|Published on July 14, 2006||The Chronicle July, 2006 issue.||Vol.2006 : Issue 0007|
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We are pleased to announce that following volunteers have joined our team:
- Keerty Nath CSE 2004
- Rajat Harlalka EEE 2005
- Rahul Hari CSE 2006
We hope with more help available, we shall be able to serve our readers better.
We have made some minor changes in the chronicle content and format. We have introduced a new section-students corner-which will be interesting to students and others alike.
Although our primary goal is to publish news related to IT-BHU community, occasionally we shall also cover news and events from outside such as: those from other faculty of BHU, views/interviews of other leading writers, educationists, etc., which will enrich our experience. For example, in this issue we have covered a request from IIMT, Gurgaon for someone to head their proposed School of Engineering. We have also covered the recent write-up by Rashmi Bansal. She is a veteran writer, who writes about education scenario in India in general and about college students & their careers in particular.
This issue contains interview of Prof. Rawat, who has successfully launched a new international technical magazine called IJMOT; and also interview of Mr. Dixit, who has just cleared an IPS exam.
It is heartening to know that in surveys by all the three leading magazines (India Today, Dataquest and Outlook India); our college is ranked among top 10 engineering colleges in India.
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You would be glad to know that the wi-fi project is running on schedule. And with all the efforts that everybody put in terms of money or otherwise, we have been able to raise 80% of the total project cost. We have 2 weeks left before we close on the campaign, This will be a nice surprise to greet the new comers for the session 2006-2007.
The materials for this project would be delivered to the Institute during the last week of July. The implementation would then take two weeks. Details of the project available at: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/projects/wifi-details.html
Alumni are requested, if in any form, their company or as an individual, they can help the project raise the remaining amount within the stipulated period.
Just to reiterate, the donations can be made online using your debit/credit card through a secure channel. ( Would n't take more than couple of minutes.) thanks to the technical team behind the itbhuglobal.org for putting together the payment gateway. Most of the funds that poured in was through online channel. This can be seen as growing popularity of our alumni portal. By the way, Needn't mention you have local alumni contacts for Wi-Fi fund raising in all most all important cities, who can help your money reach in time to the Wi-Fi Project accounts.
Please feel free to forward this appeal to your alumni acquaintance/ groups.
Lets welcome our fresh juniors with Wi-Fi Gift!!
Last week, we secured another major milestone towards collecting the $52K for the ITBHU Wifi project. Rahul Shukla of EEE89, whose bio is listed below, committed $10,000 towards the Wifi project as a matching grant. Now it is up to the rest of us Alumni to donate a matching amount to take advantage of Rahul's generosity.
Rahul is a Managing Director in Citigroup Global Markets' Investment Banking team. He is based in Hong Kong and focuses on hardware electronics manufacturers, semiconductor design houses, telecom equipment vendors and alternative energy companies in Asia. Rahul completed MBA from IIM-B in 1991 and B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from IT-BHU in 1989. He graduated in both his specializations as gold medalist for best academic performance.
What is a Matching Grant: This is a grant constituted by a donor where he / she lays the condition that the fund raising team would get this amount if they are able to raise an equivalent amount from other people or sources.
In this particular case the matching grant is for $10,000/- and if the team is able to raise $5,000/- from other sources then they will get only $5,000/- from the matching grant and not the full $10,000/-
MoU signed between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and Industry-Institute Partnership (IIP) cell, ITBHU on 20th July, the DST would grant money from Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh to those entrepreneurs who have come up with innovative ideas.
(News dated 20th June in Hindustan Times)
Boost to entrepreneurial activities
Varanasi, June 20
IN ORDER to promote entrepreneurial activities in this region, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under its Techno-Entrepreneurial Promotional Programme has decided to grant Rs 10 lakh for innovative ideas through its out-reach centre in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
As per the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and Industry-Institute Partnership (IIP) cell at the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) on Monday, the DST would grant money from Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh to those entrepreneurs who have come up with innovative ideas.
Chief coordinator of the IIP cell at the IT-BHU, Dr PK Mishra said anyone who came up with innovative ideas would be granted Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh in first phase (for materialising the idea) and later would also be granted Rs 30 lakh to set up their own unit.
He added in the first stage, coordinators of IIP cell would screen the idea and in the second stage expert faculty of the concerned subject would screen the same idea. “After clearing the first two stages, the idea would be forwarded to DST (New Delhi) for final assessment,” he said. He added, after the final approval, the concerned person would be granted funds to materialise his idea.
Dr PK Mishra, also a faculty member at the Chemical Engineering Department at IT-BHU, said the DST had already disbursed Rs 6 lakh to BHU for implementation of this project. “Organising specific training programmes as per the requirements of entrepreneurs of this region and organising exhibition camps for innovators are among some other activities of the out reach centre of DST,” he said.
After the National Institute of Technology (Tiruchirapalli), BHU is the second out reach centre of DST for Techno-Entrepreneurial Promotional Programme across the country
(News dated 24th June in Hindustan Times)
BHU wants IIT status for IT
Varanasi, June 24
AFTER GETTING nod for AIIMS status for IMS, the Banaras Hindu University is now eyeing IIT status for the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU).
Besides, IT-BHU, six other institutes, Engineering College of Osmania University, Bengal Engineering College, Engineering and Technology Department of Jadhavpur University, Zakir Hussein Engineering and Technology College of Aligarth Muslim University, College of Engineering at Andhra University and Kochin University of Science and Technology are in the fray to get the IIT status.
A three-member high-powered committee of Union Human Resource Development Ministry consisting of Director of Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, Prof Anand Krishnan, former Vice-Chancellor of Roorkee University, Prof. DB Singh and former Director of IIT-Kharagpur, Prof. Amitabh Ghosh had visited IT-BHU to take stock of infrastructural facilities and academic standards in the November last year.
