Published on March 15, 2007
The Chronicle March, 2007 issue.
Vol.2007 : Issue 0003
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This issue contains the campus news about Dr. CNR Rao visiting our campus and delivering a lecture. As everyone knows, he is the Chairman of Scientific Advisory Committee to Prime Minister, the highest ranking scientist in our country. The most remarkable thing happened was that he came at the invitation of our 4th year Mechanical student, Pushpendra Kumar! We all should appreciate magnanimity of Prof. Rao.
The issue contains the social service organization Svechha, started by our alumnus, Puneet Bindlish (Mining 2002). Our alumni are always in the forefront of giving something back to the society.
In the students corner section, we have included some news items which may be relevant to our students.
We need more news. Please send us news, events, articles, information, etc, at: chronicle[AT]itbhuglobal.org. Please indicate your branch/year.
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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:
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Varanasi, February 23
|A large number of budding technocrats participated in a four-day cultural festival ‘Kashiyatra-07’ at the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, here on Friday.
Several events like mime play, Mr. and Ms. Kashi Yatra, Rangoli (floor pattern), face painting, tattooing, creativity, music prelims, dance prelims and quiz were organised on Friday in which the students participated with a great zeal.
The main attraction of Thursday’s programme was a Kavi Sammelan in which noted satirists left students laughing and clapping till mid-night. The main hall of Swatantrata Bhawan remained jam-packed throughout the Kavi Sammelan.
Kavi Kumar Biswas compared the meet in which half-a-dozen poets from different parts of the country participated. Biswas recited a poem, ‘Utha Ke Meena Jo Maine Pucha, Kidhar Se Pehle...’ won great applause from the audience.
Ramesh Muskan of Agra rendered ‘Dhanya Ho Abdul Kalam Bhai, Apni Bhi Le Lo Salam Bhai’. Cheers greeted the poem of Muskan in which he outlined the love story of a Brahmin with a modern girl.
Praveen Shukla got appreciation over his creation ‘Former Lover, Present Husband’. Sampat Saran of Rajasthan made serious comments over degradation of values among the youth. Later, Pradeep Chaubey and Manik Verma also entertained the students.
A press-release from SAIL:
Mr S. Bhattacharya is SAIL’s new Director (Finance)
New Delhi, February 27, 2007
|Mr Soiles Bhattacharya has assumed charge as Director (Finance) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). Prior to this he was Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) in SAIL’s Central Marketing Organisation.
After graduating as a Metallurgical Engineer from Banaras Hindu University, Mr Bhattacharya joined SAIL as Graduate Trainee in 1974. Continuing to pursue his academic interests, he completed his ICWA in 1989 while in service.
Mr Bhattacharya has served in different units of SAIL and has earned accolades for spearheading several key initiatives in the organisation. He has been credited with setting up the cost control department during his stint at SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant. Mr Bhattacharya also had an opportunity to serve as a certified Action Leadership tutor at SAIL’s Management Training Institute located at Ranchi.
(forwarded by Nitin Mohan ECE 1999)
Ranchi, February 19, 2007
The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Alumni Association, Ranchi unit will soon launch its own website with the details of the members. This was announced during the annual alumni meet at Mecon Horticulture Nursery on Sunday.
The alumni members felt that it would be easier for the members to remain in touch. Plans are also afoot to institute awards for the wards of the members of the alumni families to recognize their merits. The details of the plan will be worked out in the next meeting, likely to be held in June this year. The alumni are contemplating to bring out a souvenir in June.
The alumni's function got off with garlanding the portrait of the founder of the BHU, Madan Mohan Malaviya followed by the kulgeet and introduction of the members. The members also observed a two-minute's silence as a mark of homage for the departed soul of former Central Mine Planning & Design Institute PRO Ravindra Kumar, who died of dengue four months back.
RC Prasad, a retired HEC employee and the oldest member of the alumni association (he graduated in 1950 in engineering) shared his memories of the university. He thanked the teachers of the BHU and said that the atmosphere of BHU had taught him the nuances of practical life and prepared him to face the challenges of life, adversities in particular.
Several prominent persons from various walks of life including government officials, doctors, engineers, industrialists, businessmen, journalists and entrepreneurs were present along with their families.
