IT BHU Chronicle: August '06 edition
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

Published on August 15, 2006
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From the editor’s desk
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

July 13th, 2006 was a sad day for us as we lost two of our loved faculty members: Prof. Prasad Khastgir of Applied Physics Dept. and Prof. Swaraj Patnaik of Pharmaceutical dept. may their souls rest in peace.

We have added Arun Tangri (CSE 2006) in our chronicle team

We have published interview of Rohan Narse, our alumnus, who is a successful executive-cum-entrepreneur. We have also interviewed Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari, our alumnus and currently professor of bioinformatics at Amrita University, Kerala. He is considered a pioneer in bioinformatics education in India and he expresses his views about revamping bioinformatics education.

We welcome feedback from our valuable readers. Please respond at chronicle[AT]itbhuglobal.org or news[AT]itbhuglobal.org

Thanking you,

The Chronicle Team


SAD NEWS- IT-BHU lost faculty members
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

With deep regret we have to state that our institute has lost two of its most admired faculty members on 13th July 2006. While Prof. Prasad Khastgir of Applied Physics dept. died in Kolkata, Prof. Swaraj Patnaik of Pharmaceutical dept. died of heart attack at Varanasi.

Prof. B. N. Dwivedi of Applied Physics dept. adds:

Mr. Prasad Khastgir did his M. Sc both in Physics as well as Mathematics in 1958 and 1960 respectively from BHU. He then joined as a lecturer in Applied Physics in 1961 and was promoted to Reader and Professor in 1983 and 1991 respectively. He also served as HOD of Dept. of Applied Physics during 1993-94. He superannuated in December 1997 and settled in his newly built house in Chandan Nagar, Kolkata where he breathed his last on July 13, 2006.

May their souls rest in peace.


Tribute to Faculty members
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

The chronicle has received following tributes and memoirs from faculty/students/alumni and friends for Prof. Khastgir (Applied Physics dept.) and Prof. Patnaik (Pharmaceutics dept.)

Anyone who wishes to offer tributes or to describe memoirs about our beloved professors can do so, by sending an email to chronicle[AT]itbhuglobal.org. All emails will be published in next (September 2006) issue of chronicle. Your email ID and designation will be published along with your name, unless you state otherwise.

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  1. Prof. Khastgir was a lovely and unique person whom I and many others respectfully called 'KhastgirDa'. When I was a PhD student staying in Vishwakarma Hostel, I very often walked with him to the Dept. He was a great story teller and in one of the walks, probably in 1975, he told me a story of Tolstoy on "How much land does a man require?” that left an indelible imprint on my way of life. He was a well-read and versatile personality with a great communication skill. He was loved and admired by one and all as an ideal teacher. Professor Khastgir was a non-PhD professor but a very capable research scientist. After becoming a professor, he guided over a dozen students for their successful PhD completion but never had his name appear as supervisor in their theses. This way he promoted academic prospects of some who would have had hardly achieved academic excellence but by proxy. I always held him in high esteem and often enthralled by his exciting story telling sessions. May his soul rest in peace."

    B.N. Dwivedi
    bholadwivedi[AT]yahoo.com
    Professor-Dept. of Applied Physics,
    IT-BHU.

  2. I was extremely pained to learn about the passing away of Prof. Khastagir and Prof Patnaik. While Prof. Patnaik was my ex colleague in the department of Pharmaceutics, Prof. Khastagir was my neighbour in the Hyderabad Colony. Our quarters joined back to back. I pray for the peace of the departed souls.

    Shankar Tatwawadi
    svt_shankar[AT]hotmail.com
    Retired Professor and Head,
    Dept. of Pharmaceutics,
    IT-BHU.

  3. It was really painful for me to learn the sad demise of my two best colleagues of IT, on the same day-Prof.S.K.Patnaik and Prof. Prasad Khastagir. Prof.Patnaik was a brilliant teacher, and equally good in extra curricular activities. We used be always together in both indoor and out door activities.

    Prof. Prasad was not only my friend, and colleague but also like my family member. I knew him since 1958, when I joined the department of Physics. We respected him for his deep and wide knowledge of Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy. We were made permanent in 1964 in the Department of Electrical Engg. We used to call him "DADA".

    I pray the almighty for their souls may rest in peace.

    B.B.Srivastava
    banke_shrivastava[AT]yahoo.com
    Retired Professor-Dept. of Applied Physics,
    IT-BHU.

  4. I am sorry to learn about the sad demise of Professor Khastgir. He was close friend of mine. It is a great personal loss to me. Professor Khastgir commanded great respect among his students and colleagues.

    I pray Lord Vishwanath to rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family members to bear the loss.

    Professor D P Singh
    dpsingh[AT]hotmail.com
    Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mining Engineering, IT-BHU
    (1960-Mining graduate from IT-BHU)
    For biodata-click here

  5. With a painful heart I would like to share the news of the sad demise of Prof. Prasad Khastgir, about whom Prof. CS Jha (the Vice Chancellor who promoted him to the post of Professor, despite his not having a PhD) had said that he was the most learned person in the whole University. Being one of the more fortunate ones to have interacted with him regularly during my stay at IT-BHU, this is a personal loss to me (and perhaps many others who had flocked his residence during their days at IT-BHU).May his soul rest in peace.

    Dr. S N Sarbadhikari, MBBS, PhD
    supten[AT]amrita.edu
    Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Amrita University, Kerala
    (PhD, Biomedical Engineering, IT-BHU in 1995)

  6. This is indeed very sad news. Prof. Khastgir was definitely the greatest of all in IT-BHU.... not only in physics.... rather his style of teaching..... his perspective on life ..... and his willingness to help everyone. .

    Just to give you an idea of how much he was admired among great physicists, I was told that prof Khastagir's personal invitation was key in getting big physicists like Feynman and others to land in India for an international physics conference in Banaras. Prof. Khastagir was considered to be the only authority alive in classical as well as quantum sciences in India. And above all ... always ready to help. People used to flock his residence from all over the places to get their questions answered. He has an evening slot fixed at his residence to answer anyone who visits his house.

    I just wanted to give you a flavor..... that he is not the type of philosopher that you encounter a lot these days in India. He was an accomplished physicist.... respected and renowned among the greatest in world. Despite all this, he used to proudly claim that his first love is literature, second is history and physics comes only third.

    He was a great teacher ...... of the kind we used to see in Hindi movies in 60's or something.....basically an ideal one. He would link physics with poetries on life. He used to start his physics lecture with an English poetry and end with another one..... tries to give you a flavor that physics is actually study of all physical phenomena. He used to link it with history..... I still remember the history of time that he gave before he started teaching what time.....is oh man.... that lecture was better than Hawkins’ book on time. He used to link physics with flowers and biology and stuff like that. He used to bring some weird species of flowers in class ... give a history and science of that species ....with history being really interesting … Roman king was supposed to have presented that flower to the lady he wanted please .... etc. etc. :)) And.... he would present that to one of the back benchers).... trying to get everyone involved in the class.. :)

    Despite being heavily technical class (that too in physics .... which is hated by large number of engineers)..... his class was one of the most popular one ..... because of his stories, poetries, flowers, candies and above all his philosophical insights into working of society, human mind, etc etc. And remember he was badly handicapped...... despite all this .... amazing enthusiasm. ..... just an amazing personality.

    I would love and hope to see a detailed article on this great soul.

    Mukul Agrawal
    mukul.agrawal[AT]gmail.com>
    (Electronics 2000, IT-BHU)
    PhD student, Stanford University
    http://www.stanford.edu/~mukul

  7. I was shocked to see a message from Tapan today morning informing me of the death of Prof. Khastgir. Anyone who knew Prof. Khastgir knows how big a loss this is for whoever came in contact with him.

    Prof. Khastgir was noble soul who touched the life of thousands of friends, families, students and teachers alike with his sheer brilliance & versatile knowledge. I consider myself singularly fortunate in knowing him so closely over the years and feel at a great loss for words to describe him.

    His house in Hyderabad colony was like a temple to us all. There were people from all walks of life coming together to discuss all aspects of life, love, issues, happiness, sorrow, musings, trivia, etc. etc. The genius of the man was so addictive, you just could not get out of it - if you were there you just had to see him. I've known him since 1985-86 and few people in my life have had the impact that he has had on me.

    He was an extraordinarily gifted teacher - he could immediately relate to a person's background and would try to explain the concept using analogies/metaphors from the environment the person felt comfortable with. With his great knowledge he would never struggle to find parallels from other streams to explain his point - it would all tie together very beautifully to the central thread of his argument.

    He was as passionate about Literature (Bengali & English) as he was about Physics or Mathematics. He could have easily been the best teacher in English or Bengali if he had so desired.

