IT BHU Chronicle: May '06 edition
Arun @ May 09, 2006
Published on May 10, 2006 The Chronicle May, 2006 issue. Vol.2006 : Issue 0005
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Hostel Wifi Project: Latest Updates
Arun @ May 09, 2006
We are pleased to inform you that the project of providing WiFi internet connections to 10 hostels on our campus is progressing as planned. On April 13, 2006, a Purchase Order for a total amount of Rs. 22.74 lakhs (hardware cost Rs.17.62 lakhs + service/installation cost Rs.5.12 lakhs) was issued to Airtel Enterprise Services Lucknow, a division of Bharti Infotel Limited.

However, we have a long way to go in collecting necessary funds to complete the project. So far (as on May 10) we have collected only about Rs. 11.44 lacs by donation. A thermometer below shows the amount collected so far. In order to complete the project by July 2006, we need to raise the balance amount by May or June.

For details, please visit http://www.itbhuglobal.org/projects/wifi-details.html

WiFi Team requests everyone (including all alumni, students, faculty and well-wishers) to come forward and donate generously, so as to make the project successful.

Thanking you for your co-operation and generous support,
Ujj Nath (Meta 1979)
For Hostel WiFi Project Team


Hostel Wi-Fi Project: Frequently Asked Questions
Arun @ May 09, 2006

Q-1: What is the Hostel Wi-Fi project?

A-1: The Wi-Fi Project will install wireless routers in all hostels so students with a Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) enabled laptop or desktop can access the Internet from anywhere in hostels. By installing new Wi-Fi Access Points, this facility will extend the BHU-provided high-speed 10 Gbps Internet access that at present terminates at a single point in each hostel.

The total estimated project cost is Rs. 22.74 lakhs (approx. $51,681). It will be funded entirely from alumni donations. The targeted completion date is July 2006, in time for the new academic year.

Project Details are prominently posted on www.itbhuglobal.org:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/projects/archives/000541.html and at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/projects/wifi-details.html

Q-2: Which hostels are covered under this project?

A-2: All 10 hostels of IT-BHU are covered under this project. They are:

1. De
2. Dhanrajgiri
3. Limbdi
4. Morvi
5. Rajputana
6. Raman
7. Vishwakarma
8. Visvesvarya
9. Vivekananda
10. ITBHU Girls’ Hostel (Connected with Wired Internet in Feb 2004 with funds from the Class of 1979)

Q-3: What is the status of the project?

A-3: ITBHUGlobal.org has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ITBHU administration to implement the project and connect with the existing network. After vetting multiple competitive bids ITBHUGlobal.org has selected the implementation vendor and finalized the estimated cost.

On April 13, 2006, a Purchase Order for a total amount of Rs. 22.74 lakhs (hardware cost Rs.17.62 lakhs + service/installation cost Rs.5.12 lakhs) was issued to Airtel Enterprise Services Lucknow, a division of Bharti Infotel Limited.

Q-4: How much should I donate?

A-4: Donation is voluntary. There is no minimum or maximum amount. All alumni, faculty, students and ITBHU well-wishers are encouraged to donate.

For significant donors:

a) All donors with donation amount of $ 500 or Rs. 22,000 or equivalent will have their names permanently listed in the List of Patrons for the project. The list will be maintained on the itbhuglobal.org website.

b) All donors who donate $ 1,000 or Rs. 44,000 or equivalent will have their names listed on a plaque, to be installed in Alumni Cell office on the campus.

c) All donors of $ 5,000 or Rs. 2,20,000 or equivalent will have their names listed on a plaque in a hostel. There may be more than one plaque per hostel if more than 10 individuals donate $5000 or Rs. 2,20,000 or more.

d) All donors of $ 15,000 or Rs. 6,60,000 or equivalent will have their name exclusively put on a plaque in a hostel of their choice as well as in the on-campus alumni office except for donors governed by paragraph (e) below.

e) A special category of donor has also been created. This will apply to the first donor of $ 75,000 or Rs. 33,00,000 or equivalent who will be recognized as the sole donor for the entire project. His/Her name will be listed on all hostels as well as in the on-campus alumni office. The first donor of $75,000 or Rs. 33,00,000 or more will result in us achieving our Wi-Fi project fund raising goals and ITBHUGlobal.org will stop fund raising for this project once these funds have been credited to ITBHUGlobal.org’s bank account. Plaques for donors in categories (c) & (d) will be honored till we receive such a donation.

A person can donate under his name or as a group (such as class of CSE2003 or a class of 1977) or for a chapter (such as New Jersey chapter of itbhuglobal.org). This should be clearly stated on the check or in a separate email sent to Fund Raisers. The names on the plaque shall correspond to the name on the check if a separate request has not been sent in as to what name should be listed on the plaque.

Details posted at: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/projects/wifi-recognition.html

Q-5: How long will the fund collection drive continue?