While the elder members enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding, children were busy in playing games.
|Prof. CNR Rao is the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; President Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore; Chairman Indo-Japan Science Council and the list goes on and on. But the most apt address for him is a pioneer for science in India.|
|(Prof. CNR Rao-file photo)|
How Prof. CNR Rao came to IT-BHU is a story worth telling.
It all began with Pushpendra Kumar, a student of fourth mechanical in IT-BHU, facing technical difficulties while working on a hydrogen genset project. Feeling perplexed he decided to seek help from some of India’s renowned professors at the IITs and other renowned universities, e-mailing them his problem and requesting suggestions. However, he was greatly disappointed when he didn’t receive even a single reply. So, Pushpendra carried on the best he could.
Meanwhile, one of his papers titled “Safety Aspects of Hydrogen” was selected in the International Conference on Hydrogen held in Jaipur in November 2006. While going through the brochure of the conference Pushpendra saw that CNR Rao was the national advisor to the board. Being an optimist he decided to e-mail him as well, though previous experiences told him that any help would be unlikely. So he was naturally very surprised when he received a response, referring him to Dr AK Shukla, Director Central Electrochemical Research Institute Karaikudi, who conducted research in a similar field. With Prof. Rao’s reference he contacted Dr AK Shukla and promptly received his assistance.
Pushpendra recalled Prof. Rao’s statement in the newspapers that “Science in India will die within the next few years”. He had several questions for Prof. Rao regarding this statement, so he requested him to deliver a seminar on the “Science Scenario in India” in IT-BHU. Prof. Rao had surprised Pushpendra once before when he took time to assist him with his technical problem, but he was absolutely astounded when Prof. Rao, despite his very busy schedule, agreed to his request. Prof. SN Upadhyay, Director IT-BHU gave Pushpendra’s suggestion the thumbs up and a seminar was scheduled during Prof. Rao’s visit to BHU in March 07.
On 12th March at 4.00 PM, Prof. Rao delivered his seminar in G-11 before a huge audience comprising of students and faculty members of IT-BHU. He talked of how the contribution of India to global research has fallen over the past ten years. He encouraged the audience to shrug off mediocrity and produce high quality research and asked the youth of India to step forward and lead the country to better things.
For more about Prof. CNR Rao, please read http://www.jncasr.ac.in/cnrrao/
The Institution of Engineers, Varanasi Local Center (IEVLC)& the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering jointly organised the All India Seminar on “Energy : The Future Scenario”. The seminar was held on 10th and 11th March, 2007 in Swatantrata Bhawan, BHU.
The inaugural function of the seminar set the tone for the coming two days as the Chief Guest, Sri Mihir Moitra, Vice President, Hindalco Industries Ltd. incorporated in his speech the present energy scenario in general in the country, the efforts of his company in making itself more energy efficient. The Guest of honor, Sri R.K. Hegde, Additional Director, Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore gave insight into developments in the area of renewable sources of energy. The inaugural function was presided over by Prof. S.K. Sharma, Head of Department, Department of Mechanical Engineering, ITBHU. The Chairman of the seminar, Prof. B.B. Bansal, the convener of the seminar and the Chairman of IEVLC, Prof. A.K. Agarwal and Dr. R.K. Mishra, the organizing Secretary were the others who were present in the inaugural function.
The seminar consisted of 5 technical sessions of paper presentation intertwined with a cultural function at the end of the first day. The seminar was concluded by a panel discussion on the theme of the seminar. The seminar saw 47 papers being presented and a few keynote lectures by some of the renowned names of the country.
The keynote lectures, which were one of the most important parts of the seminar, were given by Mr. R.K. Hegde, Shri S.C. Solanki, Ex-head of dept., Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT-Roorkee, Mr. S.V. Bhate, Technical Advisor to the Director-Refineries, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Mr. Raju Kalra, EESD Div., L.G. Electronics Pvt. Ltd. and Shri P. Banerjee, Steel Authority of India Ltd.
The evening of first day was graced by a Bharatnatyam performance, and two plays from the renowned Aarshi Theatre Group from Kolkata.
The event concluded with a heated panel discussion where all the members had assumed different roles viz. Mr. B. K. Padhi, Manager, Captive Power Plant, NALCO, assumed the role of energy consumer, Mr. Raju Kalra assumed the role of energy consuming electronics goods manufacturer, Mr. R.K. Hegde assumed the role of power management and production person, Mr. S.V. Bhate, the energy producer, Mr. P. Banerjee, another energy consumer and Shri S.C. Solanki, the academician. The moderator of the event was Prof. B.B. Bansal. The panel discussion on the theme of the seminar was very interesting for the students apart from the other participants present there as well.
Prof. AK Agarwal concluded the seminar by thanking all the people individually who had come from far and apart to make it a success.
For background info about the seminar, please visit our institute’s official website: http://itbhu.ac.in/ieconf/index.htm
(The above report was prepared and submitted by Varun Murali, B. Tech-Part III, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering).
The move came in the wake of central govt. decision to expand the total seats in selected higher education institutions by 54% because of new reservation policy. This expansion of capacity will need more faculty, and to remove faculty crunch, one of the options is to increase the retirement of faculty members.
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Varanasi, March 8
ABOUT 500 million adults worldwide were suffering from chronic kidney diseases, experts said here on Thursday. They were speaking at a World Kidney Day programme. The Nephrology Department of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University and the International Society of Nephrology organised the function.
Eminent nephrologists said early detection was the best way to avoid kidney transplant or dialysis. “Kidney transplant and dialysis are too expensive for citizens of developing countries,” they said.
“Only 4 to 5 per cent of the population in India can afford kidney transplant or dialysis,” they added. “Early detection of kidney diseases is possible through simple urine and blood tests,” they said.
Head of the Nephrology Department Prof Rana Gopal Singh, Prof Jai Prakash, Dr PK Rai and Dr Shivendra Singh laid stress on raising awareness about these diseases. Prof Rana Gopal Singh, Head of the Urology Department Prof Udai Shanker Dwivedi, Prof Jai Prakash, Dr Shivendra Singh and Prof Pratap Bahadur Singh also held a panel discussion. They said one should undergo regular check-up to avoid chronic kidney diseases.
Besides, a free health screening programme to detect kidney disease, diabetes, blood pressure and cardiac trouble were organised at Sir Sunderlal Hospital of the BHU.
Varanasi, March 8
RALLIES, SEMINARS and exhibitions were organised here on Thursday to mark the International Women’s Day. A large number of women rallied against domestic violence and female infanticide.
The rallyists set off from the main gate of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and passed through Lanka, Durgakund, Vijaya crossing, Shivala and Bhadain. The rally concluded at Assi. The rally was held under the banner of World Literacy of Canada, Varanasi branch. It is a premier literacy agency working in several countries.
A large number of women, including ruralfolk, participated in a meeting at the district headquarters to press for women’s rights. The meeting was organized under the auspices of the Social Action Research Centre (SARC), a non-government organisation, and Mahila Chetna Samiti.
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Faculty of Visual Arts at BHU jointly organised a painting competition and exhibition on ‘Varanasi Through Women’s Eyes’, and ‘Women-Forging Ahead’.
Human Welfare Association volunteers took out a rally in Sarnath and offered prayers for peace and amity. Later, a workshop was organised. Association director Dr Rajnikant, Pyari Devi, Kumari Naushaba and Madhuri Singh were prominent among those who addressed the gathering.
A seminar on “Women Changing Social Atmosphere in India” was organised at the Matri Bhawan in Bhelupur area on Thursday to mark the occasion.
Matri Bhavan director Father M Santiago, Prof Sushila Singh, Principal of Mahila Mahavidyalaya, and Dr Vijay Shivpuri, Principal of Basant Mahila Mahavidyalaya, were prominent among those who addressed the seminar.
(We are starting a section of news about Varanasi from this issue).
Barely a few kilometres and half an hour drive from Varanasi, Sarnath hardly needs an introduction. And this beautiful place is not just a favourite haunt for those interested in Buddhism, but also for those who want to connect to the glorious past of the country. Our correspondent re-visits this quaint little place to return bathed in history. Tarannum Manjul
This is certainly not a very unknown place, for anyone who knows even a bit about Buddhism must have heard the name of Sarnath.
But knowing about it and visiting the place in reality are two different experiences altogether. And if the visit is just out of inquisitiveness and leaves you spiritually purified and also, appreciative of the ancient architecture, it is certainly worth it.
