IT BHU Chronicle: February'07 edition
Arun @ Feb 25, 2007

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From the editor’s desk
Arun @ Feb 25, 2007

This issue announces the 59th Indian Pharmaceutical Conference to be held at our pharmacy dept. in December 2007.

The interview with Mr. Jaishankar Narayanan (Chemical 1992) is published for the exemplary services provided to Tsunami victims in Southern India by his AIM for Seva social service group.

We are appealing students and alumni to contribute articles for re-launch of Reverberations magazine, which is expected around March/April.

The students corner is filled with links for getting internship for 3rd year students and an introduction to the recently launched search engine, called Zuula. The chronicle extra again contains the news about Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bacchan offering prayers at a Mirzapur temple, near Varanasi.

We need more news. Please send us news, events, articles, information, etc, at: chronicle [AT] itbhu [DOT] org. Please indicate your branch/year.

Thanking you,
The Chronicle Team


Announcement-Reverberations magazine invites articles!
Arun @ Feb 25, 2007

As announced earlier, the Reverberation magazine will restart publication with the first issue in March/April 2007. We still need more articles. For this inauguration issue, it invites articles from IT-BHU community as follows:

a) The articles are invited from students, alumni and faculty of IT-BHU.

b) The topic can be any subject of general interest, such as poetry, joke, puzzles, cartoons, short stories, personal experience about work place, campus life. It can be also regarding curriculum improvement, college events, any first-hand account of attending a seminar, meeting, etc.

c) The articles should not be preferably more than 1000 words (about three pages) long. You may submit photos, as necessary.

d) The editorial board reserves the right to publish any or all the articles. It will also edit the article to suit the space available. Some of the selected articles may be published in the following issues, if sufficient space is not available in the first issue.

e) The first issue will be of 60 pages in length. The length subsequent issues will be decided upon the response received from the writers.

f) Please submit your articles by February 28. You may send it to chronicle [AT] itbhu [DOT] org. In the subject line, please write: “article for Reverberations” Please indicate your branch/year.


Tributes to Shiva (ECE 1991)
Arun @ Feb 25, 2007

Dear Readers:

We published the sad demise of our alumnus, Shiva (N.S.Sivaramakrishnan) of ECE 1991 batch in Chronicle Dec. 2006 issue. We have received the following tribute from his classmate:

  1. My name is Nitin Bhatt (Metallurgy-1991). I read about the passing of Shiva this morning and am deeply, deeply saddened. Shiva and I (along with Andrew D'Souza, Asim Tewari and Hitesh Gulati) were part the IT-BHU rock band called Alloy. I will deeply cherish the four years that I spent with him - selecting songs, figuring out chords, playing guitar with him at DG corner, practicing at KP till the wee hours of the morning, and performing at concerts around the country. Shiva was an outstanding musician and enthralled audiences with his pleasing personality and fiery lead guitar riffs. I will remember him always - as an extremely talented and humble individual who helped make my four years at IT-BHU a terrific experience. May his soul rest in peace.

    Nitin Bhatt (Meta - 1991)
    dr_nitinbhatt@yahoo.com
    Associate Director - Ernst & Young
    Feb 3, 2007


Update on IIEST front
Arun @ Feb 24, 2007

We will review the status and thinking of other colleges in IIEST race, as it has a bearing on our status also.

There is no update on IIEST front, except that Andhra govt. is willing to accept IIEST status for both the colleges, as stated in Chronicle Jan 2007 issue. This is because it will receive a new IIT.

Kerala govt. is also thinking on the same line as it will not get satellite campus in the state. This is based on a recent decision by HRD ministry to shelve the idea of satellite campuses of IITs at Ahmedabad (by IIT-B), at Trivandrum (by IIT-M) and at Bhubaneswar (by IIT-KGP). According an insider, the ministry blasted IIT directors during meeting in Dec last year for signing MoU with state govts. without prior approval. This is because central govt. does not want to give undue political advantage to state govts. in coming assembly elections, as Gujarat and Orissa states are ruled by opposition parties. Now Kerala govt. is scrambling to get other national institutes in the state, such as IIEST, IISER, etc.

The case of West Bengal govt. is different. There the state govt. is not interested in giving up its hold on Bengal Engineering College and also claims that its own state sponsored entrance exam (WB-JEE) is equivalent to IIT-JEE and is administered on all-India basis. . It gave the example of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, which is an INI, but jointly controlled by state and central govts.

Unable to accept such proposal from state govt., the HRD ministry has put the IIEST conversion issue on hold. To sweeten the offer, it has offered to increase the one-time grant to each IIEST, from present Rs. 300-350 crores to about Rs. 500 crores for upgrade. This is based on the calculation that each of the 3 new IITs (coming up in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan) will cost Rs. 2,500 crores each (although ultimately the cost is likely to be around Rs, 3,000-4,000 crores each); and that each existing five colleges (due for IIEST upgrade) has assets and existing infrastructure worth Rs. 1,500-2,000 crores each. The different of Rs. 500 crores between a new IIT and existing IIEST college is the additional cost for upgrade.

Also, with the retirement of HRD Secretary for Higher Education, Mr. Sudeep Banerjee last October, no one is taking more interest in IIEST/INI conversion issue.

Mean while, the faculty and students of Bengal Engineering College (also known as BESUS) has threatened to go on indefinite strike over HRD Ministry’s delay in granting IIEST/INI status to the college. The college is most vocal (among 5 colleges) in demanding an IIEST status.

Link

Apart from their own press release the BEC alumni website contains articles related to IIEST conversion published in newspapers.

Excerpts from the press release by BESUS (Bengal Engineering and Science University, Sibpur)

PRESS RELEASE
ON THE ISSUE OF UPGRADATION OF BESUS TO INI STATUS


The movement of BESUTA, since 2002, for transformation of BESUS to IIEST/INI has come to a crossroad. BESUTA has left no stone unturned in persuading this cause. We went on appealing to all the Ministers of West Bengal, to all the Members of Parliament from West Bengal. BESUTA went on seeking appointments starting from the Chief Minister, State ministers like Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education, Union ministers like Minister-in-Charge of Human Resource Development, Minister-in-Charge of Foreign Affairs, Governor of the State to the Prime Minister on this issue. So far BESUTA got only two appointments – one with the Education Minister on 16th October 2006 and the other with the Governor of West Bengal on 9th January 2007. The Education minister welcomed the idea but with his riders stating that he would rather go for “hard bargaining” in the first place. We only emphasized the transformation of BESUS.

Now to our utter dismay we apprehend that the issue is going to be shelved. The apparent reason is not very easy to find out. It could be the one or more riders! It could be the change in the policy of the Central Government under political pressure! In his letter to Mr. P.R. Das Munsi, MIC - Parliamentary affairs and Broadcasting, Mr. Arjun Singh, MIC - Human Resource Development wrote "The Government of India would like the seven Institutes to strive for a national identity which includes admissions at the national level, Governance Structure similar to that of IITs, Curriculum reform and stress on postgraduate education and research. Central Government is not presently contemplating taking over the seven selected institutions through an act of Parliament." Does he contradict that BESUS is all set for achieving IIEST/INI status as credited in the Anadakrishnan Committee report? Or is he acting under some other compulsion.

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Disclaimer- The above views are my personal views, and do not reflect that of our institute. Yogesh Upadhyaya (chemical 1977)


KASHI UTKARSH and appeal for help
Arun @ Feb 24, 2007

As you are aware, Kashi Utkarsh in its ongoing efforts to work for the upliftment of the people of Susuwahi has opened a day boarding school, in Susuwahi. The school has been running for a year. But now we need your help for the proper functioning of the school.

Our Latest Project

A day boarding school �UTKARSH-BHAWAN� for slum children, basti identified: Susuwahi.

Project details

The project involves a day boarding school for children who inherit begging as their family profession. They don�t get food at home because their parents beg to fill their stomachs. There is nobody to send them to school in the morning, or give them a bath. They are born and left to grow up on their own with no other choice but beggary.

Main motive behind this project is that children are the future of any culture. We want to nurture in them the goodness of life which their parents could not, so that their future generations inherit values and good habits.

Why a boarding school?

We are working in Suswahi for the last 7 years; even after putting the best of our efforts, output that we got was negligible.

Our past efforts and output at Susuwahi

  • We visit Susuwahi at every Sunday to interact with the people there and discuss their problems. Apart from that we also force the parents to bath their children. It is the only day when they are cleaned and if we focus on place where they live, they need minimum 10 washings a day to save them from being ill.
  • We have employed a teacher in Suswahi to teach the children and tried to develop a good culture among them. They spend 2 hour with the teacher and rest 22 hours with their family. The teacher after teaching them in morning sends them to school. Most of the children leave classes and go to VT [Vishwanath Temple, BHU] to beg along with their families.
  • There is an increase in number of deaths of small children due to starvation.
  • Though we have limited time, we are applying our best effort but not getting desired results. We need to do something different from other bastis hence the idea of boarding school.

Work

We have rented a place near Hyderabad Gate to open our school and have employed a teacher and few helpers. One of the maids from basti takes the children from basti to school. Their day starts with a bath, changing into clean clothes, nutritious breakfast, reading and games etc. Output achieved so far: It was impossible to bring a change in children without keeping them away from their family culture. But by our day boarding school we keep them with us during the day while in the night they stay with their families. So we are not detaching them from their parents. By providing food, hygienic place to live, education and guidance we give them a healthy atmosphere to grow. Also we have found out a lot of improvement in them since they have been going to school. Some of the students have started to read and write apart from learning tables.

The school is perhaps the only and the best medium to bring about a change in their life. Currently the school has15 children between the age group 4-15 years. We have a good place with a play ground and a couple of teachers and servants to cook food, wash the clothes and to clean the rooms.

