IT BHU Chronicle: June '06 edition
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006
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The Chronicle completes one year!
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

We are pleased to state that the chronicle completes a year with publication of this issue.

The online newsmagazine was started a year ago and the first issue came out on June 10, 2005. It was started to serve as a link between students, alumni, faculty and administration of the institute. So far, it is publishing only news items, collected from national newspapers, online news sources, college administration and students/alumni volunteers. It is also publishing success stories of students/alumni/faculty and disseminating news across itbhu community.

The chronicle will try to better serve the community by publishing news-like articles such as alumni/faculty profiles, interviews, collecting in depth information about an event from a variety of authoritative sources, etc. We have also started an occasional series of profiles, publishing information about our successful/unique members. 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.

To begin with, we are covering recent land mark event-that of Moser Baer signing R & D collaboration agreement with our Alma-mater- in great details. Included are: chronicle interview with Deepak Puri, CEO of Moser Baer and profile of Dr. Dhanaraj Pandey, Professor at School of Material Science & Technology, IT-BHU.

We invite news/articles 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.

The magazine has successful track record of publication, except in December 2005, when the issue could not be published due to server problem. We hope to continue publishing as long as our college thrives.

We welcome feedback from our valuable readers, whom we serve.

Thanking you,
The Chronicle Team


Hostel Wifi Project: Latest Updates
Arun @ Jun 15, 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 June 8th , 2006, an amount of $20,000 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 June 10) we have collected only about $ 33,000 (Rs. 14.5 lakhs approximately). The thermometer below shows the amount collected so far. In order to complete the project by July 2006, we need to raise the balance amount latest by mid-July.

May we request every class/batch/chapter to collect at least Rs. 44,000 or $1000. For donors providing a sum of $1K (Rs. 44,000) or more will have their names listed on a plaque to be put in the alumni cell office on the campus. Every single donation of even $50 or Rs. 500 will help us achieve our goal.

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


State Bank of India to provide loan to IT-BHU students
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

SBI scholar loans to help students buy mobile, laptop
Shruti Srivastava / New Delhi/ Lucknow June 08, 2006

Link to the article

Students of select institutes will not have to worry anymore about financing their education.

The State Bank of India (Lucknow) has come up with a scheme called “SBI Scholar Loans” for students of institutes like the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML); Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK); and IIT-BHU, in the Lucknow Circle.

Under the scheme, no security/collateral or guarantee needs to be given by students for the repayment of loan; the moratorium has been granted for the whole of the course duration plus six months, with a flexible repayment period of up to 7 years.

The students are required to pay nothing as the processing fee of the Scholar Loans while “simple interest” rates are applied during moratorium period.

“Moving a step ahead, certain education-related needs of students that were not covered in the Scholar Loans are also being taken care of. For example, purchase of laptop, mobiles, items of general needs etc,” said Shiva Kumar, chief general manager, SBI Lucknow.

To make convenient all financial requirements of new entrants, the bank has identified Behta Saboli, a branch in Lucknow, that would sanction and disburse the Scholar Loans on the spot.

To apprise students of the new scheme, SBI had sent mailers in the form of pre-sanctioned loan letters to all new entrants to IIM Lucknow (IIML) scheduled to join the institute on July 1, 2006.

To make IIML students feel at home, SBI also made arrangements to welcome the students at the railway station and arrange transportation facility for them and their parents from the railway station and the airport to the IIM, situated 15 km away.

For this, the bank has set up counters at the railway station and IIML. Complete information about Scholar Loans is available to students over these counters. Students can also confirm their acceptance of the scheme at these counters.

Kumar told Business Standard that last year about Rs 19,00,0000 was sanctioned by the bank and distributed among 49 students of IIML. A total of 564 students from three elite institutes in Lucknow availed Rs 800,00,000 loan from the bank during the year 2005-06.

During the current year, the bank expects 800 students to avail the benefit of Rs 15,00,00,000 under the scheme. He said SBI is implementing the scheme to create a good image among the “global managers” of future.


IT-BHU ranked 9th in India Today survey
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

India Today June 05, 2006 issue

      1 IIT, Delhi
      2 IIT, Kanpur
      3 IIT, Mumbai
      4 IIT, Kharagpur
      5 IIT, Chennai
      6 IIT, Roorkee
      7 Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi
      8 NIT Karnataka, Surathkal
      9 Institute of Technology, BHU
      10 NIT, Warangal

National rankings are derived from a combination of perceptual and factual scores. Colleges that did not provide factual information were not ranked. (-) Not ranked in the 2005


BHU to upgrade academic activities, infrastructure
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, May 12

IN its endeavour to upgrade infrastructure and academic activities, the authorities of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have forwarded various proposals of more than Rs 1,314 crore to different government agencies.

Talking to media persons after completing one-year in the office as BHU Vice-Chancellor on Friday, Prof Panjab Singh said efforts were on to generate resources to upgrade infrastructure and academic activities in BHU as well as its South Campus in Mirzapur.

Singh said various proposals such as expansion of facilities in Sir Sunderlal Hospital (Rs 262.06 crore), 500-bed super specialty hospital (448.17 crore), upgrading the Institute of Technology (292 crore) and developing the South Campus (210 crore) have been submitted to various government agencies.

Prof. Singh said efforts were on to upgrade facilities at Sir Sunderlal Hospital of BHU. He said instead of existing four hour out patient department (OPD) facility (8 am to 12 noon), now the OPD would remain operational from 8 am to 3 pm soon. “The Central Clinical Investigation Laboratory of the SS Hospital is being made operational for 24 hours for the convenience of patients,” he said.

He said a visit of National Accreditation and Assessment Committee (NAAC), establishments of Faculty of Dental Sciences, sanction of IGNOU Center of Dairy Technology and approval of BHU as an outreach centre for Technology Entrepreneurship Promotional Programme were among other achievements of BHU this year.

“Besides, the BHU inked Memorandum of Understanding with International Crop Research Institute to run a project on ‘production of helicoverpa nuclear polyhedrosis virus and with Alkem India Limited for the development of new drugs’, he said.


MHRD Grant for infrastructure upgrade
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

Based on the proposals submitted by the Institute to MHRD the ministry has allocated more than fifteen crore rupees for the financial year 2005 - 2006.

Out of this around twelve crores have been released to the Institute in the first phase.

The grant is meant for improving laboratory, library, computer facilities and certain aminities in hostels, laboratory space renovation and infrastructure improvement. Major part (more than 80%) will go for improving laboratory, computer facilities and library.

A major chunk of this grant would be utilized to set up a computer center for IT and also for upgrading the infrastructure of the IT Library.

Prof. S. K. Kak of the Electronics Engineering department would be handling the work required for setting up the IT Computer Center and he has shared his plans with us.

Excerpts:

The Revered Founder of BHU Pt. M.M.Malviyaji was foresighted to start the Eng. College & other Technology departments at the very start of this university. The infrastructure and academic requirements of the Institute have been growing, but lately due to shortage of funds many basic facilities and services have been either subexistent or altogether missing. The challenges of Higher Technical education have been growing due to exploding developments in New Technologies, providing enormous knowledge expansion and growth opportunities. It is also important to note that ITBHU cannot continue to remain untouched by these demands and global requirements. It is therefore a matter of great satisfaction that due to the efforts of the University authorities and realization at the MHRD and UGC level, that this institute has been provided an up gradation opportunity that can make IT strong in Infrastructure, Globally Competitive and Nationally at the forefront of Research & Teaching in Technical Education. This opportunity is also a challenge to our ability to rise to the occasion and build the IT that can inspire and train the future generation of our students to face the challenges of innovation, creativity and knowledge generation which only can ensure development & progress of India in years to come.

(Please read the full details here). Please send your suggestions to Prof S. K. Kak at skkak [AT] bhu.ac.in

Prof. G. V. S. Shastry of the Metallurgical Engineering Department and also the faculty incharge of the Library, would be looking into the Library upgradation.

IT Main Library wants to utilise this for the following:

  1. Enhancement of the earlier Library Automation and
    Digital access.
  2. Subscription to many more important e-journals &
    books in addition to the few we have at present.
  3. Purchase of latest editions of books.
  4. Above all a thorough facelifting for the Library
    building.

Any suggestions and financial inputs are welcome. Please send your suggestions to Prof G. V. S. Shastry at gvssastry2000 [AT] yahoo.com

The ITBHU Chronicle has been told that all the deparments and the gymkhana have been allocated funds of the order of 40 to 60 lacs. Since the Institute was closed due to the summer break we were not able to get details of the work undertaken by each of the departments.

We hope to provide you this information in the next edition of the IT BHU Chronicle.


Bangalore: Meet the Vice Chancellor [July 1st, 2006]
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

On 1st of July, VC, BHU - Prof. Punjab Singh and the coordinator of the 3rd International BHU alumni meet - Dr. Padia are coming to Bangalore and they would like to meet up with as many alumni as possible.

The Bangalore chapter of ITBHUGlobal.org invites you to meet the VC over a cup of tea. If you would like to join please send an email confirmation to itbhu.alumni@gmail.com

Date: 1st July, 2006
Time: 5:00 pm onwards
Venue: Indira Nagar Club (still not confirmed)

Tentatively agenda

       1. Welcome address
       2. Address by V.C.
       3. Address by Prof. Chandrakala Padia regarding the forthcoming International meet of BHU alumni.
       4. Question & Answers


Bangalore: Talk on Entrepreneurship
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

Host: ITBHUGlobal.org: Bangalore Chapter
Location: Maini Sadan, 38 Lavelle Road 7th Cross, Bangalore, --
When: Saturday, June 17, 5:00pm
Phone: 9845390950

The Bangalore chapter of ITBHUGlobal.org - the alumni association of IT BHU - takes great pleasure in announcing a talk on “Entrepreneurship” by Mr. Sudarshan Maini.