    His knowledge of Philosophy was equally profound. Although Buddhism was so close to his heart, he was at ease talking about any steam in Philosophy.

    His interest in music was eclectic - from Tagore songs, Hindustani Classical to Julio Iglesi as - he was interested in every form of music that was there.

    His interest in the world of Art was also original - he was a great admirer of the Oriental art but was curious about the history and development of Western Art as well so you could talk to him on the style of Van Gogh or Picasso or other European artists as well as also talk about the influence of Chan painters on the Zen style in Japan in the same conversation.

    His curious interest in the nature especially in the trees was simply extraordinary. I remember there was a time when I discussed some of the interesting shaped trees that I had seen and he just went on and on picking specific trees on specific locations.

    I can just continue on and still do injustice to the multitude of gifts which Prof. Khastgir was bestowed with. But I would stop here and say above all, he was a great poet at heart, sympathetic to the cause of the poor, reaching out just about to everyone who was in genuine need of help.

    People like Prof. Khastgir never die, they just live in our hearts and minds and our souls forever.

    My thoughts are with his family - Aunty, Buajee, Abhik, Pratik & Anuruddha and their families. On behalf of the countless friends & students who have had the great fortune to know this very extraordinary man, I pray the Almighty to bless the departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this shock.

    Knowing Prof. Khastgir and how he would have liked the loved ones to react, I would only quote these lines from W. B. Yeats (his favourite poet other than Tagore):

    *Cast a cold eye
    **On life, on death.
    **Horseman, pass by

    Rahul Garg
    rahul_mita[AT]hotmail.com
    M. Sc. (Physics) 1989 from BHU
    Sydney, Australia

  8. I am really saddened by this news. I still remember Prof. Khastgir as he had taught me Physics when he was a lecturer. He was a very simple person. I also pray the Almighty to bless the peace to these departed souls and strength to their families.

    Dr. Banmali S. Rawat
    rawat[AT]ee.unr.edu
    Professor & Head, Electrical Engineering Dept.,
    University of Nevada at Reno, USA
    (B.Tech Electrical 1968 and M.Tech. Electrical 1970 from IT-BHU)

  9. I was sad to know the demise of Prof Khastgir. I have some memories of him. He taught me Physics in second semester of 1str year (1980).I remember how he could make basics like Newton Laws of motion so philosophical. I still remember him talking about Dual nature of matter with some references to Metaphysics. He had deep knowledge of Philosophy. During my final year I went to talk about western philosophy and he was kind to spare lot of time for me. Even when I was preparing for civil Services I consulted him on Nuclear Physics. It was of great help. He was a great person and I fondly remember him.

    May God give peace to his soul.

    Vinod Mall
    vinodmall_2000[AT]yahoo.com
    (Electronics 1984, IT-BHU)


Orinentation for Freshers
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

students.jpg Prof. S. N. Mahendra, Chairman JEE Cell - provided us this report on JEE this year. The report was presented at the orientation program.
Introduction I start with a wish

As we all know the purpose of education is value addition in human being. I correctly hope that the candidates selected, their parents and our Institute will have this aspect at the back of our mind for the next four or five years, so that when the students present over here move out of the portals of this University they & we feel that the value of the students has been enhanced. Let us all work for it.

I will now present a brief report of Joint Entrance Examination – 2006

Objective of JEE Operation in IT-BHU are as follows:

  1. Smooth conduct of Joint Entrance Examination in BHU.
  2. Counseling of JEE qualified candidates.
  3. Admission of Candidates at IT-BHU.
1. Joint Entrance Examination

Joint Entrance Examination was held on 9th April 2006 as per guidelines of JEE. There were 17 Examination Centres. Team behind the complete operation consisted of 17 Presiding Officers, 26 Deputy Presiding Officers, 34 Observers from IIT-Roorkee, 17 Observers from IT-BHU, about 360 Invigilators and a large number of Administrative and Supporting Staff. Efficient control and execution was done by the Vice-Chairman, JEE, Coordinating Presiding Officer, Secretary, JEE and Academic Section of IT-Directorate. Security was effectively ensured by the Chief Proctor, Banaras Hindu University and his team. The examination was held smoothly without any untoward incident. IIT-Roorkee team was satisfied with the entire operation of JEE-2006 Examination at BHU.

This year the number of JEE candidates appearing in BHU crossed 6700. To accommodate so many candidates 17 centres were created in BHU. Further, this year in JEE all the three subject examinations were to be held in a single day. Thus this year the whole JEE operation was quite challenging and big. With the grace of God, the entire JEE operation was carried out satisfactorily due to a very good and overwhelming cooperation from all the teachers of the University, who acted as Presiding Officers, Deputy Presiding Officers, Observers and Invigilators during the examination. Everyone worked very hard to maintain the prestige of JEE. I take this opportunity to thank one & all for the cooperation alongwith the Academic and JEE office of the IT-Directorate. Thanks are also due to the Indian Railways in Varanasi, in particular the DRM, NE Railway, Station Manager, Varanasi Cantt. Station and Assistant Station Master, Varanasi Cantt. Station. It was because of their immense cooperation that 51 large boxes carrying examination materials from Roorkee was easily unloaded and loaded at Varanasi Cantt. Station. Thanks are also due to Chief Engineer, Eastern Zone, UP Electricity Board, for ensuring uninterrupted power during the examination period.

2. Counselling

During counselling there is an interaction of the Counsellors with the aspiring candidates and their guardians. The counsellors act as an effective interface between the candidates and the Institutes to help the candidates in making their choices. Depending upon the interest of the candidates and the image of the institutes, the qualified candidates fill-up their choices of the branch and the Institute.

You may be interested to know few significant details of JEE Operation related to counselling. These are as follows:

1. Qualified candidates get Counselling Brochure for JEE which contains information regarding various branches of engineering available in the participating Institutes, the courses offered by different Institute together with the number of seats available and opening and closing ranks of the candidates who had opted to study in different Institutes in the respective branch of engineering in the previous year. The brochure this year presents information of our Institute in a modified format.

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2. Due to past experience it was noted that the number of candidates who take admission are less than the number of candidates, who were offered admission. To take care of such a situation, this year 30% more candidates were called for counselling. Further, at IT-BHU level (as was done last year) 5 extra offers for admissions have been made in Ceramic, Metallurgical, Civil Engineering and Pharmaceutics.

3. I will now present Comments on Changed Entrance Pattern as it appeared in a newspaper.

This year there has been a significant change in the JEE entrance pattern. As the result of this more students from rural areas have been able to make it to the IITs. The new pattern stresses more on in-depth study than “short cuts” and has considerably reduced the disadvantages the rural students faced vis-à-vis their counterparts in cities. Almost 150 more students from villages have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) this year compared to last year.

Amit Kumar, a top-100 ranker from a small village in Siwan, Bihar says, “The new pattern is the best thing the government could have done to enhance our chances”. This year nearly 1943 of 6403 qualifiers (30.67 percent) are from rural areas. The figure last year was 1794 (28.02 percent) only. The percentage increase in rural qualifiers is over 2.5 percent this year, up from the previous highest of 0.47 percent between 2003 and 2004.

As regard the question papers, these focused on concepts rather than on problems. The new pattern required deeper and wider study than earlier.

Another change in admission procedures, that has helped rural students, is that a first division – 60 percent – in board exams is now mandatory to be eligible for admission to the IITs.

The number of first attempt qualifiers is also at a record high of 2761 (43 percent) this year.

4. New Courses of Study at IT-BHU

Last year following new courses were introduced at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

    Five-Year M.Tech. Integrated Course
  1. Engineering Physics
  2. Industrial Chemistry
  3. Mathematics & Computing
  4. Five-Year M.Tech. Dual Degree Course

  5. Ceramic Engineering
  6. Computer Science & Engineering
  7. Civil Engg. with M.Tech. in Structural Engg.
  8. Mechanical Engineering
  9. Metallurgical Engineering
  10. Materials Science and Technology
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This year following more courses has been introduced:

    Five-Year M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
  1. Biochemical Engineering
  2. Bioengineering with M.Tech. in Biomedical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering with M.Tech. in Power Electronics
  4. Mining Engineering
  5. Five-Year M.Pharm. Dual Degree Course
    5. Pharmaceutics
5. I glimpse of IT-BHU 2006 Admission Statistics Total of 595 students have been selected for admission in IT-BHU which includes 43 girls. The breakup of the selected students is as follows:
  • General Category : 537
  • SC Category : 55
  • ST Category : 03

In addition 67 candidates have been selected for Preparatory Course in IT-BHU.