Estimated costs

Monthly expenditure: Rs. 6,500
Total Annual budget: Rs. 75,000
Monthly Per student expenditure = Rs.450
Annually per student expenditure = Rs. 5,000

How can you help?

The expenditure on each child comes out to be approximately Rs.5000. What we want from you is to adopt a child, that is, take the responsibility of his expenditure. And we assure you that the money that you will provide will be used for the overall development of the child. So we need your support and mail us your suggestions.

HDFC bank.
Account Number: 2201000105189
Account holders:
1. Virindra Gupta (2002 Chemical)
2. Sandeep Mishra (2006 Mechanical)
3. Nitin Kumar (2008 Mechanical)

SBI
Account number: 10655057866
Account holder: Amit Kumar

Contact us
Website: http://www.itbhu.ac.in/students/kashiutkarsh/
Mail us: kashiutkarsh@itbhu.ac.in
Piyush Juneja - 09935291849
Amit Birla - 09839034335
Shubham Agarwal- 09335960324

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Sahara-Samay on Kashi-Utkarsh

(The above appeal & photo/video is forwarded by Amit Birla-2008 Mechanical)


Social work article by Manas Maral (ECE1994) in Eenadu (telugu) newspaper
Arun @ Feb 23, 2007

Manas Maral is actively involved in relieving stress of the people due to hectic lifestyle. He recommends the use of Yoga and Pranayama to overcome daily stress. Below please find English translation to his article in telugu language newspaper, published on 11 January. A scanned copy of the original article is also attached.

Yogsadhak

Manas Maral

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1st Photo ... Clarifying doubts with e-mail
2nd Photo ... Manas Maral Giving Treatment
3rd photo ... Training on apt roof / terrace

News today Bangalore

Health is more important than income, said Manas Maral, a software engineer. In the city life, everybody has to undergo lot of stress. To overcome this stress, some people consult doctors, some take alcohol, some consume drugs. Everybody thinks that software engineers who earn 5 digit salary, their life is beautiful, bed of roses. They think that, only 5 days a week work, every year good hikes, higher responsibilities and positions, what else is required to lead a luxurious life. But the reality is that, software engineers are the people who undergo/face tremendous stress in day to day life, compared other class of employees. There is no delicacy of such people in city of IT and BT, Bangalore. This stress in them makes them to go to any extreme. The worst/best example for the same is the incident of Kucham Nagaraj. Nagaraj is software engineer in a reputed organization who stays in Subramanya Nagar. He has a nice job with all facilities and comforts. He got married to Anitha from Eluru. Though he gifted with heavy dowry, and other perks, still Nagaraj crave for money. Added to this, stress in work life. He tortured his wife mentally, to bring more money from her parents. Later it turned to physical harassment. She committed suicide to escape from this tortured. Nagaraj is now counting rods in Jail for the proven crime of torturing his wife, mentally and physically. Realizing this now, Nagaraj now says, that it is the stress that he had in work life lead to this crime.

Sitting in front of computers hours together, having targets from group leaders and management, because software engineers suffer not only from stress and mental illness but also lead to lot of other physical diseases. This is the best illustration for the darker side of a typical software engineer’s life. Though software engineers' life is so colorful to outside world, there are many more troubles/hurdles in their life. This is the other side of the coin.

To overcome this kind of stress and other problems is life; solution is not the medicines and other physical exercises. The permanent solution is with practicing Pranayama and Yoga. This has been proven many times. Manas (aged 34) faced exactly similar kind of problem. He belong to Uttar Pradesh, B.Tech graduate later finished MBA. He is working as a software engineer since 13 years. He is currently working as a senior project manager in Tavant Technologies situated in Koramangala. Three years back, Manas affected by this stress and health problems to his family. Manas have tried out with many medicines, doctors, hospitals, diagnostic tests. None of them helped. Then Manas tried with few Yogasanas which he learnt in his childhood. But no result since he could not do with the right method and right technique. He thought about learning RIGHT Yoga from any institute or training centre. But there is not guaranty that they will teach the right way, one more thing is that, they are very costly, charging more money. Fortunately one fine day, he saw Swamiji Ramdev's programme in a private TV Channel. This moment turned his life, lifestyle. That's when he decided to go to Ramdev's ashram and learn Yoga. At that time, Ramdevji had come to Bangalore. Manas utilized this opportunity and learnt Yoga straight from Swamiji, his prior practice of Yoga in childhood helped him learn the techniques in less time. Manas grown to show solutions for small problem by few simple Yoga therapies.

Later some time he has learnt and practiced Pranayama as well. With this practice of Pranayama, all his problems were solved. With his own successful experience, he started spreading awareness in his office to his colleagues. Then he thought about training at bigger scale. In this 2 years, he has conducted around 50 training workshops of Yoga and trained around 2800 people. The best part of all this is that, he has done all this free of cost and voluntarily. He regularly conducts workshops in apartments, any open grounds, parks etc. Anybody who know about Manas, arrange one such workshop in near by area and consult Manas for the workshop. Manas resides in H.S.R Layout, gets up at 3:30 AM everyday and he ensure that he will be there at the workshop place by 5:30 AM with out fail. Workshop goes till 7:30 AM. In his workshop, he teaches techniques of Pranayama and few simple yogasanas. Not only that, he also give many tips and home remedies for many common problems and diseases like Obesity, B.P, Diabetes, Kidney problems, Asthama etc. Many success stories are in his journey. In his workshops he also touches upon some acupressure techniques which anybody can use to cure/diagnose health problems. Many times he has done spot treatment in his workshops. Manas says that, by practicing Yoga, all of his & his family's health problems are solved and be energetic whole day and easily overcome the stress. He said that, once he conducted Yoga session in USA when he went on official assignment. He clarifies doubts, provides simple tips and home remedies to people through e-mail as well. If any body interested in arranging sessions, consult him, can reach him through 9880196566 or manas [DOT] maral [AT] tavant [DOT] com.


Somesh Singh (Chemical 1978) to head R&D of Vignette
Arun @ Feb 23, 2007

Link

Indian American to head R&D of Vignette

IANS,

January 23, 2007

Indian American Somesh Singh has been appointed Senior Vice President of Research and Development and technical operations of Vignette, a leading software company in Texas.


Singh_Somesh.jpg The appointment is effective from Feb 13, according to a company statement. He will oversee Vignette's global engineering, customer care and IT organisations.

A graduate in chemical engineering from India's Benares Hindu University, Singh did his MBA from Wharton School. He also holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University in New York.

Prior to joining Vignette, Singh held several positions at another American IT company, BMC Software. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of BMC's Identity Management Services Business Unit. Before BMC, Singh was president, chief operating officer and director at iVita Corp.



"We are extremely excited to have Somesh join Vignette. He will be a tremendous addition to our senior team," Vignette’s president and chief executive Mike Aviles said.

"Somesh is a veteran of the enterprise software industry with experience driving large-scale global operations. He brings a great combination of business and strategic skills, and his commitment to innovation, customer service and operational excellence should deliver great value to our customers, shareholders and employees," he said.

The statement quoted Singh as saying: "Vignette is the leading provider of Next-Generation Web solutions, and that doesn't happen by accident. I'm excited to be part of the leadership team that will shape the future of Vignette."

The Austin, Texas-based Vignette makes a suite of content management, portal, collaboration, document management and records management products.

Other sources:

Malaysia Sun: Link

Telugu Portal: Link

Daily India: Link

Business wire: Link


Col S. P. Wahi (former chairman of ONGC) receives Petrotech award
Arun @ Feb 23, 2007

(He did BSc in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from BHU in 1949)

Petrotech recognizes lifetime efforts of B K Bakshi and S P Wahi

New Delhi, January 17, 2007

The Lifetime Achievement Awards in Petrotech-2007 went to B K Bakshi, former Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) and Padmabhushan Col. S P Wahi, former Chairman of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC).

The Petrotech series of Conferences had instituted this Life time Achievement Awards in 1999, to honour outstanding contributions to the development of Indian Oil and Gas industry.

The Petrotech-2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in Downstream Oil and Gas Industry went to Bhism Kumar Bakshi. Born in 1936, Bakshi did his Industrial Engineering from the Oklahoma State University, USA. His commitment to national energy security brought him back to Indian petroleum sector.

After rising to the Board of IOC, Bakshi brought in a number of changes in the business approach of the public enterprise. The Manpower Productivity of IOC improved to 40% higher than even that of the multinationals. IOC also became the first Indian Public Enterprise to enter the portals of Fortune- Global-500.

The Petrotech-2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in Indian Upstream industry went to Col. Satya Pal Wahi, former Chairman of ONGC. An electrical engineer from Benaras Hindu University, Col. Wahi started his career in the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the Indian Army.

Col. Wahi joined the corporate sector, and soon came to be known as an astute turnaround strategist. He was the chairman of ONGC during 1981-89. His regime saw ONGC achieve phenomenal growth, with major thrust on indigenization and IT initiatives.

He is known for his 3 Fs in management viz. Fairness, Friendliness and Firmness. During the end of his tenure, ONGC’s production peaked its all-time high. He was awarded Padmabhushan in 1988.

The Petrotech-2007 Lifetime Achievement Awards carried with them a ceremonial shawl, a scroll, a purse of rupees two lakh and a lifetime achievement Trophy each.

His resume

Link

Another article with his file photo (March 2005)

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Padma Bhushan (Col) S P Wahi, the high-profile former Chairman of ONGC was the Chief Guest of the occasion. Pointing to the great work being done by ONGC for the nation, the former Chairman said that ONGC has a great future.

