IT BHU Chronicle: Mar '06 Edition
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 13, 2006
Published on March 14, 2006 The Chronicle March, 2006 issue. Vol.2006 : Issue 0003
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Application available for post-graduate courses
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 13, 2006

IT-BHU invites application for post-graduate courses, some of which are new courses:

Visit institutes website: www.itbhu.ac.in

OR

http://www.itbhu.ac.in/latest/mtech_not.htm


Blasts that rocked our beloved Varanasi
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

A bomb blast occurred at Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi on March 07. In this blast, and the blast at Cantonment railway station, which was a handy work of terrorists, about 20 people got killed.



All of you must be aware of the tragic news by now:

Flesh and blood everywhere

Sankat Mochan plans own security

This is no time to indulge in politics

Many of you have written privately and some have blogged publicly their deepest feelings.

As BHU and Varanasi go through these trying times, the thoughts of ITBHU alumni everywhere are with the victims. We may have left Varanasi many years ago, but it has always been in our hearts. Sankat Mochan was a natural extension of the wonderful years of campus life for many of us.

All ITBHU alumni deeply share the grief and the outrage with the BHU and Varanasi community.

We feel the pain in the press statements of Professor Veer Bhadra Mishra, the Head of the Civil Engg Dept at ITBHU and the celebrated TIME Hero of the Planet. We also feel assured that as the Mahant he will ably guide the Sankat Mochan community out of this tragedy.

Some of you have expressed willingness to contribute time, efforts or resources towards rehabilitation or reconstruction efforts. We do not know what is needed at this point. We have written to the Director Professor S. N. Upadhyay. We will inform all those who leave a comment here or write to one of us at ITBHUGlobal.org how you can join in helping.

Our prayers are with the victims and for peace!


News in rediff.com:

2 blasts rock Varanasi; 20 dead
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | March 07, 2006 19:22 IST
Last Updated: March 08, 2006 01:24 IST

At least 20 persons were killed and over 50 injured when two blasts rocked Varanasi on Tuesday evening.

According to the police, two blasts occurred almost simultaneously at about 6.30 pm. The first blast took place at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple that was crowded on Tuesday, believed to be a special day for Lord Hanuman.

Panic prevailed at the temple with at least 10 persons dying on the spot while about 40 were wounded. "Ten of the wounded are critical," a hospital official said.

A similar explosion in the waiting area of the Varanasi railway station followed the temple blast. A bomb went off outside the station master's room at the railway station, leaving five dead and about 20 injured.

Another live bomb was unearthed in Gudaulia residential locality. "It was diffused by the bomb squad," police said.

According to Varanasi Senior Superintendent of Police Navneet Sikera, "The blasts were big and we would not rule out more casualties."

Ammonium Nitrate was used in the bombs, official sources said. They were connected to timer devices that were set to go off in a serial manner.

Sikera also does not rule out a terrorist hand behind the blast. "What else could it be?" he asked. "I would not be surprised if it were some kind of a retaliatory act by Lashkar-e-Tayiba, as we had nabbed one of their agents in Varanasi in February," Sikera sought to add.

The suspected LeT agent was handed over to West Bengal police as the Bengal police had alerted them about the accused.

Sikera was unable to give any further details of the blast. "Our priority is to ensure maintenance of law and order and to see that peace and harmony is not disturbed," he added.

While the injured have been rushed to the Benaras Hindu University hospital, the entire temple complex has been cordoned off.


This tragic incident is also captured in the blog of Abhishek Khanna, a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student: Read the blog entry


A news item in NDTV.com �BHU students maintain secular tradition
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006


Link

Sunetra Choudhury
Friday, March 10, 2006 (Varanasi):

In the aftermath of the Varanasi blasts, there have been stories of resilience emerging from the temple town.

Despite apprehensions of a communal clash, these fears have been unfounded Varanasi's secular fabric remains intact.

Joining hands

At the Banaras Hindu University, volunteers troop out, to help restore calm, but this time, unlike the past, all communities have come together in a reassuring show of peace and trust.
Following the serial blasts in the temple town on Tuesday, perhaps the greatest number of volunteers were from the Banaras Hindu University.

When Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya founded Banaras Hindu University in 1916, it was part of the nation- building exercise.

Since then, BHU has produced some of the best minds in the country from President S Radhakrishnan to scientist Jayant Narlekar. And the university has always reflected the city's deeply secular nature.

"In Varanasi, these things have never mattered. In Varanasi, there've been no communal clashes," said Dr Ashok Kaul, Department of Sociology, BHU.

Working for peace

In the temple town, security has been on alert for any potential tension.

Political parties may have been trying to rouse religious sentiment but the overriding emotion on campus indicates why Varanasi has been tension free since the blasts.

"It is a terror attack, it is completely mindless, it has nothing to do with the fact that the students are Hindu or Muslim," said a student of BHU.

"We knew that even if riots break out in the city nothing will happen in the university," said another.

The last time there were riots in Varanasi post the Babri Masjid demolitions, BHU students had defied the curfew to bring back peace. This time, fortunately, there was no need for them to do so.