A-5: The fund raising drive will continue till our target amount of approx. $51,681 or Rs. 22,74,000 is reached or till the first $75,000 or Rs. 33,00,000 donation is received. Since we plan to complete the project by July 2006, we hope to reach the target by May or June.

Q-6: What happens if the total money collected exceeds the Wi-Fi project budget?

A-6: Any surplus amount collected will be used towards implementing a similar project, such as the “Hostel intranet project” to extend the Wi-Fi footprint to the entire Institute campus, including common facilities.

Q-7: Can I avail income-tax deduction for the amount donated?

A-7: Yes. ITBHUGlobal.org, registered in California, USA, has applied for the status as a charitable organization with the IRS under the clause 501(c) (3). All donors that pay taxes in the USA can claim the amount donated for income-tax deduction for the tax year in which they donate. ITBHUGlobal.org recommends that any question related to tax emption be clarified through you individual Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Similarly, Bangalore-based Prayas, collecting payments on behalf of ITBHUGlobal.org in India, has also applied for registration as a charitable organization in India.

Q-8: How the donation can be paid?

A-8: Please visit this page for updated donation process.

Q-9: How to send feedback on 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 contact
Arvind Gupta "arvind [dot] gupta [at] ece92 [dot] itbhu [dot] org" OR
Ujj Nath "ujj [dot] nath [at] met79 [dot] itbhu [dot] org".

For financial questions about your donation, please contact
Jagadish Bandhole (Treasurer) "jagadish[dot] bandhole [at] cse95 [dot] itbhu [dot] org" OR
your local coordinator, if you donated through him/her.

For technical questions, please contact
Animesh Pathak "animesh [dot] pathak[at] cse03 [dot] itbhu [dot] org" OR
Sanjay Dani "sanjay [dot] dani [at] cse87 [dot] itbhu [dot] org".

For any general queries to an ITBHUGlobal.org volunteer, please contact
Yogesh Upadhyaya "yogesh [dot] upadhyaya [at] che77 [dot] itbhu [dot] org"
Anshuman Singh " anshuman [dot] singh [at] eee98 [dot] itbhu [dot] org"
Debashish Bhattacharyya at "Debashish [dot] Bhattacharyya [at] mec82 [dot] itbhu [dot] org"


Hostel Wifi Project: List of Fundraisers
Arun @ May 09, 2006
S # City Country Fund Raisers email address
1 Waterloo Canada Nitin Mohan nitin [dot] mohan [at] ece99 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
2 Bangalore India Anshuman Singh anshuman [dot] singh [at] eee98 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
3 Bangalore India Anuraag Dubey anuraagd [at] india [dot] triviumsys [dot] com
4 Bangalore India Deepesh Agarwal deepesh [at] motorola [dot] com
5 Bangalore India Shiv Shankar Maurya ssmaurya [at] yahoo [dot] com
6 Bangalore India Vipul Srivastava vipul_wd [at] hotmail [dot] com
7 Lucknow India Amitanshu Nath amitanshu [dot] nath [at] eee03 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
8 Lucknow India Keerty Nath keerty [dot] agarwal [at] cse04 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
9 Mumbai India Varun Grover varun [dot] grover26 [at] gmail [dot] com
10 New Delhi India Arvind Gupta arvind [dot] gupta [at] ece92 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
11 New Delhi India Debashish Bhattacharya debashish [dot] bhattacharyya [at] mec82 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
12 New Delhi India Pushpinder Singh pushpinder [dot] singh [at] mec93 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
13 New Delhi India Manish Srivastava Manish [dot] Srivastava [at] rbs [dot] co [dot] uk
14 Varanasi India Prakhar Jha Prakhar [dot] Jha [at] mec07 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
15 Varanasi India Supreet Agarwal supreet [dot] agarwal [at] phe07 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
16 Kaula Lampur Malaysia Ashish Kale ashish [dot] kale [at] cer98 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
17 Singapore Singapore Anand Singh anand [dot] singh [at] ece93 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
18 Austin USA Vasudev Singh Vasudev [dot] Singh [at] min04 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
19 Boston USA Deepak Mathur deepak [dot] mathur [at] met01 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
20 Los Angeles USA Animesh Pathak animesh [dot] pathak [at] cse03 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
21 Los Angeles USA Ujj Nath ujj [dot] nath [at] met79 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
22 New York and New Jersey USA Yogesh Upadhyaya yogesh [dot] upadhyaya [at] che77 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
23 San Francisco USA Sanjay Dani Sanjay [dot] Dani [at] CSE87 [dot] itbhu [dot] org/td>
24 San Jose USA Rajneesh Kumar rajneesh [dot] kumar [at] cse95 [dot] itbhu [dot] org
25 San Jose USA Sumeet Arora sumeet [dot] arora [at] ece95 [dot] itbhu [dot] org

New Jersey Chapter: Alumni Meet - 10th June
Arun @ May 09, 2006

A meeting of alumni residing in New Jersey and surrounding area is planned on June 10, 2006 (Saturday) at 5.00 PM, at Chutney Manor Restaurant, South Brunswick, NJ. All are invited with their spouses/families for this family get-together.