Link


Linear metro ideal for India
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 19

SENIOR CHIEF engineer at Linear Promoting Division of Japan Subway Association Masahira Ando said that the cities of 21st century would belong to ‘linear metro’.

He was addressing an interaction session on ‘Linear induction motor activities’ at the Institute of Technology in Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) here on Monday. Electrical engineering department of IT-BHU had organised this programme.

Ando said linear metro was a type of railway which used a non-adhesive drive system to drive railcars while supporting and guiding them by the combination of steel wheels and steel rails.

He further said linear metro system was better than conventional metro system in various ways as it provided, “flexible route planning, reduced construction cost and comfortable urban transportation and comfort to passengers”.

He said linear metro used limited space more effectively and thus reduced construction cost.

Speaking on the importance of linear metro and its relevance vis-a-vis India, Ando said, “This type of metro system would be ideal for urban transportation in India.”

He also threw light on the linear metro system established at Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Fukuoka and Sendai in Japan and said it was fast becoming the favourite public transport option for the Japanese.

Dr Vijay Kumar Jaitya of Funakawa Information and Environment Technology Company Limited (Tokyo) also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, Prof SN Mahendra delivered a lecture on ‘Transporation System for Varanasi.’ Prof Mahendra said the underground transporation system could solve the traffic jam and pollution more effectively in the city. Rector of BHU, Prof S Lele and director of IT-BHU, Prof SN Upadhyay were also present on the occasion.


5 Australian varsities seek tie-up with IITs
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007
Link

5 Australian varsities seek tie-up with IITs
February 01, 2007


aus.JPG Kolkata: The five leading Universities of Western Australia- University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University and University of Notre Dame, which run specialized engineering courses, have decided to join hands with leading Indian Institutions for seeking academic alliance in various engineering disciplines like mining, oil, gas and computer science at post-graduate level.

According to Western Australia Trade & Education Office Regional Director (India) Simon Johnson told ET: "Talks for academic alliances are at an early stage. While University of Western Australia is talking with IIT Bombay and IIT Madras for collaboration in computer science, Curtin University is looking at collaborating in oil and gas engineering."

It must be noted that the University of Western Australia and Curtin University recently entered into collaborations with Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, and Banaras Hindu University for mining engineering.

Added Mr. Johnson, "The collaboration model is such that Indian students from these institutes will be able to pursue post-graduate studies and industrial training in Western Australia."

The universities, according to sources, have plans to visit India and organizing road shows in various parts of the country. "The universities will promote high standards of education and employment opportunities available in Western Australia," said Mr. Johnson.

(The above news was forwarded by Nitin Mohan, Metallurgy 1999)

Chronicle adds:

"Chronicle contacted Prof. DP Singh, Professor Emeritus for Mining Dept., who checked the matter with Head of Mining Engineering Dept., who clarified that at present there is no collaboration with Curtin University, Australia. However, Curtin University did provide practical training to a student in the last summer vacation."

Metallurgy in ancient India was advanced
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, January 25

EMINENT METALLURGICAL engineer and former rector of the Banaras Hindu University Prof TR Anatharaman said that ancient India contributed a lot in the field of metallurgy.

He was delivering a lecture on ‘Metallurgical Marvels of Ancient India’ on the third-day of four-day seminar on ‘History of Indian Science and Technology’ at Swatantrata Bhawan in BHU here on Thursday.

Prof Anatharaman, also former director of Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) and presently Chancellor of Ashram Atmadeep (Gurgaon) said that recent historical studies and scientific researches have thrown considerable new light on the status of metal extraction and working in Indian sub-continent during the ancient period (1700BC to 1000 AD).

He said that the world-famous ancient Damascus Swords had its origin in India.

“The Damascus Swords were fabricated from Ultra-high Carbon Steel, known commercially as Wootz, was produced in South India particularly in the state of Andhra Pradesh around 400 BC,” he said.

“Fabrication of the Iron Pillar, seven-ton heavy and seven meter tall at Delhi known for its amazing corrosion resistance despite exposure to the Sun, wind, dust and rain in the open for more than 16 centuries is another metallurgical marvel of ancient India,” he added.

Dr K Krishnan of Archaeology and Ancient History Department at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Vadodara) delivered a lecture on ‘Ceramic Technology: Its Beginning and Advancements in The Indian Sub-Continent.’ He said that ceramic technology develops with the emergence of the first agricultural communities, designated by the cultural phase ‘Neolithic’, which had a wide distribution in the sub-continent in space and time.”


Civil engineering has a bright future
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, January 27

EMINENT SCHOLAR and faculty member at Civil Engineering Department in Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), Prof CSP Ojha exhorted the students to join the stream of civil engineering, as the future of this stream was very bright.

Prof Ojha was inaugurating the two-day All India Civil Engineering Festival ‘Shilp-07’ here at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Saturday.

A National Conference on ‘Civil Engineering and Technology-Emerging Frontiers’ was also held today. The programme is being organised under the auspices of Civil Engineering Department of Institute of Technology (IT), BHU.

“Civil engineering will recover from the recession in job market prevailing in this steam from last several years. This stream will have a lot of job opportunities in future,” Prof Ojha said and exhorted the budding technocrats to join the civil engineering stream.

Citing the example of growing pollution level in Kali river and Pichaula lake, he said that it was the need of the hour to take preventive and curative measures to face the prevailing challenges of water.

Prof Virendra Singh of Civil Engineering Department (IT-BHU) threw light on the importance and need of civil engineering stream.

Faculty member at Civil Engineering Department and Staff Convener of ‘Shilp-07’, Dr Devendra Mohan highlighted the objectives behind organising Shilp-07 and said that this mega event is being conducted for furtherance of academic and research activities in the area of civil engineering at national level.

Former head of Civil Engineering Department (IT-BHU), Prof RK Agrawal presided over the function.

Around 100 students of civil engineering from various institutes, including National Institute of Technology, State engineering colleges etc. are participating in this event. Modelling, design contest and Abhivyakti are among other contests of the programme.


Japanese engineer to visit IT-BHU today
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007

HTC
Varanasi, February 18

JAPANESE ENGINEER Masahiro Ando and Dr Vijay Kumar Jatiya will visit the electrical engineering department of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Monday. These engineers will give a lecture on the success story of metro railways in Japan to the students.

Masahiro Ando will speak on the Japanese linear metro status and its success story. He will also discuss at length about the distinctive achievements in linear metro.

Together both these people will deliver their lecture on the Linear Induction Motor (LIM), and LIM based traction. They will also speak over differences between RIM (Rotatory Induction Motor) and LIM. Their talk would also include a vision for a better transportation system for the city.


59th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) 2007 at BHU-Pharmacy Dept.
Arun @ Feb 22, 2007

(The message sent to alumni group by Dr. A. K. Srivastava is reproduced here)

Dear Alumni:

Greetings from Alma-Mater. It is a matter of immense pleasure that we have been assigned to host 59th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC) 2007 at BHU under auspicious of Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India (APTI).

After the declaration to host 59th IPC, a meeting of BHU alumni was held at IPC Mumbai on 01.12.2006 .The prominent alumni present at the meeting were: Prof.P.C.Dandiya, Mr.Devender Pal, Dr. T.Chakravarti, Prof. J.K.Pandit, Dr. Premchand Gupta, Mr.P.M Nayak , Dr Subir Banerjee, Prof. Madhusudan Rao, Mr. Chandrakant Trivedi, Dr G.N. Singh and many others (In all 42 , the complete list is annexed here with). All these people gave suggestions regarding the conduct of 59th IPC conference and means to meet the same.

Prof. Dandiya expressed the need of seed money fund and suggested that entire alumni to be categorized into two groups:

(i) Patron members making personal contribution of minimum of Rs. 10,000/- and
(ii) Members who contribute a minimum of Rs. 3000/-

The response was overwhelming and instantaneously 25 members of those present consented to become Patron members and others became members. The alumni abroad would donate $1000 for Patron membership.

Now, on the same pattern all our alumni (National and International) are requested to become patron member or member of Platinum Jubilee Celebration family.

Looking at the enthusiasm of our alumni, we at BHU believe that the event will be celebrated in most sumptuous manner, befitting the high reputation of BHU. The success of this mega event is possible only with the support of alumni. Every one of us is aware of the enormity of the responsibility towards organizing the dream event and we solicit all your support. Kindly send your cheque/ D.D. in favor of PJPE-2007 (which stands for platinum jubilee of pharmacy education) payable at Varanasi.

We would keep you posted of all the developments regularly. Meanwhile, you all are requested to suggest us the ways and means to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the department and make it a grand reunion. Please collect and send us the old photographs, memoirs, anecdotes and other small moments to make our exclusive souvenir lively.

With Love,

The entire family, Department of Pharmaceutics, IT-BHU.

Some relevant information:
i) Tentative dates of 59th IPC and Platinum Jubilee Celebrations- 21, 22, and 23rd December 2007.
ii) President of 59th IPC: Prof. H.P. Tipnis
iii) Bank account name for remittance of your contributions: PJPE-2007,

Demand drafts should be payable at any branch at Varanasi.

Dr. A.K. Srivastava
Hon Secretary IPA Local Chapter Varanasi
& READER, DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACEUTICS
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
VARANASI-221005
anand_benares[AT]yahoo[DOTcom

(The above report was forwarded by Prof. Shankar Tatwawadi, Retired Head, Pharmacy Dept.)


Interview with Jaishankar Narayanan (Chemical 1992)
Arun @ Feb 21, 2007

AIM for Seva was founded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, an eminent scholar of Vedanta and Sanskrit, with Mr. R. Venkataraman, the former President of India, as its Chairman. AIM for Seva is a secular organization which does not discriminate based on caste, creed, or religion. It also enjoys the blessings of all traditional Hindu spiritual leaders who have united as a single body, the Acharya Sabha.