Convocation speech by the President
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

On March 3, President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam delivered a speech during the convocation ceremony of Banaras Hindu University at the campus. Here are the excerpts:

Evolution of Enlightened Citizenship


"I am delighted to participate in the Convocation of Banaras Hindu University in this holy city. My greetings to the Vice Chancellor, Faculty members, students, staff and distinguished invitees. I congratulate the students for their academic performance and staff for shaping the young minds.

When I am with you, I would like to recall my last visit to the Banaras Hindu University in the year 1991 when I was the Director, DRDL, Hyderabad, to deliver the Convocation address at the Institute of Technology of BHU. During the function the Chancellor of the
University, the then Maharaja of Banaras, His Excellency Shri Vibhuthi Narayan Singh introduced me to the audience stating that I have come to the land of Ganges at Kashi from Rameswaram Agniteertam. There is a beautiful spiritual connectivity of Kashi-Rameswaram. Again, I am very happy to be with you today.

I am inspired to be in the land of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya a great educationist and freedom fighter, who founded this institution with a great vision. As you all are aware, this institution was conceived and established in 1916 when the British ruled us and we can imagine the challenges faced by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in creating this institution. He is a man of indomitable spirit that is how that this great institution has become a shining star in the galaxies of the universities. This is a unique university for multi-disciplinary study; it has agriculture with vast farms, medical college with big hospital, having the disciplines of science, humanities, engineering including mining with many faculties and departments. Since I am in the University environment, I would like to discuss with you about the role of university in capacity building among our youth.

Capacity Building: A good educational model is the need of the hour to ensure that the students grow to contribute towards the development of the nation. Can we sow the seeds of capacity building among the students? There will be continuous innovation during the learning process. To realize this, special capacities are required to be built in education system for nurturing the students. The capacities which are required to be built are research and enquiry, creativity and innovation, use of high technology, entrepreneurial and moral leadership.

Research and enquiry: The 21st century is about the management of all the knowledge and information we have generated and the value addition we bring to it. We must give our students the skills with which they find a way through the sea of knowledge that we have created and continue with life long learning. Today, we have the ability, through technology, to really and truly teach ourselves to become the life-long learners. This is required for sustained economic development.

Creativity and innovation: The management of knowledge in the 21st century is beyond the capacity of a single individual. The amount of information that we have around is overwhelming. The management of knowledge therefore must move out of the realm of the individual and shift into the realm of the networked groups. The students must learn
how to manage knowledge collectively. When the information is networked the power and utility of the information grows as square as stated by Metcalfe's law. Information that is static does not grow. In the new digital economy information that is circulated creates innovation and contributes to national wealth.

Capacity to use high technology: Every student in our college should learn to know how to use the latest technologies for aiding his or her learning process. Universities should equip themselves with adequate computing equipment, laboratory equipments, and Internet facilities and provide an environment for the students to enhance their learning ability. In the midst of all the technological innovations and revolutions we cannot think that the role of the teachers will be diminished. In fact the teacher will become even more important and the whole world of education will become teacher assisted and would help in "tele-porting" the best teacher to every nook and corner of the country and propagate the knowledge.

Entrepreneurship: The aptitude for entrepreneurship should be cultivated right from the beginning and in the university environment. We must teach our students to take calculated risks for the sake of larger gain, but within the ethos of good business. They should also cultivate a disposition to do things right. This capacity will enable them to take up challenging tasks later.

Moral leadership: Moral leadership involves two aspects. First it requires the ability to have compelling and powerful dreams or visions of human betterment. Moral leadership requires a disposition to do the right thing and influence others also to do right things.

In sum, inquiry, creativity, technology, entrepreneurial and moral leadership are the five capacities required to be built through the education process. If we develop in all our students these five capacities, we will produce "Autonomous Learner" a self-directed, self controlled, lifelong learner who will have the capacity to both, respect authority and at the same time is capable of questioning authority, in an appropriate manner. These are the leaders who would work together as a "Self-organizing Network" and transform any State as a prosperous State. The most important part of the education is to imbibe the confidence among the students is the spirit of "we can do it". These capacities will enable the students to meet the challenges of our national mission of transforming the nation into a developed country by 2020. The education system in the university must aim to generate large number of entrepreneurs apart from those students who have an aptitude towards research."

Note:
The full- speech can be found on the official website:
http://www.presidentofindia.nic.in/scripts/eventslatest1.jsp?id=1173


Kalam confers degrees on 29
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, March 3

PRESIDENT OF India and Visitor to Banaras Hindu University Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam conferred degrees on 29 scholars, including two Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degrees in the 88th convocation of BHU at Ruiya Ground here on Friday.

The President garlanded the bust of founder of BHU Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh delivered the welcome address. The massive pandal erected for the convocation reverberated with the traditional slogan of Har Har Mahadev as soon as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam appeared on the dais.

The President conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree on the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) Rajendra Prasad Singh and Prof K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan of Chennai today.

RP Singh, who obtained his Masters degree in Machine Design (1971) from the Institute of Technology in BHU rose to the coveted position of CMD of PGCIL.
Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan is an eminent surgeon of India who was awarded with Padmshri in 2002.

Registrar N. Sundaram read the citations of RP Singh and Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan while Dr. Padmini Ravindranath of the Mahila Mahavidyalaya conducted the programme. Students of Performing Arts Faculty rendered the Kulgeet of BHU.

