IT BHU Chronicle: Apr '06 Edition
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006
Published on April 14, 2006 The Chronicle April, 2006 issue. Vol.2006 : Issue 0004
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Announcing the launch of Fund Raising Drive for The Hostel Wifi Project

Hostels connectivity/Wi-Fi internet project (Hostel WiFi project) -An Overview
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006 is pleased to announce the implementation of Hostel connectivity/ Wi-Fi internet project (known as Hostel Wi-Fi project) to provide all ten hostels on our Institute of Technology campus with 802.11 (b/g) wireless access. The project is to be established at the total estimated cost of Rs, 22.74 lakhs ($50,000 approximate). This project is planned to be completed before the start of next academic session (July 2006). The project will help the students to access the internet from the comfort of their dorms/hostel rooms. This is one of the most ambitious projects planned by the alumni organization, which will immensely benefit the students.

Details about project, implementation schedule, method of payment for donations, etc. is given in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). An appeal for donation for the project is given by Mr. Ujj Nath (Metallurgy 1979), who is also a major financial contributor and Team Leader for this project. Technical Details of the project are given by Mr. Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003). Readers are also requested to go through official website ( for more details.

The organization, with over 4,100 members representing students, faculty and alumni is geared towards betterment of its alma mater and the community. The Hostel Wi-Fi project, which was initiated at the beginning of the last year, is not progressing at full-speed due to huge funding requirement. To kick-start the project, Ujj Nath has pledged for $5,000 and has secured an additional $10,000 in commitments from other alumni. In order to make the project a reality in the required timeframe, felt the need to approach its members and raise the necessary finance. This will also provide an opportunity for the members to give back something to the college and the community.

All members are requested to go through FAQ and donate generously to make this project a reality in the coming months.

Thanking you for your help and cooperation, Yogesh K. Upadhyaya For Board of Directors

Hostel Wi-Fi Project: An appeal for donation - by Ujj Nath
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006
ujjnath.jpgMr. Ujj Nath-Meta 1979 -is the Team Leader and major donor/fund raiser for this project. Please refer to for details.)

Dear Alumni:

I am writing this message because I am trying to reach out to those like minded alumni that feel the same way that I do - "It's time to give back to ITBHU, what ITBHU gave to you". I know most of us have very fond memories of those 5/4 years that we spent "Lancating", or hanging out at the "Paan dukan" at the corner of Dhanrajgiri and Rajputana. I am sure many of you have spent time hanging out at the canteen or the hostel and probably have nostalgic episodes that you relate to each other when you get together.

We have volunteered to try and help raise some funds for our Institute to help put network wiring in all the hostels. As some of you know (please look at the pictures), our hostels now have fiber optic connectivity to an access point outside the hostel. Unfortunately, that is where the connectivity stops. In order for the students to take advantage of things like email (stuff that we take for granted) and browsing the net, and checking out online content from the Library (yes we have just completed a small project) This is a message going out to all ITBHU alum's. Please help. We take money & public stock.

Please understand that in the US, we are registered 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and all donations will be tax free. You can also make donations via PayPal or you can set us up to get checks or wire transfers on a monthly basis.

Ujj Nath
Team leader-Wi-Fi Project

Hostel Wi-Fi Project-Technical Details
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

(This article is written by Animesh Pathak, CSE 2003. He is a member of the Project Team.)


Finally the project for providing Wi-Fi wireless internet connection to nine boys hostel and one girls hostel is taking off. An order for necessary hardware and installation services will be placed soon with a reputed vendor. The University Authorities have helped us by providing a high speed internet connection (of 100 Mpbs capacity) at the door step of each hostel. The hardware selection is done in keeping with students need and in consultation with the vendor.

Project plan:

The project plan is as follows:

a)The goal of this project is to provide Wireless 802.11 b/g connectivity to the ten ITBHU hostels. The 802.11b/g network will provide wireless access at 11 to 54Mbps from any computer in the area with an 802.11b/g wireless card.

b)The wireless and Ethernet infrastructure will have a single, shared uplink into the Fiber Optic backbone laid by BHU.

c)The Vendor shall provide annual maintenance of the wireless equipment, all the routing and switching devices. The Vendor shall provide pricing for the first year maintenance contract and for renewing every year thereafter solely at's discretion.

d)The Wireless network will provide unauthenticated as well as authenticated (WEP) wireless access. The institute shall be responsible for delegating a working mechanism to enforce or change user authentication and encryption policies from time to time. The mechanism thus provided will have limited control in that it affects enabling/disabling authentication requirements for specific wireless access points, while the institute retains complete control and responsibility for maintaining uptime of the Internet uplink and of all routing, switching and access point devices.