6. Concluding Remarks Immediately after the seat allocation, the information was put on the Institute websites. The offer letter from IT-BHU was sent to the respective candidates alongwith a letter from out Director giving necessary information and actions required from the candidates for admission to IT-BHU. This year IT-BHU also sent a Welcome Brochure to introduce IT-BHU to the candidates and their parents. The Welcome Brochure was also put on the website.

I take this opportunity to express my personal thanks to my Vice-Chairman, Prof. P.K. Jain, Coordinating Presiding Officer, Prof. A.K. Ghose, Secretary, JEE & Deputy Registrar, Dr. S.N. Singh, Assistant Registrar (Academic) with his team for the tremendous amount of support and cooperation.

Since Varanasi fascinates me very much I will conclude my report by placing before you recent observations made related to Varanasi.

First one by Mr. Shyam Benegal, the famous film director ‘Varanasi is a photogenic city. Like Aishwarya Rai – shoot her from any angle and it gives a perfect shot.

Second one inform Ms. Abha Narain Lambah, Conservationist, (which appeared in India Today 30th Anniversary Issue, July 03, 2006). “My favourite destination would be Varanasi. Few cities are as vital, living and throbbing as this one. What makes it fascinating is its several overlays. A city of contrasts, it encapsulates India. Yes, it is maddening and confusing – after all, multi

Prof. SN Upadhyay [Director, ITBHU] speech on 'Contribution of Bio-Technology in Environment Management and Development of Bio-Energy'
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

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The complete article:

DIRECTOR OF the Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University (BHU-IT) Prof SN Upadhyaya said that organic substances could prove to be a better alternative to petroleum.

He was delivering on ‘Contribution of Bio-Technology in Environment Management and Development of Bio-Energy’ as part of Prof Nandlal Singh Memorial Lecture at Mahila Mahavidyalaya in BHU on Tuesday afternoon. BHU branch of Vigyan Parishad (Prayag) had organised the lecture.

Prof Upadhyay added that there was enormous scope of bio-technology in various fields such as agriculture, energy, food, industry and medicines. He said that bio-technology was proving very useful in environment conservation.

He said that efforts were on across the globe to convert organic substances into bio-gases or gasoline to compensate the shortage of fossil fuel. “Efforts were also on to discover alternative of diesel to non-edible oils,” he said. Prof Upadhyaya said that organic substances would become capable to meet the demands of liquid fuel as soon as the technology to convert cellulose into ethanol was developed.

Principal of Mahila Mahavidyalaya Prof Sushila Singh presided over the lecture and said that discussion should be made to ascertain alternative life-style in the modern era of globalisation. Prof Singh stressed upon the need to conserve of natural resources so that they were available for the future generation


Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra: We are defensive against terrorism
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

Rediff interview with Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra

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This is an interview with Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra about the recent blast at Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi. Prof. Mishra was head of Civil Engineering Department and he is Mahant of Sankat Mochan Temple.

(The article was forwarded by Nitin Mohan, ECE 1999 )

Read the entire article:

'We are defensive against terrorism'
The Rediff Interview | Mahant Veer Bhadra Mishra, Sankat Mochan Temple
V. B. Mishra.jpg

July 31, 2006

A rationalist, he is the head priest of one of the most ancient and holy Hindu temples in the world. A hydraulic engineer, he teaches subjects such as fluid mechanics at one of India's oldest universities. He is also an ardent environmentalist who is as dedicated to the cleaning of the Ganga as much as he is devoted to Tulsi Das or Lord Hanuman.

Meet Veer Bhadra Mishra, the mahant of the Sankat Mochan temple, Varanasi, and the head of the department of civil engineering, Banaras Hindu University.

"Whenever I say I teach at the Banaras Hindu University, people ask me, 'Philosophy or Sanskrit?' It comes as sort of a shock for them to learn that I teach civil engineering," says Mishra, who was in Mumbai last week to honour those citizens who helped victims of the serial blasts in Mumbai's suburban trains.

In the wake of the Sankat Mochan temple blasts, the 66-year-old Mishra is said to have played a major role in maintaining peace and harmony in that town.

In an interview with Krishna Kumar, Mishra, who took over as mahant of the temple when he was 14 and has been campaigning for 25 years to save the Ganga, talks about terror, the role of society and how politicians should get their act together in tackling terrorism.

How do you see the spate of terror attacks across the country?

This is not good. Terrorism must be curbed and controlled at all costs. It is undermining the nation. Terror spreads fear and hatred. It is creating a rift in the society.

How do you think we as a society should react to -- or contribute in tackling -- terrorism?

Right now, we are taking a defensive line. We have to be careful and alert. It is a global phenomenon.

What do you mean when you say, 'we are taking a defensive line'?

Look at the way people have reacted. We are right now in a position where we are explaining to each other that this is not something based on religion. Even in a place as diverse as Mumbai, we are talking about the need to preserve harmony. It should not have come this far. It should not have been a religion-based issue at all. We wait till something happens, and then hope that it doesn't spiral into a religious issue. We, as a nation that has a long history and great culture of coexistence, should be more proactive.

By proactive, I mean we have to be more observant, vigilant and alert. These terrorists have not jumped from the skies. They have been -- at least most of them -- here with us for a long time. If we had kept our eyes open to things happening around us, we would not have been in such a situation now.

What do you have to say about the opposition charge that the government has been soft on terror?

Politicians have not acted firmly. It is the same case with all politicians from all parties, without exception, which is not good.

The way they have been acting, it has to be stopped. Yes, they may stand to lose something due to the decisions they take, but they have to face it. I would say that is the occupational hazard of politics. You face the situation in every profession... there are hazards. Likewise politicians should also very carefully examine their actions.

What about the issue of India lacking a strong anti-terror law that will deter terrorists?

These are not questions that I can answer, but still, I would say whatever laws we have are sufficient to tackle terror if they are used forcefully and with conviction.

What do you think are the reasons for these acts of terror?

There are some nations that will stand to benefit if a big power like India is shattered.

And the terrorists are trying to do exactly that by destabilising India.

Why do you think places of worship are being targeted?

As I said, their motive is to destabilise our country. Targeting places of worship will create tension among people. Also, for the reasons I mentioned earlier -- to spread fear and hatred -- terrorists target places wherever there are large number of people. A place of worship is also like that.

What is your advice to people when such attacks take place?

We have already given a good account of ourselves. We can be more watchful and not be guided by fear and hatred, which will defeat the motive of the terrorists.

How is it that a temple as conservative as the Sankat Mochan temple does not discriminate against persons of any faith?

It is true that the temple does not discriminate against anybody. It has been the case from the time of Tulsi Das.

How did various communities in your city handle the blasts?

The day after the blasts, the people of Varanasi called for a total shutdown in the city.

Accordingly, the entire city shut down. It was unique. Muslims did not ignore the call and were there, participating in the hartal. It was a unique show of unity. Even my house... If you had seen it the day after the blasts, you would have mistaken it for a Muslim neighbourhood. There were so many Muslims worried about the situation.

As much as these things are good, there still are temples in the country that do not allow people of other faith or for that matter some that do not even allow women. What can one do about these places?

First and foremost, one must respect the beliefs of such places. But at the same time, we must also remember that India is a plural and diverse society. I have faith that these things will change in due course. Just give them some time.


Placement News: Tech students gets lucrative job offers
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

A news item in Hindustan Times for the campus recruitment of 3rd year (2007 batch) students

The article:

Tech students get lucrative job offers
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, August 8

AROUND 90 per cent students of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) course have been recruited through campus interviews in the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, so far.

As per information, out of total 590 students from various branches of engineering such as B.Tech (Ceramic, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Mining, Pharmacy), M.Tech, MCA and M.Sc, 450 have been recruited through campus placements. Some of the students have got a salary package of around Rs 10 lakh per annum.

Out of 392 B.Tech students, a total of 374 candidates have been recruited through campus placements whereas out of 155 students of M.Tech, 72 have got lucrative job offers in several multi-national companies. Out of 43 students of MCA and M.Sc, four have been recruited through campus placements.

As per the Training and Placement Cell of IT-BHU, leading multi-national companies like Wipro, IBM, Infosys and cognisant have conducted campus interviews so far. M/s Cognizant Ltd. has selected 206 students from different branches of engineering whereas IBM has recruited 96 students from B.Tech, M.Tech, MCA and M.Sc branches of Engineering. M/s Infosys have selected 62 students from B.Tech and M.Tech whereas Wipro have selected 50 students.

Training and Placement Officer of IT-BHU, Dr SN Singh said that Microsoft Ltd, Hindustan Lever Limited, Morgan and Stanley, Oracle, Ashok Leyland, Hewllet and Packard and M.Dot are among other multi-national companies, which are scheduled to visit IT-BHU. The campus placement got underway on July 31 last month and would continue till August 31.