Neither Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh who was guest of honour nor UP Governor TV Rajeswar turned up for the convocation.
Vice-Chancellor of VBS Purvanchal University Prof. KP Singh, BHU Executive Council members, Prof. Anjan Kumar Banerjee, Prof. Anand Mohan, Dr. SD Singh and others were present on the occasion.Other students who were given the BHU Medal by Dr. Kalam included Deepak Kumar Garg and Ganesh Babu Kamma of Institute of Technology, Aditya Krishna Mootha and Rashmi Saraf (Medicine), Prachi and Anamika Bose (Institute of Agricultural Sciences), Saurabh Kumar Srivastava and Anjali Prasad (Science), Arpita Rai and Awanindra Kumar Pandey (Arts), Debati Ghosh and Abhiroop Ghatak (Social Science), Divya Sharda and Samrendra Kumar Jha (Commerce), Vineet Mahajan (Management), Mamta Roy and Renu Rai (Education), Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Kumar Srivastava (Law), Suneel Kumar Singh Kushwaha and Pragati Keshwani (Visual Arts), Shyam Rastogi and Dibyadarshan Biswal (Performing Arts), G. Jayamanikya Shashtri and Nirbhay Kumar Pandey (SVDV) and Minakshi Tiwari and Bipin Kumar Mishra (Ayurveda). Saurabh Kumar Srivastava of the Science Faculty was awarded with the Chancellors Medal.

Earlier, the President landed at the Varanasi airport by a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force coming from New Delhi at 11. 40 am. Soon, he boarded an IAF helicopter and landed at the helipad on the BHU campus at 12. 10 pm. From there, his cavalcade, reached the venue of the convocation at Ruiya ground at 12. 18 pm amid tight security. Members of the royal family of the erstwhile Benaras state Ashok Singh and Supriya and senior administrative and defense officials welcomed the President at Babatpur airport.


IT students meet with President
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

In a swift move, a delegation of 10 IT students met our President, Honourable Dr. APJ Kalam on March 3rd during Convocation. In this pre-arranged meeting planned by Alumni Association, they appraised the President about the urgent need to convert our institute into an IIT and handed over a copy of the online petition for IIT cause. The President (who was awarded Doctor of Science honorary degree in 1991 by our institute) was surprised to know that it is still not an IIT, and he promised to do something for it.

The students, led by Rahul Hari and Neelakshi Hudda were:

Daveshan: 2nd year M.Tech
4th year: Rahul Hari (CSE06); Ms. Neelakshi Hudda (Civ06)
3rd year: Pushpendra Gupta (Mec07); Abhishek Mehra (Mech07); Piyush Gupta (Min07); Raghav Wahi (Meta07); Ms. Radha Ganesan (Pharma07); Shashi Shekhar (EEE07); Amit Arora (EEE07)


Update on the IIT front
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

a) BHU alumni association started a signature drive for online petition to support its cause for converting IT-BHU into an IIT. The petition got overwhelming response from students, alumni, faculty, administration and well wishers of the institute. Over 2,400 signatures have been collected so far. The petition was forwarded to the concerned government officials by Arvind Gupta (ECE 1992) and other Delhi based alumni. The petition is received by President, Prime Minister, HRD Minister, Dr. Karan Singh, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Rahul Gandhi. The petition and the signatures can be viewed on:

     http://www.petitiononline.com/NewIITs/petition.html

An update on petition is posted on itbhuglobal.org:

     http://www.itbhuglobal.org/archives/000738.html

b) The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) called a meeting of seven colleges on February 23rd at New Delhi. The meeting was attended by officials of all seven colleges, University Grants Commission and State govt. officials from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The meeting discussed about national level entrance exams, recruitment of faculty on all-India basis and willingness of state governments to give up controls on the respective colleges. Funding issue was also discussed; however, IIT issue was not discussed in the meeting. Our college is directly under MHRD control through UGC.


IT BHU Guest House
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006
Slowly but surely the IT Guest house is taking shape. It is yet to be named officially but as of today it is known by various names like 'IT Alumni Guest House' or 'Technology Alumni Guest House' or 'TAGH'.

It has 24 AC rooms, AC dining hall and a conference room to accomodate a maximum of 50 persons. All the rooms have fiber optic connectivity. Future plan is to go for another two stories and to augment the connectivity with wifi.

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This effort has become a reality due to the donations made by Mr. Suresh Mody, who is an alum of IT BHU. To be precise he is a 1952-53 Electrical cum Mechanical graduate from BENCO. We the alumni thank him for his big hearted guesture.

Booking procedure yet to be decided. Of course, it will be certainly through IT admnistration.

The formal inauguration of the Guest House is planned for 17th of April '06.


Indian scientist stars in nanotech success
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

An article in Hindustan Times dated March 13, 2006.
S. Rajagopalan
Washington, March 13, 2006

A team of researchers, led by an Indian American professor, has developed a new process to make flexible nano skins conducting electricity for a variety of applications from electronic paper to sensors for detecting chemical and biological agents.