The equipment installed in each hostel will be:

a.) Three D- Link DWL 2700AP AirPremier G 2.4GHz Wireless Outdoor
Access Points []

b.) One D-Link model DES-1026G 24 Port 10/100 Mbps+2 GBIC Switch []

c.) Uniline online UPS with 1Hr backup [for networking equipment]

d.) Necessary amounts of CAT-6 cable to connect the equipments

Hostel Wi-Fi project-Frequently Asked Questions
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006
Q-1: What is Hostel Wi-Fi project?
A-1: It is a project to connect all the ten hostels on our campus through wireless access points, so that students can use their computers in the hostel rooms, without any need to go out for web surfing.

(Note-Gandhi Smriti Girls hostel was connected by wired internet in Feb. 2004, The project was funded by the class of 1979).

Q-2: Describe the project.
A-2: The project involves installing wireless routers in each hostel so that students can use internet facility in hostels. The university has already provided high-speed internet connection of 10 Gbps speed which terminates at each hostel.

For details, refer to The Chronicle-August 2005 issue:

Wi-Fir project will take the 802.11g/b access to the hostel rooms. The total estimated project cost is estimated to be Rs. 22.74 lakhs ($50,000 approx.)

It is targeted for completion by beginning of 2006-2007 academic year, i.e. by July 2006.

For details, refer to website:

Q-3: Which hostels are covered under this project?
A-3: All 10 hostels of IT-BHU are covered under this project. They are:

  1. De
  2. Dhanrajgiri
  3. Limbdi
  4. 4.Morvi
  5. Rajputana
  6. 6.Raman
  7. Vishwakarma
  8. Visvesvarya
  9. Vivekananda
  10. ITBHU Girls Hostel

Q-4: What is the status of the project?
A-4: We have received a competitive bid from a leading vendor in India for the project. The total cost of Rs. 22.74 lakhs includes hardware cost of Rs. 17.62 lakhs and service/installation cost of Rs. 5.12 lakhs. A Purchase Order for a total amount of Rs. 22.74 lakhs will be issued to the vendor very soon.

Q-5: How much should I donate?
A-5: The donation for Hostel Wi-Fi project is entirely voluntary and there is no minimum or maximum amount to donate. All-students/alumni/faculty/well-wishers-are encouraged to donate.

All donors who donate Rs. 20,000 or more (in India) or $500 or more (abroad) will have his name permanently listed in the List of Patrons for the project. For large donors who donate Rs. 40,000 or more (in India) or $1,000 or more (abroad) will have his name listed on a plaque, to be installed in Alumni Cell office on the campus. A person can also take up the tab of providing Wi-Fi internet for the hostel of his choice, by contributing the amount for connecting one such hostel, i.e. Rs. 2,00,000 (or $5,000). is contemplating to provide a permanent display (plaque or something similar). We are in the process of working through these logistics and all of these arrangements are pending approval by the administration.

Q-6: How long will the fund collection drive continue?
A-6: The fund collection drive will continue till our target amount ($50,000 approximate or Rs. 22,74,000) is achieved. Since we plan to complete the project by July 2006, we hope to collect the target amount by May/June 2006. Any surplus amount collected will be used towards implementing similar project, such as Hostel intranet project which will cover whole of IT including Institute / Common facilities and Hostels.

Q-7: Can I avail income-tax deduction for the amount donated?
A-7: Yes, registered in California, USA has applied for the status as a charitable organization with US government, under the clause 501(c)(3). All donors residing in USA can claim the amount donated for income-tax deduction with immediate effect. Similarly Bangalore based Prayas has also applied for registration as charitable organization in India.

Q-8: How the donation can be paid?
A-8: At present, dues can be paid by either cash or check or PayPal. Dues can either be sent directly to Jagadish Bandhole, treasurer or can be handed over to coordinators of local/regional chapters of association. A business account for is maintained in a San Francisco, USA branch of Bank of America. All checks must be drawn on ITBHU Organization of Alumni, Inc.

Please note that whatever may be method of payment, all the donated amounts will be received by organization and shall be exclusively used for Wi-Fi project. For more details on the modes of payment, refer to website:

  • Check can be mailed to:
    Jagadish Bandhole
    Attn: ITBHU
    20195 La Paloma Avenue, Saratoga, California 95070, USA.

