IT BHU Chronicle: November Edition
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
Published on November 10, 2005 The Chronicle November, 2005 issue. Vol.2005 : Issue 0006
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Alumni Reunion 2005
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Dates : 28th and 29th of December 2005
Venue : Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Reunion Batches : 1955 (Golden Jubliee), 1965, 1975, 1980 (Silver Jubliee), 1985, 1995

Please visit: for more information.

The class representatives of the various batches are:

  • 1975: Krishna Moorthy [EEE], Shiv Shankar Kedia [MEC]
  • 1980: R. S. Shetty
  • 1985: Salil Shamshery [MEC], Subhash Shanbag [CHE]
  • 1995: Ajai Singh

Prof. A K Jha [] , Co ordinator Alumni Cell would be taking care of the things at the Institute.

Send in your confirmations to if you haven't done so already.

Chronicle needs volunteers
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

The chronicle is in need of student volunteers because of expansion in news gathering activity and publishing.

We are looking for enthusiastic young volunteers who can help in achieving our goal. The volunteers will be involved in gathering of news from institute, faculty members and various event organizers. They will also be involved in planning for news items, editing, layout, posting it online, and publishing. Their help will also be sought in printing hard copies of the issue and distribution of copies around the campus.

We are particularly looking for students in 1st year and 3rd year of B.Tech, as well as 1st year of M.Tech.

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Panel to assign IIT grade to institutes
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

An article (titled Panel to assign IIT grade to institutes) appeared in Economic Times dated Nov. 08, 2005.

Similar article (titled `Reality check' for 7 IIT-status hopefuls) also appeared in THE HINDU dated Nov. 09, 2005.

Excerpts from Economic Times article:

New Delhi: The Union government may have put on hold its plan to set up new IITs, but it has set the ball rolling to evaluate whether seven engineering institutes could be upgraded to the level of IITs.

The Union ministry of human resources development has set up a committee under M Ananda Krishnan of Madras Institute of Development Studies. The committee is expected to submit its report by mid-January. Mr Krishnan, a former professor at IIT Kanpur, will be heading a three-member committee. The other members are DV Singh, former vice-chancellor, Roorkee University, and Amitava Ghosh, former director, IIT Kharagpur, and currently professor at IIT Kanpur.

Govt. team to visit IT
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

The following article (titled Govt. team to visit BHU on Nov 16) appeared in Hindustan Times dated Nov. 10, 2005.,0015002500030002.htm

A THREE-MEMBER committee of the Union Human Resources Development Ministry will be visiting Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on November 16 and 17 in view of the governments plan to grant IIT status to the Institute of Technology (IT).

According to information, former faculty member at IIT-Kanpur and Madras Institute of Developmental Studies director Prof Anand Krishnan would lead the expert team.
Former vice-chancellor of Roorkee University, Prof DB Singh, and former IIT-Kharagpur director Prof Amitabh Ghosh are the other team members.

IT (BHU) director Prof SN Upadhyay said they would apprise the team members of the departmental profile. He further said preparations were full swing in view of the proposed visit.
Sources added that the team would also take stock of the infrastructure facilities on the IT campus during the two-day visit.

Representatives of IT have also presented their Vision Document before the HRD Ministry.
As many as seven institutes, including IT (BHU), Engineering College of Usmania University, Bengal Engineering College (Shivpur, West Bengal), Engineering and Technology Department of Jadhavpur University (Kolkata), Zaqir Hussain Engineering and Technology College of Aligarh Muslim University, College of Engineering at Andhra University and Kochin University of Science and Technology, are competing for the IIT status.

Sources said a meeting of experts would also be held in the HRD Ministry in New Delhi on Friday to consider the proposals of these seven institutes.

IT-BHU and social work
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

It is a tradition at IT-BHU to give back the society their dues. Students/alumni/faculty members of the institute are regularly involved in providing education to the needy children of the society.

Kashi Utkarsha opens a school in Varanasi

Kashi Utkarsha, a social organization run by students and faculty of IT-BHU has opened a school for poor children at Musafir Basti in Varanasi. The school was inaugurated by Prof. BB Bansal, organizer of Kashi Utkarsha. The school is funded by donation collected by students/alumni/faculty of the institute.


To learn more about Kashi Utkarsha organization, please visit:

TAC organises workshop at GNN School, Gorakhpur

Having successfully conducted the preliminary workshops for the first yearites, the Technical Activity Centre (TAC), IT-BHU came back in action at another workshop, which was the first workshop outside Varanasi. TAC conducted a three-day workshop at the Gorakh Nath Public School, Gorakhpur for students of class 11th and 12th. The workshop was held during 30th September - 2nd October, 2005. This trip was supported by the arrangement of traveling, boarding and lodging by school itself. The TAC team consisted of 15 members and was led by Rohit Kumar (Electronics 2006). It was attended by about 60 students of the school.