Featured in the March issue of the journal Nano Letters, the materials are said to combine the strength and conductivity of carbon nanotubes with the flexibilit y of traditional polymers.

Researchers have long been interested in making composites of nanotubes and polymers, but it can be difficult to engineer the interfaces between the two materials.

We have found a way to get arrays of nanotubes into a soft polymer matrix without disturbing the alignment of the nanotubes, says Pulickel Ajayan, the Henry Burlage Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.

The skins can be flexed and rolled up like a scroll, all while maintaining their ability to conduct electricity, which makes them ideal materials for electronic paper and other flexible electronics.

Swastik Kar, a postdoctoral researcher working with Ajayan and lead author of the paper, explains that the concept could have many other applications from adhesive structures and Velcro-like materials to nanotube interconnects for electronics.

Researchers envision using the process to build miniature pressure sensors and gas detectors. There are several possibilities if you have an easy way to transfer the nanotubes to any platform, and that is what we have done, Ajayan says.


Dr. Manu Vora (Chemical 1968) to receive ASQ�s 2005 Lancaster Medal
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006
manu_photo.jpg The E. Jack Lancaster Medal is presented to the individual who has been recognized by the Society for dedication, leadership, and outstanding contributions to the International Fraternity of Quality Professionals.

American Society for Quality:
www.asq.org

E. Jack Lancaster Medal:
http://www.asq.org/about-asq/awards/

American Society for Quality (ASQ) with a world-wide membership of over 100,000 people will honor Dr. Manu K. Vora (Chemical 1968) with its E. Jack Lancaster Medal on May 1, 2006 at its 60th World Conference for Quality and Improvement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His citation reads:

For his outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions in educating, promoting and training quality professionals around the world; In assisting Quality organizations in various parts of the world; For his friendliness towards the International Fraternity of Quality Professionals.

Dr. Manu Vora is Chairman and President of Business Excellence, Inc., a global quality management consulting firm. He has over 30 years of leadership experience guiding Fortune 500 companies (including AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies) in leadership development, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and process improvement. He is a Past Vice President from the ASQ Board of Directors and served as a Chairperson for ASQ Chicago Section.

Manu is a sought after speaker on quality management topics. He has over 150 presentations around the world. In 2005, he authored Managing Human Capital chapter in the Six Sigma for Transactions and Service book published by McGraw-Hill.

Manu holds MBA, and Ph.D., M.S. & B.S. in Chemical Engineering. As an Adjunct Professor, he teaches Quality Management and Supply Chain Management in the MBA Program at the Stuart Graduate School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He is a Visiting Professor at the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, India where he teaches Total Quality Management.

Manu has been recognized with many honors from ASQ. He is a recipient of Professional Achievement Award and International Alumni Leadership Award from IIT, Chicago; Paul Harris Fellow Medal from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and Distinguished Service Award from Save The Children Federation.

As a founding Director and President of Blind Foundation for India, Manu has raised over $2.5 million to help visually impaired people in India.

Contact info:
Manu K. Vora, Ph.D., MBA.
Chairman and President, Business Excellence, Inc.
Naperville, Illinois USA
Tel: 630-548-5531
E-mail: manuvora@b-einc.com;
Web: www.b-einc.com


Felicitation of Mr. Rajendra Pratap Singh (Mechanical 1969) by Alumni Association
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

It is a matter of great pride that our alumnus (Mechanical 1969), Mr. Rajendra Prasad Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India, has been awarded D. Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Banaras Hindu University during its convocation on 3rd March 2006. He was awarded the degree by His Excellency the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

To felicitate this extra-ordinary achievement by Mr. RP Singh, Association of IT BHU Alumni (AIBA) organised a reception on Thursday, 9th March 2006 at PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi.

AIBA press-release is as follows:

Delhi, 09.03.2006
For Immediate Release

For any query please contact:
Dr. Arvind Gupta
Arvind.gupta [AT] ece92.itbhuglobal.org
Tel: (011) 23256677/88

Association of IT BHU Alumni felicitates Dr. R. P. SINGH , CMD POWERGRID, on being conferred with Honorary Doctorate by BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY

The Association of IT BHU Alumni, the apex body of the engineers of Banaras Hindu University in the country, organised a program to felicitate its distinguished alumnus, Shri Rajendra Prasad Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India, on the occasion of his receiving D. Sc., honoris causa, from Banaras Hindu University.

Sh.R.P.Singh, CMD POWERGRID was conferred with the degree for his outstanding contribution towards the Power sector. The degree was presented by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Honble President of India on 03.03.2006 at Banaras Hindu University during the 88th Convocation Ceremony of the University.

Dr. Singh completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Machine Design from the reputed Institute of Technology, BHU. Dr. Singh had worked in various capacities in several prestigious organizations like TISCO and NTPC prior to joining POWERGRID in 1991 at its inception. He has been the Chairman & Managing Director of POWERGRID since 1996.