Mr Maini is the Founder and Chairman of the Maini Group, which amongst others includes Reva Electric Car Company. Mr. Maini graduated from IT-BHU (erstwhile BENCO) in Mechanical Engieering in 1952. His brief profile is attached herewith.

Since we have limited seats for the talk, those who are interested should send an email to itbhu.alumni@gmail.com with the following details (Name, Year of graduation, Company, Job Title). Your registration will be confirmed by a return e-mail.

Details of Speaker:
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Mechanical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University (1954)
DLCT (Hons) UK

Sudarshan Maini is the Founder and Chairman of Maini Group started in 1973 with 10 people and a turnover of Rs. 0.4 Million. Last year, the group has done a turnover of Rs.1,500 Million. Quality, Technology, Customer & Human Relations, Exports and Environment are the Group’s major tenets. Group exports primarily to Europe and USA and have crossed ten million sterling pounds last year.

Maini Group has several firsts to its credit. Some major one include:
1986 – First company in India to manufacture battery operated in-plant handling equipment

2001 – First company to manufacture an electric car in India called “REVA”.

Over 500 of REVA’s are currently running in London known as ‘G-Wiz’.

He is passionately involved in improving the safety, congestion and environment of Bangalore city. He is also deeply involved with various organizations helping basic education in villages in India.


Report: NJ chapter meet [10th June '06]
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

A meeting of alumni of NJ chapter was held on June 10, 2006 at Chutney Manor Restaurant, South Brunswick, NJ. Thirteen members (total 22 with families) attended the meeting. The agenda was- Introduction and general discussion (about institute, wifi project, introducing paid membership, etc.)

The meeting was coordinated by Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977) and Anil Singh (ECE1995). Mrs. Suchitra Bose (Ceramics 1990) attended meeting for the first time.

The next meeting is planned in October/November 2006.

If you are planning a meeting of your chapter, or if you wish to submit a report of recently held meeting, please write (with photos, if possible) to:

chronicle [AT] itbhuglobal.org and cc to: yogesh [AT] optonline.net

All alumni chapters of ITBHUGLOBAL.ORG are requested to hold the meeting regularly, at least twice a year.


Report: Souther California meet [3rd June '06]
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

The second meeting of the ITBHUGlobal.org southern california chapter was
held on June 3rd, 2006, at the University of Southern California in
Los Angeles Downtown area.

We had a small crowd, but an enthusiastic one. A total of 12 adults
and 5 kids were present, 10 of whom were ITBHU alumni, ranging from
1979 to 2002 graduates.

We started the meet with the traditional kulgeet, and true to the new
generation, we had live audio of the song playing in the background,
straight from the BHU website!

We had a long discussion about what all we should do as an alumni
chapter and when our next meet should be. Ujj Nath of MET 79, the
leader of the Wi-Fi project, gave an update on the current status of
the project and urged all present there to contribute generously.

We divided responsibilities among the members present for various
chapter responsibilities, and also decided to make a yahoogroup to
better coordinate chapter activities.

All the money left over after paying for the food was donated to the
Wi-Fi project.

For a detailed report, including pictures, please visit [ link].


IT-BHU signs pact for R & D collaboration with Moser Baer India Limited
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

The above news appeared in leading news papers. It was a historical agreement by our institute to any private international technological company, reflecting the R & D capability of our college. Here is the news item reproduced from the company’s website.

News on the Moser Baer website ...

Moser Baer, IT BHU sign technology MoU Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Plan 5-year joint R&D into basic and applied areas of material sciences

Plan 5-year joint R&D into basic and applied areas of material sciences
New Delhi, 23 May, 2006: Moser Baer India has joined hands with the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to work jointly in the frontier areas of fundamental and applied R&D for optical storage media and Photovoltaic industry. Towards this end, the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding for a period of five years to jointly work in the area of organic dye technology and the inorganic thin-film area.

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Prof S N Upadhyay, UP Ratna and Annapurna Awardee, and Prof Dhananjai Pandey, ex Director Atomic Energy Facilities, BARC signed the MoU on behalf of the institute, Mr. Deepak Puri, Chairman and Managing, Moser Baer, signed the MoU on behalf of the company.