The agenda: Introduction, good time and general discussion (about institute, WiFi project, IIT issue, etc.) If interested, please contact coordinators, latest by 3rd June.

Coordinators for NJ chapter:
1) Yogesh Upadhyaya (CHE 77): [Yogesh.Upadhyaya [AT]che77.itbhuglobal.org]
2) Anil Singh (ECE 95) [Anil.Singh [AT] ece95.itbhuglobal.org]


Southern California Chapter: Alumni Meet, June 3rd'06
Arun @ May 09, 2006

The ITBHUGlobal.org Southern California Chapter is meeting on Saturday, June
3, 2006 from 11am to 3pm. Please mark your calendars. More details at
the meeting announcement page.

Highlights of the meet:

  • Latest updates on the www.itbhuglobal.org site so you can get connected with your institute, faculty, students and other alumni.
  • Update on the Wireless Internet project for the ITBHU hostels. This project is funded/managed by the Alumni.
  • Excellent opportunity to network with other Alumni in the area.


Alumni Guest House @ IT - Inaugruated
Arun @ May 09, 2006
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The Alumni Guest House at IT BHU was inaugurated by Prof. Punjab Singh along with Mr. Ramesh Mody on 24th of April '06.

Mr. Mody donated the entire corpus of funds that was used for the construction of this guest house along with the Gandhi Smriti Girls Hostel - the new girls hostel.

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The guest house has 27 rooms equipped with all facilities and is now operational. The university is yet to sanction personnel for the kitchen. Till that happens the food would be supplied by the mess in the Girls Hostel.  
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The garden is being developed and has come up well. This is a work in progress and the authorities are trying their best to provide the best of the facilities to all the alumni who may be visiting there Alma Matar.
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[From Left: Prof. J N Sinha (Dean), Prof. P. M. Prasad (Ex, Director, IT), Prof. Punjab Singh (VC, BHU), Mr. Ramesh Mody, Prof. S. Lele (Rector, BHU), Prof. S N Upadhyay (Director, IT)]

 

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Hope you will visit the Institute soon and avail the facilities at the Guest House.

We would be publishing the details of the reservation process in a later article.

Have a happy stay!!


IMG launches Institute's new website
Arun @ May 09, 2006

The new website for the Institute was inaugurated on 10th May 2006 by the Prof. S. N. Upadhyay, Director of IT BHU.

The website is available at www.itbhu.ac.in

All the head of the departments were present at the inaugural function.

The new website has been developed by the students of Information Management Group (IMG) under the guidance of Dr. A. K. Mukherjee who is a faculty member in the Department of Applied Chemistry and the coordinator of IMG. Alumni members also contributed to this effort by guiding the students at various stages of development and providing them with the understanding of how such systems were created and managed.

The following students were involved in the design and development of the new website.

  • Arun Tangri (CSE 06)
  • Rahul Hari (CSE 06)
  • AbhishekKhanna (MEC 07)
  • Ravindra Patel (CSE 07)
  • Surendra Kumar (EEE 07)

The students were assisted by Mr. Diptiman Singh, a web counsultant based out of Varanasi.

The website will be hosted on ITBHUGlobal.org webserver and managed by IMG.

Please visit the website and let the IMG people know what you think and what improvements they can do to improve the website.

Website being inaugurated by Prof. S. N. Upadhyay.

Website in the background.

Prof. Kak reviewing the website and providing inputs to the team.


IT BHU Scientist to be involved in Space Mission
Arun @ May 09, 2006

IT BHU SCIENTIST ON SPACE MISSION
Solar B to solve the riddles of solar physics

Times Of India,
May 9, 2006

Read the complete article.

Excerpts from the article:

Dr. B. N. Dwivedi of the Applied Physics department is one of the investigators involved in an international space mission - Solar B - which is likely to be launched later this year from Uchinoura Space Center at Kagoshima (Japan).

Solar-B, a Japanese-UK-USA space mission will study the features on the Sun's surface along with the strength and direction of its magnetic field.

Dr. Dwivedi has been working since 1991 as an active scientist of the Solar Ultraviolet Measurements of Emited Radiation (SUMER) instrument on the prestigious space observatory Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which is a major European Space Agency & NASA project of international cooperation.

The Max-Planck-Institute in Katlenburg Lindau awarded Dr. Dwivedi, in 1999, one of the highest honors the 'Gold Pin' in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the SUMER science.

Read the complete article.


Dr. B. N. Dwivedi [APP] receives National Award
Arun @ May 09, 2006
Dr. B. N. Dwivedi, of Applied Physics Department, IT BHU, received the National Award for Science and Technology Communication for the year 2005.

The award is given by the Department of Science and Technology and consists of a citation and a cash award or Rs. 1,00,000.

The award was presented by Dr. Kiran Karnic, president NASSCOM,India. Dr. Dwivedi then meet with the President of India,  Dr. Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The award has been given to Dr. Dwivedi for writing numerous research papers and articles for various globally prestigious journals on difficult scientific topics for layman.

 


Book on Geosynthetics published by Dr. S. K. Shukla [CIV]
Arun @ May 09, 2006

ABOUT THE TEXTBOOK

Title: Fundamentals of Geosynthetic Engineering
Authors: Sanjay Kumar Shukla and Jian-Hua Yin
Publisher: Taylor and Francis, The Netherlands
Year of Publication: May 2006
ISBN 0 415 39444 9
Hardback, 24.7Χ17.3 cm

View the flyer of the Book

The development of polymeric materials in the form of geosynthetics has brought major changes to the area of Civil Engineering. Increasing interest in these materials and their use has resulted in significant advances in their practical applications in the last few decades. Following this progress, geosynthetics have become a common and favoured construction component in present-day geotechnical engineering. A wide range of compositions is now used, with properties tailored to conditions required for application.

Fundamentals of Geosynthetic Engineering provides an overview of the basic concepts of this fascinating and innovative subject area in a logical and illustrative way. This book guides the reader from basic description, manufacturing and material properties of the geosynthetics to their selection process and the major applications. It treats practical analysis and design concepts and provides guidelines for application. In addition, the quality control, field performance and monitoring of applied geosynthetics are discussed, and some aspects of costs analysis are described. The text is supported by examples, multiple choice and numerical questions with answers provided. One separate chapter with case studies is included in the book. In addition, the latest common test standards and codes of practice are introduced in a few sections with extensive references.

This textbook will serve courses in geosynthetics or earth reinforcement for graduate students in Geotechnical, Transportation, Hydraulic or Environmental Engineering. It may also be used as part of the undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering course for final year undergraduate students in Civil Engineering. The structure of this text also facilitates self-study by civil engineers, manufacturers and installers who wish to become familiar with the subject matter.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sanjay Kumar Shukla obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 1995. He has worked as a faculty member at several Indian universities and institutes and has been a visiting research scholar at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Shukla is currently Reader in Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. His expertise is in the area of geosynthetics, ground improvement, soil-structure interaction and foundation modelling. Read the complete CV

Jian-Hua Yin obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1990. He then worked for a major geotechnical consulting firm in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and later at C-CORE in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada before joining an international consulting firm in Hong Kong in 1994. He is currently a professor at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Yin specializes in constitutive modeling, soil and geosynthetics testing, analytical and numerical analysis, ground improvement, and geotechnical instrumentation.


Dr. Satyabrata Jit [ECE] & Dr. Yogesh Sharma [APC] receive the INSA Visiting Fellowship
Arun @ May 09, 2006

Dr. Satyabrata Jit of the Electronics Dept. was awarded the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) visiting fellowship for the year 2006. He would be visiting IIT Kharagpur

At IIT Kgp Dr. Jit would be working with Prof. S. K. Ray of the Department of Physics and Meteorology on Nano Electronic Devices.

[Read the CV of Dr. Jit]

Dr. Jit Says:

"Now-a-days, semiconductor nanoelectronics is one of the hottest and most challenging fields of research to the Scientists, Engineers and Researchers of all over the world. During the past 5 years I have carried out theoretical research work in the area of modeling and computer-based simulation of GaAs MESFET’s, SOI-MESFET’s and MOSFET’s, Integrated Optoelectronic Devices etc. At the moment we do not have adequate facilities in our department to carry out experimental work in this area. I, therefore, intend to visit the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and work with research group of Prof. Samit K. Ray in order to develop some familiarity with the experimental techniques related to the proposed area of work. In addition to this, another objective of my visit is to acquire some specialized experimental knowledge about Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) system that is used for fabrication of nanoelectronic devices.

In the present work, I want to learn the growth technique of SiGe nanostructures for mainly light emitting and memory devices. I also wish to carry out the fabrication and experimental characterization of XRD, PL and MOS devices and do some simulation on SiGe-based quantum well infrared photodetectors. The experimental knowledge expected to be acquired in the program would be useful for future upgradation of our existing microelectronics laboratory and development of similar facilities for fabrication of nanodevices."



Dr. Yogesh Sharma of the Applied Chemistry department was also awarded the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) visiting fellowship for the year 2006. Dr. Sharma would be visiting Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore.

Dr. Sharma would be working under Dr. K. S. Rao Department of Chemical Engineering at IISc.

Dr. Sharma says:

‘One of the most beautiful and satisfying feelings of life is to be at a quite cool spot, under bright umbrella, on the banks of a fresh water rippling stream flowing amidst natural greenery. Perhaps watching it, perhaps in the solitary company of GOD or even meditating! There is an economic angle to the scene, if the greenery is crop-field or a forest. The elements involved are the free bounties of nature: clean fresh air, cool uncontaminated water, unravaged land and quietness of the surroundings. And all of them are apt to get polluted or damaged through industrial activity of any kind.’