    The check can be an international (for example, rupee) check. Your check will be deposited here in the fund.

  • Cash or Check can also be handed over to coordinators of local chapters. The coordinators will then forward the collected checks and cash to Jagadish Bandhole. Please contact coordinators of your chapter for more details.

    For the list of coordinators for your local chapters [click here]
    (Note: Please provide a link of the excel spread sheet List of fund raisers).

  • Donors in India can also hand over Check or cash to Prayas organization. Please make the Draft or Check in favour of "PRAYAS SBI A/C 01100050156" payable at SBI, Mico Layout Branch, Bangalore.

    Please send the Draft or Check to:
    Shiv Shankar Maurya,
    #140, Himagiri Meadows
    Gottigere, Bannerghatta Road
    Bangalore 560083

  • Online Transfers:
    Make the Draft or Check in favour of "PRAYAS SBI A/C 01100050156"
    Use the SWIFT account # SB IN IN BB 147, the PRAYAS account # 01100050156 and SBI branch (Mico Layout, Bangalore) to schedule your online payment.

All donors shall receive an email receipt of the payment made.

Please fill out the Donation Form and send it along with your donation.

Q-9: How to send a feedback about the Wi-Fi project?
A-9: The members can send their feedback, suggestions, queries and concerns in a variety of ways. We welcome all suggestions and criticisms from the members, which will be valuable in improving our service to the community.

  • For project related queries, please send your questions to either
    Arvind Gupta at
    Ujj Nath at .
  • For financial questions about dues sent, etc. to
    Jagadish Bandhole (treasurer) at
    To your local coordinator, if the dues are paid through him.
  • For technical questions, please contact
    Animesh Pathak at
    Sanjay Dani at
  • You may also send query of any kind to volunteers:
    Yogesh Upadhyaya at
    Anshuman Singh at
    Debashish Bhattacharyya at

Update on IIT front
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

As requested by HRD Ministry, our institute submitted a document on autonomy for the institute on March 10. The ministry wanted to know how the seven colleges will have governance system once they are upgraded. Our document describes the future governance of our institute as similar to other IITs, i.e. governed by Director and Deans.

There is no further development on the IIT front. The Government is probably waiting for some answers (about autonomy, national level entrance exam, recruitment of faculty on all-India basis, etc.) from the state governments for the colleges under their control. If any agreement is reached, then some sort of announcement expected by the government during May 10-23, when the Parliament meets for supplementary budget discussion.

A student entrepreneur needs your help
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

Raghav Wahi, a 3rd year student of Metallurgy at IT-BHU, is looking for help from students and alumni community for his ambitious dream project. He is in the process of starting a BPO style company (InfoManage Inc.), with the amazing idea. He is joined in his Endeavour by his colleagues namely; Aditya Goyal (Chemical 2008), Vipul Srivastava (Ceramics 2006) and others.

He needs your help in the following area:

  1. Help on the legal front with the IPR etc
  2. Help with contacts in the US and other people who can give me input on the business
  3. Any other advice that you deem suitable for us.

The details plan of his plan for his proposed venture is [ outlined here. ]

He is in the process of forming a company. He can be contacted at
(Ph: 09335015121)

We encourage new ventures by our young students and alumni. The Chronicle wishes best of luck to Raghav for his bold adventure.

Dr. Venkatesh awarded with The National Mineral Award - 2004 in Mining Technology
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

(The above news is provided by Manish Mishra, Chem 2002)

Honorable Union Minister for Mines, Shri. Sis Ram Ola presented the National Mineral Award for 2004 to Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Scientist III, National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Kolar Gold Fields, in New Delhi on 8th March. Dr.Venkatesh's experimental work in coalmines has paved the way for operating big opencast coal projects in western India. He has made commendable contributions on mitigation of rock mass damage due to blasting. His expertise in controlled blasting has led to development of an economical method of muffling that is being applied
in many projects successfully. In recognition of his significant contribution in the field of Mining Technology, National Mineral Award-2004 was conferred upon Dr.Venkatesh.

Dr.Venkatesh acquired his M. Tech in Mining Engineering from IT-BHU in
the year 1990.

Additional news about National Mineral Awards:

News Link

National Mineral Awards for 2004 given away

New Delhi: Twenty-two geo-scientists, engineers and technologists were on Wednesday awarded with the National Mineral Awards 2004 for their outstanding contribution in the field of mines.

Union Minister of Mines, Sis Ram Ola, presented the awards at a function held here today.