Three workshops viz. Motorboat, Straw Bridge, and Robotics (Lego Mindstorm) were held over the three days. Students showed great interest and ingenuity during these workshops. Many of the models were at par if not better than those made at the institute by the first yearites. During the robotics workshop the students were asked to build robots using Lego Mindstorm kits that could perform specific tasks and they showed a lot of enthusiasm in achieving what was required. A lot of creative talent was on display, which surpassed the expectations of the TAC team.

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Rohit Kumar (the group leader) said the response from the students and the staff was amazing and so was their hospitality. The students were all praise for the way the workshops were conducted. For most of them it was a first stint with any kind of technical activity and they grabbed the opportunity with both hands, to quote one of them, I have learned so many new concepts through this practical work and in a much more interesting way that I could ever do in a class room. It was a great experience. The workshop ended with an interactive session where the questions regarding IIT entrance and future in engineering studies were discussed. Thus the TAC team retuned leaving a lot of satisfied faces and adding yet another feather in its cap.

The event was organised by Vibhav Agrawal, Mechanical 2006.

He can be contacted at

Technical Activity Center is a student body of likeminded students who prefer practical experience to the pedantic approach. It provides a medium to tap the immense potential and talent of the students of IT-BHU. It aims at the exposure of students to various branches of technology and to help them in finding their areas of interest. Through TAC, students have been working on varied areas from ROBOTICS to Management of Cultural Events.

For more details on TAC, please visit:

ITBHU at �Antaragni-05�
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
The cultural festival of IIT, Kanpur, Antaragni-05, was held from 20th to 24th of October, 2005. ITBHU, being one of the outstation participating teams, was represented by a 40 member team.

The team, led by Piyush kumar Jain (student, 4th Year, Mechanical Engg.), got 4 prizes in the events they participated in. 3 of them were in literary events and the remaining one in theatre, the details of which are as follows :-

Literary Events Prize Name of participant
English Debate 2nd Prize Saurabh Jha, 2nd year, Chemical Engg.
Hindi debate
1st Prize Nikhil Sachan, 1st Year

3rd Prize Pushpendra Pratap Singh, 3rd Year, Electrical Engg.
Theatrical Events

1st prize An 8 member team participated in the event.

Apart from this the team participated in other events and performed well. The best of all, apart from the aforesaid events, was the performance of the team in dance events. They reached the finals of all the dance events, viz. Solo Dance Western, Group Dance Western and Group Dance Folk. The participants in the music events also fared well, but none of them could make it to the finals. In the theatrical events the team also did well. They performed street play, play, skit, mime and monoacting.

In the literary events the team participated in English and Hindi debates, JAM sessions, extempore, impromptu, adspoof and story making contest.

Concluding the team leader, Piyush Jain, says The team has almost everything required to be overall winners, just a bit more of practice would have polished off every prize which the team deserved but could get this time round.

OPULENCE-2006 : An event that promises�.
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Report by : Akshay Rajagopalan

With nearly eighty percent of the fourth year students appearing for MBA entrance examinations, a management festival was long due. OPULENCE, debuting in 2005, is an All India Management Festival aiming to harness the latent creativity and business acumen of students. It also functions as an interface between budding managers and stalwarts of the corporate world.

The Events: Ventura (Business Plan Writing), Manthan (Business Case Stuies), CrossTalk (Panel Discussion), Adiosyncrasy (Ad-designing), Razzmatazz(Debate), Inquizzitive (Quiz), BhuSE (virtual stock exchange), Workshops, and Informals.

Like its previous edition, OPULENCE-2006 will feature various big names from the industry including renowned advertisers, enterpreneurs, distinguished academicians, and corporate tycoons. True to its claim of being a national event, OPULENCE-2006 will feature teams from eminent B-schools like IIM-Lucknow; FMS, Delhi; Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai; NITIE, Mumbai; XLRI, Jamshedpur; TAPMI, Manipal; and with 2 months left for the fest, that number can only go up. Also, a number of engineering colleges including the IITs and NITs have confirmed their participation in the fest.

Still in its infancy, OPULENCE-2006 will endeavour to establish brand OPULENCE as one representing an ocean of creative ideas, intense competition, entrepreneurial skill, and business aptitude; to weave OPULENCE permanently into the festive season of IT-BHU.

