Published on September 30, 2007
The Chronicle September, 2007 issue.
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|This issue includes many important articles and special reports.
First and foremost is the news about alumnus, Dr. Anil Bhardwaj (PhD, Applied Physics dept. in 1992) received Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for his path breaking research in the field of astronomy. His interview along with the impressive list of press releases for him is also attached.
There is also a complete coverage and report of our VC’s visit to USA as a part of large govt. delegation. He met and interacted with our alumni there.
The issue also announces launch of new website (www.itbhuglobal.org) of our alumni association. We shall be publishing Chronicle from the new website in future. A copy will also be posted on current website (itbhuglobal.org) for next few months.
The Chronicle Team
The IT-BHU Alumni Association has launched a new website called itbhuglobal.org. The URL of the website is www.itbhuglobal.org.
The website is the official website of the alumni organization with effect from Sept. 11, 2007, the day it was approved by IT-BHU administration. A copy of the letter sent by alumni association and the approval received from our Director, Prof. S. N. Upadhyay is attached here.
So far we have been using itbhu.org (URL: www.itbhu.org) as our official website. However, due to technical and managerial problem in management of the site, the content were not getting updated on time and not being able to respond to queries. With the hosting of the alumni website under a new name (URL: http://www.itbhuglobal.org) on a different platform, the alumni association can serve the community better. As it can be seen, the new name is more aligned to the global mandate of our association.
All alumni/students/faculty are requested to register their names at new website, if they have not registered so far. Those who have already registered at old website would have their accounts available on the new website. A few names may have been missed out during migration. So if you are not able to log in. Please register again. This is to cover those 400+ people who registered between Dec 2006 and present. We regret the inconvenience.
Please have a look at the new website and feel free to comment.
The new website is planned to be dynamic in nature and a number of new features. It is manned by an editorial team (Email: editor-team[AT]itbhuglobal.org).
The editorial team has following members at present. We need more volunteers to help us.
Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977)
Anand Maharana (Metallurgy 1992)
Anshuman Singh (Electrical 1998)
Puneet Bindlish (Mining 2002)
Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003)
The chronicle was being published on itbhuglobal.org website (www.itbhu.org) since its inception in June 2005. However, with the new website (www.itbhuglobal.org) functioning, the publishing of chronicle shall be gradually shifted to the new website. The new website has the advantage of being accessible easily and has tied up with a reliable server managed by a company in California.
The current issue (Sept. 2007) is being published on both the website, old and new. From next issue (Oct. 2007) chronicle shall be published on new website, and a copy shall be posted on old website. From Jan 2008 issue, the chronicle shall be published only on new website.
The address of chronicle on new website is www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle
The new website has an archive of all past issues of chronicle.
We hope that in due time, our readers shall become familiar with the use of new website.
Here are some corrections to the August issue:
- Searching Chronicle issue You can search itbhuglobal.org website and all chronicle issues for a specific name, event or article or a topic. This facility is available on itbhuglobal.org website on right-hand site of Home Page. You can search by entering your key word (s) in the dialog box provided.
- Photo of this year’s Kholu (topper)
In the last issue, we forgot to publish the photo of Mr. Deepesh Reja, Computer Science, who is topper among the students who joined our institute this year.
|Academic delegation from Switzerland visits BHU |
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Varanasi: Terming Indian scientific community as the core in the progress of India, Switzerland considers it as a priority country for establishing collaborations for scientific and technological research.
"India is a priority country for Switzerland for establishing scientific and technological partnership," Dr Naukakis, Chairman of the two-member delegation visiting Banaras Hindu University said yesterday.
The delegation is on a visit to establish bilateral academic exchange programme between India and Switzerland.
They conversed with the students of Institute of Technology at BHU and informed them about the MTech and Ph D programmes available in Switzerland.
He said, Switzerland is like a mini India because it is also a multi-lingual country like India and English is the only language that connects all parts of the Switzerland.
Four students of IT-BHU get Jindal Scholarship
Varanasi, Oct. 6 (PTI): Four students of the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), have been awarded OP Jindal Engineering Management Scholarship.
"Four students of the Institute have won the scholarship for the 2007-08 academic session," Siddha Nath Upadhyay, Director IT-BHU said.
The awardees including Abhinav Dube, Abhishek Gupta, S Vighnesh and Sushant Mittal will get a scholarship of Rs 65 thousand each, he added.
Dr. Anil Bhardwaj has received Bhatnagar award for Science. He received the award for overall contributions to the field of Planetary Sciences; and in particular for fundamental contributions and creative ideas to elucidate X-ray emissions from planetary auroras.
His interview is also published in this chronicle issue.
11 scientists selected for Bhatnagar prize
NEW DELHI: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Wednesday announced the winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prizes for outstanding contributions in various disciplines of science. The 11 scientists selected are : Narayanaswamy Srinivasan and Pundi Narasimhan Rangarajan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Rama Govindarajan of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore; B.V. Rajarama Bhat of Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore; Budaraju Srinivasa Murthy of IIT, Chennai; A. Ajayaghosh of National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; Anil Bhardwaj of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Upinder Singh Bhalla of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Kanpur; Amalendu Chandra of IIT, Kanpur; Yashwant Gupta of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune; and Pinaki Majumdar of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.
Department of Science and Technology Secretary T. Ramaswamy, who is holding additional charge as Director General of the CSIR, announced the selection of Mahindra and Mahindra for the CSIR diamond jubilee technology for 2007 for development and commercialisation of its sports utility vehicle ‘Scorpio.’
“With ‘Scorpio’, Mahindra & Mahindra had joined a handful of companies, which have designed and produced world class vehicles. This development has enabled the company to move into international league of automobile manufacturers. Its cutting edge diesel engine technology, voice assist system, lower NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and 5 zone cushion suspension make every drive an exhilarating experience. The product with its style, convenience, comfort and safety is popular with individuals and institutions in India and abroad,” he said.
He said that the CSIR award for science and Technology innovations for rural development for 2007 was won jointly by National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang, the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Phaltan, and National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.
|UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION|
|Announcement No. 085
Date: August 20, 2007
To: All NRC Employees
SUBJECT: SELECTION OF SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER IN THE OFFICE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES ON REACTOR SAFEGUARDS (ACRS)
I am pleased to announce the following selection:
|Girija Shanker Shukla has been selected for the position of Senior Program Manager for the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). Mr. Shukla joined the NRC in 2000 as a Project Manager in the Division of Licensing Project Management in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR). He worked in a series of positions of increasing responsibility in NRR, including Project Manager, Lead Project Manager, and Technical Assistant to the Director, Division of Policy and Rulemaking.|
Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Shukla had over 22 years of nuclear industry experience with Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) vendor, an architect-engineer company, and several nuclear utility companies. Mr. Shukla received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and completed graduate-level studies in Nuclear Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York.
Please join me in congratulating him on his new assignment.
Frank P. Gillespie
Executive Director, ACRS
Brief intro by Girija Shukla:
Attached is the announcement regarding my promotion with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Brief bio data is as follows:
I graduated with B. Tech. in Mech. Eng. from IT-BHU in 1976. After a short period of experience in the design, development and testing of nuclear reactors, and reactor operations at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, and at Larsen and Toubro Ltd., Bombay, I came to the USA in 1977 with a green card and full scholarship for graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering at the Center for Nuclear Safety Research, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. After graduate studies, in 1979 joined Babcock And Wilcox Company (a nuclear reactor manufacturer). Joined Virginia Electric And Power Company (a nuclear power electric co.) in 1981, Bechtel Power Corporation (nuclear power plant constructors) in 1983, Detroit Edison Company in 1987, Florida Power And Light Company (a nuclear power electric co.) in 1998, and the U.S. Govt. Agency responsible for regulating nuclear power in the USA - US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2000.
Currently serving as Senior Program Manager for Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC, USA. My job duties are: to serve as a Senior Program Manager in support for Reactor Safety. Provide guidance and technical advice to Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) on policy matters associated with the current NRC regulations. Provide advice to the NRC on the requirements of new regulations. Perform comprehensive policy development studies on new or unusually complex nuclear safety issues. Provide leadership in domestic and international nuclear safety and safeguards issues; and recommend policies and programs consistent with NRC's mission and strategic goals.
G. S. Shukla
Senior Program Manager
Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D. C. 20555
|Tata Steel appoints Partha Sengupta as Vice President (Corporate Services)
Jamshedpur, October 01, 2007
Tata Steel, India's largest integrated private steel manufacturer today announced the appointment of Mr. Partha Sengupta as Vice President - Corporate Services of the Company, with effect from October 1st 2007.
The following departments will be reporting to Mr. Partha Sengupta in his new role - General Manager (Medical Services), Chief (Corporate Sustainability Services), Chief (Tata Football Academy and Sports), Chief (Security & Administration), Chief (Corporate Communications), Chief Resident Executives at Delhi and Bhubaneswar, Resident Executive at Ranchi, Chief Adventure Programme, Legal Department.
Mr. Sengupta has done his Bachelors in Metallurgy from IT BHU and he joined Tata Steel as a Graduate Trainee in 1980. In 1995 he was appointed as Commercial Manager in the Managing Director's Office in Calcutta. Thereafter, in 2003 he became the Executive-In-Charge of Tata Steel's Wire Division in Mumbai. In April 2005, he took over as the Principal Executive Officer in the Managing Director's Office.
Additionally in 2006 he was given the responsibility of leading the Jharkhand Steel Project.
About Tata Steel
Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel today is the world sixth largest steel producer with geographic footprints in India, South East Asia, UK and Europe. With the recent acquisition of Corus Limited, the combined enterprise has a pro forma crude steel capacity of 25.6 million tonnes with over 84,000 employees across the four continents.
AMD India Gets New Director, GM
|Hiren Israni, as director of finance, will look after finance, and Gautam Mukherjee, as general manager of OEM sales, will ensure the increased adoption of AMD technologies.|
Friday, September 21, 2007: AMD has appointed Hiren Israni to the role of director of finance for high-growth markets and Gautam Mukherjee to the role of general manager of OEM sales. In his new role, Hiren will be responsible for the overall financial operations including sales and marketing, R&D and software development operations. Gautam Mukherjee, on the other hand, will have national responsibility for the increased adoption of AMD technologies amongst the OEMs in the country -- both multinational and local OEMs.
Both Hiren Israni and Gautam Mukherjee form part of the core management team, which is leading the charge for AMD in the region. Hiren joins AMD after a 13-year stint with Motorola, where he most recently served as the director of business operations, mobile devices business for South West Asia and Mukherjee joins AMD from Intel where he served as the worldwide programme manager for the community PC, a part of the emerging markets platforms group.