Placement News: Cognizant scouts campuses in hiring drive
Arun @ Aug 05, 2006

This is about job placement of 4th year (2007 batch) students.

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The article:

Cognizant scouts campuses in hiring drive
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 22:18 IST

KOLKATA: With the demand side for information technology companies continuing to be robust, the focus has now shifted to the supply side and it’s a war for recruiting talent.

Cognizant, the fastest growing IT services company in the industry has set target to ramp up headcount to 36,000 employees globally by December 2006 from 31,000 at present.

In India, Cognizant has 22,000 employees at its five global delivery centres and one BPO and with a global corporate human resources strategy of maintaining 70% of its total global manpower strength in India, Cognizant has launched a massive campus recruitment drive.

It created a record of sort at Institute of Technology, Benaras Hindu Unversity ( IT BHU) and Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) when it became the first IT company to visit these campuses with offer letters to 206 candidates at IT BHU and 150 for Besu.

However, these students would be joining in 2007 and would be in addition to recruitment targets for this year.

In both the colleges, the numbers that Cognizant hired is the highest by a single company on a single day.

These students who are in their third year of engineering will join Cognizant in June 2007 after completing their four year course and meeting requisite standard of marks.

“Campus hiring is an integral part of Cognizant’s recruitment philosophy and it hires 60-70% from the campuses,” said Bhaskar Das, vice president, HR of Cognizant.

“Our endeavour is to recruit from among the premier institutes across India and we are very happy with the quality of talent we have recruited from these two colleges,” Das said.

The IT major has five global delivery centres at Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad and another BPO in Mumbai. Cognizant officials said that new recruits in India were not for any specific verticals but would function within the overall business plan of the company.


Manu Vora [CHE 1968] receives business and quality awards
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

His profile was earlier featured in chronicle March issue:
http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2006/03/index.html#000760

Contact info:

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


Anil Chakravarthy [CSE] - Symantec's New VP of India Technical Operations
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

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The article:
Symantec gets new Head of India Technical Ops
Anil Chakravarthy will succeed outgoing VP Sharad Sharma
Saturday, March 18, 2006

PUNE: Symantec Corp. has appointed Anil Chakravarthy as its vice president of India Technical Operations.

According to Symantec, Chakravarthy is to succeed Sharad Sharma, who will leave the company this month-end to pursue other opportunities.

Welcoming the new VP, Ajei Gopal, Symantec chief technology officer, said, "Anil brings a unique combination of deep technical expertise, exceptional product development skills, and broad management experience to Pune."

Chakravarthy will be based in Pune, a Symantec statement said. He has been with Symantec's Business Critical and Education Services businesses. He joined Symantec from VeriSign where he served as director of product management.

Earlier, he was the vice president, marketing at Logictier and had worked at McKinsey & Co., where he specialized in developing e-business and IT transformation strategies.

Chakravarthy holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. Tech. in computer science from the Institute of Technology in Varanasi.

He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
© CyberMedia News


Satinath Sarangi [M.Tech MET 1978] honoured for his social work
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

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Mr. Satinath Sarangi did his M.Tech (Metallurgy) in 1978 from our college. He founded an organization to help the survivors of the Union Carbide Gas disaster in Bhopal in 1984. He has been honoured by 3rd World Urban Forum held in June 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. The WUF3 was sponsored by Government of Canada in partnership with UN-HABITAT.

The Habitat JAM is an online platform for adding voice into the global conversation about the future of our cities.

The news article:

Satinath Sarangi, a metallurgical engineer by qualification is the voice and face of victims of world's biggest ever-industrial disaster "Bhopal Gas Tragedy". Incidentally Habitat Jam is taking place on the eve of 21st anniversary of this infamous disaster. In December 1984 he along with his friends founded Zahareeli Gas Kand Sangharsh Morcha [Poisonous Gas Episode Struggle Front], an organization of survivors of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. Later on in June 1986 he was instrumental in creating a new outfit called Bhopal Group for Information and Action. To sensitize international community and to make them aware about the severity and gravity of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in April 1989 he undertook campaign tour to USA, UK, Ireland and The Netherlands. In 1992 he was made a member of the organizing committee, Bhopal session of Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Industrial and Environmental Hazards and Human Rights in Bhopal. In 1993 he became National Organizing Secretary, the International Medical Commission on Bhopal. He is the Founder Trustee of the Sambhavna Trust. He holds a M.Tech (Metallurgical Engineering), Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He was awarded medals for "outstanding" undergraduate and post graduate student. Enrolled for PhD in 1980, dropped out in 1984. A prolific writer and impressive orator Mr. Satinath has addressed uncountable public meetings and lectured at many international gathering of distinguished peoples. He has many scientific publications to his credit.


Students demand restoration of union
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, August 1

BANARAS HINDU University students took out a cycle rally here on Tuesday to generate awareness among people about restoration of students union in the varsity.

Former and present student leaders of BHU under the banner of Kshatra Kalyan Morcha, started their awareness campaign from the BHU main gate and visited various parts of the city to keep the common people abreast with the alleged “anti-students” and “anti-social” policies of the BHU administration.

The student leaders demanded immediate restoration of students union lying defunct in Asia’s largest residential university for the last 10 years. They also decried the recent two to four fold fee hike.

The students criticised the authorities at Sir Sunderlal Hospital in BHU where consultancy fee of Rs 200 is charged from the patients in the evening clinic.

The student leaders were carrying placards and posters carrying slogans such as ‘BHU Prashashan Murdabad’ ‘Fees Vridhi Vapas Lo’, ‘Kshatra Sangh Bahal Karo’ and ‘Marijo Ka Shoshan Band Karo’ etc. to register their protest against alleged dictatorial attitude of BHU administration.

Prominent among those who took out the rally included Bhuvaneshwar Dwivedi, Ajit Singh, Rajnish Singh and Yogesh Rai.

Environmental science centre: A Centre for Environmental Science and Technology would soon be established here in BHU.

This proposal was approved in an Academic Council meeting at Swatantrata Bhawan in BHU here on Monday evening. Vice-Chancellor Prof Panjab Singh chaired the meeting whereas registrar N Sundaram tabled the issues.

Sources said that the most important issue of Monday’s Academic Council meeting was regarding setting up of a Centre for Environmental Science and Technology in BHU which was approved by the members.

At the initial stage, this centre would be attached to the Science faculty but later it would be converted into a separate centre. Under this centre, a biodiversity park would also be established.


Quit India: 64 years & the flame lives on
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

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Quit India: 64 years & the flame lives on
Tarannum Manjul

Lucknow, August 8: Even as the country celebrates the 64th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9, echoes of ‘British Quit India’ and ‘Angrezon Bharat Chhodo’ can still be heard within the walls of the Benaras Hindu University and the streets of Lucknow, where the revolutions were primarily led by students.

Sixty-four years ago, students of Kanyakubj College at Lucknow and the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) at Varanasi, took command of the movement. And, the students of BHU went ahead to spread the movement to all districts of Eastern UP, including Pratapgarh, Azamgarh and Basti. The documents related to the inquiries of the infamous BHU sabotage case (where students ransacked the IAF hanger, office of BHU registrar and office of Master General of Ordinance) are still preserved at the State Archives of the city.

‘‘It should be recorded that the sabotage at BHU, IAF hanger and MGO office was led by a number of students and the main accused was Priyaranjan Prasad Sinha,” reads the first inquiry report conducted by Inspector Shankar Lal of the CID, Investigation Branch, United Provinces. The six files at the State Archives, under the code RR 36, give a complete detail of the incident and the inquiry conducted by the CID. And, what it reveals is a fine example of how student power went on to spread the message of ‘Quit India’ even in the remotest parts of the state.

In 1942, after the call of ‘Quit India’ was spread throughout the country, the students of Benaras Hindu University also decided to spread the message around and tumble the tables of the British empire. In December that year, after a series of planning meetings, a number of students, led by Priyaranjan Prasad Sinha, ex-student Rajendra Prasad, Sita Saran Srivastava and several others, not only ransacked the office of the Registrar of the university, but also the Air Force Hanger and the MGO office. ‘‘It has been found by us that explosive material was used by the students for creating panic and sabotage in these offices,” reads the inquiry report. It adds that on searching the Broacha hostel of the university, the CID officials found two revolvers, three ML, DB, country-made pistols, three bottles of some liquid “which might have been used for making bombs” and some powder, which made it clear that the explosives were supplied to the students from outside.