The above lines seem to be dream as on today as we hardly get unpolluted water even for drinking .Water is an important commodity and most part of the total available water is contained in oceans. Hardly 1% of the water is readily available for use and major part of it is utilized by industries. Industries finally discharge the effluent water in various water resources which ultimately get polluted. The solution to this problem lies in treatment and reuse of water. My area of expertise is water pollution control in which I am involved for the last decade. When I had made up my mind to apply for INSA Visiting Fellowship, I had decided to work on some aspects of drinking water/water pollution control and I had selected Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as my working place for the possible INSA fellowship. I contacted the renowned person engaged in this area, Prof K S Rao, Department of Chemical Engineering who was kind enough to accommodate me in his group. I shall be working with his group on defloridation of water as higher contents of fluoride in water is a serious problem especially in some parts of UP, Chhotanagpur and Chhattisgarh and if some ideas or solutions emerge during the work at IISc, my efforts will be satisfying. At least the poor will be able drink a clean and unpolluted water without fear of the deadly fluorisis.


National Assessment and Accreditation Council visits IT-BHU
Arun @ May 09, 2006

NAAC delegation visits BHU
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, April 25


A TWELVE-MEMBER delegation of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is on a four-day visit to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to assess the academic standard of this prestigious university.

Headed by former vice-chancellor of Pune University, Prof Ashok S Kulhaskar, the NAAC delegation landed in BHU on Monday and is scheduled to stay here till Thursday.

Prof Ashok S Kulhaskar, Prof BM Hegde and Prof SC Shetty are in ‘A’ team whereas Prof IV Subbarao and Prof BL Singhania are in ‘B’ team. Prof B Ramamurti, Prof Vishwanath N Das and Prof AQ Contractor are in ‘C’ team whereas Prof C Thangamuttu, Prof Shramishtha Panja, Prof Jagdish C Bhatia and Prof Ranveer Singh are in the ‘D’ team.

The NAAC delegation visited a number of departments and took stock of the syllabus, academic calendar and achievements on Tuesday. Later, the team also visited different hostels of the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU). It would also interact with parents, former students, research scholars and foreign students at the Swatantrata Bhawan on Wednesday.

Sources said the NAAC delegation would visit University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau, University Mountaineering Centre, Hobby Centre and various hostels on Wednesday. Dean of Students, Prof VK Kumra would accompany the NAAC team on Wednesday.

Earlier on Monday, the NAAC delegation met BHU vice-chancellor Prof Panjab Singh and some members of BHU Executive Council. Later, the NAAC delegation met with director of Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) Prof Gajendra Singh and visited Medical Science faculty Ayurveda faculty and Dental faculty on Monday.

It also visited various departments of IMS-BHU and took a glimpse of its syllabus, academic facilities and achievements. Besides, it also visited the Commerce faculty, faculty of Management Studies, Law Faculty and Visual Arts faculty.

Later, after a thorough inspection of academic activities and achievements, the NAAC team will submit its report to the University Grants Commission (UGC).


Seminar: Study of rocks - Metallurgical Engineering Dept., IT-BHU
Arun @ May 09, 2006

Petrography’s role vital in study of rock history
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, April 17

DIRECTOR OF National Centre for Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology (Allahabad), Prof Alok Kumar Gupta said that petrography played an important role in constructing the history of rocks.

He was delivering the key note address at the inaugural function of an 11-day contact programme on ‘Art of Petrography: A Valuable Guide for Petrologists’ at the Metallurgical Engineering Department, Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University here on Monday.

The geology department of BHU has organised the programme in collaboration with the department of science and technology.

Prof Gupta said that the art of petrography dealt with the texture of rocks.
“Since textures are a source of valuable information, careful petrographic studies form an extremely important aspect of petrology”, he said, adding petrographic studies were pathfinders for new research in the field of petrology, material sciences and nano-geology.

“Rocks preserve the signature of their early history as memory chips through arrested textures,” he said. The mineral constituents of the rocks showed the source of the parent materials, which were formed below 30 kilometres’ depth from the surface, he added.

“The petrographic analysis is very important for the textural relationship”, he added.

Convener of the contact programme and faculty member at geology department Prof Anand Mohan established the theme of the programme.

He said that the contact course aimed at reviving the mastery of ‘art of petrography’ infusing greater confidence among young earth scientists.
He said that all the analytical work on modern, highly sophisticated and expensive equipment should be based on the study of field geology and microscopic work.

BHU Rector Prof S Lele and dean of the science faculty Prof P Chandra also addressed the inaugural function.

Head of the geology department Prof RN Tiwari welcomed the guests while Prof Anand Mohan proposed the vote of thanks. As many as 40 geologists from different universities and laboratories across the country are participating in the contact programme.


IT-BHU student discusses ethics education
Arun @ May 09, 2006

Times of India dated May 03, 2006 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1514795.cms

Valuable lessons for budding professionals:
Priyanka Tiwari
[Wednesday, May 03, 2006 10:13:58 pm TIMES NEWS NETWORK]

The government proposal to introduce 'ethics education' in professional institutes has been received well by students as well as teachers.