Interview with ex-IIT-JEE chairman Prof. Idichandy: �Why the IIT-JEE pattern was changed�
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
Interview was conducted by Yogesh K. Upadhyaya (CHE 1977)

Read the Interview Excerpts

08inter.jpg The IIT-JEE reforms sought to be introduced by the human resources development ministry have sparked a national debate in India.

While the HRD ministry states the new exam pattern is an attempt to curb students' over-dependence on coaching classes and to bring some respectability to the board exams, coaching classes and a section of students question the need for introducing the reforms in the middle of the academic year without prior warning.

This year, about 198,000 students appeared for 4,935 seats at the seven Institutes of Technology; the Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University; and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.

In the wake of these reforms, Professor V G Idichandy of IIT-Madras discusses with Yogesh K Upadhyaya, the reasons for a change in the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination pattern and the eligibility criteria.

Prof V G Idichandy, convener of STF was the chairman of JEE, IIT-Madras in 1999. He is currently a professor in the department of Ocean Engineering at IIT-Madras and the dean of students. In February 2004, the directors of IITs decided to set up a special task force to recommend reforms for the JEE. Prof Idichandy was the convener of the Special Task Force. Being JEE chairmen at different times, all the STF members were aware of the issues that needed to be sorted out. They collected a lot of relevant information, had consultations and submitted a report to the government. The present reforms for JEE were deliberated upon at different levels and they represent the collective efforts of all IITs.

Read the Interview Excerpts

S. K. Sharma [CHE 1963] becomes the Chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
One of our alumni Mr. S. K. Sharma (B.Sc. Engg. Chemical Engg. 1963) has taken over as Chairman, AERB after retirement of Prof. S. P. Sukhatme (B.Sc. Engg. Mech. Engg., 1959), another alumnus of IT-BHU, in January 2005.

Details about Mr. S. K. Sharma

sksharma.jpg Shri S.K. Sharma took over as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board on January 14, 2005.

Earlier Shri Sharma was Vice Chairman, AERB from January 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.

A Graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Banaras Hindu University, Shri Sharma was associated with BARC research reactors in various capacities since the year 1963 and was the Director, Reactor Group of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from July 1997 to December 2002. As Director, Reactor Group he had the responsibility for operation and utilization of three research reactors APSARA, CIRUS and DHRUVA at Trombay.

He was also responsible for carrying out extensive refurbishing of CIRUS, after which this old facility has been brought back into operation at its rated capacity. Shri Sharma has made invaluable contributions in several senior level committees of AERB earlier. He was the Chairman of Safety Review Committee for Operating Plants (SARCOP) which is the Apex Committee for reviewing safety of all operating plants of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

He was also the Vice-chairman of AERBs Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety which advises AERB on generic matters of nuclear safety and carries out the review of all the safety documents. As Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Project Safety Review of Light Water Reactors, he was actively involved in the safety review of design of Kudankulam reactors. He has carried out several assignments of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by way of participating in expert missions and co-ordinated research programmes and as a lecturer in training courses pertaining to research reactors.

He was a member of IAEAs Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC) from January 2002 to mid-2003. Presently he is a member of the IAEA's Commission on Safety Standards (CSS) and the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG).

Physics Prof. T. V. Ramakrishnan of Banaras Hindu University wins International Trieste prize
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

In October 2005, Physicist of Banaras Hindu University won International Trieste prize for his research in understanding how liquids turn into solids. He currently divides his time between IISc and the Banaras Hindu University where he is DAE Homi Bhabha Professor of Physics

The News

Trieste, Italy, 25 May 2005. T.V. Ramakrishnan, one of the world's foremost condensed matter physicists and material scientists, has won the first-ever Trieste Science Prize in physics and astrophysics.

Ramakrishnan, Distinguished Associate in the Centre for Condensed Matter Theory at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and DAE Homi Bhabha professor of physics at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, is being honoured for his fundamental theoretical contributions to our understanding of how liquids turn into solids. His insights into the 'transformational' behaviour of particles have had a profound impact on a wide range of subjects in condensed matter physics and materials science.

The Trieste Science Prize, administered by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and funded by illycaff s.p.a., is designed to give international recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements made by scientists living and working in the developing world.
During the late 1970s, in a remarkable burst of insight and understanding, Ramakrishnan and his research associates uncovered two inter-related findings that have enabled researchers to advance the frontiers of international physics.

