Published on August 15, 2006
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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.
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The Chronicle Team
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.
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.
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."
Professor-Dept. of Applied Physics,
- 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.
Retired Professor and Head,
Dept. of Pharmaceutics,
- 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.
Retired Professor-Dept. of Applied Physics,
- 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
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mining Engineering, IT-BHU
(1960-Mining graduate from IT-BHU)
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- 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
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Amrita University, Kerala
(PhD, Biomedical Engineering, IT-BHU in 1995)
- 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.
(Electronics 2000, IT-BHU)
PhD student, Stanford University
- 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
M. Sc. (Physics) 1989 from BHU
- 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
Professor & Head, Electrical Engineering Dept.,
University of Nevada at Reno, USA
(B.Tech Electrical 1968 and M.Tech. Electrical 1970 from IT-BHU)
- 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.
(Electronics 1984, IT-BHU)
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. 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.
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.
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. Dual Degree Course
This year following more courses has been introduced:
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:
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'
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
Rediff interview with Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra
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'
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
A news item in Hindustan Times for the campus recruitment of 3rd year (2007 batch) students
Tech students get lucrative job offers
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
This is about job placement of 4th year (2007 batch) students.
Cognizant scouts campuses in hiring drive
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
His profile was earlier featured in chronicle March issue:
Manu K. Vora, Ph.D., MBA.
Anil Chakravarthy [CSE] - Symantec's New VP of India Technical Operations
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.
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.
Satinath Sarangi [M.Tech MET 1978] honoured for his social work
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
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
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.”
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Wi-Fi project update
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
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 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 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 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.
He also holds an MBA from University of Texas.
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 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.
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