‘‘We have come to know that these arms were earlier hidden at the Jain Boarding House and then, a temple. Some of the unused ones were thrown in the Ganga, which could not be found,” the inquiry officer marked. More than half a dozen students out of the 24 accused were arrested, and booked by the United Provinces CID department for recording their statement under Sect 164 of CRPC. But, the rest managed to flee to their native districts and led smaller movements. ‘‘Some of these students are absconding and we fear that they might sabotage local offices in other places in the east part of United Provinces,” recollects the inquiry report.

At Lucknow, too, places like the Rakabganj Post Office, Chowk and City station, near Wazirganj, felt the heat of the Quit India Movement. Students from KKC like RC Khare, who was one of the prime accused in City Station bomb case, were also arrested by the police. Other significant incidents in 1942 at Lucknow also included the dacoity at the Calcutta Commercial Bank, on Sriram Road on November 12, 1942, where young revolutionaries not only looted the bank, but also distributed pamplets, reading ‘Angrezon Bharat Chhodo’, to the people around. Said OP Srivastava, the assistant director of the State Archives, ‘‘These documents are a fine recollection of the fact that the torch of the Quit India Movement was led by the students at both these places.” Prabhakar Johri, the regional archives officer adds, ‘‘It was through these smaller movements through which the fire of the Quit India Movement spread to the entire state.”


Latest from Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC)
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

15 Days Training Program to Chartered Accountants
A 15 days training program to inculcate general management and communication skills in newly graduated chartered accountants of Varanasi region is being held from 1st august to 18th august at IT-BHU. The program is organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Varanasi chapter in association with Industry Institute Partnership Cell, IT-BHU. The resource persons are mainly C.A., practitioner, Faculties of IT and FMS; BHU. The workshop on General Communication Skill will be taken by Prof. B.B. Bansal, Mechanical Engineering, IT, BHU. Leaderships, Motivation workshop will be taken by Dr. P.K. Mishra, Chemical Engineering & Chief Coordinator, IIP Cell. The “Aspect of Goal setting” and “Career Planning” will be dealt by Dr. Pradeep Srivastava, School of Bio Chemical Engineering & Co-cordinator IIP Cell. The certificates to the participants will be given by Director, IT,(Prof. S.N. Upadhyaya) on August 18th,2006.

Seminar: Sustainable Technologies For Rural & Urban Poor
A seminar on “ Sustainable technologies for Rural & Urban Poor” was organized at IIP Cell, IT-BHU on July 30th ,2006 The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. S.N. Upadhyaya, Director, IT, who delivered the key note address on topic “ Role of chemical Engineers in Value Addition of Agro & Herbal Products”. The function was presided by Prof. P.N. Pandy (Aayurveda, Faculty, Maharashtra University) majority of the participants (related to agri-business,herbal formulation) and practitioners of Indian medicines. Ways & means for the scouting of grass-root innovators & their promotions was, discussed by Dr. P.K. Mishra. Steps necessary to validate the traditional knowledge for its modern application especially in the field of Agro & herbal products was enumerated by Dr. Pradeep Srivastava. Dr. Raghuvansh Mani Pandy, Ex G. Sec., Bharatiya Kishan Union and Chair persons of Agri Business India acted as moderator in the discussion. In the final & concluding session it was decided to launch a new forum for peoples knowledge. The major objective of the forum will be to locate, preserve and refine the traditional knowledge for its effective use in modern context.

OPULENCE
OPULENCE, which is organized every year under IIP Cell is scheduled to be held in 2nd week of January this year. It was decided in the Core-Committee meeting of Opulence-07 on July 29th ,2006 that a full day workshop on business plan & case study will be organized in 1st week of October as a preparing step to improve the quality of this year Opulence-07. It has been decided that the workshop will be taken by a professor of any leading B-Schools of India.

Miscellaneous

Camps
IIP cell has decide to organize Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps, Innovators Camps etc. every month in the university as well as covering all the districts of Eastern U.P. (No. of invitation is there from the surrounding districts to Varanasi)

Faculty Development Program
A faculty development program was organized by IIP Cell in association with Edi Ahmedabad during 19th to 31st Dec.,2005. Around 30 teachers were trained in the field of Entrepreneurship out of which 15 belonged to university.

More Activities @ IIP Cell
Institute has recently added three more activities under the area of IIP Cell:

  1. Entrepreneurship Development Cell, AICTE, New Delhi.(Rs. 8 lakhs – First installments of Rs. 5.60 has been released)
  2. OLPE program of EDI Ahemdabad. IIP Cell has become NODAL CENTRE of EDI Ahemdabad for Varanasi region. 45 students have been enrolled for diploma in Entrepreneurship in the session out of which 25 students are from the institute.
  3. Techno entrepreneurial program. Out Reach Centre status has been given to IT-BHU by DST, Mi of Sc. & Tech Govt. of India, total 9 centres in India. Rs. 600 lakhs as recurring grant annually is sanctioned by DST for the program; Coordinator – Dr. Pradeep Srivastava Co-cordinator – Dr. P.K. Mishra

    The program is to scout for innovators of the region and helping them to get Rs. 10 lakhs grant in first phase & Rs. 30 lakhs grant in 2nd phase.

    In two months of its inception the centre has received over 25 applications from individual innovators. After screening 5 of them have been cleared for sending their proposals to Delhi;

    The Screened Ideas are:-

    a) Production of Indigenous Glucometer & its Strip Prof. P.C.Pandy, Applied chemistry IT-BHU
    b) Manufacturing of specially suited punching machine for the production of graphite crucible
    c) Novel Metal & Non Metal polish, An Entrepreneur of the region
    d) Development of a novel bio-surfactant, A chemist of region
    e) Development of Automatic weapons & Mine Detectors, A class 8th pass man of Varanasi.
    f) Product Development of Alkem Lab Ltd.,Ioners India Ltd., Varanasi are being done by faculties of IT-BHU for the project taken up by IIP Cell,IT-BHU
    g) Bio Diversity study of largest thermal power plant which is coming up at Sidhi, M.P. being done by IIP Cell.


Composition of IIPC

Patrons:

  • Prof. S.N. Upadhyay, Director IT-BHU
  • Prof. J.N. Sinha, Dean, Faculty of Engg. & Technology

Chief Coordinator: Dr. P.K. Mishra,Dept. of Chemical Engg.
Co-coordinator: Dr. Pradeep Srivastava, Bio-Chemical Engg.

Members:

  • Dr. Abha Mishra, Bio-Chemical Engg.
  • Dr. S.K. Singh, Pharmacy
  • Dr. P.K. Singh, Civil

Student Members:

  • Aditya Goyal
  • Opulence Team


Wi-Fi project update
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

Dear all:

We are pleased to inform you that the much awaited Wi-Fi internet project is nearing its completion. It is expected to be commissioned by end of September 2006 or before that. The project provides wireless internet connection to students in nine boys’ hostel and one girls’ hostel. With the commissioning of this project, all the current students as well as freshers will benefit, as they can access internet for their computers from the comfort of their dorms.

We are also pleased to announce that we are near to our goal of collecting donation of about $52,000 (about Rs. 23 lacs) for this project. This was made possible by donation by hundreds of individuals, class/groups and several mega donors. A brief introduction to each mega donor is given in the next paragraph. A list of all donors will be made public and posted to itbhuglobal.org website in next 1-2 months.

We appeal to all those could not donate so far, to come forward and contribute whatever amount possible. Any amount in excess of planned amount for the project will be used for related project or towards a general fund, which will benefit students in one way or other.

Thanking you all for your help, contribution and best wishes,

Ujj Nath (Meta 1979)

For Wi-Fi Project Team


Mega donors for Wi-Fi project
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

The successful completion of Wi-Fi project is made possible by generous contributions by scores of individuals, different class/groups and mega donors. The required amount of $52,000 (about Rs. 23 lacs) was collected in a record time of about 3 months. It was greatly aided by extra-ordinary contribution by five donors, who collectively contributed $ 38,500 or about 75% of the total collection. Based on the donation trend, we define mega-donor as one who has contributed $2,500 or higher.

We honor following mega donors and provide brief introduction of each of them. They were reluctant to face publicity (and some even declined to provide photo/biodata), however we thought it appropriate that everyone should know about them and their valuable contribution.


Soumyo Sarkar (Mech 1979) (Donated $15,000)

Soumyo Sarkar.jpg

Brief Biodata:

Soumyo is Current- Managing Director, Head of Matched Book Arbitrage, Deutsche Bank, New York. 1995 to present.

Soumyo Sarkar is the founder and head of a global equity proprietary trading business based out of New York with additional offices in London and Los Angeles.

Director and head of Equitech Proprietary trading, Credit Suisse, New York 1990 – 1995.