"Hiren and Gautam form a critical part of the matrix to sustain AMD's growth in the region," said Alok Ohrie, managing director, AMD India. "Hiren joins AMD with a proven track record of operational excellence across the region and Gautam with wide multi-faceted experience in sales and marketing. We look forward to their leadership as we scale our growth and execute on a number of major strategic initiatives in the coming months."
Hiren is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a MBA degree from the Washington University, John M Olin School of Business in St Louis. Gautam holds a B.Tech degree from the Banaras Hindu University and in addition, holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Gautam Mukherjee’s Education
- Chartered Financial Analyst Institute CFA, Investments, 2006 — 2009 (expected)
- Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
MBA, Marketing and Systems, 1990 — 1992
- Institute of Technology, BHU
B.Tech, Electronics, 1984 — 1988
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New IIMA, IIMB directors: Experts on markets, manufacturing
Shubhajit Roy / AMITAV RANJAN
Posted online: Saturday, October 06, 2007 at 0000 hrs
HRD’s shortlist: Pankaj Chandra of IIMA as Director of IIMB and Sameer K Barua, also of IIMA, as Director of IIMA
Shubhajit Roy / AMITAV RANJAN
|(From left) Sameer Barua, G Raghuram, J Ramachandran and Prakash Chandra (?-Should be Pankaj Chandra)||NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5: Who will be the next directors of the two premier Indian Institutes of Management, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore? The race for the top jobs in the country’s most prestigious business schools has now narrowed down to four of the top faculty at the two IIMs themselves. Two of them have been to IITs, a third to Institute of Technology at BHU, and between them, they cover some of the most significant areas in management and economics: from capital markets and international finance to infrastructure, technology and corporate transformation.|
|The HRD Ministry, sources have confirmed to The Indian Express, has shortlisted Pankaj Chandra of IIMA as Director of IIMB and Sameer K Barua, also of IIMA, as Director of IIMA. The file is with the Department of Personnel & Training from where it will go to the Cabinet Secretary for approval by the Home Minister followed by the Prime Minister.
The Ministry has also named, as “second candidates,” J Ramachandran of IIMB for the top job at IIMB and G Raghuram of IIMA for the directorship at IIMA.
These names were sent after the HRD Minister’s approval on the basis of recommendations of the search-cum-selection committee headed by Rediff CEO and IIM Kolkata’s governing body chairman Ajit Balakrishnan.
The formal announcement is expected to be made next week as IIMA director Bakul Dholakia retires on October 9. Barua is considered an expert on capital markets, portfolio theory and international finance since 1980, he has prepared policy papers for the Finance Minister, the RBI Governor and FICCI. Barua, the son-in-law of CPI leader A B Bardhan, did his M Tech in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from IIT Kanpur. Author of “The Great Indian Scam: the story of missing Rs 4,000 cr,” Barua is currently one of the members of the IIM-A governing body. He was chairperson of the two-year MBA programme between 2002 and 2004 when there was the maximum increase in seats. He has also been on the Placement committee, Admissions panel of IIM-A, and been awarded “Best Teacher” award at IIM several times.
Raghuram, an IIM-A professor in Public Systems group, he is an expert on infrastructure and transportation systems. A B.Tech (Electrical engineering) from IIT-Madras, he got his MBA from IIM-A and PhD from the Kellogg school. He taught at Kellogg’s and at the A B Freeman school of business at Tulane University, before joining IIM-A. His most recent and high-profile work has been the study on Indian Railways and its turnaround. Pankaj Chandra did his B.Tech from the Institute of Technology, BHU, and has a PhD from Wharton. He is currently professor of Operations & Technology Management at IIMA and is chairperson of its doctoral programme. He has taught at McGill University, Montreal, the Universities of Geneva and Philadelphia, and at universities in China and Japan. Chandra’s special areas of interest are supply-chain co-ordination and management of technology in manufacturing. He has been associated with the National Knowledge Commission, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. J Ramachandran is a professor of business policy at IIM, Bangalore. A CA with a PhD from IIMA, his areas of interest are corporate transformation. He is also studying the globalisation of firms. Ramachandran is a visiting professor at Wharton and has been a consultant to Daimler Chrysler, HP, Wipro, and Infosys.
|Biography of Pankaj Chandra|
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TheNextRound Ranked Number 9 in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program for New England
Westborough MA – (BUSINESS WIRE) – September 24, 2007 – TheNextRound, Inc. has been ranked number 9 to Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for New England, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations. Rankings are based on the percentage revenue growth over five years from 2002–2006.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as one of the fastest growing firms in New England. Our revenue growth, market share and this recognition by Deloitte validates our vision of providing an integrated platform for the Alternative Investment community. We could not have achieved this goal without the dedication of TheNextRound team and support from our clients." said Andy Barrett, Vice President, Business Development at TheNextRound.
“TheNextRound has proven to be one of the fast-growth success stories in New England and we applaud their dedication to making their vision a reality” said Steve DiPietro Partner Deloitte LLP. To qualify for the Technology Fast 50, companies must have had operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 2002 and $5,000,000 in 2006, be headquartered in North America, and be a company that owns proprietary technology or proprietary intellectual property that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues; or devotes a significant proportion of revenues to the research and development of technology. Using other companies' technology or intellectual property in a unique way does not qualify.
About TheNextRound, Inc.
TheNextRound (www.TheNextRound.com) is a leading provider of front and back office software solutions to Private Equity and Alternative Investment fund managers and investors. The software is used by General Partners, Limited Partners, Fund of Funds, Hedge Funds, and Service Providers in more than 15 countries.
TheNextRound is headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA and also has offices in New York and London.
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All companies of the 2007 New England Fast 50 sorted by rank in ascending order.
(Chronicle note-only top 10 are shown here)
|Rank||Company||5 Year Percent Growth||CEO Name||City||State|
|2007 New England Fast 50|
|1||iTech US, Inc. www.itechus.com||39,392%||Kishore Khandavalli||South Burlington||Vermont|
|2||Vestmark, Inc. www.vestmark.com||11,102%||David Blundin||Wakefield||Massachusetts|
|3||Litle & Co. www.litle.com||9,821%||Thomas J. Litle IV||Lowell||Massachusetts|
|4||Airvana www.airvana.com||3,628%||Randall S. Battat||Chelmsford||Massachusetts|
|5||SiGe Semiconductor www.sige.com||3,517%||Sohail Khan||Methuen||Massachusetts|
|6||IneoQuest Technologies, Inc. www.ineoquest.com||3,400%||Marc Todd||Mansfield||Massachusetts|
|7||Endeca www.endeca.com||2,685%||Steve Papa||Cambridge||Massachusetts|
|8||Idenix Pharmaceuticals www.novirio.com||1,845%||Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D.||Cambridge||Massachusetts|
|9||TheNextRound Inc. www.thenextround.com||1,642%||Vipul Minocha||Westborough||Massachusetts|
|10||Bullhorn, Inc. www.bullhorn.com||1,596%||Arthur Papas||Boston||Massachusetts|
It was the “RYTHM” of dance and music on which whole ITBHU kept shaking their bodies for Sunday evening. This event was faccha dance competition ‘RHYTHM’ that squeezed out every drop of vigour from ITBHU’s crowd.
It was the turn of 1st yearites to show their talent and compete with each other for very first time since they stepped into BHU. Their mind blazing performances created such a magic onto crowd that they kept on dancing and just dancing. But Rahul Reddy (Electrical Engineering) proved himself the real wizard by grabbing the prize of best solo dancer followed by Abhilasha Purwar (Industrial Chemistry). Thus small branches carried their habit of making impact on ITBHU scenario every year.
Final results of group dance competitions were not different from what has been expected. The ceramics engineering students kept their habit of ruling the stage right from their very first appearance in ITBHU; the story nowhere differs here as they were the winners. After the crackers of ceramics, there were chemical engineering students securing 2nd rank followed by electronics students.
As a whole evening of 30th September proved to be completely power packed during which every foot in ITBHU could not resist itself from moving with the beats and ‘RHYTHM’. The second juncture of this chain of enthralling events will be on showcase on 4th October when once again first yearites will compete to prove their marvel in faccha skit competition.
(Forwarded by Dishank Gupta, 2nd year biomedical engineering)
BHU to fuel advanced research via 'Indo-US umbrella'
Tuesday, October 09 2007 19:15 (IST)
Varanasi, Oct 9 (UNI) Fresh from his visit to the US, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor Panjab Singh today announced to form an 'Indo-US umbrella' to fuel advanced education and research at the central varsity.
''Besides funding from the central government, international support is a crucial instrument for building the right infrastructure to fuel higher education and advanced research at BHU. We plan an Indo-US umbrella through which advanced research and higher education will be promoted by establishing permanent linkage with American universities,'' Prof Singh told newspersons here.
An International Cell, on the lines of the Alumni Cell will be constituted shortly at the central university to foster international support, especially from US and it will prepare a detailed roadmap in the next three month for the corporation.
Prof Singh maintained the cooperation will be in all streams of education spanning from arts and humanities to agriculture and from management and engineering to health sciences.
''Creating the Indo-US umbrella through the International Cell does not imply that BHU is hankering for US funds. The central university, instead wants to share best resources from American universities, especially human expertise in the form of long stints of US scientists at BHU under various faculty exchange programmes.'' The BHU VC was part of a delegation of 11 vice-chancellors of central universities of the country, which toured various US universities between September 17 and 28.
The visit was on the invitation of United State Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the 'International Visitor Leadership Programme.' The team also headed by Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia visited Washington, New Haven, New York, Chicago and Wisconsin during the 12-day trip.
The team visited various US universities, including Howard University, Columbia University, DePaul University, Land Grant University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois and University of Connecticut in New Haven.
At the DePaul University, Prof Singh met faculty members to discuss the administration of a religiously-affiliated school, in efforts to maintain ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of the student population.
BHU submits Rs.3,100 cr plan to HRD Ministry
Press Trust of India
Last Updated: October 10, 2007 06:51:04
Varanasi, October 10: Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has submitted a Rs.3,100-crore proposal to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, which would transform it into a global educational centre in the coming years.
"The proposal for the 11th five year plan includes Rs.2,800-crore for the main campus and Rs.300 crore for its south campus of the university at Barkachcha in Mirzapur", Vice Chancellor, Prof Panjab Singh said here Tuesday. Besides, the institute was also developing an Ayurveda faculty with a 125-bed hospital, he said.
A proposal of Rs.100 crores to establish an Institute of Sciences was under consideration with the government. The process of setting up an Institute of Law, Management and Social Sciences was also underway, he added.
India to become third largest economy by 2035: Chadha
20 Sep, 2007, 1319 hrs IST, PTI
VARANASI: India would become the third largest economy in the world by 2035 if it continues to grow at the current rate of over nine per cent, Member of the Economic Advisory Council G K Chadha said here on Thursday.
"Sustained nine per cent growth of Indian Economy will make India the third largest economic power of the world in the next quarter of a century," Chadha said at a seminar in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Chadha, who was also the ex- Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, said that the present growth rate of the Indian economy is satisfactory and if it is sustained, the country will emerge as an economic super power very soon.
The country's GDP grew by 9.4 per cent in 2006-07 fiscal and in the first quarter of the current financial year, it clocked 9.3 per cent growth.
"By 2025, world will be a bi-polar society wherein China will be the most influential country and by 2035, India would become the third largest economy, making the world tri-polar," he said.
He stressed the need for an inclusive growth, wherein the government needed to focus on the poor and downtrodden.
"It is a matter of concern that 24 crore people still live below the poverty line in our country," he said.
A Correspondent in New York | October 04, 2007 21:58 IST
The State University of New York at Buffalo (The University at Buffalo) has established a comprehensive exchange programme with the Banaras Hindu University. The agreement was signed by UB President John B Simpson and Professor Panjab Singh, vice-chancellor, BHU, during Singh's recent two-day visit at UB.
'The UB community is delighted to celebrate the establishment of a formal exchange programme with Banaras Hindu University, a partnership that will enhance our university's ongoing internationalisation and provide an outstanding partner in a critically important region of India,' Simpson said at the signing ceremony.
'India's importance on the world stage -- both as an economic and as a strategic power -- is growing very rapidly, and its global influence will only continue to increase in the years ahead,' he said.
Simpson noted that UB is increasingly active in India, and recently launched a dual master's degree programme with Amrita University. Moreover, India sends more international students to UB than any other country. Some 1,000 Indian nationals currently are enrolled at UB and contribute in many ways to the university.
'I welcome this partnership between our two institutions, as it will be mutually beneficial in terms of joint research, education and other collaborative activities,' Singh said. 'We look forward to promoting and supporting our exchange programme and to receiving visiting faculty and students from UB,' he said.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programmes. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.
Like UB, BHU is a large comprehensive research university, with more than 20,000 students in 14 faculties and 124 departments. The largest residential university in Asia, BHU has more than 12,000 students living on its campus.
It is anticipated that BHU and UB will exchange both faculty and students, and develop joint research activities in a number of fields of mutual interest. UB expects to develop a study abroad programme at BHU, which will be particularly attractive to UB students interested in studying Indian languages, history, culture and religion.
'We are delighted to formalize our relationship with Banaras Hindu University, a truly world-class institution,' noted Stephen C Dunnett, UB vice provost for international education. 'We look forward to working with Vice-Chancellor Singh and his colleagues to develop a range of collaborative activities of mutual benefit to our universities.'
During his visit, Professor Singh toured UB's three campuses and met with senior administrators and faculty about potential cooperative activities between UB and BHU in a variety of areas.
He also met with a number of BHU alumni who are affiliated with UB, including Satish K Tripathi, provost and executive vice-president for academic affairs, who earned baccalaureate and master's degrees at BHU and who invited him to visit UB.
The affiliation with BHU grew out of initial contacts made by Tripathi and Dunnett during their visit to the BHU campus in January 2006. It was following the visit that Professor Singh was formally invited to visit UB.
|(Shubham Basu at right, in white shirt)||(Shubham Basu)|
|New Delhi, 26th September, 2007: Glian - the son of nature, a book written by debutante author Shubham Basu was released today by distinguished journalist Saeed Naqvi at the India International Centre Annexe amidst people from the literary and wildlife conservation fraternity. The book has been published by Srishti Publishers & Distributors.
The launch was followed by a panel discussion on the topic of relationship between man and Mother Nature, which resonated with the interest of the panelist. The panel comprised of distinguished environmental and wildlife conservationists - Mr. Ashok Kumar, Vice Chairman, Wildlife Trust of India, Dr. Diwakar Sharma, Associate Director, Species Conservation Programme, WWF India and Prof. P S Ramakrishnan School of Environmental Science, JNU and Dr. M K Ranjitsinh – Chairman, Wildlife Trust of India.
Glian explores the intangible bond humans have with the Mother Nature and pleads for focus on nature and implores humankind to reevaluate its destructive nature.
For complete press release, please see the attached link
He can be contacted at:
As a news item in Central Chronicle, Bhopal
Friday October 5, 2007
Personal Thought: Love for Mother Nature
Glian - the son of nature, a book written by debutante author Shubham Basu explores the intangible bond humans have with the Mother Nature and pleads for focus on nature and implores humankind to reevaluate its destructive nature.
Speaking about the book and his passion of being close to nature, `Shubham Basu' said, "I always had a penchant for the wild and wilderness. Through this book, I feel that I can carry my voice, the effort to reach people further in my mission to spread awareness and love for Mother Nature. I feel the more time you spend with nature, the more you understand and appreciate nature's splendor and brilliance."
Commenting on the book, JK Bose said,
`Glian - the son of nature is an intense jostle of Shubham's ideas.
Shubham manages to navigate the narrow path that fuses interesting incidents with an engaging narrative making it a must-read for anyone".
The occasion served as a forum for presenting views on current threats to nature and wildlife in India. An interactive session was held after the discussion so as to enable a clear understanding of issues related to environment and wildlife.
Born in 1978 and educated in Lucknow, IT-BHU and Vanderbilt University, USA, Shubham has worked at the Wall Street, NYC, before he decided to move back to India. A travel enthusiast and avid wildlife lover, he is also a sports aficionado and enjoys sports whether he is traveling or working. He appreciates outdoor sports for the thrill he can ride on, and his close encounters with nature.
His first flavour of solo travelling began when he ran away from his home, in his eighth grade. He is very fond of wildlife and can be occasionally seen perched at the watch out towers. His earliest inspirations have been Ruskin Bond, Jim Corbett, Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens.
A keen writer, he has published a couple of individual short stories, with ethnic magazines in USA and is an online columnist. This is his first attempt to write fiction as a novel.
Shubham Basu can be spotted riding his bicycle in Gurgaon or just walking around in the Himalayas.
- Shubham Basu’s personal website: www.shubhambasu.com
- Shubham Basu’s video appearance with NDTV on 21st and 22nd Sept. (seen near the end of the clip)
|Dr. V. K. Raina is a world-renowed civil engineer specializing in bridge and highway design and construction. He did his Civil and Municipal Engineering in 1961 from BHU|
The book titled, “Raina’s Field manual for Highway and Bridge Engineers”, Second Edition is written by Dr. V.K. Raina and Published by Shroff Publishers and Distributors, Mumbai.
The Publisher, SHROFF PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, MUMBAI
e-mail : sunilshastri[AT]shroffpublishers.com
This is what Dr. Raina has to say about his book(1400+ pages):
This MANUAL is a COMPENDIUM - 'concise and yet comprehensive'
- Designed to assist the Practicing Professionals in the 'field'.
....WHY this MANUAL????
- You see, Highways and Bridges form the back-bone of infrastructure in any country’s development and hence all the International Lending Agencies (e.g. the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Inter-American Bank for Development in South America, the U N D P, the Islamic Development Bank, the Kuwait Fund for Development, etc.) are pumping funds for the construction of Highways and Bridges on an unprecedented scale, unknown hitherto. In addition, the Governments spend their own funds as well.
- The consequent massive field work necessarily engages a large number of 'engineers' - many of whom may not have enough experience to match, who therefore try to LEARN while they EARN.
- They are hard-pressed for appropriate exposure to cutting-edge professional practices and are ever-hungry for ‘knowing the ropes’ - if only someone would have the time, the experience and the patience to train them , preferably in-house.
- Their experienced seniors are far too few and far too busy to ‘also teach’, as it were! The result can therefore be easily comprehended – chaotic in many instances ….. resulting in time over-runs, cost over-runs, shoddy Quality Assurance and Quality Control, accidents, claims, counter-claims, litigation, arbitration and delays !!
- This MANUAL has been designed such that it takes the 'field engineer' by the finger through the labyrinths of the complications in a workman-like manner, and thus caters for the contractor, the client, the practice-oriented policy-maker and the engineer alike!
- The presentation has a flow that moves from the ‘individual’ to the ‘organization’, with ‘practical skills’ and ‘theory’ woven together, offering real-life engineering experience, from 'problem formulation' through to ’implementation’.
- One hopes that this would educate the 'future creators' in understanding the relationship between: 'engineering and international development' and 'ethics in engineering practice'
- Thus enabling them to employ their grounding in engineering to become workman-like partners in the development of the Infrastructure - preparing them for excellence in engineering decision-making.
Your valuable comments will be appreciated, please.
Dr. V. K. Raina
Varanasi, 4 Oct. (AKI/Asian Age ) - Nazneen Ansari, a Muslim girl living in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi, in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has assigned herself a unique task of translating Hindu religious texts into Urdu.
Ansari feels that this will help people of both faiths understand each other better.
"I have done this to bring people closer to each other. There are many people who cannot read Hindi. Now, they can read Hanuman Chalisa [a key Hindu religious text] in Urdu and understand the meaning and moral of the text."
"This is my humble effort towards forging better understanding between the two communities," she told a news channel.
She has already translated Hanuman Chalisa into Urdu and is now working on the Hindu epic Ram Charitra Manas.
Hanuman Chalisa is a Hindi-language poem that has gained enormous popularity among Hindus. Many of them recite it as a prayer every week, generally on Tuesdays or Saturdays.
