Published on October 15, 2006
The Chronicle October, 2006 issue.
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With heavy heart we announce the demise of our alumnus, Mr. N. Bipin Kumar (Mechanical 1985). He died in China while working on an assignment as Project Manager of L & T Corp. May his soul rest in peace.
We have covered an all-important issue of our college being converted into a new group of colleges, called IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology).
The issue includes interviews with two highly successful executives, namely Sanjay Govil (Civil 1981), CIO of Kanbay International; and Mohan Kumar (ECE 1984), Corporate Vice President of Motorola Corporation.
We have started new sections, namely: Chronicle Corrections; Publication news and Chronicle extra, to cater to varied articles of interest to our readers.
The Chronicle Team
With deep sorrow we announce the death of our alumnus N. Bipin Kumar [29th March 1963 - 10th October 2006] Batch of 1985 Mechanical. It is a loss to entire IT community. May his soul rest in peace.
We have received the following message from Richard D'Souza (Mechanical 1985), which was forwarded to us by Subhas Shanbhag (Chemical 1985):
"It is in a state of shock that I am informing you all that Bipin Kumar working in L&T expired yesterday evening. He was the project manager for our job under execution in China. It is in this connection that he had gone there a few days ago. It seems that he suddenly took ill with high fever and was admitted to hospital in China where he breathed his last. The cause may be malaria / dengue.
He is survived by his wife and two young sons (age 9- 5 yrs).
May his soul rest in peace."
Richard D'Souza (Mechanical)
Following is the tribute received from L & T HRD dept.:
With deepest sorrow, we regret to announce the untimely demise of our beloved colleague Mr. Bipin Kumar.
Having completed his Engineering from IT BHU, Bipin joined L&T in the Year 1985 as a young Graduate Engineer Trainee. During his tenure of 21years, he had worked in various disciplines with several accomplishments to his credit. In his last assignment, he was the Project Manager for L&T’s first prestigious Coal Gasifier project in China. It is in this connection, that he was in Kunming, China, where the unfortunate end came due to a sudden illness.
Bipin Kumar was known for his result-oriented leadership, pleasant manners and people oriented approach. He is survived by his wife and two children.
May God bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. In these difficult moments, all L&Tites stand by the family and share the grief.
Chronicle adds: Our college switched over from 5-yr B. tech. program to 4-yr in 1981. Hence both the 1980 and 1981batches of incoming students graduated in 1985. Thus 1985 was known as double batch as all the classes were held together and the entire class was like one body.
We have received the following tribute from alumni of 1985 batch:
(You may offer tributes/memoirs to Mr. N. Bipin Kumar by sending an email to: chronicle[AT]itbhuglobal.org).
September 5th is Teacher's Day in India. It is the birthday of former Indian president and a teacher himself: Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. ITBHUGlobal.org took this opportunity to wish our teachers on behalf of students/alumni and seek their guidance on teacher’s day.
Following is the email sent to about 50 faculty members, whom we can found on our registered data base. The warm replies from some of the faculty members are shown below:
Wish you a very happy teacher's day.
Today, all the alumni of IT BHU take this opportunity to thank you all for all that you have done for the Institute and us. It is because of your dedicated efforts that we are what we are. As you go about helping the next generation of students we would like to let you know that we are indebted to our teachers and are there to back you in your endeavours to make IT BHU the best institute in the world.
With able guidance from you all the alumni association now has around 4800 registered members and on a secondary level we are in touch with around 6000 alumni. As our strength grows, so does our feeling to help our Alma mater. This year we have taken a giant stride in organising the project to provide wireless network for all the 10 hostels of IT BHU. This project costs around Rs 25 Lacs and hopefully will become operational by the end of September '06.
We look up to you for your guidance on how the alumni can contribute more effectively towards the vision you have for IT BHU. We would like to know the wish list that you all have made to achieve that vision so that we may channelize our efforts to see the vision become a reality.
As the alumni organise themselves into a much stronger alumni association we hope to enhance the interface that we have with you all and work together for a better tomorrow.
Wish you a very happy teacher's day once again.
On Behalf of ITBHUGlobal.org
Here are the replies received from some of the faculty members.
1) Thank you for remembering on this occasion. The major problem of all the technical institutions of higher learning in India is that of non-availability of the graduates of premier institutions as faculty members. Gone are the days when some one or two persons of a class would be interested in becoming a teacher in our institutions of national importance.
Can we do something? Is it only money that makes people disinterested? We are not getting our own U graduates (it is true for any of the IITs) as masters level students.
How can we become world class institutions without good PG and PG level Research?
Machines and infrastructure only do not make an institution great.
Do we have a solution for this problem?
Prof. Anil K Tripathi
Professor and head, Computer Science Dept.
2) Thanks for all the good words you have used for the teachers of IT.
Every alumnus feels same for his/her alma mater.
Every one of us has some ideas to improve upon the institute’s working and quality.
Every year Institute gets Crores of Rs., but for the incompetent and corrupt authorities things do not work out as it should be.
Right now I have come out of BHU as Director of a Private Engineering Institute in Gorakhpur.
I appreciate the interest and contribution of alumni of IT under your leadership.
All the best,
Prof A. K. WAHI
Former professor- Electrical Engg. Dept.
3) Thanks for the good wishes as well as for all your endeavours to make your alma mater the best in the world.
Dr. Rashmi Rastogi
Professor and Head, Applied Chemistry Dept.
4) How nice! Thanks very much indeed for your kind and affectionate thought, I'll always treasure...
Prof. B. N. Dwivedi
Professor-Applied Physics Dept.
5) I appreciate your e mail letter wishing us teachers on the Teachers' Day. I am very happy that that the X-students like you are thinking to repay in a small measure what the Alma Mater has given to all of us. I will come to you if something strikes to me.
Probably it is known to you that there is going to be an alumni meet on 6th and 7th Jan. 2007 in BHU.I may be there.
With Best wishes,
Former professor and head, Pharmaceutics Dept.
6) Thanks a lot for your feelings on the Teachers' Day. It is these sentiments of our alumni which make the teaching profession so rewarding and a constant source of inspiration.
An institute is as good as its alumni project it to be. We are indeed proud of our alumni and hope that they will continue to look back at their alma mater, and provide necessary feedback.
With warm regards and thanking you once again,
S C Gupta
Professor-Electrical Engg. Dept.
7) I sincerely thank you for all your wishes. I feel touched by your sentiments.
Professor-Mechanical Engg. Dept.
8) Thank you very much for remembering us on this Day. We will certainly make this Institute as one of the best in the world with the support of you people. I together with Dr. Pradeep Srivastava were in Delhi on 4th and 5th Sept for certain pending proposals in TIFAC, NSTDEB, DST and DBT, visit was quite successful and we will be adding Technology Incubation Center in IT with in a Year. We also met Mr. Arun Agarwal 1985 batch Chemical and owner of Vimal Organic in Ghaziabad. He is interested in Biotech area and we will hopefully associate with him through IIP Cell for R&D etc.
Looking forward for fruitful association with you people
Pradeep K. Mishra
Professor- Chemical Engineering Dept. & Incharge-IIPC
9) You are representative of our image, therefore, keep it up. I will certainly try to bring the name of BHU on Global Platform. I have been partially succeeded to align the AREVA in this mission, in due course of time I hope you will hear positive in the sense that this Global Company has
given clearance to work with me and the team of students suggested by myself. MOU will be signed soon, if every thing proceeds well.
I always appreciate every effort in building the image of BHU globally.
(Rajendra. K. Pandey)
Professor-Dept. of Electrical Engg.
10) It is a matter of great privilege and delight to be wished on the teacher’s day, and thank you all for remembering us and showering your praise even if we might not be up to it. The relationship of a teacher is never limited to the class alone and does not die with the contact in the class. For, all of us, in some way or the other carry the power of our teacher’s thoughts with us knowingly or sometimes even unknowingly, through out our life, the only difference being that we realize it some times and that too in odd moments.
Higher education in India has to answer lot of questions but this is not the forum for that discussion.
God bless you all and may you prosper and carry forward the Flag of ITBHU in the true sprit & words of Mahamana.