In 1977, at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Ramakrishnan, with his colleague Mohamed Yussouff, first proposed that solids are atomically 'frozen', ordered versions of liquids in which strong correlations become even stronger. This seminal finding has helped to shape scientific understanding of dense classical systems and materials that undergo a change in their state of matter from liquid to solid.


Two years later, Ramakrishnan, with his colleagues E. Abraham, Phillip W. Anderson, and D.C. Licciardello, conducted a series of studies that shed light on electron localization in disordered materials. This finding has exerted a wide-ranging influence in such areas of condensed matter physics as quantum transport, nanoscopic systems, and metal-insulator transition.
Ramakrishnan has also played an instrumental role in the creation of a world-class research group in condensed matter and solid state physics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), located in Bangalore. The institute's rise in international prominence has been due to several factors, including Ramakrishnan's own world-class research, and a rigorous degree-granting programme for the training of Ph.D. students that is widely recognized for its excellence.

Ramakrishnan earned his bachelor of science degree in 1961 from Banaras Hindu University, majoring in physics and mathematics. He then moved to the United States to receive his masters and doctorate degrees in physics from Columbia University and spent the early part of his career during the late 1960s and 1970s at Princeton University and Bell Laboratories, working closely with the future Nobel Laureate Philip W. Anderson (Physics 1977).

Ramakrishnan joined the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore in 1981 where he has remained ever since. There he has continued his pioneering research in condensed matter physics (and, more specifically, dense classical systems) and played an instrumental role in elevating the institute into a world-class centre for scientific research. Over the past two decades, his most notable contributions have been related to studies on superfluids, cold atom lattices and superconductors. He currently divides his time between IISc and the Banaras Hindu University where he is DAE Homi Bhabha Professor of Physics. Most recently, he has worked with G.V. Shivashankar at the National Centre for Biological Research in Bangalore on studies of cell division and other biological functions that have required interdisciplinary understanding of biology and physics.

"Throughout his distinguished career," says C.N.R. Rao, president of TWAS," Ramakrishnan has made outstanding contributions to research that have resonated across the international physics community. His accomplishments represent the best of science not only in the developing world but throughout the world, making him clearly deserving of the first Trieste Science Prize."

The Trieste Science Prize. This year marks the launch of the Trieste Science Prize, which is designed to bring recognition and distinction to the developing world's most eminent scientists, who have often been overlooked by other international award schemes dedicated to honouring scientific achievement. Individuals who have received the Nobel Prize, the Tokyo/Kyoto Prize, the Craaford Prize or the Abel Prize are not eligible. The Prize will be given annually and will rotate among the following scientific fields: biological sciences and physics/astrophysics (2005); mathematics and medical sciences (2006); chemical and agricultural sciences (2007); and earth and engineering sciences (2008).

TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, is the world's foremost academy for scientists from the developing world. Its memberships currently consists of 765 eminent scientists, more than 80 percent of whom live and work in the South. TWAS also sponsors a large number of research and training programmes for scientists from the developing world (see Activities).

illycaff, headquartered in Trieste, Italy, is one of the world's pre-eminent coffee manufacturers. It has nurtured strong ties with coffee growers throughout the developing world and has established one of the world's most important competitions for the cultivation of coffee beans. The company is dedicated both to the manufacture and distribution of high-quality coffee and to forging strong ties between the North and South. For additional information about illycaff, see

CONTACT: Daniel Schaffer, TWAS Public Information Office,, Phone: +39 040 2240 538

Prof. S. N. Upadhyay, Director IT BHU receives UP Ratna award
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Our director, Prof. Satyen Nath Upadhyay has received 'UP RATNA' award from the government of Uttar Pradesh in recognition of his services in science and technology research. He received the award in September 2005 at Lucknow.

UP Ratna Award is given annually by a National NGO based in Delhi/Meerut. Almost all its members are ex-top government officials (SC judges, CEl. Comm., Governors, etc.) Present President is Shri Bhishma Narain Singh, ex-Governor of several states. This organization honours selected individuals all over the country (state wise). This award was given for the entire UP state. The entire event was covered by media (both print and electronic) catering to the Hindi belt.

Congratulation to our director for his achievement!

Dr. Rajeev Prakash: Reader at School of Material Science) receives INAE Young Engineer Award
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

One of our faculty members, Dr. Rajeev Prakash, Reader, School of Material Sc. & Technology has been selected for the INAE Young Engineer Award 2005. The award is given by Indian National Academy each year. This award carries a certificate, a gold medal and Rs.20, 000/- in cash. In all 8 persons have been selected for this award; five are from IITs [IITD, IITM, IITB (2) and IITK], one from IGCAR Kalpakkam and one from ARCI, Hyderabad.