The Institute of Technology, BHU, which was founded in 1919, is the merged entity of Banaras Engineering College, College of Mining and Metallurgy and College of Technology. The Institute, formed with the vision of providing engineers for Independent India has been fulfilling the dreams and vision of its founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, by its continued leadership in providing India with its finest technical talent since its inception, as also to the world. The Institute, which takes its students along with the IITs using the IIT-JEE examination since 1972 has been consistently ranked amongst the top 10 institutes in India and many of its distinguished alumni like Dr. R.P. Singh, Proshanto Banerjee, CMD- GAIL, Col. S.P. Wahi, Ex- CMD, ONGC, Mr. A. K. Sah, Ex-CMD, NTPC, Mr. S. S. Kohli, Ex-CMD, Punjab National Bank, Mr. G. D. Gaiha, CMD, TCIL, Mr. Arbind Kumar, CMD, NPCC, Mr. A.K. Srivastava, CMD, PEC, amongst others, are contributing to make India a technological superpower as also strengthening of the core industry sector in India.


Press Note: Music release of 'Banaras: A mystic love story'
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006
puja.jpg Varanasi: March 2, 2006

Keeping up with the mood the much awaited, Banaras: A Mystic Love Story, writer L. C. Singh and director Pankuj Parashar came to Varanasi to unveil the music of the film. In the morning of 2nd March, a special yagnya and rudrabhishekh was performed on the banks of holy river Ganges on Dasashwamedh ghat by 16 learned pundits of Vedas. The whole environment resonated with the chants of holy Vedas as crowd gathered to witness one of the most elaborate Maha Pujas on the ghats.

In the evening, at a function, in the presence of press and dignitaries of Varanasi at Hotel Taj Ganges, the cassettes and CDs were launched by Mahanth Shri Veer Bhadra Mishra and Hindi language scholar Dr. Manu Sharma. The audience was also treated with the clips of the songs. After attentively listening to the music of the film, the gathered dignitaries and press were ecstatic. Mahanth Shri Veer Bhadra Mishra said, After listening to the music, I am confident that this film would deliver the mystic of Banaras to the world".

The music of the movie has been composed by Himesh Reshammiya and songs are written by Sameer who also hails from Banaras. All the songs of the film have used Indian ragas based on Banaras gharana of music with a contemporary feel.

Banaras; a mystic love story has been directed by veteran director, Pankuj Parashar and main stars in the film are Urmila Matondkar, Ashmit Patel, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar and Naseeruddin Shah.

The film has been produced under the banner of Setu Creations.

The cassettes and CDs are being distributed through Sony BMG. The music will be available in stores from 11th March 2006, all over the world.

The film is slated to release in theaters on 7th April 2006, all over India.

Mr. L C Singh, the producer of this movie is an IT BHU alumnus.


Conference Updates: Power System Operation in Deregulated Regime (PSODR)
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

Following is the news in Hindustan Times about two-day (March 6-7) International Conference on Power System Operation in Deregulated Regime at the Campus.

Integrated efforts to meet power demand stressed
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, March 6

CHAIRMAN OF the Central Electricity Authority Rakesh Nath said here on Monday that the most challenging problem before the power sector was to keep a balance between demand and supply.

He was delivering the inaugural address of the two-day international conference on Power System Operation in Deregulated Regime at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University here on Monday.

The Electrical Engineering Department of the Institute of Technology, BHU, has organised the conference in collaboration with the National Power Training Institute and Powergrid Corporation of India Limited.

Rakesh Nath stressed the need for planning of power transmission at the national level to address the problem of power crisis. Power transmission is a dynamic area and a periodical review is required to meet the changing demand of power supply at the national level, he said.

He also dwelt upon the ultra mega power project initiative of the government in which power projects having 4,000 megawatt capacity will be installed at five places in the country.

He said the government had set a target of 41,000 megawatt power production. We are likely to achieve a production of 34,000 megawatt power production under the 10th Planning Commission, he said.

The demand for power was increasing day-by-day, he said and stressed the need for an integrated effort by different wings of the power sector to meet the increasing demand for power. BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh presided over the function while IT Director Prof. SN Upadhyay delivered the welcome address. Member of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Bhanu Bhushan, former chairman of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission VS Allawadi and former chairman of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission VK Sood also addressed the inaugural function.

New technologies may cut power costs
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, March 7

NEW TECHNOLOGIES combined with deregulation and competition could change the face of the power market and also reduce the cost of power, said former chairman of Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission VS Ailavadi here on Tuesday.

Delivering a lecture on Transition to Deregulated Power Market: Role of Regulatory Agencies on the second day of the two-day international conference on Power System Operation in Deregulated Regime at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University here, he said, The experience of new technologies used in thermal generation in China and South Africa has shown that the price of thermally-generated power has come down.

The Electrical Engineering Department of the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University had organised the conference in collaboration with the National Power Training Institute and Powergrid Corporation of India Limited.

Ailavadi said just as the benefit of new wireless technology in the telecom sector had not only benefited the customers but also helped in increasing tele-density to 11.7 per cent in just about three years, the same could happen in thermal generation costs.

It is believed by experts that even after discounting the cost of super critical technology absorption, the prices of generated power per unit would come down by 20 to 25 per cent in the medium term, he said.

Besides various papers in the area of power system automation, advanced technologies, utility experiences, restructuring of the power sector and availability-based tariff, challenging issues of deregulated power network and distributed generation in integrated power network along with intelligent operation of power network along with intelligent operation of power network and protection were also discussed by several eminent experts today.