Shiban K. Kak
Professor-Electrical Engg. Dept.
11) Many thanks for your touching letter expressing the Greetings from alumni on Teachers' Day.
We wish and hope to keep up your expectations and strive to keep up the position IT-BHU amongst the top engineering schools in the world.
With best wishes,
G. V. S. Sastry
Professor-Metallurgical Engg. Dept.
1) I had gone through the IT-BHU Chronicle, September 2006 edition and I have found one mistake in it.
In the "From the Editor's desk" column, in the second last paragraph, it is written that,
"As shown in last year, we are publishing the news about programs and some details about our incoming students. This year JEE topper for the institute is Ms. Richa Gupta, perhaps the only girl topper among incoming students in our college's history."
And Ms. Shubhra Chandra, CSE-07 batch, is also one of the girl students who are again a topper among the incoming students of our college, with JEE rank 759.
Kindly make that correction in it.
B-Tech Part 3
Computer Science and Engineering
(We are starting a new section, called “Chronicle Corrections!”. It will show correction to chronicle editions.)
We are pleased to inform you that the much awaited Wi-Fi internet project is well underway in the implementation phase. All the ten hostels have been wired with necessary electrical and network cables to reach the wireless access points. The access points themselves would be delivered and deployed in IT by the end of this month.
We are pleased to state that Internal Revenue Services (IRS) of US has granted itbhuglobal.org organization a tax-exempt status under 501 (c) (3). This makes past donations (post Nov 17 2003) and future donations to ITBHUGlobal.org are tax-deductible.
For more details, please visit itbhuglobal.org website at:
Thanking you all for your help, contribution and best wishes,
Ujj Nath (Meta 1979)
For Wi-Fi Project Team
- Online registration has started for the 3rd IBAM (details are available on BHU website www.bhu.ac.in by clicking on Alumni Meet).
- Special tour packages are being worked out for our visiting Alumni. They include tours to South Campus Barkacha, Bodhgaya and Ayodhya, Boating Trips on Ganges, Rudrabhishek at BHU Vishwanath temple, round trip of BHU campus (including Malaviya Heritage complex and Bharat Kala Bhavan) and trips to city temples are being arranged. We have structured special short tour packages to Bodhgaya, Ayodhya and Allhabad. The details are available on www.bhu.ac.in/ Alumni Meet
- Work is in progress on the publications to mark the event. A compilation of the ideas of Mahmanaji, a short history of BHU and a Souvenir will be published. The publication “Mahamana Ke Vichar Ek Chayan” is now in its final form. It will include excerpts from Mahamanaji’s writings and speeches on Dharma, Shiksha, Swadeshi, Swadhinta and Rashtriya Bhasha. We plan to gift a copy of this publication to all. We will also publish a short History of BHU in two volumes on this occasion.
- We plan to bring out small booklets of Mahamanaji’s views on different topics. Similarly, we plan to make available a cassette with Mahamanaji’s recorded voice compiled by his grandson Vaid Shivkumar Shastriji. These booklets and cassette will be for sale on a no profit, no loss basis at the venue.
- Preparations are going on at full swing for the publication of the souvenir. The details of tariff for advertisements and the order form are available on our website. The souvenir will be a document of historic importance including rare photographs with a print of nearly 3000 copies.
Our alumni are invited to advertise in it to the fullest extent possible
- The Alumni are requested to register themselves as soon as possible. We would like to remind them to book their accommodation in the city hotels immediately to avoid inconvenience during tourist season.
Emeritus Professor &Chairman of 3rd IBAM
Banaras Hindu University
Department of Mining Engineering
Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
APS University, Rewa, Lucknow University,
UP Open University, Allahabad
Phone +91 542 2315871, 91 9335386770
For SV meeting, we received the following message from Animesh Pathak (CSE2003)
ITBHU "Picnic in the Park" to Celebrate Diwali!!
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|Host: ITBHUGlobal.org 80s and 90s Alumni
Location: Santa Clara Central Park
969 Kiely Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA; View Map
When: Sunday, October 29, 12:00pm
Welcome to the ITBHU "Picnic in the Park" to celebrate Diwali with fellow ITBHU alumni from the 80's and 90's!
Catch up with long-lost friends, revive old memories and create new bonds in the spirit of Diwali. There will be plenty of entertainment for kids as well!
Noon - 1:00PM: Arrivals and Informal Introductions
1:00PM - 2:00PM: Lunch
2:00PM - 3:30PM: Games and Fun Activities!
For the pot-luck items to choose please look for the selections just above the “Reply Now” button.
NOTE: There is a nominal gate fee of $10 per family to pay for rentals and other incidentals
For Socal meeting, we received the following message from Animesh Pathak (CSE2003)
We are meeting again... and this time, it will be in a picnic atmosphere.
Location: Colonel Bill Barber Memorial Park
4 Civic Center Plaza, Irivine, CA View Map
When: Saturday, October 14, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Come with your family and meet other ITBHU alumni in the area for a day of fun and food and to revive old memories and contacts.
There will be cricket and fun activities for kids.
Please note that the exact location will be posted on the park main entrance.
SoCal (Southern California) IT BHU Alumni
A meeting of alumni residing in New Jersey and surrounding area is planned on Nov 11, 2006 (Saturday) at 6.00 PM, at Delhi Garden, North Brunswick, NJ. All are invited with their spouses/families for this family get-together.
The agenda: Introduction, good time and general discussion (about institute, IIEST issue, etc.). If interested, please contact coordinators, latest by Nov. 7.
Coordinators for NJ chapter:
1) Yogesh Upadhyaya (CHE 77): [Yogesh.Upadhyaya [AT]che77.itbhuglobal.org]
2) Anil Singh (ECE 95) [Anil.Singh [AT] ece95.itbhuglobal.org]
IIT-JEE coaching for poor high school students organised at Electronics Engineering Dept.
IIT Alumni Help To Poor Students
Varanasi, October 9
THE ALUMNI of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and some others institutes have convened a free one-month coaching camp for the talented students, belonging to poor families.
The camp is being held at the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, here.
One hundred talented students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have been selected through the Talent Search Examination held on July 16 this year under the All-India Talent Promotion Campaign across the country.
The coaching camp, aimed at the Joint Entrance Examination-2007, started at G-14 Hall of Electronics Engineering Department in the IT-BHU on Monday. BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof Panjab Singh will formally inaugurate the camp on Wednesday.
Twenty-eight scholars, including director of IIT-Mumbai, Prof Ashok Mishra, deputy director of IIT-Kanpur Prof Kripa Shanker, director of IT-BHU, Prof. SN Upadhyay, head of nuclear physics department at IIT-Kanpur, Prof HC Sharma and chairman of the All-India Talent Promotion Campaign and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Prof SK Sharma will conduct the camp.
Among other scholars who would give valuable tips to clear the JEE examination in the camp include president of IIT-Delhi Alumni Association and also a faculty member of IIT-Delhi, Prof SS Murty, Prof PK Ray, Dr KN Singh and Dr BK Mishra of IIT-Kharagpur, Dr UK Singh of Indian School of Mines (Dhanbad) and Prof TN Singh of IIT-Mumbai will conduct the camp.
Secretary of the All India Talent Promotion Campaign and an alumni of IT-BHU, Shashank Chaturvedi said main objective of the camp was to extend support to those talented students who are unable to bear the expenses of coaching classes.
He said the Alumni Associations of IITs and other institutes that had over 500 members would bear all the expenses of this camp.
He said a Talent Search Examination was conducted in 544 schools of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on July 16 across the country this year. As many as 10,000 students took the examination and 100 students were selected for this camp, he said.
He added that these 100 students were selected from eight regions of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti. `There are nine students from Shilong region, 11 from Jaipur, 12 from Chandigarh, 15 from Pune, 13 from Patna, 15 from Lucknow and 12 from Hyderabad,” he added.
A news item in Hindustan Times covering the inauguration of IIT-JEE preparatory coaching camp for poor students at IT-BHU. The camp was inaugurated by vice chancellor Dr. Panjab Singh on 12th Oct.
