IT BHU Chronicle: April'07 edition
Arun @ Apr 23, 2007

Published on April 15, 2007
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From the editor’s desk
Arun @ Apr 23, 2007

In this issue we have covered convocation ceremony for our university. This was missed out in last year’s issue.

There is an encouraging sign about getting IIEST status by our college, as mentioned by HRD minister in his recent speech. This and the issue of recent ruling by Supreme Court against OBC Quota are covered in Update on IIEST front section.

In interview section, we have published an interview with Deepak Pahwa (Electrical 1969). Apart from a successful industrialist, he is also the President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

In the students corner section, we have published an article about Satyendra Nath Bose and Bose-Einstein Condensation Principle. Some of info for this legendary scientist was provided by Falguni Sarkar, the grand son of Prof. Bose, who lives in California. According to him, a professor and a student at our college were relatives of Prof. Bose.

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

Thanking you,
The Chronicle Team


Meeting of alumni of Mumbai chapter
Arun @ Apr 22, 2007

The Alumni meet of ITBHUGlobal.org Mumbai chapter will be held on Saturday 28th April at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research Auditorium at 5 pm.

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chapters/geo/mumbai/archives/itbhuorg_mumbai_chap.php

(Or visit front page of www.itbhuglobal.org)

The full text of invitation is reproduced below:

ITBHUGlobal.org Mumbai Chapter Alumni Meet

The Alumni meet of ITBHUGlobal.org Mumbai chapter will be held on Saturday 28th April at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research Auditorium at 5 pm.

The ITBHUGlobal.org team has been working on a number of projects at campus and as Mumbai Chapter we would like to contribute from our side.

Since it is the first meet we would like to know each other and after that we would like to decide the 10 members of the organizing committee of Mumbai Chapter. At present five members are working as coordinators of the Mumbai Chapter. The principal idea for the meet is to know each other in Mumbai for social as well as career networking.

Also we would like to honour a senior alumnus of ITBHU who has contributed to society / corporate world in India or abroad. The agenda is being finalized and suggestions are welcome from all alumni.

The address of the auditorium is as follows –

SP Jain Institute of Management & Research
Bhavans College Campus
Andheri (W)
Mumbai 400058
Tel – 26230396, 26237454

The location of the auditorium is 30 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from Andheri Railway Station. A map showing the directions to the auditorium from the Western Express Highway and from Juhu are attached alongwith this mail.

Since it will be the first alumni meet in Mumbai, alumni who are staying in Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Baroda and other places in Western India are also invited. Other alumni who happen to be in Mumbai on 28th April 2007 are also invited.

The charges for the meet will be Rs 200 per person. We welcome the alumni with their family. Dress is casual (non-formal) , t shirts and jeans are preferred to create the campus ambience. We request all of you to attend the meet and make it a resounding success.

Kindly send in your confirmation to attend the meet to the undersigned.

  1. Rohit Prasad (9820895853) rohit_a_prasad [AT] yahoo [DOT] co [DOT] in
  2. Amit Kulshreshta (9920185166) askullu [AT] yahoo [DOT] com
  3. Suraj Goyal (9867640339) suraj_goyal [AT] hotmail [DOT] com
  4. Rajesh Kumar Singh (9819797568) rajeshhimself [AT] gmail [DOT] com
  5. Nitin Jain (9819074247) nitinjainb [AT] gmail [DOT] com

We request all alumni to circulate this mail on all yahoogroups, googlegroups, batch groups etc so that more and more alumni are aware of the alumni meet.

(The above announcement was posted by Rohit Prasad, Chemical 1989, and a volunteer for Mumbai Chapter of IT-BHU Alumni Association).


Akhlesh Lakhtakia (ECE 1979) as distinguished alumni of University of Utah
Arun @ Apr 21, 2007

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[3/20/2007] Engineering science's Lakhtakia named distinguished alum by University of Utah

University Park, Pa.—Akhlesh Lakhtakia, the Charles G. Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, was honored as a distinguished alumnus by the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Lakhtakia was recognized in a ceremony on March 6 for his distinguished service to the university and the community.

He earned his bachelor of technology degree in electronics engineering from the Banaras Hindu University's Institute of Technology in 1979 and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1983.

(Chronicle adds: Prof. Lakhtakia is Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. More info can be found here.


Aftab Ullah (ECE 1992) leads Kanbay’s Technology Development and Integration practice
Arun @ Apr 21, 2007

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APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT & TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Aftab Ullah

Technology Development & Integration

aftab.jpg Aftab Ullah leads Kanbay’s Technology Development and Integration practice. With over 14 years of industry and technology experience in managing large technology and domain-intensive offshore engagements, Mr. Ullah has a deep understanding of the IT offshoring industry and its challenges.
Currently Mr. Ullah manages services delivery globally for the largest client portfolio within Kanbay. In addition he manages the relationships with all of the client captive centers in his portfolio.

Mr. Ullah joined Kanbay India as a team lead during our initial start up phase back in 1995 and was one of Kanbay’s first offshore associates. Prior to joining Kanbay, Mr. Ullah started his IT career as a mainframe programmer in Infosys Technologies Ltd.

Mr. Ullah holds a Bachelors Degree from Benaras Hindu University, India where he majored in Electronics and Communications Technology.