Later, the committee had submitted its report to MHRD and Rs 265 crore grant was sanctioned to IT-BHU to upgrade its infrastructural facilities. A meeting of all the seven engineering institutes has been convened in New Delhi for July 14 to discuss the prospect of these institutes to get the IIT status.
“Definitely, the CCEA decision to accord IMS-BHU as AIIMS status has boosted our morale and our efforts to ensure IIT status for IT-BHU would be intensified,” said Director of IT-BHU, Prof SN Upadhyay.
(The above news was forwarded by Mohit Saini, Chemical 2002)
|Error in announcement and display of courses|
New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology have cancelled allotment of seats for general category candidates with All India Rank (AIR) from 1601 and above due to an error in the announcement of the list of available and not available courses during counselling after the JEE 2006.
According to an official notification, candidates with AIR between 1601 and 5527 can submit their fresh choices to the institutes — seven IITs, IT-BHU and Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad — by July 17.
"Due to an inadvertent error in the announcement and display of the list of not available and available courses during counselling on June 22 and 23, the allotment of courses as displayed on the website and announced through IVRS of IITs for general category candidates with AIR 1601 and above stands cancelled," said the notification.
"In the event of the non-submission of revised choices within the stipulated period, the allotment of courses to the candidates will be made considering the choices given earlier on the day of counselling."
Candidates absent during the earlier counselling session cannot exercise and submit their choice now. — UNI
The article was published in Op-ed section of Indian Express:
The author, Chitta Baral is professor at Arizona State University. His bio-data can be found in:
He also owns a blog: http://newiits.blogspot.com/
For IIT upgrade, an alternative roadmap
Posted online: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 0000 hrs
The Prime minister has established a Knowledge Commission and it has a website listing its members and their e-mail addresses. If one looks hard, one can also find who the members of SAC-PM are, and write to them. But does anyone know who is in charge of plans to upgrade some existing institutes to IITs?
How does one gets in touch with them and point out the possible mistakes and make suggestions? Why are they doing things like the old days? Why the secrecy? Why the arrogance?
Can they explain why the seven institutes chosen initially to be upgraded to deemed IITs, IIT-likes, IIT-cousins—or whatever they are being called now— significantly add to the already terrible regional imbalance with respect to institutions of higher educations?
The answer is probably that they wanted to reward the best institutions in the country, regardless of where they are from. That is a fair answer. And I would accept it if it were true. Unfortunately, it is not. When the shortlist of seven were made, National Institute of Technologies (NITs)) were not considered.
So, if the idea was to pick the best institutes and upgrade them to deemed IITs, what is the logic of not considering the NITs?
The Dataquest ranking of 2005 shows that six of the handpicked seven are worse than many of the NITs.
I understand the Dataquest ranking is just another ranking, but it is clear that NITs were not considered when deciding on which institutions will be upgraded.
Apparently, the reason cited is that NITs are already centrally funded.
But then, how fair is it that institutions inferior to NITs will now be given IIT-cousin status and possibly more funding and attention than NITs?
Moreover, there is actually one institution in India that really deserves IIT status—not that of its distant cousin. This is the IT-BHU, which has been taking students from IIT-JEE for over 25 years and ranks above a couple of existing IITs in many areas.
Perhaps someone feels that according IT-BHU a full IIT status will raise eyebrows across the country, as there will be two IITs in Uttar Pradesh. (N.B. This writer is not an IT-BHU alumnus and has no connections with IT-BHU).
Since the panel formed by the Human Resources Development Ministry does not appear able to make the right decisions (based on whatever is reported in the media) here are some suggestions for a regionally-balanced way out of this imbroglio.
• Upgrade IT-BHU to an IIT immediately. Along with the planned additional 27 per cent OBC quota, this action will provide immediate relief.
• Since it is probably too late to remove some of the institutes for deemed IIT status from the shortlist—and some of those are fine institutions—add 5-7 top NITs to the list. In the states from where these NITs are picked, upgrade another institution to be NIT-level. In the next 10 years, upgrade the rest of the existing NITs to deemed IIT status. Thus in 10 years, every major state will have an NIT and an IIT-cousin.
• The new IITs should be built with care so as not to dilute the IIT brand name. That means they should not be made overnight. In this regard, the HRD panel is mostly right about giving the IIT-cousin status (and not IIT-status) to the institutes that are being upgraded. The government should decide on 5-7 new IITs in states that are at the bottom of the HRD higher education funding computed per capita. As of now, Bihar, Rajasthan and Orissa are at the bottom of that list. A mini-IIT with 1-2 departments and with only MTech programmes should be established in these states in two years’ time. Initially, these mini-IITs could be referred to as branch campus of an existing IIT. There should be a mandate and funding to make these mini-IITs to full-fledged IITs in 10-15 years by adding undergraduate programmes after 4-5 years and new departments every 1-2 years. In this regard a pilot programme can be immediately started at Bhubaneswar—where IIT Kharagpur has an extension center, where it already offers a PG Diploma in Information Technology and a 1.5-year part-time Diploma in intellectual property law.
These steps will not only correct the unfairness of the current proposal, but if taken, will address the regional balance in the distribution of higher education institution in a better way. Also, there will be more IITs without any dilution of the brand name or the associated quality.
The writer is a professor at the Arizona State University and is an alumni of IIT Kharagpur
editor [AT] expressindia.com
(The article is forwarded by Yogesh Upadhyaya, CHE 1977)
In a June 2006 Dataquest-IDC survey of top T-Schools in India, our college stood 8th overall. It was reported in Dataquest magazine last month.
Table 1: DQ-IDC Top 20 T-Schools
|Rank||Institutes||Composite Score(%)||Previous Rank|
|8||Institute Of Technology-BHU, Varanasi||64.0||5|
|15||Delhi College of Engineering||56.8||20|
|16||Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi||56.0||10|
|18||Jadavpur University, Kolkata||54.3||25|
|20||Thapar Institute of Engg. & Technology, Patiala||52.2||9|
Source: Dataquest-IDC T-School Survey
A list of complete score card for top hundred schools is attached.