Moser Baer chairman and managing director Deepak Puri welcomed the agreement and underscored the critical role played by fundamental research in making any organization in the technology space self-sustaining and a long-term force. “Moser Baer has always focused on both fundamental and applied research and development, and this is one of the corner stones that have enabled the company to develop new and innovative products-both in organic dye technology and the inorganic thin-film based optical data storage space,” he added. “While we invest 2% of our revenues on R&D, it is agreements like this one with organizations like IT BHU that really hold the potential to explore the next frontiers of technology.”

Moser Baer has taken a lead to work jointly with the academia and this is the second tie up for the company. In early 2005, the company had signed a MoU with the prestigious IIT Delhi to work jointly in the area of thin film sputtering technology. According to Mr. Puri, “It gives my immense pleasure to see the academia-industry relationship like this blooming and I firmly believe that it is a win-win situation for the academia, industry and India as a whole.”

“This agreement marks a step-a leading corporate and a top institute have come together to work jointly to develop technologies that the country would often seek support for from outside the country.” Prof Pandey said.

Moser Baer’s Giriraj Nyati said there was enormous scope for the development of new technologies to enhance the current data storage capacity of optical formats-from 50 Gb to 200 Gb-using both organic and inorganic materials as the recording media. Apart from new technologies, the MoU will also look at developing low cost indigenous substitutes for various components in the manufacture of optical and photovoltaic material.

He emphasized that the collaboration with IT BHU Delhi was an attempt to the leverage of the synergistic capabilities on both sides. Moser Baer, with a large R&D team of over 100 people, has developed in-house expertise in various areas of the optical media and will work with IT BHU and its vast pool of knowledge in the materials sciences area.

IT BHU was represented by Professor Punjab Singh (Vice Chancellor, BHU), Professor Dhananjai Pandey (SMST, IT BHU), Professor SN Upadhyay (Director, IT BHU) and Professor S Lele (Rector, BHU), apart from scientists from the Ministry of Information Technology.

About Moser Baer India Ltd

Moser Baer India Ltd, headquartered in New Delhi, was established in 1983. It has developed cutting-edge technologies for recordable optical media, constantly innovating and introducing new products and processes. An emphasis on high-quality products and services has enabled Moser Baer to emerge as one of India’s leading technology companies with a nearly 20% share of the global recordable optical media market. The company employs over 7,000 people and has multiple manufacturing facilities in the suburbs of New Delhi, The company services its customers through six marketing offices and subsidiaries in India, the US, Europe and Japan.


Interview: Mr. Deepak Puri, CEO, Moser Baer India Ltd
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006
mr-puri.JPGRecently, our college signed R & D collaboration agreement with Moser Baer India Ltd., New Delhi.

Chronicle took the opportunity to interview Mr. Deepak Puri, CEO (via email exchange) and to find out more about the company and the agreement.

Q-1: It is nice to meet you, Sir. Please introduce our readers with Moser Baer.

Moser Baer is one of India's leading tech companies and is ranked number two among the top three optical media manufacturers in the world. Incorporated in 1983, our vision was to operate in high capital and technology entry barriers segment.

We started our operations as a Time Recorder unit in technical collaboration with two foreign companies - Maruzen Corporation, Japan and Moser Baer Sumiswald, Switzerland. Subsequently, we moved into magnetic media and in 1999 into optical media.

Headquartered in New Delhi, we have four state-of-art plants in Noida (Uttar Pradesh, India). We have a strong marketing network with offices located across India (Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata) as well as across the globe in Japan, Taiwan, USA, The Netherlands and Dubai.


We have a strong employee base of over 5000 employees on the role. Our annual turnover is around Rs 1700 crore.

Moser Baer is engaged contract manufacturing and is predominantly OEM centric. Today, it is the second largest producer of Compact Disc (CD-R) and the third largest producer of Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) in the world. It offers plethora of formats for its existing range of product line.

The company manufactures floppy diskettes, CD-R and DVD-R for CD and DVD. While a major chunk of our production is exported, we have already made an impact in the Indian market. We launched ‘Moser Baer’ branded optical media products in 2003 and are now market leaders in the Indian market. Our products use the 'Protection Plus' technology, developed by our R&D team, to ensure extra protection and long shelf life and ideally suited for Indian conditions. The products are protected through a unique scratch-resistant coating that offers extra protection during handling and usage.

Moser Baer enjoys 20% global market share and is supported with an annual capacity of 2.8 billion unit disc. We are looking at an additional investment of USD 75 million to ramp up production capacity to 3.2 billion unit disc

We firmly believe in Quality and one of the key testimonials is that we supply to all the 12 leading optical media brands of the world. Beyond that, Moser Baer continues to be honored by some of the most prestigious awards in the industry and include Deloitte Award 2005, Golden Peacock Award for competence in quality and innovation management 2005 and Golden Peacock Award for environment Management 2005, conferred by Institute of Directors, Rajiv Gandhi “Best of All” National Quality Award 2005, constituted by Bureau of Indian Standards.