(Forwarded by Puneet Bindlish Mining 2002)


Interview with Mr. Deepak Pahwa [EEE 1969]
Arun @ Apr 19, 2007
Deepak Pahwa-picE.jpgMr. Deepak Pahwa (Electrical 1969) is the Group Chairman, Pahwa Enterprises and Managing Director of Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd.

He is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is the founder-owner of Pahwa Enterprises, which is a group of six technology driven engineering companies specializing in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) equipment. He has been appointed as National President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Despite his busy schedule, he is actively involved in New Delhi Chapter of our alumni organization.

For Chronicle, Yogesh K. Upadhyaya discusses with Mr. Pahwa about reason behind his successful business, and other activities.

Q-1: Welcome, Sir. Please tell us about yourself.

I head a group of engineering companies -Pahwa Enterprises.

Pahwa Enterprises is a rapidly growing industrial group of companies in India which employs about 500+ persons. Our core strengths are in air engineering and environmental control technologies.

Even though the group is a privately held small-medium enterprise” (SME), we are well recognized globally as leaders in fluted media and desiccant based technologies.

The two flagship companies in the Group are Bry-Air (Asia) Pvt. Ltd. and Desiccant Rotors International Pvt. Ltd.

I did my schooling at St. Xavier’s, Jaipur and my Engineering (Electrical) from BHU.

As regards my family, I have two sons, both of engineering as well as management graduates. They are working with the company/ group. My wife runs a very successful Export business specializing in buffalo horn products.

I have been also been awarded the “Entrepreneur of the year award” in the small medium enterprise entrepreneur category (1987), a national award presented by the then President of India.

I hold five patents and have been recognized as “Fellow –ASHRAE”. Since its inception, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers) USA .has honored about 525 of its 55,000 (current) members, worldwide, as “Fellow” (currently about 259 of the 525 are living). In India, six HVACR stalwarts have been honored as “Fellow”. I'm one of them.

I also serve as a Managing Committee Member, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (a trade & industry association of northern region).

For profile of Deepak Pahwa, please click here.

Q-2: How did you start your business?

pahwa_BAA_DRI-Logoe.jpg I set up the first company in our group in 1979 to market products like dehumidifiers. In 1981, we set up a joint venture with Bry-Air Inc. USA ,Bry-Air (Asia)Pvt. Ltd.(then ,”India” )to manufacture and market dehumidifiers and plastics dryers. Since then there has been no looking back.

At that time the market was not ready but I felt there was a big latent market waiting to be developed. We have worked hard in educating and developing the market and have pioneered many new technologies.

We became financially independent of Bry-Air Inc, USA in 1997 and in 2006 acquired the name “Bry-Air” and other IPR and business rights from them.

Today, Pahwa Enterprises is a Group of six knowledge based, technology driven air-engineering companies specializing in products and technologies with “Desiccant at the core in relation to air”. The core manufacturing strengths of the member companies of the Group is in Air engineering and environmental control technologies. The group has four(4) state of the are plants in India , a wholly owned subsidiary plant in Malaysia, Bry-Air (Malaysia) and is setting up a sub assembly plant in China, supported by a worldwide network of offices in India (8), China (4), West Asia (Sharjah), S. Africa, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Europe, Brazil and USA.

Q-3: What qualities one need to start and successfully run a business?

Knowledge acquisition and innovation has been my mantra. I think a constant quest for excellence, innovation and strong determination is the tripod on which every successful company is built on .If one has the conviction then other things fall in line.

Q-4: Congratulations for being appointed as National President of IACC (Indo-American Chamber of Commerce). What is the projected growth in Indo-US business in near future? What are your views on controversial Indo-US Nuclear deal on our country’s future energy needs and on business climate?

IACC_logoE.jpg Thank you. I have been involved with the IACC right from 1980s and have been a part of many business delegations to the US.

It is an honour and great responsibility being elected as the President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) for the year 2006-07, particularly at a time when the Indo-US economic relations are poised to register a qualitative change.

The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), has been at the forefront in promoting bilateral trade between India and the US. Indo – US relations at present is at super a high and indicative of what future holds for the world's two biggest t democracies. USA's interest in building up and enhancing trade relations with India is an endorsement of India's strong economic performance and improved business environment that was being recognized for its increased openness for facilitating investment and to do business with. The Indian economy has been performing exceedingly well in the last 3 years. IT, Pharma and the services sectors has been at the forefront of business growth between both countries. However two other sectors growing equally if not faster are Infrastructure and Manufacture. I think both these segments holds great promise of huge growth in collaboration between the two countries.

The Nuclear deal will unshackle India’s potential in power and other related technologies. In the long run, it will benefit all concerned and not only India.

Q-5: You are actively associated with our alumni organization. In what way our organization should contribute to our college and our IT-BHU community?
It has been an exhilarating experience to be working for this association and meet old batch mates from various professions.

The Association has been vibrant and many new events were organised in last few years to add value to the alumni. The global body ITBHUGlobal.org has also helped to execute projects within the institute. As a result, our credibility with the alumni and also with the Institute has started improving.

The Chief Executive’s conference on “ITBHU Vision 2020 “saw participation from both BHU alumni as well as the Faculty, where a proposal to set up a body to select the “best alumnus” was mooted.

The Anniversary celebrations as well as the picnic brought not only the alumni together but also their families.

The Associations also recognized and felicitated one of our Luminaries, Mr. R.P.Singh, Chairman, Powergrid.