The entire article is attached here.
Readers must be aware that in last month’s survey by India Today magazine, our college stood 9th. This is an impressive achievement, considering that there are over 1,200 engineering colleges approved by AICTE in our country.
The news item was contributed by Abhijit Raja (Civil 2007)
Top 100 Engineering Colleges In India
A recent flurry of private institutes has helped improve the scene, especially in south India.
Outlook Survey: Results (Top 20)
|Rank||Name of Institute||City||G/P||IC (30)||I&F (20)||PF (15)||II (15)||P (20)||T (100)|
|10||College of Engg, Anna University||Guindy||G||25.3||16.7||12.4||12.8||14.1||81.3|
|11||Jadavpur University, Faculty of Engg & Tech||Calcutta||G||25.2||16.4||11.7||11.4||15.4||80.1|
|12||Indian School of Mines||Dhanbad||G||24.7||15.5||12.2||12.2||14.7||79.3|
|16||Delhi College of Engineering||New Delhi||G||22.4||15.9||12.6||10.8||13.8||75.5|
|17||Punjab Engineering College||Chandigarh||G||22.2||17.7||10.1||09.3||15.8||74.9|
|19||Motilal Nehru National Inst. of Technology||Allahabad||G||22.8||16.5||11.3||09.9||14.1||74.6|
|20||Thapar Inst of Engineering & Technology||Patiala||P||21.6||16.3||12.3||12.2||12.0||74.4|
Government = G; Private = P; Intellectual capital =IC; Infrastructure and Facilities=I&F; Pedagogic Systems=PS; Industry Interface=II; Placements=P; T= Total;
(The above news was forwarded by Sanjay Dani, CSE 1987)
Association of Indian Universities releases its annual calendar for sports events
Excerpts from the news item:
Chandigarh, July 1: THE Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has allotted the All-India Inter-University Swimming and Diving Championship to the Punjab University (PU), Chandigarh. The championship will be held from September 18.
Calendar (event: venue; date):
All India inter-varsity events:
Tennis (M) NEZ: BHU, Varanasi; SWZ & IZ: Madras, Chennai; December 25.
Hockey (M): NZ: PAU, Ludhiana; EZ & IZ: BHU, Varanasi; SZ: Bharathiar, Coimbatore; WZ: Barkatullah, Bhopal; November 25
Volleyball (M): NZ & IZ: Kurukshetra; EZ: BHU, Varanasi; SZ: Periyar, Salem; WZ: LNIPE, Gwalior; December 18.
The Insitute opened for the new academic session on 10th of July. As the students started coming in they were faced by the same problems that they face every year ... hostel allocation.
While in some of the hostels the allocation went on smoothly at some other places it wasn't such a nice experience. The students had to produce no dues certificates for all they previous years and they had to produce the RC book and other relevant papers of their vehicles before registration was done.
Had the Institute automated the entire process of no dues the students wouldn't have had to scramble for their documents at the last time. We hope that as soon as the IT BHU computer center becomes a reality all these processes will become online and that the staff of the departments, hostel and other units will have access to relevant student information online.
On the other front, the JEE counselling will have to be redone due to some issues at the time of earlier counselling. This may delay the joining of the new batch.
The M.Tech admissions have started and the Chronicle would be providing its readers with detailed analysis in the next months issue.
Dr. O. N. Singh took charge of Head of Department of Applied Physics department. He succeeds Dr. R P Singhal
Dr. Singh would be facing multiple challenges in his new role. The department started offering the new course for JEE candidates in the field of Engineering Physics from the academic year 2005. The students who joined those courses would be moving into the department this year and Dr. Singh would be responsible for overseeing that that all the facilities required by this course are operational and available to the new students.
Dr. Singh also faces an uphill task of augmenting the teaching staff for his department which has dwindled from its sactioned strength of sixteen to its current strength of five over the last decade.
We wish Dr. Singh all the best for his new role and hope that he is able to move the department to a much better position during his tenure as the HoD of the department.
We would be publishing an interview with Dr. Singh in the August edition of the Chronicle.
Two faculty members of IT BHU were awarded the Bharat Jyoti award earlier this year by the India International Friendship Society in New Delhi.
Professor Shri Ram, faculty member in the Department of Applied Mathematics was awarded for his contribution towards Applied Sciences. Dr Shri Ram's research interest are in the areas of General relativity and Relativistic Cosmology
Professor P. N. Tiwari of the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded the Bharat Jyoti award for his contribution towards the field of Chemical engineering. Dr. Tiwari specializes in the Catalysis, Kinetics and Process Development.
Kashi Utkarsh: Giving Hope to the underprivileged Kashi Utkarsh does it again! The organization run by some enthusiastic and highly motivated students of IT BHU has achieved great result in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya examinations.
Out of 21 students who were given tuitions three got selected this year whereas last year only one could achieve this success.The selected students from the slums are:-
- Priyanshi Chaudhary
- Anil Kr. Kashyap
- Niharika Singh
This achievement give hope to hundreds of slum children that one day like these children they too will be able to get a decent education and leave a mark in the society. The magnitude of their achievement is established by the fact that none of these downtrodden children even dream to receive education of any sorts. It’s notable that the Kashi Utkarsh team arranged for the tuition of these students and then visited them on Saturday Sundays to monitor their progress as well as teach them. This is a great step forward as last year just 1 student cleared the exam. Three cheers to KU team and let us all wish them all the best for their future endeavors.
Note: Education in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas including boarding and lodging as well as expenses on uniform, textbooks, stationery, rail/bus fare from to the homes etc. are free for all students.
