IT BHU Chronicle: March'07 edition
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

Published on March 15, 2007
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From the editor’s desk
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

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] Please indicate your branch/year.

Thanking you,
The Chronicle Team

Announcement-Reverberations magazine invites articles!
Arun @ Mar 23, 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:

  1. The articles are invited from students, alumni and faculty of IT-BHU.
  2. 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.
  3. The articles should not be preferably more than 1000 words (about three pages) long. You may submit photos, as necessary.
  4. 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.
  5. The first issue will be of 60 pages in length. The length subsequent issues will be decided upon the response received from the writers.
  6. Please submit your articles latest by March end. You may send it to chronicle[AT] In the subject line, please write: “article for Reverberations” Please indicate your branch/year.

Please note the last date for receiving articles is now extended to March 31. 2007.

Announcement: Chronicle needs volunteers
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

Due to increased activity, chronicle invites students/alumni interested working as volunteers for chronicle. We have requirement of few volunteers for the following areas:

  • Uploading of articles and website management
  • Collecting news and reporting
  • Editing, etc.

You may send your response to chronicle[AT] In the subject line, please write: “volunteer for chronicle Please indicate your branch/year.

IT-BHU News: Budding technocrats join ‘Kashiyatra-07’
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, February 23

lanka.jpgA 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.
Students of around 30 engineering colleges are participating in various competitive events in the festival. The festival was inaugurated on Thursday evening and some events such as fashion show prelims, mimicry and dumb charades were held.

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.

Alumni News: Soiles Bhattacharya (Metallurgy 1974) as Director (Finance) of Steel Authority of India Limited
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

A press-release from SAIL:

Mr S. Bhattacharya is SAIL’s new Director (Finance)

New Delhi, February 27, 2007

sail.jpgMr 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)

Alumni News: BHU alumni plan website
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

Gautam Mazumdar

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.

Campus News: Prof. CNR Rao Comes to IT-BHU
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007
cnr.jpg 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

Campus News: All India Seminar on Future Scenario of Energy
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007
logo.jpgstar.jpg logoeng.jpg

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:

(The above report was prepared and submitted by Varun Murali, B. Tech-Part III, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering).

Faculty news
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007
The central govt. announced that the retirement age of Centrally Funded Educational Institutions (which includes BHU) from 62 to 65 years, and in some circumstances up to 70 years.

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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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for enhancing the age of superannuation for teaching positions in Centrally Funded Educational Institutions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development from 62 to 65 years of age, with provision for re-employment beyond 65 years and upto 70 years of age against sanctioned vacancies if they are not filled up by regular candidates, after screening under the UGC Guidelines at the age of 65 years.

In order to meet the growing demand for high quality personnel both in the technical and non-technical field, there is a need not only for qualitative improvement of teaching staff in the institutions of higher education including those in the field of technical education, but also for further expansion of the existing capacities. As part of its constitutional responsibility for co-ordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education, the Central Government has from time to time been deciding about the pay structure and other service conditions including age of retirement in respect of faculties of centrally funded institutions of higher education including those in the field of technical education. During the recent years, the higher educational institutions have been facing rather acute shortage of faculty in various disciplines.

The Cabinet’s decision for enhancing the age of retirement of faculty member in all the Centrally Funded Educational Institutes will help retain the retiring faculty members with a view to meeting the shortage of faculty.



BHU News: 500 m suffer from kidney diseases
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

HT Correspondent
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.

BHU News: Women rally against domestic violence
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

HT Correspondent
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.

Varanasi News: Relics of Buddha’s sermons
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

(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 News: Sabarmati Exp to be extended up to Varanasi soon
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

HT Correspondent
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 News: Water not screened in Varanasi
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

HT Correspondent
Varanasi, March 9

water.jpgFEARING 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.

Alumni Project: Launching of Svechha Organization
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

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.

Rock Rythmz News
Winners of Rock Rhythmz, Best Drummer and Best BassPanatella from Chennai
Runners and Best Vocalist Satyam Band
Best Lead guitarist Pushing Tin
For further information about Event:



puneet.JPG (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]

(The above report is forwarded by Rajat Harlalka, Electrical 2002)

Announcement: Chemical Departments new magazine
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

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:

  • Introduction
  • Faculty
  • News
  • Project
  • Technical Article by professionals
  • Innovative Thinking
  • Seniors
  • Suggestions and platform to say something
  • Alumni
  • Achievements

Announcement: Pravaah 2007
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

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
  • Workshops
  • 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

Alumni blog started by Amanjyot Singh Johar (Electrical 2001)
Arun @ Mar 23, 2007

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 ( Aman has sent the following message to our alumni:

Dear 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!!