To extend the reach, I would appeal to all our alumni for their help, in terms of time and effort, to organise more events that add value to our lives and enrich us, while at the same time allow us the opportunity of an informal gathering where we can meet our friends and their families, reminisce about old times, identify what we can do for the Institute and also be ourselves.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one for their support in the two years of my Presidentship of the IT-BHU alumni.

Q-6: How do you remember your IT-BHU days?

New Picture.jpg One is always nostalgic about the “good old days”. We have had some very good times and it is fortunate that many friendships developed at that time has been strengthened over the times .

I have always prided myself for being a BHU alumnus.

Q-7: Thank you, Sir. We appreciate you for taking some time for interview from your busy schedule. We hope the interview will of great interest to our readers.

Today, more and more ITBHU members are willing to contribute resources and their time for projects that are identified to upgrade the facilities at the institute, and we should plan to be associated with more projects to upgrade the facilities of the Institute, as also add some more events to our calendar in the forthcoming years.

We have also seen movements by alumni bodies in various parts of the country to coalesce into a representative body.

I would like to reiterate that the overall nature of the body has to be a federated one, and should comprise of small bodies from each location. Not only will this approach make the formation of a federated association much simpler, but also help in keeping the day-to-day administration simpler by giving each body an individual identity as well as help the groups to come together in forming a larger group when needed.

I wish the BHU family the very best.

www.pahwa.com

(Chronicle appreciates the help of Ms. Sonali Dutta, VP-Corporate Affairs, Bry-Air for helping us by arranging the interview, which was conducted by email exchange).


SC rejects plea for early hearing
Arun @ Apr 18, 2007

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NEW DELHI: Government on Monday failed to get the Supreme Court agree to an early hearing of its plea to lift the stay on implementation of 27% OBC quota in Central educational institutions.

"The Bench, which had passed the stay order, is not available for some time.

If the Bench is not available we cannot help it," the court curtly told solicitor general G E Vahanvati and additional solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam when they moved the application seeking an early hearing of Centre's modification-cum-clarification position by a five-judge constitution bench.

With the UPA constituents as well as opposition parties egging the law officers to do their best to secure an early hearing on the application, they will be required to request the Chief Justice for an early setting up of a bench which must include Justices Arijit Pasayat and L S Panta, who passed the stay order.


Update on IIEST front
Arun @ Apr 18, 2007

a) About IIEST Upgrade:

It seems that HRD Ministry is supporting the move for establishment of IIEST

The speech of Arjun Singh at PIB Press Release

Excerpts from the pres-release:
Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ministry of Human Resource Development

AN EDUCATED SKILLED, HEALTHY EMPOWERED PEOPLE ARE AN ASSET -ARJUN SINGH

TWO-DAY CONFERENCE OF STATE EDUCATION MINISTERS INAUGURATED

12:10 IST

Shri Arjun Singh, Human Resource Development Minister has said that an educated skilled, healthy empowered people are an asset and the challenge before us is to ensure that each and every citizen of India is an asset. Shri Singh was inaugurating the Conference of State Education Minister here today. Ministry of HRD has convened a two-day conference of State Education Ministers (April 10-11) in New Delhi. The conference will deliberate on issues concerning the entire gamut of education such as elementary, secondary, higher and technical education so that maximum possible progress can be achieved during the XIth Plan in the education sector in terms of access, equity, quality and efficiency.

5. Major Initiatives for 2007-08 and the XI th Plan

We have also decided, in principle, to provide assistance towards upgradation of 5 Engineering Colleges to the level of an IIT, and name them as Indian Institutes of Science and Engineering Technology, subject to the concurrence of the concerned State Governments to hand them over to Central Government for declaring them as Institutes of National Importance.

The following article commenting on HRD Ministry’s support for IIEST was published in The Telegraph dated April 11, 2007:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070412/asp/calcutta/story_7635211.asp

(Links provided by Bengal Engineering College Alumni Webmaster)

b) The Supreme Court stays OBC quota:

Like IITs, IIMs and other centrally funded institutes/universities, this issue will also affect our college, being a part of central university.

This is captured in a series of news items in Times of India and other newspapers. The following are the excerpts from the news media:

  1. SC puts brakes on quota: New regime unlikely this year (30 Mar, 2007):

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    30 Mar, 2007 NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed UPA government’s decision to reserve 27% seats for OBCs in Central educational institutions, including top schools like IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, creating uncertainty whether the new quota can kick in during the 2007-2008 academic session.

    The court justified throwing a spanner in the quota works by citing lack of authentic data on size of OBC population and extent of backwardness, as well as the Centre’s refusal to exclude the “creamy layer” (read rich and advanced among OBCs) from quotas. The court held that findings of the 1931 census — the last caste-based headcount — were antiquated and cannot be the basis for pegging quota size.

    The bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and L S Panta, which was hearing a clutch of petitions filed by anti-quota groups like Youth For Equality, scheduled the next hearing for the third week of August by when admissions to Central institutions for the next academic year would be over.

  2. Centre fights shy of a confrontation (1 Apr, 2007):

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    NEW DELHI: Two days after the SC paused Centre's bid to introduce reservations for OBCs in central educational institutions from the 2007-08 academic session, government was looking to douse quota passions with some nuanced talk while exploring legal remedies.