In a short span of 5 years, AIM for Seva has started several integrated community development projects helping more than 3,23,900 Indians in 17 states; sowing firmly the seeds of a nationwide movement. The development projects include projects for education, women’s programs, healthcare and environment. The group has done appreciable work for the victims of last Tsunami December 2004 in south India.

One of our alumni, Jaishankar Narayanan (Chemical 1992), is joint secretary of the organization. The organization has Head Office in Madras.

For details, please visit the website: http://www.aimforseva.org

Yogesh K. Upadhyaya discusses with Jaishankar about the efforts to build the organization, and work done by organization during national disaster, such as Tsunami.

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His biodata is attached here.

Q-1: Welcome Sir. Please provide an introduction of your organization?

AIM for Seva is a movement which encourages people caring for people. In India, there is a gap between the mainstream society and the less-privileged people living in the hills, the forests and rural areas. AIM for Seva wants to bridge this gap by creating a national movement of Seva, similar to Mahatma Gandhi's movement of freedom. It envisages a society where people care for people; care, which promotes self-sufficiency and maintains the dignity of those who are served.

Our goal is to build at least one chhãtrãlaya or "home" for students in each of the 600+ districts in India. These chhatralayas will serve children living in remote areas -- mountains and forests -- who do not have access to schools. By providing these "homes", attached to a nearby Government school, we are helping the tribal and the needy students. The existence of such chhatralayas in rural areas not only improves the attrition rates in rural schools (which is currently more than 50 percent at the high school level), but also prevents children from being used as child labor. These chhatralayas are also needed for those who have no proper facility to study because they live in slums or huts in semi-rural and urban areas. By providing such children a proper environment, we save them from potentially taking to crimes.

When children are connected to schools through such chhatralayas, the school thrives. The chhatralayas becomes a hub for raising awareness among the children and their parents about education, health care, environment, and cultural preservation. Parents attend regular meetings at the chhãtrãlaya. We begin to provide support to the school and to the villages in the area. We identify their needs (e.g., water, roads, and class rooms) and connect the village to the appropriate government programs. To get governmental funding for some of these projects, the village needs to finance 10% of the project cost. AIM facilitates the undertaking of such projects by donating that 10%.

Thus, our presence in each district helps change the lives of many people.

Q-2: Please describe the relief operation undertaken by AIM for Seva during Tsunami disaster.

On the same day when the Tsunami struck AIM for Seva started its relief operations with other like-minded organisations in Serudur near Nagapattinam, Kovalam in Kanchipuram District, Chennai, Cuddalore, Pondichery, Tiruvallur, Nagercoil and Alleppey in Kerala. Emergency relief was started in those areas immediately since the day of the disaster with food, shelter, and medical care. Our volunteers also disposed off dead bodies.

Our rehabilitation plans included:

  • Building temporary shelters
  • Building common amenities centers like primary schools, community centres, Medical Clinics and Student Homes
  • Provide the means of livelihood like fishing boats and nets
  • Building Water Desalination Plants
  • Building Permanent homes

Our livelihood rehabilitation programs are over but other programs like building permanent shelter, schools, medical centres and students’ homes are still in various stages of progress. For complete details please visit http://aimforseva.org/projects/disaster_relief.html

Q-3: Why you decided to give up a successful professional career and join the social service organization?

I was working as Manager Projects in Ramco Systems till Dec 2004. I have been a volunteer of AIM for Seva right from the day it was founded. My wife and I were involved with the people of Kovalam near Chennai from 2001 onwards. We used to go there during weekends and conduct classes for children and adults. We also did water harvesting projects by desilting and renovating the temple tank there and started a clinic for women with lady doctors who used to visit Kovalam during weekends from Chennai.

On the day Tsunami struck, I was on the beach at Kovalam near Chennai and got caught in the Tsunami waves which were 25 feet high. I escaped by getting hold of a log of wood which separated from a catamaran. My Car was washed away by the Tidal waves. I saw the power/fury of nature first hand and our helplessness in the wake of such disasters. From that day onwards I never went back to my job as I got involved night and day in Tsunami rehabilitation work. Since then I have been working full time for AIM for Seva.

Q-4: What are the challenges faced in running a social service organization such as AIM for Seva?

The challenges are many. It is like running a growing company which has no hierarchy and evolving systems. We are working in remote areas which are hard to reach. Communications and coordination are a problem.

Further donors are ready to donate for our projects or for specific requirements but not many people are ready to donate for our administrative expenses which are essential for running such a big organisation.

We also don’t get good qualified people to work, particularly doctors, medical staff, who will work in our tribal and rural medical projects and teachers in our education projects.

We are not very savvy with the media yet but we don’t have any problems as such as we keep a low profile. But dealing with the government is very frustrating. We normally avoid anything to do with the government unless we know someone in the Government/Administration who is clean and committed.

Q-5: Please tell us about student days at IT-BHU.

My days at IT-BHU were the happiest. I enjoyed the hostel life immensely. I discovered new talents in me which I didn’t know about before. My days with our Rock Band Avalanche are unforgettable. We practiced in KP during the nights and played in different festivals in IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, DCE Delhi, Lucknow and of course in KY. The friendships that I made in IT-BHU are still going strong. I have to make particular mention of my band mates Sanjeev Ahuja (Who played the lead guitar), Sandeep Ray (Bass Guitar), Samarveer Sidhu (Key boards) and Saurabh Kumar (Drums) amd others who came along with me to Tata Steel at Jamshedpur like Rahul Sharma, Nilanjan Das, Amit Tandon etc. I must also mention Arvind Gupta who is a leading alumnus from our batch working with tirelessly for and with IT-BHU alumni.

I left for USA from Jamshedpur and worked for couple for years there. Then I returned to India and studied Vedanta and Sanskrit with Swami Dayananda Saraswati at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore for three years as a residential student. After finishing my studies in the Gurukulam I settled down in Chennai and married Srividya who is also disciple of Swami Dayandanda and involved with me full time in our Seva activities. I started working again as a Software Professional in Chennai. Since then I have also completed an MA in Sanskrit and a part time MBA in Finance. I am planning to do a doctorate in Sanskrit and Vedanta sometime in future.


Q-6: Thank you Sir. We appreciate your information will of great interest to our readers.

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Boats distributed in Kovalam

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Water Desalination Plant in Kunankuppam, Pulicat Lake, Tiruvallur District.

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CLinic and Students Home at Kadalur Kanchipuram District.


Gunjan Gupta (CSE1995) receives ICDM award
Arun @ Feb 21, 2007

The team of Gunjan Gupta won the runners up best paper award at the IEEE Data Mining Conference (ICDM) in December 2006.

According to him, his award is going to definitely help CS grads from IT-BHU applying at UT Austin, which is among the top 10 schools for computer science/engineering in US.

He received his PhD in Computer Engineering (Data Mining) from University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Currently he is working as Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon.com

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We congratulate the following authors for their contributions, which have been selected as best papers for ICDM 2006.

Best research paper:

"Fast Random Walk with Restart and Its Applications"
by Hanghang Tong, Christos Faloutsos, and Jia-Yu Pan.

Honorable mention (runner-up for best research paper):

"Bregman Bubble Clustering: A Robust, Scalable Framework for Locating Multiple, Dense Regions in Data"
by Gunjan Gupta and Joydeep Ghosh.

Best application paper:

"Forecasting Skewed Biased Stochastic Ozone Days: Analyses and Solutions", by Kun Zhang, Wei Fan, Xiaojing Yuan, Ian Davidson, and Xiangshang Li.

Honorable mention (runner up for best application paper):

"Cluster Ranking with an Application to Mining Mailbox Networks"
by Ziv Bar-Yossef, Ido Guy, Ronny Lempel, Yoelle S. Maarek, and Vladimir Soroka.

His personal web page:
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Sandeep Gupta (Electrical 1987) receives award for publication
Arun @ Feb 21, 2007

This paper was awarded the best paper awarded the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing, held at Bangalore, India, December 2006. One of the authors is alumnus of IT-BHU, Sandeep Gupta. He is Associate professor at Arizona State University.

Click here to visit his profile

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Publication PDF

Security for Pervasive Health Monitoring Sensor Applications

Krishna K. Venkatasubramanian, Sandeep K. S. Gupta
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, 85287, USA,
kkv, sandeep [DOT] gupta [AT] asu [DOT] edu

Abstract

Maintaining security of wearable networked health monitoring sensors (Body Sensor Networks (BSN)) is very important for the acceptance and long term viability of the technology. Sensors in BSNs organize themselves into different topologies for efficiency purpose. Securing these topology formation process is of prime importance. In this paper we present two schemes which rely on the novel technique of using physiological values from the wearer's body for securing a cluster topology formation. Traditional schemes for cluster (one of the most commonly used topology) formation were not designed with security in mind and are susceptible to security flaws. The schemes proposed here not only solve the secure cluster formation problem but also do so efficiently by eliminating all key distribution overheads. We analyzed the security of the protocols and tested their accuracy on a prototype implementation developed using Mica2 motes.

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Civil Engineering books (8th & 9th) published by Dr. Virindra Kumar Raina
Arun @ Feb 21, 2007

(Dr. V. K. Raina is a world-renowed civil engineer specializing in bridge and highway design and construction. He did his Civil and Municipal Engineering in 1961 from BHU)

Attachments:

1. Meeting with Minister of Baharain.jpg

2. An introduction and and philosophy to Field manual for Highway and Bridge Engineers.doc

3. Introductory to THE WORLD OF BRIDGES.doc

4. Biodata of Dr. V. K. Raina

Publications info:

The Publisher, SHROFF PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, MUMBAI
e-mail : sunilshastri[AT]shroffpublishers[DOT]com

(The above news was forwarded by Pushpender Kumar, Mechanical 2007)


Arun Bodapati (Meta 2002) research publication about WSe2 Crystals in Science Magazine
Arun @ Feb 21, 2007
According to Arun, the work was the fruit of collaborative work extending over 4 research groups. The central finding of this paper is a dense solid with the lowest thermal conductivity ever whose conductivity increases with disorder.

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Perspectives

MATERIALS SCIENCE:
Ordering Up the Minimum Thermal Conductivity of Solids

K. E. Goodson


Disorder usually interferes with heat conduction in most materials, but an exception has been found for insulators made from multiple layers of crystalline tungsten selenide.


The author is in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-3030, USA. E-mail: goodson[AT]stanford[DOT]edu



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Ultralow Thermal Conductivity in Disordered, Layered WSe2 Crystals

Catalin Chiritescu, David G. Cahill, Ngoc Nguyen, David Johnson, Arun Bodapati, Pawel Keblinski, and Paul Zschack (19 January 2007)
Science 315 (5810), 351. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1136494]
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A new insulation material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever measured for a fully dense solid has been created at the University of Oregon and tested by researchers at three other U.S. institutions. While far from having immediate application, the principles involved, once understood, could lead to improved insulation for a wide variety of uses, the scientists say.

Newswise — A new insulation material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever measured for a fully dense solid has been created at the University of Oregon and tested by researchers at three other U.S. institutions. While far from having immediate application, the principles involved, once understood, could lead to improved insulation for a wide variety of uses, the scientists say.

In a paper published online Dec. 14 on Science Express, in advance of regular publication in the journal Science, the scientists describe how they used a novel approach to synthesize various thicknesses of tungsten diselenide. This effort resulted in a random stacking of tungsten-diselenide planes (WSe2), possibly leading to a localization of lattice vibrations.

The resulting synthesized material, they report, resulted in thermal conductivity – the rate at which heat flows through a material – 30 times smaller than that for single-crystal WSe2 and a factor six smaller that the minimum level predicted by theoretical computations for the cross-plane thin films used in the experiments.

Surprisingly, creating a fully disordered structure by bombarding the films with ions to destroy the order in the two-dimensional planes actually increases thermal conductivity, said David C. Johnson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon and member of the UO Materials Science Institute.

“The reason for the extraordinarily low thermal conductivity that we’ve now achieved is an unusual structure which is crystalline in two directions but has a subtle rotational disorder in the direction of low-heat conduction,” Johnson said.

The material prepared in Johnson’s lab “is the closest thing that anyone has found to making a dense solid into a perfect thermal insulator,” said co-author and corresponding investigator David G. Cahill, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “This material would not be practical for insulating a refrigerator, the wall of a house or parts inside a turbine engine, but the new physical properties displayed by this material might some day point the way toward methods of creating more effective practical insulations.”

The approach is a new alternative to one described by Cahill and others in separate journals in the last two years in which researchers reduced minimum thermal conductivity by manipulating thin films of metals and oxides by adjusting interfaces of the materials by only a few nanometers.

“Thermal conductivity is an important property in both conserving energy and in converting between forms of energy,” Johnson said. “Obtaining low thermal conductivity in a thermoelectric material, which converts temperature gradients into electrical energy, increases efficiency.”

The properties of Johnson’s material were measured in Cahill’s Illinois laboratory. The structure was analyzed at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill. Computational simulations and molecular modeling of the layered crystals was carried out by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y.

Co-authors Pawel Keblinski and Arun Bodapati, both at RRI, said that the observed ultra-low thermal conductivity is not limited to tungsten diselenide and likely could be applied to a wide variety of disordered layered crystals.

Other co-authors were Catalin Chiritescu, a student in Cahill’s lab at the University of Illinois, Ngoc Nguyen, a doctoral student in Johnson’s UO lab, and Paul Zschack of Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source.

Johnson also is the founder of the Center for Advance Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR) and the co-director of research at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. ONAMI is an Oregon Signature Research Center made up of collaborating researchers from the UO, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who pursue fundamental and applied research projects with industry in the Northwest.

The Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of Energy provided funding for various components of the project.

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A review titled “An insulation breakthrough” in Advanced Photon Source magazine

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Experts highlight importance of Vedas
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 10

EMINENT EXPERTS of the Veda highlighted the importance of Vedic knowledge on the second day of second world congress on Vedic science in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Saturday.

Former director of the Vedic Research Center, Hoshiyarpur, Prof. Brij Bihari Chaubey said that there was misconception among people to understand the real meaning of Vedas. He stressed the need to disseminate the importance and real meaning of Vedas to redress the prevailing misconception about Vedas among common people.

Prof Chaubey threw light on the pragmatic side of Vedic knowledge and said that its pragmatic side has a capacity to strengthen the nature and social structure.

International director of Sidha Yoga Research Center, Bombay, Hema Patakar said that one could develop mental and physical strengths through Sidh yoga.

Eminent expert of Veda and yoga, Maha Yogi said that all the parts of a body were the center of energy, which could be sensitised through the way of Sadhana, Vedic Sanskar and Yagyas. Prof Hridya Ranjan, head, department of Veda in BHU, highlighted the utility and importance of Vedas in present condition.

Besides, experts delivered their lectures in different sessions, organised on the second day of world congress on Vedic science today.

A large number of scholars from across the country and abroad including UK, USA, Austria, Venezuela, France, South Africa and Nepal are participating in the congress. A mega exhibition of books, periodicals, encyclopedia and all Vedic literature from India and abroad is also displayed in the congress.


All hotels, inns booked in the city
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 15

LAKHS OF devotees are expected to take holy dip in the Ganga and perform ‘Jalabhishekh’ of Lord Shiva at different temples in Varanasi to mark the festival of Mahashivratri on Friday.

Devotees from the different parts of India and adjoining districts of Varanasi have been arriving the holy city for the last couple of days to pay obeisance at the historic temple of Kashi Vishwanath on Mahashivratri. Inns, hotels and other accommodations, especially on the bank of the Ganga, have been booked by the pilgrims and devotees.

All prominent ghats such as Dashashwemedh ghat, Rajendra Prasad ghat, Tulsi ghat, Assi ghat, Kedar ghat etc will witness huge rush of devotees, who will then proceed to different Shiv temples to pay obeisance. Several processions of devotees will also be taken out on Friday. Naga sadhus will also take out a procession after taking holy dip in the Ganga and pay their obeisance at the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple on Friday.

The temple, situated in the sensitive Gyanwapi complex, will witness heavy rush of devotees. Every year, devotees start queuing up outside this temple since the preceding night or wee hours of Mahashivratri day. Barricades have already been erected outside the temple to ensure smooth passage for devotees.

Another prominent temple of Lord Shiva, Markandey Mahadeo temple, situated in rural area of Varanasi in Kathi, will also witness heavy rush of devotees tomorrow.

Other temples where devotees will turn up in large numbers tomorrow include Kedareshwar Mahadeo temple at Kedar ghat, Mrityunjay Mahadeo temple, Vishwnath temple at BHU, Shool Tankeshwar temple in Tikari, Sagmeshwar Mahadeo temple etc.


BHU in inter-university competition
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

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The Youth Affairs division organises Inter-University youth programmes on human values, culture, personal development, national integration and international understanding. It holds Inter-University Youth Festivals at zonal and national levels which comprise 22 competitive cultural events in the domain of music, dance, theater, literary activities s and fine arts. Over 4000 university youth artistes participate in the Youth Festivals annually and exhibit their talents. These meets also provide the youth an opportunity for a healthy interaction thereby instilling in them an awareness of our historical and cultural heritage. It operates Inter-University Home Stay Exchange programme to promote harmony through bilateral exchange and monitors university choir and orchestra scheme. Youth Seminars, Workshops and Conferences are also organised on topics pertaining to youth and their role for development of society and nation.

FORTHCOMING PROGRAMMES:

AIU YOGA EDUCATION & PRACTICE CAMP AT BANGALORE

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BHU bags national varsity title after 58 yrs
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

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Hosts Banaras Hindu University (BHU) defeated Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU-Amritsar) 2-1 to clinch the All India Inter University Hockey title after a long wait of 58 years.

Playing electrifying hockey in the title clash at Amphitheatre ground of the central varsity, the hosts drew first blood when Manoj Kumar scored on a penalty stroke in the 20th minute.

The team upped the pressure on the opponents securing another penalty stroke. Player of the tourney GNDU custodian, Guru Iqbal, however, foiled BHU’s plans of increasing the lead by saving the rasping strike of Teja Pratap.

The Amritsar forwards followed it up with sustained raids in the BHU striking circle and were rewarded in the 33rd minute, when Paramjit Singh scored a superlative field goal to level the score.

The second half belonged to BHU with its forwards regularly gliding past the Amritsar defence, but goal keeper Guru Iqbal stood like a mountain defending brilliantly.

The decisive goal, however, came from the stick of Shashikant who scored through a penalty corner to clinch the title for BHU.

BHU secured 10 penalty corners, but converted one, while the GNDU team were only rewarded with a solitary short corner.

Monday’s win means BHU has won the national tourney after a gap of 58 years, as it was in 1948, when it last won the premier varsity tournament.

Earlier, Punjab University, Patiala bagged the third place demolishing Annamalai University (5-0) in a one-sided match to decide third and fourth places.

GNDU custodian Guru Iqbal was adjudged the best player of the tourney, while Bachittar Singh, the forward of the Amritsar University was declared best forward. BHU short corner specialist Shashikant finished best defender of the tournament.