The 3rd IT-BHU Silicon Valley Alumni Meet is planned on 22nd July, 2006 at Stanford University Campus. Details are as follows:
Lyman Atrium, 121 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006: 11am - 3:30pm
Link to the Map
Link to Driving Directions
Plenty of free weekend parking is available on Lyman parking lot/ Lyman Tennis court parking lot and Golf Course parking lot (park on A or C lot not on WE lot).
1. Primarily social and professional gathering in an informal environment. We will have arrangements for lunch, snacks, drinks and a large community BBQ and last but not the least, banarsi chai!
2. We will have guest speakers from BoD of ITBHUGlobal.org to give us an overview of what has been achieved and what is planned for future.
3. Fundraising kick-off for entire ITBHU campus-wide high speed wireless network being built by alumni. We would have guest speakers who are involved with this project since inception.
4. Reminiscing our golden times at the institute, including playing of videos of many major ITBHU festivals like Kashi Yatra, Technex etc.
Charges: $15-$25 depending upon the turnout.
Mukul Agrawal and Ratnanabh Sain
(On Behalf of SV Chapter of ITBHUGlobal.org)
Mukul Agrawal@ 6507995440, email: mukul.agrawal [AT] gmail.com
Ratnanabh Sain@: 6507968541, email: ratnanabh.sain [AT] gmail.com
3rd International BHU Alumni Meet will be held during January 6-7, 2007 at BHU Campus.
For further details visit www.bhu.ac.in and view the banner on home page or click on Alumni Cell.
The above information was provided by Prof. D.P. Singh, Professor Emeritus, IT-BHU and
Chairman of 3rd International BHU Alumni Meet
Chronicle has received the following request from Dr. Venkatesh Umashankar, Dean of IIMT (Institute for International Management and Technology) and an alumnus of BHU.
(Website of IIMT: www.iimtobu.ac.in)
“I am a full-time academic in the area of Management at an Institution (IIMT) in Gurgaon (NCR Delhi).
IIMT is planning to set up a deemed university in Gurgaon and within which we are looking to establish a School of Engineering, with Electrical, Electronics, Communication and Computer Science to start with.
We are currently looking for someone who can head this SOE and establish the school as a quality engineering school.
May I request you to publish this message for your alumni members to see and respond if interested?
Thanks and best wishes.”
Dr. Venkatesh Umashankar
Professor and Dean
Institute for International Management and Technology
336, Udyog Vihar Phase - IV, Gurgaon - 122001, Haryana, India
Ph. 0091 124 401 4165
umashankarv [AT] iimtobu.ac.in
Note: Interested alumni should reply directly to Dr. Venkatesh Umashankar at the above address.
The complete article:
Kanbay Ropes In Sanjay Govil As Global CIO
EFY News Network
(Friday, June 09, 2006 2:31:25 PM)
He will also be a member of Kanbay's India leadership team.
Friday, June 09, 2006: New Delhi: Kanbay International, Inc., a global IT services firm, has appointed Sanjay Govil as its global chief information officer (CIO). Based out of Kanbay's Hyderabad office, Govil will be responsible for developing and delivering the company's global IT strategy, including global business applications and technology platforms.
Besides, Govil will also work with Kanbay's senior management to ensure the company's IT strategy is aligned with its corporate business objectives. In addition to his role as the global CIO at Kanbay, Sanjay will also be a member of Kanbay's India leadership team.
Prior to joining Kanbay, Govil was the vice president of strategic outsourcing for IBM Global Services. Prior to IBM, he was the director and CIO of the Eicher Group of Companies, where he was responsible for the IT division. Govil has also founded a company named Infoplus Business Systems Ltd. in New Zealand.
Cyprian D'Souza, MD, Kanbay India, said, "With over 24 years of experience in the IT industry, Sanjay is a valuable addition to the Kanbay team. He brings with him immense industry knowledge and expertise and has an outstanding record of leveraging technology to improve operational efficiency. His particular expertise of working on large outsourcing deals will be an asset to Kanbay and makes him an ideal person for this role."
Govil commented, "Over the past several years, Kanbay has established itself as a leading provider in the global IT services market and has grown to close to 5,000 associates across Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. I look forward to contributing to the company's continued growth and success."
Govil holds a bachelor of technology from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and a diploma in business from the Graduate Business School, Auckland University, New Zealand. Sanjay also attended the executive development programme on `Competing in the Information Age’ at the European Institute of Business Administration, (INSEAD) Fontainebleau, France.
Govil has many awards and accolades to his credit. His leadership at Eicher won him NASSCOM's 'The Best IT User for 2004' award in the automotive sector.
(The above news was forwarded by Rajneesh Kumar, CSE 1995)
The complete article:
SBC Presidential Fellowship Awarded
Santosh Kumar, a CSE Ph. D. Candidate, has been awarded the prestigious SBC Presidential Fellowship by the graduate school of the Ohio State University. This award, given each year to selected senior Ph. D. students across the university, recognizes outstanding scholarship and research ability.
For Santosh, this award recognizes his foundational contribution to the issue of coverage in wireless sensor networks, which were reported in two of his papers, both published in the extremely-selective ACM MobiCom conference in the years 2004 and 2005. Santosh is the first student from the department to have published a paper in this highly-prestigious conference whose acceptance rate is among the lowest of all the conferences and journals in Computer Science. In addition to wireless sensor networks, Santosh also works actively in the area of software engineering and distributed systems, focusing on the issue of modular verification of concurrent systems. Santosh has also been an active entrepreneur. In 2001, he led the OConnect team to win second prize at the $100,000 OSU Business Plan Competition.
Santosh received an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University in 2002 and a B. Tech. with honors in Computer Science and Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), India, in 1998. From 1998-2000, Santosh worked as a software engineer in Siemens Communications Software, Bangalore. His advisor is Ten-Hwang (Steve) Lai.