Happy Birth anniversary of two great Leaders - Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shashtri
October 2, 2007
By Amrit Pal
Today is 2nd of October. It was on this day that two great Indian leaders were born who, through their determination and dedication, immensely contributed to the freedom movement & progress of the country and touched the lives of millions of fellow countrymen.
|Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October, 1869 into the Hindu Modh family in Porbandar. He was the son of Karamchand Gandhi, the diwan (Prime Minister) of Porbandar, and Putlibai. It is said that Gandhi learned from an early age the tenets of non-injury to living beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between members of various creeds and sects.|
|"The Father of the Nation" was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha—the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence —which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.|
|"Lal Bahadur Shastri" was born on 2nd October 1904 in Ramnagar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh as Lal Bahadur Srivastava. His father Sharada Prasad was a poor school teacher, who later became a clerk in the Revenue Office at Allahabad. Lal Bahadur's father died when he was only a year and a half old. His mother Ramdulari Devi took him and his two sisters to her father's house and settled down there.|
Lal Bahadur Shashtri was the third Prime Minister of independent India and a significant figure in the Indian independence movement.He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna and a memorial was built for him in Delhi. The slogan, ‘Jai jawan, Jai kisan’ is attributed to Shastriji.
A lot of functions etc. being organized around the world to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. However, there is hardly anything which is being done to celebrate Shashtriji's anniversary.
Let's salute both our Hero's on this great occasion!
Dr. Anil Bhardwaj is the recipient of this year’s Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award for excellence in science. He did his doctorate in Applied Physics (Space and Planetary Science) from IT-BHU in 1992. Currently he is working with ISRO and posted at Space Physics Laboratory of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Trivandrum. Chronicle editor Yogesh K. Upadhyaya talks to Dr. Anil Bhardwaj.
For bio-data of Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, click here.
|Q-1 Sir, congratulation for receiving the Bhatnagar award for the year 2007, the highest award for young scientists in India. Please tell us more about the award.
Thank you for your warm wishes. I am really delighted and honored on being awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. It’s a great recognition for my work, a grand tribute to Planetary Science community in India, and a rich compliment to the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL), the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). I owe this award to my family (my wife and daughters), and to my colleagues and collaborators, and thank my peers, friends, and well-wishers. Finally, I dedicate this award to my Parents – mom Asha Sharma and dad Prof. S. S. Sharma.
This award is named after the founder Director of the Indian Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the late Dr. (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology’. The Prize is given each year for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines: (1) Biological, (2) Chemical, (3) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary, (4) Engineering, (5) Mathematical, (6) Medical, and (7) Physical Sciences. Those who are not more than 45 years of age, as reckoned on 31st December of the year preceding the year of the Prize, are eligible.
I have been awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2007 in the discipline “Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary”, for pioneering contributions in the field of Planetary Sciences, in particular in the area of Planetary X-ray astronomy and international collaborative research programs. Specifically the CSIR has cited me “for my fundamental contributions and creative ideas to elucidate X-ray emissions from planetary bodies, including aurorae, and advancing its subsequent enrichment, and futuristic potential by attracting international collaboration.”
Q-2: Please describe your discovery two years ago about the use of reflected X-rays?
Actually there were two independent studies on the two largest planets of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, using the two most sophisticated X-ray Observatories in the world currently operating, viz. Chandra of NASA and XMM-Newton of ESA (European Space Agency). These studies showed for the first time that the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn scatter back a part of the solar X-ray radiation incident onto their atmospheres. In fact, we discovered “X-Ray Flares” from the low-latitude (non-auroral atmospheric region) disk of Jupiter and Saturn, and found that they occur in tandem with the occurrence of the X-ray flare on the Sun (after taking into account the light travel time delays). In other word, you can say that these outer planets are natural mirrors in space that reflect back solar X-ray radiation. However, Jupiter and Saturn atmospheres are not a perfect mirror of sunlight in X-rays – only one in few thousands of solar soft X-ray photons (energy regime - ~100 eV to few keV) are backscattered. Thus, we can say that these planets are “cloudy” or “hazy” mirrors for solar X-rays.
These crucial findings imply that we could use giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn as remote-sensing tools. The result has important implication – in studying the Sun, i.e., X-rays from Jupiter and Saturn can be used to study flaring from solar hemisphere that is otherwise invisible to Earth-orbiting satellites. Also such observations can be used as well to derive solar soft (0.2-2 keV) X-ray fluxes: the energy regime in which there is a dearth of measurements.
NASA and ESA have come out with press releases on these breakthrough researches.
In addition to the above, my other landmark research in the area of planetary X-ray astronomy are: (i) Discovery of X-rays from the Rings of Saturn, (ii) The first and the only observation so far of soft (<2 keV) X-rays from Earth’s aurora, (iii) Unambiguous detection of X-rays from Mars halo (exosphere), (iv) Discovery of X-rays from Jupiter’s satellites Io and Europa, and from the Io plasma torus, and (v) The discovery-observation of the pulsating auroral X-ray hot-spot on Jupiter that has revolutionized our understanding of the Jovian auroral X-ray phenomena. There have been press releases by NASA on some of the above new findings. Moreover, our 1992 model predicted spectrum of bremsstrahlung auroral >2 keV X-rays on Jupiter is confirmed by observations recently made by the XMM-Newton X-ray observatory.
(For press releases and other stuff, search Google by key word [“Anil Bhardwaj + X-rays”]).
Q-3: We would like to know more about your professional career.
Born on June 01, 1967, in a town near Dist. Aligarh in state Uttar Pradesh of India, I had most of my schooling in Lucknow, except for a brief spell of ~2 years of early schooling in Delhi. I did my High School (10th Class) from the Mahanagar Boys High School, Lucknow, and Intermediate (12th Class) from the Christian College, Lucknow.
I did my B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics from Lucknow University in 1985; B.Sc. Honours in Physics (1986) and M.Sc. Special in Physics, with specialization in Electronics and X-rays, also from Lucknow University in 1987.
For my Ph. D., I joined the Dept. of Applied Physics, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and worked under the able guidance of Prof. R. P. Singhal in the area of Planetary and Space Sciences. I was awarded Ph.D. in Applied Physics by BHU in 1992 on my thesis “Aurora and Airglow Processes on Outer Planets and Comets”.
I also did an Under Graduate Diploma in German language from Banaras Hindu University in 1989.
During my Ph.D. days, I was a Research Fellow in ISRO project and subsequently a Senior Research Fellow of CSIR. I joined ISRO in August 1993 as Scientist SD at Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Trivandrum. I was promoted to the post of Scientist SE in January 1998, Scientist SF in July 2002, and Scientist SG in July 2007. I am currently heading the Planetary Sciences Branch (PSB) at SPL, VSSC.
During January 2004-October 2005, I worked at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, USA, as National Research Council-National Academy of Sciences Senior Research Associate.
I have published over 60 research papers. I have attended more than 40 conferences in India and aboard and presented Invited and contributed papers numbering over 100. I have organized several special sessions at international conferences related to Planetary Sciences.
In addition to planetary X-ray work (mentioned above), I have done theoretical modeling studies related to cometary coma chemistry and emissions, Io-Jupiter Interactions, charged particle degradation in gases with application to planetary aurora and airglow emissions. Further, I have used GMRT (Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope of India near Pune) for the first time to observe synchrotron radio emissions from the radiation belts of Jupiter. In the role of an experimenter, I am the Indian PI of the SARA experiment onboard Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission, a core team member of Small Satellite program of ISRO SENSE, and Member of ASTROSAT mission of ISRO (a multi-wavelength Astronomy satellite observatory) and upcoming planetary missions of ISRO.
Q-4: Please tell us about your BHU days.
My BHU days span ~August 1987 to July 1993. I joined Dept of Applied Physics, IT in August 1987 as a research scholar under the supervision of Prof. R.P. Singhal. That time the department had Profs. (Late) R.N. Singh, K.D. Misra, O.N. Singh, S.P. Ojha, Late Prof. Khastagir, and Drs. B.N. Dwivedi (who has been my colleague and close friend since those days), S.P. Misra, B.B. Srivastava, S.C. Chakravarty, and B. Prasad, O.N. Singh Jr., and few others.
I have very pleasant memories of my days in BHU and in the Dept of Applied Physics. My research fellows and friends in the dept. – Ashish Gupta, UN Singh, Preeta, Sangita, Pandey, Tigistu Hale, as well as my senior Dr. S. A. Haider, who is my very close friend and a great collaborator (we jointly have published 8 research papers so far). Haider and me are always in touch with each other since the BHU days and work together in the field of Planetary Sciences.
I still remember how hard it was for us working with computers during my Ph.D. days – going to computer center to give or collect results (printouts) of programs early morning or late evening – those days we use to have programs punched on cards that were then feed to (I think Cyber system) machine. Any single typing mistake on card or a card miss-fed/torn would result in losing a day work.
Shopping in Lanka area, eating longlata and rasogulla (the famous sweets of Banaras), etc is still fresh in my memories. I remember BHU VC – Prof. Rastogi (if I am not mistaken).
Q-5: Please tell us about your family
My wife Preeti is from Gwalior, M.P. We are married for last 12 years, and have 2 lovely daughters, Misha and Anusha.
We are now settled in Trivandrum. I have been in Trivandrum for last 14 years, except for ~2 years of my stay in USA when I worked at NASA MSFC.
My motto is the Lord Krishna’s preaching to Arjuna in Mahabharata - Keep working hard and do good work without worrying for results – the fruits are bound to come!!
Moreover, I say that one should keep changing with time and realize the importance of events, activities, and circumstances.
Q-6: It was nice talking to you. Thank you, Sir, for providing us with info about you and university.
Thank you so much. It was pleasure talking to you and remembering my ‘good old’ days, and recapitulating and narrating my past: it was quite a revealing experience.
Dr. Anil Bhardwaj can be contacted at:
Dr. Anil Bhardwaj
Head, Planetary Sciences Branch
Space Physics Laboratory
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
tel: +91-471-2562330 (work)
fax: +91-471-2706535 (work)
tel: +91-471-2555168 (home)_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Press releases for Dr. Anil Bhardwaj:
Saturn reflects X-rays from Sun…..Ringed Protector of Earth
|Attached is a reference list of 46 press releases in leading scientific magazines and news media about the scientific discoveries made by Dr. Anil Bhardwaj.
For the complete list of press releases, click here.
- Curriculum Vitae of DR. ANIL BHARDWAJ http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2007/docs/cv_bhardwaj.pdf
- IT-BHU Applied Physics Department
- Vikram Sarabhai Space center, Trivandrum
- SS Bhatnagar award for the tear 2007- Government Press Release
|The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for science and technology’. The Prize is given each year for outstanding contributions to science and technology.|
SSB Prizes, each of the value of Rs 2,00,000 (Rupees two lakh only), are awarded annually for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines: (1) Biological, (2) Chemical, (3) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary, (4) Engineering, (5) Mathematical, (6) Medical, and (7) Physical Sciences. The award is given as the recognition of outstanding Indian work in science and technology.
Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years as reckoned on 31st December of the year preceding the year of the Prize is eligible to apply.
The Prize is bestowed on a person who, in the opinion of CSIR, has made conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress – fundamental and applied – in the particular field of endeavour, which is his/her specialization. The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India during the five years preceding the year of the Prize. (For this purpose ‘primarily’ will mean ‘for the most part’)
About Prof. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (1894-1955):
Prof. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (Source: Google and Zuula images)
He was the Director-General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Bhatnagar was born on 21 February 1894 at Bhera, in the district of Shapur in Punjab (now in Pakistan). When he was barely 8 months old, his father Parmeshwari Sahai died, and the entire family moved to leave with his grand father (mother’s side) Munshi Pyare Lal at Sikandarabad, Dist. Bulandshahar, UP. He studies for few years at A. V. High School, Sikandarabad.
Shanti came to Lahore in 1908 and joined Dyal Singh High School. At school, Shanti developed an absorbing interest in science, “delighting in scientific experiments.” In 1911, schoolboy Shanti published a letter to the editor in The Leader newspaper (Allahabad) about how to make a substitute for carbon electrodes in a battery, by using molasses and carbonaceous matter under pressure and heat.
On matriculation in 1911, he joined Dyal Singh College under University scholarship. Bhatnagar was greatly inspired by his professor N. N. Godbole, whose enthusiasm for indigenous industrial products he imbibed. In 1913, after finishing his intermediate exam in first division, Bhatnagar joined Forman Christian College, where ‘he did not allow any distraction from his studies in science.” After completing his B. Sc in 1916, he took upon some college assignments and also studied for M. Sc, which he completed in 1919. As part of his degree, he studied surface tension of water.
He joined University of London under private scholarship (1919-1921) and earned D. Sc. degree on surface tension of oils. A travel grant from British department of scientific and industrial research enabled Bhatnagar to visit France and Germany.
Bhatnagar returned to India in August 1921 and he joined the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) as Professor of Chemistry. It may be noted that the BHU was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916. Bhatnagar stayed for three years in BHU and during this short span of time he was able to create an active school of physico-chemical research. Bhatnagar wrote the ‘Kulgeet’ (University song) of the University. Justice N.H. Bhagwati, Vice-Chancellor of BHU said: "Many of you perhaps do not know that besides being an eminent scientist, Professor Bhatnagar was a Hindi poet of repute and that during his stay in Banaras, he composed the ‘Kulgeet’ of the University...Prof. Bhatnagar is remembered with reverence in this University and will continue to be so remembered till this University exists."
In 1924, 30-year old Bhatnagar was appointed as Director of Universal Chemical Laboratories, Lahore. The laboratory worked on problems in industrial and applied chemistry brought in by agriculturists and industrialists. He was awarded British Order of Empire in 1936 by British Government.
In August 1940, Bhatnagar took over as Director of the Board of Scientific and Industrial Research, dividing his time between Delhi and Calcutta. To give scientific research more freedom government set up autonomous Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on 26 September, 1942 (celebrated as CSIR foundation day). Bhatnagar remained as its head for 12 years, from its inception till his death in January 1, 1955.
Bhatnagar concurrently held a number of posts in the government. In 1948 and 1949, he worked as secretary to the ministry of education, and educational advisor to the Government of India. He became the first secretary to the ministry of natural resources and scientific research, which was set up in 1951. He was also the secretary of Atomic Energy Commission and later became chairman of the University Grants Commission.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said: "I would like to pay a tribute to Dr. Bhatnagar, who, I think, has done; I say this with respect to others, more than anyone else for the scientific development in India. I can truly say that but for Dr. Bhatnagar, you could not have seen today the chain of National Laboratories in India."
(Condensed from online resources as listed below)
- Govt. announces SS Bhatnagar award to 11 scientists for the year 2007:
- Information about Award rules, Awardees for the years 1958-1998, etc.
- S S Bhatnagar: Life and Times-By Rajesh Kochhar
- Prof. S. S. Bhatnagar (February 21, 1894 — January 1, 1955)
- Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar
The department of Pharmaceutics at IT-BHU is organizing 59th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress during 20-23 December, 2007. The department is also celebrating 75th year of its establishment. It was the first pharmacy program to be established in India at that time. Visit its official website for more information:
|Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA) - a federation of five national pharmaceutical associations as its constituents - is the apex body representing Indian Pharmacists working in various capacities, viz. as community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, industry (in production, R & D, quality control & assurance, and marketing), regulatory officials, academicians, and other disciplines & areas of work.|
|Prof. Panjab Singh, Vice Chancellor (BHU)|
|Prof. Lele S Rector (BHU)||Dr. Venkateswarlu M D.C.G.I. (New Delhi)||Prof. Upadhayay S. N Director (IT, BHU)|
|Prof. Sinha J. N Dean I.T (BHU)||Dr. Shetty B. R (Abu Dhabi)||Prof. Suresh B President, P.C.I. (New Delhi)|
|CHAIRMAN :||ORGANIZING SECRETARY :||PRESIDENT 59th IPC :|
|Prof. Krishna Kumar (U.S.A)||Prof. Srivastava R. S ( IT , BHU)||Prof. Tipnis H. P (Mumbai)|
The prestigious site of the National Memorial in Rouse Avenue, 52 - 53 Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg is located on Minto Bridge - ITO Road and is one Kilometer from Connaught place and New Delhi Railway Station. It faces the gigantic complex of the office of the Comptroller & Auditor General, Government of India.
Depending on the ability of Malaviya Mission to raise the balance amount of funds, the inaugural function may take place either on 25th December (Malaviyaji's birthday or in February '08 (BHU foundation Day).
The Memorial Complex would have the BHU Information Centre, International BHU Alumni Centre besides the Malaviya Memorial Museum, Multipurpose Convention Hall, Conference rooms, GUEST HOUSE for NRI BHU alumni and scholars, Research and Reference Library, etc.
There are five guest rooms on the third floor. More rooms will be available in the adjacent Pravasi Bhawan for NRI's, which is being constructed by another BHU-IT Alumnus Shri Baleshwar Agrawal.
For more info, please visit:
|Mahamana Malaviya Smriti Bhavan as planned (Computer generated view)|
|Malaviya Smriti Bhavan under construction|
Appeal for donations:
We have received the following appeal for donation from Mr. Panna Lal Jaiswal, National Working President:
The Mission was founded by BHU alumni in 1978 to propagate the ideals and thoughts of Mahamana Malaviyaji. It has its branches in most state capitals with a heavy concentration of BHU Alumni. Its educational and development projects with stress on bringing the weaker sections in the mainstream of national life, are running in several states. The Mission has been working in close coordination with the BHU and the Ministry of HRD to restore the pristine glory of our Alma Mater.
The Mission is presently engaged in building the National Memorial of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya in the heart of New Delhi. The structure of this 4-Crore building has been completed and the internal finishing is in progress. We have spent so far 2.20 Crores collected from BHU teachers and students. We are now SHORT OF FUNDS TO THE TUNE OF RS.1.6 CRORES and an appeal has been issued by the Vice Chancellor to all Faculties in the University to contribute for the Memorial and become a part of it.
We hope that the Mahamana Memorial 'Malaviya Smriti Bhawan' will not remain incomplete and non-functional because of lack of funds and that we will be able to complete the complex with generous support from your good self and other BHU Alumni.
Your cheque / demand draft in favour of "Mahamana Malaviya Mission" may be sent at our registered Central Office, C-3, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi, 110049, India.
Panna Lal Jaiswal
National Working President
Mahamana Malaviya Mission
(Mr. Panna Lal Jaiswal obtained M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Botany in 1946 from the Institute of Agricultural Research, BHU. He was a scientific research communication specialist and retired as Chief Editor/Director Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture in 1986. He, along with other alumni, founded Mahamana Malaviya Mission in 1978 to propagate the ideals of the Founder of BHU, Mahamana Malaviyaji.)
A National Seminar on Fertilizer Technology is being organized by Chemical Engineering Dept. We received the following message from Prof. K. K. Srivastava, Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering Department. We shall publish more info as we receive, in our coming issues.
We are pleased to inform you that we are organising a National Seminar on the theme 'Fertilizer Technology: 21st Century Challenges and Options' during 7-9 March, 2008 in our department.
Prof. & Head
Chemical Engineering Dept.
Following are the news related to IIEST issue. As stated in past issues, all the five colleges and the respective state governments have agreed for colleges to be upgraded to IIEST status. The IIEST Bill is being prepared by the HRD ministry and it will be tabled during winter session of the parliament (November 22 to December 19, 2007).
Issue of IIT status for engg. colleges still open
|Visakhapatnam, October 01: The issue of campus engineering colleges of Andhra and Osmania Universities getting IIT status is still open as the State Government is waiting for a reply from the Union Ministry of HRD and the UGC on its proposal on sharing half the seats.|
Colleges being given IIT status or the status of other national institutions have to allow half the seats to be filled from all-India quota. Hence the State Government has suggested to the Ministry of HRD and UGC to allow the intake to be doubled so that the local candidates would be left with the same number of seats, said Chairman of AP State Council of Higher Education K.C. Reddy here on Sunday.
OU was worried that half the seats in its engineering college would not be available to local students but it was ready to accept the status if the intake was doubled, he said. “There are some positive indications from MHRD and UGC to our proposal,” he disclosed.
Regarding the deemed universities, Prof. Reddy said as of now the Government had no say at all in their affairs but almost all States represented to the Centre and UGC that the antecedents and all other aspects of the institutions must be thoroughly verified and the State Governments taken into consideration before granting deemed university status. “Deemed varsities must be welcomed but private sector entry and partnership in higher education must have a regulatory mechanism if not control, to ensure quality education that has relevance to the society,” Prof. Reddy said. This topic was discussed during a review meeting held by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the APSCHE’s governing body meeting at Hyderabad tomorrow would discuss it once again, he said.
BESU to get Rs 70 cr for upgrade
6 Oct 2007, 0248 hrs IST , Somdatta Basu , TNN
|KOLKATA: The Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) is all set to receive Rs 70 crore this fiscal from the Centre as part of the Eleventh Five Year Plan. Under the plan, the university will get a total Rs 519 crore over five years. It has already drawn up an elaborate blueprint on how to spend the amount on campus development.|
On top of the agenda is the development of a centre for excellence in automobile engineering in association with Windsor University. Besu had signed an MoU with the university last year. A part of the sum will be spent on setting up a laboratory and purchase equipment. Next in line is a school of metatronics and robotics that will host workshops and have state-of-the-art laboratories. Also on the anvil is a school of occupational health and engineering. The last phase of campus development includes a school of disaster mitigation engineering. "We are expecting the amount to be released by March next year. It will be sufficient to set up laboratories and workshops for all the centres," said Besu vice-chancellor N R Banerjea.