With today’s win BHU took sweet revenge from GNDU, who beat them 0-1 in the title clash in 1993, when the tourney was last played at BHU.


BHU-Taiwanese varsities tie-up likely
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 3

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof Panjab Singh discussed matters of mutual interest with the visiting Presidents (Vice Chancellors) of five Taiwanese universities on Friday. The Taiwanese delegation comprised of Dr Lin Tsong-Ming (National Yulin University of Science and Technology), Dr Chung Shen Chin (Chaoyang University of Technology), Dr Yen Fang (Lunghwa University of Science and Technology), Dr Kung Jui Chang (Ceng University) and Dr Huang Yei Fei (Chien Kuo Tech University).

Areas of academic interaction were discussed and they have identified to prepare background for MoU between Taiwanese Universities and BHU.

The presidents of the visiting universities said they were ready to receive Indian students for higher study for which multi-layer scholarship would be made available. They expressed their desire to invite teachers from Indian universities to teach in Taiwan during their sabbatical leave or summer vacation. The BHU Vice Chancellor Prof Panjab Singh suggested identifying research areas for collaborative studies. The President of Yunlin University, Dr Lin extended invitation to varsity teachers to write papers and participate in International Asia pacific meet in December next on Engineering, Technology and Management Studies. The Taiwan government provides only ten percent of the budget to the universities and rules of accreditation and ranking of universities were quite strict, said Dr Lin.

Prof S Lele (Rector), Prof Gajendra Singh (Director, IMS), Prof BD Singh (Dean, Science), Prof SN Pandey (Dean Arts), Prof PN Pandey (Dean Social Science), Prof HC Chaudhary (Management) and Prof V Kumra (Dean of Students) took part in the meeting.


Books are mirror of the society
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, January 29

NOTED LITERATTEUR Kashi Nath Singh said that books were the mirror of society, which reflected the real picture, but it was a hard task for the common people to purchase them on cheaper rates, as the publication had become a costly affair.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a discourse on ‘Books in the village of Premchand’. The function was organised at the native place of legendary author Munshi Premchand, Lamhi, in Varanasi on Sunday. He also inaugurated the movable book fair campaign, ‘Pustak-Parikrama’ of National Book Trust (NBT) of India. The function was organised under the auspices of Progressive Writers’ Association.

Kashi Nath Singh lauded the efforts of NBT and said that it was good to see that NBT was providing the books of eminent literary personality at cheaper rates to the common people.

Presiding over the function, former Head of Hindi department at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Prof Chauthi Ram Yadav said that the books were a symbol of awareness. He said that the campaign of NBT would prove fruitful to rope-in common people with the importance of books. Senior scribe Siyaram Yadav also dwelt on the occasion.

It may be mentioned that this movable book fair of NBT has started from the native place of noted literary personality late Rahul Sanskrityayan in Azamagarh and will conclude in Jaunpur on February 21.


Ravidas Jayanti celebrated with fervour
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 2

THE 630-birth anniversary of Sant Shiromani Shri Guru Ravidas was celebrated with enthusiasm here in Varanasi on Friday.

Several functions including seminars, religious meets and Jhanki processions were held throughout the city. All India Adi-Dharma Mission organised a religious meet at the birthplace of Guru Ravidas in Seer Govardhanpur area here today.

National Acting President of the Mission, Mahant Acharya Bharat Bhushan Das presided over the meet and called upon the youths to follow the path of Guru Ravidas and spread the message of love and peace in the society. `Each section of society should be given equal respect’, he said.

International President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ashok Singhal, former Chairman of SC/ST Commission, Vijay Sonkar Shashtri, Ram Kamal Das Vedanti Ji Maharaj and Ravicharan Das Ji Maharaj also addressed the meet.

All India Adi-Dharma Mission also organised a grand Jhanki procession displaying life-sketch and preaching of Sant Ravidas from Maidagin area this evening.

SC/ST students, Teaching and Non-teaching Staff Programme Organising Committee of Banaras Hindu University organised a national seminar on `Caste: Past, present and future’ at Arts Faculty auditorium here today.

Chairman of Chetna (Canada), Virendra Banger, Bhante Vishwabandhu of Shital Anmol, former Vice-Chancellor of Faizabad University, Prof. Angney Lal, Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Subedar Ram, Dr. BB Mallik and Dr. Swaroopanand were among others who addressed the seminar.

A Jhanki procession was taken out from Amphitheatre Ground in BHU this evening.

Dr. Ambedkar Vidyarthi Parishad organised a seminar on `Social contribution of Sant Ravidas’ at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth today.

Jan Kalyan Parishad organised Guru Ravidas birth anniversary function in Chaukaghat area today. Dahej Rahit Jateeya and Antarjateeya Vivah Samajik Samiti also took out a Jhanki Procession.


People must participate equally for pluralistic society
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 2

THE DEPUTY high commissioner of Canada in India, Kenneth Macartney said that equal participation of people from all sections was the core requirement of a successful pluralistic society.

He was delivering the inaugural address of a two-day seminar on ‘Challenges of a Pluralistic Society: India and Canada’ in Banaras Hindu University here on Friday. Canadian Studies Development Programme of Social Science Faculty, BHU had organised this seminar.

Macartney further said that equal participation of politicians, economists and educationists etc was a must for a successful pluralistic society.

He added that strengthening peoples’ capacity and redressing their grievances was a must for a peaceful co-existence.

“Diversity and multi-culturalism is the core principle of Canada. Canada’s future depends upon maintaining diversity,” he said, adding, “53 per cent population of Canada comprises of immigrants out of which 15 per cent belongs to Hindu whereas Buddhist and Sikh account for 5 per cent each of the population.”

Macartney also talked about multi-culturalism and diversity of India and laid stress over strengthening the Indo-Canadian relations. Rector of BHU, Prof S Lele presided over the function whereas Dr RK Dhawan of Delhi University was the guest of honour.

Director of Canadian Studies Development Programme (CSDP), Prof Rajni Ranjan Jha established the theme of the two-day seminar whereas dean of social science faculty, Prof PN Pandey welcomed the guests. Co-director of CSDP, Prof RC Mishra proposed the vote of thanks.

Later, director of Institute on Globalisation and the Human Condition at McMaster University (Canada), Prof William D Coleman delivered his key note address on ‘Globalisation, Multiculturalism and Canada.’ Prof Coleman in his address said, “Movement of people, increased diversity.

Moreover maintenance of cultural connections and transnational character of diasporas are directly related to globalisation and multiculturalism,’ he said.

“These several factors lead to multiple identities with the nation-state identity no longer being as dominant as in the past. Our identity refers to who we are and where we are coming from,” he said, adding, “It is the background against which out tastes and desires and opinions make sense.”


BHU alumni to celebrate founder’s day
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Bhopal, January 22, 2007

BANARAS HINDU University (BHU) Old Students’ Association, Madhya Pradesh, is celebrating the university’s foundation day on January 23 at Malviya Bhavan near Mayur Park at 10.30 am.

It was on Basant Panchami in 1916 that Pt Madan Mohan Malviya laid the foundation for BHU.

A discussion on ‘Thoughts of Pt Malviya in the present political context’ is also being organised on the occasion. Association’s general secretary Dr Subhash Singh has requested all BHU alumni to participate in the function.


Growth of science depends on social milieu: Menon
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, January 23

EMINENT SCIENTIST and advisor to the Indian Space Research Organisation, Padma Vibhushan Prof MGK Menon, said the growth of science depended upon the social milieu.

He was delivering the inaugural address of a four-day international seminar on ‘History of Indian Science and Technology’ at Swatantrata Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University here on Tuesday. The Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology Department of BHU, in association with Infinity Foundation (USA), had organised the seminar.

Prof Menon, also former director general of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), said scientific discoveries were influencing the society today. Expressing serious concern, he said bright minds were not going for science in India. He stressed the need to create an atmosphere where young minds came forward and helped in the growth of science.

“We must know the history of science and technology and it should be encouraged as an area of study. Ayurvedic system was totally different from allopathic system as Ayurveda had a holistic approach. A large part of allopathic medicines was based on Ayurveda but lacked holistic approach,” he said.

Noted scientist and former director of IT-BHU Prof TR Anantharaman delivered the keynote address.


Lakhs of devotees throng Shiva shrines in Varanasi
Arun @ Feb 20, 2007

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Varanasi, Feb. 16 (PTI): Lakhs of devotees, including thousands of 'Naga sadhus', today offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple and other Lord Shiva shrines in this temple city on the occasion of Mahashivaratri amidst tight security.

The devotees thronged the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Chowk area, Vishwanath temple in the BHU campus, Markandey Mahadev temple, Mritunjaya Mahadev temple, Shooltankeshwar Mahadev temple and other shrines since early morning to perform religious rituals on the occasion.

The atmosphere in the temple city reverberated with the chantings of 'har har Mahadev' as nearby 2,000 'Naga sadhus' led the devotees in peforming 'Jalabhishek' to the deity in the Kashi Vishwanath temple. The devotees were seen standing in a queue at the this temple to worship the deity.

Elaborate security arrangements were made on the occasion. Apart from 15 companies of PAC and RAF, over a thousand policemen and intelligence personnel in plain clothes were deployed at all sensitive points to maintain law and order and monitor the movement and activities of the people.

Strict traffic restrictions were in place in this city and all vehicular traffic enroute to the shrines were stopped.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district so far, police sources said.


The video of performance during Jhankar festival at IT-BHU at:
Arun @ Feb 18, 2007
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Performance in jhankar itbhu Varanasi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhfjM4bSwvw

More video can be found by searching Google video for BHU, Varanasi or Click Here.