It is given to a young faculty/scientist (below the age of 35 years) who has made excellent and original contributions in any field of engineering & technology.

For general details about this award, visit the website of INAE:

J.C.Pandey - �Journey from grassroots to the summit�
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Read the full article at:

Excerpts from the article:


J. C. Pandey, the director of Small Industries Services Institute (SISI), Ranchi, believes in working at the grassroots level. Armed with a bachelors degree in engineering from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and an MBA in marketing from BIT Mesra, he set aside high profile offers from multinational companies to work for Small Industries Services Institute (SISI) way back in 1978. And he has remained with the institution ever since.

The institute, which has branches all across the country, is devoted to promoting entrepreneurship qualities among the youth. It offers guidance on how small beginnings can be transformed into successful business ventures besides providing specialised guidance on the venture in its advanced stages.

Having served in the institute for 27 years, Pandey is credited for introducing several new courses in the institute. On a regular basis advises the state government on employment generation. He is an integral part of several business and trade committees of the state government. Moreover, Pandey is the member of the state-level Project Clearance Committee and the Bankers Committee, along with the task force formed by the state government for proper implementation of projects being carried out under the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Yojna.

Pandey also played an active role in the mini tool room project of the department of industries. He has, in the past, held similar responsibilities in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. In an interview with S. Shekhar, he spoke on the role that SISI can play in boosting the industrialisation process in the state.

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Professor S.N. Ojha awarded R.H.Kulkarni fellowship
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Prof. S.N.Ojha was conferred R.H.Kulkarni visiting fellowship of Infosys technologies ltd. Under this programme he visited universities in USA during august 2005 and worked on nano crystalline material synthesis. He also delivered a lecture on Spray Processing Of Advanced Materials at the Pennsylvania State University during his visit.

Banaras, a Mystic Love Story
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Report by: Pankaj Yadav [CSE '05]

On 27th March 2005, when everyone in ITBHU was pulling his/her socks up for the best Kashiyatra as yet, there was one more team working hard for projecting Banaras to Indian Film Industry.

As my class gang was about to leave for Swatantra Bhawan on the last day of KY-05, we heard about news of Urmila at VT. However, it took us some time to realize that Urmila in this context was none other then Urmila Matondkar, who was at VT along with the shooting unit.

Within a few minutes, we were at the shooting spot, watching Urmila & Asmit getting ready for a small scene that involved walking on the grass (inside Temple boundary). It was worth noticing that the whole process, which lasted for about 15-20 minutes, was completed in very calm and glitch free manner despite the presence of large student crowd.

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Those were some nice moments for us and before leaving the spot we were also successful in capturing few stills to keep with us.

The name of this movie is Banaras- A mystic Love Story and it is expected to release very soon. So guys, be ready to visit Lanka, Assi, Sarnath etc. on BIG screen!

It is worth mentioning that this movie is produced by Mr. L. C. Singh, an ITBHU alumnus (Chemical 1970), President and CEO at Nihilent Technologies. He has also contributed to the script. Reportedly, another BHU alumnus has written lyrics for this movie.

Related links:
Read about L C Singh

We are also pleased to receive the following message from our alumnus and the producer of the movie Banaras, which is reproduced as follows:

Dear Friends,

This communication is to announce the completion of the film Banaras, a Mystic Love Story which has been almost entirely shot in the city which still lingers in our heart. This is a film capable of transforming lives. The effect of Banaras on the crew and the stars was total. Stars like Urmila Matondkar, Dimple, Naseeruddin Shah and Raj Babbar were completely stuck by the spiritual feel of the city, and it all shows in the film.

There is all the nostalgia that you would expect to find. Your Vishwanath temple where we used to line up in the exam period, the central library, the Academy of Fine Arts, Science College and roads inside the campus.

There is all the glory of the north bound Ganges, Sarnath and Kabir Math etc.
The film is slated to be released by Jan/Feb 2006 The music CD should be released 8 weeks in advance.

We have just launched a website which you can visit and give me a feedback as to what else you would like to see there.

Please help us in propagating the message of Banaras to as many as possible.

Site address:

Warm regards.
L C Singh
Chemical Engineering 1970 Class
Producer and Writer.

Saurabh Puri [MIN '03] receives prestigious AIME scholarship
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
Mr. Saurabh Puri, an alumnus of the class of Mining 2003 has received prestigious Henry DeWitt Smith Scholarship from American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers. The award, which is given only to one person at most in a year, carries a cash prize of $8,000. Saurabh, who is a graduate student in the Department of Mining Engineering at University of Utah, received the award for his research projects in numerical and field study of underground and open cast mines.