Two eight-storey buildings will come up on the campus, at an approximate cost of around Rs 6 crore each. "In the first phase, we will construct new departments, classrooms and rooms for the faculty. Construction of residential areas and hostels will be taken up in the second phase. The Centre will pay Besu Rs 519 crore, as recommended by Anandkrishnan Committee, for upgrading the university to an Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST). We have received Rs 10 crore," added Banerjea.
The university had earlier identified two additional plots for expanding the campus. One is a 60-acre plot in Howrah, while the other is a 40-acre plot near the existing campus. The second plot, known as Swarnomoyee Trust, belonged to Rani Rashmoni. The two plots are together estimated to cost Rs 81 crore.
"We have requested the state to buy both the properties and hand these over to us. The Indian Institute of Science Engineering and Research, which is a central institute, has already received 200 acres near Kalyani. If Besu is upgraded to IISER, then it will be of great help. We can pay a token amount of Re 1," he added. The matter has been discussed with finance minister Asim Dasgupta. "We are waiting for the state’s decision," Banerjea said.
Central varsity, IIT for Himachal Pradesh
2 Oct, 2007, 1710 hrs IST, PTI
|SHIMLA: The Centre on Tuesday announced it would open a central university and an IIT, besides carrying out an over 100 km railway line project in Himachal Pradesh.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told me to announce a central university, an IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), over 100 km Bhanupalli-Bilaspur railway line and extending Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in remaining eight districts of Himachal Pradesh," Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said after launching the "Aam Admi Bima Yojna" here.
The announcements come ahead of the assembly elections in the state due in February next year.
The Congress government led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had been under attack from the opposition BJP for "failing" to get good financial assistance from the Centre and non implementation of over Rs 4000-crore package announced by the Prime Minister during his visit to the state in 2005.
With today's announcement, NREGS would be executed in all 12 districts of the state.
Chidambaram praised the Himachal government for good financial discipline and said the Centre would extend full cooperation for the growth of the hill state.
"The Prime Minister was scheduled to come to HP but because of recent surgery, he could not come and instead, sent me to convey his good wishes to the people of the state," Chidambaram said.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said opening up of a central university and an IIT in the state would lift the educational standards in the hill state.
"The Bhanupalli-Bilaspur broad gauge line has been a long pending demand of the state from the railways. As per the agreement, the Centre would bear 75 per cent of the cost while the remaining 25 per cent would be spent by the state," Singh said.
(The news was forwarded by Anshuman Singh Electrical 1998)
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- Five students get Tata Steel Scholarships worth Rs 3,000 each:
- Aditya Goel
- Varun Gupta
- G Amith Kumar Reddy
- Ashish Kumar Rai
- Anshul Agarwal
- Ministry of Steel sets up a Chair and scholarship for 4 years for five students
The scholarship shall be given to five undergraduate students @Rs. 4,000 per month for the entire 4 years of study.
- GE Foundation gives scholarships worth Rs 2 lacs to 2 students.
- Sridhar J. Chary Rs. 208,765
- Pinaki Mukherjee Rs. 208,765
- Four students got Rs 63,000 each as a part of O P Jindal Engineering Management Scholarships.
- Abhinav Dube
- Abhishek Gupta
- S Vighnesh
- Sushant Mittal
|TECHNEX (ALL INDIA TECHNICAL FESTIVAL 2007-08) INSTITUE OF TECHOLOGY BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY VARANASI|
TECHNEX (TECHnical EXcellence) is a yearly inter-college technical competition dating back from 1939. It consists of various challenging events such as Bytes the Bits, Modex, Papyrus, Panchtantrika, e-motions, Robotrix, X-treme Engineering, Bal Vigyan, Nano mania, etc. There also some relief events such as, Knowsarium, Chillology, Pro-nights.
Last year, there were over 2,500 participants and over Rs. 400, 000 were distributed as cash prizes for various events. The details of last event, which was held in January 2007, can be viewed on our institute’s website: http://www.itbhu.ac.in/technex/
This year a new event (perhaps first time in the country) called SPACE PRO-AM is planned and a leading personality from the space technology field is expected to grace the moment as a chief guest. The event will be an exclusive five-round competition based on space technology. We are also processing a separate event on air borne design and also have plans to conduct workshops on rocketry. Any updates regarding these will be reported to you as soon as possible.
Technex-08 will be held on Feb 15-17, 2008.
Chairman Technex-08Reader (Thermal Engg.)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Instituite of Technology,BHU
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An IT-BHU group has been created on LinkedIn website, www.linkedin.com. We have received the following message from our alumnus, Mr. Annamalai Lakshmanan, who created the group:
We have created a group on LinkedIn for ITBHU Alumni, students and faculty. We have over 100 members so far (and counting...). There are more than 500 IT-BHU students/alumni registered on LinkedIn website. Joining this group allows members to find and contact other ITBHU Alumni on LinkedIn. Email addresses are kept private. Another member wouldn't know your email address until you contact them. Members get to know more than just the name. They get to view professional profiles and recommendations.
Some recruiters are heavily using LinkedIn to find new people. It has also become common for people looking for jobs to include a hyperlink of their LinkedIn profile in their resume.
If you want to join, click on: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/27228/6019F1075B71
The website LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) is a handshake type social networking site for professionals and for those looking for contacts and seeking career advancements through networking. The website was launched 3 years ago and it has over 14 million members.
Critics question the usefulness of such networking sites which provide little more info than a business card. However, CEO Dan Nye of LinkedIn points out the relative success in terms of membership in a short time. He adds that almost all of the Fortune 500 CEOs are members of the site. Moreover, he explains that unlike other social networking sites, the membership at LinkedIn is by invitation only, thus weeding out the general crowd.
As a part of a large government delegation, Vice-Chancellor of our university, Prof. Panjab Singh visited USA during 19 to 30 Sept. 2007. The visit was on the invitation of United State Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under the 'International Visitor Leadership Programme.' The team was headed by Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia. It visited Washington, New Haven, New York, Chicago and Wisconsin during the 12-day trip.
The team visited various US universities, including Howard University, Columbia University, DePaul University, Land Grant University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois and University of Connecticut in New Haven.
It discussed the bilateral collaboration of Indian Universities with American Universities. It included the subjects of increasingly singing of collaboration agreements between the universities, students and faculty exchange programs, setting up of campuses in India by US universities, etc.
The VC also took the opportunity to meet the alumni of BHU here. He had successful interaction with groups of alumni at Washington, DC, New York, New Jersey and Chicago.
The meeting with alumni was coordinated by Prof. D P Singh, Professor Emeritus, Mining Engineering Dept. (dpsingh[AT]hotmail.com) and Ms. Padmini Ravindra Nath (padmini_1109[AT]hotmail.com). Both are members of Alumni cell of the university and the alumni cell can be contacted at alumni_vco[AT]bhu.ac.in.
These are just sample of photos of meetings. More photos can be viewed at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/gallery/main.php
Meeting of alumni with VC at New York
The informal meeting was organized by BHUPAA at Akbar Restaurant, garden City, Long Island, New York on 22nd Sept. 2007. About 12 alumni discussed with VC. Other dignitaries to attend the meeting were:
- Dr. Devi Singh – Director IIM Lucknow
- Prof. (Ms.) Surabhi Bannerjee– VC, National Subhash Open University
Chandrakant Trivedi (1975), Vinod Shah (1975), Dushyant Desai (1973) and Dinesh Jaiswal (1970) - all B. Pharm batches- helped arranged the program.
|BHUPAA (BHU Pharmacists’ Alumni Association of America) is an alumni group of passouts of Pharmacy Department, currently in USA. The group was formed in 1975 and it has about 70 members.
(VC standing in middle; Dr. Devi Singh second from right; Ms. Surabhi Banerjee 3rd from right. Chandrakant Trivedi, the organizer, can be seen standing next to VC.)
For further details of New York meet, contact Chandrakant Trivedi at cltvav[AT]yahoo.com
Meeting of alumni with VC at New Jersey
The meeting of alumni with VC in New Jersey took place on 23rd September, 2007 at Rasoi Restaurant, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. About 50 alumni (including families) were present at the meeting.
The combined meeting was organized by the following alumni organizations:
- IT-BHU alumni association-by Yogesh Upadhyaya (chemical 1977)
- BHU alumni association (BHU Parivar)-by Dr. Prabhat Pandey (PhD chemistry-1977)
- BHU Pharmacists alumni association of America (BHUPAAA)-by Dr. Krishna Kumar (B. Pharm 1972).
The meeting had slide-show presentations on starting research and education at BHU for
agriculture genomics (Dr. Janardan Yadav, PHD Physics, 1973) and bio-vaccine research (Dr. Hari Asthana Chemical Engineering 1966). Dr. Shashi Karna (Chemistry PhD 1983) was master of ceremony.
Ms. Vijaya Keshari (Chemistry PhD 1983) helped organized the meeting and Dr. Prabhat Pandey sent out invitation to BHU alumni. Chandrakant Trivedi arranged for photographer and video recording, projector, sound equipment, etc. and Anil Singh (Electronics 1995) looked after booking of restaurant. Other volunteers were Dr. Anand Singh (PhD Physics 1981), Manu Goyal (Mechanical 1993), Neelesh Prabhu (CSE 1996), Vinod Shah and Dushyant Desai.
Our VC gave an idea about the progress being made by our university.
He said that apart from recent collaboration with University at Buffalo (New York), many such collaborations involving students and faculty exchange are coming. He outlined the progress being made at the new Rajiv Gandhi South Campus at Mirzapur, where 2,000 students are already staying.
For the faculties of Institute of Technology and Institute of Medical Sciences, he clarified that after upgrade (to IIEST and AIIMS), the institutes shall continue working within the framework of BHU. For IT-BHU he promised to get more funding than even IIT and make it better than other premier institutions.. Both the institutes shall get higher funding and functional autonomy, he added. He also said that university is planning many new programs such as food processing technology, etc.
He advised alumni to develop affinity towards the alma-mater. He also stated the problem of shortage of accommodation on the campus and asked for the help from donors to construct more hostels.
|(From left to right: VC (talking), Dr. Rai (Statistics 1972), Prof. Krishna Kumar (B. Parm 1972), Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977) and Dr. Prabhat pandey (Chemistry 1977)|
|(Above from right to left; Ms. Vijaya Keshari, VC and Dr. Shashi Karna)|
|(From right to left: Vinod Shah, Dushyant Desai, Ranbaxy executive and alumnus of pharmacy dept., VC, Dr. Krishna Kumar, Dr. Hari Astana, and a BHU alumnus)|
|(VC delivering speech)|
|(VC talking to Manu Goyal and other alumni. On left is Chandrakant Trivedi)|
|(VC in happy moment wih some of the alumni)|
For further deails of New Jersey meet,contact:
Yogesh Upadhyaya at yogesh[AT]optonline.net
Dr. Prabhat Pandey at prabhatpandey[AT]optonline.net
Ms. Vijay Keshari at vijaya_keshari[AT]hotmail.com
Dr. Krishna Kumar at kkumarbhu[AT]gmail.com
Meeting of alumni with VC at Chicago
The meeting with our vice chancellor and dignitaries from other Indian Universities/Institutions was organized by Naresh Jain (Electrical 1974). It was held on Wednesday 26th September evening at Klay Oven Restaurant at Chicago.
The meeting was attended by 8 alumni, 6 dignitaries and a journalist. The meeting news was circulated in local Indian newspapers.
Mr. Tilak Marwah (B. Pharm 1974) and Pradeep Chintagunta (Mechanical 1984) helped in organizing the program
Mr. Jatinter Bedi, owner/reporter of Indian Reporter also attended the meeting.
|The Guest Names are as follows:
(Seating in front, from Left to Right)
Naresh Jain (organizer) can be seen standing in the last row (with tie, in front of red background).
For further details of Chicago meet, contact Naresh Jain at: nareshj[AT]jscglobalsolutions.com
The local chapter of IT-BHU Alumni Association was formed at Chicago, Illinois, USA. The chapter is headed by Naresh jain (Electrical 1974).
Following are the office bearers of the chapter:
Naresh Jain (Electrical 1974)
Mr. Tilak Marwah (B. Pharm 1974)
Pradeep Chintagunta (Mechanical 1984)
Members who wish to join the chapter are advised to contact Naresh Jain at:
The meeting of Hyderabad chapter of IT-BHU Alumni Association is planned for Oct. 27th, 2007. We have received the following message from the organizer, Animesh Hazra (Ceramics 2002):
A meeting of IT-BHU alumni along with their families is planned as follows:
Date: Oct 27th 2007
City: Hyderabad, India
Venue: To be decided
Highlights of the event are:
- High-powered business and social networking.
- Entrepreneurs' Informal Rendezvous featuring some startups (www.ezeemeal.com & more)
- Shubham Basu (Ceramic 2002) author of the newly released book - "GLIAN - the Son of Nature" invited from New Delhi.
- www.svechha.org - Cancer & Blood Donation Awareness Cultural Programme.
This is just an informal notification. Formal invites will be sent out soon. For now, we request each one of you to start planning and try to grace the occasion with your presence. We strongly urge alumni from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and other cities that are about an overnight journey away from Hyderabad to try to make it to the occasion.
Hope to see you all in Hyderabad soon. Please stay tuned as more details follow.
Seasons greeting & Regards,
For Hyderabad Chapter,
IT-BHU Alumni Association
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‘Open up’ that document
|Document software giants fight over file formats, the right to be known as a ‘standard.’ What is at stake for lay users?|
Manipulation: It is important that existing document formats are forcibly tweaked so that they talk to each other.
|“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the ‘openest’ of all?”
No, they are not reciting variations on a nursery rhyme theme in Geneva, this week. But they might as well be doing that. On September 2, at its international headquarters, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) will count the votes cast by its 123 member nations ( including India) on whether to accord to a file format for documents, spreadsheets and presentations, created by Microsoft, the status of an ‘open standard.’
It is known as Office Open Extensible Markup Language or OOXML (pronounced “oh oh XML”) and it is the default format for the latest — 2007 — version of the Microsoft Office suite and hence the format of choice, for all MS products in the future. (Compatibility packs are required to ‘talk’ to earlier versions of ‘MS Office.’) Microsoft has been pushing to get the ISO stamp on its standard and the September vote is a fallout of its application.
ISO has already ratified one document standard: In May 2006, it released ‘ISO/IEC 26300, Open Document Format for Office Applications ( OpenDocument) v. 1.0’ — stamping a document standard created by OpenOffice, the office suite placed in the public domain by Sun Microsystems and adopted as a standard by OASIS — the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards.
The format was supported by Sun’s commercial edition of the office suite version, StarOffice as well as by the Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF), the widely used format created by Adobe Systems, for sending documents by e-mail. While Microsoft did not support ODF, it announced that future versions of its Office suite will be able to save documents as PDF files which meant indirectly recognising the ODF format.
In recent weeks, the global technology media has given to Microsoft’s ISO application, the character of a gladiatorial contest between two heavy teams.
On one side, the software giant whose Windows operating system and Office suite straddle the computing world, with a presence on nine out of ten PCs. On the other side, a loose consortium of companies including Sun, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle and Google, who have been reciting the ‘open’ mantra.
Score sheets have been maintained as yet another nation announced its intention to vote ‘aye’ or ‘nay’ on September 2. India’s representative at the ISO, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) was reported last week, to have decided not to support the Microsoft application, but apparently the door has been left open ( typically!) for a last minute change of heart.
Cornered by media
Leading technology players and institutions have been cornered by the media, to take a stance. Both sides in this country have ‘let slip the dogs of war’ and flashed favourable quotes from their adherents.
There were hardly any surprises: This is the heaven of outsourcing and Indian IT players generally played safe and ‘voted’ with their biggest clients abroad.
Those whose client base straddles the ‘document divide,’ said (in effect) “the more, the merrier, let multiple document standards bloom.”
So what does this mean for the lay user? A truly ‘open’ document standard is in everyone’s interest. It means, I can read a document you have sent me without having to check whether my PC runs the same word processor or spread sheet or presentation tool that you have used to create it.
It means such a document standard is ‘extensible’ — any one can improve it or create a better product without having to pay anyone money — as long as one shares one’s work in an ego-less fashion and adheres to the core requirements of the standard.
Clearly, this condition does not prevail very widely today — so what have emerged are ‘de facto’ standards.
Adobe Acrobat PDF is a de facto standard — possibly the most widely used format to save and send a document with the assurance that the recipient will get to see it exactly the way you wrote it.
Adobe cannily made the Acrobat Reader a free giveaway, while selling the software that allows you to create a PDF document. But one has to pay the price of popularity: A casual Net search will throw up dozens of free downloadable tools that promise to help you save documents as PDFs.
The various formats of Microsoft’s Office suite — .doc for Word documents, .ppt for PowerPoint etc — are for all practical purposes, de facto standards — by virtue of their sheer ubiquity.
You have to create a presentation and mail it to customers in half a dozen countries? You create it in PowerPoint. Any thing else is to live dangerously, to risk that a crucial recipient might not have the right ‘filter’ to run your presentation on his or her native Office suite.
Since it was ratified last year, the ODF standard has been adopted by Google in its new Web-based suite of office tools, Google Apps.
This saw a significant upward jump in the graph of ODF documents exchange. All Linux flavours without exception, as well as ‘Open’ browsers like Mozilla and Firefox, have favoured ODF, and most have offered OpenOffice as the default office application.
But when did YOU last receive an email with an attached document in one of the ODF formats (.odt for word processing, .ods for spreadsheets, .odp for presentation, .odg for graphics, .odf for formulae)? They sound unfamiliar? As Americans say “likewise.”
It is good that the information technology world is groping towards a universal standard so that documents can be exchanged on the Internet, systematically, seamlessly, swiftly.
But in the less idealogically coloured perspective of the rest of us, it is more important that existing document formats are forcibly tweaked so that they talk to each other because clearly, whichever way the wind blows down Lake Geneva on Sunday next, none of today’s multiple standards are going to roll over and die.
Microsoft’s getting ISO approval for OOXML may be important for Microsoft and its corporate partners.
For us the only question at this point of time is: Will what we create, be read and seen by those who need to read and see it the way we intended it, ten times out of ten? As long as the answer remains ‘no,’ all we can say is, “back to the drafting board, guys, your document format is not up to standard!”
The Worldwide Search for a Standard Document Format
|By Marino Marcich LinuxInsider Part of the ECT News Network 10/05/07 4:00 AM PT Although the talk about document formats may seem arcane, there is a lot hanging in the balance. "Open" is indeed more than just a buzzword; the demand for open standards as a foundation in new government enterprise architectures continues to grow. To date, eight national governments, four regional/state governments, and more than 50 government agencies worldwide have recognized the benefits of open standards……………………|
Issue Isn't Dead
To be sure, there is a long way to go in the ISO process. It is not until late February 2008 that there will be a meeting within ISO that will attempt to resolve the concerns the recent vote raised about OOXML -- a tall task by any measure. No matter the final outcome, governments will likely continue do what they've done throughout most of 2007: adopting policies that mandate truly open standards and continue making plans to switch to ODF.
Just this month, the government of the Netherlands, whose national standards body voted to abstain on OOXML, announced that ODF will be the standard for reading, publishing and the exchange of information for all governmental organizations by January 2009.
At a time when IT managers are forced to deal with the explosive growth in electronic records, an open document format is essential. Even if OOXML should manage to get the ISO stamp of approval at some point in the distant future, it is likely that it will come with merely a promise from Microsoft to address the myriad lingering concerns.
For now, the failure for OOXML to clear the ISO hurdle represents a "buyer beware" warning for governments in their quest for open standards and interoperability.
Updated 2:43 p.m. EDT, Wed September 26, 2007
- Overpopulation could be people, planet problem
- Story Highlights
- India on path to become most populous country
- Overpopulation will tax water supplies worldwide
- Largest population growths occurring in developing nations
(CNN) -- By the year 2050, China will no longer be the most populous country in the world.
India will see its population grow by 700 million people
by 2050, the U.S. Census bureau estimates.
|That distinction will pass to India, where more than 1.8 billion people could be competing for their country's resources, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base.
The 2007 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the United Nations Population Division set China's current population at around 1.3 billion people, and India's at around 1.1 billion. If population continues to grow at the estimated rate, such rapid growth in India between now and mid-century could lead to overpopulation and an uncertain future for the environment and the people living there.
And while organizations like the Population Institute and the United Nations Population Fund are working to promote the human rights and environmental consequences of overpopulation, not everyone views the newest population estimates with pessimism.