Update on IIEST front
Arun @ Mar 21, 2007
It seems that govt. needs more time to think over on IIEST issue. While Kerala state govt. is agreeing for upgrade of CUSAT to IIEST and Andhra Pradesh state govt. is also ready for upgrading both its engineering colleges to IIEST- the Osmania University College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, and the Andhra Pradesh College of Engineering, Visakhapatanam, it is the West Bengal state govt., which is creating hurdle for its college. The state govt. is not willing to up its hold over the college, Bengal Engineering College (BEC) -now known as Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU).

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.

  1. 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

  2. Discussion about IIEST in the Parliament



    TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.07.2006



    Will the Minister of HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-

    (a) whether the Government has decided to provide special financial assistance to seven engineering colleges across the country for their upgradation to the level of IITs;

    (b) if so, the details in this regard alongwith the names of such institutions; and

    (c) the extent of financial assistance Government proposes to provide to help each of such institutes?



    (a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The Government has allocated special financial assistance during 2006-07 to the following seven engineering colleges across the country for their upgradation:-
    Sl.No	Institutions					Amount (Rs. in crores)

    1. Bengal Engineering College, Howrah 10.00 2. Cochin University of Science and 10.00 Technology, Cochin 3. Andhra University College of 8.00 Engineering, Vishakhapatnam 4. University College of Engineering 7.00 combined with the University College of Technology, both belonging to Osmania University, Hyderabad 5. Jadavpur University’s Engineering & 7.00 Technology Departments 6. Institute of Technology, Banaras 12.00 Hindu University 7 Zakir Hussain College of 7.00 Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University. Total: 61.00

    (c): Further financial assistance will be provided to the above seven institutes in the 11th Five Year Plan depending upon their requirements and availability of funds.

  4. Discussion about 3 brand-new IITs in the Parliament

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Students Corner: IIT-Bombay restricts surfing of internet
Arun @ Mar 21, 2007

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.

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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.

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Students Corner: An article-“Will IITs remain islands of excellence?” in India enews
Arun @ Mar 21, 2007

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.
Reality is that brand IIT thrives on its past reputation.
The Tata Steel chief, recalling his recent interaction with some final-year students of IIT Chennai, observed they could not even name the authors of the subject books they were supposed to have studied. He later found out that the students were able to clear the tests without having to read books. He was in for further shock on discovering that their teachers were no more knowledgeable about the subjects they were supposed to teach.”

Chronicle adds:

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 (, .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:

  • A total of 299,000 students appeared for IIT-JEE last year, out of which about 5,000 were selected for 7 IITs.
  • Amount of money spent on coaching classes each year is about Rs. 500 crores.
  • Govt. spends about 800 crores each year on IITs.

Students Corner: Google Summer of Code
Arun @ Mar 21, 2007


Google invites applications for Google Summer of code.

This is a good place for students to show their coding skill.

(Forwarded by Arun Kumar Mishra ECE)

Students Corner: Science and Paradox
Arun @ Mar 21, 2007

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:

  1. Time machine and Grand father Paradox
    SC1.jpg This is the most common cited example of paradox to a scientific theory. The noted writer, H. G. Wells wrote “The Time Machine, An Invention” in 1895. This fired up imaginations of supporters of quantum mechanics, who stated that such machine is possible. According to quantum mechanics theory, there are many parallel universes which co-exist, and one can travel through different universes to go backward in time. Thus according to the theory, one can visit half-a-century ago in time and meet his grandfather.

    The opponents of such theory point out that what if the scientist travels backward in time and kills his grandfather, who is still a young boy? This is called grand father clause or grand father paradox. Once the grand father is murdered at the young age, he will not have any children, and thus the scientist would not have born.

    (A promotional poster of 2002 movie “Time Machine”, based on novel by H. G. Wells)

    This seemingly contradiction is answered by supporters of quantum theory, who argue that since quantum mechanics is governed by probabilities, an unmeasured entity (in this case, your historical grandfather) has numerous probable states. When that entity is measured (his living status is verified), the number of its probable states singularises, resulting in a single outcome (in this case, ultimately, you). Therefore, since the outcome of your grandfather is known, you killing your grandfather would be incompatible with that outcome. Thus, the outcome of one's trip backwards in time must be complementary with the state from which one left.