Situated some 10-odd kilometres away from the holy city Varanasi, Sarnath in comparison is a much quieter place. And apart from the Buddhist structures, it also had the Institute of Buddhist Studies out here. So as you approach this city after a half hour journey by road, leaving behind the sadhus in saffron, you cannot miss the sight of traditionally dressed Buddhist monks, instantly reminding you the connection of this city with Buddha.
For those who are still unaware, Sarnath was the place where Buddha, after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Bihar, came and delivered his first sermon.
The landmarks, out up by the state's tourism department and also, a local guide's running commentry, tell you that the famous emperor Ashoka came to Sarnath in around 2nd Century BC and was truly inspired by the fact that this was the place where Buddha's sermons were first heard. He build a stupa here, which is one of the biggest stupas remaining today. Between 3rd century and 11th century, a number of Buddhist structures including stupas and monastries were build here, whose remains still are a wonderful piece of architecture.
Although the entire place is a haven for those who love the ruins of the past, the two main stupas are indeed a work of art. The Chaukhandi Stupa and the Dhamek Stupa are the two whose remains take back you in time.
The former is said to be the first stupa here and was built by Ashoka. The second, Dhamek Stupa, is around 44 metres high and is made from the stone-brick combination.
What makes this one different from the former is the exquisite stucco work reflective of the Maurya period.
The other remains out here are said to be a part of the monastry which was built here to spread the teachings of Buddha.
And what attracts one towards these remains is the statues of Buddha in his famous `Padmasana' (lotus asana) which have been created by artisans on the walls of the buildings. At a few places, one can also see a few scenes from the life of Buddha, but time has taken its toll over these statues.
Apart from the entire campus, the other places where one can visit in this quant little place is the the Mulgandha Kuti Vihar. One of the modern buildings out here, this temple has the paintings and frescos by Japan's famous painter Kotesu.
The ruins of the old temple can still be seen in the background. Then, one can also visit the Sarnath museum where relics from the past, pieces excavated from the ruins and also, the country national emblem three faced lion can be seen.
Varanasi, March 6
THE SABARMATI Express plying between Faizabad and Gujarat will be extended up to Varanasi for the convenience of passengers.
Talking to mediapersons here today, divisional railway manager (DRM) of the Northern Railways for Lucknow division, RK Gupta said the notification for extension of the train would be issued soon. He said that Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had announced the extension of this train up to Varanasi in the Railway Budget.
Gupta said that the first Jan Sadhran ticket booking counter of Lucknow division has been set up at Thatheri Bazar area in Varanasi for the convenience of passengers. Now, the passengers would not have to wait in long queues at the station for getting their train tickets just before the departure of trains, he added. He said passengers could buy their tickets as per their convenience in the city. Three more such counters would be set up at Kachehry, Chhitupur and Pandeypur areas soon, he said.
The DRM further said an air conditioned waiting hall and a VIP room would be set up near the entrance of platform number one at the Varanasi cantonment station.
He said that the doubling of tracks between Mughalsarai and Lucknow was in progress and the entire project was expected to be completed by the year 2009. The work on three sectors between Jafarabad and Lucknow was also in progress, he added.
Earlier, DRM inaugurated the Jan Sadharan ticket booking counter at Thatheri Bazar area.
Railway official Gitanjali Kame, the divisional commercial manager, Amod Gupta were also present on the occasion.
The DRM also flagged off the 4257 Up Kashi Vishwanath Express from platform number 9. The train had been awarded the ISO certification. The Kashi Vishwanath Express is the second important train of Lucknow division, availing an ISO certification.
Varanasi, March 9
|FEARING TROUBLE, the city movie hall owners have decided not to screen Deepa Mehta’s controversial Water in Varanasi. As Mehta’s crew faced strong protests while shooting the movie in Varanasi in 2000, the exhibitors preferred not to screen the movie after its release nation-wide release on Friday.
“We think the distributors themselves preferred not to get the movie released in Varanasi in view of the protests the director faced here in 2000”, manager of Taksal theater told HT, adding, “The exhibitors themselves seem not interested in screening the movie as doing so would mean inviting trouble”. Similar sentiments were expressed by another manager at Sajan theater.
“The movie Water was not released in Varanasi and I think it would not be released in future also”, he said, requesting anonymity. Significantly, Deepa Mehta was forced to pack her bags in 2000 in Varanasi.