For those who tried to bunk Moral Science classes in school because they were too boring, the idea of ethics education in higher education would hardly be inspiring.

But as it turns out, the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development has made up its mind to introduce ethical education in professional institutes, and has evoked a positive response from all quarters.

According to Keshav Desiraju, the joint secretary in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, one cannot underscore the significance of ethics in education enough. "We will discuss with institutes of higher education how a course in ethics education can be initiated," he adds.

Appreciating the ministry's consideration, Professor Prawal Sinha, dean of students affair at IIT-K says, "The value system for the younger generation is changing with time.

An educational institute has to be a torchbearer in showing the right path to students. Unless a course like ethics education is formally introduced in institutes at all levels, students would take the subject very lightly."

While ethics education is not a compulsory subject in management institutes, it is a part of management training. "Institutes have to abide by a set syllabi so one can't break the rule to mould things as per one's will.

Since the subject is not formally introduced we can't have separate classes or teachers for it. We do, however, undertake lectures on ethics," says Ameeta Shiroor, who is the deputy director at the Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune.

"It is important to follow work ethics in whatever you do. Since the new breed of professionals would represent our country in different fields, it is necessary for them to realise how significant the role of ethics is in life and work.

For, internationally, nobody would hold our country in high regard if our representatives show themselves as lacking in their ethics and value systems," adds Shiroor.

Students have also taken well to the idea of ethics education. As Roopak Agarwal, third year B.Tech student at IT-BHU, stresses, "Principles are an integral part of our culture. They make you a better human being. Degrees are secondary."

Roopak goes a step further and suggests that a uniform must be introduced for students even in professional institutes and they must be made to recite Saraswati vandana in the morning everyday!

According to Arundhati Gupta studying in Mt Carmel College Bangalore, "Students pursuing higher education are more mature to comprehend the value system and follow it. So it's really important to have ethics education as a proper subject in professional colleges."

"This is the time when students learn to be responsible. Such education will equip them to fight against corruption, discrimination and environmental pollution," believes Saurav Aneja, 4th year chemical engineering student at IIT Kanpur.

kanpur.times@timesgroup.com


Gopal Krishna (ECE 1988) - Profile of an Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Arun @ May 09, 2006
In future, Chronicle plans to publish random profiles of successful/unusual students, alumni and faculty members. We hope that the information will be interesting and of some use for our readers.)

gopalkrishna.jpg Chronicle is pleased to introduce our alumnus, Gopal Krishna (ECE1988), who is a successful entrepreneur and mentor for a number of startup firms. With MBA from Harvard, he has a very successful story in promoting new ventures.

Currently based in New Delhi, Gopal is busy starting his own enterprise and building startups for others. His interest lies in helping young entrepreneurs with advice and funding.

Read his brief biodata.

He can be contacted at gopal.krishna [AT] ece88 [dot] itbhu [dot] org

Chronicle asks a few questions (FAQ) to Gopal Krishna, which might be of some interest to readers:

Q-Please explain about Venture Capital. A- Venture capital is money provided by professionals who invest alongside management in young, rapidly growing companies that have the potential to develop into significant economic contributors (opportunity for a high rate of return within 5 to 7 years). Venture capital is an important source of equity for start-up companies and unlike other financial institutions, participates almost exclusively via equity ownership (as oppose to debt). Professionally managed venture capital firms generally are private partnerships or closely-held corporations funded by private and public pension funds, endowment funds, foundations, corporations, wealthy individuals, foreign investors, and the venture capitalists themselves.

Q-Can an individual also be a Venture Capitalist?

A- Even individuals may be venture capitalists (VCs). In the early days of venture capital investment, in the 1950s and 1960s, individual investors were the archetypal venture investors. While this type of individual investment did not totally disappear, the modern venture firm emerged as the dominant venture investment vehicle.

However, over the last decade, individuals have again become a potent and increasingly larger part of the early stage start-up venture life cycle and are now typically called “angel investors”. These angel investors mentor, provide needed capital and expertise to help develop companies. Angel investors may either be wealthy people with management expertise or retired business men and women who seek the opportunity for first-hand business development and mentoring.

Q-What help do Venture Capitalists provide?

A- Far from being simply passive financiers, venture capitalists foster growth in companies through their involvement in the management, strategic marketing and planning of their investment companies. They often help attract top management and make appropriate introductions for business development, mergers and acquisitions etc. Venture capitalists are suppose to be entrepreneurs first and financiers second.

More details on Venture Capital industry can be found at www.nvca.org, on VCs interested in US-India cross-border investments at www.us-ivca.org and on Indian Venture Capital Association at www.indiavca.org.

Q-What criteria is looked upon for investment by Venture Capitalists?

A- Each venture capitalist typically looks at several hundred investment opportunities before investing in only a few selected companies with favorable investment opportunities. Most VCs, more or less, focus on three aspects: management team, market size and product/service differentiation. For almost all VCs, especially at the seed and early stage, founding team is the most important factor in their decision to invest. The thinking goes, an “A” team would figure out a way to change course midstream if some of the assumptions behind the success of concept were not to pan out as planned.