While giving away the award, Ola called on geo-scientist community to evaluate the non-conventional energy potential of the country to address the enormous pressure on water and energy resources posed by the ever-increasing population, and stressed on exploring more gas hydrates in ocean bed, coal bed methane and concentrate on ocean and geothermal energy conversion.

The Minister said that the Government has taken a number of policy initiatives to attract private investment in the field of mineral exploration, development and mining.

This has helped to attract state of the art technologies and additional capital investment to enrich the sector, Ola said, adding all our efforts should aim at sustainable development and growth.

The Minister of State for Mines, T. Subbarami Reddy, who was also present on the occasion, appealed to the geologists and mining engineers to concentrate on exploring new minerals which would help reduce countrys dependence on imports.

It still continues to be a net importer of many high value minerals and metals. The quest for self-reliance has been the motivating factor behind the exploratory endeavours in the country... Greater thrust should be on natural and anthropogenic hazard evaluation and disaster management. These awards would go a long way in inspiring the geo-scientists in the pursuit of excellence, Reddy said.

The National Mineral Awards Scheme now covers 14 earth science related fields carrying an award money of Rs. one lakh each with a trophy, certificate and a citation.

The National Mineral Awards for Excellence carries an award of Rs. three lakh, with a trophy, certificate and a citation for which, nobody has been selected for the year 2004.

So far, more than 500 geo-scientists have been honoured with the coveted National Mineral Awards and five have received the prestigious National Mineral Awards for Excellence.

Director General of Geological Survey of India, P.M. Tejale was also present here, along with several other dignitaries.

Dr. V. K. Raina [CIV '61] invited by Pakistan Government for a Seminar
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006
Dr. Raina.jpg Dr. Virindra Kumar Raina (Civil 1961), an eminent civil engineering scholar, has been invited by National Highway Authority of Pakistan as a key speaker for an international seminar on Bridges during 1st week of May, 2006 at Islamabad. He will also deliver lectures to Department of Civil Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.

Dr. Raina has an enviable track record in the field of civil engineering and particularly for bridge construction. He obtained a degree in Civil and Municipal Engineering from IT-BHU with two gold medals. He also obtained a Masters degree and PhD in the field of Concrete Structures and Technology from Imperial College of London.

Dr Raina is presently Technical Advisor to the Government of Bahrain for the Bahrain-Qatar Causeway Bridge. Prior to that, he served as Senior Expert and Consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank in many countries. He also had the privilege of heading the UN Team of Experts in Saudi Arabia for the multi-billion dollar extensive road network development and maintenance program.

Dr. Raina delivered guest lectures at our institute last November. He plans to visit our institute frequently and share his knowledge and the expertise in the field of civil engineering. His impressive biodata is attached below. Also attached is Introduction to Bahrain-Qatar Causeway Sea Link. This bridge is 40 KM long and being built at an estimated project cost of US $ 2.3 billion.


A man with a mission: A biography of Dr. P.R. Pabrai (PHE - 1946)
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

(A biography of Dr. P.R. Pabrai in Express Pharma 16-31 March 2006. He studied B. Pharm and M. Pharm from College of Pharmacy-BHU in 40s. Currently he serves as Vice-Chairman of the scientific body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission)

Excerpts from the article:

The Making of a professional

Born in Jalandhar in 1926, Paramjit Rai Pabrai is the perfect example of a small town boy making it big in the big bad world. He was armed with more than enough to win battlesa strong value system. His father was a staunch Arya Samaj follower and a self-made man, who was the first person to go to college in his village. Pabrai claims that his mother and father had a great influence in shaping his personality. After his early education in Jalandhar, he shifted to Lahore for matriculation at DAV College.

At a tender age of 16, he joined the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to pursue a course in B. Pharm. He was one of those rare people who knew what they wanted. In times when engineering was considered a goldmine, he realized that he had an aptitude for chemistry and chose pharmacy over engineering. The three-year bachelor degree in pharmacy that he did was incidentally the only B. Pharm course available in the country at that point of time. As his parents were the ones who inculcated in him the trait of individuality, they were supportive of his decision and gave him freedom to pursue his dreams, which did indeed come true.

Not that his way to success was rocky. Pabrai had a whale of a time at BHU, thanks to the erudite faculty and thrust on academics. Reminiscing those good old days, Pabrai talks of one of the best things that happened to him. He met his role model and mentor there Prof M L Schroff. Schroff was not just a teacher, but a great human being. Influenced by him, Pabrai evolved a moral value system that he stood by through his life.

He finished his Bachelors in Pharmacy with flying colours. He not only stood first in the order of merit but also secured the Aruna Prize. He went in for his Masters in Pharmacy from the same University. After a winning streak in academics, Pabrai went in for teaching in Medical College, Cuttack for a little over three years. In 1950, when he was just about 24 years old, he was invited by his mentor M L Schroff to take up the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy at BITS Pilani.

Vishwakarma of Banaras Hindu University- by V Sundaram
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

A biography of Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviyaji (a must read), as appeared in April edition of News Today:

Read the entire article

An excerpt from the article:

"Even at the cheap risk of being dismissed as communal, I would like to say, as a humble lover of Hinduism, Hinduness, Hindutva and Sanathana Dharma, that one of my great heroes is Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861-1946). A great patriot, eminent educationist, renowned journalist, social and religious reformer, erudite scholar, able parliamentarian and an eloquent speaker, Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya was a shining light of the constitutional movement in India. He became the President of the Indian National Congress at its session in Delhi in 1918. For long, he remained a Member of the United Provinces Legislative Council and the Central Legislative Assembly. He was one of those giants who laid the foundation of modern Indian nationalism. He had widely acclaimed achievements to his credit, chief among them being the founder and architect of the Banaras Hindu University. He was a giant amongst men who laid the solid foundation of Indian Nationalism and year by year, built up brick by brick and stone by stone, the noble edifice of India's freedom."

National Convention on Environmental Engineering held on April 7 in IT BHU
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

Water pollution most challenging environmental issue
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, April 7

DIRECTOR OF Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University Prof SN Upadhyay said here on Friday that environment was a boon in disguise and each and every person of the society should be made aware of the importance of environment conservation.

He was addressing the inaugural function of the three-day 22nd National Convention on Environmental Engineering with Special Emphasis on Cost Recovery and Pricing of Services at Swatantrata Bhawan in BHU here on Friday.

Civil Engineering Department of IT-BHU has organised the convention in collaboration with Institution of Public Health Engineers (India).

Prof Upadhyay said that growing consumerism, an unprecedented increase in population, lack of awareness towards environment conservation, increasing industrial and agricultural activities etc were the main reasons responsible for the poor environment scenario across the world. He said that water contamination was the most challenging environmental issue for crores of people across the world.

Although there is plenty of water on the earth, drinking water is in a limited amount, he said, adding there was 6.6 per cent ground water while rivers, ponds, lakes and other such sources had .03 per cent of total water on the earth. He further expressed concern over increasing pollution in rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna and Gomti etc and arsenic contamination in ground water.

Prof Upadhyay suggested that the government levy some kind of water cess or tax on waste domestic water for recycling the same waste water for use. He said that at the same time, the government should encourage pollution control measures.

Dean of Engineering and Technology Faculty in IT, Prof JN Sinha presided over the function and said that there must be environment awareness in every person. Vice-president of Institution of Public Health Engineers (India), engineer BK Sengupta expressed concern over arsenic contamination of water in different parts of the country.

Executive Engineer of Housing and Urban Development Corporation of India Malay Chatterjee was guest of honour on the occasion.

Head of Civil Engineering Department Prof RK Agrawal delivered the welcome address while convener of the convention Prof G Banerjee established the theme of the convention. Dr Brind Kumar conducted the programme while Dr Devendra Mohan proposed the vote of thanks.

Electrical Engineering Dept. organises Prastuti 2006
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006
PRASTUTI - All India Engineering Student Paper Contest organized by Electrical Engineering Society, was conceived in August 2000 when the IEE, IT-BHU chapter felt the need to start an activity to assist the budding technological issues in their fields. The idea was to provide a platform nearer home to inculcate in the students a culture of research, thinking and presenting new ideas and technologies. The idea was that a successful engineer is not only able to research and create new technologies but is also able to present his/her subject in a professional manner. To enable it to be a platform for students to debate the recent issues which dominated industrial space in a big way, four categories were created viz.

  • Electronics & Communication
  • Computer Systems
  • Electrical Engineering

Important Fields Related to Electrical Engineering

A committee of teachers and experts reviewed the papers received and the authors whose papers are selected for presentation are invited to IT-BHU. The presentations are held in the state-of-the-art Senate Hall of BHU Swantantrata Bhawan where a group of teachers, experts and students question the presenters on the merits and de-merits of their papers and debate on a host of issues related to the papers.