Q-2: Why did Moser Baer select IT-BHU for collaboration?

We believe that Indian academia has a vast pool of talent available which can be utilized by the industry to take India to the forefront of the tech evolution and helping both the industry and academia in the process. Taking this philosophy, we had tied up with IIT –Delhi and now IT BHU. I think that the prestigious institute’s vast knowledge expertise in materials sciences area will help us to develop cutting edge tech in the related areas. Moreover, IT BHU has qualified for some of the benchmark research techniques.

This technology exchange between the two leaders will bring about a phenomenal cost savings in the early manufacturing stages of optical storage media manufacturing (CD/DVD).The MoU is based on the basic and applied research on innovative material for future optical high density formats.

Q-3: What is the specific field or areas of research to be carried out by IT-BHU?

We are looking at a relationship for the next five years in areas of organic dye technology and the inorganic thin-film area.

Q-4: Please explain the future of CD/optical disk storage media technology.

The future of optical storage media (CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW) is very positive and will scale heights. The next few years will witness a phenomenal transition, from lower capacity format to higher capacity formats.

Despite the Next Generation format feud, SMD believes that it is the Blue Laser technology (BD & HDDVD) that has the potential of significantly mitigating the impact of possible cannibalization of optical media demand by emerging alternate technologies in the long term. The next generation optical media formats have the potential to provide a price-value proposition to consumers which could be extremely difficult for alternate technologies to meet.

Over the long term these formats could evolve to store 100GB of data at a price point equivalent to current retail price of DVDR/RW format. This translates to a cost of USD 1 per 100 GB of storage space as against USD 20,000 per 100 GB of space offered by alternate technologies. While SMD expects 2007 to be the first big year for blue laser based technology, the race has already begun.

Q-5: How the company is facing the competition? What is the company’s future plan?

Moser Baer is Rs. 1700 Crore worth company. Our business model is predominantly OEM centric; hence we do not face any competition threat. We are abreast of our competitors, as we offer cost and quality leadership to our clients.

We have embarked on a technology-led journey and are on forefront to produce and develop new products/variants. The company intends to be part of the Next-Gen recordable optical storage media formats like Blu-ray, HD-DVD and Holographic Storage and is poised to launch these products in the very early stages of their lifecycle. It has also announced its plans to enter the photovoltaic business by manufacturing solar cells and modules and is targeting a capacity of 80 MW by 2007.

Q-6: It was nice meeting you, Sir. The Chronicle thanks you on behalf of its readers.

Thank you very much…


Interview: Dr. Dhananjai Pandey
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006
prof-pandey.jpg Recently, our college signed R & D collaboration agreement with Moser Baer, a leading company manufacturing removable data storage devices (CDs, DVDs, etc) at its plant near New Delhi. Prof. Pandey, Reader and Coordinator for School of Material Sciences and Technology, IT-BHU, was instrumental in forging of MoU of our college with the company.

Chronicle took the opportunity to interview prof. Pandey (via email exchange) and to find out the background details about this historic pact.

Bio-data of Prof. Dhananjai Pandey is here.

Chronicle: Welcome Prof. Pandey.

Q-1: Please provide details of the R & D collaboration agreement between Moser Baer and IT-BHU.

This MoU is the outcome of in-depth discussions during visits by MBIL (Moser Baer India Ltd.) staff (Mr. G. R. Nyati and Dr. S. K. Mishra) to BHU and the faculty members of the School of Materials Science and Technology (my self, Dr. P. Maiti and Dr. R. Prakash) to MBIL plant in Greater Noida. The signing ceremony on 23rd May, 2006 held at the Corporate Headquarters of MBIL in Delhi was attended by Professor Panjab Singh, Vice-Chancellor, BHU, Professor S. Lele, Rector, BHU, Professor S.N. Upadhyay, Director IT, Dr. P. Maiti, Reader in the School and my self from the BHU side, and Mr. Deepak Puri, Chairman and MD, MBIL, Mr. M. Girish Baluja Operation Officer, Mr. Giriraj Nyati, Vice-President (Engg. & Technology), MBIL, Dr. P. C. Achar and Dr. S. K. Mishra of MBIL.

The MoU document was signed by Mr. Deepak Puri and Mr. Giriraj Nyati from MBIL, and Professor S. N. Upadhyay and myself from IT, BHU. This MoU is for joint research and development activity and projects related to materials for High Capacity Optical Data Storage Medium and Solar Cells. Its tenure is for five years but may be renewed further with mutual consent. About six faculty members are involved in the project.

Q-2: Why did Moser Baer select IT-BHU for collaboration?