Rural Students Have Enormous Talent
Varanasi, October 11
FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR of Deen Dayal Upadhyay University (Gorakhpur), Prof BM Shukla said there was enormous potential in rural students and the need of the hour was to tap this potential for the development of the country.
He was addressing the inaugural function of one-month free preparatory coaching camp for students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti for Joint Engineering Examination-2007 at Institute of Technology (IT) in Banaras Hindu University here on Wednesday.
A voluntary organisation, All India Talent Promotion Campaign has organised this coaching camp from October 9 to November 5. Prof Shukla lauded the efforts of organisation in extending support to poor but talented rural students to get them into mainstream of the society.
Presiding over the inaugural function, the vice-chancellor of BHU Prof Panjab Singh promised all sorts of efforts for a smooth conduct of the coaching camp.
Director of IT-BHU, Prof SN Upadhyay also addressed the inaugural function.
Secretary of All India Talent Promotion Campaign and an alumni of IT-BHU, Shashank Chaturvedi conducted the programme whereas Dr Vachaspati Tripathi proposed vote of thanks.
As many as 100 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti were selected through a Talent Search Examination from its eight regions to participate in month-long free coaching class for IIT-JEE examination 2007 in BHU.
This year 3 out of 12 prestigious scholarships for year 2006 were awarded to IT-BHU Alumni by American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin-ASEI (http://www.aseisocal.org)
The awards were given by Prof. VIJAY DHIR (Standing front row 4th from right to left), Dean, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science during the ceremony.
About the winners from IT-BHU:
Saurabh Puri (Mining 2003) did his MS in Mining engineering from University of Utah and presently pursuing his PhD from CMU in Civil and environmental engineering.
Email ID: saurabhpuri2005 [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Amit Pandey (Mining 2003) did his MS in Civil Engineering from University of Arizona and presently pursuing his PhD from University of Maryland in Mechanical engineering.
Email ID: amitpandey02 [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Vipul Goyal (CSE 2004) batch and presently pursuing his MS/PhD in CS department at University of California at Los Angeles.
Email ID: Vipul.Goyal [AT] cse04 [DOT] itbhu [DOT] org
Email from the ASEI
Hello 2006 ASEI Scholarship winners,
We would like to thank all of you for attending the 23rd ASEI Annual National Convention on Saturday, September 9th, 2006 at the Sheraton Hotel, 12725 Center Court Drive, Centrios, California. We hope you enjoyed the convention as much as we did. Congratulations on being named the 2006 ASEI Scholarship winner.
Best wishes for continued success.
2006 ASEI Scholarship Committee
LIST OF AWARDES:
- Puja Valiyil, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
- Supriya Bavisetty, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
- Aditya Saraf, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Joyita Dutta , University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
- Sangeetha Somayajula, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
- Ronnesh Vashisht, Kettering University, Flint, Michigan
- Aditya Rajagopal, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
- Vipul Goyal, University of California, Los Angeles, California
- Amit Pandey , University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
- Saurabh Puri , Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Jai Thomas, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Nishanth Chandran, University of California, Los Angeles, California.
(The above news was forwarded by Amit Pandey, Mining 2003)
Shrenik Mehta re-elected Accellera chair
SAN FRANCISCO — Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Shrenik Mehta and Mentor Graphics Corp.'s Dennis Brophy have been re-elected to their positions of chair and vice-chair, respectively, by the board of directors of EDA standards body Accellera, the organization said Tuesday (Oct. 3).
Karen Bartleson, director of interoperability at Synopsys Inc., was re-elected secretary, Accellera (Napa, Calif.) said.
Victor Berman, group director of language standards at Cadence Design Systems Inc., was elected treasurer, Accellera said.
"I am again honored to be elected chair for a second term and to be part of the group that defines and delivers standards that benefit the worldwide electronics industry," Mehta said.
Accellera said it plans to focus on supporting eight standards in the coming year, including the VHDL standard and the new Open Compression Interface (OCI) test standard, both recently transferred to the IEEE. The organization said it would continue to support the SystemVerilog language standard (also known as IEEE Std P1800) and Property Specification Language (PSL) standard (also known as IEEE Std 1850-2005).
Accellera said its place include further development of its Interface Technology or SCE-API (Standard Co-Emulation Applications Programming Interface), Open Verification Library (OVL) and Analog Mixed Signal (AMS) standards, as well as efforts to define a Unified Power Format (UPF) standard.
Forwarded by Rajat Harlalka (Electrical 2005)
Mr. Deepak Pahwa, Managing Director, Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd and the Group Chairman, Pahwa Enterprises, has been unanimously elected as the National President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) for the year 2006-07. He was elected at the recently held Executive Committee of IACC at Mumbai.
Mr. Pahwa's election as the National President of IACC assumes importance, at a time when the Indo-US economic relations are poised to register a qualitative change. As the only bi-national chamber exclusively dedicated to enhance Indo-US Economic relations and having 14 offices and an expanding direct membership of over 3000 across the country, IACC is an effective vehicle for catalyzing track-two diplomacy with the US.
"The importance that has been assigned to the Indo-US Economic Summit- the third edition of it was just concluded in Delhi recently - by the Government of India, the US Administration and businesses of both countries pins a lot of responsibilities on IACC to take the Indo-US Economic relations to a higher orbit of growth. We will unfold a series of innovative measures and programs to achieve this objective," says Mr. Pahwa.
IACC promotes bilateral trade, investment and technology transfer and facilitates business collaborations, joint ventures, marketing tie-ups and strategic alliances through a set of pro-active business oriented initiatives.
The Chamber continuously interacts with the Indian and US Governments and provides them feedback on bilateral trade and investment issues. In essence, IACC acts as a forum for its member companies to interact with senior functionaries of both the Governments, industry leaders and Chambers of Commerce/ Associations.
(The above news was forwarded by Arvind Gupta, ECE 1992)
An article in Express India dated Oct. 08, 2006 titled” Gurgaon’s Green Warrior”. Abhay runs a social service organization called “Gurgaonharyana.com”.
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Gurgaon's Green Warrior
New Delhi, October 7: There was an uneasy calm in the shade of an old Palash tree as I entered the driveway of Abhay Chawla’s house in Gurgaon.
The smell of burning leaves a couple of blocks away would have gone unnoticed but for Chawla this was another signal to launch another small but significant mission in his lifelong crusade.
He quickly grabbed a bottle of water from his refrigerator and rushed to the site of the burning leaves. The fire put out, it was time to find the culprit. A few inquires later he zeroes in on him. The small lecture on pollution that followed was not welcome and became an ego issue for the house owner. A timely retreat stopped the situation from turning ugly but Chawla says he’ll return to try and get his point across.
An engineer, Abhay Chawla, graduated from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University and worked with a number of firms before he decided to retire early some eight years ago and take up his passion fulltime.
Along with a handful of dedicated volunteers from the corporate sector, Abhay Chawla is trying to educate the educated to improve the environment.
He explains how we all can keep our environment clean by making simple yet effective changes to our lifestyles like using bio-degradable products in our daily life. Switching to paper plates instead of plastic ones or carrying a cloth bag every time we go to the market.
Some six years ago Chawla started a movement called ‘say no to polybags’ that involved school and college students. The movement caught on and today it has 30,000 supporters.
Last year the group celebrated Earth Day by planting trees around the lake at Sukrali to underline the fact that water is precious.
For Chawla, greening the earth begins at home. He has started a small nursery in his home and nurtures saplings of neem and peepal trees and then plants them in public places like parks and green belts.
And with children as his most loyal followers, Chawla’s mission looks all set to go forward.
To view his biodata click here.
Back-to-School and the Economy
Just what impact does back-to-school shopping have on the U.S. Economy? Two top experts at the Robert H. Smith School of Business have their opinions. Professor Peter Morici does not think the back-to-school season will be all that robust thanks to a number of factors, including interest rates and gas prices.
Buiness Professor P.K.Kannon looks at the technology sector as one bright spot - kids want their iPods, cell phones and other gadgets, and Prof. Kannon says parents are likely to buy them for their children.
"The back-to-school season will not be robust. Higher interest rates and gas prices, and a flagging housing market are limiting consumer spending. Also, earlier school openings have moved up the back-to-school season to July, and children do more of their own shopping these days. The latter spreads out shopping through the year--it is recreation as much as need. Hence the back to school season is earlier than in years past and not as pronounced. This year will be particularly subdued because of factors like interest rates, gas prices and the housing market." - Peter Morici, business professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business.
"The hot tech gadgets include: iPod, MP3 players, DVD players, cell phones and many necessary items like backpacks that come with iPod pockets and connectors. Such things make the kids look "cool" in school and they are likely to be in hot demand. Many of these gadgets are not necessary in the sense of a "need," but if they are available at affordable price and they help the kids to gain some attention at school, many parents are likely to buy these for the kids." - P.K. Kannan, marketing professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business
|P. K. Kannan
Safeway Fellow & Harvey Sanders Associate Professor; Director, Center for Excellence in Service
Expertise Key Words:
E-Content; Digital Content; Pricing; Marketing Promotions; Customer Realationship Management, Product Development, Service Development, Marketing Channels,Consumer Privacy; Consumer Choice Behavior; Consumer Marketing; Customer Service; Copyright; Marketing Research; E-Service; Product Positioning
P. K. Kannan's current research stream focuses on e-Commerce, centering on pricing information products and product lines, CRM, online loyalty, and marketing and product development on the Internet. His other key research stream centers on new product development - marketing and design interface, pricing, customer loyalty, variety-seeking and reinforcement behaviors, and the effects of promotions on competition and competitive market structures. He recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation focusing on his work in new product development. Dr. Kannan has corporate experience with Tata Engineering and Ingersoll-Rand and has consulted for companies such as Frito-Lay, Pepsi Co, Giant Food, Black and Decker, SAIC, Fannie Mae, and IBM.
Work phone(s): 301 405 2188
Home phone: 301-229-7379
E-mail(s): pkannan [AT] umd [DOT] edu
3461 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD 20742
- Ph.D, Management, Purdue
- P.G.D.I.E., Industrial Engineering, National Institute for Training in Industrial Engineering, Bombay
- B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, India
(Forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, Electrical 2005)
Monday, September 04, 2006
New Faculty in the College of Engineering
By Office of Faculty Affairs
|San Diego State welcomes the following new faculty in the College of Engineering:
DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
For biodata of prof Satish Kumar Sharma, Click here
Satish Kumar Sharma, Ph.D. (Banaras Hindu University, India, 1997):
Dr. Sharma is an electronics engineer specializing in the area of controls. His research interests include analysis, design and development of feeds for reflector antennas, waveguide horns and polarizers, phased array antennas, microstrip antennas and arrays, wire antennas and arrays MIMO antenna Systems/Smart Antennas, RF MEMS devices as well as other applied electromagnetic research topics resulting in satellite/wireless communications, RADAR and biomedical applications.
|Prof. Sharma adds:|
My heart belongs to IT, BHU and I have no words than to say thanks to my association with BHU and my teacher and supervisior Prof. B. R. Vishvakarma.
(Chronicle Adds: Prof. Sharma did B. Tech. in Electronics Engineering from Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology, Sultanpur, UP (Avadh University) and PhD Electronics Engineering from IT-BHU in 1997.)
Shell Petroleum came to IT BHU. Arijit Gupta and Awasthi have got salaries of 10.5 lacs (!!!) each and are the highest salaries till date from IT BHU this year!
Schlumberger is expected to shell out some 23 package to people it hires from our institute. It is coming soon.
(The above message was prepared by Sulabh Shukla and forwarded by Anshul Gupta-both Mining 2005).
Seminar to be held in December at Institute of Medical Sciences-BHU
N-tragedy affects generations: Expert
Varanasi, September 24
“A NUCLEAR tragedy leaves its impact on several generations,” said Prof. Geza L. Lukacs of the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center (Hungary).
Prof Lukacs, who was in BHU to participate in an International Integrated Meet of Cancer Societies, said reports of people affected by the Hiroshima, Nagasaki (both in Japan) and Chernobyl (Ukraine) tragedies were still pouring in.
Prof Lukas, who operated on victims of the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy as late as in 2004 and 05, said there was a 60-fold increase in cancer patients in a 30-km radius of Chernobyl. He added that the isotopic radiation of the tragedy spread across the world. He said most of the patients were suffering from cancer of thyroid, leukemia and lymphoma. He said increasing dependence on nuclear power plants was a threat to humanity.
Live surgery at Coimbatore to be viewed in BHU: Participants of annual meet of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) scheduled to be held from December 25 to 30 this year in BHU, will have an opportunity to view a live surgery under way in Coimbatore.
Minimal access surgery expert and ASI president Prof C. Palanivelu said he would perform a surgery in Coimbatore, which would be telecast live at Swatantrata Bhawan in BHU on December 25.
Prof. Palanivelu, winner of the Dr BC Roy National Award for 2006, claimed he had performed a surgery in August this year which was telecast live in Leeds University in the UK. He said he would address queries of participants through video-conferencing.
Banaras Hindu University has produced a vision document (Vision 2016). It outlines university’s plan for the next 10 years. The plan includes providing autonomy to the faculty of engineering/medicine/science and agricultural science.
The document can be viewed on the university website:
(Caution: File is over 20 MB, and the downloading is slow)
(Forwarded by Kapil Dwivedi, Chemical 2007)
A Seminar on ‘Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education’ organized by Social Science Faculty at BHU:
Gender difference must go: Experts
Varanasi, October 9
“In spite of good participation in the field of education, women’s participation in managerial cadre in higher education is invisible”, according to director of Centre for Women’s Studies and Development at Kurukshetra University, Prof Reicha Tanwar.
She was delivering the inaugural address at the six-day workshop on ‘Capacity Building for Women Managers in Higher Education’ at Social Science Faculty in Banaras Hindu University here on Monday.
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development (BHU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) have jointly organised this workshop.
Dr Tanwar added that this gender difference was not only visible in India but was also evident in various developed countries. “Women have 12 to 17 representation in the managerial class of higher education in India”, she added.
She said there were many reasons such as unwillingness of managerial body, our tradition and cultural norms etc. behind this scene.
“Women themselves feel reluctant to accept managerial position due to lack of motivation, social support, inbuilt power structure and gender biases existing in the society and lack of sensitivity etc.”, she said and suggested that there was a need to cater gender friendly environment and women studies perspective in every discipline.
In her presidential address, the medical superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital of BHU, Prof Chooramani Gopal, said that women enjoyed very powerful position in ancient India as reflected in our history, mythology and culture.
“Women are better managers than men and women are nowhere inferior”, she said, adding, “What is required is that we should look forward to women who would prove role models and inspire other women”.
Deputy inspector general of Inter-State Border Force, SN Sabat, said that women had shown their capabilities in every field. He said that multiple jobs and social pressure prevented women from proving their capabilities.
Convenor of workshop, Prof Chandrakala Padia welcomed the guests whereas Dr Usha Kiran Rai conducted the programme and proposed a formal vote of thanks.
Around 40 delegates from 12 universities are participating in the workshop
A column in ‘The Statesman’ discusses about Dr. Radharani Chaudhury, who was the first to receive a doctorate degree in Economics in the country. She was a student as well as teacher in the Banaras Hindu University.
An excerpt from the article:
Arup K Datta
Sometimes people would come to see me from distances for they had heard that a woman was teaching male students in the university.
Dr. Kalikinkar Datta and Dr Radharani Choudhury who feature in this edition of my column, are both academicians and, therefore, not familiar or household names like say, film stars or cricketers.
Dr Radharani Choudhury
Few in this part of the world have heard of Dr Radharani Chaudhury, the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in Economics in the country. The name is not even familiar in the local academic circles for Dr Choudhury spent all her life in Benaras, first as a student and then as a teacher in the Benaras Hindu University. Hers is a story of courage in adversity.
Married at 17 just after her Matriculation exams, her world was shattered when her husband died aged 32 and she 23. A four-year old son and month-old daughter were her immediate concern and the strong-willed young mother was intent on bringing her two children without being a burden on any soul.
She recommenced her studies, passed IA and BA (Hons) from Calcutta University and returned to Benaras where her father lived. From BHU she passed MA in Economics with flying colours. Dr Amiya Dasgupta had already joined the BHU and headed its Economics department. He was being increasingly noted, both as an economist and teacher and Radharani registered herself under Dr Dasgupta immediately after her post-graduation.
“I am indebted to him for guiding my professional career, giving it a direction. He was a great economist who deserved the Nobel Prize as much as Arthur Louis, for both worked on the theory of labour surplus and held almost identical views on the problem. When he lectured on the history of economic thought and economic development, the classroom would be chock-a-block with students as they listened with rapt attention”, said Dr Chaudhury.
While still working on her doctoral dissertation, Dr Choudhury joined the Economics department as a lecturer. She worked there till 1982 and when she retired, the last 12 years as the head of the department.
“Sometimes people would come to see me from distances for they had heard that a woman was teaching male students in the university,” she laughed, reminiscing those good old days.
Dr Choudhury carries fond memories of her days in the American University in Washington where she spent a year under the Fullbright exchange scheme. Among others she remembers frequent visits of Anita and Martin Paff, daughter and son-in-law of Netaji who lived there at the time.
“Indian students are very intelligent but American students have a more inquiring mind, possibly the outcome of their educational system,” she said.
Talking of India’s five-year plans and development strategy, Dr Choudhury said that Dr Mahalonabis, an able statistician and captivating talker, make a khichri of planning by assigning different roles to the public and the private sectors. It just did not work. For example, the government should not have meddled with service or construction industries, for consumer focus so essential for success in these sectors, was missing in their attitude. The recent growth in GDP has little to do with our five-year plans. Urbane and cultivated, Dr Choudhury radiates a rare beauty that can come only from total fulfillment in life.
The following article was published by Prof. S. N. Sarbadhikari, (PhD Biomedical Engineering, 1995, IT-BHU). Prof. Supten is considered as pioneer in the field of bioinformatics education in India. His article was published in the online journal of Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling. His interview also appeared in the chronicle, August 2006 issue.
Moderate exercise and chronic stress produce counteractive effects on different areas of the brain by acting through various neurotransmitter receptor subtypes: A hypothesis
Suptendra N Sarbadhikari, Asit K Saha
Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling 2006, 3:33 (23Sep2006)
Dr. S N Sarbadhikari, MBBS, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
TIFAC-CORE in Biomedical Technology,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri Campus, Amritapuri,
Kollam - 690 525
Phone: 09443254872 (M)
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All the seven colleges were called for a meeting by HRD ministry on Sept. 1 at New Delhi. It was told during the meeting that no college shall be converted into an IIT. They were further informed that five colleges (including IT-BHU) shall be converted into a type of institutions, called IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology). Information about IIEST is given in the following Rediff.com article.
We have also started discussion about IIEST, called “IIEST on the way” in the itbhuglobal.org forum.
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You can view or post your comments and read about informative discussion on IIEST and related topics.
Rediff.com article on Sept. 28 titled “The IIT story: IIESTs, 3 new IITs on way”.
The article discusses about 3 new IITs and 5 new IIESTs coming up in near future. It is written by Yogesh K. Upadhyaya, chemical 1977. He is also a part of Chronicle team.
Follow the link to navigate to the article http://ia.rediff.com/money/2006/sep/28iit.htm
It is well-known that the following seven engineering colleges were chosen for possible conversion to Indian Institutes of Technology / Institutes of National Importance:
- Aligarh Muslim University -- Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh;
- Andhra University -- College of Engineering, Visakhapatanam, Andhra Pradesh;
- Banaras Hindu University -- Institute of Technology (IT-BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh;
- Bengal Engineering College, Howrah, West Bengal;
- Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi, Kerala;
- Jadavpur University's Engineering and Technology Departments, Kolkata, West Bengal; and
- Osmania University -- College of Engineering and College of Technology, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
These educational institutes were shortlisted on the basis of the recommendation of the S K Joshi Committee. To narrow down the selection and to formulate a long-term policy for the establishment of national institutes, a three-member expert committee headed by Dr M Anandakrishnan was sent to the campuses of those seven colleges towards the end of last year.
Other members of the committee were Dr D V Singh and Dr Amitabha Ghosh.
The committee held wide-ranging discussions with college heads, vice chancellors of the respective universities, and officials from the concerned state governments. The committee submitted a final report and recommendations to the Union ministry of human resources development on February 13, 2006. But meetings and discussions with concerned parties continued even after that.
The MHRD meeting
The office of the Union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) invited representatives of the seven colleges and associated universities and state government officials to New Delhi to discuss IIT/INI status on September 1, 2006. During the meeting, copies of the report prepared by the three-member panel (called the Anandakrishnan Report) were distributed and the contents were discussed.
During the meeting, the MHRD representative informed all parties that the colleges would not be called 'IITs' after conversion due to the political sensitivity of the issue.
He also said that two colleges -- namely the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and the Jadavpur University (JU) -- shall not be converted because of difficulty of separating them from the parent universities and also because of the lack of availability of adjoining space for future expansion.
For the remaining five colleges, the MHRD representative stated that all of them would be given INI status.
He further clarified that the government would like to convert them to a new system of national institutes to be called IIEST (Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology), provided they meet some requirements.
The requirements to be met for conversion to IIEST are: the institutes should be fully under central government control, admission to these institutes should be through national examinations, et cetera.
The Anandakrishnan Report
The 114-page Anandakrishnan Report discusses the potential of each college to acquire IIT-like/INI status. The report analyses available infrastructure, faculty strength, admission process, type of governance, research output, etc. for each one of them.
The report states that India needs different types of engineers and different types of colleges that can advance the frontiers of science and engineering. It also feels the need for setting up institutes, which are a blend of the IITs and the IISc (Indian Institute of Science.
The Anandakrishnan Report notes that 90 per cent of the over 1,300 engineering colleges in India offer only basic engineering degrees and that the nation needs more colleges providing masters and doctorate level degrees. The report states that such colleges should be provided adequate funding for the next five-years to lift them up to the level of IITs.
It recommends that such colleges should be fully funded by the central government, which will also control them. The colleges will admit students through national level exams. The colleges will not have any 4-year B. Tech level programmes.
The expert committee identified five colleges (out of seven) having the potential to become IIESTs, subject to meeting certain criteria.
The IIESTs will be established through an Act of Parliament. They will be accorded the status of the Institutes of National Importance (INI).
A college must be fully separated from the parent university and the respective state government, before it can become an IIEST. It will have a governance system (dean, students' council, faculty council, etc.) similar to that of the IITs. There will also be an apex body, called the IIEST Council, to coordinate activities among all IIESTs.
The college admission will be through a national level entrance examination, the exact type of examination is to be decided. It may be through IIT-JEE, AIEEE or through another common entrance examination for all colleges. The admission for post-graduate courses will be through GATE only.
This is a unique concept being introduced in India. The highlights of which are:
- The IIESTs will offer 5-year integrated dual degree (B.Tech-M.Tech) programmes in the field of engineering, 2-year M. Tech programmes (for students of other colleges), 5-year integrated M.Sc. programme in Applied Sciences and PhD programmes. The existing 4-year B. Tech programmes shall be discontinued in next five years.
- There will be liberal scholarships available to all M.Tech/PhD students and final year of five-year dual programmes.
- There will be liberal students and faculty exchange programmes with overseas universities. A substantial proportion (about 20-30%) of total students admitted to 2-year M. Tech and PhD programmes shall be international students. Foreign students will receive the same facilities and scholarships as those received by Indian students.
- A student-teacher ratio (STR) of 8-to-1 shall be maintained. The faculties shall be recruited on a national basis and minimum qualification of a faculty shall be a doctorate degree. The cadre structures, salary scales and service conditions shall be similar to those at IITs. The position of lecturers shall be minimised and considered as temporary. To attract talented faculty, housing and recreation facility shall be provided at the campus. The entire student body and faculty and at least 50 per cent of the support staff will have housing facility on campus.
- Establishment of two Centres of Excellence for each IIEST has been planned, based upon the area of its strength, and based on national needs. In case of AMU/JU, one Center of Excellence shall be established.
It is expected that by 2011, IIESTs as a group will produce 5,000 post-graduates, including 1,000 PhDs, each year.
This is the most important aspect for any educational institution to succeed. The features of MHRD's plan for financing these institutes are (approximately):
- All figures and planning for finance are for next the five years, under 11th Five-Year Plan. The funding will start from March 2007, when the formalities of establishing IIESTs are expected to be completed. The funding is projected till March 2012. After that, the annual grants may match with those of IITs.
- During the next five years, each college will receive an annual grant of Rs 45-50 crore (Rs 450-500 million). This will be of great help to many colleges, which currently receive only Rs 10-20 crore (Rs 100-20 million) per year from their respective state governments. For IT-BHU, the amount will be almost the same as it receives (Rs 45 crore a year) today.
- The colleges shall also receive a one-time funding (spread over five years) of Rs 250-300 crore (Rs 2.5-3 billion). This will be used to improve the infrastructure, including hostels, lecture halls, library, 50-100 Mbps Internet connectivity, workshops, laboratories, recreation facilities, etc. on the campus. AMU/JU shall receive Rs 50 crore for infrastructure improvement.
- Each college shall receive a total of Rs 400-550 crore (Rs 4-5.5 billion) over the next five years, including annual grant and one-time funding. Total outlay for all the five colleges is calculated as Rs 2,400 crore (Rs 24 billion) for the duration of 11th Five-Year Plan.
- In comparison, each IIT receives an average of Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion) as annual grant. It also receives Rs 20 to 40 crore (Rs 200-400 million) per year as research grant.
Three more IITs proposed
The ride to IIEST is not a smooth one for the central government or for the colleges. Before converting an institute into an IIEST, the central government has to satisfy all the concerned parties. Since colleges are just small players in the overall power equation, they do not have any say in government decision.
Similarly, universities, which depend upon state and central governments for funding and support, have a very limited say in the outcome.
In case the MHRD succeeds in convincing the respective state governments to accept this proposal, other state governments can create problems in implementing it. The central government has taken this factor into account and plans to introduce more IITs.
The Moily Committee is seriously discussing a proposal for the establishment of three brand-new IITs. The locations are not disclosed yet, but Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar are in the race. Similarly, some of the IITs are planning extension centres/satellite campuses in other states, at a cost of Rs 700-800 crore (Rs 7-8 billion).
Separating a college from the control of state government appears to be a political problem. Although a state government, which has nurtured and controlled the excellent colleges for decades, may be reluctant to relinquish control at first, they understand that central government funding is essential to improve the standards of these institutes and central government is not going to fund unless a centrally administered council manages these institutes.
However, the MHRD is trying to provide incentives to the state governments so that they relinquish control of these institutes, by proposing either to set-up brand new IITs or extension centres of an existing IIT in that state. These extension centres will become full-fledged IITs later on.
For the state of Andhra Pradesh, it means that they will have an IIT if the two identified schools are converted to IIEST. For the state of West Bengal, an extension centre of IIT-Kharagpur is being planned near Kolkata, and the state of Kerala will benefit by an extension centre of IIT-Madras that is coming up at Trivandrum.
Another issue concerns admission tests for IIESTs. As per the proposal, an IIEST must take students through IIT-JEE, AIEEE or some common entrance examination. IT-BHU is already admitting students through IIT-JEE.
The Joint Admission Board of IITs (which conducts IIT-JEE) may not allow all the four remaining colleges to its admission test. In fact, with more brand-new IITs and extension centres coming up in near future, chances are slim for other colleges to join JEE. Such colleges can opt for another reputed national level exam, called AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Exam).
About 525,000 candidates appeared for this exam this year, for 20 NITs (National Institutes of Technology) and an equal number of other colleges.
However, this will create another problem: For common admission, how to compare the ranks from both the exams? How will a group of colleges (IIEST) exist with different admission criteria?
Creating an altogether new national level examination like SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) taken by college-bound students in the United States, through which all students will be selected, can solve this problem. This way, an average student will not have to appear for three separate national examinations (IIT-JEE, AIEEE and IIESTs).
The IIESTs will offer only five-year dual degree programmes. Thus, this concept will be good for our country that is destined to become an industrial and technology leader in near future. This will provide us with a steady stream of qualified scientists and technologists.
It is also good for a student seriously interested in pursuing study in technical subjects. However, if any student wants to get a simple engineering degree just to get a job, pursue management studies, become an entrepreneur, or get a higher degree abroad, he will have to pursue his education in another institute or study for an additional year.
The annual funding for each IIEST will be less than half of that received by an average IIT, and at the same time it is expected to produce more than twice the number of postgraduates and doctorates.
A case for converting existing colleges into IITs
The S K Joshi Committee which was formed to identify institutes most ready for conversion to IITs, short-listed seven colleges for converting to IIT status after careful consideration. It is really sad to note that they were subsequently found to be not suitable.
It is possible to convert five colleges into IITs with the total cost similar to setting up a brand-new (grassroots) IIT. Also, the existing experienced faculty can be utilized to provide quality education.
Take for example: the case of Bengal Engineering College. The second oldest engineering college (after University of Roorkee, now IIT Roorkee) in the country, should have been declared an IIT a long time ago, without any need to form a committee. This college provided substantial percentage of faculty to the IITs since their inceptions.
Similarly, IT-BHU is faithfully taking students for the last 35 years exclusively through IIT-JEE; and its academic programmes, curriculum and examination methodology are mirror images of those of IITs. It has 85% faculty with doctorate degree and was placed 2nd (next to IISc) in terms of research output in 2003 in a World Bank study, commissioned by the central government. Still it has been denied the entry to join the IIT system.
In the same way, other colleges also have potential to become an IIT.
Establishing new institutions solely for postgraduate studies in engineering, science and technology is a bold approach by the government. It will take at least a decade to build-up the brand image. If the experiment succeeds, it will take the industrial growth of our country in a new direction.
Sanjay Govil (Civil 1981) is a respected opinion leader within the IT fraternity in India and is currently the Chief Information Officer of Kanbay International. In 2004, he was presented the ‘Indian CTO of the year’ by the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) Forum and Network Computing Magazine. Further, Sanjay’s leadership at Eicher won him NASSCOM’s ’The Best IT User for 2004’ award in the automotive sector.
For his bio-data, click here.
For Chronicle, Rajat Harlalka (Electrical 2005) took the opportunity to speak with Sanjay Govil to learn about his highly successful career as a management guru, executive director and as entrepreneur.
Q-1: Welcome, sir. Chronicle congratulates you for your appointment as Chief Information Officer of Kanbay International.
Thank you for your kind words. It is indeed an honor to be featured in the Chronicle. As you are probably aware I joined Kanbay in May’2006 as their Global Chief Information Officer, prior to which I was working for IBM Global Services.
Over the past several years, Kanbay has established itself as a leading provider in the Global IT services market. Founded in 1989, Kanbay International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAY) is a global IT services firm with almost 6,500 associates worldwide. Through a proven global delivery platform, we offer a highly integrated suite of management consulting, technology integration, application development, and outsourcing solutions to the following industries: Financial Services, Consumer & Industrial Products, Communications & Media, and Life Sciences. Kanbay is a CMM Level 5 assessed company headquartered in greater Chicago with offices in North America and India, as well as London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
I look forward to contributing to the company’s continued growth and success. As the company’s Global CIO my focus would be on ensuring that Information Technology becomes a strategic business enabler which can provide sustainable competitive advantage to Kanbay through the development of innovative solutions and services.
Q-2: With a degree in civil engineering, how and why you switched to information technology as a career?
Using computers to solve problems had always interested me and while doing my B.Tech degree I got my first opportunity to dabble in programming. So when Tata Motors (TELCO at that time) selected me through campus recruitment in ITBHU and offered me a career in IT, I grabbed “it” and have never regretted that decision. Over the years I have tried to continuously update my skills through self-reading, on-the job training and external training programmes (including a short-term course in IISC Bangalore). While I was working in New Zealand, I also completed a two year Diploma in Business (Information Systems Major) from the Graduate School of Business, Auckland University. The foundation, I believe, however was provided by the data analysis and problem solving skills which an Engineering degree imparts and which is so critical to a career in Information Technology.
Q-3: You seem to be at ease for starting your business as well as managing other companies. Please explain.
I have always been drawn to entrepreneurial opportunities and assignments with a high creative content (incidentally I was also a member of the organizing committee and the dramatics and stage secretary for Kashi Yatra ’81 – the first cultural festival organized by ITBHU and also the charter secretary of Leo Club BHU). Professionally the most exciting period of my life was when I first started freelancing in New Zealand and then went on to set up Infoplus Business Systems Ltd (an IT company founded by me). The initial few months were scary without the comfort of a regular salary to pay the mortgage bill and put food on the table. Suddenly I was responsible not only for technology delivery to my Clients, but also for Client engagement, new business development and financial management of the company. However, slowly, the adrenalin started pumping and fear and discomfort were replaced by a new sort of excitement of creating something from nothing. My tenure in Eicher was also similar where I got the opportunity to craft an IT Strategy for the Group and then implement state-of-art solutions enabling improvement in business processes and creation of an IT savvy organization. Eicher’s IT was recognized as a best in class through numerous Industry awards and recognition.
I don’t think I have followed any special strategy or technique in my career, other than following my instincts and trying to do my best every day on the job and being an ardent student of my chosen profession and the corporate world.
Q-4: How did you improve HR operation at Eicher?
During the early phase of implementing Eicher’s IT Strategy a lot of focus had been given to providing sophisticated IT solutions which helped make its human resources (HR) functions smooth and efficient for back-end administrators. However, the processes were far less efficient for the company’s staff. Most employees had limited access to the automated systems.
Performing HR-related activities meant filling out numerous paper based forms, routing them to multiple managers for review and signature, and sending the signed and countersigned sheets to the appropriate department—often hundreds of miles away. Even in terms of information access, employees could not easily consult the manufacturing documentation, company procedures, and quality standards since the information was not housed in a central location. The information was spread across different sources and in structured and unstructured formats. It also did not have convenient collaboration forum or corporate information repository for workgroups.
Around mid-2002 the company conceptualized a solution in the form of a self –service portal that integrated all information repositories, IT systems and other tools into a single platform for improving collaboration within the company and with its business partners, improving personnel productivity and facilitating knowledge management within the organization. The solution helped the company shorten its turnaround times for key people processes; increased productivity, lowered administration costs and increased employee satisfaction.
Q-5: You are also active in IT-BHU alumni association.
Giving something back to your alma-mater and linking up with fellow alumni is a very satisfying experience. I was indeed fortunate to get together with a few like minded alumni in Delhi to set up the Association of IT BHU Alumni (AIBA) in 2002. While the beginning was somewhat humble, the association has gone on from strength to strength and today has an impressive membership, hosts regular alumni interactions and has taken up the cause of ITBHU in various forums. The association has also been very active in pursuing the case of conversion to an IIT with the Human Resource ministry and other government departments. It now also has chapters in other cities and strong linkages with similar bodies around the world. Having moved to Hyderabad since May this year, I am unable to participate very actively, but do keep in touch whenever I get a chance.
Q-6: What advice will you give to future aspirants aiming to become executives/CIO?
I think the most important thing is not to focus too much on the ultimate destination but rather on enjoying the journey. Have a dream, believe in it, pursue it passionately and remember there is no substitute to hard-work.
Q-7: Thank you sir. We hope information provided by you will be useful to engineers who want to become leaders of corporate world.
Thank you and I wish the chronicle all the very best for the future.
Chronicle is pleased to introduce our alumnus, Mohan Kumar (ECE1984), who is a successful executive, entrepreneur, mentor and a philanthropist all rolled into one. Mohan Kumar is currently the Corporate Vice President of Motorola Inc. He was the pioneer in setting up the India center of Texas Instruments and Motorola. He has a passion to support entrepreneurial ventures and has invested in few startups. He is very active in venture forums and communities in Bangalore, India and Silicon Valley.
(For his bio-data, Click Here)
For Chronicle, Rajat Harlalka (Electrical 2005) asked few questions to Mohan Kumar, which might be of some interest to readers:
Q-1: Welcome, sir. Please provide some background info about you to our readers.
I did my B.Tech in ECE (1984) from IT-BHU. After that I joined Texas Instruments in UK to work on DSP design. I was part of the initial team, which setup TI India operations in Bangalore where I was responsible for developing DSP/IC design tools. Later in 1993 I joined Motorola to setup its Communication software operation in India. I continued my journey in Motorola till today where I setup its design operations in China, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, & Russia. Currently I am responsible for Motorola’s Mobile Design for Europe & ASIA.
Q-2: You were instrumental in setting up first center of both Texas Instrument and Motorola in India. What drove you to set up these centers and what challenges did you face?
When we started the TI India operations there was no rulebook. For example no one knew how to setup a satellite link, the box containing the satellite receivers came in a bullock cart to our office and we took 3 month to get it working! There was no Software technology parks (STP) and it took us months to explain to customs on why we are importing so many computers when the average Customs duty was 300%!
Motorola experience was different. We looked at India, Brazil & China as options to globalize our design operations and chose India since as we felt that it had maximum potential to grow as a market. Tele density in India was less than 2%. But if we look back over last 10 years China outgrew India and had 200+million mobile subscribers by 2000. India was less than 5m until 2000. Now India is accelerating and mobile subscription is growing at a rapid pace of 5M units a month!
Bangalore was lucky to be chosen by TI since Chennai & Mumbai were the lead runners for the Texas Instrument’s (TI) design operation. Motorola & HP followed to setup its operation in Bangalore because of TI. Rest as we say is History.
Q-3: Under your leadership Motorola India achieved SEI Level 5 in a record time of 2 years. What, do you think, played a crucial role in achieving this?
When we started the Motorola operations in India, we were clear of our goals. We wanted to engineer software scientifically and measure everything we do, including time spent on Specification, Coding, testing, reviews etc. Many of the software projects then had huge cost over runs, difficult to maintain and no one could predict when it will be done, even today I think we have not solved this mess!. Hence we defined a software process and automated as much as possible. We setup training programs where every engineer had to undergo our process & tools training. Software Engineering became Core competence of Motorola India. Products came next. We took the help of CMU’s SEI as our advisors.
No one believed that we will be anywhere near SEI Level 3 certification until we had completed 5 years of operation. But to the worlds surprise Motorola India was assessed at SEI Level 5 in 1994 just 2 years of its operation. This was world’s first commercial software operation to get this recognition; the others were NASA space center & IBM’s Watson Research center. The world noticed India after this event New York Times, Washington post carried front-page articles on this event; even in flight magazines of airlines carried these articles! After this event every MNC in the world queued to India to setup its design or software operation.
Q-4: How do you see the future of the telecommunication industry in general and in India in particular?
India today is at the nerve center of Telecommunication growth. It is the fastest growing market with about 5M subscribers being added every month. By 2011 India should have around 350M mobile subscribers making it one of the 2 largest markets along with China (500M). US by comparison will beat around 180M. The Analog to Digital shift (GSM/CDMA standards) made it possible to reduce overall cost of communication equipments/handsets and hence the airtime costs. This sowed the seed for growth in China and now India. It is projected about 3B+ of the world’s population will have a mobile device by 2011. The next 1B subscribers will come mostly out of developing nations.
The trend is moving from Voice to Data in matured markets now with adoption of 3G and Wi-MAX technologies. In India we might entirely bypass 3G technologies to 4G standards. 4G standards are all about wireless enabling Internet Protocol bringing the desktop Internet experience to mobiles. The key enabler is very high-speed data access (10-100MB/sec) over wireless. It is possible to do this using Wi-MAX even though technical problems like power consumption, mobile handoff in Wi-MAX still remains. We should see this mature in 2008-9.
Content Delivery over wireless is the most exciting market waiting to happen. Digital TV, Multiplayer wireless games, Music, Mobile Virtual News/Information, Location services, Mobile Commerce are high potential areas.
Q-5: Looking back, how do you feel about your days at IT-BHU?
I joined IT-BHU with trepidations not knowing what I am getting into! After the initial ragging period of 3 month, which was tough those days, I almost gave up hope that I will continue beyond my first year there! But BHU does grow on you and I started enjoying the atmosphere as time progressed. Couple of Sine Die’s helped; I had 2 in my first 2 years!
I used my BHU days to learn more on software & wireless technologies. The library was great and I used to spend most of my time there. Some of the autobiographies & books on leadership were great which inspired me and later shaped my thinking. Since I spent excessive time in library I never scored high in my exams. I felt thrilled if I got a 8.00+ GPA, which was rare!
I used to like Prof Bhattacharya’s class on Electrical and Prof Ghosh (yes on vacuum tubes!!! and transistors). They used to make the class more engaging. I used to love Prof Menon’s math’s class, he was always challenging and I got an ‘A’ grade from him (normally he does not give one!). I am not sure if anyone of them is still teaching, I would love to meet them.
Overall I have only fond memories of ITBHU, its chai shops, late night movies near Ghats, Kashiyatra’s etc. I only wish I could have enjoyed more since one of the best parts of my life was spent there.
Q-6: What advice will you give to current students/recent graduates who are involved with the telecommunication industry?
Times have changed in last 10 years. The growth opportunities are here in India and in Emerging markets like South Africa, China, Russia, and Brazil etc. The best career growth happens here. Gone are the days you have to pack your bag to USA for higher studies. My advice to you is to develop deep specialization earlier in your career, innovation is essential to success in today’s world and this cannot happen without specialization. As mentioned earlier Wireless Technology and contents/applications will be the Hi-tech growth driver for next 5-10 years. Everything that has wires today will be unwired in next 10 years.
Challenging the convention and disrupting the status quo is the key to success for any company or an individual. Developing this trait is essential to success. After all the scams over last 5 years, ethical behavior and transparency has become a necessity for a successful corporate leader.
IT-BHU needs to constantly upgrade its curriculum to adapt to the needs of the industry and emerging technology trends. Apart from technical skills students need to develop the ability to Innovate and work as a team in an increasingly multicultural workplace. These are areas where the Institute can help mold the students.
Q-7: Given your expertise in developing offshore centers, do you also intend to move toward venture capital funding?
I am part of Motorola Venture Funding activities where we evaluate and invest in technology companies. Currently we are evaluating startups in India in wireless content management and application space. We have invested in few companies in India, which are currently going through technology trials.
Q-8: While recruiting, what quality do you look for in the candidates?
We look for primarily excellence or passion in something you have done; it can be academic, project work or papers/research material. Good communication skills and ability to show that you are a team player are other factors we look for in an individual. At senior levels your prior accomplishments and good references are extremely important.
Q-9: What are the future expansion plans in India?
We are expanding our research center in Bangalore India where we will be focusing on products/solutions for India and other high growth markets. For example we are working on speech recognition technologies and its applications in mobiles. This is to enable illiterate people in village to access phone features without using keypad. We are also expanding our software centers in Hyderabad & Bangalore. We are hiring sales/marketing, strategy/analysts in New Delhi/Mumbai. We are also opening our manufacturing facility in Chennai in 2007. Overall Motorola in India will be a growth story for next couple of years.
Q-10: Thank you sir. We hope information provided by you will be useful to our readers who want to become leaders of corporate world.
While signing off I would like to reiterate golden words of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The world has plenty to offers for every man’s needs but not everyone’s greed’.
During the last decade the corporate world was full of Greed and saw many failures. The world is fast moving towards ‘profit with a purpose’ and expects its leaders to show the way. I would urge every one of you to seek your purpose in life and you would enjoy the journey.
My best wishes to all of you for a bright & happy future. You can reach me at ‘mohan.kumar [AT] Motorola [DOT] com’
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This web site http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/indexHome.php contains materials on topics released by various IITs and IISc till July 2006 and was formally launched on Sept 3, 06.
The main objective of this program is to enhance quality of engineering education in the country by developing curriculum based video and web courses (at least 100 + 100 ) and web courses (at least 115). This shall be done by IITs (Seven), IISc Bangalore and other Premier institutions.The material is meant for supplementary reading.
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I am R. K. Gupta, originally from Bombay, settled in Chennai since 1967.
Mechanical Engg- 1953 batch -roll No 4/53 (studied from 1953 to 1957)
I am trying to locate following past students - contemporaries - room mates/very close friends. I have lost contact.
- Vasant R. Kale - studied mech engg - joined 1953 - Roll No 3/53 - passed out 1958. Originally from Bombay. Settled in USA since about 1964. Mostly in New Orleans. Might have moved to California. Wife's name - Pushpa.
- Krishna K. Kudva- studied mech engg - joined 1953 - passed out 1957. Originally from Karnataka. Settled in USA for many years.
- N. K. Malhotra - studied Civil Engg- joined 1952 - passed out 1956 - 1st ranker all four years. Was lecturer at BHU for one or two years. Popularly known as Tau (father's elder brother) throughout his stay because of elderly appearance and serious outlook on life. From Delhi. Moved into cloth trading business early on after leaving BHU and had shifted to Bombay.
R. K. Gupta (Mechanical 1957)
I am a Ceramic Engg graduate of 1976 batch. I am looking for my batch Mate Uma Kant Basing who also did Ceramic in '76. Last we know of him is that he was working for Overseas Bank. Any contact detail will be highly appreciated.
We had IT 76 batch get-together, but I don't think any body could contact Basing.
Ace Refractories, Nagpur
- Thanks, wonderful, good job done.
NCC Officer at BHU (1990-1993)
- It was really heartening to go through the chronicle. Reading about hostel wi-fi project made me nostalgic - thinking about time when we used to go to the naria gate and surf for 3 Rs per minute in 1999.
Keep it up guys - your effort helps us connect to the most beautiful 4 years of our life.
Vikas Purohit (Mechanical 2000)
Head -Business Operations
Tommy Hilfiger India
- I think chronicle is getting better and better! I used to edit reverberations when in college (97-01) and must admit this is better than what was accomplished at that time, it really makes me happy. My only regret is that I am not able to contribute towards so many exciting things that are happening in our college, being busy in my start up in Bangalore.
Keep it up!
Saurabh Chandra (Mechanical 2001)
Co-Founder, Neev Technologies
Here is an interesting article published in Central Chronicle, Bhopal dated Oct. 2, 2006. The article titled “Towards mindless disaster: Reservations in Higher education” is written by Ms. Poonam I Kaushish. She is a veteran free-lance writer having written articles of national importance in leading national newspapers and magazines. Her style of writing is amazing.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Towards mindless disaster: Reservations in higher education
“Old, time-honoured traditions still dominate life in Oxford University town, built over 200 years ago. It has a total of 17,000 students from all over the world, making it a melting pot of education of the finest young brains. Manmohan Singh, Tony Blair, Bill and Hillary Clinton are all from Oxford. But imagine if they had a Moily. Oxford would have gone down the London tube faster than the terror blasts. In other words, Moily's argument does not cut ice. If a student has merit, OBC or not, none can deny him education.
The doors of good education have never closed on merit and have, indeed, always been open to merit. Former President K.R. Narayanan was poor but he made it to the LSE and not only earned for himself a name but had Prime Minister Nehru hand pick him for India's Foreign Service. So is President Abdul Kalam, a poor fisherman's son. The difference is that in India we treat these cases as an exception; at Oxford and the LSE they are the rule. Have merit, will play.
At the LSE, 1 out of 12 applicants get admission since the standards are truly taxing. Interestingly, as the Dean of Graduate Studies told me: "If a student does not make it in the first attempt, then the second time round he is eliminated in the preliminary stage itself. Simply put, first or nothing. In the midst of sprawling London, it is very unlike Oxford. “
(Chronicle adds: We have started a section called chronicle extra. It will publish articles, views, essays, news not connected with IT-BHU community. All articles are selected at random, which may be of interest to our readers. All views expressed are those of author.)
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