PRASTUTI is one of the activities among a host of other activities of IEE/IEEE IT-BHU Chapter where students are encouraged to participate in quiz contests, software design. Beneficiaries of this event, however, have been the student organizing bodies of the successive editions of PRASTUTI as the experience of organizing an All India level paper presentation contest has enriched them and developed their skills.

This year, PRASTUTI invitations were sent to more than 250 colleges and an excellent response was received with about 180 out station papers in total. The event started on 24th March, Friday. In the inaugural function, Mr. Sanjay Kr. Saxena, Technical Advisor and Director of Preemptive Systems Ltd. were invited as chief guest. The director of the institute Prof. S.N.Upadhyay, Dean of students Prof. J.N. Sinha and the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering Prof. S.C.Gupta were also among the dignitaries present. The event was organized from 24-26th march.

For the slide presentation in Electrical Engineering category, sponsored by Areva T&D, the presentation included simulations and studies related to core Electrical engineering such as 3 phase ac-ac converter, semi-global stabilization of linear systems, weld free contactors etc. Among the posters presented in this, interesting topics like Kalman filter, Magnetic levitation and new types of motors were lucidly presented by students. The first prize was awarded to Mitesh Popat of IIT Roorkee for his paper on Modeling And Simulation Of A Three Phase Ac- Ac Matrix Converter Using Direct Transfer Function Approach. From IT BHU, Rajat Kashyap of 4th yr Electrical Engineering bagged the third prize. In the posters, M.Vykuntarao and D.Siva Nagahari of J.N.T.U.C.E Kakinada won the first prize for their poster on Motorator. In Computer science category, sponsored by Flextronics, the papers covered a wide range of topics and innovations in the field of Computer science such as Optical Ethernet, Online character recognition and encryption algorithms. The First prize was given to P.Basu of 3rd yr Computer science, IT BHU while Ashutosh Parkhi of same branch and yr was third. For the posters, Saurabh Tripathi and Ritu Nayak of IEC College of Engineering & Technology, Greater Noida were awarded the first prize.

In Electronics and communication category an interesting slide session comprising of topics like Mobile controlled domestic appliances, neutron dosimetry and multiplexer decomposition using genetic algorithms was discussed. Sudeep Tandon of B.Tech Pt. IV Electronics Engineering IT BHU won the first prize and Shilpi Prasad of 3rd yr IT BHU stood 2nd in the contest.

Papers presented in other important fields related to electrical engineering covered concerns related to Bio-medical engineering like Bio-electronic sensors, security using Bio-metrics etc. Sushant Mittal and Rahul Gupta of IT BHU won first prize for his paper on Blinds paradise.

Apart from paper presentations, PRASTUTI 2006 also hosted a number of other interesting events. On the first day, delegates from Flextronics gave an informative talk on 3G technology in Mobile communication. It was followed by an interactive technical quiz on the same topic by Shravan Kr Shukla, an Alumni of Electrical Engineering department, IT BHU in the senate hall. He is currently associated with Flextronics Software Systems. In this quiz many attractive prizes were given on the spot. The next day, there was a software quiz sponsored by Swastik computers on C language. There was a talk on studying abroad in Australia by Mrs. Hema Sharda. In this talk students were informed about the procedures and the requirements for foreign studies.

Metallurgy Society: Annual seminar and Metallurgy Day celebrations
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

The Metallurgy Society, Department of Metallurgical Engineering organized its annual seminar and Metallurgy Day celebrations on March 24th and 25th 2006. The seminar, titled ETMPT (Emerging Trends in Materials Processing Technology), explored various aspects of materials processing with emphasis on tribology. The two day extravaganza was dotted with fabulous research papers from institutes all over India. It was a good mix of seasoned scientists and budding researchers. The seminar was inaugurated on the morning of 24th March by Dr.O.N.Mohanty Vice-Chancellor, BP University of Technology, and Dr. M.Singh- a distinguished NASA scientist. Also present were Rector Prof. S.Lele, Director Prof.S.N.Upadhyay, Dean Prof J.N.Sinha, and Head of the Department Prof.R.C.Gupta.

Amidst the formalities of traditional inaugurations, the chief guests threw light on subjects ranging from advanced materials to tribology, steel foams to nanosteel.

The lead lecture was delivered by Dr.M.Singh who awed the audience with his lucid presentation on aerospace materials. He showed a number of components used in NASA's spaceshuttles and explained the characteristics of their materials.