Pragyan-the workshop series
Arun @ Feb 18, 2007

As follow up to the discussions we used to have over mail prior to Opulence, here are a few details of the national entrepreneurial & management festival, Opulence. The third edition of Opulence was held from the 12th-14th of January earlier this year. Ventura, the business plan competition saw around 15 plans presented by students from various parts of the country. Mr. Arvind Gupta, CEO, e-enable Technologies and a venture capitalist supported the B-plan contest. The process of getting venture capital support for the top two plans is underway and is likely to be formalized in a few months time.

Pragyan, the year long lecture series initiative of the Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) in association with Opulence has seen workshops on Business Plan Writing & Case Study Writing by the likes of Mr. Pramod Joshi, ex-MD, Syncata & Mr. Rajat Dutta, Johnson & Johnson. We also had some of our illustrious alumni entrepreneurs sharing their experiences with students. The speakers included Dr. S. K. Maini, Chairman, Maini Group- maker of Reva electric cars; Mr. Deepak Pahwa, Group Chairman, Indo- American Joint Ventures & Chairman, Pahwa Enterprises, Managing Director, Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd, awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the small-medium enterprise category in 1989; Mr. Debashish Bhattacharya, General Manager, Siemens; and Mr. Arvind Jain, Director, Bhilai Engineering Corporation.

Opulence also has case study, marketing, strategy forecasting & business paper contests besides workshops & panel discussions thus attempting to enhance awareness about corporate functioning and its demands. We also did a small session on 'Financial Statements & Balance Sheets' by Prof. Jayanto Mukhopadhyaya of IIM-C fame in this regard.

With the demands imposed by the corporate world witnessing sudden shifts, we believe that such activities are very important, and are striving hard to give Pragyan a definite structure. Support in terms of guidance & assistance is what we are looking for since as B-Tech students, our awareness on these issues is quite limited too. We are a group of around 15 students who are involved with the Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC), under the able guidance of Dr. P.K. Mishra from the Dept. of Chemical Engg.

(Forwarded by Varun Murali, B. Tech Part-III, Mechanical varun [DOT] adidas [AT] gmail [DOT] com)


IT takes IIT KGP by Storm
Arun @ Feb 18, 2007

By Ankit Khanna 2nd Engineering Physics

The 2007 installment of the Spring Fest, IIT KGP’s cultural fest, was held from the 25th to the 28th of January 2007. IT participated in full strength of 54, accompanied by Dr P. R. Maiti, from the Department of Civil Engineering and fared excellently in all categories. The grand display led to IT being crowned the 2nd best outstation team (who could have bettered us is beyond me, because I felt we were the best by far). The long list of proud achievements started on the very first day of the competitions, 26th of January, as the theatre team won 1st place in the Impromptu Short Skit Competition. A satire on the excitable nature of the media and illiteracy in villages won them first place by a considerable margin. The quizzers were in their element on the 27th as they fought off very tough competition for a laudable 4th place in MELA, the Music, Entertainment, Literature and Arts Quiz conducted by renowned quiz master Arun Mani. The reasons to celebrate on the 27th multiplied many fold as members of the Lit Team won the English Debate. A second place in Extempore was also to follow. On the 28th the Musicians got into the act as well, with a third place in the Solo Vocals. The Theatre Team pitched in another great performance and was rewarded with a third in the Mime. The Dance Team’s wonderfully original and energetic group performance won the third place in Centrifuge (not to mention a deafening ovation, off course). The Fine Arts Team meanwhile was in astounding form, winning a top 3 position in almost everything they participated in.

After some frolicking in Kolkatta on Monday the 29th, the team returned to IT on the 30th and was greeted with warm embraces and the customary congratulatory kicks. A tea party was organized by the Gymkhana on the 1st of February to felicitate the team.

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The Prize Winners:

Literary:

English Debate (1st Place):
Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engg. Physics
S.Vignesh, 2nd Material Science

Extempore (2nd Place):
Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engg. Physics

Theatre:

Impromptu(1st Place):
Gaurav Mittal, 2nd Maths and Computing
Pulkit Bohra, 2nd Metallurgy
Nikhil Sachan, 2nd Electronics
Neeraj Soni, 1st Engg. Physics
Akansha Mishra, 2nd Chemical
Ritika Nagar, 1st Pharmacy
Upasna Dixit, 1st Chemical
Harshit Dwivedi, 1st Maths and Computing
Abhijeet Shukla, 1st Electrical
Piyush Pandey, 1st Metallurgy

Mime (3rd Place):
Gaurav Mittal, 2nd Maths and Computing
Pulkit Bohra, 2nd Metallurgy
Nikhil Sachan, 2nd Electronics
Neeraj Soni, 1st Engg. Physics
Akansha Mishra, 2nd Chemical
Ritika Nagar, 1st Pharmacy
Upasna Dixit, 1st Chemical

Mime (3rd Place):(Contd..)
Harshit Dwivedi, 1st Maths and Computing
Abhijeet Shukla, 1st Electrical
Piyush Pandey, 1st Metallurgy
Devansh Arpit, 1st Electrical

Music:

Solo Vocals (3rd Place):
Mrinal, 2nd Mining

Dance:

Group Dance (3rd Place):
Ankit Sharma, 2nd Civil
Nikhil Jain, 3rd Ceramics
Arun Kumar Singh, 2nd Civil
Gaurav Agarwal, 2nd Electonics
Praneeth Kumar, 1st Civil
Rohit Jaiswal, 1st Computer Science
Ana Verma, 2nd Chemical
Shweta Poddar, 3rd Mining
Saloni Arya, 2nd Computer Science
Shubhda Kaushik, 2nd Civil
Deepali Saxena, 2nd Civil
Ritika Kapoor, 1st Biochemical
Shreya Singh, 1st Mining

Fine Arts:

Waiting for info.


Campus roundup-Technex’ 07, etc., etc.
Arun @ Feb 18, 2007

(Reported by Varun Murli, 3rd Mechanical and Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engg. Physics)

Technex- ITBHU’s national level annual technical fest was organized from the 19th to the 21st of January 2007. Technex’ 07 was promised to be a “reverie beyond races” and at the end of three enjoyable and technically stimulating days, it lived up to its promise. This is a year where Technex’ 07 has set new standards, be it in the quality of events, overall participation, guest lectures and workshops and not to forget huge cash prizes- a brand new 150 cc bike for the Panchatantrika, Rs. 20,000 in cash for the best working model as well as the ‘Code Warrior’. With total prizes worth Rs. 4 lakh and participation over 30 colleges and schools, Technex 07 has undoubtedly been a resounding success.

This will be remembered as a trend-setting year; the year in which Technex went international when Prof. Jackie Baltes and his team had humanoids swaying to tunes (along with the audience) of popular Indian songs and playing soccer. Guest lectures by Prof. Amitabha Ghosh, Mr. Rohan Narse and Prof. Arun Jain and industry-oriented workshops by IBM, TCS, Cognizant & L&T were enriching experiences.

Modex The Model Exhibition featured over 30 models besides exhibitions on Ceramics & Mining Engineering. The ingenuity was there for all to see with robotic cars, magnetically levitated trains, digital economies and robotic arms; technology that is going to run tomorrow’s world.

Extreme Engineering- a new addition to this year’s festival aimed at finding solutions to real life problems which are discipline specific. Be it Mechaniche The Mechanical Designing Contest; Chemoflage The Thermodynamics simulation & Plant Setup Contest; I-Struct The civil engineering cantilever truss design contest; Metamorphous- Optimizing The Metal Spraying Process; Electronica The Electronic Circuit designing contest or Empowered Design of Non-Conventional power plants; Technex ’07 set a new trend.

Robotrix- the Robotics Contest was into its third edition and here too Technex set new benchmarks with wireless robots in Need For speed- The Robot Race.
Optika- The Image Processing Contest and Quest for Atlantis- The Underwater Navigation Contest which had bots wading through a 3000 litre tank. Not to forget Robocop- the theme-based robotic event.

Papyrus- the Paper Presentation contest saw a whole lot of ideas and thesis put forward in the domains of Machine Design and Innovation; Chemical Process and Energy; Materials, Life Science & Pulsating Ideas as well as Computing & Mathematics. A new addition this year was the theme based paper “Consultants are rapidly transforming into world citizens”.

Bal Vigyan- saw participation in excess of a 100 students. The School Quiz tested their awareness on general issues and the youngsters were up to it.

The software industry is a behemoth and Byte the Bits- the software zone reflected that with participation of around 400 students. Eniac The Open Software Design Contest for 1st and 2nd year students; Altair- Idea conceptualization through software for 3rd and 4th year students; Code Warriors The Search for the best coder; Nightshift The Overnite software contest and Endeavour The Pre-defined problem contest surely had the future Narayana Murthys and Sabeer Bhatias putting their wits to test.

Panchatantrika- The Hunt for the Complete man saw around 350 students competing for that prestigious tag. Redesigning Banaras saw engineers racking their brains on how to supply electricity more efficiently in Banaras and also to enhance tourism near Ramnagar Fort.

Technex ’07 would not have been possible but for the team behind it. The student team led by Mr. Prayut Bhamawat deserves to be congratulated for putting on a grand show.


ZUULA-Mother of all search engines
Arun @ Feb 15, 2007

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This new search engine, which was launched for public use barely a month ago, has taken everyone by storm. The website (Zuula means march forward-in African language), privately owned, can be used to search a topic under 14 different search engines, including Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc. A user can also search under different categories such as web, images, news, blog, etc and different search engines come up under different categories.

For example, you can enter key-word IT-BHU and search under Images; you can see hundreds of beautiful photographs under Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and Flickr.