1982- 1990: various roles in WallSt. Firms Salomon Bros and Merrill Lynch

1979 – 1982 MBA, School of Business, Univ of Iowa


Rahul Shukla (ECE 1989) (Donated $10,000)

Brief Biodata:

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.


Ujj Nath (Meta 1979) (Donated $6,000)

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Brief biodata:

Ujj is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Syncata Corporation, a business consulting, and demand and supply chain management solutions firm with a fifteen-year track record serving the automotive industry. Nath and his brother Aloke founded Syncata in 1990. Syncata’s customer list includes, amongst others, American Honda, Toyota Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Roush Industries, North American Bus Industries and Ducati.

Nath also successfully negotiated the sale of his company to ProQuest a public company (Ticker: PQE) in 2004. He is currently the market leader for west for ProQuest Business Solutions, a division of ProQuest that specializes in automotive solutions.

Prior to joining NetBase, Ujj worked for Drexel Burnham Lambert in its analytical group and ran MIS for corporate finance in Los Angeles. He was also responsible for supporting operations in San Francisco, Houston and Tokyo. Before working for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Ujj founded a successful manufacturing enterprise in India, handing the reigns over to his family before coming to the US.

He also holds an MBA from University of Texas.


Subhas ‘Sage’ Khara (Mech 1979) (Donated $5,000)

Brief biodata:

Subhas earned MBA degree from the University of Connecticut in the United States.

Following employment with various organizations both public and private, in 1988 Mr. Khara and two business associates founded a specialty construction company in Southern California. Over the past 17 years this company has grown to become one of America’s premiere specialty construction companies with services including demolition, plant closures and environmental remediation with ten offices in the United States.


Somesh Singh (Chemical 1978) (Donated $2,500)

Brief biodata:

Somesh is the vice president and general manager, Identity Management Business Unit, for BMC Software, Inc. Singh joined BMC Software in 1997 and remained with the company through 1999. From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Singh left BMC Software to serve as president and chief operating officer of iVita Corporation, a Houston-based asset management software startup he helped found. Singh returned to BMC Software in 2001. During his two stints with the company, Singh has held several executive positions, including vice president of operations, worldwide sales and marketing, vice president of corporate operations, and vice president of research and development.

Prior to joining BMC Software in 1997, Singh served at IBM for over 12 years holding several professional and management positions in manufacturing, research and development, and finance.


Profile:Dr. S.N. Sarbadhikari [ PHD 1995] says - "Bioinformatics education needs to be revamped"
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006
Dr.SNS.jpgDr. Suptendra Nath Sarbadhikari did his PhD at the School of Biomedical Engineering in IT-BHU from October 1991 to February 1995. (His PhD thesis was titled: “Neural Network Aided Analysis of Electrophysiological Signals from the Brain of an Animal Model of Depression Subjected to Chronic Physical Exercise”).
He was the first and only doctor to get doctorate in biomedical field from our college so far. He has distinguished professional career at premier Institutes like IIT-Kharagpur and the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, as well as with reputed private educationists like the Manipal and Amrita groups. Presently he is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Amrita University, Kerala. His passion for reforms in the field of bioinformatics education in India is remarkable.

Chronicle posed a few questions about the newly emerging field of bioinformatics to Dr. Supten:

Q-1: What is bioinformatics? Where can bioinformatics students find employment?

Bioinformatics (often loosely termed as Computational Biology) involves the application of Information Technology tools and skills to any problem in the domain of Biology. A comprehensive term "Biomedical Informatics" specifically includes "Healthcare Informatics" (clinical, nursing, dental, pharmacy,
public health and medical imaging informatics all put together) and "Bioinformatics" (Proteomics, Genomics and Drug Design). Therefore the job prospects lie mostly in research-cum-teaching positions in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology firms (and now Indian firms are also going global).

The other potential area includes all healthcare delivery centers; especially with the advent of easy and reliable telecommunications infrastructure in our country ("Tele-health" includes both “e-Health” or the use of Internet for medical education and research and "Telemedicine" or remote medical consultation).

Q-2: What prompted you to switch from medical to engineering career?

In 1989 (the year I passed MBBS from Calcutta National Medical College), I read an article in a magazine about the Digital Doctor (Prof. Ralph R Grams, Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Univ. of Gainesville, Florida) and I decided to pursue a career in Medical Informatics. But, during that time there was no course on any "informatics" in India.

At that time IT-BHU (apart from IIT-Delhi and IIT-Bombay) offered PhD in Biomedical Engineering for students with MBBS background. So I decided to take a plunge. I am grateful to the then Coordinator of the School of Biomedical Engineering at IT-BHU, Prof. Ravi Prakash (now he is the Dean, Research & Consultancy at BITS-Pilani) for giving me such an opportunity.

I lectured on the topic "Medical Informatics – Are the Doctors Ready?” in UK in 1996 and found that there too, the doctors didn't really feel comfortable with the computer. In 2004 (while I was in IIT-KGP as a faculty member of the School of Medical Science & Technology), I wrote an article in the Journal of Medical Systems on the state of medical informatics in India, as advised by Prof. Grams.

Q-3: What was the reason to select study of bioinformatics?

The reason for my choosing Biomedical Informatics is to enhance the dynamic medical knowledge base by using various soft computing tools (for data mining and knowledge discovery). After my PhD, I was very fortunate to have worked for about 3 years with Prof. Sankar K Pal (Fellow of IEEE and recipient of Bhatnagar award) at the Machine Intelligence Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He is the present Director of ISI Calcutta. There I was initiated to the concepts of inference and rule generation and tried to apply the concepts to medical decision support and diagnosis making.

Q-4: Do you think a medical doctor is more suited to pursue the subject than an engineer?

This is the age of "information explosion" and to effectively manage it, the thrust should be on "multi-disciplinary interaction". Therefore, for successful implementation of a Biomedical Informatics Project, team members must come from diverse backgrounds (medicine, engineering and technology, cognitive sciences or psychology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, to name a few). A doctor is not supposed to become the builder of an operating system, or an engineer is not supposed to become a clinician, but essentially, anyone trained through such programs should be comfortable with and understandable to the experts from the other backgrounds.

Q-5: Any advice to students who plan to take up bioinformatics as study?

Be prepared to face new challenges. The actual workplace environment may not be the one you had thought of. There are a few openings in India and abroad, but you have to be extra-aggressive to create a dream-job for yourself. Wherever you go, always respect the professional (and personal) dignity of your colleagues, whatever be their background. In modern days the story of the hare and the tortoise has been modified to show that when the two work together (cooperate rather than compete), it benefits both.


Memoirs of Dr. S. N. Sarbadhikari about IT-BHU days

What a better way to know a person’s mind than to read his letters? Dr. Supten still fondly remembers his life at IT-BHU, while he was studying from 1991 to 1995. He also talks about other institutes where he studied, worked or interacted. When he comments or criticizes, he talks about the system and not about any individual or a college. He writes….

“The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at IT-BHU has not used its full potential and the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU should seriously enter into the domain of medical informatics. These being genuine multi-disciplinary interactions, do you think that on behalf of the alumni (of BHU as a whole rather than IT or IMS) anything concrete could be done?”

“You have rightly stated that “Amrita” dynamism is sadly lacking in most premier (old > 50 yrs. or more) institutes like BHU or IITs. Our present Vice Chancellor (at Amrita University) is in his mid-forties (imagine VCs of Indian Universities in that age range), with about 30 US patents to his credit! Despite the fact that IIT boasts of a flexible curriculum, there I gathered the impression that "Unless you are at least 55 years old you can know nothing significant. For the past so many years if a new subject or equipment has not been required, why do you need it now or at all?"

“Having been a faculty member at the oldest IIT, I still remember particular ambience of BHU. Prof. K A Padmanabhan (Former Director of IIT-Kanpur) once acknowledged at the end of his address that he owes a lot to Prof. Prasad Khastgir (of Applied Physics, IT-BHU), who had "taught (him) how to think". I was the last regular visitor to Prof. Khastgir’s evening-long sessions at his quarter (while I was doing my PhD from end-'91 to Feb'95). The insights and knowledge gained (in an informal atmosphere) cannot be measured. Fortunately, I could meet him again in 2002/03 when he visited his son (Dr. Pratik, a faculty member in IITKGP) at Kharagpur).”

”In the department of Psychology, in BHU, there was a Lecturer Dr. Manas K Mandal who was not only an extraordinary gentleman (always trying to help anyone) but also the most sought after PhD Supervisor. Later he joined IITKGP as Associate Professor and became a Professor. Presently he is on lien as Director, Defense Institute of Psychological Research. I have had the great pleasure of working with him (while at BHU, as well as at IITKGP).”