This was followed by 2 hour sessions of paper presentations. Papers came from several reputed centers of learning including National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur and Chennai. Also, research scholars from BHU working in related areas presented their work. All
through the seminar, students were awed at the developments in the field of materials processing. To the credit of the presenters, the presentations were a perfect blend of student-friendly illustrations, and high quality research.

Farewell Ceremony
The Department used the occasion to bid adieu to two of its most experienced teachers- Prof.Deo Nath and Prof.J.P.Pathak. An informal felicitation function was held, followed by dinner for the faculty and their families. Present at the function was Mr.Supriya DasGupta of the
renowned firm MN Dastoor and Co. that specializes in steel plant consulting in various parts of the world.

Metallurgy Day

After the seminar ended in the afternoon of 25th March, the department celebrated Metallurgy Day. The chief guest was Mr.Das Gupta. During the lengthy session, numerous awards were presented to meritorious students, dedicated non-teaching staff, and superannuated professors.
Praneet Adusumilli of B.Tech-IV and Tanmay Bera of M.Tech bagged the student honours. Smt.Letha Ajay and Mr.Chaturvedi were given the non-teaching staff awards. The Distinguished Services Award was presented to Prof.D.S.Sarma, Prof.S.Lele, and Prof.S.N.Tiwari. Also,
the annual publication of the Metallurgy Society, Maitri was released. The magazine features articles from students, interviews with retiring teachers and alumni.

All in all, the two days were filled with intellectual activity, informal talks between students and faculty, and plenty of inspiration for the budding metallurgists.

Paper Presentation Contest organised by Institute of Engineers
Arun @ Apr 13, 2006

The Varanasi Students Chapter (IT-BHU Local Centre) organized a students paper presentation contest on 9th March 2006. The theme of the contest was Current Issues in Environmental Protection: Role of different Engineering Disciplines. A total of 9 abstracts were received and selected for the final presentation. The participants (engineering students from different branches of IT-BHU) were from a wide spectrum right from first yearites to third yearites. The judges panel included Prof. N.C.Karmarkar (Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IT-BHU), Dr. Devendra Mohan (Reader, Dept. of Civil Engg., IT-BHU), Dr. Surendra Kumar (Dept. of Chemical Engg., IT-BHU). Prof. Madhulika Agarwal (Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science, BHU, Varanasi) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the event.

The participants emphasized on the modern-day problems facing the environment, their causes and the requisite role that engineering disciplines play in environmental protection. Vivid ideas were presented, such as the pristine potential of nanotechnology in fostering environmental protection; interlinking of rivers to protect surrounding environment, simultaneously tackling the problem of water shortage and harnessing economic development in the nearby areas; breakthroughs in automobile technology in controlling pollution, etc. All these discussions were supported by logical arguments, facts and figures. The allotted time for each participant was 7 minutes, with 3 minutes for a Question-Answer session. Based on the criteria of sequence of logical conclusion, facts, presentation skills and body language, the first prize was awarded to Raghav Wahi (III year, Metallurgy), second prize to Irshad H. Jaipuri and Kirti P. Mishra (III year, Civil) and third prize to Gopal Awasthi and Shashank Jain (2nd year, Mechanical).

There was an expert lecture after the students presentations on the same topic by Prof. Madhulika Agarwal. It was a very informative and enlightening lecture for the audience. She talked about the history of environmental protection and stressed upon why our environment is indispensable and cannot be neglected at the cost of other things. She talked about how the different engineering disciplines can contribute to the cause of environmental protection.

The prizes were distributed by Prof. Madhulika Agarwal, Chief Guest along with Prof. T.R.Mankhand (Chairman, IE(I), VLC). Both emphasized on the need for students to spread awareness regarding environmental protection in developing nations like India. Both encouraged students to study well, bring out new ideas and fetch laurels for the motherland, contributing their own part in the engineering profession. Other judges also encouraged the students and were satisfied with the level of paper presentation. Prof T.R.Mankhand gave a memento to the Chief Guest, Prof. Madhulika Agarwal. The students were very motivated and felt enriched with knowledge on hearing the golden words of such reputed engineers and educationists. Finally, the vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. R.K.Mishra, Students Advisor, Institution of Engineers (India), Varanasi Local Centre.

BHU-IT students complain against �callousness� of docs
Chronicle Editor @ Apr 13, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, April 7

Agitated over the alleged improper medical treatment of their teacher at Sir Sunderlal Hospital in Banaras Hindu University, the students of Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) submitted a four-point charter of their demands to director of Institute of Medical Sciences Prof Gajendra Singh today afternoon.

