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September 11, 2009
Puneet Bindlish @ 06:49 PM

Former Novartis Senior vice-president Yugal Sikri will be the new India CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories, the country's largest drugmaker by sales,which was taken over by Japanese company Daiichi Sankyo a year ago, reports Mahima Puri from New Delhi.

According to a person familiar with the development, Mr Sikri, who is in his mid-forties , will take charge at the company's Mumbai office later this month and report to Asia-Pacific CEO Sanjeev Dani. Mr Sikri's appointment will be Daiichi's first important hiring after it bought Ranbaxy for close to $4 billion in June 2008.

Mr Sikri holds a Masters in Pharmaceutics from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University.

7 Comment(s) (The views expressed here are those of the commenters, and ITBHUGlobal.org is not responsible for them.)
 Akhlesh Lakhtakia said:

Congratulations, Yugal. You have made all BHUITs proud!

September 13, 2009 6:21 AM
 Praveen said:

I am feeling a little more proud on my institute today!
Praveen Tyagi

September 14, 2009 6:11 AM
 Anonymous said:

Great news!

September 19, 2009 5:56 AM
 Kevin said:

Wonderful news, hail IT-BHU.

October 29, 2009 10:51 PM

it isreally great news that it bhu will now be known as iitbhu.only a dynamic minister and leading supreme court lawyer could take such a bold step- hats off to him.we should not forget that all this has been possible because of devoted and hard work put in by the past and the present faculty and very intelligent and deligent students.congratulations again and best wishes for a bright future.
professor d.c.rupainwar (superannuated teacher and research worker)

June 24, 2010 3:00 AM
 Samik Dasgupta, Ex-Glaxo Pharma said:

Hello Sir!! Remember me from Glaxo Pharma days? Congratulations Sir on your great journey. You have made us in pharma industry proud.

June 28, 2010 1:32 AM
 MaryannCOOLEY29 said:

I propose not to hold off until you earn enough amount of cash to buy goods! You should just take the mortgage loans or just consolidation loans and feel yourself comfortable

July 22, 2010 2:02 AM

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September 7, 2009
Puneet Bindlish @ 07:28 PM

New Delhi, Sept. 7: Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal has cleared the last roadblock to the conversion of Banaras Hindu University's engineering wing into an IIT, accepting an administrative umbilical chord threatening to strangle the promised upgrade.

Sibal has accepted a BHU demand that its vice-chancellor be made a co-chairman on the board of governors of the proposed IIT to be created by cleaving the 93-year old university.

Top government officials confirmed to The Telegraph that Sibal yesterday signed his approval on the BHU demand, ending over three years of hectic bargaining between the university and the Centre.

ITBHU Mechanical Department Panoramic View

The Institute of Technology, BHU, first promised IIT status under the NDA government, may now finally be an IIT by the start of the 2010 academic session. "The minister's signature effectively seals the deal," a top official said.

There are no longer any differences between the HRD ministry and BHU on the structure and administration of the new institute, which will be called IIT-BHU.

IT-BHU is now scheduled to become India's 16th IIT and the first that will bear in its name a link to another institution.

The government and BHU will need to complete a series of bureaucratic and parliamentary procedures before IT-BHU's upgrade is official. The HRD ministry and the university will then need to implement a plan already in place to phase IT-BHU out of BHU and into an independent entity.

The HRD ministry will first include the name of IT-BHU in the list of new IITs that it has created, but which are still awaiting legal approval under amendments to the IIT Act. The Centre hopes to introduce the proposed amendments in the next session of Parliament.

Thanks to Charu Sudan Kasturi, The Telegraph, for the report

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 Animesh said:



September 8, 2009 7:40 AM
 S Ravishankar said:

Excellent news
Great achievement
Congrats to all those who worked for this goal.

September 10, 2009 2:25 AM
 Anonymous said:

Great news.
Its like dream coming true.
I cant forget it was mentioned on the web page of metallurgical department that how they were managing the library in spite of limited fund.
Hope it will end soon.

September 10, 2009 2:36 AM
 Manu Soni said:

its really a great news....credit goes to the IT'ians..students and the Alumni...congrats All...


September 10, 2009 10:24 AM
 Rahul said:

What is the date when the IT-BHU boards will be seen as IIT-BHU.

September 11, 2009 2:32 AM
 Ravi Modi said:

It's finally done, but when will HRD ministry formally announce the conversion. Will there be any press release or through Parliament only it will be finalised.
Has our institute received any communication from HRD regarding the change of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU.

Ravi Modi

September 13, 2009 8:54 AM
 Amit Morya said:

Great news!! Great work guyz!!
Congratulations to all stakeholders. But i m still keeping my finger crossed. Waiting for the official inclusion of IT-BHU into IITs.

September 16, 2009 12:47 AM
 Jitendra Meena said:

Congrats to all ITians to be an IITian now.