Not to undermine relevant experience, “Fire in the belly” often turns out to be deal maker or breaker. After team, market size is often the most important criteria. VCs like huge markets. Depending on the style of a VC firm, some look for an active participation and therefore, tend to invest in companies that can benefit from their prior investment experience in the space.

Q-What is the history of Venture Capital in India?

A- Venture capitalism is quite a recent phenomenon in India. Until as early as 1998, individual investors and development financial institutions (e.g. SIDBI, IDBI etc) played the role of venture capitalists. Entrepreneurs largely depended upon private placements, public offerings and lending by financial institutions. The first wave of foreign VCs hit Indian shores in 1999-2000, during so-called ‘dot-com bubble’ days. Most of newly arrived or created funds did not last the nuclear winter of post bubble burst years. Most of the survivors turned into late stage or PIPE investors.

However, with VC investing picking up in Silicon Valley, interest in India picking up and some of the Chinese venture funded companies giving phenomenal returns to their shareholders through either of two prominent exit routes, public listing in the US or as acquisition, India has seen a lot of recent interest from foreign VCs which is expected to intensify in coming months. However, one should know that it has never been easy to raise seed or early stage capital in India and is still not that easy despite a few new funds trying to plug the hole for seed and early stage funding.

Q-Please tell us more about Band of Angels.

A-India’s Band of Angel (BoA), based in Delhi, is modeled after Silicon Valley’s Band of Angel (a formal group of more than 100 former and current high-tech executives who invest their time and money into new, cutting edge, start-up companies). BoA is a growing group of angel investors who have passion for early stage businesses, strong entrepreneurial or operational background and are willing to spend time mentoring start-ups. Looking to foster entrepreneurship in India, BoA intends to help bridge the seed and early stage funding gap that currently exists.

BoA aims to invest in businesses that can create disproportionate value in domains including IT products and services, high-end BPO services, leading edge technology (such as telecom, embedded systems), retail, Internet etc. It prefers quick cash breakeven businesses (download Business Today article on BoA from http://www.venturewoods.org/wp-content/angels.pdf). BoA looks to invest about $100,000 to $500,000 per deal and assigns a mentor (one of the angels investing in that deal). In return, BoA typically takes a board seat and equity.

Q- As an investor, for what type of business will you provide investment?

A- I am particularly interested in concept, seed or early stage consumer Internet, Mobile/wireless, content, media, KPO/BPO, consumer facing technology or technology enabled services companies for both mentoring and funding perspectives.


MDC Launches a Design Contest for Students
Arun @ May 09, 2006

The Model Development Center (MDC) of the Electronics Engineering Department is sponsoring a design contest for the students of the Department of Electronics Engineering at IT-BHU. IT is a hardware design contest with total cash prizes of Rs. 20,000. You can enter with your own ideas or you can choose from ideas proposed by alumni and posted on the MDC website (open ideas). Choosing from open ideas has many benefits like mentoring from the author alumnus, full MDC support of components and full information support needed to make the project a success!

Before the contest opens up there will be some online presentations and resources presented to the interested students, showing them, for simple examples, the steps to go from the idea to the drawing board to a complete project.

Read the full deatails

Prizes

Best Project from 4th year: Rs. 10,000
Best Project from 3rd year: Rs. 5,000
Best Project from 2nd/1st year: Rs. 5,000

• Together with this, the components for your projects will be supplied by MDC for any open design ideas! *

• If you decide to enter with your own design idea, the components maybe fully supplied by the MDC depending on the estimated cost.*

Important Dates and Deadlines

    - Project proposal submission (by alumni): 30th June 2006

    - Contest Opening (All Open Ideas posted on website): 10th July 2006

    - Original idea submission (for component support approval from MDC, will not be posted on the
website): 10th August 2006

    - Project selection and registration (by participating teams): 30th September 2006

    - MDC Design Contest (Project reports, presentations and demonstration): 31st January 2007


Information: Board of Directors, ITBHU.org
Arun @ May 09, 2006
Sr. # Name Branch/Class Location Title ITBHU email ID (please add '.itbhuglobal.org' at the end)
1 Yogesh Upadhyaya Chem 1977 New Jersey, USA President Yogesh.Upadhyaya@che77
2 Sanjay Dani CSE 1987 California, USA Secretary Sanjay.Dani@cse87
3 Jagadish Bandahole CSE 1995 California, USA Treasurer Jagadish.Bandhole@cse95
4 Ujj Nath Meta 1979 California, USA Member Ujj.Nath@met79
5 Pramod Joshi ECE 1979 New Delhi, India Member Pramod.Joshi@ece79
6 Debashish Bhattacharyya Mech 1982 New Delhi, India Member Debashish.Bhattacharyya@mec82
7 Rajeev Chawla CSE 1988 California, USA Member Rajiv.Chawla@cse88
8 Arvind Gupta ECE 1992 New Delhi, India Member Arvind.Gupta@ece92
9 Anand Singh ECE 1993 Singapore Member Anand.Singh@ece93
10 Anshuman Singh EEE 1998 Bangalore, India Member Anshuman.Singh@eee98
11 Animesh Pathak CSE 2003 California, USA Member Animesh.Pathak@cse03

About The ITBHU Chronicle
Arun @ May 09, 2006

The Chronicle is a monthly news magazine published by alumni association (ITBHUGlobal.org) of Institute of Technology, BHU. It is published online around 10th of every month. The first issue was published on June 10, 2005.

The magazine serves as a link between students, alumni, faculty and administration of the institute. It publishes only news related articles. By publishing success stories of individuals, we sincerely hope that our students and alumni should not shine only in the technological field, but should also become successful businessmen, venture capitalists, politicians, writers, research scientists, film producers, etc. We shall publish more off-beat news articles in future.

We appreciate divergent views from our readers. However, articles, news and views expressed in the chronicle are those of individuals, and they do not reflect views by the Chronicle Team. Chronicle is a magazine with neutral outlook, and it just faithfully covers news and events, which might be of interest to the global IT-BHU community. The Chronicle's job is to report, not to take sides.

We welcome your feedback, which should be brief (preferably not exceeding about 200 words). The Chronicle reserves the right to publish any feedback and to edit to match the space and decorum requirements.

You may send any news, article or feedback to us at news@itbhuglobal.org or chronicle@itbhuglobal.org.

Thanking you,
The Chronicle Team


Readers’ Feedback
Arun @ May 09, 2006

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

Out of curiosity I checked out the Student entrepreneur's article below. Either this is a feeble attempt at BPO humor OR nobody is vetting this crap which is going out under the ITBHU banner. Seriously guys, is anybody free to publish any insane idea on this forum with a potential audience running into thousands?

Krishnamurthy Padmanabhan (April 18)
(Chemical 1993)

Chronicle replies:

Dear Krishnamurthy:

We appreciate your concern about the article on Raghav Wahi. It is the chronicle's aim to publish success stories of students/alumni in a variety of fields so that others can take the inspiration. The article was published as "Young Entrepreneur needs help" and not as BPO idea by Raghav Wahi.

We sincerely hope that our students and alumni should not shine only in the technological field, but should also become successful businessmen, venture capitalists, politicians, film producers, etc. We shall publish more off-beat news articles in future.

Chronicle Team


Please Note Sushil's feedback ran into one and a half pages. We have put up an abridged versions here. To read the complete feedback please click here.

Regarding Wi-Fi project: It’s a nice project and I wish it comes through nicely.

Regarding Reservation policy: I have primarily seen arguments put forward against the Reservation policy and some of which are mentioned there in the '' Pen Down' in IT-BHU against quota move' article (a one sided article with no scope for putting other point of view), please find my response for the same. The article said that 'interestingly the entire agitation was led by an OBC student’; let this response come from a general class candidate.

I have observed (at least in North India) that because of dalit's presence in the job upper caste people have started accepting them and there is less discrimination (at least overtly).

Its because of reservation the power equation (political parties that are administering the state) has changed hands in several states (recently in North Indian states, exception being Punjab, Haryana) and it is changing things at village level, now dalits have role models, are more able to resist upper caste atrocities (upper caste atrocities have declined at least at village level where dalits are not heavily outnumbered and where their vote counts).

Sushil Chauhan (April 18)
(IT BHU, CSE 96)


Chronicle replies:

Dear Sunil:

Thanks for your email. We appreciate your feedback.

The article in Chronicle about '’ Pen Down' in IT-BHU against quota move” was published ad verbatim from Hindustan Times, since it was connected with news about students' strike at our campus. Chronicle is a neutral magazine, and we are not for or against reservation or anti-reservation movement.

We appreciate divergent views from our readers.

Chronicle Team


Hi Chronicle team,

Another issue, another great job! Keep at it.

I am writing this email is to express my sadness at the way students have protested against the reservation issue, as per the article "Pen down' in IT-BHU against quota move".

I agree that the students have the right to express their feelings but I expect the ITBHU students to set examples in terms of peaceful protest, and not follow disruptive moves.

Not going to class is not a proper way of protest in my opinion. In fact, it becomes an excuse for many to sleep off in their hostel rooms. Alas, one realizes the importance of all those missed classes only after graduation. A candle light vigil, done after work hours, is a much better way of expressing one's opinions.

Wouldn't it be great if all students who were protesting made sure that they went to class, but chose to wear formal white shirts with black bands on them? The message from such an action is loud and clear - The students are concerned about their future, but at the same time concerned about the affect of reservations on it.

I hope that the students will use constructive techniques like above in the future to express their anguish, and set ITBHU apart in terms of the way we do things.

Best wishes to all,
Animesh Pathak (April 26)
(CSE 2003)

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