He can be contacted at

Read more about the award using following links:

Mr. Saurabh Puri is a graduate student in the Department of Mining Engineering, University of Utah working under the supervision of Dr. W.G. Pariseau, Malcolm N. McKinnon Endowed Chair. He obtained his Bachelor's of Technology in Mining engineering from the prestigious Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India.

In the short span of his academic career he has made a significant contribution for Mining Industry.

He is involved in various projects related to the numerical and field study of Underground and Opencast mines and successfully worked in four Research Projects. His expertise is in the area of Rock Mechanics and Computer Methods in Mining Technology. His pioneer work includes development of a Software (VIBSAFE) for the prediction of safe blast vibration in Mining Operations (in collaboration with Central Mining Research Institute, India). Mr. Puri was involved in the fabrication of a Numerical controlled physical model of Continuous miner for its applicability in Indian Mines. He was awarded the 1st prize in National Engineering Model Exhibition, India, for this work. His sustainable efforts added more than 10 research papers in various journals and conferences. He has visited West Mudidih Underground Coal Mine, Rajpura Dariba Underground Metal Mine and Piparwar Opencast Coal Mine as undergraduate trainee.

Amit Pandey [MIN '03] - receives ASEIO award
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Mr. Amit Pandey (Mining 2003) received 2005 ASEI graduate student of the year award. The award was given by American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin. (Visit organisations website:

The award was presented on September 23, 2005 at Cleveland, Ohio. The award is given once a year to a student with outstanding academic achievement. According to the organiser, it is a distinct award given to people who have outstanding academic records and community service effort and have demonstrated excellent leadership character.

About Mr. Amit Pandey:

Mr. Amit Pandey is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in Solid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering) research group at University of Maryland, USA. He did his Masters in Geomechanics (Civil Engineering) from The University of Arizona, USA. He obtained his Bachelor's from IT-BHU in Mining Engineering. In the short span of his academic career he has made a significant contribution in the field of engineering research and technology. Mr. Pandey has more than 15 publications and receives more than 12 awards and recognition for his academic excellence.

He can be reached at

Bhasker Gupta [CHE '03] : Correspondent for "Rock Street Journal"
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Bhasker Gupta (Chemical 2003) has made an amazing name in the field of news/article writing. He is the Bangalore correspondent of "Rock Street Journal", a popular magazine in the field of music. (Visit

His several articles have featured in RSJ, but the most amazing was the interview he took of Joe Satriani(arguably the greatest guitarist of all time in the league of Jimmy Hendrix and Clapton), when Joe visited Bangalore. His several articles get released every month and he is doing this while working full time at Tavant Technologies. His name recently got featured in Economic Times:,curpg-2.cms

He was also the BASS guitarist/Vocalist in his band during his days at IT BHU.He was also a key member in organizing CROSSWINDZ for the first time in year 2003. He is a well-respected man in Bangalore. music circuit and in RSJ as well. He is immensely talented person as a musician, a writer and a techie.

He can be contacted at

Indian Concrete Institute celebrates �CONCRETE DAY�
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Indian concrete institute U P Varanasi centre is functioning in the department of civil engineering ITBHU since 17th April 2004. This is a chapter approved by a national body ICI for the benefit of civil engineering community in UP state with a special focus of students, faculty members, consulting engineers and engineering staff of this university.

ICI recently celebrated its concrete day on 23rd October 2005 in the senate hall, Swantrata Bhawan. Honorable Prof. S.S. Lele, Rector BHU was the chief guest while Prof. R.K Agrawal presided over the function. Honorary Secretary Dr. S. Chandrasekaran conducted the proceedings comprising of two technical sections. The technical session had invited lectures from Jaypee Cements on Blended Cements, Dextra India on Glass Fibre reinforced rebars including mechanical splicing systems, Prof. Yashpal Gupta on Earthquake and its effects, Dr. Chandrasekaran on Non Linear analysis of buildings and Prof. V Kumar on Ductility of concrete structures. In the post lunch session renowned architect of Varanasi, Kapoor Associates presented the techniques for functional planning of educational institutions with an inspiring walkthrough. GE, Mumbai presented the methodology of electrical layout design using Iso Contours for having balanced Lux for different rooms in a building through a software. Papers were presented by UG students of Civil Engineering Department under the guidance of faculty members which were highly appreciated from the chairman and others.

The celebrations concluded with a formal vote of thanks leaving inspiration for the Civil Engineering community to perform research in the upcoming domain of Civil Engineering. This informal interaction through a professional forum like ICI not only helps the student community to improve there technical know how but also gives opportunity to share their ideas and views openly.

However, the seismic analysis procedures explained could have been more interesting if explained through practical demonstration of models through a detailed workshop. Also, software in hand experience for preparing walkthroughs should have been planned to make it more fascinating

The student membership and the life membership from the civil engineering students and faculty members shall have to increase contributively to sustain the functioning of this centre and also plan activities more frequently under this forum. Student members should come forward to meet the Honorary Secretary with suggestions and membership to strengthen the activities of this centre which can easily be considered a Lifeline for the Civil engineering community of Uttar Pradesh.

Conference Report: �Rapidly Quenched and Metastable Materials� - (RQ12) Jeju, Korea
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Conference Report (VISIT to KOREA)

The 12th International conference on Rapidly Quenched and Metastable Materials (RQ12) Jeju, Korea (August 21-26, 2005)

N.K. Mukhopadhyay,
Department of Metallurgical Engineering
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005;
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Recently Dr. N.K. Mukhopadhyay, Reader, department of Metallurgical Engineering, IT-BHU attended The twelfth International Conference on Rapidly Quenched and Metastable Materials (RQ12), which was held from August 21 to 26, 2005 at the picturesque Jeju island in Korea. More than 350 scientists attended the conference from 22 countries with a wide geographical distribution. There were 224 papers scheduled for oral presentation and remaining 233 were for poster presentation. There were four parallel sessions for the oral presentation totaling 48 sessions including 13 plenary lectures and 35 invited lectures. The details of the program and the abstract titles are available in web site: Most of the papers and discussion revolved around on (i) metallic glasses and bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), (ii) nanomaterials (NMs), (iii) quasicrystals (QCs) and complex crystalline (CC) materials, (iv) rapidly solidified metastable materials. The technical papers after a peer review will be selected for publication in a special issue of Materials Science and Engineering A. The most extensively discussed topic in this conference was BMGs with a special emphasis on glass formability, stability, and deformation characteristics.

Dr. N.K. Mukhopadhyay delivered lecture on bulk metallic glasses and chaired a technical session. After attending the conference Dr. Mukhopadhyay also visited Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seol and interacted with several renowned scientists active in the area of Metallurgy, Materials Science and Enginnering. While presenting his lecture in the conference, Dr. N.K. Mukhopadhyay showed the serrated flow in the indentation load-displacement data in Cu-based BMG and correlated with the elastic-plastic transition in the form of shear band formation and propagation. The upper bound estimate of the energy required for such transition, i.e., a single serration (also known as displacement bursts) was calculated. It was interesting to note that the nanocrystalline precipitates beneath the indent were observed through careful transmission electron microscopy. This nanocrystallization was attributed to the deformation induced enhanced diffusion (10-17m2/s) which is very high compared to that at room temperature (10-30m2/s), required for the formation of nanocrystals of 20-30nm sizes. Thus nanocrystallization appeared to be a distinct possibility during the loading period (~ 10s) of nanoindentation

It is interesting to mention that R.W Cahn (University of Cambridge, UK), T Masumoto (Tohoku University, Japan) and D. Turnbull (Harvard University, USA) were felicitated in a special function during RQ12 for their pioneering contributions in the field of rapid solidification as well as for leadership roles for motivating and stimulating the research activities the related area. It was really a heartening and inspiring moment for the delegates to observe the felicitation function with a deep sense of profound respect.

There is considerable interest these days in the metrics of performance of Indian science. In the field of rapid quenching India had an early start. As early as 1965, just five years after the epoch- making discovery by Prof Pol Duwez in rapid solidification area, Prof T R Ananatharamn returned from Caltech and established a school of research in this field at the Banaras Hindu University. This theme took firm roots and then spread to other University centres and laboratories over the past four decades. Indian scientists have to their credit many original publications covering rapidly quenched crystalline, quasicrystalline and noncrystalline phases. Starting from RQ-2 they have participated in an active fashion in this conference series. It is relevant to note that RQ-10 was conducted in IISc, Bangalore in 1999 under the chairmanship of K. Chattopadhyay and S. Ranganathan with overwhelming responses. It is to be hoped that Indian science will be strongly represented in Dresden, Germany in 2008.

Alumni in Public Services.
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005
Following alumni are in IAS/Allied services:

Brijesh Pandey (B.Tech. Chem. 1998)
Asstt. Collector,
Kailashahar, North Tripura District,

E-mail :
brijeshpandey [AT}, 
brijeshpandey007 [AT]
Anish Prasad, IPS (B.Tech. Chem. 1998)
S.D.P.O. Amarpur
South Tripura District
Phone: 03821 26325
Nilotpal Goswami (B.Tech. Ceramic Engg. 1990)
Deputy Secretary
Ministry of Commerce
New Delhi

E-mail :
nilotpal [AT]
nilotpalg [AT]
Govind Mohan, IAS (B.Tech. Electrical 1986) Currently on deputation to Rajasthan

Vinod Mall (B.Tech. ECE 1984)
IPS officer of Gujarat Cadre
Currently working in Govt. of India.

Rajendra Kumar IPS (B.Tech. Civil 1982)
IGP, Sagar Zone, SAGAR (M.P.)
07582-267721(O) 267711(R)

Pravin Singh, IPS (B.Tech. 1978)
Technical Services
IVth Floor, Jawahar Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Phone (R): 0522 - 2398055, 0522 - 2286397

Adarsh Katiyar (B.Tech. Civil 1989) MP cadre 1992 batch IPS
SP at Indore (MP)
Rajeev Kumar (B. Tech. Electronics 1982) UP cadre 1983 batch IAS

Report on meeting of NJ chapter of
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

A meeting of alumni of NJ chapter was held on Nov. 5, 2005 at Akbar Restaurant, Edison, NJ. Fifteen members (total 18 with families) attended the meeting. The agenda was- Introduction and general discussion (about institute, alumni projects, IIT issue, etc.) Apart from alumni from New Jersey, some members from New York (RPI polytechnic) and a member from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also attended the meeting.

The meeting was coordinated by Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977) and Anil Singh (ECE1995). Sunil Pal (Meta 2002) managed to bring RPI group to the meeting. Ms. Anubha Goyal (Ceramics 2005) was the alumnus from the most recent batch.

The next meeting is planned in April/May 2006. Below please find some photos taken at the party.

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IT-BHU bloggers
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

In this continuing series, we publish blogs maintained by student/alumni/faculty of IT-BHU.

Blog by Amit Pandey (Mining 2003):

Amit is currently studying as doctorate student at University of Maryland. His blog mostly serves as his personal diary, where he notes down his thoughts and events taking place in his daily life.

Blog by Vivek Srivastava (Mechanical 2007)

In this unique blog, Vivek describes his love for English literature and lists novels, stories from the great English writers.

Vivek needs some help and advice regarding usage of his blog. He wants to build a general purpose website-- containing all-- ranging from engineering, medical, science updates, exams, coaching to banking, finance, fun , games, sports, stocks, e-zones, shopping, blogging etc..

If you know about blogs of IT BHU alumni send us a mail - chronicle [AT]

Readers� Feedback
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For our 5th issue (Oct. 10, 2005 issue) we received responses from our valuable readers.

The readers responses are as follows:

Fantastic job with the newsletter. I enjoyed it a lot!
Hope you and your team keep it up.

Ranjit Deshmukh (Oct. 18)

This is a great newsletter. We have a very active BHU-IT 1978 group that is connected via a yahoo group. How about starting a section where short updates /accomplishments about each batch is given. I am also an Alumni of MBA class of Wharton Business School and they have a section like this for each class. They have a volunteer coordinator for each class who gathers the information and feeds in to the newsletter. This is something to think about.

How do we get any news to the chronicle?

Thanks for sending it to me.
Somesh Singh (Oct. 18)
(Chemical 1978)
VP and GM, Identity Management Business Unit

Great job guys - keep up the good work!

Sanjay Gupta (Oct. 18)
(Mech. 1987)

Thanks and good effort by you and your team.

Sudhir K. Jain (Oct. 19)
(Mech. 1978)

Dear Anshuman:

Thanks for sending me the Email. High lights of the Chronicle were interesting and very informative. It shows how the things have progressed since I left the college of Technology in 1959. I am stuck here in a corner of Yorkshire in England for the last 41 years Life hasn't treated me badly and I am comfortable in my retirement. If you know some one from my time there please ask them to get in touch.

Keep up the good work and say Hello to every one for me. I might some time come and see you when I visit India next. In the mean time, keep in touch.

Best wishes and regards,
Ved Prakash Manchanda (Oct. 25)
(Applied Chemistry 1959)

Chronicle Editor @ Nov 11, 2005

Nitin Mohan (ECE1999), Rajneesh Kumar (CSE1995), Amit Pandey (Mining2003), Ashish Bansal (ECE1999) for providing news. Pankaj Yadav (CSE2005) for providing cine slides of shooting of the movie Banaras.

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