    Despite pressure from southern allies like DMK and PMK, and the Left parties, government is unlikely to precipitate matters by looking to create a 'judiciary versus legislature' confrontation. Calls for a joint session of Parliament are unlikely to be heeded and government is likely to pursue its case by trying to convince the court to set aside the stay on quota.

    Indications to this effect came from HRD minister Arjun Singh who told reporters on Saturday that the apex court stay on OBC quota was a legal matter which would be decided by experts.

  3. Reservation row: IIT, IIM admissions put on hold (April 9, 2007):

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    (New Delhi): IIM aspirants who were to find out on Thursday whether they made it to the premier business school or not will now have to wait.

    The Union HRD Ministry sent out a letter to all centrally-aided institutes, including the IIMs and IITs, asking them to withhold declaration of entrance examination results till the Supreme Court decided whether or not to lift the stay on implementation of OBC quotas in this academic session.

    The letter from the HRD Ministry states:

    "You are advised not to issue any offers of admissions in institutes under your control for the ensuing academic session until you receive further communication in this regard from the central government."

    (Chronicle adds: This will also affect admissions to our college.)

  4. Govt. approaches SC for vacation of stay on quota (16 Apr, 2007):

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    NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking vacation of its stay on implementation of the 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs in elite educational institutions and setting up of a five-member Constitution Bench to hear the matter.

    Filing a clarification application a fortnight after the apex court had stayed the provision in the central law enabling reservation for the OBCs, the government also opposed exclusion of creamy layer from the benefit of reservation.

    The government maintained that the decision of the nine-judge Constitution Bench in the Indra Sawhney case (Mandal case) upholding reservation for OBCs is binding on all concerned, including the petitioners, the government as well as a two-member Bench of this honourable court.


HRD ministry letter to state for Besu handover
Arun @ Apr 18, 2007

Below please find a link for text of letter from HRD ministry to West Bengal govt. to make a final decision about handing over the control of Bengal Engineering College (BESU) to central govt. as a pre-condition for granting IIEST status to the college.

The text also implies the message to the state govt. that” if you do not hand over BEC quickly to us, we shall go ahead and convert other colleges (including IT-BHU) to IIEST.”

http://www.becollege.org/IIT/TOI_220407.pdf


Special report on Convocation
Arun @ Apr 17, 2007

Introduction

During this month, the convocations by our university as well as by our college were held. While the convocation at IT-BHU was held on April 7th, that at BHU was held on April 9th. Vice-President Shri Bhairon Singh Sekhawat was the chief guest at the convocation.

The BHU convocation ceremony was covered by our volunteer Ankit Khanna, whose brief report is published here. We are also adding a news item in THE HINDU about the speech by Vice-President.


Director’s invitation for IT-BHU convocation
Arun @ Apr 17, 2007

Following is our Director’s invitation to students who passed in last year to attend the convocation event. It is posted on our college’s official website:

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Mail from Director, I.T. B.H.U.

March 26, 2007

Dear Alumnus,

I have great pleasure in informing you that the 89th Convocation of the Banaras Hindu University for those who qualified for the degree in the Examination of 2006, is being organized in B.H.U. campus on 9th April, 2007 forenoon. The Faculty of Engineering & Technology would hold a function on 7th April, 2007 at 9.00 a.m. in the Prof. M. Sen Gupta Hall (G-11), Institute of Technology, BHU.

I heartily, congratulate you and cordially invite you to attend the function in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, and receive the degree in person and also the main Convocation. If you are interested in participating in the above functions, please send your consent by e-mail, letter, telegram, in the prescribed proforma printed overleaf, so as to reach the undersigned latest by 4th April 2007 evening.

Please note that the Academic robes will be supplied to the candidates at the Faculty of Engineering & Technology level a day earlier than the function in the Institute on depositing Gown Charges of Rs. 100/- (non-refundable) and security deposit (refundable) of Rs. 500/-. A graduand can receive the degree in the function, only if he/she wears the Academic robes. You are, therefore, requested to send the consent within stipulated date to enable us to make necessary arrangements.

It may be mentioned here that in case you are not able to attend the Convocation, your degree will automatically be dispatched by Registered AD post by the Office of the Controller of Examinations after one month of the date of Convocation on the address mentioned by you in the Examination form. In case, there is any change in the address, you may inform the Office of the Controller of Examinations accordingly.

Thanking you and looking forward to meet you,

Yours faithfully,

(S.N. Upadhyay)


BHU Convocation
Arun @ Apr 17, 2007

Vice President Wishes Students a Bright Future
(By Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engg. Physics)

Banaras Hindu University on Monday, 9th April 2007 conducted its 89th convocation. The convocation address was delivered by India’s vice-president Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

Mr Shekhawat was escorted by a huge security force that made sure that everything went by smoothly and soundly.

Mr Shekhawat was full of praise for the university’s scholars, as he congratulated them for their achievements and encouraged them to be leading lights for India in the future.

He was particularly adamant that it was the need of the hour to bridge the gap between the various sections of the society. He indicated that literacy needs to be promoted and basic amenities need to be made available to the common man. A disturbing present trend according to him was the large number of suicides among farmers. He made it clear that it is necessary to act immediately to assist the agricultural sector.

Mr Shekhawat also appealed to India’s educational institutions to impart quality training to its students to equip them with all necessary tools required to contribute to the nation’s progress.