Convener of the conference and faculty member in Electrical Engineering Department (IT-BHU) Dr. RK Pandey conducted the programme. Delegates from various agencies such as National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, L&T, Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi, Mumbai, Madras, Guwahati, Kharagpur), BITS (Pilani) and Jadavpur University participated in the conference.


Seminar on �Catalysis for Energy� at Chemical Engineering Dept., IT-BHU.
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

An article appeared Hindustan Times dated February 23, 2006. The 3-day seminar was held on Feb. 20-22, 2006 at Chemical Engineering Department of the institute, in collaboration with Catalysis Society of India. Prof. O.N. Srivastava (from Science faculty of BHU) presided over the function. Prof. MM Sharma is from MUICT (formerly known as UDCT), Bombay.

Catalysis controls human activities
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 23

PADMA VIBHUSHAN Prof MM Sharma said catalysis was the key to life and lifestyle. The human system could not function without the catalytic process, he added.

Prof Sharma was delivering the inaugural address at a three-day national workshop on Catalysis for Energy at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, on Thursday.
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Catalysis Society of India, organised the workshop.

Also Emeritus professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai University, Sharma said all human activities, such as digestion, walking, running etc., were controlled by the catalytic process.

He further said catalysis was a multi-disciplinary field and everything was linked to the catalytic process. Catalysis was a fine example of the subject in which scientists from different fields worked together, he added.

Prof Sharma further said catalysis also played an important role in checking
environment pollution by reducing the amount of sulphur. However, he added that more efficient catalysis was required to purify petro-chemicals.
Eminent scientist Prof ON Srivastava presided over the function and discussed the role of catalysis in hydrogen energy.

Acting director of IT-BHU Prof Virendra Singh welcomed the guests while head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, IT-BHU, Prof Surendra Kumar told the audience about the activities of the department.


Social work done by Kashi Utkarsh Samiti-update
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

Kashi Utkarsh, a student run social organization of the Institute of Technology, has been working for the alleviation of misery, penury and disease in its adopted villages of Lehartara and Susawahi, Varanasi. Some of the activities of the group include improvement of hygiene conditions through counseling. The Samiti is headed by Prof. B.B. Bansal, Mechanical Engineering Department. Here is the update:

  • On 25th Feb., Kashi Utkarsh Samiti conducted 'Annual Academics' at Lehartara in which around 200 students participated in events like: written test, quiz, debate, speech, poetry etc. The deserving students were awarded.
  • Recently a cleanliness program was conducted at Susawahi basti. Utkarsh Bhawan', a day boarding school for the children of Susawahi basti, is running successfully with around 10 children coming to school regularly.
  • The children working in hostel messes are being sent to 'Mausi' house for primary education. Efforts are going on to send all the children to study at 'Mausi' house.
  • Kashi Utkarsh Samiti would like to hear your suggestions to help improve the work. All KU alumni and interested people are requested to register at the website so that proper communication can be maintained.
  • http://www.itbhu.ac.in/students/kashiutkarsh/index.htm

Entrepreneur awareness camp
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

TO MAKE students aware of the advantages of becoming an entrepreneur, a three-day Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp was inaugurated at the Chemical Engineering and Technology Department in the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University here on Wednesday.

The Institute Industry Partnership Cell of IT, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (Northern Region) and National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, Department of Science and Technology of Government of India has organised the awareness camp.

Prof. KK Srivastava, who was the chief guest at the inaugural function, exhorted the students to become entrepreneurs. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar and Dr. Rajeev of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India informed the audience about the activities of their organisation.

Chief coordinator of the Institute Industry Partnership Cell of IT, Dr. PK Mishra welcomed the guests and dwelt upon the course content of the three-day camp. Dr. Pradeep Srivastava and Dr. Abha Mishra proposed the vote of thanks.


Abhishek Khanna [MEC 07] reports in JAMMAG
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

The following is the coverage of convocation ceremony and visit of our President at BHU campus, as reported in JAMMAG (an online education related magazine). It is written by by Abhishek Khanna, a 3rd year Mechanical student and volunteer from IT-BHU.

Abhishek, the report is written very nicely! Please keep it up.

The Link

Campus Buzz: Kalam at BHU Convocation.
The President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was in BHU, to confer degrees in the 88th convocation of Banaras Hindu University at Ruiya Ground here on Friday, 3rd March. The President garlanded the bust of founder of BHU Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh delivered the welcome address.

The pandal erected for the convocation reverberated with the traditional slogan of 'Har Har Mahadev' and the enthusiasm when Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam stepped on the dais was worth amazing.

The President conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree on the (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) Rajendra Prasad Singh and Prof K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan of Chennai today RP Singh, who obtained his Master's degree in Machine Design (1971) from the Institute of Technology in BHU .Prof. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan is an eminent surgeon who was awarded with Padmshri in 2002.

Earlier, the President landed at the Varanasi airport by a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force coming from New Delhi Soon, he boarded an IAF helicopter and landed at the helipad on the BHU campus at 12. 10 pm. From there, his cavalcade, reached the venue of the convocation at Ruiya ground at 12. 18 pm amid tight security.