    For further reading:

    No turning back

  2. Slowing down the clock while travelling at a speed of light
    sc3.jpgAccording to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a clock in a spacecraft travelling at a speed comparable to the speed of light slows down. This was verified by US govt. when two atomic clocks (with a precision of a billionth of a second) were tested. One of the clocks was resting on the earth and other was placed in a supersonic aircraft. In this famous experiment (done during middle of 20th century), the clock in the aircraft ran slower than one on the earth, thus proving Einstein’s theory.

    Einstein added that not just mechanical clocks, but biological clocks also tend to run slower when travelling at a high-speed. This means that if a scientist travels in a spacecraft at a speed almost equal to the speed of light, and movers around universe, he can remain young for ever. When he returns to the planet earth after several centuries, all his cousins and relatives will be dead, but he will be alive.

    Albert Einstein (1879-1955) on TIME’s cover page

    Some scientists challenge the reference frame selected for the theory, as everything is relative in the universe. They argue that when spacecraft leaves, why not it is considered stationary and earth as moving? In that case, scientist should be dead first. No has found answer to this argument yet.

  3. Nature and speed of light
    sc4.jpgSir Isaac Newton was a genius and great mathematician, who invented calculus. However, he had trouble explaining his physics theories to fellow scientists. He made the erroneous statement the speed of sound (344 m/s or 770 mph or 1238 km/h) is the maximum possible to achieve by any man-made craft. Today we know about supersonic aircraft and 35,000 Km/hr spacecrafts.

    He also proposed the theory that just like sound waves, light waves also requires a medium to travel. To support this argument, he stated that the universe is filled with medium called ether. When asked whether it will not slow down the speed of rotation of planets, he assumed ether to be of negligible density, thus offering zero resistance.

    Now we all know that light waves are electro-magnetic waves, and do not need any medium to travel. They are consisting of particles, called photons, which have weights. Einstein proved that light bends under the influence of gravity, hence carry weights. He also stated that weight of an object increases as it travels near the speed of the light, which is about 300,000 Km/sec.

    Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

    As a corollary to the theory of general relativity, Einstein proposed a fourth dimension called time, in addition to the 3 space dimensions, which is now known as space-time theory. According to this theory, it is impossible for nay object to travel faster than the speed of the light. This theory is true for now.

    Readers Feedback
    Arun @ Mar 21, 2007
    1. Correction in Feb issue:

      Sandeep Gupta is _CSE_ 87

      Chronicle article in Feb issue-Sandeep Gupta (Electrical 1987) receives award for publication

      Sanjay Dani (CSE 1987)
      March 12, 2007

      Chronicle replies:


      Thanks for correcting the info. We shall publish it in next chronicle issue.

      -Chronicle team

    2. Dear fellow ITians,

      I'm a student of Mechanical 2007 batch. I just mailed to say to you that I really appreciate the efforts that the editorial team of Chronicle is putting in this noble endeavour.

      And I'm happy to notice that unlike in other ventures back in the institute, the enthusiasm here never seems to fizzle out. And your efforts in building a breed of ITians passionate about their alma mater will never be lost.

      Keep up the good work!

      Anil Chakravarthy, VP, Symantec India Corp. is an alumnus of IT-BHU. I'm not sure about the batch it is around 1988.

      A serial 10 pointer in the Dept. of Comp. Science, he went to MIT for graduate studies.
      You might like to feature him in one of your future issues.

      Thanks and warm regards,

      Anand R Kashyap (Mechanical 2007)
      March 7, 2007

      Chronicle replies:


      Thanks for appreciating chronicle. We shall certainly contact Anil Chakravarty for chronicle interview. If you know his email ID, you may forward to us.

      -Chronicle team

    Chronicle Extra: Photo of the week(June 2000)
    Arun @ Mar 21, 2007

    This is an excellent photo (seven year old) taken by Wee Keng and published in June 2000 edition of


    Varanasi, India by Wee Keng_Hor Canon EOS Elan II

    Why this was chosen as Photograph of the Week


    Dan Michael , June 12, 2000; 11:39 P.M.
    Your view of Varanasi, India is magical. I can't help but to come back.

    Dominik Rabiej, June 19, 2000; 05:54 P.M.
    The light fog caressed by the sun creates an almost surreal atmosphere that is mystically beautiful.

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    Chronicle Extra: Videos on IT-BHU
    Arun @ Mar 21, 2007

    The following videos were collected from online searches. You can find more videos on IT-BHU by clicking on and using the key word IT-BHU. You can also search on using the same key word.


    1. Event videos

    2. Memories, Fun and Entertainment videos

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