September 16, 2009 5:55 AM
 Kapil Dwivedi said:

It is really a great news. Congratulations to all students, faculty members, alumni and staff. Long perseverance and committed efforts finally brought us the extra "I" which we always deserved to have.

September 16, 2009 8:03 PM
 bhasker misra said:

great news

September 16, 2009 8:09 PM
 Anurag Sahai said:

Congrats! Even as we feel happy on this achievement, there are numerous good things about the BHU legacy which we should not forget. With Sixteen IITs around, it is the BHU part which will continue to give us our identity.

Thanks BHU, Thanks IT-BHU, Happy Birthday IIT-BHU!!!!

Anurag Sahai

September 17, 2009 2:31 AM
 Jeetu said:

Really great news!!!!

September 18, 2009 8:38 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Are There any news updates ??

September 23, 2009 12:49 AM
 Shailendra Gupta said:

Hello All

In this article there are few points that I noted
1. No mention of ITBHU
2. Looks like Rajasthan has still not decided place for its IIT.

September 29, 2009 7:45 AM
 Deepak Singh said:

Dear All,
Winter session of parliament expected to commence in second week of November. Hope that the BHU and IIT amendment bill are passed in this session only without further delay.

September 29, 2009 11:50 PM
 Anonymous said:

Let's hope for the best.

October 5, 2009 11:26 AM
 anon said:

When is the Union Cabinet approval for the conversion? It was to be couple of weeks before the Parliamentary Session of November.

October 6, 2009 12:38 PM
 Anonymous said:

IIT Rajasthan location will be decided after 8th of this months (as it looks like) .. then IIT Council on 19th Oct.. , hope it will go to the cabinet after that ... and then parliament .. (Probably from 9th Nov.. tentative) and they will not take IIT Act bussiness as the first job .. there are many more in the agenda like NCHER etc .. , so considering all these.. we can expect some thing by end of Nov .. or so ..(Considering the fact we have waited so loooooooong) .. a couple of week can be acceptable ...

by the way . .In off parliament time cabinet is meeting every thrusday ..( unless its not a holiday .. ) so a day to keep an eye on ...

October 6, 2009 10:56 PM
 sp shukla said:

Any update from any friend on IIT Council Meeting on 19th October ?


October 20, 2009 10:42 PM
 Anonymous said:

some updates about dates ... , location decision had been postponed .. , may be it will be decided this week .. and parliament is from 19th Nov ..

October 21, 2009 6:52 PM
 Anonymous said:

What is the outcome of IIT council meeting. Any progress ?

October 23, 2009 3:32 AM
 lalit said:

I am not sure how many of us are really aware of the fact that our issue of conversion of ITBHU-IIT has been quietly passed and approved in IIT council meeting held on Monday, 19th October under the Chairmanship of Hon'ble Minister Shri Kapil sibal-ji. Atleast I was not till Wednesday eveing.

When I heard this news on Wednesday, I could not believe as there was no report in media/PIB. However the news has been confirmed from several sources. The reason that the media could not give attention because they were too busy for reporting and discussing another buring issue on cut of marks for the students to appear for IIT-JEE.

In any case our issue was one the agenda in that IIT council meeting and it was discussed including the name and other details. For God's grace and Malaviyaji's blessings this has been approved without any objection. The approval of IIT council was necessary as IIT council is the highest decision making body regarding IIT issues. Any silly objection could have delayed the process. All of may recall that IIT council rejected our case in January 24, 2009 meeting and kept the issue at abeyance (i.e to close the chapter). According to me this one is a great success and an important development to our journey to reach to the final goal.

Still there are few other steps/ formalities which need to be completed before placing in Parliament. Let us hope for the best for November/December session!!!

October 23, 2009 9:06 PM
 sp shukla said:

Thank you for the update on IIT Council Meeting. Perhaps from now onward it is better if rest of legislative progress happens quietly and without media glare.

Along with other 8 IITs , this will also go through the process. Only we need to ensure that necessary amendmentd to bills are made in this batch itself with 8 IITs and does not go next batch of papers which will then wait for next session for introdction.

October 28, 2009 2:03 AM
 rakesh said:

what is the source of the abovementioned news..?
i didnt heard it anywhere.!!!

October 29, 2009 2:04 AM
 rakesh said:

what is the source of the abovementioned news..?
i didnt heard it anywhere.!!!

October 29, 2009 2:06 AM
 Anonymous said:

Dates to take HRD business in parliament is out. November 25, December 2, 9, 16,

a lot of formalities to be done before ... and process is on ..

keep your finger crossed ..

October 31, 2009 6:45 AM
 Jatin said:

Whats the source of the above mentioned news..?

November 6, 2009 3:32 AM
 Akhilesh Kumar said:

what is the latest update?

January 25, 2010 11:47 AM

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September 5, 2009
IITBHU Global Editor @ 07:25 AM

The Economic Times has bestowed Dr. Ram Charan of the ITBHU Mech Engg. 1959 batch with the Global Indian of the Year award after the jury unanimously chose him ahead of other well-known names such as Ram Shriram of Shepalo Ventures, Ajit Jain of Berkshire Hathaway, Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank and Vinod Khosla.