"Nothing ever continues at its present rate, neither the stock market nor population growth," said Doug Allen, the dean of the school of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an expert in the history of cities and urban design, which he's taught for more than 31 years.
"There is a substantial body of evidence that the world population will flatten out in about 30 years," he said. "Built into that model would be an assumption that more of the world's population will become urban, and as such the population will begin to decline."
Citing historical evidence of falling birthrates in urban populations, Allen looks to Italy as a current example of the phenomenon.
"Italy right now [is] not at a point where it can sustain its current level. And I don't think that's because people in Italy have suddenly become aware of the need to conserve resources. I think it has more to do with decisions that are made by families on the margin not to have as many children."
Particles faster than light detected
Monday, August 27, 2007 20:37 IST
HAMBURG: Two German physicists from the University of Koblenz claim to have done the impossible by finding photons that have broken the speed of light.
If Gunter Nimtz and Alfons Stahlhofen claims are confirmed, they will have proved wrong Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity, which requires an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second.
They say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled “instantaneously” between a pair of prisms that had been moved from a few millimetres to up to one metre apart. When the prisms were placed together, photons fired at one edge passed straight through them.
After they were moved apart, most of the photons reflected off the first prism they encountered and were picked up by a detector. But a few photons appeared to “tunnel” through the gap separating them as if the prisms were still held together. Although these photons had travelled further, they arrived at their detector at exactly the same time as the reflected photons. In effect, they had travelled faster than light. Nimtz said, “This is the only violation of special relativity that I know of.”
The duo said being able to travel faster than light would lead to bizarre consequences. For instance, an astronaut moving faster than light would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving, they said. They also said they were investigating a phenomenon called quantum tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break apparently unbreakable laws.
|ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, has created artificial membranes for cells made from scratch.
Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years
Sunday August 19, 2:38 pm ET
Scientists Around World in Race to Create Artificial Life; Success Likely in 3 to 10 Years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.
Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of "wet artificial life."
"It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it," said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. "We're talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental ways -- in fact, in ways that are impossible to predict."
That first cell of synthetic life -- made from the basic chemicals in DNA -- may not seem like much to non-scientists. For one thing, you'll have to look in a microscope to see it.
"Creating protocells has the potential to shed new life on our place in the universe," Bedau said. "This will remove one of the few fundamental mysteries about creation in the universe and our role."
And several scientists believe man-made life forms will one day offer the potential for solving a variety of problems, from fighting diseases to locking up greenhouse gases to eating toxic waste.
Bedau figures there are three major hurdles to creating synthetic life:
-- A container, or membrane, for the cell to keep bad molecules out, allow good ones, and the ability to multiply.
-- A genetic system that controls the functions of the cell, enabling it to reproduce and mutate in response to environmental changes.
-- A metabolism that extracts raw materials from the environment as food and then changes it into energy.
One of the leaders in the field, Jack Szostak at Harvard Medical School, predicts that within the next six months, scientists will report evidence that the first step -- creating a cell membrane -- is "not a big problem." Scientists are using fatty acids in that effort.
Szostak is also optimistic about the next step -- getting nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA, to form a working genetic system.
His idea is that once the container is made, if scientists add nucleotides in the right proportions, then Darwinian evolution could simply take over.
"We aren't smart enough to design things, we just let evolution do the hard work and then we figure out what happened," Szostak said.
In Gainesville, Fla., Steve Benner, a biological chemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution is attacking that problem by going outside of natural genetics. Normal DNA consists of four bases -- adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine (known as A,C,G,T) -- molecules that spell out the genetic code in pairs. Benner is trying to add eight new bases to the genetic alphabet.
Bedau said there are legitimate worries about creating life that could "run amok," but there are ways of addressing it, and it will be a very long time before that is a problem.
"When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab," he said. "But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen."
MIT Press Journal
Source: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date: August 30, 2007
Pioneering NASA Spacecraft Mark Thirty Years Of Flight
Artist concept of Voyager near interstellar space. (Credit: NASA/JPL)
|Voyager 2 launched on Aug. 20, 1977, and Voyager 1 launched on Sept. 5, 1977. They continue to return information from distances more than three times farther away than Pluto.
"The Voyager mission is a legend in the annals of space exploration. It opened our eyes to the scientific richness of the outer solar system, and it has pioneered the deepest exploration of the sun's domain ever conducted," said Alan Stern, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. "It's a testament to Voyager's designers, builders and operators that both spacecraft continue to deliver important findings more than 25 years after their primary mission to Jupiter and Saturn concluded."
|During their first dozen years of flight, the Voyagers made detailed explorations of Jupiter, Saturn, and their moons, and conducted the first explorations of Uranus and Neptune. The Voyagers returned never-before-seen images and scientific data, making fundamental discoveries about the outer planets and their moons. The spacecraft revealed Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere, which includes dozens of interacting hurricane-like storm systems, and erupting volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. They also showed waves and fine structure in Saturn's icy rings from the tugs of nearby moons.
For the past 18 years, the twin Voyagers have been probing the sun's outer heliosphere and its boundary with interstellar space. Both Voyagers remain healthy and are returning scientific data 30 years after their launches.
Voyager 1 currently is the farthest human-made object, traveling at a distance from the sun of about 15.5 billion kilometers (9.7 billion miles). Voyager 2 is about 12.5 billion kilometers (7.8 billion miles) from the sun. Originally designed as a four-year mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Voyager tours were extended because of their successful achievements and a rare planetary alignment. The two-planet mission eventually became a four-planet grand tour. After completing that extended mission, the two spacecraft began the task of exploring the outer heliosphere.
"The Voyager mission has opened up our solar system in a way not possible before the Space Age," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It revealed our neighbors in the outer solar system and showed us how much there is to learn and how diverse the bodies are that share the solar system with our own planet Earth."
Each spacecraft carries five fully functioning science instruments that study the solar wind, energetic particles, magnetic fields and radio waves as they cruise through this unexplored region of deep space. The spacecraft are too far from the sun to use solar power. They run on less than 300 watts, the amount of power needed to light up a bright light bulb. Their long-lived radioisotope thermoelectric generators provide the power.
"The continued operation of these spacecraft and the flow of data to the scientists is a testament to the skills and dedication of the small operations team," said Ed Massey, Voyager project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Massey oversees a team of nearly a dozen people in the day-to-day Voyager spacecraft operations.
The Voyagers call home via NASA's Deep Space Network, a system of antennas around the world. The spacecraft are so distant that commands from Earth, traveling at light speed, take 14 hours one-way to reach Voyager 1 and 12 hours to reach Voyager 2. Each Voyager logs approximately 1 million miles per day.
Each of the Voyagers carries a golden record that is a time capsule with greetings, images and sounds from Earth. The records also have directions on how to find Earth if the spacecraft is recovered by something or someone.
For a complete listing of Voyager discoveries and mission information, visit the Internet at:
Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Babies Vs. Chimps: Who's Smarter?
Thursday, Sep. 06, 2007 By MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
|Karen Huntt / Corbis
Chimps are smart, but humans are a lot smarter. Until now, there have been two competing ideas to explain why. The general-intelligence theory says that our bigger and more complex brains give us an overall edge. The cultural-intelligence hypothesis, by contrast, says that humans have specific areas of intelligence where we excel; our brains are not just bigger, but also better than those of our nearest evolutionary relatives.
A new study, published Thursday in Science, makes a strong case that the second theory is the right one. A team of anthropologists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, developed a battery of learning tests they call the Primate Cognition Test Battery, and gave it to 106 chimps, 105 children and 32 orangutans, to compare the groups directly. Says Esther Hermann, a co-author of the paper: "It's the first time anything like this has been done."
|The three groups performed about equally well on "physical learning" — locating hidden objects, figuring out the source of a noise, understanding the concepts of more and less, using a stick to get something that's out of reach. And indeed, the kids were of an age — 2 1/2 years old — where it's widely known that they do perform about as well as chimps in such tests. So for example, the scientists would hide a treat of some kind — a toy, or some food — behind a box, while the test subjects looked on. The kids, chimps and orangs would have to be sophisticated enough to know that the object disappearing from view didn't mean it stopped existing, and had to be able to figure out where it had gone. All three groups did equally well at this sort of thing.
But when it came to "social learning" tasks — such as understanding how to solve a problem by watching someone else do it, figuring out someone else's state of mind from their actions, or using nonverbal communication to explain or understand how to find something — the kids made monkeys of the apes. In one test, for example, researchers showed both groups how to open up a plastic tube to get at a treat. The children learned by watching, and opened it as the adults did. The apes tended to just chew the tube open. In another, researchers would hide the treat while the test subjects were present. Then the subjects would have to find it, with the only clue being that the scientists would look toward the hiding place. Again, the kids beat the apes soundly.
If the kids had outperformed the apes across the board, on both types of task, it would have supported the "just generally smarter overall" theory. The fact that the children excelled in specific areas suggest it's the other theory that's right — that our ability to cooperate and share expertise has allowed us to build complex societies, collaborate and learn from each other at a high level, and use symbolic representation (writing, numerals, imagery) to communicate ideas.
We are pleased to announce that our website now has another way to bring you all closer to the good old days at the institute. We now have a photo gallery at our new website, http://www.itbhuglobal.org/gallery/
(Our Vice Chancellor (in suit) with Manu Goyal (Mechanical1993) at alumni meet in New Jersey)
The gallery will display photos of our institute and university. It will also display photos during alumni reunion, seminar, conference, events, festival, etc. Please send your photos to us for uploading, limited to 2MB file size. Email us at photos[AT]itbhuglobal[DOT]org for any questions regarding the photo gallery.
Please have a look at the website and comment or suggest for improvement.
Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003)
For itbhuglobal.org team
- India retain Asia Cup beating South Korea 7-2
The photo below: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshowpics/2353663.cms
Indian hockey team celebrates after beating South Korea in the final of the Asia Cup men's hockey. India beat South Korea by a 7-2 margin to lift the coveted cup in Chennai. (TOI Photo)
- INDIA WINS WORLD TWENTY20 THRILLER
MOMENT OF TRIUMPH: Indian cricketers celebrate after beating Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg. -- AP
- Viswanathan Anand wins chess world championship
|Actor Dharmendra with his wife and MP Hema Malini during her performance of 'Krishna Ras' at the Festival of Ballets in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)|
|TOGETHER FOREVER: Dharam and Hema pose exclusively for TGIS . ( TOI Photo) More pics|
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