Speech of Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat at BHU convocation
Arun @ Apr 17, 2007

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Nation needs inclusive growth: Shekhawat

Special Correspondent


`Not mere percentage increase in the Gross Domestic Product'

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TRIBUTES: Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat paying tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, founder of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), during the 89th Convocation Ceremony of the varsity in Varanasi on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on Monday said the country needed inclusive growth and not mere percentage increase in the Gross Domestic Product.

Delivering the 89th convocation at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, he advocated a growth that "uplifts the poor and deprived sections and that which alleviates poverty and bridges the gap between the rich and the poor."

"We need development that eradicates illiteracy, development that provides the common man with access to basic education, healthcare and shelter so that the poorest of the poor can enjoy in full measure the fundamental right to live with dignity,'' he said.

He expressed concern over dwindling rural incomes and insecurity creeping in farm households.

"The problem of farmers' suicides is a matter of grave anxiety that calls for rejuvenating our agriculture, revamping cooperative institutions and taking up programmes for integrated rural development.''

Mr. Shekhawat cautioned that the task of building a prosperous India was not going to be an easy one.

The exponential growth of the country's population and the growing demand for meeting the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, drinking water, education, health care and shelter within the limited resources were contributing to the complexities of the problem, he said.

He urged the students to be sensitive to the welfare and uplift of the poor. Regretting that the literacy level still remained abysmally low, he expressed concern that as high as 35 per cent of the people lacked basic literacy skills and 53 per cent of the children dropped out at the elementary stage itself.

A disturbing feature of the present system of education and employment was the wide disparities being created not only amongst the rich and the poor students but also amongst students from urban and rural backgrounds.

Mr. Shekhawat urged the institutions of higher learning to foster the spirit of research and enquiry among the students and equip them with requisite knowledge and skills to face the emerging challenges of the 21st century.


Abhivyakti Wins All Hearts
Arun @ Apr 17, 2007

By Ankit Khanna, 2nd Engg. Physics

Abhivyakti is an annual event in IT-BHU, in which the best actors from IT get together and stage a famous play in G-11. Abhivyakti 07 was held on Sunday, 25th March. The play performed was “Badi Buaji” authored by legendary Bengali playwright Badal Sarkar.

The play is a gentle comedy about a group of theatre performers whose preparations for an upcoming play get thrown into disarray, when the heroine’s narrow-minded and traditional buaji shows up. The group tries to outsmart buaji
and in the process several hilarious situations pop-up.

The play was beautifully performed by the Abhivyakti cast. The casting was flawless, the stage-setting grand and the make-up professional. The performance was well-appreciated by the huge audience as was evident from the generous ovation and boisterous laughs that dominated the ambience of G-11 for the entire length of the play. The audience was especially energetic when romantic interests developed between Shambhu and Anu. The play was directed by Vaibhav Suman and I doubt that even a professional could have done a better job.

The Cast :
Shambhu- Akshendra Mishra(2nd mining)
Anu- Priyanka Gupta(3rd year, FOPA)
Nitai- Avinash Singh(2nd mining)
Buaji- Upasna(1st chemical)
Yogin- Rahul Agarwal(2nd meta)
Phupha- Nikhil Sachan(2nd electronics)
Anath- Ashish Trivedi(2nd chemical)
Bhabhi- Shilpa(1st civil)
Mr. Sen- Avinash Chhagaani(2nd mining)
Mrs. Sen- Monika(1st cera)
Pratul- Nikhaar Jain(2nd chemical)
Dhruvesh- Piyush Pandey(1st meta)
Shashank- Vijay Verma(2nd mining)
Munni- Muskaan(App. Chemistry Dept.’s Hasan sir's daughter)
Promptor- Vaibhav Suman(3rd mining)

Here are some pics from the event:

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Political leaders who studied at BHU
Arun @ Apr 16, 2007

Recently, there are some news items which suggest that senior political leaders of yesteryears studied at our university at some point of their life. Excerpts from the news are provided below:

  1. Jagjivan Ram Remembered

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    Friday April 6 2007 00:00 IST

    CUDDALORE: Floral tributes were paid to former deputy Prime Minister and Congress leader Jagjivan Ram on the occasion of his birth centenary celebrations, in the coastal town on Thursday.

    Jagjivan Ram was born at Chandwa in Bihar on April 5, 1908. After completing his studies in the Banaras Hindu University and the University of Calcutta, he joined the movement against the colonial rule in the country.

  2. Ode to Ram Manohar Lohia

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    ue, 2007-03-20 02:56

    By *R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

    The great socialist and freedom fighter Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia was born 96 years ago on March 23, 1910 at Akbarpur town of Faziabad district in the present day Uttar Pradesh. The family acquired the surname of Lohia as they were engaged in the business of Loha (Hardware). His father, Hira Lal, was a nationalist, teacher and businessman all rolled in one. Ram imbibed the nationalist outlook from him. Hira Lal took him to Mahatma Gandhi at a very young age.

    Ram met Jawaharlal Nehru in 1921. Over the years they developed a close friendship. Yet, he never hesitated to disagree with Nehru on his political beliefs and openly expressed disagreement many a times. Ram joined the Banaras Hindu University to complete his Intermediate after standing first in Matric examination. In 1929, he completed his B.A. from Calcutta University. He opted for the Berlin University for further studies in Germany. He could have gone to any of the prestigious universities in Britain. He did not.