It is a proud moment for all ITBHU alumni, and we congratulate him on this achievement.

See also: Previous coverage on Dr. Ram Charan in the ITBHU Chronicle.

From the Economic Times Article:

Ram Charan is The Economic Times Global Indian of the Year after the jury unanimously chose him ahead of other well-known names such as Ram Shriram of Shepalo Ventures, Ajit Jain of Berkshire Hathaway, Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank and Vinod Khosla.

The jury gave high marks to Ram Charan's work for several leading companies, the respect in which he is held by several CEOs including Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric. From working in the family's shoe shop in Uttar Pradesh as a teenager to a high-flying management consultant, author and CEO trainer who travels nearly 500,000 miles a year, Ram Charan has a life as storied as the many companies he routinely works with. That's a list that includes GE, Bank of America, Ford, Verizon, DuPont and closer home, Marico Industries and TechNova.

Mr Charan, who will turn 70 this year, completed an engineering degree from the Banaras Hindu University. He went on to do an MBA and acquired a PhD from the Harvard Business School in 1967. Starting off as a professor at the Harvard Business School, incidentally one of the first Indians to do so, he followed it up with stints at Northwestern University and Boston University before he finally became a tenured professor.

He also taught at GE's famed Crotonville Institute, in the famous 'Crotonville Pit', where GE invites several thought leaders and company CEOs to discuss ideas and learnings with its staff. However, by 1978, he decided to give up teaching (despite winning two Best Teacher awards) and get into full-time consulting.

Ever since he began his consulting career, Mr Charan has led a nomadic life. He works with the biggest global companies, across continents. His association with GE goes back to the time when Jack Welch became the company's chairman. Mr Charan was the first person Jeffrey Immelt sounded out soon after he succeeded Jack Welch as GE chairman, according to a Fortune report. "He (Mr Charan) sleeps in a hotel every night ("Professor Charan, welcome home," is how the doorman greets him at the Waldorf on Park Avenue), except when he's sleeping on a plane or, rarely, in someone's house," the Fortune report adds.

Last year, Mr Charan finally bought a house in Dallas, Texas, the first one he's bought in his lifetime. He has in the interim lived exclusively out of a suitcase, travelling across continents as a routine and spending time in planes or airport lounges. His staff at Ram Charan Associates in Dallas routinely sends him clean clothes by FedEx at the hotel he's put up in and he sends back the soiled linen two days later. Incidentally, he still hasn't been to his office, though it's been in operation for more than six years.

The companies he works with vouch for Mr Charan's simplicity. His work embodies Hindu philosophy, something that's very obvious in one of his favourite phrases, "Purpose before self". Time and again, he emphasises that everyone has his/her own strengths and weaknesses (three God-given gifts) and that CEOs should identify those in their future leaders.

He summarises company strategy into a single page for his CEO clients, a habit he picked up early in school. Many CEOs have publicly lauded him for the absolute humility with which he does his work and for his great communication skills.

Closer home, he's interacted extensively with Marico Industries and its CMD Harsh Mariwala. Mr Charan and Mr Mariwala have been acquainted for more than eight years, and Mr Charan has visited the company three times to critique the business model and strategy of the company. Says Mr Mariwala: "He has the gift of identifying key issues very easily and his language is very powerful. He has identified long-term processes and explained how to preserve our 'strategic funding', which he simply refers to as Parachute." Other companies that Mr Charan has worked with include TechNova, whose CEO Pranav Parekh is an HBS alumnus, and EgonZehnder.

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 Akhlesh Lakhtakia said:

This is definitely a proud moment for BHU IT!

September 5, 2009 4:16 PM
 Mukul said:

Really proud to hear about IT-BHU alumnus.

September 6, 2009 2:08 AM
 Anup Sheshadri said:

This is definitely motivating.

PS :-
can i get some contact information of Shri Ram Charan ?

October 10, 2009 11:27 PM
 Manu Varma said:

This message is dedicated to Honorable Mr. Ram Charan.

Dear Mr. Charan,
I am proud of you Mr. Charan for your accomplishments and beinga fellow BHU alunimius.
I live in Markham,Canada and surely will be honoured to to meet with you when you are in Canada or eastern part of the USA.
Regards and best wishes,
Manu Varma,PMP
22 Quantum Street
Markham,ONTARIO, L3S 4J6,Canada
Phone: (905)201 - 7039

January 8, 2010 8:20 AM
 Manu Varma said:

Dear Mr. Charan,
Hope this note meets your attention though this is after a long time.
In my notes in this column I did not mention that I am also an alumns of BHU, Electrical Engineering in 1971.
Manu Varma, B.Sc(Elec);MBA
Cream Ridge,
New Jersey, USA

March 4, 2012 9:57 PM

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