Also, one can find new results which can not be found under Google alone. For example, search under blog, using IT-BHU, and you will see a rare blog exclusively devoted to IIT issue (IT-BHU Vs IITV) by Tarun Mittal, our (4th year CSE) student, who dutifully records all news related to IIT conversion and provides links to associations (http://itbhuiitv.blogspot.com/).

For additional reading:

1) An article in New Jersey ‘Star-ledger’ newspaper about the story behind Zuula:
“Variety sparks search engine growth”.

Zuula news in Star Ledger

2) An announcement by Library of Ball State University, Indiana about making Zuula as official search engine:
“Ball State University Libraries Add ZUULA as a New Search Engine on all Public Workstations”

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3) Zuula blog (owned by Zuula)


4) An article about search engines, including listing of top 100 search engines:
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A Look at the Wider World of Search

Fri Feb 2, 2007 12:20PM EST

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Clearly, when we think search engines, only a few names pop to mind. Google, duh. And Yahoo!, of course. In fact, media research reveals that people conduct the majority of their searches on four search engines, in this order: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Ask.com. But Charles Knight, a search engine optimizer by profession, says there are many gems in the small, small percentage that get the rest of our queries. He narrows his favorites list to 100 in this well-written article, The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines.


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Arun @ Feb 15, 2007

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Teaching of Sanskrit and Yoga in Varanasi
Arun @ Feb 14, 2007
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Madonna to Russia, Varanasi rules
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madonna Varanasi, Jan. 31: Madonna might be his most famous student, but it is visitors from the erstwhile Soviet Union who are keeping Vedic scholar Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi busy.

Better known as Vagish Shastri, Tripathi had helped the pop star with her Sanskrit pronunciation back in 1998. Madonna’s recital of Sanskrit shlokas for her album Ray of Light was less than perfect. So she got in touch with Shastri, who runs the Kundalani Yoga Peeth in Varanasi, and took lessons over the phone.

It took her two days to get the pronunciation right, says Shastri, as students from Russia, Ukraine and other Soviet countries pour into his peeth.

On Makar Sankranti — January 14 — Boris Bidichev, a Ukrainian teacher, took Bhairav Mantra diksha from Shastri. He was followed by Igor Danylov, rechristened Ishwaranand Nath, who took Panchakshar Mantra diksha.
“When I return to my country, I plan to impart lessons in yoga and tantra in Ukraine and Russia,” says Igor, a post-graduate in modern history, dressed in loose saffron clothes. “I have already acquired some skills in yoga and have been given the epithet of Kul Chakreshwar. I will learn tantra skills and Sanskrit.”

When Igor was being inducted in the Vedic classes by Shastri last week, guests at the programme included five other Russians and Ukrainians, including Matsyendranath Maxim, a yoga-tantra practitioner, and Gorlov Ilya, a yoga teacher from Moscow.

Igor had been practising yoga for seven years in Ukraine before he was brought to Varanasi by Matsyendranath Maxim.
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Vedic scholar Tripathi (left) with his Russian students. Picture by Sanjay Gupta
The visitors claim that the collapse of the USSR is one of the reasons that so many of them are joining the quest for spiritualism. “It was obsession with communism till USSR lasted because the Soviet communist ideology ruled us at that time. The disintegration of the Soviet Union paved the way for a kind of disorientation among people. Soon, people began to turn to uncharted areas in search of solace. People began to explore religions, including Hinduism,” said Maxim, a painter who became a yoga-tantra practitioner after meeting Shastri.

“Most yoga learners are inquisitive about its spiritual dimensions and then they take to tantra. You will be surprised to know that Tantrik Chakras (tantrik communions) have sprung up in Ukraine and Russia, too,” he added.

Shastri echoes him: “During the last nine years, many students of yoga and tantra from former USSR have come to me for diksha.”

At his peeth, there are students from France, Germany and the US as well. Some are professionals curious about Indian culture, others are research scholars.

Students living abroad are taught shlokas through video-conferencing, much like Madonna was taught through tele-conference.

Shastri claims that the pop star was eager to visit India but could not because she was pregnant. But she made necessary pronunciation corrections in her album, where she had recited shlokas from the opening hymn of Yoga Taravali, which summarises the highest teachings of yoga.

Aishwarya and Abhishek at a temple in Mirzapur (near Varanasi)
Arun @ Feb 14, 2007
(News article from Telegraph India dated Jan 28)

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Tied in knots over a red dot - Mars scare passes, wedding sindoor ready

TAPAS CHAKRABORTY

Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan. 27: Every time Aishwarya Rai accompanies the Bachchans to a temple, the country is breathless.

Today, a red smear high on the actress’s forehead was enough to start the buzz that she had already married her fiance Abhishek Bachchan.

Amar Singh, ever present at Bachchan family outings, didn’t help matters with a slip of the tongue, referring to Aishwarya as “my daughter-in-law”. The Samajwadi Party politician quickly corrected himself: “Er, would-be daughter-in-law of the Bachchan family.”
aishabhi.JPG The truth was more humdrum, the priests at the Vindhyavasini Devi temple said. The red dot was the routine temple tilak and not sindoor, the mark of a married Hindu woman.

But vermilion was very much part of the theme at the temple in Mirzapur, which witnessed the final stage in warding off the Mars jinx in Aishwarya’s horoscope.
Amitabh, Aishwarya, Jaya and Abhishek in Mirzapur on Saturday. (AP)  
 
“The Bachchans have obtained a pot of vermilion sanctified through the puja. It will be used for the maang bharo ritual during the wedding, whenever that may happen,” priest Hanumandatt Pathak said.

The couple were accompanied by Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya, Aishwarya’s parents and Amar Singh, family in tow. Chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi MP-actress Jaya Prada were there, too.

At 12.15 pm, Ash and Abhishek stood surrounded by 11 priests who recited shlokas from the Vedas and conducted two rituals — the 16-step shodash sanskar and gode bharai — for the health and character of their future children. The second ritual saw Ash accept fruits from her would-be in-laws after a brief puja.

The families offered the deity a gold nose-ring, a silver umbrella and Rs 1.11 lakh.

“These rituals have finally freed Aishwarya from the manglik dosha,” head priest Rajan Pathak said.

Puja over, the entourage moved to a pandal erected by the Amar Singh Fan Association at Motijheel, 200 yards from the temple. There the star couple blessed 51 pairs of brides and grooms, being married off to mark Amar’s 51st birthday.

“Ash is not just our bahu, she is UP ki bahu (daughter- in-law of Uttar Pradesh),” Mulayam announced, at which the lady in white kurta and green dupatta blus- hed prettily, got off her chair and bowed to the drooling crowd.

Turmeric wards off Alzheimer's, cancer
Arun @ Feb 14, 2007
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Saturday, January 27, 2007 (New Delhi): As people live longer than ever before, age-related diseases like Alzheimer's are also on the rise.

With no known cure, Alzheimer's is a massive burden.
A study conducted in the University of California shows that one of the reasons why the rate of Alzheimer's in India is four times lower than in the USA is because turmeric is used in Indian cooking.

Turmeric contains a powerful substance called curcumin, which shields the brain from the damage that leads to Alzheimer's.

In 1989, Bharat Aggarwal, a leading researchers on turmeric, threw some turmeric onto cancer cells. The results were unbelievable. He found that turmeric cut down inflammation, preventing the replication of cancer cells.

It was this anti-inflammatory character of turmeric that led researchers to experiment with brain cells in rats, proving curcumin effective in Alzheimer's disease.

Healing properties

The research fits in with Ayurvedic knowledge, which uses turmeric to treat cancer and memory related disorders because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities.

The difference is Ayurveda uses turmeric in combination with other herbs or with milk while modern research aims at isolating curcumin and using it as a drug.

Aggarwal prescribes a daily dose of 8 gms of turmeric, about 40 times the amount of turmeric used in Indian cooking.

Experts in India say such a dose could be less safe than Ayurvedic prescriptions.

"It can react in cases of gastric ulcers. We also advise people to take it with milk. So it's absorbed by the fat in the milk, not otherwise," said Dr Joshi, Ayurvedic expert, BHU.

"Ayurveda says use the herb in its full form. It balances the side effects," added Ajay Sharma, President, Baidyanath.

Trials underway

Clinical trials on humans are on in the US to test curcumin's safety and efficacy in treating pancreatic cancer and preventing lung and colon cancer.

If successful, the future could see curcumin being developed into a drug much less toxic than existing anti-cancer drugs.

In India too, scientists are combining turmeric in anti-cancer drugs to reduce both dosage and toxic side effects.

Trials combining turmeric with malaria drug chloroquin to fight chloroquin resistance are also on. If this works, it can prevent many malaria deaths in India.


Readers Feedback
Arun @ Feb 13, 2007
  1. Dear team members of the chronicle 07:

    Thank you very much for your mail.
    Big congratulations for your efforts, the chronicle makes excellent reading for everyone & alumni get more nostalgic.

    Wish you the very best for future endeavours.

    Kind regards & happy, healthy New Year 2007

    Vinod Joshi (Chemical 1983)
    Vinod Joshi Jan 31, 2007

  2. As usual a wonderful job creating the chronicle. On the IIT update however, this link seems to have nothing to do with IIEST.

    http://www.business-standard.com/strategist/storypage.php?leftnm=6&subLeft=8&chklogin=N&autono=270776&tab=r

    Ujj Nath (Metallurgy 1979)
    ujj.nath@met79.itbhuglobal.org
    Jan 31, 2007

Chronicle replies:

  • Dear Ujj:

    The Business-Standard article has 1-2 lines about Andhra University accepting upgrading to IIT standard (read IIEST):

    "The government would provide all facilities to the international universities that set up their campuses in the proposed education district. The state government was keen on upgrading the Andhra University Engineering College at Visakhapatanam to IIT standards, he stated."

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