”Now for the IMS-BHU, I was helped by Prof. P K Dey of Physiology probably more than I was guided by my supervisor Dr. A K Ray, then Reader in SBME, IT-BHU. The Library at IMS-BHU was a useful source of knowledge for me. As for passing time (I used to be a voracious bibliophile before the widespread invasion of the Net), the Central Library at BHU (especially the "New Additions" section) could sustain my energy despite the very rigorous PhD workload I had. Also, occasionally I used to take very long walks (for three to four hours at a stretch), in the evening, with some friends, all around the BHU campus, usually ending with cold coffee with ice cream at a particular shop in front of the Mandir. One day there was no milk left in the shop, by the time we reached there. The shopkeeper offered us ice cream with Thums-Up and that was certainly enjoyable!”


Profile of an executive-cum-entrepreneur: Interview with Rohan Narse [Mech 1987]
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006
Rohan Narse- Lobby of IOV 2.JPGThe chronicle took the opportunity to speak with Rohan Narse (Mechanical 1987) to learn about his highly successful career as a management guru, executive director and as entrepreneur. He did his MBA from IIM-Bangalore and worked as Executive Director for Goldman Sachs, India. Currently he is founder/CEO of the Indian Ocean Ventures, a real estate advisory and co-investment company.

For chronicle, Rajat Harlalka (Electrical 2005) spoke with Rohan Narse:

Q-1: Welcome, sir. Please provide some background info about you to our readers.

I completed my schooling and high school in Mumbai, or Bombay as it was known then, and was at the famous Ruia College before joining IT-BHU. I did toy with serious cricket in Mumbai for a few years but soon realized that the guys around were much better and in a different league. Being in the Mumbai under-19 probables camp and training and playing at the Wankhede Stadium was the high point of my cricket aspirations. I, as I am sure, all of my batchmates, focused on studies and the IIT entrance. My parents were both working and although we had enough on the table, doing well in studies seemed like the only way to build a bright future for me and my family.

After IT-BHU, I was working as a Sales Engineer with the multinational company Sandvik Asia, covering almost all states other than J&K, selling the companies’ cutting tools to the manufacturing sector. Although the job was challenging, growth prospects were limited. My boss had been in the company for a good 17 years and he had no chance of any upward mobility. I joined the IIMs, completing my MBA from IIM Bangalore in 1992 and chose a career in Strategy Consulting with a boutique Indian consulting firm and later moved to Coopers & Lybrand, to set up the firm’s strategy practice. After Coopers & Lybrand was acquired by Price Waterhouse, I moved to KPMG, with the mandate to set up the firms Business Transformation practice and was seconded to London for a period of an year. It was during my stint in London that I moved to Goldman Sachs, as a part of a team that set up the firms Strategic Group.

Q-2: With a degree in mechanical engineering, how and why you switched to investment banking as a career?

Mechanical engineering, in hindsight, was the best choice amongst the options available. There was a feeling that Mechanical Engineers were the best suited for being generalists and I did not want to restrict my options. Also, the course content seemed the most tangible! The move to investment banking came about not by design but by chance. During the late 1990’s, investment banks were being asked by the clients to come back with differentiated advise, especially about how the internet would impact their businesses and how they should respond to the changes. Investment banks are traditionally not suited to having open-ended dialogues of such kinds and most banks experimented by forming internal teams but eventually closed the initiatives.

Goldman Sachs was the first to consider hiring a fresh team from outside, supporting it with its investment banking expertise. The nature of the work allowed tremendous flexibility as we covered clients from corporate, investing and private wealth management. I was in London for the first three years and later in New York working in the firms Wall Street office for two years, before moving back. During my time with Goldman Sachs, I had the privilege of covering clients across the globe, enabling Goldman Sachs to enhance its client relationships as well as win new mandates. The most memorable win was the multi-billion dollar telecom company mandate, assisting a leading telecom company in China with its IPO.

Q-3: Recently you founded the Indian Ocean Ventures. Please tell us something about it.

I had moved out of GS, joining a team to set up an India-focused Private Equity firm but the whole process was taking too long for my liking. I used to visit India almost every fortnight and was getting fascinated by the opportunities the country was offering. It was during this time, that I reassessed my options and chose to set up an India-focused real estate advisory services and co-investment fund. The real estate opportunity was and is in extreme early stage, fragmented and yet slated to grow at a rapid pace. Lack of transparency and common processes and a high level of uncertainty on the regulatory front seemed liked some of reasons that hindered capital flow. The deal flow looked very promising and many investor classes, such as NRIs, HNIs (high net worth individuals) and Financial Institutions were keen on getting an exposure to the opportunity. I also had some personal relationships with business groups in India that gave me exclusive access to real estate deals. I had made a good deal of money, investing in the Indian real estate myself and I liked the experience of being out in the open, looking at tangible assets and creating the conversation for an investment to take place. The opportunity was current, I had select relationships that I could leverage and my background, although not in a direct way, was very relevant. Seemed like a bankable proposition if a professional team was put in place. IOV essentially showcases deals to international real estate funds as well as assists local developers in raising capital. In addition, it seeks to invest its own funds in select deals to maximize wealth creation for its investors.

Q-4: You have also been actively involved with the academia. In fact, you happen to be a faculty member of SPJIMR (S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Bombay). Please share a few word of advice for the entrepreneurship cell at IT-BHU.

This was way back in 1993. As a strategy consultant, I was advising a number of Indian clients on aspects related to their business or corporate strategy. I met Dr Shrikant, the Dean of SPJIMR, by chance and was impressed with his straightforward approach to solving complex business issues. He invited me to spend some time with the students and I found that very engaging. I remember discussing business cases with the students and hearing their perspectives and thoughts on the way forward. Unfortunately, given my travel schedule and long hours at work, I had to stop taking any further courses and stopped visiting the institute by 1996.

Q-5: How do you see the future of investment banking in India?

Extremely attractive, especially as almost all the top tier Wall Street banks are in India and will be followed by some of the more boutique ones. I’d also expect equity research to offer very attractive career opportunities as investment banks relocate their research teams and capabilities to India. In addition, as Indian companies grow in size and aspirations, we’d witness a lot of cross border M&A (mergers and acquisitions), signs of which are already evident. Given these factors, investment banking would offer exciting opportunities for young professionals looking to enter this field.

Q-6: Any memories from IT-BHU that you would like to share with us.

This is really the best of all the questions I am answering.

I had some very very special memories of my days at BHU and I’d say that the time I spent in front of King’s Pavilion, playing cricket for the institute, the batch and the university, was the most special, almost meditative. I made some very special friends, some of whom I am still in touch with and when we do meet, we still speak of a certain ‘innings’ that was memorable. Kashi Yatra, choreographing a dance with some friends and winning a prize, when all we wanted to do was to have some fun, was also special. The Saturday trips by cycle to the city and then to the ghats and then a late night ride back to the hostels was special as well.

Academics at BHU was a non-starter for me as I felt that the courses were not designed to encourage creativity and self-expression, but more to ensure that students learnt the stuff that was taught almost by rote. I did just the minimum required to get a 1st class and focused my time on extra-curricular. Nevertheless, sitting with my classmates, in one of the class halls, listening to a lecture on manufacturing engineering technology was a fun in its own way as I realized that 90% were there to clock the attendance!

Q-7: What advice will you give to future aspirants aiming to become executives/CIO?

Having role models and mentors at a very early age does help. In our times, we were not as well connected with the world outside and life at BHU was almost a ‘cocoon-like’ existence of sorts. I’d suggest that students choose role models carefully and plan their time at BHU very well. In addition, BHU provides a great opportunity to experiment and experience new possibilities and students could participate in sports, cultural and academic opportunities to develop there learning skills constantly. Academic performance matter at the beginning of the career, as companies, especially the premier ones, prefer to select candidates with a certain minimum performance. Having a strong level of awareness of the issues that affect business and the world in general and having a point of view on the possibilities ahead also helps.

Q-8: Thank you sir. We hope information provided by you will be useful to engineers who want to become leaders of corporate world.

I’d add a quote from one of the master trainers of our times, and management gurus- Anthony Robbins.

“It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.” - Anthony Robbins


Abhay Chawla [ECE 1987]- Our alumnus in social work
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

Mr. Abhay Chawla (ECE 1987 batch) is involved in children’s education work in the Mewat district of Haryana. He worked in the corporate world for 12 years. Six years back he was invited to travel with a Haryana govt. official in a backward area of Haryana (female literacy 8.78%, male literacy 30.76%) where what he saw made him take a decision to jump into the area of rural development.

The detail of his organization (Gurgaonharyana.com) is attached here.