Members of the royal family of the erstwhile Banaras state Ashok Singh and Supriya and senior administrative and defense officials welcomed the President at Babatpur airport. The total duration of president's stay in campus was around 90 minutes

In his address to the students of BHU, Dr Kalam spoke on:

  • Evolution of Enlightened Citizenship
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Capacity to use high technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Moral leadership

There was also a meeting between the President and 10 students of IT BHU, and discussions were held on the importance of developing new IITs.

Moreover the All India Sports Festival of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, SPARDHA 2006 is also being held from 3rd to 6th March.

5th Mar 2006


Preparations on for president�s visit
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

Articles appearing in Hindustan Times about the convocation at BHU on march 3rd, and the visit of our President, Honourable Dr. APJ Kalam. HRD Minster Honourable Mr. Arjun Singh also graced the function.

HECTIC PREPARATIONS are on for the visit of the President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on the campus of Banaras Hindu University here to address the 88th convocation of the varsity on March 3. The President will land at the BHU helipad from Babatpur and reach the venue of the convocation at Ruyia sports ground at 12 noon.

A landing trial of three helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and rehearsal of the entire convocation function was conducted by the authorities of the BHU and the district administration in the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof Panjab Singh and District Magistrate Nitin Ramesh Gokaran here on Wednesday.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh wll be guest of honour at the convocation ceremony. The V-C will preside over the function.
Sources said that the Governor would also be present on the occasion to welcome the President. Chairman of Power Grid Corporation of India RP Singh and eminent plastic surgeon Prof. Muneer of Chennai would be awarded degrees of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) at the convocation.

Chief Proctor Prof SK Singh informed that the 5,800 graduates, post-graduates and Ph.D scholars would be conferred degrees by the President for 2005. He said the district and varsity administration had jointly been looking after the security arrangements for the function.

He added that a grand pandal had been erected in an area of 10,000 square metres with a capacity of accommodating 10,000 persons, on the Ruiya ground for the convocation function.

The proposed visit of Dr. Kalam will be his second visit to the BHU. Earlier, Dr. Kalam had visited the BHU during the convocation function of Institute of Technology in the year 1991 and was awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree.


Kalam to address BHU convocation
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 26

President of India and Visitor of Banaras Hindu University Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will deliver the convocation address at the convocation of the varsity on March 3. Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will be guest of honour at the convocation and BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh will preside over the function.

Sources disclosed that the Governor would also be present on the occasion to welcome the President. At the convocation, chairman of Power Grid Corporation of India RP Singh and eminent plastic surgeon Prof. Muneer of Chennai would be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).

Meanwhile, senior police and administrative officials, including Inspector General of Police KL Meena, Deputy Inspector General of Police RN Yadav, Senior Superintendent of Police Navneet Sikera and District Magistrate Nitin Ramesh Gokran visited the BHU campus on Saturday and reviewed the security arrangements.

The senior administrative and police officials also held discussions with Chief Proctor Prof. SK Singh and Dean of Students Prof. VK Kumra about the proposed visit of Dr. Kalam. They also visited the air strip at the BHU where the helicopter of Dr. Kalam will land.

A grand pandal is being erected on the ground in front of Ruyia Hostel. The road-divider leading from Sant Ravidas Gate to the main gate of the varsity is also being repaired. Since Dr. Kalam will also spend some time in BHU, the Laxman Das Guest House is being renovated for the purpose.This will be Dr Kalams second visit to the BHU. Earlier, he had visited the varsity during the convocation of the Institute of Technology in 1991 and was awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree.


Lucky�s concert a superabundance of melody
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 27

NOTED PLAYBACK singer and actor of Bollywood Lucky Ali cast a spell on the audience with his rendition on the last day of the four-day all India annual youth festival Kashi Yatra at the Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University on Sunday evening.

Lucky started the concert with his popular song Anjane raho mein kya dhoondta phire, door jise socha wo to paas hi mere and rocked the audience at the Open Air Theatre of IT-Gymkhana Ground late last evening. Dekha hai kisi ko aise hi, Nahin rakhta dil mein kuch, sab muh mein rakhta hun, Kitne arman hain kaise anjam hain, barso ka saath hai were among other songs presented by Lucky.
Almost the entire gathering started gyrating when Lucky rendered one of his most famous songs Kyun chalti hai pawan, kyun jhume hai gagan, kyun machalata hai man, Na tum jano na hum from the film Kaho Na Pyar Hai. The budding technocrats got emotional when the vocalist sang Aaa bhi jaa, aaa bhi jaa, ai subah aaa bhi jaa, raat ko kar vida, dilruba aaa bhi jaa from the film Sur.

Two girls of IT-BHU lent vocal accompaniment to Lucky in this song. Shaam savere teri yadein aati hain, dil ko mere yu tadpati hain, O sanam teri yadon ki kasam was the most appreciated song of the entire show which was titled Indian Nite. Sudhanshu Mishra of IT-BHU also presented a song, Aisi nazar se dekha, us zalim ne chauk par, hamne kaleja rakh diya, chaku ki nok par, kajrare kajrare tere kare kare naina.

BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Panjab Singh, IT Director Prof. SN Upadhyay, Executive Council member of BHU Dr. Satya Deo Singh, Dean of Students Prof. VK Kumra, Prof. JN Sinha Dr. SK Gupta, Dr. PK Mishra and Dr. Pradeep Srivastava were also present at the concert.Several contests such as play, group dance, photography, extempore and expression were also organised at Swatantrata Bhawan auditorium in the day.


Creativity showcased at fashion pageant
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 25

ICONS OF the fashion world just stole the hearts of budding technocrats at the Open Air Theatre of IT-Gymkhana Grounds at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), here on Friday evening.

The occasion was the second day of the four-day all India annual youth festival Kashi Yatra of the Institute of Technology, BHU.

Leading models including Miss India Earth-2005, Niharika Singh, Miss Gladrags mega models, Parul Chaudhary and Jaishree Taheliyani, Ankita and Saryu enlivened the show as they strutted their stuff on the ramp.

On the outset of the fashion show, titled Marichika, the students displayed their talent and walked on the ramp amidst blaring English and Hindi songs. The participants showcased their creativity under various sessions like ethnic and western ethnic sequences.

A troop of IT-BHU led by Swati staged a dance show to the tune of Chup-chup rahte hein hum pyar mein, and Zindagi mein kabhi koi aaye na rabba. Students of the National Institute of Fashion Designing and KNIT, Sultanpur, also took part.

The students attempted to show the survival of mankind through various ages like Gladiator, Age of Unification,

The Samurai, The Military and The Matrix. Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was also shown. Various dresses were up on display as popular Hindi song Ada Jaan Lewa Ada, Maar Dale Na played along. Cheers greeted the special segment in which models displayed non-fabric dresses made of various items such as polythene, poster, banner, jute and bangles..


Kavi sammelan kicks off IT-BHU youth festival
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 24

The four-day all India annual youth festival Kashi Yatra of the Institute of Technology (IT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) began on Thursday evening amid enthusiasm.

The main attraction of the inaugural day was a Kavi Sammelan in which noted poets from all over the country participated. Sarvesh Asthana from Lucknow kicked off the Kavi Sammelan and cracked a number of jokes. He recited some poems such as Hamne police afsar se puchcha, mahodaya bata sakte ho aatanki kise kahte hai, Policewale ne byah rachaya, suhagraat ke din patni ko chaukaya etc.

Kamlesh Sharma of Mainpuri recited Jinke liye bitayi raat jaagte huye, to din bhi bitaya kabhi rote kabhi haste huye. Sharma recited a poem commenting on the foreign visits of some political leaders: Desh ko tumse thi kuch aas, tumhara kad bhi tha kuch khas, kintu tum na sharmaye, aisa gaye videsh desh ka naam duba aye.

Sardar Manjeet Singh from Haryana recited some outstanding jokes. He also rendered some poems such as Doctor ne mareez ko table par litaya, bina vastra hataye injection chubhaya.

Budding poet of Allahabad Imraan also won applause from the audience by reciting his poem Samne dekhkar muh na yu moda karo, dil ye nazuk hai isko na toda karo.

Dr. Suresh Awasthi of Kanpur recited Unki tirchi nazre dekhkar mar mite ham to, ye bad mein pata chala wo tirche hi dekhte hain, Iske pahle desh mein ye vatavaran kabhi na bana.

Sunil Jogi conducted the Kavi Sammelan and won thunderous applause by reciting a poem Yaro mere shadi mat karna, ye hai meri arzi, phir bhi ho jaye to upar wale ki marzi. Pt. Visheshwar Sharma and Sunil Dubey also presented their poems.


Readers� Feedback
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 12, 2006

For our 8th issue (issue dated Feb. 10 2006) we received following feedback from our valuable readers:

1) Many thanks. The Feb '06 issue of The Chronicle is well done. I enjoyed
browsing through interesting news items.

Keep up the great work!

Manu Vora (Feb. 20)
(Chemical 1968)


2) It was a pleasure to read the IT-BHU Chronicle online and I just wanted to thank you for your efforts to keep the information flowing.

Amanjyot S. Johar (Feb. 20)
(Electrical 2001)


3) Doff to a great piece of work. I wanted to ask one question that is there any way by which we as a proud student of this institution contribute any article or news associated with the institute, to the editor? Waiting for the reply.
Regards,
Gaurav Sinha (Feb. 21)
(Mining 2006)

Chronicle replies.
Hi Gaurav,

You can surely do so by sending your articles to news@itbhuglobal.org
All the articles that reach us before 5th of the month will be incorporated into the newsletter.


4) It is always pleasantly novel to get to know the latest happenings at our alma mater which Chronicle is successfully conveying for the Alumni. Please continue with this good work. My heartiest congratulations to all the people convoluted in this and I wish all the best for them.

There is a suggestion from my side, whose feasibility needs to be worked out. It will be nice if the latest snaps or some video clips for the latest events or the latest developments could be uploaded to the site or at least a link can be provided in the Chronicle edition itself. I believe, that would really be a great refreshing experience for all the alumni who had been away from the Institute for a long time now.

Vivek Kr Khare (Feb. 27)
(Civil 2002)


5) Great work.

Gaurav Manchanda (Feb. 28)
(Civil 2003)

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