Later, she headed for Sri Lanka where the movie was shot. Those who spearheaded the agitation in 2000 lashed at Deepa Mehta for hurting the sentiments of Hindus, especially widows and also the followers of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, in the movie.
Svechha is a non-profit organization initiated by an ITBHU alumnus, Puneet Bindlish, along with senior professionals from software industry. The main aim is to help people in need in the areas of children education, old age care, sponsoring libraries, medical care etc. As a first step, Svechha has adopted two projects, Trinity old home and Orphanage in L.B.Nagar, Hyderabad & Bala-vikas, a school for disabled kids in Kukatpally, Hyderabad.
“Old age home is in bad need of funds to just have enough food and basic facilities for funds. Our main aim is to help them provide operational expenses for the age home and get more training material and sponsor poor disabled kid’s education.“ said Puneet Bindlish, Vice President, Svechha Foundation.
For raising funds & crating awareness, Svechha intends to do various fun & meaningful events. In the same pursuit, Svechha organized a fund-raising event called ROCK RHYTHMZ, first of its kind National Level Rock Contest. This event was also significant as it was the first Rock event of its kind for a social cause & also provided a platform for IT corporate Rock bands alongside professional bands participating.
Rock bands from Bombay, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad participated in this contest along with corporate bands from IT companies like Microsoft, Oracle, CSC and Satyam. The pre-finals were conducted on March 2nd at PRASADS Multiplex. The final event was on March 3rd at Durgam Cheruvu, Hyderabad. Winners of Campus Rock Idol, ‘History Makers’ gave a special performance dedicated to the beneficiaries of the event. The contest culminated with a DJ ball featured DJ Moksh.
The contest was won by Chennai Based band “Panatella”, followed up by Satyam Band as 1st runners up. Prizes were given by Famous Music Director, Chakri & other film personalities from Telugu Film Fraternity. The show was supported by TV9, Big FM, Café Coffee Day, Vision Avenues, Prasads Multiplex, Hyderabad Central along with various volunteers from IT companies at Hyderabad like Oracle, Infosys, iSoft, SumTotal Systems, Satyam.
“All the Svechha members and volunteers worked for this event without taking any compensation. All the funds raised now would be used to fund these two organizations and few other poor students in Andhra Pradesh. Lot of effort was put to reduce the expenses for the event so that the maximum go to the people in need” Svechha Officials stated.
|Winners of Rock Rhythmz, Best Drummer and Best Bass||Panatella from Chennai|
|Runners and Best Vocalist||Satyam Band|
|Best Lead guitarist||Pushing Tin|
|AUDITIONS||FINALISTS||HISTORY MAKERS||HONOURING OUR |
|OUR STRENGTH||PRIZE |
|(Puneet Bindlish graduated from the Dept. of Mining Engineering, IT-BHU in 2002 and is currently the CEO of Infogile Corporation, a fast paced IT development and software consulting company. He is also the Vice President of Svechha and his company, Infogile, has decided to extend “life long” assistance to Svechha in all its philanthropic efforts. For further information, email at info[at]svechha.org)|
(The above report is forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, Electrical 2002)
A new magazine to be published by Chemical Engineering Department
The Chemical Engineering Dept. is planning to publish a departmental magazine by March end or early April. This was stated by its editor, Somesh Nath Gupta, a second year student in the dept.
According to Somesh, the magazine, which is yet to be named, will contain news, views and technical reviews pertaining to chemical engineering. The frequency will be initially on quarterly basis, but may be made bi-monthly later. The plan is to publish it online as well as in hard copies. An advisory committee (consisting of students, alumni and faculty) is being formed to guide the publication of the magazine.
The magazine format is being finalized, but following sections are being planned:
- Technical Article by professionals
- Innovative Thinking
- Suggestions and platform to say something
Chemical Engineering Department organizes Pravaah 07
The chemical engineering dept. is organizing a technical festival, called Pravaah 07. It will be arranged some time between October 2007 to January 2008; the exact date is being finalized.
This was stated by Nikhaar Jain, a second year student in the dept.,
who is among the organizers for the event.
