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January 12, 2010
@ 09:39 AM

Ramachandra_rao.jpg We are sad to announce the demise of Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao. He died on Jan 10 at Coimbatore due to a heart attack. He was 67 year old. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao was a world renowned metallurgist. He had unique distinction of the only Vice-Chancellor (2002-05) of Banaras Hindu University who was also a student (1963-68) and faculty (1964-92) at the university. He worked in many govt. organizations and institutes in the capacity of scientist as well as administrator. He received SS Bhatnagar award from CSIR in 1985 and countless other awards for his research work in metallurgy.

Recently, he was working as Raja Ramanna Fellow of DAE at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials.

His interview was published in chronicle April 2008 issue:


His cremation is planned on Wednesday at Hyderabad.

May his soul rest in peace.

Readers are requested to post their tributes in the space provided below.

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

I sincerely pay the tribute and respects to the departed soul.

January 12, 2010 8:41 PM
 Bharat Barot said:

Prof.P. Ramchandra Rao was one of the rarest of rare jewels of the Metallurgy Deaprtment of BHU and India.In his demise we have lost one of the finest engineering scientist.May the departed soul rest in peace.My heartfelt condolence to his family members

January 16, 2010 7:11 AM
 Animesh Pathak CSE03 said:

I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Rao as our VC during my time at ITBHU. I was deeply impressed by his forward-thinking vision.

He was also one of the few super-senior alumni who was in frequent contact with the alumni association volunteers by email.

It is indeed a great loss.


January 22, 2010 7:51 AM
 S.M. Attabur Rahman said:

I sincerely pay the tribute and respects to the departed soul. I was lucky enough to have Prof. Dr. Rao as our Vice-chancellor during my last 3 years time at MCA BHU. We were (International Students + BHU Youth Festival Team, Cultural team)enough boosted up by his support. He is an unforgettable personality.

May God help us all.

S.M. Attabur Rahman (BHU 1999-2005)
Sydney NSW 2000

February 23, 2010 3:55 AM
 Ujj Nath said:

Dr. Rao was indeed a visionary. I meet him during the inception of the ITBHU WiFi project. He was a visionary and will be sorely missed.


May 3, 2010 8:51 PM
 Prasad Godavarti (MET 1977) said:

I was privileged to learn metallurgy basics and splat coolig from Prof. Rao. He was a dedidcated teacher, guide to me. May his soul rest in peace.
GSS prasad

May 15, 2010 10:26 AM
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January 31, 2011 4:21 PM
 S. bhattacharya said:

Dr Ramchandra Rao is always in my heart. Whenever I think of metallurgy Dr Rao comes to my mind. He was a great metallurgist and a trua gentleman. He had helped us to make our vision in metallurgy. I feel obliged to be a student of him.

July 4, 2011 11:49 PM

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January 5, 2010
@ 05:24 PM

Wish you a very happy and a prosperous new year.

The year 2009 was a very important year in our alumni associations history. This year the association took many steps to put a structure around the hither to amorphous structure of the association while under taking multiple efforts to bring alumni and the Institute closer.

Global Organization. The organization initiated the creation of Council of Representatives where each class (ECE 79 or MEC 84 etc) nominated one representative to the council. The representatives are the bridge between the organization and the alumni. The Council of Representatives then elected the Board of Directors. The term of Board of Directors is for two years. For more information visit


The Board of Directors has the Director of ITBHU, the Faculty incharge of Alumni Affairs and a student representative as ex-officio members of the Board of Directors.

Indian organization. IT BHU Global Alumni Association opened a registered office in Varanasi, India. The office will be housed in the Institute and would function with the help and support of the alumni association as well as the Institute. This entity is required to handle fund collection and for transferring funds from the US organization to India so that projects can be handled in a streamlined manner.

Events. 2009 was the Silver Jubilee year for the Class of 1984 who celebrated their reunion on campus during the last week of Decmber '09. Chapters in various regions organized local events - Silicon Valley chapter organized Holi meet and a Family picnic in November. There was an alumni get together organized by the New Jersey chapter and the Bangalore chapters. AIBA - the alumni association in Delhi organized its annual meet in May and the annual dinner in December.

Projects. ITBHUGlobal coordinated and executed a couple of projects this year

  • IIT Conversion. The alumni association worked hand in hand with the Institute to push for the IIT conversion effort. This project saw more than Rs 7,00,000 raised to support students and faculty during their visit to New Delhi in a matter of 2 weeks. In addition, volunteers from the alumni association constantly kept in touch with people in MHRD and are continuing to do so.
  • Publication Scholarships. 2009 was the first year where the alumni association rolled out scholarships for 5 undergraduate students who published most research papers at all levels. The papers were weighted based on the impact factor of the conference or the publications - International conferences and reputed journals had the most weight.
  • International Travel. Alumni Association also provided support for travel of 2 faculty members for international travel for international conferences.

Many other things happened in the community - alumni scaled newer hights in their professional lives while some alumni left for the heavenly abode. The Institute took steps required to position itself for the ever increasing challenges of educating an ever increasing number of students while improving its research and consultancy portfolio. The ITBHU Chronicle - the monthly news letter covered all the happenings and brought it to you regularly. Chronicle is available online at www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle

As we step in 2010 - there are many more things from the side of the alumni association which need to be put in place and much more support requried from the alumni, student and faculty to keep the organization growing and building the necessary structures to connect the Global ITBHU Community and to provide support the initiatives that the Institute undertakes to become the leader in technical education.

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