The students said, Dr RM Banik, Reader at School of Biochemical Engineering at IT, was operated for gall bladder removal on March 11, 2006 and subsequently ERCP was done to remove two stones present in the duet on March 18 by Dr VK Dixit and Dr AK Jain of Gastroenterology Department of IMS-BHU.

The ERCP was done very carelessly without anesthetic administration and it was for one-and-a-half-hour and while performing ERCP, Dr RM Banik was about to die due to low pulse and cardiac collapse, alleged the students.

The students requested the IMS director to take immediate action within 48 hours (by Monday) from the submission of their letter, failing which they would be forced to resort to agitation in front of the IMS directors office.

Immediate suspension of the two doctors, inquiry against them, suspension of junior doctors who performed ERCP to Dr Banik without presence of senior doctors, CBI inquiry into private practice of BHU doctors and their involvement in taking commission from private pathological labs outside BHU and inquiry into misuse or sale of blood donated by students of BHU, are the demands of the irate students.

Around two-dozen IT-BHU students including Santosh, Sourish Karmakar, Runni Mukherjee, Mayank, Sandeep Pandey and Devendra Pathak submitted the four-point charter of their demands to the IMS directors office.

Meanwhile Dr V.K. Dixit, when contacted, while denying the charges said, the operation of Dr Banik was done quiet smoothly. Even if there was some complication, then it was a genuine medical phenomenon which could occur with anybody, he added.

�Pen down� in IT-BHU against quota move
Chronicle Editor @ Apr 13, 2006

Let merit decide, not caste: Students
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, April 12

STUDENTS OF Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University on Wednesday went on a three-day Pen Down Movement to protest the Union Governments proposal to enhance reservation in Central-Government funded institutes.

Wearing black ribbons on their arms, a large number of students gathered at the Directors Office and declared a boycott of all classes, labs and examinations from today to Friday, with an aim to spread this movement nationwide and creating mass public opinion against the law. The students of this premier institute are of the view that this reservation policy would weaken the education system across the country and therefore it should not be introduced at any cost.

We are doing this with the sole motive of voicing our protests against the unwelcome interference of politics in the education system. This move overlooks the effect on the standards and reputation of premier institutes like the IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and others by weakening their intellectual strength, said the students in a letter forwarded to Dean of IT, Prof JN Sinha here today, adding the admission of students, who do not meet the standard required is not only unjust for the students of the general category but it also deprives meritorious students of standard education in the country.

The decision will leave good brains with no option but to flee the country and study in other countries, apprehended the students, adding all we are trying to say is that let merit decide, not caste that who should be admitted and who should not. We are not against any caste but are only against the governments move of creating quotas. We see this as th government passing its failure onto us. They failed to provide good education at primary level and are now making the quality of higher education suffer, lambasted the students.

We are in favour of justice to all but this should be provided by giving good quality, free primary education and not by providing reservation. We want people to join us in our efforts. As this decision has been taken to garner votes from a large vote bank, no political party will oppose it. There is no other way to make government take back its decision than a mass uprising. We also request for the support of college administration, said the students.

Interestingly, the entire agitation was led by an OBC student of BTech. first year, Keshav Kishore. He said that if the government continued to grant reservations in this manner, then after 10 years or so, the students of general category would be admitted on reservation basis. He said that this move of the Union Government would deepen the gap between different communities in the country. Ankita Gupta and Manvendra Saxena were among other students who decried the proposal of Union Government to enhance reservation. Chief proctor of BHU Prof SK Singh and Dean of Students Prof VK Kumra along with members of the proctorial board and security personnel were present to monitor the situation.

Chronicle Editor @ Apr 13, 2006

We are grateful to Manish Mishra (Chemical 2002) for forwarding news item about Dr. Venkatesh and Mr. Pushpendra Gupta (Mechanical 2007) for forwarding news about Dr. V. K. Raina.

We also appreciate the help of Nitin Mohan (ECE 1999) and Rajneesh Kumar (CSE 1995) for forwarding press clippings.

Readers� Feedback
Chronicle Editor @ Apr 13, 2006

For our issue dated March 10 2006 we received following feedback from our valuable readers:

I was delighted to read the Convocation Speech by President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam! It was great to see the President of India giving a major speech at our Alma Mater.

Wonderful job with the IT-BHU Chronicle March '06 Issue! Wish you all the best.

Manu Vora (March 17)
(Chemical 1968)

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