  3. PROFILE: Koirala's six decades of political career

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    KATHMANDU, April 1 - This is the sixth time that Girija Prasad Koirala, the leading figure of Nepal's democratic movement, has become the Prime Minister of Nepal.

    Prime Minister Koirala, who was attracted to politics in an early age due to political environment in the Koirala family, acquired primary education in Adarsha High School in Biratnagar following the return of his father from exile in 1986 B.S.

    He acquired higher education from Tri-Chandra College and Hindu University in Banaras of India.

    Koirala also took part in the independence movement of India and the subsequent people's revolution in Nepal.


Asthma fully controllable, says expert
Arun @ Apr 16, 2007

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ACCORDING TO noted chest specialist Dr JK Samaria, asthma is a disease of the civilized society and 5 to 7 per cent people are suffering from bronchial asthma in India.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Asthma: Cause, Prevention and Advanced Treatment’ in a scientific seminar organised at Indian Medical Association as part of the ongoing week long World Asthma Day celebrations here on Saturday afternoon, Dr Samaria , who is faculty member in TB and Respiratory Diseases Department at Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, said that air pollution and changing lifestyle were the main factors responsible for increasing cases of asthma in the country.

Dr Samaria, who conducted a survey on school kids in Varanasi, said that 24 per cent schoolgoing children were suffering from asthmatic allergy and 10 to 12 per cent allergy cases got converted into asthma cases.

He said consumption of junk and fast food was one of the main factors behind increasing cases of bronchial asthma as there were zero per cent anti-oxidants in these foods.

Dr Samaria, who is also Secretary of Indian Chest Society, informed that asthma was a disease of rich persons and that was why around 20 to 25 percent people were suffering from asthma in developed nations such as Australia and New Zealand. “People who are more attentive towards hygiene are more prone to asthma,” he said.

He said that due to lack of awareness, the mortality rate of asthma was increasing in India.

“Both the physicians and common people should have proper awareness about asthma to control the disorder”, he said, adding, “Out of 1000 asthma patients, around 50 patients succumb to this infection”.

He said that asthma was 100 per cent controllable and one could lead a normal life through proper treatment. He expressed concern over lack of proper knowledge of inhalation and said that around 60 per cent doctors did not know the proper way of inhalation. He said that various advancements had been made in inhalers and now a single dose of inhaler was enough for a day.

Dr Samaria said that since asthma was a life-style disease, therefore one should have better control over daily habits to avoid asthmatic complications. He suggested the parents should not to get their wards exposed to air pollution as kids were more prone to asthma. Around 50 general practitioners and office-bearers of IMA were present on the occasion.


Nanotube filters by Banaras Hindu University
Arun @ Apr 16, 2007

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Following is the text of the President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s address and interaction with the students and faculty of Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, Rajasthan today.

Convergence of Technologies

"Technology is a non-linear tool which can effect
fundamental changes in economic competitiveness”

Products progress in Nano Science & Technology in India – some examples

a. Water: Nano tube filter – water purification

The scientists from Banaras Hindu University have devised a simple method to produce carbon nanotube filters that efficiently remove micro-to nano-scale contaminants from water and heavy hydrocarbons from petroleum. Made entirely of carbon nanotubes, the filters are easily manufactured using a novel method for controlling the cylindrical geometry of the structure. The filters are hollow carbon cylinders several centimeters long and one or two centimeters wide with walls just one-third to one-half a millimeter thick. They are produced by spraying benzene into a tube-shaped quartz mold and heating the mold to 900°C. The nanotube composition makes the filters strong, reusable, and heat resistant, and they can be cleaned easily for reuse.

The carbon nanotube filters offer a level of precision suitable for different applications. They can remove 25-nanometer-sized polio viruses from water, as well as larger pathogens, such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aurous bacteria. The researchers believe this could make the filters adaptable to micro fluidics applications that separate chemicals in drug discovery.


Satyendra Nath Bose and Bose-Einstein Condensation Principle
Arun @ Apr 15, 2007

(Satyendra Nath Bose 1894-1974 Source- The S N Bose Project - http://www.snbose.org)

(Chronicle adds: A distant relative of Satyendra Nath Bose was a professor emeritus in Applied Mathematics department at our institute. He retired in 1973. Another person, Bablu Ghosh (Electrical 1962) was a cousin from Prof. Bose’s wife side.

We contacted Falguni Sarkar, the grandson of Prof. S N Bose, who lives in California, to get accurate details.)

The Bose-Einstein Condensation Principle statistically predicts the behaviour of gas atoms near absolute zero (0 degree K or -273.15 C). In simplified way, it states that near absolute zero temp., instead of individual Brownian type motion, gas particles moves in a group and behaves like a liquid.

This finding has important bearing on principle of quantum mechanics, as it supports quantum theory. According to quantum theory, any change in a system, including energy level can occur only in discrete steps. Thus any gas near the absolute temperature behaves more like a liquid, called superfluid. The result of the efforts of Bose and Einstein is the concept of a Bose gas, governed by the Bose–Einstein statistics, which describes the statistical distribution of identical particles with integer spin, now known as bosons (named after S N. Bose). A Bose–Einstein condensate is a state of matter formed by bosons cooled to temperatures very near to absolute zero.