(The above news was forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, EEE 2005)
Excerpts from the article:
Engineers move to the beat of a different drum
Engineers have always had to endure the "nerd" label, but some catchy lyrics might change that image.
By Diane Dierking, senior editor
Slide rules. Pocket protectors. Programmable calculators. Over the years, engineers have worn these tools like badges of honor – and have been labeled as geeks.
But really, are you a geek, nerd or social misfit? I certainly don’t feel like one. How did we earn this image?
For the most part, the engineers I talked to said people think they’re geeks because they’re smart. But there are a lot of smart people who aren’t considered geeks.
But I can’t recall a single movie about a plant engineer. Actors haven’t embraced engineering in their real lives, either: James Cromwell and Dolph Lundgren studied engineering, but neither received degrees.
Rajeev Bajaj, chief executive of SemiQuest, Fremont, Calif., independently produced and released a CD called “Geek Rhythms,” for which he wrote the lyrics. The CD contains four techno/rap songs about entropy, computers and, of course, engineers (you can read the lyrics at www.rlpkrecords.com).
Bajaj received his undergraduate chemical engineering degree from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi, India, where it was cool to be an engineer. When he transferred to the University of Texas, Austin, to complete his graduate studies, he was a little surprised to find engineers were considered geeks.
About a year ago, Bajaj and his wife were discussing this disparity and he came up with the idea of writing a song. “I put two and two together and came up with geeks rapping.”
Bajaj then spent about two months writing the lyrics, after which, in true engineer fashion, he outsourced production of the songs to India. The performers on the CD are well-versed in Western music styles and regularly perform at colleges; the lead vocalist is also an electrical engineering student.
“Geek Rhythms” was released in October 2004. By January 2005, 500 copies had been sold. Then the media got wind of it and the number of CDs sold nearly doubled.
Before pressing another batch of CDs, Bajaj is not only looking for investors, but for a star to rap his lyrics. “I have sent an e-mail to Chuck D of Public Enemy,” he says, hoping the rapper will like the songs enough to get involved.
Maybe if we change our tune and stop calling ourselves geeks, others would follow. I think one engineer has the right idea; he says, “Engineers rock – and they’re sexy.”
(The above news was forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, EE 2005)
Excerpts from the article:
Reaching minds and hearts
Professor P Rama Rao, a teacher par excellence, is also the director at NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research). He is known to have successfully established the Pharmacology & Toxicology department at NIPER and has also been instrumental in shaping other facilities at the institute. In a multi-dimensional career spanning over 25 years, Prof Rama Rao has held various positions of responsibility and is member of various national committees. Sapna Dogra tries to understand Prof Rao, the person.
|There is no substitute for hard work. This has been the guiding philosophy for the man who took over as the director of one of the prestigious institutes in the country. He loves teaching young students as it gives him an opportunity to try to understand their viewpoint and at the same time make them understand his. "It is a great challenge", says Rao.|
|A renowned teacher and a researcher par excellence, Rao has six patents to his credit and has published articles and reports in 70 international and seven Indian journals. Even today, teaching is his first love and he believes that his students' success is his greatest achievement. As a thesis advisor of doctorate students, Rao has guided five PhD students and has three more registered. Additionally, he has guided 27 theseis with currently three being registered for various masters and doctorate courses in the pharma arena, as well as for M Tech and MS programmes.
Born in Rajahmundry, in Andhra Pradesh, Rao is the youngest of two brothers and two sisters. His father was a medical doctor, and mother, a homemaker. Thus, the atmosphere at home was very academic and his parents, who believed in giving freedom to children, helped shape his personality. "My parents gave me full freedom and always encouraged my education and career choice," he remembers.
After finishing school and junior college at Rajahmundry, Rao subsequently moved to the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), to pursue further education in the field of pharmaceuticals. He completed his master (M. Pharm) from the same University in 1979 under guidance of various eminent academicians. "It was a great learning experience at BHU, where I was fortunate enough to be the student of Professor GP Srivastava", he reminisces.
After finishing his studies, Rao did a short stint in Analytical Testing Services, New Delhi. However, Rao had always been fascinated by basic research and drug discovery. "I am very much interested in mechanism of drug action. After serving the pharmaceutical industry for approximately one year, I joined my alma mater as a lecturer in 1980. This is where, I also completed my PhD in 1986", he informs. Following his PhD, he went to the University of Illinois, Chicago and Harvard Medical School, Boston and worked on opioid tolerance and dependence mechanisms and transmembrane signal mechanisms involving G-protein coupled receptors, calcium signalling and its intracellular determination. But Rao did not stay in the US for long. Homeland beckoned him and he returned.
Awards and accolades:
- Dr I C Chopra Memorial Award for the year 2003
- UGC Career Development Award, 1995. Not availed, and joined the NIPER
- Research Fellowship in the Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA September 1, 1989 to August 31, 1990
- Postdoctoral fellowship of NIDA research scheme in the Department of Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA February 2, 1987 to August 31, 1989
- Professor M L Schroff's Memorial Award for the best paper presentation at the 34th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, along with Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Pharmaceutical Education in India, Varanasi, December 1982
- University Grants Commission Fellow, Government of India, 1977-1979
(The above news was forwarded by Nitin Mohan, ECE1999)
|One of our alumni, Abhishek Dixit (ECE 2001), has successfully cleared the civil service exam. It is one of the most difficult exams in the country, which selects roughly one out of thousand candidates. He will be soon joining as an IPS officer. Chronicle took the opportunity to discuss with him about the civil service as a career choice. Here is the interview :|
He can be reached at: abhishek.dixit [AT] ece01.itbhuglobal.org or abhishek_dixit [AT] rediffmail.com
Q-1: Welcome Abhishek. Please introduce about yourself.
After receiving B.Tech. in Electronics Engineering from IT-BHU in 2001, I got a job in C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics) through campus interview. Presently I am working with C-DOT as a research engineer. Along with my job, I was also preparing for civil services in which I got through with 107 rank and from September 2006 onwards, I will be starting my training as an IPS officer.
It was because of: a) My late father’s dream for me to become a civil servant, b) Thrill of working and accepting more challenges & responsibilities, and c) More opportunities to serve the country.
Q-3: Describe the civil service exam and how one prepares about it.
It is a national level exam with over 400,000 candidates appear each year; and only 400 seats available for them. It has a 3 tier structure – Preliminary exam (objective type), Mains exam (essay type) and Interview (personality assessment).
A candidate is required to select 2 optional subjects from a list of over 25 subjects. General studies and essay are compulsory papers.
To prepare for the exam, self study is the best policy. At most, the coaching classes may only show the path on which the aspirant is required to move ahead with a lot of determination, patience, perseverance and hard work.
Q-4: How important is the interview?
Interview is all about the overall personality of the candidate and one needs to be honest about it. As far as preparation for the interview is concerned, one should always be updated with the current affairs and the basic knowledge of the subjects. The interview checks the attitude and the thinking pattern of the candidates, for which some psychological preparation should also be done.
Q-5: Which civil service should be selected as a career? Why you have gone for IPS?
The selection of any service as a career should match with the interest patterns of the individual. I opted for IPS (Indian Police Service) because this service has more challenges, more responsibilities and more opportunities to serve the community.
Q-6: What advice will you give to future aspirants?
Before selecting civil services as a career, one should look into one’s interest patterns and aspirations. One should be aware of the fact that Civil services preparation is somewhat like entering into a tiger’s den, “Either you kill the tiger or the tiger will kill you “. But once you decide to kill the tiger, you should be well prepared.
Thank you and all the very best to all the civil services aspirants.
|We are pleased to announce that one of our alumni Dr. Banmali Rawat (1968 Electrical) has been appointed as Editor-In-Chief for a new International online Journal in the field of Microwave and Optical Technology (www.ijmot.com). The first issue for this bimonthly magazine was published online on July 2, 2006.(View Cover)|
The chronicle took the opportunity and talked over phone with Dr. Rawat, who is currently working as Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, U.S.A.
(Note: For bio-data of Prof. Rawat, click here )
Q-1: Welcome, sir. Please provide some back ground info about you to our readers.
First of all I would like to convey my namaste to all IT-BHU family from Reno, Nevada, USA. I did my B. Tech and M. Tech both at IT-BHU. My M. Tech period was the transition period from BENCO (Banaras Engineering College) to IT due to the efforts of Dr. Gopal Tripathi who was first Director of the Institute. I joined the BITS Pilani for PhD program in 1972 after working in West Coast Paper Mill and a short time at MMM Engineering College, Gorakhpur. Microwave being the main area for communication I decided to pursue a career in this area. I moved to Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati in 1973 along with my professor (Dr. G.R. Babu). I became the first Ph.D. in Engineering from SVU. In 1975 I joined the DRDO as a Senior Scientist and came to US in 1981 as a faculty in the University of North Dakota. From 1978-81, I was with the Electronics Eng Dept, at MMM Eng College Gorakhpur as Associate Professor and then Professor/Head of the Dept. In 1988 I moved to the University of Nevada at Reno, NV as Professor and Chair of EE (Electrical Engineering) /Computer Science Dept. where I am continuing as a Professor.
Today my main research and teaching focus is optical communication/sensors along with microwave integrated circuits. In 1986 when I was in the University of North Dakota, I organized the “International Symposium on Recent Advances in Microwave Technology (ISRAMT)”. It was attended by several known microwave experts from 13 countries including Prof. Hartnagel (Germany), Prof. Berceli (Hungary) and Prof. B. Bhat from IIT-Delhi. In 1989 it was organized in Beijing , China where we decided to formalize the ISRAMT by selecting an International Advisory Committee as the main governing body of the ISRAMT and I was selected its permanent Chair.
Actually I was never interested in engineering as my focus was Physics. I had even applied to Physics program at BHU. But I was destined to do electronics engineering from IT-BHU as my application was accepted even though it was one month late. The admission procedure was on merit basis and I was number 2 among 512 students selected that year. The engineering program at BHU and IITs was 5 yrs after Higher Secondary study but I was admitted directly into 2nd yr. There was no electronics engineering branch. It was electrical engineering but in the final year we could select either High Voltage/Power area for EE or Microwaves, Radio Communication, EM for electronics group. It was very similar to IIT Madras program. I selected electronics area due to interest in Physics.
Dr. V.V. Chalam was the head of EE at that time and Dr.S.S. Banerjee was the Head for Electronics group who finally became the Head of Electronics Engineering. We were always scared of faculty unlike today. Any student getting two Fs in the whole program was given “CNR” i.e. “Can Not Repeat” and was supposed to leave the program. The atmosphere on the whole campus was really academic and we could see the greatness of BHU until 1967 when suddenly student strikes (sine die) starting taking place. We were not allowed to go to workshops in “Chappals” and a dress code was always maintained. The hostel atmosphere was very good and we were not allowed to stay outside the campus after 9:00 pm without permission.
The hostel messes were totally under the management of students and food was excellent. This was an excellent example of giving responsibility to young people. Only thing which I hated was the “ragging” in the beginning of the program. I was able to attend the lectures by many great people of yesteryear on the campus including Sri Vinoba Bhave (forgotten Gandhian in India), Dr. J.V Narlikar (expert in time and space concept with Prof. Hoyle of UK), Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan (known as Frontier Gandhi), Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri (PM) and many top literary figures of Hindi and Urdu. I still have sweet memories of sunrise/sunset at the bank of Ganges and famous Lassi shop at Lanka. Overall I am very much satisfied with the education I got at IT-BHU which is still a guiding force for me.
The microwave technology is the application of very high frequency electromagnetic waves (1 GHz to 300 GHz) for communication and other applications including sensors. Through the use of such high frequencies not only the long distance communication is possible, but very large number of voice, data and video channels can be easily transmitted. Optical technology takes us one step further. The optical communication is done using light signals at 800 nm to 2 micrometer wavelength through an optical fiber. It has more channel capacity than microwave range and has several advantages over microwaves. Today’s internet and future growth in this area would not have been possible without optical technology. Optical sensors have almost replaced the old electrical or mechanical sensors in chemical, automobile and nuclear industry. These two areas are important part of electronics engineering curriculum all over the world. I always tell to my students that microwave is the past and optical technology is the future. So try to live in the future.
Q-4: How did the idea to publish a magazine was born?
There are many researchers like me who have moved to optical communication from microwave technology. Interesting enough that both of these areas were dominated by physics researchers in the beginning and focus was not communication. After the electrical engineers entered in these areas, they became more popular and several new applications were invented. Unfortunately I could not find (to the best of my knowledge) any journal publishing full-length papers for this new community combining microwaves and optics or the upcoming area of microwave photonics.
I always felt that there is a need for such a journal which can publish full length papers in this area. The best forum to discuss this idea was the ISMOT founded by me. So the International Advisory Committee for ISMOT agreed to discuss this idea in detail during ISMOT-1999 in Malaga, Spain. I discussed the idea of starting the “International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT)” with several publishing houses in the US in printed form. Finally Academic Press showed keen interest in this venture. Many surveys were done, a list of experts for Editorial Advisory Board was prepared and some cost evaluation was done. Suddenly the US economy took nose dive after 2001 and the Academic Press backed off from the venture. Then I looked into the possibility of an online journal or e-journal as it was becoming quite common in the communication industry.
I gave my report on the subject to the ISMOT Advisory Committee (about 30 members from all over the world) during ISMOT-2003 in Ostrava, Czech Republic and also floated the idea of on-line journal. I was given the responsibility as the first Editor-in-Chief of this conceptual journal. The first problem was the funds and the implementation of the concept. Very few software packages were available in the market and that too highly expensive, certainly beyond our reach. I discussed this subject with one of our computer science graduate students (Anand Reddy) from India, who was able to develop the outside box but no functionalities yet.
During ISMOT-2005 in Fukuoka, Japan, the IJMOT was formally announced and target date for the first publication was set December 2005. But the complicated functionalities of an e-journal were not within our grasp. Ultimately we were successful in achieving our goal of IJMOT. The first issue of IJMOT has been published in June 2006 having 27 papers on microwave and optical technology related areas. The 130 papers from ISMOT-2005 in Japan are aligned for next few issues. The paper submission, review process, subscription and publication, all are done online only.
I would request all interested students and researcher to visit the first issue of IJMOT (www.ijmot.com) on this site and give me your feedback(rawat [AT] ee.unr.edu). We are trying to improve every functionality as we are facing new problem every day. I hope within next few years the IJMOT will become very well known journal in this area. Now my focus is to start a company based on our experience and helpful in organizing conferences.
Q-5: Who is behind the publication of IJMOT? What are the future plans?
The parent body ISRAMT (a non profit corporation registered in the state of Nevada) is the publisher of IJMOT and organizer of ISMOT. Whatever the profit we make from the conference (ISMOT), we use those funds to support graduate students, faculty and researchers from developing countries. We pay for the registration fee and provide free boarding and lodging during the conference. Once we start generating some funds through the journal (IJMOT), we would also like to provide travel funds to the attendees of the ISMOT and some scholarships for graduate students from developing countries to attend universities in USA, UK, Japan etc. and visiting fellowships to the faculty doing research in microwave and optical technology areas. Our plans are to establish the International Academy of Microwave and Optical Technology (IAMOT) in Reno, Nevada which will have members and fellows from all over the world.
Q-6: Please discuss about the new magazine and its special features.
At this time the IJMOT will be published quarterly and after one or two years we will go for monthly publication. In order to keep the cost low and to be in the computer age, it will be an online journal only. Besides maintaining the high quality of the journal, our main ambitious objectives are: to publish the papers within 4-5 weeks after their submission and keep the cost low especially for developing countries. We have divided the whole world in 7 regions each under one Associate Editor supported by 2-3 members of the editorial board and other expert referees. Thus all the papers will be reviewed locally by three referees under the direction of the Associate Editor. This will not only speed up the review process but will also take into consideration the local factors for preparing manuscript. Once the papers have been reviewed, the Editor-in-Chief will make final decision based on the recommendations of the Associate Editor responsible for any particular region of the world. Our database also collects the statistical data about IJMOT and hits per day, month and year.
For subscription, we have divided all the countries into two groups. The subscription rates for developing countries have been kept reasonably low. The IJMOT can be subscribed by an individual or by the organization. Any one can subscribe individual article, one complete issue or annual subscription covering all the issues in one year. The payment for subscription can be done online using credit card or through bank check payable to: ISRAMT. All the details, rates and procedure are given on the subscription page of the website. Each subscriber provides his/her e-mail ID and Password and has to complete one online form. All the information is kept in a secured data base.
Q-8: Thank you sir for granting an interview to us. We hope this information will be useful to our readers.
Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity and I highly appreciate the efforts of our alumni for putting together IT-BHU chronicle. I am sure this information will be very helpful to IT-BHU alumni, students and faculty as well. I would like to invite IT-BHU students to apply for graduate programs in our university and faculty/researchers to contribute articles to IJMOT. We have excellent laboratory facilities in optical (Advanced Photonics Research Laboratory) and microwave areas including MIC fabrication.
We had sponsored three people from IT-BHU to attend ISMOT-2005 in Fukuoka, Japan including Prof. Ojha from Applied Physics Dept. and Prof. R.S. Gupta (IT-BHU alumnus) from University of Delhi. Prof. Gupta is a member of the ISMOT International Advisory Committee, member of the IJMOT Editorial Advisory Board and one of the seven Associate Editors. I hope IT-BHU students, faculty and alumni will work as our ambassadors to spread the word around about IJMOT and ISMOT and will help in the subscription of the journal on individual basis or recommending it to the libraries of their organizations. Fortunately I have built a large international network of professors/scientists which has been very helpful in my international activities. My simple advice to IT-BHU students in today’s world is “More Network less work” and always take initiative.
A post-card from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
Arun @ Jul 10, 2006
This post-card is sent by our alumni, Sunil Pal and Arun Bodapati (both from Metallurgy 2002) and currently pursuing doctoral studies there.
Please go the link http://www.rpi.edu/. If you click on admissions, one can get all information’s about scholarship and admission.
Nanotechnology at Rensselaer:
In September 2001, the National Science Foundation selected Rensselaer as one of the six original sites for a new Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). As part of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative, the program is housed within the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Center and forms a partnership between Rensselaer, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The mission of Rensselaer’s Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures is to integrate research, education, and technology dissemination, and to serve as a national resource for fundamental knowledge in directed assembly of nanostructures. The five other original NSECs are located at Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, and Rice University.
Getting jobs after completing studies at RPI is not a big issue; graduates go in INTEL, IBM, GE, and other semiconductor industries… irrespective of area of research and branch degree.
Visit by Science faculty of BHU
Dr. Anchal Srivastava from Dept of Physics BHU and Dr.Preeti Sexana of Dept. of Zoology BHU has come for summer research (May 15 to 15 Aug) in Prof. P.M. Ajayan's group and Prof. Robert Linhadt's group respectively.
Other information is at this link: http://www.rpi.edu/~ajayan/locker/people.html
Prof. O.N. Srivastava delivered a speech
Invited talk by Prof. O.N. Srivastava (Physics Dept. BHU) at RPI on 23rd June 2006 on " NANOMATERIALS AND ENERGY: RESEARCH IN INDIA".
Prof. P. M. Prasad delivered a speech
Invited talk by Prof. Prabhala M. Prasad Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Center Hyderabad, India (Former Director of IT-BHU) at RPI on 6th July 2006 on “ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN NONFERROUS METALLURGICAL INDUSTRIES”
The talk was about the environmental hazard caused by poisonous gases and other wastes which come out of the metallurgical industries. It discussed the new and improved methods of extraction of non-ferrous materials like Pb, Cu, Hg, Zn, Cd, Al, Uranium etc. Also discussed were the techniques and implementations of safe and renewable methods to safeguard the environment. Selected examples of environment management were given, such as: Fluoride emission from aluminum production, SPL from Aluminum pots, sulphur dioxide, red mud sludges and waste water processing.
About Prof. Pulickel M. Ajayan
Prof. graduated from IT-BHU in 1985 (metallurgy) and currently working as a professor at Carbon Nanomaterials Research Group, RPI.
Everything you can get from his website, http://www.rpi.edu/~ajayan/
About nanobrush and Guinness Book of World Record for making the smallest nanobrush, the following links are useful
IT-BHU alumni at RPI
There are 2 faculty and 7 students from IT-BHU in RPI and several visiting scholars from time to time.
Prof. P. M. Ajayan (Meta-85)
Gaurav Anand (Chem-2001)
Yahoo group formed for class of 2007
Chronicle Editor @ Jul 09, 2006
A new yahoo group for the 3rd year students (class of 2007) has been formed:
CAT/GMAT: Visit our forum
Chronicle Editor @ Jul 09, 2006Hi Students,
Do want to pursue a degree in MBA? Find out more about obtaining management degree in India/Abroad, by visiting ‘CAT/GMAT questions’ section in our forum on itbhuglobal.org website (for registered members only-login required).
It has several topics for discussion, each conducted by our alumnus with MBA from relevant business schools. In case anyone has any further queries, please reply back on the forum itself.
Apart from admission related discussions, there are other topics of general interest, such as book warms, software, alumni reunion, job openings, etc.
Each year, the number of our alumni joining MBA course at ISB, Hyderabad is increasing.
The list of our alumni who have studied at ISB is as follows:
The Graduate School at University of Minnesota has following to say about our college:
Chronicle Editor @ Jul 09, 2006
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
Expect an undergraduate average of 8 or better.
(The above link was forwarded by Abhijit Ghosal)
Admission to engineering colleges - Rashmi Bansal
Chronicle Editor @ Jul 09, 2006
The popular writer discusses the current dilemma experienced by students waiting to get admission to engineering colleges: Whether to give priority to a branch or the brand of a college? Whether to go for IITs only, or to consider other colleges?
Her two back-to back articles published recently in Rediff.com:
Excerpts from the article:
“Here is a query I received from one such student's father:
My son's rank in IIT --- JEE is 2288 and therefore he can opt for branches like Civil, Metallurgy, etc. Under such situation will it be a better choice to go in for Computer Sc from some other college?
He goes on to mention that the boy is likely to get Computer Science in IT-BHU, the NITs, IIIT-Hyderabad and even BITS-Pilani.
Individually, these are amazing institutions. Chakkar yehi hai ki, in the layman's perception, they lack the 'mystique' of an IIT.
What's in a name, eh? Everything, and then some it seems!”
Excerpts from the article:
“Point taken. But are we saying that BITS Pilani/ IT BHU/ NIT K/ IIIT H are to be likened to Ohio State? And that India’s 'Ivy League' consists of IIT, IIT and only IIT??
Because technically, neither MIT nor Stanford is part of the Ivy League. Yet these schools are considered to be in the same class based on certain common characteristics: highly selective admission procedures, large endowments, prestigious academic reputations.
Because then, I predict, the powers that be will be tempted to 'rebrand' more and more institutes as IIT. What a 'solution' that would be!
About Rashmi Bansal: