @ 11:32 PM

Google says this is the first press day in Europe, and that they prepared a lab upstairs to look at some of their products. Nikesh Arora (Google President for Europe, Middle-East & Africa operations) is speaking now. Products are growing, as the slide illustrates.

Nikesh explains how Arabic users interact with their products in right-to-left, explaining how his job is to look over all this. The number of local employees went from 598 in 2005 to 2,500 now, and there are 20,000 bottles of water drunk by Googler employees in Europre in 2007! (They look after their employees.)

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xxWX35BsQg

The video is little over 7 minutes. Watch more of videos by searching Nikesh Arora on www.youtube.com.

The video introduction states:

Nikesh Arora--President of Google's Europe, Middle East, and Asia operations--kicks off the day with a brief welcome to the journalists and introduces Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the founders of YouTube, at Google Press Day in Paris on June 19, 2007.

Read interview of Nikesh Arora in Chronicle November 2006 issue here

July 25, 2007
IITBHU Global Editor @ 11:05 AM

For this year, 562 students were admitted to our institute, out of which 531 were from general category and 31 from SC category, and nil from SC category. 40 were girls. 124 students from SC/ST category were selected for preparatory course, where they will spend extra one year for learning, and shall be admitted based on satisfactory progress.

The students were admitted for 4 year B. Tech programs (total 10 programs) and 5 year DDI-Duel Degree Integrated M. Tech program (total 11 programs) and 5 year M. Tech programs (3 programs) for Applied Sciences. 419 students were admitted for 4 yr B. tech program and 143 for 5 yr M. Tech programs.

The opening rank was 1612. The students’ preferences for 4 yr B. Tech programs were Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively, For 5 yr M. Tech programs, preferences were CSE, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The preferences are arrived based on median IIT-JEE ranks of students in a particular class. (Median rank is defined as the one for which 50% students above it and 50% below it in the class.)

We are thankful to Prof. Som Nath Mahendra, IIT-JEE coordinator for our institute, to provide us with JEE data of admitted students.

Click here to read Prof Mahendra's JEE report presented during the orientation program.

July 13, 2007
@ 02:17 AM

Q-1: What is itbhuglobal.org?

ITBHUGlobal.org is the official website for the Alumni Association of the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Q-2: How was the idea of new website started?

The idea was started around early 2007, when a group of alumni volunteers expressed the concern about lack of information exchange among IT-BHU community, including students /alumni /faculty /administration. Although the website itbhu.org existed, it was not functioning properly for the past few months. Part of the problem was that it (www.itbhu.org) was owned by an individual (and not by the organization), resulting is difficulty of accessing it for posting news or updating it frequently.

In contrast, the new site www.itbhuglobal.org is fully owned and registered in the name of our alumni organization (itbhuglobal.org) and not by any individual. Thus it gives full access to all the volunteers who want to work for it. This new website started functioning in July 2007.

Q-3: How is the itbhuglobal.org website updated?
ITBHUGlobal.org is published in a team effort. The work schedule includes, collecting info from the institute and faculty, scanning national/international news media for alumni/college news and finally uploading on the web server.

The uploading of articles on the server is by MoveableType Publishing program.

www.itbhuglobal.org also has many online modules like the alumni database and the forum aimed at bringing the alumni closer to each other and to the Institute. A team of alumni volunteers create, maintain and update these modules which are created with the help of Open Source software.

The website is viewed by about 6,000 members of IT-BHU Alumni Association as well as students/alumni from other engineering colleges.

Q-4: What is the publication policy of itbhuglobal.org?

ITBHUGlobal.org is the the website of the alumni association of IT BHU and would publish news which benefits of IT-BHU community - the students, the faculty, the alumni and the administration. It reflects the views of the alumni association.

The website plans to publish any news about alumni related activities, news, etc such as meeting, seminars, functions, institute news, etc. in real time fashion, i.e. as quick as possible. It will also contain sections such as discussion forums, job postings, volunteering efforts, etc. for which login or registration may be required.

Q-6: How does itbhuglobal.org compare with chronicle?

www.itbhuglobal.org is the website which would finally house The ITBHU Chronicle - the monthly newsletter of the organization.

Although both are published by IT-BHU alumni association and publish articles around alumni events and interests, they are in a different category. The ITBHUGlobal.org website acts as quick exchange of information for any news, events as it happens. The posting is not edited, but just moderated. The website is being updated daily.

On the other hand, the Chronicle is a monthly publication, with wide range of articles of interest to IT-BHU alumni as well as for general public. There is no two-way interaction with readers (except for letters to chronicle in feedback section). It is more like national level magazine and contents are edited for fairness and accuracy of news, neutral and unbiased reporting, etc. The articles include exhaustively prepared interview, science articles, etc. The magazine also searches a number of national and international newspapers & magazines for engineering education related news.

Q-7: What are itbhuglobal.org's future plans?

The future plans for our website include making it more useful to our alumni, providing with news and contents that alumni can rely on. We plan to update it frequently, at least in a week, to begin with. We also want to introduce more useful sections, job postings, discussion forums, etc.

We want to listen to comments/criticisms and improve our website accordingly. Please use this form to contact us.

Q-8: What are the concerns for itbhuglobal.org?

ITBHUGlobal.org needs more help to achieve its goal. For example, it needs more volunteers to handle increased load of activities, to collect and edit more news, to interact with readers, code new modules etc.

We also need more flow of information from faculty and institute. We need more reporters who can cover events, cultural programs, seminars, etc. and provide us with details.

Q-9: How can I contribute for itbhuglobal.org?

Any kind of help from anyone will be helpful to us. We need people to send us news about their departments, batches, hostels, branches, etc. Please use this form to contact us.

The itbhuglobal.org team is here to serve you and the website belongs to the entire IT-BHU community. We welcome any comments/criticism to improve our website.

Q-10: Who are the volunteers working for the itbhuglobal.org team?

The volunteer team for ITBHUGlobal.org remains the same, along with other newer members (approx 80 in all, from the '60s batch to the 200x batch). Please use this form to let us know if you would like to join in.

July 11, 2007
@ 11:15 PM
deepak-hegde-pic.JPG Dr. Deepak Hegde is an alumnus of IT-BHU. He completed M. Pharm in 1993 from IT-BHU in Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry under the guidance of Dr. Ratan Lal Khosa. He was at IT-BHU from Aug 1991 to Feb 1993 for his M. Pharm study.

B. Pharm, Mumbai University (1991)
M. Pharm, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (1993)
PhD in Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Mumbai University (1996)
MFM-Master of Financial Management, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai (2000)

The excerpts:

WuXi PharmaTech Co., Ltd. Appoints Deepak Hegde as VP of Formulation Development Services

SHANGHAI, China, July 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- WuXi PharmaTech, China's leading supplier of pharmaceutical R&D outsourcing services announced today the appointment of Dr. Deepak Hegde as Vice President of Formulation Development Services.

Before joining WuXi PharmaTech, Dr. Hegde served as General Manager of Drug Delivery Research Lab at USV Ltd., one of the largest Indian generic pharmaceutical companies. In this position, Dr. Hedge oversaw the development and registration of formulations to be exported to the American and European markets. His undertakings at USV Ltd. involved closely collaborating with the US-FDA on Abbreviated New Drug Applicant (ANDA) products and EMEA for the Product Dossiers for the European markets.

Prior to joining USV Ltd., Dr. Hegde worked in Sandoz (the generic arm of Novartis). At Sandoz, he implemented cutting-edge drug development technology transfers from Novartis development sites in India to Novartis commercial launch sites in Austria, Bangladesh, and South Africa.

Dr. Hegde received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mumbai (formerly the University of Bombay) before going on to receive a Master of Pharmacy in Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry from Banaras Hindu University. He returned to University of Mumbai to earn a Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics in 1996, and has most recently received a Master of Financial Management from Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research. Dr. Hegde is a lifetime member of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association.

July 10, 2007
@ 01:55 AM

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