In the early 1920s Satyendra Nath Bose was studying the new idea (at that time) that the light came in little discrete packets (we now call these "quanta" or "photons"). Bose assumed certain rules for deciding when two photons should be counted up as either identical or different. We now call these rules "Bose statistics" (or sometimes "Bose-Einstein statistics"). Bose used statistical example of flipping 2 coins to find out the probability of getting 2 heads, 2 tails or (1 head + 1 tail). Einstein supported his idea with the belief that something strange must happen to a gas at very low temp., and help published the article; hence the name Bose-Einstein Condensation Principle.

For further reading:

  1. The S N Bose Project - Link

    The Story

    Satyendra Nath Bose’s path breaking work won him Einstein’s admiration and a permanent place in the annals of theoretical physics. But few know about his passionate patriotism or his talent as an esraj player. Falguni Sarkar, a grandson, writes a fond account.

    The above website contains complete biography of Prof. Bose, technical articles, discussion, videos and blogs devoted to Prof. Bose and Bose-Einstein Condensate Theory.)

    S N Bose Project is a grandson's biographical research on the life and times of Professor Satyendra Nath Bose (1894-1974) — Indian mathematical-physicist, humanist, and multi-faceted genius ... a polymath in diverse fields of science, education, literature, music, politics, social reform, and philanthropy.

    Please also read in the links section of website, “Bose and Einstein by Prof. K. C. Wali”.

  2. http://www.siliconeer.com/past_issues/2000/august2000.html
  3. http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/bec/


(Website of Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Co, USA-with very nice explanation and animation)

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BEC Homepage

Bose-Einstein Condensation in a gas: a new form of matter at the coldest temperatures in the universe...






Predicted 1924... ...Created 1995
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A. Einstein
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S. Bose



Common Academic year for all Universities
Arun @ Apr 15, 2007

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Common calendar for varsities
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

New Delhi, April 4: All universities under the UGC will soon have a common academic calendar.

First-year classes for all courses other than professional ones will have to begin by the first week of August. For second-year students, the classes cannot start later than the third week of July. The universities will have to declare all results by the last week of June.

There will be a flexibility of two weeks in beginning professional courses for second-year students. The schedule can be made more flexible, keeping in mind the requirements of project work and summer school internships in professional courses.

Universities at present have different academic schedules.

The new calendar will apply to all universities established or incorporated under a central act, a provincial act or a state/Union territory act, and also to all institutions recognised by or affiliated to such varsities.

The decision on a common academic calendar was taken by an expert committee. The new schedule will come into effect after it is published in an official gazette.


Freshers’ website
Arun @ Apr 15, 2007
To cater to industry requirement and to help Freshers search for jobs, several websites have sprung up in India. The sites also provide jobs for experienced professional engineers.

  1. Freshers.in

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    Link

    According to the website:

    “Freshers.in is an exclusive careers website on the internet for the Freshers who have just passed out. In addition to IT, you can find jobs on Electronics, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Management etc. It is a forum where employers and job seekers can exchange information.”

    However, the site’s link for” About Us” is not opening at present.
  2. Freshers World
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    Link

    According to the website:

    “A Complete Portal for Fresh Engineers. It is an exclusive career website aimed just for the service of fresh engineers in India. It is a common platform where corporate recruiters and fresh engineers come under roof.”

    Apart from jobs, the website provides interview tips, how to prepare for entrance exams, campus news, etc.

IT-BHU and Google search for Universities
Arun @ Apr 15, 2007

Visit Google’s list of Universities
Link

IT-BHU is not in the Google university search' campus list.

We have received this email from our student, Arun Kumar Mishra, about participation by every one to include our institute in Google search for engineering colleges in India.
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Would you like to see your campus added to Google's list of University Searches? To nominate your school, fill in the short form below. Feel free to encourage your study group buddies, professors, and dormmates to participate.

Thanks for supporting Google and your alma mater.

One way to include our college in Google’s list of Universities is to fill out the info about our college on a mass scale.

Please go to the website http://services.google.com/cgi-bin/mycampus/mycampus and fill out the information as follows:

University name-- Institute of Technology BHU
University URL: http://www.itbhu.ac.in
City: Varansi
State/Province: Uttar Pradesh

Forwarded by:

Arun Kumar Mishra
senior undergraduate student,
Department Of Electronics Engineering,
Institute Of Technology,
Banaras Hindu University,
Varanasi.
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Arun @ Apr 14, 2007

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Varanasi News: Abhishek Bacchan's wedding sherwani to be designed in Varanasi
Arun @ Apr 14, 2007

http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/fashion-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=33104

ashabhi.jpg India : Golden wedding sherwani to groom Abhishek March 28, 2007

Post ‘Guru’, the most talked about pair in the reel life as well as real life is Abhishek Bachchan and hazel-eyed Aishwarya Rai.

April 19 will be the most memorable day for Bollywood as well as fashion world, when the world’s most beautiful woman Aishwarya will tie nuptial knot with youth icon and every girl's heartthrob Abhishek Bachchan.

Varanasi, the silk city is taking pride that a master weaver family has been given the work of dressing both Abhi-Ash and the legend Amitabh Bachchan.

Junior Bachchan will wear a unique golden Sherwani for the auspicious event. The costly Chaodani fabric has been woven by this 400-year-old family, who are famous for signature Banarasi sarees.