IT-BHU Theatre – The ‘Net’ Gain Story
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

The online version of IT-BHU Theatre Community (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/itbhutheatre) was founded in 2004 by a bunch of IT-BHU Theatre enthusiasts. The initial idea was simple: To have an online discussion board where alumni and current students can share their views on any kind of theatre being done any where in the world, and in the longer run, to transfer those discussions into substantial (tangible or intangible) inputs for theatre at ITBHU.

Over the span of last 2 years, the group has had Theatre stories from around the world. It includes: Theatre and book reviews, performance uploads, IT-BHU Theatre news, fund raising for Theatre events at IT-BHU (Abhivyakti – The Theatre Festival has been a trendsetter of sorts with 3 big budget and highly appreciated plays staged in last 2 years) and ‘personal milestones of the members’, etc.

The yahoo group website is an interesting site to go through. It contains discussion about theatre, drama, literature, poetry, etc. It includes reports about drama events happening around the world, photos, video clips, list of related blogs, articles written by members in media, etc.

The community has 29 members, a number which is expected to rise substantially with the hostels being connected by internet.

For those of you, who have ever been a part of IT-BHU Theatre (or even want to be now), here’s a one-time, one-click chance. Just send an e-mail to itbhutheatre-subscribe[AT]yahoogroups.com and be a ‘new character’ in this story, which never ends.

[For a more direct-dil-se version of the article click here .]

For IT-BHU Theatre Online Community
Varun Grover, Civil 2003


3rd Silicon Valley chapter Meet at Lyman Atrium, Stanford- 22nd July'06
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

This annual meet took place 3rd year in a row. It was 1100 Hrs & the show began amidst 104F temperatures and soaring heat. But this did not affect the enthusiasm of the 50+ alumni gathering with alumni as senior as 1981 batch to as fresh as 2005. The meeting was arranged by Mukul Agrawal (CSE 2000) and Ratnabh Sain (MIN 2005)

We were able to put up a few posters & banners to make the whole area more lively. Starting with posters of A.O. to Limdi corner, D.G. corner or our own Mochu nothing was left. The show started with a lively Kashiyatra slide show which rejuvenated the memories of IT as well as Varanasi. Many could see lots of familiar as well as new faces around. Other senior alumni like Mr Jaiom Sambyal (Mech 1981) also shared their memories with other alumni from 82, 84, 87 batches.

The meeting started with our customary Kulgeet. After formal round of introductions, Ratnabh Sain gave an overview of the Alumni association Silicon Valley Chapter. We had a presentation by Animesh Pathak (CSE2003) on itbhuglobal.org & the Wi-Fi project and some key initiatives in the pipeline. This was very well supplemented with interactive discussions. Many volunteered on the spot with intangible & tangible contributions. Abhishek Saxena (CSE2001) expressed a wish for an award in his father's name (an ex-professor, IT-BHU) for rewarding technical talent in the college etc.

Some of the alumni discussed various job opportunities with their present employers or their owned companies. The gathering got good glimpses some of the next generation technology startups (the Bay area hallmark) from some of the enterprising ITBHU alumni. Also the young alumni got good advice about career especially for further education with Tepper School of Business (Carnegie-Mellon University) Student, Aman Johar (2001) talked to juniors about MBA in US and few more on MS/PHD.

We all were taken back to Lanka where all of us had a CHAI and thus ended the day with some old memories and lots of new acquaintances. We all wished to meet again soon and hoped to work together for getting the alumni together and helping our dear Alma Mater.

Until Next Meet

Warm Regards,

Puneet Bindlish
Mining 2002

For list of attendees, click here


BHU alumni meet at Mumbai-A report
Arun @ Aug 04, 2006

The meeting of BHU Alumni Association -Mumbai chapter was held on 6th August 2006 at SNDT Auditorium, Juhu, Mumbai. A large number of BHU alumni, including a sizable number of IT-BHU
alumni attended the meeting, despite heavy rains.

The Vice Chancellor of BHU, Prof Panjab Singh had specially flown down from Varanasi to attend the meet.

He gave the following update about BHU which has taken place in last 2 years -

1. Institute of Medical Sciences-BHU is trying for AIIMS status.
2. Faculty of Science-BHU is trying for IISc status.
3. A new campus of BHU is coming up at about 70 kms from present BHU campus. The new campus will start functioning in 2 years.
4. IT-BHU is trying for IIT status
5. There is 200% campus placement in ITBHU
6. 3rd International BHU meet is going to be held on Jan 6 -7, 2007 at Varanasi

The BHU alumni association at Mumbai have started their own website at http://www.bhualumnimumbai.org

All members are listed there. A number of these alumni are from IT-BHU.

(The above report was forwarded by Rohit Prasad-Chemical 1989.)


Indian School of Business, Hyderabad conducts info session at campus
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 04, 2006

Indian School of Business (ISB) organized its information session at IT–BHU on July 21st, 2006. The event had a tremendous response from the students’ community. It was a two hour session and was attended by over 70 students.

Manager Admissions, Mr. Amitesh Gir had come over from ISB for the information session. The session covered topics ranging from “What is an MBA?”, “How it adds value?” to various opportunities that become available after an MBA. Amitesh profiled the various career options like Consulting, Investment Banking, and General Management etc during his presentation. He also stressed on the importance of prior work experience while pursuing a management degree. In the end, he introduced ISB and detailed on how ISB is uniquely positioned to address the above issues.

The presentation was followed by a Question & Answer session. The students were very inquisitive about ISB and how ISB condenses a 2 year program into a 1 year program. The students also inquired about the feasibility of waiting for two years or more to gain industry experience and then applying to ISB Vis-à-vis applying to the IIMs at this stage in their career. The students also inquired about the significance of ISB information session at IT-BHU.

The profile of IT-BHU students in the Class of 2007 at ISB is as follows:

Name Branch Year of Passing Previous Work Experience
Gaurav Dixit Metallurgy 1998 Manager, ICICI Bank
Vivek Hari Mechanical 2000 Sr. Engineer, Tata Motors
Mohit Sood Mechanical 2001 Sr. Technical Consultant, Wipro
Rahul Malhotra Electronics 2001 Sr. Analyst (Technology), Accenture
Mayank Mittal Chemical 2002 Sr. Software Engineer, Comp Sc Corporation
Dinesh Punia Mechanical 2002 Software Engineer, Geometric Software Solutions
Sudarshan Rajawat Electronics 2002 Project Manager, TCS
Manish Jain Metallurgy 2003 System Analyst and Designer, Wipro
Adishesh Mitra Chemical 2003 Production Supervisor, HPCL

The news item was contributed by Gaurav Dixit (Meta 98)


Welcome freshers-a new forum
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 02, 2006

A new discussion forum is started on itbhuglobal.org website (login required):

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=34

Run by volunteers, it provides answers to freshers’ query. Currently it is based on questions by Akhauri Kushagra Sinha (1st year mining). The forum tries to answer questions of common interests by newcomers, such as: hostel, facility, entertainment, etc. available at the campus. We hope that more freshers will join in the discussion.


College course information
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 02, 2006

Many times alumni abroad need info about college courses for applying to higher studies or appearing professional exams in foreign countries.


Panorama of Banaras
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 02, 2006

Banaras.jpg    Water fall.jpg

Rikki Maheshwari (Ceramics 2008) has captured the candid photos of Banaras with his camera. The photo gallery can be found at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93737547@N00/

Nice work, Rikki!


Cynosure-optical illusion and hours of fun!
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 02, 2006

Please open the following link:

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html

It is a great work by Akiyoshi KITAOKA, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He explains by means of hundreds of colourful art works, how a human mind perceives an optical illusion.

Optical illusion.jpg


Readers FeedBack
Arun @ Aug 02, 2006

For our issue dated July 14 2006 we received following feedback from our valuable readers:

One more news, Ravi Kumar (ECE -2001) got into Indian Revenue Service (UPSC). He may get IPS too.

Kumar Rahul (July 14)
(ECE 2001)
AMD India Engineering Centre

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I read the article on IT-BHU chronicle about Abhishek Dixit (IPS). I wanted to let you know about another great mind that studied at our institute -Rajdeep Singh of '03 Chemical Engg has cleared civil services exam with a rank of 67 (Last I talked to him, he said he would join either IPS or IFS. You can contact him at:
raj_classof2003@yahoo.co.in

Thanks
Vipul Srivastava (July 15)
(Ceramics 2006)

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I am Sandeep Choudhary (Electrical Engg 2002).

Just wanted to thank you all who have taken this step to publish such a informative thing and get to know about our alumni and college.

Thanks a lot.

Sandeep Choudhary (July 17)
(Electrical 2002)

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