A tentative outline for the event is as follows:
- Guest Lectures
- Panel Discussions
- Design and Simulation Contest
- Technical Paper Contest
- Business Plan
- Software Contest
- Innovation Center
- Technical Quiz
- Debate Competition
According to Nikhaar, the organizers shall invite participants, teachers and some bureaucrats related to Chemical Engineering from all over the country using the brand name of I.T.-BHU
Our alumnus, Amanjyot Singh has started a blogspot to connect all alumni across the globe. He is a resident of California and nearing to the completion of his MBA study at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
His blog organizes alumni by country and location, with the help of interactive map by Frappr (www.frappr.com). Aman has sent the following message to our alumni:
While we are all dispersed geographically it makes sense to have a common place where we can figure out who lives where and possibly connect with all of our friends, batchmates, seniors and juniors now spread across the world.
So, I've created an interactive blog where you can add your details and search for alumni or old ITBHU pals who might be near you or for that matter anywhere in the world.
Feel free to forward to all alumni forums that you may know of!!
Once WB govt. is also agreeing for IIEST rules for its college, centre will go ahead with formalities to convert five selected colleges into IIESTs.
- An interesting news item about BEC and IIEST in Express India.
“BESU tries hard for INI status but Centre needs more time”
Photo-Parliament session in progress for IIT/IIEST debate
- Discussion about IIEST in the Parliament
- Discussion about 3 brand-new IITs in the Parliament
(Links provided by BEC Alumni Webmaster)
We are publishing this news, since it has also relevance to students of other colleges. Although imposing restriction on students for internet use is debatable, but the discussion is interesting and informative.-Chronicle team
Debate: will Web restriction help?
Posted Thursday , March 15, 2007 at 03:00
Updated Thursday , March 15, 2007 at 09:55
NET ADDICTION: IIT Powai authorities say they would like students to venture out of the virtual world.
Scores of students of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Powai were in for a rude shock when the institute disallowed students from accessing Internet in their hostel rooms.
The rule of restriction on Net access - that has been passed in IIT hostels - says the addiction to surfing, gaming and blogging was affecting students’ performance, making them reclusive and even suicidal in some cases.
While the Internet access in the campus has been restricted, many students have been left wondering if it would serve any purpose.
Some of them even say that it is simply a misguided move.
Will these restrictions have the desired effect? On CNN-IBN show India 360 Director, IIT Bombay Ashok Misra, psychiatrist Dr Anjali Chabria, and IIT Delhi student Kunal Sood joined the debate.
IIT restricts Internet usage so that students interact. Will this work?
The authorities at IIT Powai say it would like its students to venture out of the virtual world into the real one and interact more, which could help in countering loneliness and depression.
The institute claims that students had stopped socialising and many were often late for the morning lectures because they spent late hours surfing the net—that too for non-academic purposes. The administration has decided to prohibit access to the Internet for students between 2300 hrs IST to 0800 hrs IST.
The pressure to perform on IITians leaves them with very little time or avenue to interact with people outside the campus. Restricting Internet access—which could have been an outlet for these students may prove counterproductive.
Students Corner: An article-“Will IITs remain islands of excellence?” in India enews
Excerpts from the article:
“At a recent event organized at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai, Tata Steel managing director B. Muthuraman expressed disenchantment with its graduates. 'We are not likely to recruit them any longer,' he said, adding his company preferred students from other colleges, who, though less endowed, were more amenable to company training. IIT guys tend to think too much of themselves.
This is indeed a bold article written by Bhamy V. Shenoy, an alumnus of IIT-Madras (Mechanical 1965). Based in Texas, he frequently visits India for social work under different NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) such as Asha and Pratham. He is also an editor of the magazine-Catalyst (www.afhd.org), .the first ever magazine brought out by social service organizations in India. The managing director of Tata Steel is also an IIT-Madras alumnus. The same article with slightly different headlines has also appeared in other newspapers.
The reason for including it in chronicle is to show that the same situation also applies to other colleges, and it is a learning lesson for all-students, alumni and faculty of engineering colleges across India. Despite the above comments, IITs are among the best teaching institutes in the world.
The article has some minor statistical errors, which may be corrected as follows:
Students Corner: Google Summer of Code
This is a good place for students to show their coding skill.
Students Corner: Science and Paradox
Some of the scientific theories have also created paradox. A paradox is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a statement, theory or an expression seemingly absurd or contradictory to common notions or to what would be naturally be believed, but in fact really or apparently true. We shall examine three such theories: