IT BHU Chronicle: November '06 edition
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

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From the editor’s desk
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

This issue contains, among other things, the interview with Dr. Parmeshwari Dayal (Metallurgy 1939), who still works as an independent industrial consultant. Perhaps he is the the senior most alumni still working at the age of 92 years. We also publish our interview with Nikesh Arora, VP, European Operations, Google, to find out about his successful career.

Prof. Mukhopadhyay (Meta dept.) recently visited China, South Korea and Japan for seminar/conference. He has provided us with an interesting report and wonderful photographs under “A postcard from the Far East”. We hope it will inspire many of our students to study at those great universities.

A partial list of M. Tech. 1st year students (2006-2007) is provided by Arun Kumar Mishra, currently studying 2nd year M. Tech (Mechanical). We hope this we shall be able to publish M. Tech & PhD students list next year onwards.

Last but not the least, now any one can search chronicle using Google search using the link provided in the article.

We need more news. Please send us news, events, articles, information, etc, at: chronicle[AT]

Thanking you,

The Chronicle Team

Sad news- N. S. Sivaramakrishnan (ECE 1991) - suffering from Lung Cancer
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

We are sad to know that our alumnus, N. S. Sivaramakrishnan (ECE 1991) is suffering from lung cancer and presently undergoing medical treatment. Our hearts pray for him.

We have received following email (with graphic details about Siva’s health condition) from his younger brother, Noornie Kathik , who just want to make aware his colleagues and IT-BHU community about the health condition of Siva. He has given contact info in case some one wants to contact Siva or to send a message.

Please contact Karthik at
Or phone at 98673-79206 (at Mumbai) and 080-4169-1116 (at Bangalore)

I am the younger brother of your alumnus from ECE -1991 - N.S. Sivaramakrishnan. Siva (as he was known popularly in IT-BHU) is suffering from Lung Cancer (at present - Stage 4) since May 2004. The doctors had given him just a year then but Siva has been battling the disease for last 2.5 years now. I thought it wouldn't be correct if this news is not disseminated to his batch mates/ hostel mates with whom he spent 4 long years.

The current status is that he has almost all forms chemo treatment (almost 18 cycles of chemo has been given to him). Radiation is out of question as this is in the lungs. The disease has spread to both the lungs and slowly progressing to other parts.

Siva is now at home as he cannot go out of the house. He is not employed (had to leave his job when this all started in 2004). His cognitive functions are also slowly deteriorating though he can do his chores himself and is mobile.

I just wanted to share this news on this forum. I have not even asked Siva's permission on this - he is still as positive as he has been but the facts are actually otherwise. A couple of his batch mates are aware of this but I think it makes sense to make this known to all who knew him. Shiva was quite a popular figure during his stay at IT-BHU during 1987-91. He was the lead guitarist of the Rock Group ALLOY.

Siva has been getting treatment in Bangalore and in Kolkata. Currently he is in Bangalore and at home. The doctors have put him on Supportive treatment which means he will be given some treatment in case he complains of some discomfort. The disease is spreading and almost all forms of chemo treatment have been exhausted. In other words its just wait and watch.

Siva is still hopeful there could be a miracle but the doctors have actually given up. Would appreciate that if somebody is calling up Shiva, they keep this in back of their minds

Thanks for understanding

Noornie Karthik

Electrical Engineering alumni meet-Announcement
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

A meet of alumni from electrical engineering department is planned in the month of February 2007. Please visit Prastuti site at: and share the information with other alumni.

For details, please contact Alok Srivastava at: alok.srivastava[AT]

Following introduction is taken from the above website:

The idea of organizing an Electrical Alumni Meet was conceptualized in the year 2000. It was born as a result of the need to provide a common platform and meeting ground for the vast number of members of the EE family spread throughout the world. It was felt that they should meet at least once a year nationally in order to strengthen their links with each other and to express their solidarity with their Alma Mater.

This would be an ideal opportunity for the alumni to reflect on how they can help fulfill the goals, aspirations of Electrical Engineering. Besides this it will be an awesome opportunity for the students to interact with them and get the much needed career guidance from them.

The Organizing Committee feels immense pleasure in inviting you to this Electrical Alumni Meet being held at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University on 17-18th Feb, 2007.

Starting the Journey of Cooperation, Coordination & Commitment
Let the lamp glow forever.

(Forwarded by Alok Srivastava, electrical 2000)

3rd International BHU Alumni Meet (IBAM) 2007
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

The countdown for the 3rd IBAM scheduled for January 6-7, 2007 has already started. The pace of preparations has picked up and your Alma Mater is getting ready to welcome back her Alumni with open arms.

The Swatantrata Bhavan will be the hub of all activities on both the days. It has been decided that in view of the large number of delegates and guests expected to attend the IBAM 2007. Arrangements will also be made for seating in the lawns of Swatantrata Bhavan to accommodate the overflow and close circuit T.V. facility will be made available for viewing the Inaugural Function etc
An exhibition will also be hosted at the venue the chief attraction of which will be the stalls showcasing the achievements of the various faculties & Institute. Some stalls have also been earmarked for displaying the traditional handicrafts and wares of Varanasi, which we are sure will be of special interest to the family members accompanying our delegates. Our organizing committee has also made arrangements for day trips to the city and short outstation tours to Gaya, Allahabad and Ayodhya.

We want that each delegate to IBAM 2007 should not only carry back with him precious memories of the time spent here but also some token from his Alma Mater. We are planning to publish a Diary with quotations of Mahamanaji and a calendar dedicated to our founding father. We know that the words of Mahamanaji carry a sacred importance for all our Alumni. To this end we will also be presenting our Alumni with a copy each of “Mahamana ke vichar : Ek chayan”, “A short history of BHU”, “Mahamana Sandesh” and “Mantra Pushpanjali”.

The preparations for the two day seminar on the theme “Education in the 21st Century & Mahamana’s Vision” are nearly complete.

On both the days a cultural evening has been arranged after the technical sessions are concluded with performance by guest artistes from India and Abroad in every oeuvre-vocal, Instrumental and Dance.

Last but not the least our souvenir has already gone to press. It will contain some rare photographs which have been never published before. The articles too have been chosen with great care to reflect the thought and philosophy behind every aspect of BHU-be it the Emblem, the Kulgeet, the Dhwaja or the campus Layout. We are hoping that the 3rd IBAM will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

We will feel that our efforts have been rewarded if our Alumni attend this meet in large numbers and give us an opportunity to interact with them.

Professor D. P. Singh
Professor Emeritus
Department of Mining Engineering
Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221005

Formerly, Vice-Chancellor
APS University,Rewa, Lucknow University,
UP Open University, Allahabad
Phone +91 542 2315871, 91 9335386770

Mumbai chapter of alumni association formed
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

A meet of ITBHU alumni was arranged on Sunday 5th November 2006. In all 9 people attended the meet, which was held at Food Court of Infinity Mall, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), Mumbai.

The following people attended the meet at Mumbai...

  1. Rohit Prasad (CHE 89)
  2. C P Mittal (MEC 65)
  3. Suraj Goyal (ECE 94)
  4. Amit Kulshreshta (MET 96)
  5. Rajesh Kumar Singh (EEE 01)
  6. Nitin Jain (EEE 05)
  7. Divye Rawat (EEE 04)
  8. Ravi Jakhar (MIN 04)
  9. Mohnish Bahl (04)

It was decided to form the Mumbai Chapter of by all the alumni. The 3 initial co-ordinators of the Mumbai chapter will be -

  1. Rohit Prasad (rohit_a_prasad[AT] in)
  2. Amit Kulshreshta (askullu[AT]gmail. com)
  3. Rajesh Singh (rajeshhimself[AT]

Some Photographs:

mumbaimeet1.jpg mumbaimeet2.jpg

(Forwarded by Rohit Prasad, Chem 89)

Dr. R C Gupta; Professor and Head, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, appointed as a member of Selection Committee for GurukulJyoti Award.
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006
Prof.jpgGurukulJyoti Award for excellence in education is aimed at promoting and nurturing excellence in education through identifying, encouraging and honoring all the educational institutes that have dedicated themselves to the lofty task of pursuing excellence and, in effect, propelling India to claim its rightful place in the world.

(For details about the award, please visit

India’s first GurukulJyoti award
November 2, 2006

In a move to recognise the outstanding educational and coaching institutes and their contributions to Indian education, GurukulJyoti Award (info[AT] was announced, on Wednesday November 1, 2006.
Sharmila Tagore, Film Actress and Chairperson, Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) unveiled the trophy of this National Award. Registrations for the award at a national level followed.

Speaking on the occasion, Sharmila Tagore said, “GurukulJyoti award 06 will definitely be a powerful medium to not only encourage educational institutions in India but also bring the institutions functioning at regional and rural levels, in the national limelight”.

Around 6,000 Institutions comprising management, medical, engineering, arts, commerce, law and science streams will be eligible to contest this award. For the first time coaching institutes have also being included into the competition. The criterion from screening to judging provides an equal opportunity to rural and state level small institutions and allows them the right platform to showcase their expertise.

Mr. Deepak Jetha, Chairman, GurukulJyoti Award said, “The selection procedure for the award has been drawn up in a comprehensive logical pattern with a vision to promote and nurture Excellence in Education through identifying ,encouraging, recognising and honoring at public platform all the institutions engaged in different field of Education.”

"This award would set a reference point for education institutions and allow students to find the best institution as a part of their career move. The industry is looking at it as a welcome gesture and would eagerly wait for the actual ceremony; the first ever of its kind", she added

The selection committee includes some illustrious names like, Justice.V.A Mohta, Former Chief Justice, Orissa High court, New Delhi; Padmashri Prof (Dr.) Suresh H Advani; Chief medical and Pediatric Oncologist, Mumbai; Dr. R C Gupta; Professor and Head, Department of Metallurgical Engineering BHU,Varanasi; Prof.Dr.-Ing Omkar Nath Mohanty; Vice Chancellor, Biju Patnaik University of Technology,Orissa; Dr. Vijay K Varma Director, G2 DMRL, Hyderabad.

(Forwarded by Arvind Gupta, ECE 1992)

Suresh Sachdev, (Ceramics Engineering), Director, Contract Manufacturing & Procurement Operation, Intel Corporation
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

Suresh Sachdev, Director, Contract Manufacturing & Procurement Operation
Intel Corporation

Current Affiliations:
Director, Contract Manufacturing, Procurement, and Acquisition Integration
Intel Corporation

Background and Qualifications:

Director, Contract Manufacturing, Procurement, and Acquisition Integration, (2000-Present)
Santa Clara, CA

Manages worldwide external semiconductor manufacturing, assembly subcontracting and memory suppliers with annual spends of more than a billion dollars. Also Directs due diligence and integration for acquired company operations; past acquisitions included Giga, Lightlogic, Basis, and VxTel.

  • Exceeded business needs by supporting operational requirements for all external silicon and assembly for wireless, chipset and flash products.
  • Saved over $700M in cost reductions in the last 3 years.
  • Prevented revenue loss by successfully managing business continuity challenges at subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Facilitated the Centrino program by utilizing external manufacturing to surpass manufacturing build requirements for wireless products.
  • Worked as a team member with Bain consulting, as a member of the corporate efficiency and identified cost reduction opportunities > $100M for the next 3 years in external manufacturing and direct materials.
Director, Capabilities Engineering, (1998-2000) Folsom, CA Supervised base engineering initiatives for a $2B communications prodructs business group, including commodity package development. Utilized validation procedures to introduce products within time constraints.
  • Created a successful team and drove them to become a second validation engineering group for chipset products.

General/Factory Manager, Assembly Test Manufacturing, (1996-1998)
Served as a co-manager at the company's largest assembly/test manufacturing plant with more than 4,000 employees. Oversaw commodity plant operations.

  • Initiated a $300M assembly/test factory for microprocessors within time constraints and implemented a new package technology into volume manufacturing.

  • Transferred more than 50% of mature products assembly to subcontractors and achieved output and cost reduction goals.

  • Bolstered employee morale by implementing personnel confidence-building initiatives.

Director, Manufacturing Operations and Engineering, Chipset Division, (1994-1996)
Folsom, CA

Served as a member of the management team, which initiated and developed chipset business. Oversaw manufacturing operations, engineering, and P&L for the smaller mature part of the business. Supervised a team accountable for product engineering, quality, test, and package development. Utilized contractors throughout the US, Malaysia, Israel, and Japan to meet supply needs.

  • Doubled a business's supply line within two years due to successful operational strategies and development and support initiatives.
  • Eliminated customer and product quality problems through aggressively directing quality control programs, which resulted in Intel chipsets becoming the best in class.

Previous experience at Intel included serving as a senior process engineer, program manager, and manufacturing integration manager. Critical successes included developing flash memory process, advanced interlayer and passivation technologies. Coordinated resolution of long-standing worldwide factory quality and yield challenges

Executive M.B.A., Management, PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
M.S., Ceramic Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
B.Tech (Hons), Ceramic Engineering, INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, BHU, INDIA
Member IEEE

Received three team Intel Achievement Awards and two team Intel Quality Awards

Devesh Kapur [CHE 1983] as New Director for U Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India
Arun @ Nov 17, 2006

Devesh Kapur takes over helm of UPenn's India study centre

(Photo from

kapoor.jpgAziz Haniffa in Washington, DC | October 07, 2006 10:14 IST

Professor Devesh Kapur, 47, has taken over as the new director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Advanced Study of India, succeeding CASI's founding director Professor Francine Frankel.

Kapur recently joined the University of Pennsylvania as an associate professor of political science and holds the Madan Lal Sobti Professorship for the Study of Contemporary India from the University of Texas at Austin where he was associate professor of government and Asian Studies.

Before his one-year stint at the University of Texas, Kapur for many years (from 1997 to 2005) was on the faculty at Harvard University -- first as an assistant and then as associate, -- and the year before he went to Austin, was the Frederick Danziger associate professor of government at Harvard.

In an interview with, Kapur acknowledged that he was "absolutely thrilled," to take over as CASI director because 'it is the right time with all of what is going on in India and also terms of Indo-US relations and was looking forward' to his new avatar albeit the myriad of challenges, least of all raising adequate funding for the Center, which is independent of the University.

Kapur said the Madan Lal Sobti Professorship for the Study of Contemporary India 'is attached to the person who is the director of the Center.'

He noted that when CASI was established in 1992, there was 'very little interest in India' and it was a struggle in the 1990s, but in the last four-five years it has come into its own.

Kapur, who was born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, but raised in Kolkata before coming to the US in 1983, said, his top priority will be 'to build CASI to sort of focus on policy relevant issues, but particularly those that are long-term, because the short-term is something that the think tanks do -- they can do it well.'

"But I believe long-term is where being in a University gives you the luxury to think long-term, and so, of course, we know that whether it is India's institutions or environmental issues -- all of these are long-term issues. So there is no doubt that these issues will be essentially what our focus is going to be here," he said.

However, Kapur said that CASI will still continue to sustain its programs and events with all of the seminars and workshops. "I propose to link CASI more closely with U-Penn, both academically as well as from the policy world," he said.

Currently, Kapur, who has published extensively and authored or co-authored several books, is currently completing a book under contract with the Princeton University Press titled, Democracy, Death and Diamonds: The Impact of Migration from India on India.

Kapur is an alumnus of the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University from where he received his B Tech in chemical engineering in 1983; the University of Minnesota from where he received his master of science degree also in chemical engineering (1985); and the Woodrow Wilson Center of Princeton University that conferred on him his PhD in 1994 in public policy (1994). In 2005, he received the Joseph R Levenson Teaching Prize at Harvard.

Hitesh Windlass (Ceramics Engineering) as EVP Group Co-Chair
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

EVP group is Entrepreneurship, Venture capital and Private Equity Group of Graduate School of Business, Chicago. Hitesh worked at Intel in the Bay Area and is passionate about entrepreneurship and venture capital.

hitesh.jpgHitesh Windlass
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference
Hitesh's interests lie in General Management and Venture Capital. He interned at NVIDIA Corp as a Product Manager this summer and also works for Illinois Ventures - an early stage VC fund, as a part time analyst.

Prior to GSB, Hitesh worked for Intel Corporation for five years in Supplier Management, Technology Development and Strategic marketing roles. At Intel, he co-created fourteen technological breakthroughs and recieved eight patents in various semiconductor and nano-technology based products.

Hitesh holds an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and BS in Ceramic Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (India).

As an EVP co-chair, Hitesh is responsible for organizing the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference along with Daniel Scott.

Book published by H.N. Gupta, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

A book titled "Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines" by H.N. Gupta, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, was published by Prentice Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2006.

Dr. Gupta received Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1977, M. Sc. Engineering and B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical) from Banaras Hindu University in 1970 and 1968 respectively.

Dr H.N. Gupta

Books published by Prof. Vijay Garg (Civil 1960)
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

Complete list of his publication of books and papers is contained in his bio-data.

It includes the following books and papers published in last two years:


Wireless Communications and Networking --- An Overview,” Elsevier Academic Press, 2007

Technical Paper:

  • “Power Saving in a Mobile Multimedia Terminal,” (with Lee, Moon and Chang), Proceedings of IEEE Wireless Communication & Networking Conference, WNC 2006, Las Vegas, May 2006
  • “Integration of WWAN and WLAN in Hot-spots,” (with Gordon, Lee and Moon), Proceedings of ICNEWS 2006, Jan. 2-4, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prof. Vijay Garg PhD, P.E.,
Fellow ASCE, ASME, Senior Member IEEE,
Member Russian Academy of Transport

Technical paper in Asia Miner magazine by Mining Dept.
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006


Ashok Jaiswal, S.K. Sharma and B. K. Shrivastva

Department of Mining engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

This paper deals with roof-bolt support pattern design. It contains both the conventional approach, based on RMR, and numerical approach, based on three-dimensional finite-element-method for support design. Varying parameters which are likely to influence the roof stability such as gallery width, thickness of the coal in the roof and bolt pattern were considered in the modelling of this system. Horizontal induced tensile stress was considered within this analysis. The results of the existing case were taken as a foundation to work from and compared with other models.

Please open above link to read full paper.

English for Academic Purposes in Technical fields
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

A superb article about artificial intelligence.

The article is based on clinical research done at Biomedical engineering facility at our institute. The authors acknowledges the following at the end of the article.

The author is grateful to Dr. Amit Kumar Ray, Reader, School of Biomedical Engineering, Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India) for providing necessary facilities for EEG data collection and processing for the experiment.

(Forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, EEE 2005)

MOSFET-Assisted Soft-Switching of IGBTs: A Re-Examination
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

An interesting Technical article in Planet Analog Journal. Mangesh Borage is M. Tech (Electrical, 1996) from our institute.

MOSFET-Assisted Soft-Switching of IGBTs: A Re-Examination

By Mangesh Borage, Sunil Tiwari, and S. Kotaiah
November 10, 2003 (12:00 AM EST)


A power MOSFET is almost invariably used in today's high-frequency power converter applications being a voltage controlled, fast switching and majority-carrier device. However, MOSFET's major limitation is that the on-state drain-to-source resistance (RDSon) is high and increases rapidly with the device's voltage rating. As a consequence the conduction losses are high, particularly for high power applications, limiting their application.

An Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) is a more attractive device for high power and high voltage applications. The device combines the advantages of BJT which has fixed voltage drop in the on-state, high voltage, and high current ratings and a MOSFET which is a voltage controlled majority carrier device. The major problem of IGBT for operation at high frequency is the "current tailing". At turn-off the device current does not fall rapidly but a considerable portion of the current lingers or tails for a longer time. The co-existence of tail current and high collector-to-emitter voltage of IGBT cause high turn-off switching losses. This sets the upper limit on the switching frequency of an IGBT.

Please open the link for full article.

(Forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, EEE 2005)

Reading access available to IJMOT magazine
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

Thanks to the support provided by our alumnus and editor of IJMOT magazine, Dr. Banmali Rawat (Electrical 1968), our library has access to this recently launched magazine,

This magazine will be of interest to someone studying physics/electronics particularly with reference to microwaves and optics.

This magazine is published bi-monthly, available only online. To get access, please send an email to our librarian, Dr. Navin Upadhyay at:

Please provide basic info such as your full name, branch/department and year of passout. Please also provide your mailing address, contact phone and email ID. Upon verification of information, you will be forwarded with necessary login and password to access the magazine online. The access will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.

The magazine access is open to all students, alumni, faculty and administration of IT-BHU.

The magazine also welcomes articles from faculty and research scholars. Please contact editor (Dr. Banmali Rawat) at rawat[AT]

SC notice to President as Visitor of BHU
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

New Delhi, Nov. 10 (PTI): The Supreme Court has issued notice to the President in his capacity as Visitor of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, on a petition by a Professor challenging the annulment of his appointment passed by him.

A Bench comprising Justice AR Lakshmanan and Justice Altamas Kabir on Tuesday said since the notice issued on July four could not be served on him as a mistake regarding the address occurred in the cause title, necessary steps should be taken within two weeks for amending the address.

"We, therefore, direct the counsel for the appellant to amend the existing Cause Title insofar as it relates to the second respondent (President) so as to read as the Visitor, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh," the Bench said.

The Court also sought the assistance of Solicitor General in the matter. "Since the order of the Visitor (the President of India) is questioned in this civil appeal, we feel that the learned Solicitor General should be heard in this matter," it said.

The Special Leave Petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sonkar has questioned the order of annulment of his appointment passed by the Visitor (President) of BHU on October 18, 2000

50 % languages to vanish in 50 yrs
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, November 2

“AROUND 50 per cent languages of the world will no more be with us after 50 years from now,” said Deputy Director of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL-Mysore), Prof Rajesh Sachdeva.

Addressing the inaugural function of the three-day 28th All-India Conference of Linguistics at Arts Faculty auditorium in Banaras Hindu University here on Thursday, Prof Sachdeva said languages were facing tremendous threat under present circumstances across the globe. The Linguistic Department of BHU in collaboration with CIIL (Mysore) has organised the three-day conference.

“Around 90 per cent languages of the world will no longer be with us in 150 years from now”, he said and stressed the need of a fresh survey of languages to ascertain the actual number of languages in India.

As per 1991 census of languages, there are around 10,400 languages in India, said Prof. Sachdeva and added only 3,576 languages have been rationalised. He said there was need for a fresh survey to ascertain the present status of all the languages existing in the country.

He said serious efforts were required to safeguard the languages, as language was not just a tool of communication but it could play a significant role in maintaining our rich cultural diversity. “The destiny of a nation is linked with its languages”, he added.

Prof Sachdeva said the issue of language is gaining great importance it should be given proper attention in education, “All the teachers are teachers of language”, he added.

Earlier, Dean of Arts Faculty, Prof SN Pandey inaugurated the conference and said that this conference would bring out some noble ideas to promote linguistics. Former Director of CIIL (Mysore), Padm Shree Prof DP Pattanayak highlighted the development of modern linguistics in India.

President of Linguistics Society of India, Prof. K. Rangan presided over the inaugural function.

Organising secretary of the conference and Head of Linguistics Department, Prof Raj Nath Bhat delivered the welcome address and established the theme of the conference. Prof MS Pandey conducted the programme whereas Dr Sanjukta Ghosh proposed vote of thanks.

More than 200 delegates from across the country and abroad including USA, Nepal, Germany, Thailand, Bangladesh and Yemen etc are participating in the conference.

Understanding IPR need of the hour: VC
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, November 6

VICE-CHANCELLOR of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof Panjab Singh on Monday said people should understand the implications of trade- related Intellectual Property Rights, Document and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Speaking as chief guest at a national seminar on “Patenting Biotechnology’ organised, jointly by the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and the department of Bio-technology, Govt of India, the Vice Chancellor gave a historical account of intellectual property rights, including patent, both globally and in India. Inventions are based on basic research, and it should be done after raising awareness of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) on the subjects concerned by the researcher, he said.

He added: “We should, first of all, search for other rights in the areas, which are already existing so that our efforts may not be wasted and duplicity is avoided. “Area of bio-technology in patenting is especially important because it is a multi- disciplinary area including health, agriculture,” he said. “The diseases like AIDS are a challenge before us and intellectual property management is a very important factor in this area,” he further said.

If a farmer was well conversant with IPR, then only, he could save his interest in today’s complex global IP scenario, he said.

Modern civilisation has weakened religion
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, November 6

EXPRESSING SERIOUS concern over decline in religion caused by the modern civilisation, Prime Minister of Tibet in- exile, Prof S Rinposhe described it as a great challenge before the universe and called upon people to protect religion for the cause of humanity.

Focusing significance of religion, he said, ‘Religion binds humanity while modern civilisation reflects division of the society”, he said.

Speaking as the chief guest in the valedictory session of the three-day international seminar on ‘Religion and Modern Civilisation’, Prof S Rinposhe said civilisation and religion are two sides of universe. Religion is based on conditions of mind while civilisation is based on physical elements.

“My concept of civilisation is based on Gandhian philosophy. But, unfortunately, modern civilisation shows that if you are modern and civilised, you are not a religious person. Need of the hour is to associate modernity and religion with each other,” the PM said adding that the modern civilisation has weakened the religion globally.

Speaking as the patron of the Interfaith Congress, vice chancellor of MGKV, Prof SS Kushwaha, said growing global terrorism and hatred amongst the human beings in greed of materialistic objects, is a great challenge before the humanity. The human beings have to come forward for ensuring peace on earth through the means of religion.

The V-C added, computers, industries and modern means of luxurious life are gift of science to the human beings but it has also affected adversely to the society.

On the occasion, Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi of Colorado in USA, stressed the need for adopting the message of non - violence of Mahatma Gandhi to each and every family of the society to check social disintegration. She said civilisation degrades everywhere in the world as small family members also fight with each other for money and superficial things.

On the occasion, Sai Maa felicitated the organiser of Interfaith Congress, Dr Ravi Prakash Pandey, for selecting a good and relevant topic for the discussions. An eight-point declaration of Congress was also presented by Prof Sohan Yadav of Sociology department in BHU. Yadav also extended vote of thanks to the delegates from India and abroad.

University registrar receives RTI shock
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

Complete article:

BANGALORE: A registrar has the dubious distinction of attracting the highest possible penalty for denying the right to information.

Under the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on Banaras Hindu University registrar N Sundaram.

His offence: he did not make available to applicant Dhananjay Tripathi an inquiry report on incidents leading to the death of Yogesh Roy, a student, in January.

This is the first instance where the CIC has levied the maximum penalty. The full penalty has to be paid by the registrar in the form of a DD within 15 days.

If he fails, the V-C will recover the penalty amount from Sundaram's salary as per CIC's directive. The commission noted: "The only contribution of the registrar in meeting the requirement of the applicant was delay and denial of information. He has never spelt out the valid grounds of rejection of the applicant's request."

The CIC held the submissions made by the registrar in response to the show-cause notice as "quite superfluous and explains nothing."

Sundaram had given a 9-point reply. Tripathi filed an application under RTI seeking the inquiry report of professor Harikesh Singh.

This probed into incidents on January 11 and 12, 2005, including the death of Roy, a student at Sir Sunder Lal Hospital attached to the university.

But Sundaram, who is in charge of administration and the appellate authority under RTI, rejected the application and the subsequent first appeal.

He also communicated his reply 86 days after the date of the application, which is almost two months after the statutory 30 days.

Tripathi appealed before the CIC and the registrar was directed to provide the inquiry report within 15 days. But BHU V-C Panjab Singh told the commission that the university's executive council had resolved not to accept the findings of the report.

Still, the commission directed the V-C to make public the report with the proviso that the university had rejected it. But the report was never made available.

International Tractor to foray into car-making
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

The article in states that International Tractor will seek know-how for hydrogen cell from BHU:

Complete article:

International Tractors Ltd (ITL), makers of Sonalika tractors, is foraying into all segments of car making and would announce its tie-ups with global giants in this sector within the next six months, its Chairman, Mr L.D. Mittal, said hereon Tuesday.

"The Sonalika Group is already in talks with global companies. We are not, however, going to make a Rs 1 lakh car or compete with the Tatas in this segment. We will be watching how they fare with their product and then enter all the segments of car-making," he told reporters.

Tractor.jpgAlready, the company's prototype based on hydrogen cell has been tested by scientists at Benares Hindu University (BHU) some 18 months ago and preparations are on for its commercial production, Mr. Mittal, who is also the Chairman of the upcoming International Cars and Motors Ltd, said.

"We have a number of investors lined up. But we will root only for those who provide us the latest technology as well."

Last month, the President, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, appointed Mr Mittal as a Honorary Consul-General of Macedonia (Eastern Europe) in India.
The Group, with a turnover of Rs 3,000 crore, including revenues to the tune of Rs 1,200 crore in tractor segment, as on March 31 this year, has seen 10 per cent of its stake picked up by Citibank, 12 per cent by Yanmar of Japan, which also provided technology free of cost, and 10 per cent by 3i of the United Kingdom in recent times. Its latest offering, Rhino, an eight-seater, multi-utility vehicle tractor with an average mileage of 16 km to a litre of diesel, equivalent of a motorcycle's fuel consumption, stood fifth in the 104-car Himalayan Rally recently.

Mr Mittal said his company, the third largest tractor manufacturer in India with sale of more than 32,000 tractors in 2005-06, was growing at a 25 per cent rate annually. In a decade of its existence, it sold 1.60 lakh tractors in India and was now exporting to a number of countries, including Nepal where it is the market leader.

To double output

Now, with its Hoshiarpur plant in Punjab running to full production capacity of 40,000 tractors annually and the company setting to double its output, it is going to set up an additional unit, probably in Himachal Pradesh to avail itself of tax reliefs, with an investment of about Rs 200 crore in a few months from now.

Mr Mittal said the tractor market in India was 3.50 lakh vehicles per annum. India is set to increase its current ratio of 11 tractors per 1,000 hectares gradually, the world ratio being 34 tractors per 1,000 hectares.

In Gujarat, having a market of 22,000 tractors annually, the company has 60 dealers. It sold 3,000 tractors in the State last year and has set a target of 5,000 tractors this year.

Taken from Business Line

Prof. N. K. Mukhopadhyay: A postcard from Far East
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

We are pleased to publish the report of Prof. N. K. Mukhopadhyay’s visits to universities in China, and in Far East countries, namely Japan & South Korea. He visited universities for attending seminars/conferences and as a visiting professor. His report also includes details about cities and local places he visited. The report includes some links as well as five breath-taking photos. We hope that our readers will enjoy the report in its every detail. We also hope that it will also inspire some of our students to plan their future study at these great universities.

A report on the visit to Korea, Japan and China

N. K. Mukhopadhyay
Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 005, India,
E-mail: mukho_nk[AT]

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (June/July, 2006)

Yonsei University is a modern institution located in Seoul. The university was established in 1885 with an educational mission based on the Christian principles of truth and freedom. On March 1, 1919, Koreans calling for an end to Japanese rule staged a national protest. Throughout the following years, this university remained the center of nationalist thought and resistance against Japan's colonial policy. The Yonsei University lies at the north end of Sinchon, where many Yonsei students join other college students from nearby Ewha Women's, Sogang, Hongik, and Kyunggi Universities for shopping and nightlife activities. There are possibilities for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate studies for Indian students. However, the opportunities are more for the students for PhD and Post-doctoral fellows. Next year an Indian postdoctoral fellow (who has completed PhD in BHU, Physics) will join the centre.

Dr. Mukhopadhyay was invited as a visiting professor for a month to be with the centre for Non-Crystalline Solids (June-July, 2006). He gave 2 lectures and interacted with the students and faculties of the centre (Figure 1). There are many advanced research are being undertaken in this centre. Some collaborative research work on bulk metallic glasses has been taken up jointly. The work atmosphere is also very good. Dr. Mukhopadhyay also visited Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), which is located in Seoul. He interacted with Prof. J.H. Park who is working on superplastic forming. He is keen on having Indian students for PhD program. This year one student from BHU, Met. Engg (Ritesh Sachan) has applied. It is hopeful that he will get through and initiates his PhD work from 2007 spring session. It was felt that there are good opportunities for Indian students to pursue higher studies in Korea. Initially one may face the problem of language, as in general Koreans are not very well conversant in English. However that can be overcome within a short period due to their friendliness, support and respect for Indian students as well as other advantages.

II. APERIODIC 2006 (JAPAN) (September 2006)

Dr. Mukhopadhyay visited Japan in September to attend the conference Aperiodic'06, which is the fifth International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, organized under the auspices of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Commission on Aperiodic Crystals. It is important to mention that this conference was organized in BHU, Varanasi in 1988 organized by Prof. P. Ramachandra Rao, Prof. S. Lele and Prof. D. Pandey. Prof. D. Pandey of School of Materials Science and Technology, It-BHU is continuing as a member of the International advisory body of this conference. Prof. A. Yamamoto (National Institute of Materials Science, Tsukuba) and Prof. A. P. Tsai (Tohoku University, Sendai) organized this conference from 17 to 22 Sept. 2006) at Miyagi Zao Royal Hotel, on the mountain of Zao, Miyagi. This place is about one hour by bus or taxi from Sendai station and located 350 kilometers north of Tokyo on the pacific coast side. It is conveniently accessible from Tokyo by the super express "Sinnkannsenn” train (which is known as bullet train).

There were 130 papers scheduled for oral presentation and for poster presentation, which discussed on the subjects such as Mathematics and physics of Aperiodic crystals, Crystallography, Structures, Defects, diffuse scattering, Morphology and Growth, Phase transitions, Phonons and Phasons, Properties, Interfaces and Surfaces, and Applications. Single oral session is planned. The total number of papers received is around 130, among which 63 presentations are oral. Details of the programme and abstract titles are available in the website: The technical papers, after a paper review, will be selected for publication in a special issue of Philosophical Magazine. There were 4 Indian participants in this conference. They are U. D. Kulkarni (BARC), K.L. Sahoo (NML), N.K. Mukhopadhyay (BHU) and S.K. Chaudhuri (Rohtak). Dr. Mukhopadhyay presented 2 papers in this conference. Dr. Mukhopadhyay visited Green Lake on top of the Zao Mountain. This lake has been created from a volcanic irruption (Figure 2). He also visited Yamaderra temple (Famous Buddhist temple in Zao) (Figure 3). The water of the lake is enriched mostly with Cr ions and it is found to be poisonous. Therefore, there is a provision to see this scenery from a distance only. These places are highly crowded and famous for tourist attractions.

After attending this conference, Dr. Mukhopadhyay was invited by Prof. A. Inoue, Director of the Institute, for three days to Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University, Sendai, which is worldwide known for its excellent work on materials research. A lecture on ‘Micro and nanoindentation of materials’ was delivered in IMR on 22nd September 2006. Dr Mukhopadhyay also interacted with the students, faculty members of the Institute. During his visit he was taken care of my Prof. Y. Yokahama (Figure 4). The lecture was appreciated by the students and the researchers. It can be mentioned that Dr. Mukhopadhyay has recently published an authoritative review article on nanoindentation (International Materials Reviews, vol. 51, (2006) pp. 209-245; July/August issue). Most of the discussions were revolved around the various issues of this review article. The collaborative research work on the nanoindentation of bulk metallic glasses was discussed. There are several students who are doing PhD or post doctoral work in Tohoku University. There is also a provision for the students for short term visits depending on the mutual interest. Dr. Mukhopadhyay visited along with the Indian postdoctoral students to an Indian Restaurant located near the Sendai station. It seems that the Indian restaurants are becoming popular day by day here.


Dr. Mukhopadhyay attended and gave an invited talk at the 4th Asian Workshop on Quasicrystals (AWQ4) organized by Prof. C. Dong of Dalian University, China. This conference was held in Xian, China during 25-28 Sept, 2006. The aim of the series of the workshop was to exchange the latest development on Quasicrystals research in Asia. There were many experts in this area, who presented and work (Figure 5). Besides Dr. Mukhopadhyay, Prof. K. Chattopadhyay (IISc, Bangalore) attended this conference from India. The issues which are discussed in this conference include: (a) Metallurgy: synthesis, phase diagram, crystal growth, corrosion; (b) Structure: model, related clusters, approximants, mathematics of quasiperiodicity, symmetry; (c) Phase stability: stabilization mechanism, phase transformation, (d) Defects and dynamics: phasons, dislocations, diffusion , (e) Properties: Electronic, magnetic, thermal, elastic and plastic properties, tribology, (f) Applications: catalysis, composites, coatings, thermoelectricity. There is possibility that the next conference will be organized in BHU.

The visit of Dr. Mukhopadhyay to Xian was very short. However, some brief information of Xian can be mentioned here. It is interesting to see that Xian (located close to Sanghahi), records the great changes of the Chinese nation. Xian is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xian's 3,100-year development, 13 dynasties such as Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang placed their capitals there. The palace can be seen in the photograph. Actually, Xian enjoys equal fame with Athens, Cairo, and Rome as one of the four major ancient civilization capitals.



Figure 1: Yonsei University (with Prof. D.H. Kim and his group, “Centre of Non-crystalline Solids”), Seoul, Korea


Figure 2: On the top of Zao Mountain, Miyagi, Japan: famous green lake created after volcanic irruption.


Figure 3: Yamadera Buddhist Temple in Miyagi, Japan


Figure 4: With Prof. Y. Yokayama, Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai.


Figure 5: Conference Delegates in Xian, China (Dr. Mukhopadhyay is in 6th position from left in second row)

Online lecture Notes
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

The things are changing at our dear IT BHU.

A new initiative has been started by Dr. A. K. Mukherjee & Dr. Indrajit Sinha of the Applied Chemistry department where they have led the way in utilizing the latest technologies to provide better quality of academic inputs to the students.

They have made their class notes for Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics available online. Now, their students don't spend precious classroom time scribbling notes but rather in discussing various intricacies of the subject. A similar initiative by Prof. K K Shukla of Computer Sc. & Engineering department aims to create a local computer network at a department level which could then become the nerve center for the department and share documents, notes, assignments etc online.

All these efforts bolster the need for creating the intranet at the Institute which would ultimately lead to better utilization of the network being developed by BHU and various departments.

This is an initiative that holds lots of potential and with other faculty members joining this effort lots of easy to understand information would be available to the students online and may ultimately lead to multi department project initiatives by the students.

Click the links for the detailed profiles of the faculty members.

Partial listing of M. Tech. 1st year students (2006-2007)
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

We are pleased to publish the partial listing of 1st year M. Tech students, who joined our institute this year. This detailed list was compiled by Mr. Arun Kumar Mishra, (M. Tech. 2nd year Mechanical).

The list is partial, as it covers only 9 departments at our institutes. Other departments will be covered shortly.

It is remarkable that Arun took up this challenging work on his own. As he states: “I will try my level best to organize the postgraduate students into a one body, so that coordination and cooperation among us increases.” He adds: “I was interested in direct interaction with our juniors. The data collection work is progressing slowly, as I would like to personally meet each of the first year M. Tech. students and establish a solid network. That way our future batches will continue this data collection work and post-grad students find a respectable place in our community.”

It is Chronicle’s effort to serve all the segments of IT-BHU community and let their voice heard across the society.

In the following paragraphs, please find a partial list of 1st year M. Tech. students. It can be seen from the list that students from all over the country have come to study at our institute. We welcome all the freshers of M. Tech. and also appreciate the pioneer work being done by Arun and his colleagues. Arun will be joining Cognizant Technology Solution India Pvt. Ltd. after completion of his study. We wish him success in his career. ___________________________________________________________________________

Details of 1st year M. Tech. students
For the list (partial) of 1st year M. Tech. students, click here.


  1. The list covers nine main departments: Ceramics, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Material Science, Mechanical, Metallurgy and Mining Engineering. Computer Science dept. does not offer M. Tech. course.
  2. The list was prepared by visiting each hostel and personally contacting each M. Tech. student for information. There are some students who have left the course after joining; hence the list contains only the details about present students.
  3. The list contains info of only those students who provided info.
  4. The data about 1st year M. Tech. students of Bio-chemical, Bio-medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering will be collected and published shortly.
  5. Table-1 Number of students for 1st year M. Tech. students (2006-2008)

    Table 1: Number of 1st year M. Tech. students

    Sr.No. Department No. of Students
    1 Ceramics 10
    2 Chemical 20
    3 Civil 18
    4 Electrical 32
    5 Electronics 22
    6 Material Science 1
    7 Mechanical 36
    8 Metallurgy 6
    9 Mining 2
    Total 147

    1. This is only a partial list covering nine departments. Remaining departments shall be covered shortly
    2. Only those students who provided necessary info are covered.

Jhankaar Leaves IT Immersed in Music
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

Jhankaar, IT BHU’s music and dance competition enthralled all on the 11th and the 12th of November. This year IT-Gymkhana’s cultural wing decided to also merge the Fachcha Music Competition with it.

NDVD_011.jpg NDVD_005.jpg NDVD_106.jpg11th November was devoted to the Fachcha Music Competition .G-11 was packed way beyond its capacity and all who made the trip were swinging to the rhythm of the music. A soul-shaking performance by Tanushri Tyagi from Metallurgy won her the first prize in the vocal music category. As always the main attraction of the event were the dance performances. The first yearites pulled off some complex moves in the solo dance category, whereas the highlights of the group dance were coordination and synchronization. The dance by Metallurgy students won special admiration for their expressions. In the solo event Ritika kapoor from Biochemical bagged the first prize, Ritika from Pharmacy and Praneet from Civil had a share of the spoils with the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. It was job well done by Mechanical in the group dance category as they took the top spot followed by Electronics and Civil.

If the Fachcha Music competition was awe-inspiring the main event on the 12th was breathtaking. There were blazing hot performances in both the music and the dance categories in Swatantra Bhawan. The Fachcha event on the previous day had really warmed the appetite of ITians as they turned up in huge numbers and almost completely filled Swatantrata Bhawan. The food stalls outside were indicative of the amount of toiling done by the organizers.

With a lot of zest and vigour the singers of IT-BHU set the evening alight with their performances. The works of some maestros like AR Rehman, Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar were performed and frankly speaking one had to stress a lot to point out any considerable difference. Vivek and group won the top spot amidst heavy competition. The budding instrumentalists in IT also showed their mettle as the had the audience humming the tunes they played all the way. Prashant from 2nd Industrial Chemistry won the hearts of the audience (and the judges too, needless to say) with his performances on the guitar and won first prize.

After these fabulous vocal and instrumental performances it was the time to start rocking with dances. Most of the performances were adaptations from contemporary dance steps but Shreya form 1st Mining made a big impact with her performance based on Bhartnatyam. All music festivals in Banaras seem incomplete without a performance on “Khaike Pan Banaras Waala”, so the team from 2nd Electronics completed the formality. The performances were so magical that the audience didn’t even blink in between. There was hardly a second when audience did not have the urge to start dancing themselves (many gave in to their urge). After the competitive performances Suyash from 2nd electrical and Deepash Soni from 3rd Chemical gave an informal performance which unanimously won requests for an encore. Shreya from 1st mining won the first prize in the solo category and Ankit Sharma and group were crowned the best in the group dance category.

In the end Chandan Sharma, General Secretary IT-Gymkhana Cultural Wing gave the valedictory speech. Jhankaar had left its impact on IT, one could feel it heat up the two November evenings.

These are the best photos we could get

Reported by Dishank Gupta, 1st Biomedical

Tech-Quila competition
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006


It was one time where one could get to see football being played in the tennis court. The IT Tennis courts probably witnessed its largest audience, when the first-years amassed to watch, and take part in Tech-Quila, an event organized by TAC (Technical Activity Centre) especially for them.

In Tech-Quila, the creativity didn’t stop with the name. Conceptualized with an aim to provide a level playing ground for first years and to provide a prelude to Technex, Tech-Quila set the stage for the final show in Jan. Robosoccer was the name of the game, and the mission of the participants was to make two robots, one with an attacking mechanism, and one with a defending mechanism, a football simulation. A few rules were set, but none that prevented innovation.

Hats off to the first yearites. They met the challenging task of making their first robot with zeal and came up with rather interesting mechanisms for their attack and defense. Although not much time was given, they showed great enthusiasm and interest in making their robots and were constantly pestering their seniors for guidance, of which they received ample. Their seeds of effort bore fruit, in the arena on the 31st of October, when they locked horns in the field (a few, literally!).

The games were a big success. Encouraged by their classmates who had come to watch, quite a few teams put up rather laudable performances. There were a few one sided games but a lot of the games had nail biting finishes. There were even a few penalty shootouts! The best times in the game was when the ball stopped agonizingly close to the goal, with either team struggling desperately to maneuver their robots to hit the ball. In all, 20 teams took part in the competition, and the team which emerged the champions was the team from Computer Science and Engg. who called themselves “Dragon”. During the course of the event, the Technex Team unveiled its mascot, Technu, and also gave a presentation of Technex’07. The event went well into the night, and it was almost 2 a.m when “Dragon” was finally crowned winner of Robosoccer.

(Reported by S.Vignesh, 2nd Material Sci and Tech)

The Faccha Skit
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

All the World’s a Stage and all Freshers are Actors

Reported by Ankit Khanna 2nd Engineering Physics
Photos by Hardeep Singh, 1st Engineering Physics

New Picture.jpgIT-BHU has a long standing tradition of excellence in theatre and it was prolonged on Sunday, October 29. IT students thronged G-11 to witness the 2006 edition of the Fachcha Skit competition. The Fachcha Skit Competition is an annual fixture on IT’s extra curricular calender, it serves to expose the first year students to acting, script writing and other theatrical activities. There was barely any standing room left in G-11 as the budding thespians of the first year put on grand display.

The judges for the evening were “Dada” Vishwanath Bose, who has been guiding IT students in theatre for over a decade; Mr Anjani Kumar Rai, a student of 4th year Ceramics and a stalwart of theatre in IT; and Mr Vipul Shukla, a visiting theatre expert. There were 10 skits performed in all, all about 15 minutes in length. All branches participated, with smaller branches(integrated M-techs, Dual Degrees and Pharmacy) grouped with larger ones. The groupings were predefined.

A great innovation this time by the theatre wing was that they introduced offstage fillers- mono-acting, mimicry etc- in between skits. All teams participating in the skit competition were required to make one filler lasting about 3 minutes. The skits were all based on original ideas and were of humorous or satirical genre. They encompassed a wide-variety of subjects-from college life to reality shows. The ovation that some of the skits received was deafening.

First year students worked for several days along with seniors from their branches to prepare themselves for the event.

Skit Competition results:

First: Engineering Physics and Electronics
Second: Mechanical
Third: Biomedical, Biochemical and Civil

Best Filler: Engineering Physics and Electronics

Opulence Kicks off with Pragyan
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

Opulence is IT-BHU’s yearly management fest organized by the Industry-Institute Partnership Cell(IIPC) IT-BHU. To prepare students for the main event to be held from the 12 to the 14 of January 2007, Team Opulence conducted a workshop series-Pragyan-on the 14th and the 15th of October 2006 in G-11. The workshops were conducted by Mr Pramod Joshi, an alumnus of IT-BHU and IIMB, and Mr Rajat Dutta, an alumnus of IT-BHU and IIMC. Both men have extensive industry experience in India and abroad.

Pragyan got underway on October 14th before a packed G-11. The audience comprised of students from the Faculty of Management Studies, BHU; the School of Management Sciences, Varanasi; the Faculty of Statistics, BHU; Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, BHU and the Faculty of Fine Arts, BHU besides the students of IT-BHU. The first workshop was on Case studies conducted by Mr Pramod Joshi. A power failure brought a premature end to events on the 14th of October and one workshop was postponed till the 15th.
The events on October 15th commenced with Mr Rajat Dutta conducting a workshop on Buisness Plan writing. Think Without Ink – a special workshop on analytical reasoning and problem solving by Mr Pramod Joshi, intended to help students prepare for CAT and other examinations, followed. The events ended with a Q&A session on business communication conducted by Mr Pramod Joshi.

(Reported by Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engineering Physics)

First Yearites Announce Themselves, Quite Literally
Arun @ Nov 16, 2006

The weekend of Oct 14-15 belonged to the budding orators of the first year as they set G-11 alight with their words. The Fachcha Debate and the Litzkrieg were conducted on these dates and the participation received was enthusiastic. The Fachcha Debate and the Litzkrieg have been two important first year activities on IT’s schedule for some time now. Both are aimed at improving the communication skills of new students and instilling self confidence in them. The Fachcha debate is all about preparing students for formal declamations whereas the Litzkrieg is more light-hearted and teaches students to talk amusingly on anything under the sky.

The activities kicked of with the debate prelims on Oct 14, which received about 50 participants. The topic chosen was “The Government’s Reservation Policies in Educational Institutes are justified”. The topic was very relevant and appropriate and the first yearites proved with their well thought out arguments that they are thoroughly informed about recent events. The standard of debating was excellent. 14 of the best speakers then battled it out in the debate finals, on the topic “The Power of Clemency should be withdrawn” on Oct 15. The topic was very challenging and sensitive but the first yearites were up to the task as they raised thought-provoking points with maturity and responded to interjections with astuteness.

The intense discourse in the debate was followed by witty exchanges during the Litzkrieg. The first yearites had a sizeable audience laughing all the way during the jam, the extempore and the lat-i competitions.

As always the juniors were backed by a committed group of seniors as they did everything they could from conducting workshops beforehand to giving pep talks at the event.

(Reported by Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engineering Physics)

Update on IIEST front
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006

There appears to be a slow-down on the IIEST front. This is because there is a resistance from the respective govt. to completely hand over their colleges to central govt., as required for upgrade to IIEST. The states are also worrying about losing admissions opportunity for the state students, once the admission is started on national level for IIEST. Following colleges are short-listed by Anandakrishnan Committee for upgradation to IIEST status:

  1. IT-BHU (central govt.)
  2. Bengal Engineering College (West Bengal govt.)
  3. CUSAT University (Kerala govt.)
  4. Osmania University (Andhra govt.)
  5. Andhra University (Andhra govt.)

As per the agreed time-table, the process of converting a college into IIEST in expected to be over by around March 2007, and admission should start to the IIESTs by next year.

Following news reports are pertaining to IIEST debate:

  1. JU status shift shelved
  2. Conditional nod for Cusat upgradation
  3. Proposal to convert engineering college into IIT opposed
  4. Campus upgrade on track

Most of the above news are not to be taken too seriously, as the state govts. may be trying for a bargain with the central govt.

P.S. According to our informed sources: On October 18, HRD Ministry has forwarded application for setting up five new IIESTs to Planning Commission for funding purpose.

Disclaimer- The above views are my personal views, and do not reflect that of our institute.
Yogesh Upadhyaya (chemical 1977) registration crosses 5,000 mark
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006

We are pleased to inform you that registration of alumni, students and faculty for our organization has crossed 5,000 mark this month. We feel that with Institute churning out hundreds of graduates/post graduates every year, there is a huge network of ITBHU alumni who are not yet connected. Hence, a scope for considerable growth in membership numbers as well.

We request those who have not registered yet, to visit the home page of our website (, enter the necessary details on left-hand side dialog box and register. Moreover, spread this word around other alumni who have not registered yet.

With more members, we can strengthen our hands and can take up more Alumni funded projects like Wi-Fi, Hostel construction etc. Registered members can also get chronicle emailed to them each month. The registration is open to all students, faculty and alumni of Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University. In case of any difficulty in registering, please email to editor[AT] launches a JOBS forum !!
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006 is starting yet another service for the benefit of its alumnus & students.

We now have a forum dedicated to Jobs. Alumni can post the job openings on this forum and we will capture all new job openings every month in the chronicle.

The openings posted this month are from the following corporations

    Full time:
  • Target Corporation US (Bangalore)
  • Arch Design Corporation (Bangalore)
  • (Seattle)
    Part time:
  • Online work for anyone with good programming skills.

So incase you company is recruiting either full time / part time or for internships then please put up a post on the job portal. This would be great way to reach out to a wide audience and would help multiple students in the Institute as well who are looking for summer internships.

Link:JOB Forum

IT-BHU in Co-op Google Search
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006

Now search chronicle articles using the power of Google search for IT-BHU related search.

Now you can try specific search for any name or event related to IT-BHU or any information/news items published in website, including chronicle.

This search link is created by Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003)and maintained by Puneet Bindlish (MIN 2002).

For any related queries/ volunteer effort, please contact Puneet (puneet.bindlish[AT] or Animesh (animesh.pathak[AT]

Profile: Dr. Parmeshwari Dayal [MET 1939]-Down the memory lane
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006

Chronicle is privileged to have a discussion with one of our senior-most alumni, Dr. Parmeshwari Dayal. While still working in the engineering consulting field at the age of 92 years, he is perhaps the only senior alumni active at such age.

Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977) talks with Dayal Sir and his son Ram Chandra (Met. 1979) to find out more…..

ProfPDayal.jpgQ-1: Welcome Sir, It is nice to know that you are one of the oldest alumni of our college. Please let us know about your study at IT-BHU.

I was born in 1914 in an Aggarwal family in a small village – Fazalgarh, near Modinagar in Western UP.

I walked daily 4-5 miles to the primary school. After matriculation from Dev Nagri High School in Meerut in 1933 I went to BHU, Varanasi. I passed my Inter Sc. in 1935, standing second in the University.

I was admitted to the then Dept. of Mining & Metallurgy on the basis of merit. I took Metallurgy (on my own decision) & completed the course in 1939 standing first class first. There was no ragging at that time. Class size was small with about 8-10 students. Prof. NP Gandhi & Dr. Daya Swarup have been a great guiding force in shaping my career.

I went to USA in 1946 on a Govt. of India scholarship and did my Masters in Met Engg. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. I completed my PhD in 1956 from BHU while teaching in the Dept. of Met.

Q-2: It is amazing to see you remaining active in engineering related work. What motivates you to work at this age?

During 1966-73 I was the Chairman of the Delhi chapter of the Indian Institute of Metals & Organized several international seminars and conferences. I have been a member of selection boards / committees of the UPSC, several universities, IIT Delhi and the Education ministry for foreign scholarships.

After retirement from the Govt. in 1973 as Senior Industrial Advisor (Metals), I established a consultancy firm for Metallurgical Industries. These activities generated the interest for keeping in touch with the technological developments and have kept me busy after retirement.

Q-3: You have very impressive bio-data. It seems you joined IIT Kharagpur as a professor, when it was established. How was the campus atmosphere at that time?

I was at IIT Kharagpur as Asstt. Professor during 1956-57. With Govt. support it had a big campus well equipped labs, high caliber faculty including one German & one Russian professor. Students were disciplined and well behaved. There was lot of freedom in selecting the syllabus & the process of examinations. The IITs had a good reputation in India and abroad.

Q-4: You have undertaken many international work assignments, including those from United Nations. Which assignment do you think was your favorite?

Out of my several international assignments the following 2 have been the most challenging:

  • 1965 – I was one of the 3 experts (one from Japan and one from Taiwan) for the preparation of a report on the “Aluminum Industry of the South East Asian Region” at Bangkok for a month.

  • 1974- UN assignment for preparing a feasibility report for the establishment of an aluminum project in Costa Rica for a month.

Q-5: In what way do you think the education today has changed from your days?

There have been a lot of technological advances in the field of Metallurgy with the application of X-Rays, Electron Microscopes, computers etc. The techniques and tools of education have much advanced as compared to the earlier days.

Q-6: You have also found your consulting company. Please tell us more about it.

My consultancy unit “Dayal Industrial Consultants” has been a very small unit mostly with personalized services. The work consisted of preparation of feasibility reports for new projects, demand surveys & advice on process technologies. My son, Ram Chandra has been associated with me after doing his B. Tech in 1979 also in Met Eng. from IT-BHU. I used to take assistance from other consultants on contract basis as and when required, as each project has its own specialty.

Q-7: Lastly, please tell us about your family, your health, etc.

I am the youngest of the four brothers & 3 sisters. My late three elder brothers were engaged in agriculture & business. There was no school in the village. My father established a lower primary school for me and other children. He also assisted in building a temple where I was induced to worshipping in the childhood itself.

My father desired that I should study well & achieve a high official position. The guidance came from teacher’s, senior students & well wishers during my education and employment.

I have kept reasonable good health. I have been very conscious of my diet and exercise. I was married in 1941. My wife has been a great help in my success, education of children and family well being. We had 4 daughters and one son. She was from a zamindar family and with a very broad and progressive outlook. She was instrumental in seeing that all the children studied well. My eldest daughter is MA, 2nd, 3rd and 4th are all doctors and reputed in their own fields. My son Ram Chandra (youngest) is B. Tech in Met Eng. from BHU – IT – 1979 batch. All our grand children from the daughters’ are doctors and the children of Ram Chandra are studying - Elder Son at IIT-Madras, Daughter in Jewelry Design at NIFT Ghandhinagar, and youngest son at DPS RK Puram New Delhi

Above all it has been the WILL of GOD that has taken me upon the path of growth and a long joyful working life.

Q-8: Thank you, Sir. It was nice to talk to you.

Thanks for the interest shown in me.

For bio-data of Dr. P. Dayal, please click here.

Profile: Nikesh Arora [EEE 1989]- The Heart of Google’s hum in Europe
Arun @ Nov 15, 2006

Nikesh Arora (EEE 1989) is currently the VP, European Operations, Google and is a pivotal member of the senior management team at Google. He is the de facto point man for the company's strategic and development plans across the continent and in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, he was Chief Marketing Officer and a Member of the Management Board at T-Mobile. He started working with Deutsche Telekom in 1999, during which time he founded T-Motion PLC, a mobile multimedia subsidiary of T-Mobile International. Prior to his career at Deutsche Telecom, Mr. Arora held management positions at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments in Boston.

Mr. Arora holds an MS and CFA certification from Boston College, and an MBA from Northeastern University, all of which were awarded with distinction. He has served on the Adjunct Faculty at both Boston College and Northeastern University, developing and teaching courses in business turnarounds, corporate workouts and financial management.

(For his bio-data, please visit

Nikesh (small).JPGFor Chronicle, Rajat Harlalka (Electrical 2005) took the opportunity to speak with Nikesh Arora to learn about his highly successful career as a management guru, executive director and as entrepreneur.

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

I graduated from IT-BHU in 1989. I remember getting off the bus with a friend from Delhi and stopping at the crossing by Dhanrajgiri and immediately being accosted by seniors. That was almost 20 years ago – since then I went on to an MBA, Masters of Finance and CFA. I have also worked in various continents. But my days at IT-BHU helped define and shape everything I have done – giving me the confidence to address new challenges and make the most of the opportunities I have been offered.

Q-2: Please provide an overview of the operations of Google in Europe and the different challenges in front of it.

Google is all about helping to democratize access to human knowledge. We provide products and services – like search, email and maps - which help people create, organize and communicate information. Our advertising business – which matches adverts to key words – gives people highly targeted information at the time they are looking for it. It works for both advertisers and users. Google now employs around 2,000 people across Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.
Q-3: The interview you had with Google was very strange in a way. Please tell our readers something about it.

Well Google is non-traditional in almost every way - we respect tradition, but not for tradition’s sake. One of Google's two founders, Sergey Brin, arranged to meet me at the British museum. We walked and talked, looking at the exhibits while discussing the future of the Internet. It was one of the most interesting and inspiring conversations I have ever had. It just shows that not all business needs to be conducted from behind a desk.

Q-4: Google has always been committed to providing a congenial atmosphere for its employees. Please tell us something about it.

We think it's important that people enjoy their working environment – that way they'll produce better quality work. So we try and make it fun, with lots of bright colors, lava lamps and balls. We provide free food. And we have lots of talks about technology and advertising to keep people informed and interested. Every Friday we have a get together – a few beers and some wine, with the odd presentation – to celebrate the end of the week. Given the pace at which we hire people, we often get asked how we manage to preserve the Google culture. Our secret is that our culture is defined by our employees, old and new. So as new employees arrive at Google, our culture adapts, while of course staying true to our founding principles.

Q-5: You had also started a mobile multimedia company called T-Motion. Please tell us something about it.

After doing my MBA in Boston, I worked at Fidelity and then Putnam – helping to manage money. But after a while I realized that I wanted the challenge of running a business. So with the help of my relationships in the European Telecom industry, I moved to Europe and started doing some consulting work for Deutsche Telekom. While at DT I worked on their mobile business – helping to develop ideas around mobile data, and mobile multimedia. They then supported me as I started T-Motion. We built T-Motion into the mobile data business of T-Mobile. T-Motion was subsequently integrated into T-Mobile - and I worked there first as Head of Product Development and then Chief Marketing Officer.

Q-6: You have traveled to many places- from India to London via America and Germany. As a business executive, what basic differences do you see in these places?

The interesting thing about travel is how similar human beings are the world over. We have the same needs – the desire for information, communication and a sense of belonging. That's why the Internet is so exciting: just look at how successful search has been globally - that's all about the quest for learning; or email – helping to communicate; or social networking sites – giving people a sense of community. So yes, there are huge differences – language, culture, traditions, religion and wealth – and as a company we try hard to tailor our products to suit the individual needs of different countries. But at heart we are all human – we all want to be respected and to have the power to make choices about our own lives.

Q-7: Looking back, how do you feel about your days at IT-BHU?

It gave me a great education – and that gave me a fantastic start in life.

Q-8 What advice will you give to future aspirants aiming to become executives/CIO?

Work hard and be focused on what you are trying to achieve. But remember also to be humble, respect others and treat people as you would like to be treated yourself - that's the way to inspire and lead people. And while you are doing that don’t forget to have fun!

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

Sun Microsystems needs Campus Ambassador for our campus
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 13, 2006

The following career opportunity was found on Sun Microsystems website:


Position : Campus Ambassador For Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University
Reference : ID0202714
Division : Global Sales Organization
Job Category : Technical/Sales and Marketing
Location : Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University
Summary : The Sun University Campus Ambassador is charged with driving adoption of Sun's platforms (OpenSolaris and Java) and developer tools among Academic Developers (students, faculty and researchers) at the Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University.

The Sun Campus Ambassador is expected to become proficient on Sun technologies, including OpenSolaris, Java, Netbeans, and Sun Studio. Sun will provide extensive training on each of these technologies.

To find out more information on this position, kindly email your details through to Careers[AT]India.Sun.COM including the job reference.

Interested students/alumni are advised to contact the company directly.

Websites for brain teasers/games/puzzles
Chronicle Editor @ Nov 13, 2006

For entertainment or for mental exercise, it is nice to get involved with games and puzzles. Here are some of the popular websites, which might be useful for our readers. Some of the puzzles appear in leading newspapers. By searching Google for key words, one can find dozens of similar sites.

  1. Nick’s mathematical puzzles

    It is an excellent collection of mathematical puzzles, which will appeal to any engineer interested in it.


    113. Ant in a field

    An ant, located in a square field, is 13 meters from one of the corner posts of the field, 17 meters from the corner post diagonally opposite that one, and 20 meters from a third corner post. Find the area of the field. Assume the land is flat.
    Hint - Answer - Solution

    Area of the field is 369 m2.

  2. Cryptoquote

    Also known as cryptogram or daily cryptoquote, the puzzle appears daily in leading newspapers. Here each letter is substituted for another, and the game is to find out original quote.

    For example, AXYDLBAAXR can be LONGFELLOW.





  3. Sudoku

    The puzzle contains a partially filled grid of 9 squares of 3 x 3 size each. The player is required to fill out the grids by identifying missing number so that each 3 x 3 square contain number 1 to 9.

    A more difficult level of game is called Stickdoku.





  4. Ask Marilyn & Click on “Ask Marilyn”.

    This is one of the most popular columns in USA. It is part of Parade magazine, which is distributed along with half of the Sunday newspapers all over USA. The column discusses puzzles of real life and imaginary in the field of mathematics, politics, science, religion, philosophy. The online site contains puzzles of past 4 issues, but if you click on “read article” somewhere in the puzzle, you can have access to past issues also.

    Marilyn Vos Savant ( is described as a person with highest IQ in the world, as per MENSA club. She is married to a world famous nuclear physicist. Her analytical power is amazing.


    Jennifer notes that her family members have varied occupations. Her cousin, aunt, uncle, mother, father, grandmother and grandfather are employed as a barista, a dairy farmer, a doctor, a mayor, a nurse, a postman and a veterinarian. (Occupations are in alphabetical order.)

    Some facts: 1) Jason is not really Jessica’s father; 2) the mayor’s husband is the postman; 3) Hildegard runs the dairy farm; 4) the cute barista is the niece of the doctor; 5) the nurse is the daughter of the mayor and wife of the doctor; and 6) Jennifer’s father is so afraid of dogs that he faints if he sees one. Who does what?


    Because of No. 6, Jennifer’s father must not be the postman or veterinarian. And because of Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, he must not be the mayor, the dairy farmer, the barista or the nurse, all of whom are women. So Jennifer’s father is the doctor.

    If so, No. 5 means that Jennifer’s mother is the nurse, and Jennifer’s grandmother is the mayor. So No. 4 means Jennifer’s cousin is the barista, No. 3 means that Jennifer’s aunt runs the dairy farm, and No. 2 means that Jennifer’s grandfather is the postman. Which means Jennifer’s uncle is the veterinarian, because he’s the only one left.

    Jason and Jessica are red herrings! The fact about them in No. 1 is irrelevant to solving this puzzle.

Aatmic Science website
Arun @ Nov 13, 2006

Our alumnus, Mr. Awdhesh K. Singh (Mechanical 1987) has set up he Aatmic Science Foundation, a 'Not-for-Profit' Organization registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (Registration No. 563/2006-07). The main objective of the Foundation is to promote research in the field of Aatmic Science or the "Science of Soul.

He has started a website of the Foundation viz. Aatmic Science Forum ( to publish the articles, case studies and research papers on the subjects of Aatmic Science. Aatmic Science helps the people to solve their problems like obesity and addiction using the philosophies of Veda, Upanishads and Gita. It also explains many concepts like intelligence, creation of universe using these ancient philosophies supported by modern scientific studies.

The website contains many articles and discussion about science, religion, philosophy and spirituality. The foundation has also started a blog (, where readers can post their questions, suggestions, comments or feedback on the articles published on this website.

He is an IRS (Customs & Central Excise) officer, presently in the rank of Additional Commissioner and posted in Delhi.

For additional information, please visit or contact him at: awdhesh.singh[AT]

Chronicle helpline
Arun @ Nov 13, 2006

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Readers’ feedback
Arun @ Nov 13, 2006
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Varanasi - city of Kashivishwanath Golden Temple
Arun @ Nov 13, 2006


A very informative article published in Gujarat Global magazine. It describes in details about the importance temples and places around Varanasi and the history behind them.

Excerpts from the article:

Varanasi - city of Kashivishwanath Golden Temple
2006-11-08 17:43:27

Ganga Ghat.jpgCall it a city of Lord Shiva or city of Ghats or City of Cyclerikshaws or City of immigrant widows!! Yes, that's Varanasi as its official name stands today or Kashi for Hindus or Benaras or Anandvan as it was known in ancient times. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world.

Mark Twain rightly said that "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Norman Macleod describes Varanasi like this "Benaras is to Hindoos what Mecca is for Muslims and Jeruslem is for Jews. It is holy city of Hindustan. It is visible embodiment of religion."

For any Hindu visiting Varanasi three places are must for his itinerary this is what locals say. The places are Kashi Vishwanath Golden Temple, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Sankatmochan Hanuman Temple and Kalbhairav Temple. There are dozens of other places of tourist attraction. The most important is Kashi Vishwanath Golden Temple

Bangalore latest Indian city to dump English name
Arun @ Nov 13, 2006


A story appeared in USA Today magazine about the changing of name of Bangalore to Bengaluru. The change, announced on Nov. 1 by Karnataka state govt., will be effective from Dec. 1. The magazine has quoted Dr. T. A. Abinandanan (Meta 1985), a professor at IISc. Bangalore. He runs a popular blog known as Nanopolitan ( He is frequently quoted by foreign media.

The complete article:

Bangalore latest Indian city to dump English name

Infosys employees walk on the company campus in Bangalore, India, in August 2005. Because Bangalore's role in outsourcing has added a negative connotation to its name in America, maybe the name change is a good idea, Indian professor T.A. Abinandanan says
By Ken Moritsugu, Special for USA TODAYNEW DELHI — Bangalore, India's high-tech capital, is getting a new name. The Indian state of Karnataka plans to announce Nov. 1 that its state capital will become Bengaluru, the city's name in Kannada, the local language.

The change, which won't be official until the state Cabinet gives its approval — possibly this week — and a few other formalities, follows several others:

•Bombay to Mumbai in 1995.
•Madras to Chennai in 1996.
•Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001.
•Dozens of smaller cities have switched names; Pondicherry, a former French colonial outpost, became Puducherry in September.

Two forces are behind this trend. One is political gain: Politicians promoting the change appeal to regional pride among the non-English-speaking masses. The other is an effort to protect regional cultures and languages being eroded by more people moving within India and globalization.

"It's part of a general trend in post-independence India," says Tejaswini Niranjana, director of the Center for the Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, referring to the former colony's independence from Britain in 1947. "It's just taken a long time getting here."

Some place names that are being changed come from India's colonial era. For example, Bombay — believed to come from the Portuguese "Bom Bahia" for "Good Bay," according to Bombay University historian Mariam Dossal — was first used by the British in the 17th century. Others are being changed for political or religious reasons. The city council of Aurangabad, named for a 17th-century Muslim ruler, voted last year to rename the city Sambhajinagar, after the son of a famed Hindu warrior.

There also is a drive to recognize India's diversity. There are 22 official languages. Hindi, the native language of about 40% of the population — about 400 million people — is the most widely used. But it is mostly spoken in northern India. By comparison, 4% of Indians consider Kannada their first language.

Increasingly, English is seen as a language of upward mobility. This is particularly true in Bangalore, which in the 1990s grew into India's Silicon Valley. The city is home to the operations of more than 1,000 high-tech companies, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems. The city also is where Indian giants Infosys Technologies and Wipro are headquartered.

U.R. Ananthamurthy, a noted writer in the Kannada language, suggested to Karnataka's political leaders nearly a year ago that they change the official name of the state capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the state's founding on Nov. 1. "I am really worried about globalization," he says in a telephone interview. "People who come here do not relate to the culture of the place. That is neither good for them nor the natives."

An influx of newcomers from around India and abroad, drawn by the city's flourishing outsourcing industry, is changing the makeup of the city. Only a third of Bangalore's 6.5 million residents are native Kannada speakers.

"I know there will be two Bangalores," says Ananthamurthy, a retired professor of English. "One is Bangalore and one is Bengaluru."

The experience of other cities suggests that, in daily life, both names will co-exist. After the name change from Bombay to Mumbai, The Times of India, the country's largest newspaper, began publishing a "Mumbai edition." The edition's feature section is still called the Bombay Times.

The University of Mumbai adopted the new name, but the Bombay High Court and Bombay Stock Exchange remain unchanged. Foreign companies operating in India tend to use Mumbai. Some American newspapers, including USA TODAY, have switched to Mumbai.

"It's just led to confusion, especially for visitors who think they are being politically correct in calling it Mumbai and get a baffled look when they meet people who call it Bombay," says Naresh Fernandes, editor of the weekly magazine Time Out Mumbai.

Populist politicians play a part in the divide between the English-speaking elite, who have traditionally run the country since independence, and the much larger non-English-speaking population. The Shiv Sena, the Hindu nationalist party that changed Bombay's name to Mumbai, rose to power by promoting local pride.

In Bangalore, many residents find the change harmless, although some oppose the new name. The name "Bangalore" should be preserved, Prabhu Harle wrote last year in a letter to the editor in the Deccan Herald, an English-language newspaper. He said the old name is well known globally and associated with the city's economic success.

T.A. Abinandanan, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a transplant from the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, says such concerns are exaggerated. Besides, he adds, Bangalore has a bad image among Americans whose jobs have been outsourced to India.

"When 'getting Bangalored' has acquired a strong negative connotation," he says, "becoming Bengaluru can only be a good thing for this city."

Contributing: The Associated Press

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