The School of Materials Science and Technology of IT-BHU is an internationally renowned centre for materials research and education. Its faculty members have very strong R& D background in crystallography, phase transformations, dielectrics and advanced polymers, all of which are relevant to the scope of the MoU with the MBIL.

Q-3: What is the specific field or areas of research?

There are basically three different class of materials used in the present day high density CDs and DVDs: polycarbonate as the substrate material, ZnS-SiO2 and GeN/Si3N4 as dielectric materials and Ge-Sb-Te/ Ag-In-Sb-Te based alloys as the active phase change material. This MoU is for innovation in these three classes of materials through joint collaborative research. MBIL is a world leader in the mass production of CDs and DVDs of variable data storage capacities and speed, and has excellent track record of research and process development. The School of Materials Science and Technology at IT-BHU, on the other hand, has faculty members with vast experience in the fundamentals of polymers, dielectrics and phase transformations. The joining of hands of the two sides with focused objectives is an attempt to take maximum advantage of the strengths and capabilities of both the sides in finding innovative solutions to the existing challenges before the optical media industry.

Q-4: How this agreement will benefit our college?

The MoU will help the School in creating additional infrastructure for R& D activities on optical storage media materials. It will provide exposure to the industrial processes to the students of Ph.D., M. Tech. and Integrated Dual Degree Programmes. The future prospects for their absorption in the optical media storage industry will also be enhanced. The present MoU is the beginning of industrial collaboration for the School and we believe that this will encourage more companies dealing with high-tech advanced materials to come forward to interact with us in the years to come.

Q-5: Please explain CD/optical disk storage media technology

In the phase change optical disk storage media technology, recording and erasing are realized through a laser induced reversible phase change between crystalline and amorphous states of Ge-Sb-Te or Ag-In-Sb-Te alloys. A recorded bit is an amorphized mark against the crystalline background. The large reflectivity difference between the crystalline and amorphous states forms the basis of read-out mechanism. Thus the phase change recording discs possess optical read, write and direct overwrite ability without using magnetic head.

A typical CD utilizes a multilayer structure consisting of a polycarbonate substrate with nanometer size grooves, a dielectric layer, the active phase change layer, another dielectric layer, a reflective layer and a protective layer within an overall thickness of 1.2 mm. Use of blue-ray laser instead of red-ray laser, allows drastic decrease in the bit size leading to enormously high storage capacity in the HD-DVDs and Blue –Ray Discs (BDs).

Chronicle: Thank you sir.


Intake of IIT-JEE: Question raised in Parliament
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=17928

LokSabha

Nearly 2.99 lakhs aspirants appeared for IIT-JEE against the proposed 5444 seats in 7 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Information Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) and Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad. These Institute which are autonomous in nature endeavor to increase the intake depending upon the infrastructure available with them.

At present, there is no proposal to upgrade or expand any of Regional Engineering Colleges (now known as NITs) to IIT Level.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri M.A.A Fatmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

…..

HB/AD/SB


Attiganal N. Sreeram joins Dow Chemical Comany as VP, Core R&D
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

The Dow Chemical Company has appointed Attiganal N. Sreeram as vice president for Dow Core Research and Development.

Reporting to Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President for Research and Development Bill Banholzer, Sreeram will be responsible for driving Dow strategy for its global core research group.

Sreeram joins Dow from DuPont where he most recently served as global technology director and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic technologies. He will relocate from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania to Midland, Michigan.

"We are very excited to welcome Sreeram to Dow," said Dow Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Research & Development Bill Banholzer. "He is a global leader with an outstanding record of success in building a strong team, developing technology platforms, and delivering innovation.

Banholzer continued: "As our chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris says, 'Innovation is critical to our company. It's the lifeblood of our industry and remains at the heart of our growth strategy. Dow is not just a chemical company; we're a materials company as well.' Sreeram's role is to help us identify new areas of science and technology. For example, the diesel particulate filters we're developing are a new area based on ceramic material - not a traditional market for Dow, but an example of how we're growing.

Sreeram's background in ceramics will be valuable as we explore more new areas for innovation. We are extremely pleased to have someone of his caliber joining our senior R&D leadership team."

Sreeram has extensive experience in the electronic chemical and materials industry. Before joining DuPont, he served as vice president of worldwide technology for Cookson Electronics, New Jersey, and before that, led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey.

He holds an undergraduate degree in ceramics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - BHU, Varanasi, India; a master's degree in glass science from Alfred University; and a doctorate in ceramics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sreeram holds 19 issued patents, with others pending, and has contributed to many publications.


Anand S. Iyer [ECE '88] appointed as CEO of Jobstreet.com, India
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

http://medianet.indiatimes.com/MdnArticleShow.aspx?ReleaseId=578042

The excerpts:

Smooth leadership transition at JobStreet, as it readies itself for take-off to the next level of growth JobStreet.com India, a leading online recruitment player and provider of recruitment management solutions, today announced that N Muralidharan, Vice-president & Managing Director would be handing over the reins to Anand Iyer who takes over as the CEO designate. N Muralidharan with close to three decades of industry experience built JobStreet India to into the leading player in the recruitment solutions space. Prior to joining JobStreet, Anand Iyer was Sales Director-Asia Pacific at American Power Conversion Corporation (APC), a leading global datacenter solutions provider. The transition at JobStreet India comes as it readies itself for a take-off to its next level of growth.

On his new responsibility Anand Iyer said, “I believe JobStreet India is in the right place at the right time. With the Indian economy witnessing tremendous growth, the job market is on a roll. This is one of the most exciting times ever for the Indian recruitment market with such unprecedented momentum and increased global attention. It is truly a great opportunity to be steering JobStreet at this juncture.” Prior to his regional position, Anand Iyer was Country Manager-India, APC between 1999-2004. During his close to a decade long association with the company, he contributed significantly in building APC as a leading brand in the UPS segment and transformed APC into India’s most credible provider of power protection solutions. An engineer from IT-BHU, Anand is also a graduate from IIM Bangalore.

JobStreet operates the JobStreet.com online recruitment websites covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, India, Philippines and Indonesia.


Amanjyot Johar [EEE 01] selected as Swartz Fellow for Entrepreneurship
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

Mr. Amanjyot Johar, currently a student at Tepper School of Business for MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA has been chosen as one of the students for prestigious Swartz Fellow for Entrepreneurship. He is Electrical 2001 pass out from IT-BHU.

A news item in Business Times (USA)

Also a news item in press release by Tepper School: Read the news

Excerpts from the press release:

Tepper School Establishes The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program

Twelve Students Selected to Participate in Mentored Internship Experience, Enhanced Curriculum in Entrepreneurship

PITTSBURGH – Beginning this summer, twelve promising MBA students at the Tepper School of Business who have shown an entrepreneurial edge will gain invaluable knowledge of business ventures through a new hands-on mentorship program. As the first James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows, these select students will combine Tepper’s leading curriculum in entrepreneurship with an exclusive, mentorship-driven internship over the summer and a leadership-focused experiential program throughout their second year of MBA studies.

The new Fellows Program is the result of a generous gift from renowned venture capitalist James R. Swartz, a graduate of the Tepper School of Business and co-founder of Accel Partners, a global venture capital firm that counts several of the most significant revolutions in technology businesses among its investments, including Veritas Software, RealNetworks and Macromedia.

The first-year Tepper students selected as the first Swartz Fellows are Nathan Allen, Ernest Braxton, Gregory Clumpner, Jesse Goellner, Amanda Fox, Amanjyot Johar, Eric Koger, Nicole Smith, Sola Tabai, Tony Thai, Mark Thomas and Adil Wali. Students are selected for the program based on their demonstrated leadership skills, passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, and overall academic excellence.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest minds in entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon,” said Arthur A. Boni, John R. Thorne Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School. “This new program will give them an unparalleled experience and learning opportunity that will serve them for a lifetime throughout their future endeavors.”


Seminar: crisis of drinking water from river Ganga
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, June 6

“THE water level of rivers is going down considerably due to unplanned extraction of drinking water, unprecedented population growth, rapid industrialization and a continuous demand for freshwater.”

These views were expressed by eminent scholars in a workshop on ‘Severe crisis of drinking water in mega cities situated on the banks of river Ganga: Causes and remedial measures’. The seminar was organised at the Civil Engineering Department, Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University to mark the festival of Ganga Dusshera and 20th annual day of BHU’s Ganga Laboratory here on Tuesday.

Rector of BHU, Prof S Lele said increasing population coupled with rapid industrialization were creating problems of drinking water. “The problem of drinking water should be considered in a broader perspective and proper measures are required to counter this problem at a global level,” he said. He added public awareness was required for rainwater harvesting and recycling of wastewater to mitigate this problem.

Director of IT-BHU, Prof SN Upadhyay said World Environment Day celebrations and other such programmes were now more or less a ritual and a lot of groundwork was required to address the problem of drinking water in particular and other environment related issues in general.

He stressed the need for social commitment to check rising pollution in the Ganga. Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology (IT-BHU), Prof JN Sinha cited an international report and said around 33 per cent population of the entire world would face severe drinking water crisis by the 2020 to 2025.

Eminent river scientist and in charge of the Ganga Laboratory, Prof UK Choudhary expressed concern over the poor state of the Ganga and called upon a cross-section of society to come forward for conservation of the river. “There is an urgent need to ascertain the quantity and method of water extraction through the Ganga so that it does not loose its identity,” he said.

Head of Civil Engineering Department, Prof RK Agrawal delivered the welcome address whereas organising secretary Dr Devendra Mohan conducted the programme and proposed a vote of thanks.


Dr. N. K. Mukhopadhyay to visit Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006
nkm.jpg Dr. N. K. Mukhopadhyay, Reader in the Center of Advanced Studies in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering has been invited as visting Professor to the Centre of Noncrystalline Solids, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. This visit is intended for pursuing research on the noncrystalline materials and to explore the possibility of future collaborative research work with IT-BHU.

Earlier he had visited Korea to attend an International conference held in Jeju Island, Korea (August 21-28, 2005)

ITBHU Chronicle would be publishing a more detailed report on this visit in the July edition of the Chronicle when Dr. Mukhopadhyay comes back.


Seminar on “Sensor networks” at IEEE center, Allahabad
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

HT Live Correspondent
Allahabad, May 12

The two-day National Seminar on "Sensor Networks and Applications" to be hosted by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers Allahabad Centre will commence from Saturday (May 13).

Prof A B Samaddar, Director, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, shall be the chief guest on the inaugural session while Prof R G Harshe, Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad will preside over it. Prof. [Dr] Pawan Kapur, Director General, Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Govt. of India, Chandigarh, shall deliver the keynote address, informed Er. Sanjaya Kala, Secretary, programme committee of the seminar.

The seminar is being co-organized by the J K Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, University of Allahabad and the Ewing Christian Institute of Management & Technology, Ewing Christian College, Allahabad.

Prominent speakers include, Prof G N Pandey, Vice Chancellor, J R B Chitrakoot University, Prof Sibu Udgata, University of Behrampore, Orissa, Prof Prithviraj, University of Pondicherry, Prof U S Tiwari, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, Prof Shekhar Verma, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Gwalior, Dr Chiranjeev Kumar, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and Prof A K Gupta, Head, J K Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, University of Allahabad. Prof S K Kak, from IT, BHU is also likely to deliver an invited presentation.

The Seminar shall begin at the Prof SN Ghosh auditorium, JK Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, Science Faculty, University of Allahabad on May 13 from 9 a.m. onwards, according to Dr P N Gupta, Reader, J K Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, AU, who is also the Organizing Secretary of the event.


Prof. Subir Kundoo says “Bridge gap between technology, industry needs”
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

Workshop on Biotechnology at MNNIT on may 15, 2006.
(Prof. Subir Kundoo is head of School of Bio-Chemical Engineering, IT-BHU).

Hindustan Times news item:
HT Live Correspondent
Allahabad, May 15

It is high time to bridge the gap between technology and demand of industry and society. It is indispensable to make course comprehensible with due care against the intricacies developed in the process of simplification, said Prof. Rajen Govind Harshe, Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University on Monday.
He was speaking as chief guest in a workshop on curriculum development of B.Tech course held at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology. Prof Harshe said that best minds are bred by the mentors; hence teachers and researchers should join hands in inculcating the scientific temperament among the budding engineers.

Presiding over the workshop. Director of MNNIT, Prof Arun Baran Samaddar said that time has come when we have to lay our emphasis on modern technologies and biotechnology qualifies all the virtues and demands due weightage to advance research in its field.

President of National science Academy VP Kamboj spoke on biotechnology is inter-disciplinary study and said that it has potential of hybrid vigour.

In charge of biotechnology course at MNNIT, Sonia Varshney said that it was matter of concern that we have not generated intellectual property and have achieved success only in industry. She further said that since education of biotechnology differs from other streams of studies and branches of engineering course hence emphasis should be laid on quality of education.

Prof Subir Kundu of IT BHU highlighted the problems in the field of biotechnology and said that the inadequate number of research personnel, staff and infrastructure are impediments in the development of biotechnology in the country.

CEO of Biotechnology Park, Lucknow, PK Seth stressed over the development of curriculum according to the demand of industry. He also talked about institute-industry research interaction and consortia.

Experts like Triloki Nath, head of applied mechanics, MNNIT, GS Randhawa, IIT Roorkee, Dr R Prasad, IIT Roorkee and Dr M Ismail, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development put forth their ideas and modifications in proposed course of biotechnology.

It may be mentioned here that MNNIT is all set to begin B.Tech course which is first of its kind among all NITs of the country, from forthcoming session (2006-07).


Acknowledgements
Arun @ Jun 15, 2006

We are grateful to the following people for providing us news about the Institute and the alumni.

  • Rajneesh Kumar (CSE 1995) and Puneet Bindlish (Meta 1999) for forwarding news item about Moser Baer agreement
  • Mr. Manas Nanda (Civil 2006) about Mr. Anand S. Iyer
  • Ujjal De [CHE 74], Vice President & Head Marketing Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd for information about Mr. A N Sreeram
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