Royal families in India used to wear attire made of Chaodani fabric.

This family does business as Noorul Hasan Abdul Matin and Company Pvt Ltd has received the coveted Handloom-Handicraft 'Hastshilpa' award from President Kalam last year.

They have woven silken fabric for royal families of Britain, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia and can boast of weaving the same for costumes worn by Big B Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Urmila Matondkar, Shahrukh Khan and Amir Khan.

Top notch designers like Neeta Lulla, Rohit Bal and Manish Arora also source silk fabric from these weaver.


Varanasi News: Nithari killings: Varanasi residents march to Delhi
Arun @ Apr 14, 2007

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Neha Kirpal
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 (New Delhi):

The horror and helplessness continues for the families of Nithari victims even as residents of Varanasi showed solidarity for them in a unique way.

Rukmini Devi has spent the last 30 days walking to Delhi from Varanasi.

It's been a long, tiring 800 km long trudge. But it's one that she set out on in memory of her eight-year-old daughter Eshu who went missing in August 2006.

Expressing solidarity

Rukmini has lost all hope of ever finding her daughter again but wanted to express solidarity with the families who lost their loved ones in the Nithari serial killings.

"I have no hope left that my daughter is alive anymore. We went to Shahpur, Ghazipur and everywhere to look for her," said Rukmini Devi.

Rukmini is one of 80 people from eastern UP, who have marched to Delhi to raise their voice against child trafficking and prostitution.

A Varanasi-based NGO helped organise the march. The group was however detained at the Surajpur police line in Noida as a preventive measure but released a few hours later.


Varanasi News: Human chain in Varanasi on Water Day
Arun @ Apr 14, 2007

http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=72283

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Human chain in Varanasi on Water Day

Posted at Thursday, 22 March 2007 19:03 IST

up.jpg Varanasi, March 22: A 7-km long human chain was formed to mark the World Water Day today. The purpose of human chain was to tell people as to what extent river Ganga has been polluted and that it can't be cleaned without the support of the people, Sahara Samay sources said.

According to the channel, the chain was formed from Asi Ghat to Raj Ghat. Many students from several schools participated in the programme.

Prof Virbhadra Singh, who has been making efforts to cleanse the holy river for long, urged the people on this occasion that they should cast their votes in favour of those candidates who promise to help clean the ancient river of the country. The Sankat Mochan association organised this programme.

(Chronicle adds: Prof. Vir Bhadra Mishra is a retired faculty of Civil Engineering Dept. of our college.)


Chronilce Extras: Jajah phone site
Arun @ Apr 09, 2007

http://www.jajah.com/

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This is a unique website help to people make cheap or nearly free phone calls around the world. Many of us are familiar with Skype (www.skype.com), which provides computer based cheap/free phone services. Jajah is one step ahead of Skype. Just like Skype it requires to initiate a phone call. However, unlike Skype, you need not glued to computer with headset and microphone to talk. Instead you can have normal conversation over your regular home phone or cell phone.

Jajah, which started offering service to public in Jan 2007, has advanced VOIP technology. To initiate a phone call, you type your and your friend’s phone number on computer and then switch over to your regular phone (land line/cell phone) to start conversation. While companies such as AOL and Skype offer free Internet calls, Jajah's service doesn't require a high-speed Internet connection.

Some of the phone calls between two Jajah members are free, depending upon the countries of call. For others, there are per minute charges. Please see the rate chart (http://www.jajah.com/info/rates/) on the website.

Jajah claims that its rates are either free or very low. It claims it can afford to provide free or subsidized rates, by generating revenue from businesses making conference calls and from non-member customers.

Additional information:

http://www.jajah.com/info/about/company/

http://reviews.cnet.com/Jajah/4505-9238_7-31814725.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jajah


Chronicle Extras: Websites for photo management
Arun @ Apr 09, 2007

There are a number of websites exist for photo management, including uploading storage and retrieval of photos/pictures, photo editing, printing of family albums. We are all familiar with websites such as Google, MSN, Yahoo, Flickr, etc. New websites have come up to the specialized function, such as photo editing, massive photo storage or to get quality photos printed.

There is an interesting article in Christian Science Monitor dated November 2006, titled “Photo editing made easy on the Web”. The author lists several website offering specialized photo services.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1115/p17s01-cogn.html

Excerpts from the article:

“Other good Web-based programs include Shutterfly.com (which has features similar to all the previously mentioned programs), Snapfish.com (which has won many kudos from industry experts), and PixVillage.com (which resembles the file-sharing programs like Kazaa or the old Napster, only with photos instead of music).”

Among the websites listed are:

  1. www.snipshot.com

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    It is good for basic photo editing


  2. www.webshots.com

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    This website is great for uploading photos in unlimited number and of any MB size. It also offers great screensavers and wallpapers.

There are also other popular photo websites stated in the article.


Chronicle Extras: Photos taken by our students/alumni
Arun @ Apr 09, 2007

There are some great photos taken by our alumni/students on Flickr site.
(Click on Flicker and search using IT-BHU):

http://flickr.com/search/?q=it-bhu


varanasi1.jpg The following photo is taken by “Manoj 13”

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Uploaded on Apr 7, 2007

The following photo is taken by “Deepesh Agarwal”

Admin Office
Uploaded on 25 August 2006

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More pictures are available on the above mentioned Flickr site.

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