From the editor's desk
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 17, 2008

We have a number of news to report in this issue.

We are pleased to state that govt. has finally announced the conversion of IT-BHU into an IIT. This ends our 35 year old struggle to get an IIT status. We congratulate to everyone, including our HRD Ministry, govt., our VC Dr. Panjab Singh and our Director, Prof. S. N. Upadhyay for their efforts to make it possible. We hope that the process of conversion will be completed within a year. This issue contains several articles about this news.

There is another landmark judgment from our Supreme Court, which has approved govt. plan to introduce OBC quota for students in undergraduate courses at premier institutes including BHU. Our institute will also have to follow the ruling and admit 54% more students over a period of 3 years. This will need building more infrastructures, hiring of faculty, etc.

As usual, we are publishing complete details of IT-BHU convocation in this issue, including complete list students who received degrees. The issue also announces the formation of our umbrella alumni organization, called IT-BHU Global Alumni Association.

On a sad note, we are reporting demise of two of students, Anil Kumar and Rahul Singh; and our alumnus, Arun Mani.

We need more news. Please send us news, events, articles, information, etc, at: chronicle [AT] itbhuglobal.org. Please indicate your branch/year and college (if other than IT-BHU).

For specific information, contact Yogesh Upadhyaya at: Yogesh.Upadhyay [AT] CHE77.itbhuglobal.org

Or Anshuman Singh at: Anshuman.Singh [AT] EEE98.itbhuglobal.org

Thanking you, 
The Chronicle Team


Government announces conversion of IT-BHU to IIT
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 10, 2008

The recent news (announced on Friday, 28 March, 2008) about the government’s decision to set up a total of 8 new IITs during 11th Five-Year Plan (March 2007 – February 2012) and convert our institute into an IIT has spread like a wild fire. The students and faculty at our campus have overcome with joy and they are awaiting a bright future. The news has also brought cheers to our alumni, administration and to our University. 

The Chronicle shares joy with our community. We have planned to celebrate the event with special articles about the news and process for conversion into an IIT. We are publishing several articles to cover the issue. This includes ‘FAQ ‘and ‘What Next’ to give more details about the IIT process. There are articles on “Why IIT” and “published media”.  

We have also listed major newspapers which carried the news. More news and discussion can be found on our parent website at www.itbhuglobal.org.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 10, 2008

(By: Yogesh K Upadhyaya) 

The recent govt. announcement to convert our institute into an IIT has filled our hearts with joy. It has also created anxiety about the issue. The Chronicle has contacted the authorities to get the idea about the IIT news and process. We hope our readers will find it useful. 

Please note that the information given here is correct at the time of publishing. It may change over a period of months.

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Q-1: What does the govt. announcement say? 

The announcement (made on Friday, March 28, 2008) says that govt. plans to convert IT-BHU into an IIT. It is the only institute selected this time for conversion based on the criteria of its long-time association with IIT-JEE exam and quality of standard comparable to IITs. 

It says: 

“In addition, it is also proposed to convert the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University   into an IIT.  Admission to this Institute is already based on the IIT – Joint Entrance Examination.” 

Q-2: Is the news real? 

Yes, the news is real and there is no doubt about it. In the past, we used to get similar news (about our institute being selected for upgrade), but they were published by few newspapers, showing some sort of possibility. This time the news was carried over by all the major news media. It was also published by govt. Press Information Bureau: 

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=36955 

The above news was announced by our HRD Minister Shri Arjun Singh in a press conference. He also added that the list of IITs is approved by our Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. 

Our alumni association has independently verified the news with HRD Ministry, our Vice Chancellor and our Director. 

Q-3: What will be new name of our institute after conversion? 

After completion of all formalities and approval, our institute shall be called “IIT-BHU, Varanasi”. This is to reflect the emotional attachment to our University and our desire to continue collaborating with other faculties (Science, Medical, Management, Law, Agriculture, etc.), as stated by our VC during teleconference with a group of our alumni. 

Q-4: Will it be an IIT? 

It will be exactly same as other IITs. It will have same funding, same brand image. Except that it will be still a part of BHU. It will have financial, academic and administrative autonomy similar to IITs. It will be part of league of all established and new IITs. It will have exactly same standard of curriculum, same pay scale for faculty, even same logo as that of IITs.  

Q-5: What about administration? 

The institute shall have the same mode of governance as that of IITs, including the post of Director and Registrar. However, the Chairman of the Board of IIT-BHU shall always be the Vice-Chancellor of the University, while in other IITs he is an outside person nominated by the government. Govt. has already stated that new IITs (including ours) will have administrative structure somewhat different than the existing IITs. 

This is because we have emotional ties with our university since the inception of our college in 1919. It is unthinkable that our university can be separated from its only engineering college.  

Q-6: What will be the conversion process? 

The conversion of our institute into an IIT is a complex political process, involving incorporating it into the IIT Act and also modifying BHU Act. More details is provided in a separate article “IIT-BHU announced, what next?” 

Q-7: How long the conversion will take? 

As per our information, it will start very soon and it will be over very quickly. As a first step, a bill to support new IITs shall be introduced in the coming monsoon session of the parliament (July-August). 

The entire process may take less than a year (according to our VC). This is because general national election is planned for May 2009; and any change in the new govt. at center may change the plan for new IITs.  

If everything goes as per the plan, our institute may become an IIT before the end of next academic year (June 2008-April 2009). In that case, students graduating in 2009 will get an IIT-BHU certificate. 

Till that time, we shall continue to be known as IT-BHU. 

Q-8: Any obstacles or concerns about conversion process? 

Since the plan is already approved by the central govt. and the cabinet, we do not see any problems during conversion process. However, we have to watch out for the milestones such as parliament modifies IIT Act.  

We also have to wait for approval of separation of our faculty from the university by the BHU Executive Council and modification of BHU Act by the parliament. This rule is also applicable for conversion of Institute of medical Sciences-BHU to AIIMS, which is already announced by central govt.

(http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2007/05/#001681) 

Q-9: What are the benefits of becoming an IIT? 

Benefits of becoming an IIT are too much to list. Please refer to our special article “Why we opted for an IIT status?” 

Q-10: What about govt. funding? 

With becoming an IIT, we will receive more govt. funding. To begin with, we will start receiving annual funding from the central govt. immediately, from the next academic year (June 2008-April 2009). Currently our institute receives about Rs. 50 crores /yr. From next academic year, it will be at par with other IITs. IITs receive Rs. 110 crores/year on average, apart from Rs. 30-50 crores/yr as research funding. 

Besides, we shall also receive funds to improve our infrastructure. The amount is to be decided, but it will be generous. 
 


Why we opted for an IIT status?
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 10, 2008

This is question being asked by the overwhelming majority of our community who supports conversion, as well as a small group of minorities who feels that IT-BHU had its own brand image. Let us outline the advantages of becoming an IIT: 

a) More govt. funding:

One immediate benefit of becoming an IIT is the increase in govt. support and funding. Our annual funding of Rs. 50 crores /year will increase to IIT level (average of Rs. 110 crores/yr) starting from next academic year (June 2008-April 2009). We will also receive about Rs. 30-50 crores of research grants per year, just like other IITs. 

We will also receive generous amount of funding to improve our aging infrastructure. The amount is yet to be finalized. It will help improve our hostels, staff quarters, departments, labs, workshop, lecture halls, libraries, facilities, computer center, internet connectivity, etc.  

b) Attracting students:

The academic standard of our college was always at par with IITs. With the official recognition, we will receive more number of students with better IIT-JEE ranks. With more hostels, departments, etc. in place due to planned infrastructure improvement, we can accommodate more students. Currently, we admit about 600 undergraduate (B. Tech) and 200 M. Tech students each year.  

c) Attracting faculty:

Currently we have about 280 strong faculty on our campus. We also have very good faculty to student ratio of 1:7, compared to IITs, which have ratios ranging from 1:8 to 1:10.  With increased funding due to coming IIT status, we can hire more faculties. For the past two years, we have kept on hold a plan to hire 110 more teachers.  

With IIT status and brand name, we will be able to attract the faculty as we need. The existing and new faculty will receive IIT pay-scales, which is higher than current UGC (University Grant Commission) pay-scales. Also, the lowest faculty position in an IIT scheme is that of Assistant Professor (compared to lecturer position in current UGC scheme), giving further advantage to teaching staff. 

d) Attracting campus jobs:

Our college already enjoys perfect placement for campus jobs. For the past several years, our TPO (Training and Placement Office) has been able to attract diverge companies for campus interview and provided placement to ALL the students who opted for it. For undergraduates, there is on average two offers per student.  

After becoming an IIT, we will see many companies making bee-line to our campus with higher pay-package. We shall then be able to attract diverse and global companies in finance, banking, management, cutting-edge research, etc. We will also witness some direct overseas posting for our graduates. 

e) Better brand image and recognition:

With acquiring IIT status, our public image will vastly improve. With the blessing of our parliament, we shall become INI (Institutes of National Importance) and shall receive special govt. funding and support. With becoming a part of IIT league, our prestige will enhance further nationally as well as internationally. This will help our students to get training/internship/study abroad. 

f) Improving ranking:

With IIT tag, our magazine ranking will improve. In last year’s rankings by 3 national magazines, we came within top 10 in two of the magazines. Now we will try to come within top 5 or even among top 3 engineering colleges. 

With so many IITs (now16 including all announced) coming up and as some of the NITs are also improving their rankings, it would have been difficult for us without IIT tag to come even among top 20 colleges. This would have affected our public image, quality of admitted students, job placement, etc. 
 


IIT-BHU announced, what next?
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 10, 2008

This is the first question that comes into the mind of our community after hearing of news. Sine our institute will be converted into an IIT, the govt. steps required are somewhat different than those for brand-new IITs.  

Based on the past conversion of Roorkie University to IIT-Roorkie in 2002, we can learn about the possible steps. We have learnt from our authority that the entire process may take less than a year. If we apply business model of project management, we can assume the following chart with % progress of completion: 

Step # Step         % complete

1  Govt. announce its plan for conversion of IT-BHU into an IIT   20%

2. Govt. modifies IIT Act, 1963 in the parliament     50%

3. BHU Executive Council approves separation of IT from BHU   60%

4. Govt. modifies BHU Act, 1915 in parliament     80%

5. Govt. notifies the institute and university to go ahead for IIT status  80%

6. University and institute complete administrative formalities, inform govt.  85%

7. Govt. announces in parliament about IIT-BHU and sends final notifications

     to university, institute, IIT board and state govt.      90%

8. A notice is published in govt. gazette Extraordinary.    95%

9. The institute starts functioning as an IIT.      100%


Campaign for IIT status in published media
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 10, 2008
articles.jpgOur struggle for getting an IIT status and due recognition was helped by several people, including our alumni as well as other noted writers, who helped create mass awareness about this sensitive issue. These well-informed and well-documented articles in national news media helped form informed opinion among decision makers, noted faculty of reputed technical institutes and common mass alike. Several of these articles have been considered as classic articles and found well acceptance and used as reference for Google Search, used as citations, posted on Wikipedia and debated across the country. 

a) Articles by Yogesh K Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977) in Rediff.com 

1) The making of new IITs, March 23, 2005

http://www.rediff.com/money/2005/mar/23iit.htm 

2) New IITs: A long Journey ahead, May 25, 2005

http://us.rediff.com/money/2005/may/25iit.htm 

3) The march of the new IITs, August 18, 2005

http://in.rediff.com/money/2005/aug/18guest.htm 

4) New IITs: A report card, December 27, 2005

http://rediff.co.in/money/2005/dec/27iit.htm 

5) The IIT story: IIESTs, 3 new IITs on way, September 28, 2006

http://in.rediff.com/money/2006/sep/28iit.htm 

b) Article by Yogesh Upadhyaya and Arvind Gupta (Electronics 1992) 

India's top 20 engineering colleges, June 28, 2005

http://www.rediff.com/money/2005/jun/28spec.htm 

c) Article by Sanjay Dani (Computer Science 1987) 

IT-BHU: A seat at the IIT table?, May 23, 2005

http://www.rediff.com/money/2005/may/23iit1.htm 

d) Article by S. S. Vasan, Rhodes Scholar 

IIT-Varanasi: a pipe-dream? April 04, 2005

http://www.hinduonnet.com/edu/2005/04/04/stories/2005040400141000.htm 

e) Article by Chitta Baral, owner of http://newiits.blogspot.com/ 

For IIT upgrade, an alternative roadmap, July 11, 2006

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/8266.html


Sad demise of Mr. Anil Kumar (M. Tech. 2nd year Biomedical Engineering)
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

 

anilk.JPGWe are sad to announce the untimely death of our student, Mr. Anil Kumar (2nd year M. Tech.) on Saturday 5th April, 2008, due to heart problem. He was suffering from chest pain for past two days and he was taken to Sir Sunder Lal Hospital (SSL) on the BHU campus, where he breathed his last. We all share the grief with his family. May his soul rest in peace.

 We received the following information from Arpit Sharma, 1st year M. Tech.

Sir,

Mr. Anil Kumar, student of M. Tech. 2nd year, School of Biomedical Engineering departed us on Saturday, 5th April 2008. Mr. Anil Kumar, a master of Microcontrollers, was born on 20th July, 1982 in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP. He was second child and only brother among three sisters. He was a man of practical knowledge; who was working on Microcontroller based ‘Heart Lung Machine with Bubble Detection’. If he could have completed his project then it could have saved life of many cardiac patients. His passage is not only a loss to his Family, friends, and department, Institute or University but also to humanity. His dream was to become an IES officer, to serve this nation. In his last voyage his friends received a microcontroller from his pocket through which he was going to give the final touch to his project.

His parents were informed after his passage. They reached Varanasi at 1 AM on 7th April. They were given the body in presence of Proctor Prof. S. K. Singh, Coordinator Prof. A. K. Ray, Mr. Neeraj Sharma (lecturer), Prof. S. K. Shrivastava (Hostel Coordinator), Warden Vivekanand Hostel and friends. They wished to take the body to their home town so BHU provided a van for it. They leaved the university at 3 AM and reached at about 12 noon.

Dr. S. K. Rai his supervisor is distressed on this news. He says I was waiting for his project to complete, so that it could have been proved as a commercial biomedical device to benefit many dying souls.

Mr. Neeraj Sharma his teacher says he was a calm guy and used to concern about his job.

Mr. Gaurav Goel his classmate says that Late Anil Kumar was of very cooperative nature. He used to assist him in his project and his expectation was that his project would have been completed through his valuable help. He was having a sound knowledge of electronic hardware.

Mr. Dilip Upadhyaya his roommate with tears says he was affable. He used to follow his routine hardly and we are missing him a lot in all of our work.

I also miss him as a good senior. He promised me to teach about microcontrollers, but nature did not accept this.

Thanking you

Yours Faith fully

Arpit Sharma

M. Tech. 1st Year
School
of Biomedical Engineering

IT BHU


The hours before Anil Kumar died
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

 

Below please find a letter received from Arpit Sharma, 1st year M. Tech. student, who explains the hours before Anil Kumar died. Please note that views expressed are his own views and chronicle merely publishes it. Sir Sunder Lal Hospital is a part of Institute of Medical Sciences-BHU and it caters to a large population of eastern UP and western Bihar.

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Sub: Death of our student and friend, Mr. Anil Kumar

Sir,                                                                           

We are sad to inform you that; Mr. Anil Kumar, M. Tech 2nd year student of School of Biomedical Engineering is no more with us. On Saturday morning, he went to Health center at 11:30 AM and consulted doctor on duty about his chest pain. He was suffering from it since last two nights. Doctor referred him to Chest OPD of Sir Sunder Lal Hospital. He started to go to SSL Hospital on his cycle. Feeling more painful condition, he called his friends near Broacha Hostel. Friends took him to chest OPD - SSL, from there he was referred to Coronary Care Unit on 4th floor. The lift was not working properly.  After half an hour a doctor visited him in CCU till that time his condition became further worse. Doctor finally reported about blockage in arteries. Finally he departed us at 1:20PM.

 

I wish to state that no ambulance facility is available. Critical patients have to arrange their own vehicle as only Cycles and Rickshaw facility is available for most of the students.

Such deaths could be avoided if proper concern is given to patients. Doctors not only heal patients pathologically but also psychologically.

Along with it I also advise students to discuss about their health to room mates, friends, teachers and parents. They should inform warden, teachers in case of chronic diseases. It is painful to hear that this year our institute has suffered several deaths of students and staff. I also request please ride your bikes safely within control so that next case of accident should not arise, as of Rahul Singh (B. Tech. Meta 2nd yr).

Yours Faithfully,

Arpit Sharma

M. Tech. 1st year,

School of Biomedical Engineering,

IT- BHU.

Email: sharma.arp@gmail.com


Sad demise of Mr. Arun Mani (Metallurgy 1984)
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

We are sad to announce the untimely death of our alumnus, Mr. Arun Mani (Metallurgy 1984) on 7th April, 2008, due to Cancer of the colon. We all share the grief with his family. May his soul rest in peace. 

We received the following information from Balaji Narsimhan (Chemical 1984) 

This is to inform about the passing away of Mr. Arun Mani (Metallurgy 1984) in Chennai.

He died of Cancer of the colon. 

He was in pains for more than a year ever since his first surgery in 2006. He had been fighting hard and the doctors were really amazed at the lease of life he got extended due to is will power.

He is leaving behind wife and two sons (one in Final year of school and another in engineering college).

 Pray - his soul rest in peace. 

Balaji Narsimhan (Chemical 1984)

Email: balajifrombhu@yahoo.com

________________________________________________________


Tributes from classmates and other alumni
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

1) My condolences to the family. May God give them strength. Arun was one of the wittiest persons I have come across. I have very vivid memories of squash games with him. 

Adieu Friend. May your soul rest in Peace. 

Vivek Chopra (Mechanical 1985)

Email: vikkstud71@yahoo.com

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2)

2)  I did meet Arun while at Gangtok 2 years back. He seemed to be in good health. This news comes as a shock. Hope his family gets the strength to go through this trying time. 

Sharad Nayak (Chemical 1985)

Sharad.Nayak@shell.com 
_________________________ 
 
3) I have fond memories of Arun. His passing away saddens us all . May Ishwar grant peace, affection & strength to his family.
 

Anshumali Tandon (Chemical 1985)

Email: anshumalitandon@gmail.com

______________________ 

4) I remember Arun Mani very well since we made good friends during ragging days at Morvi.  My condolences to his family and friends. This is sad news for me as well. 

Rajiv Hukku (Electronics 1983)

Email: rajiv.hukku@gmail.com

______________________________ 

5) I remember Arun Mani well. He used to either be in Morvi or spend a lot of time at Morvi. If memory serves me right he was into cricket as well  

 I remember him well

 

May his soul rest in peace 

Vish Narayanan (Electrical 1983)

Email: vish.narayanan@gmail.com

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6) I am saddened to hear about Arun Mani's demise. My memories about Arun Mani are mostly from the cricket grounds - a solid & stylish opening batsman with well groomed technique. As a person, he was generally cool and laid back, with his Calcutta upbringing adding to his sophistication.  

May his soul rest in peace. 

Vasudevan Raghavan (Mechanical 1983)

Email: vasu_erfolg@yahoo.com


Sad demise of Mr. Rahul Singh (B. Tech. 2nd year Metallurgical Engineering)
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008
rahul_singh.jpg

We are sad to announce the untimely death of our student, Mr. Rahul Singh (B. Tech. 2nd year Metallurgical Engineering) on 28 February, 2008, due to motorbike accident. He died on the spot. We all share the grief with his family. May his soul rest in peace. 
 


We received the following information from Praharsh Sharma, 2nd year Electronics
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

Sir,

Mr. Rahul Singh, student of B. Tech. 2nd year, Metallurgical Engineering departed us on 28 February, 2008.

Rahul was from Bhilai. He was an active member at Technex 08. Some people went to celebrate the success of Technex 08 to JHV Cinema for a movie outing. When they were returning (28 Feb 2008, 01:30 am IST), unfortunately Rahul was left behind and he was trying to catch up. All of them were on bikes but Rahul was alone riding the bike. He was not a frequent rider so could not save himself from a truck at the crossing and collided sideways with full velocity with the diesel tank of the truck. He expired on the spot. A condolence meeting was held by the Institute Director and students paid their condolences in big amounts. He left many students weeping because of his socially well behaved nature. 

Here is the Orkut profile link of Rahul. It is still there on Orkut.

http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=13811764893905650288

I also request everyone to please ride your bikes safely within control so that next case of accident should not arise. 

Yours Faithfully,

Praharsh Sharma

Part II Electronics, IT-BHU.IT- BHU.

Email: praharshsharmaster@gmail.com


Beware of internet scam
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

We are familiar with internet scams which clog our email box daily. Typically it involves an email from a remote African country from an unknown well-wisher.  He will claim that his uncle has left $20 million in the bank account, but to get money, he needs $20,000 urgently from us, and then he will split his uncle’s fortune with us. The logic of such sending such emails is simple: by sending out thousands of emails daily, at least few gullible people will respond. 

The same thing was experienced recently by few of our alumni. They received a real-looking email, supposed to be from a faculty member (name withheld) who was ‘stranded’ in Malaysia, and was badly in need of some money to get out of the situation. Many believed the e-mail as it was the first time they were requested for help by a ‘faculty’ and felt it was their duty to bail him out. Luckily, one of the alumni contacted the professor, on whose name the email was written. The professor was shocked to hear this, and everyone was relieved to know that it was just a internet scam, operating from other country. 

We alert everyone who receives such fraud emails in future, to first contact the concerned person (on whose behalf the email is written) and verify the fact. Below please find the cleverly drafted email received by several of our alumni. 

Hello,  

How are you doing today? I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Malaysia for a program called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education. The program is taking place in three major countries in Asia, which are Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. It has been a very sad and bad moment for me; the present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain.

I am really stranded in Malaysia because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because I have no money on me. I now owe a hotel bill of $1,400 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon or else they will have to seize my bag and hand me over to the Hotel Management. I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and I will also need $1,800 to feed and help myself back home. So please can you help me with a sum of $3,200 to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because i am in a terrible and tight situation here, I don't even have money to feed myself for a day which means i had been starving, so please understand how urgent I need your help.  

I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as I return home. So please let me know on time so that I can forward to you the details of one of the hotel manager you need to transfer the money to me through Money Gram or Western Union. 

Hope to hear from you soon. The embassy here have already promised to give me a covering traveling papers that I will need to have my way back home, all I need right now is the money to settle up the bills and leave.

 Thanks and get back to me soon. 

Regards, 

 Prof.xxxx

Department of xxxxxx Engineering

Institute of Technology

Banaras Hindu University

Varanasi 221 005, INDIA


Dr. S. N. Upadhyay attended conference on environment
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://green.info-please.co.uk/20080322_%E2%80%98industrial-development-should-be-environment-friendly%E2%80%99.html

‘Industrial development should be environment-friendly’

By admin • Mar 22nd, 2008 • Category: Environmental Policy, Featured, Global Warming

Secretary of Department of Science, Central Government, T Ramaswamy on Thursday urged citizens not to destroy the environment at the cost of industrial development.”Industrial development is essential for the progress of the country, but it should be environment-friendly,” said Ramaswamy.

Ramaswamy was delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of ‘Indo-Italian conference on Green and Clean Environment’ arranged by Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT). “It is necessary to produce different materials to fulfill the needs of human beings. But in the process, we interfere with the environment cycle, the repercussions of which will be seen afterwards,” he said.

“The concept of mega cities has become popular, but it is destroying jungles. It is better if we step cautiously towards progress,” said Mohan Dharia, chairman of Vanrai.

Salvatore Daniele, University of Venice, Italy, T Chakrabarti, director, National Environmental Engineering Institution (NEERI), Nagpur, S N Upadhay, director, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Dr. Deole, Deputy Director, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, were present on the occasion. V D Karad, founder-director, MIT, welcomed the guests.


Praveen Manne (Civil 2004) starts food service "Ezeemeal"
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.hindu.com/rp/2008/02/01/stories/2008020150120400.htm 

The Magic of HOME Food

 

praveen.jpg

IN this era of fast paced lifestyles and booming corporate culture, time becomes a premium commodity. Hectic schedules and impossible deadlines force people to depend on hotels, cafeterias and catering centres for daily food.

The trend is all the more prevalent amongst thousands of youngsters who have migrated to the city due to professional reasons. Almost every segment of the corporate spectrum including BPOs, IT firms and other organizations are teeming with young professionals who hail from other places but have made Hyderabad their home.

Depending on commercial sources for daily food becomes more of a necessity for most of such working professionals. The one basic need that becomes a luxury for many is home cooked food. ezeemeal comes across a whiff of fresh air to all those people missing home and craving for home cooked vegetarian food straight out of mom’s kitchen.

Three young professionals from varied backgrounds with flourishing careers realized the need to infuse the home food element into Hyderabad’s catering scenario and the result is ezeemeal express meals. The start-up company that specializes in whipping up delicious meals and delivering them at door-steps is now a craze amongst the city’s professionals what with the catering house’s specialty being home food.

Praveen, Satish and Shivaji are the three young entrepreneurs who innovated the concept of giving working professionals access to home cooked food. Talking about ezeemeal’s functionality, Praveen says “Home food is our forte. Our chefs are trained to dish out food that taste’s straight out of a typical home kitchen and reminiscent of mom’s cooking.

All of us have this craving for home food as it’s the mother or the lady of the house who cooks food in a typical household. A lot of care, attention and of course, affection go into the making of home food. Hence the distinct taste stays with us forever.

And home cooked food is mostly healthy as it is prepared in hygienic surroundings. We at ezeemeal believe in replicating the magic of home food in the most hygienic conditions.” True to his words, regular customers of ezeemeal vouch for its homely taste and top quality.

“We take personal care in the minutest of things including sourcing of vegetables and ingredients, cooking methodologies and delivery time which is express in nature. We use an algorithm that we have developed ourselves to facilitate quick and on time delivery. This has not only helped us in delivering with efficiency but also has positioned our business as a very scalable one. We also have our regular clients over for a detour of our kitchen periodically. We want them to see for themselves the high standards we maintain in our kitchen. Be it the procedures or the staff or the ingredients, we ensure that high quality standards are set and adhered to.

We also maintain online accounts of all our customers which can be modified by themselves which is first of its kind” adds Shivaji. ezeemeal offers a real value addition to its clients as the menu suggests.

One typical meal consists of rotis, rice and two vegetarian curries, mostly north-indian and curd or raitha along with dessert on special days.

The menu changes everyday in order to avoid monotony and commenting on the same, Satish says “Every ezeemeal should be a unique experience and we ensure the same. All our dishes are laced with that unmistakable, incomparable aroma that’s so unique to food lovingly dished out by mom. And yes our express delivery of lunch and dinner enhances the whole experience as food is delivered dot on time every single day.

The cost is also a crucial factor as it is surprisingly low and affordable.” A host of clients especially corporate clientele are enjoying the whole experience called ezeemeal and the popularity is soaring by the day.

If you too want a true taste of authentic home food replete with unending varieties and value additions, then dial 9396666669, 9396666939 or visit www.ezeemeal.com


Mohan Kumar (ECE 1984) joins NVP India as Executive Director
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.nvp.com/news/nvppressDrill.aspx?prID=151 

NVP Press Release

Former Motorola Vice President Mohan Kumar Joins NVP India as Executive Director

NVP India Expands Presence by Opening New Office in Bangalore

Bangalore, March 27, 2008:  Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), a global technology venture capital firm, today announced that Mohan Kumar has joined NVP India as Executive Director. Kumar brings to NVP India more than 21 years of extensive operational, technology and investment experience, having worked at Motorola and Texas Instruments in various senior positions and personally investing in technology start-up companies. Kumar will be based in NVP India’s new Bangalore office, and will focus on technology investments in India.

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As Corporate Vice President of Mobile Devices Software at Motorola, Kumar was instrumental in creating mobile platform middleware, user interface technology and applications across 3GSM, CDMA & WiFi / WiMax mobile phones. Prior to serving in multiple senior roles at Motorola, Kumar helped set up Texas Instruments’ business unit in Bangalore. Kumar has also been an angel investor and is active in helping start-up companies in the areas of mobile solutions, content and applications, namely Allgo Systems, Azingo, Quantum, SpaceTime and Mitoken.

“Kumar’s domain expertise in the mobile technology and software development sectors will be of tremendous value to NVP India. His knowledge and understanding of these areas of technology is extremely relevant to our existing portfolio companies, and will help us seek exciting new opportunities and entrepreneurs in whom we will continue to invest in India,” said Promod Haque, managing partner at NVP.

Haque further notes, “As we are all aware, India is the fastest growing mobile market in the world, and the country’s rapidly growing middle class spending power offers tremendous investment opportunities. We at NVP strongly believe that next-generation technologies are beginning to be developed in India and that the early adopters of such technologies will be from the sub-continent. Because of this, NVP India will aggressively hire more senior investment professionals in the coming months, and will continue to invest in promising new businesses to capitalize on this rapid growth. We look forward to Mohan’s presence in Bangalore, and we know he will contribute greatly to the growth of NVP India.”

NVP India launched its Mumbai office headquarters in 2007, and today expands the firm’s presence in India with the opening of its new office in Bangalore. NVP India has made several direct investments in such companies as Adventity, Persistent Systems, Sulekha.com and Yatra. In addition, NVP has also invested in more than 20 “hybrid” or “cross-border” portfolio companies (companies that are headquartered in the U.S, but have a significant presence in India) including AmberPoint, Cast Iron Systems, CollabNet, LifeSize Communications, Open-Silicon, Sonoa Systems, Veveo, Virtela Communications, and Yipes (acquired by Reliance/Flag Telecom in 2007 for $300 million).

“NVP has emerged as a leading venture capital firm in India and globally because of its track record in supporting and nurturing leading companies and developing budding entrepreneurs,” notes Kumar. He further adds, “The firm’s strong commitment and fundamentals have inspired me to join the team in India. Having previously guided start-up companies, I understand the process of how to help them scale. In addition, my experience at global companies like Motorola and Texas Instruments will enable me add value to new and existing NVP portfolio companies on the technical and business development fronts. I look forward to helping build next-generation companies with NVP in the years ahead.”

Having worked in various Vice President roles at Motorola, Kumar was instrumental in setting up design centers in Asia and Europe. He was responsible for Software and Telecom Products in the ASIAPAC region with annual revenues of more than US$2 billion. During his tenure there, Kumar was responsible for the design centers achieving the highest quality level in software engineering (SEI Level 5), the first organization in the world to obtain this quality level. He also built strong relationships with VAS providers in ASIAPAC, and helped them develop various premium paid services. Kumar also successfully developed and launched mobile phone models for the European/ASIAN market.

Prior to Motorola, Kumar worked with Texas Instruments as a technical architect on DSP Technologies and helped set up Texas Instruments’ business unit in Bangalore.

Kumar holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Institute of Technology, Benares, India. Later he took part in the Leadership/Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

Additional link:

Chronicle Interview: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2006/10/#001426


Bishun Pandey (PhD 1980, Mathematics) receives Ohio State Alumni Award
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.marionstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080304/NEWS01/803040329

 

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Gee honors two at Marion Campus 
By KURT MOORE  
The Marion Star

The Marion Star/Kurt Moore

 (Ohio State University President Gordon Gee, center, presents the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching to psychology professor Tracy Tylka, right, and mathematics professor Bishun Pandey, left, on Monday at Morrill Hall. ) 

MARION - Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee presented the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching to two Ohio State University at Marion faculty members during his visit to the Marion Campus on Monday.

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Psychology professor Tracy Tylka and mathematics professor Bishun Pandey are among this year's 10 recipients of the award, presented annually to honor faculty members for superior teaching. Marion faculty have received the award 14 times, more than any other of Ohio State's four regional campuses, OSUM director of communications Wayne Rowe said. 
 
 

Recipients are nominated by present and former students and colleagues and are chosen by a committee of alumni, students and faculty.

They receive a cash award of $3,000 and a $1,200 increase in their base salaries. They are also inducted into the university's Academy of Teaching.

Gee presented the award to Tylka during a Monday morning psychology class, interrupting the class as he walked in with a contingent of staff including Ohio State University Alumni Association President Archie Griffin.

Gee announced he had two awards as he turned to Pandey, who is also the associate dean of Marion's regional campus and was among the staff present when Tylka made the award.

"One of your students said you could teach a brick mathematics," said Gee.

Tylka thanked colleagues, faculty, staff and students.

"I really think it's an interaction between their efforts and my motivation to be the best teacher and researcher I can be," she said.

Pandey, who has taught on both the Marion campus and at OSUM's Delaware Center, also said he was honored.

"I like my students," he said. "I feel that I work for them."

Tylka is the third OSUM psychology professor to win the award and joins two-time winner Dan Christie and three-time winner Terry Pettijohn.

Other recipients include Spanish and comparative studies professor Franklin Proaño, English professors Anne Bower, David Citino, Scott DeWitt and Stuart Lishan, art history teacher Tim McNiven, geology professor Teresa Mensing and history professor Vladimir Steffel.


Manick Sorcar (Electrical 1968) bags global laser display award
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008
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    Indian American bags global laser display award

    Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 11:50

Kolkata: Colorado-based India born animation and laser artist Manick Sorcar beat 99 contenders worldwide to bag the prestigious International Laser Display Association (ILDA) 2007 Artistic Award for his entry "Reflection" in the category for best laser photography.

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ILDA's awards for artistic and technical excellence is the industry's equivalent to Hollywood's Oscars and the organisers each year honour companies from around the world for artistic and technological achievement.   

"I am extremely happy having made (it) for the second time," Manick, son of legendary Indian magician late P C Sorcar, told IANS on Sunday from Denver, the capital of Colorado State.

On March 27, the ILDA officially announced a list of the 2007 artistic award winners in their annual international laser display competition. Manick's company LaserLight Magic won the ILDA 2007 Artistic-Award for their entry "Reflection".  

"Reflection is a scene from my forthcoming stage production. This was also my first entry in laser photography category," said Manick, who shot into fame in the early 1990s for his first animation mixed with live action "Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale From India", which won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival.  

Manick, an engineer by profession, is the first Indian-American to receive the prestigious ILDA Artistic-award twice.

There were a total of 100 entries from 21 companies from around the world. The international panel of judges unanimously selected Manick Sorcar's "Reflection" for the first place. The second place went to Laser Entertainment Srl of Italy, and third to Lightwave International of the US.  

The trophy will be handed to Manick on September 10 at the 2008 ILDA Conference and Gala Award Ceremony on board the Carnival Imagination, cruising the Eastern Caribbean between September 8 and 13.  

Earlier, Manick received an ILDA Artistic Award for his "Enlightenment of Buddha", which won the ILDA 2005 Artistic Award at Rimini, Italy. In 2004 his "Dancing with My Soul" was a finalist for ILDA Artistic Award - both of those were for best use of laser on stage with live action.  

"Enlightenment of Buddha" was an extravaganza of dance, drama, magic in combination with various forms of intelligent lighting, life-size laser-animation and three dimensional laser effects in space.  

His other films, also based on fables from India, received recognition by winning a series of prestigious awards at various international film festivals.  

Recognised as cultural bridges between the East and West, his animation films are popular at the elementary schools as well as at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) TV stations, where they have been telecast on New Year's Day in Colorado for the last 14 years in a row.  

Manick is the author of several lighting design texts that are taught at universities and has a full-time job as the CEO and president of Sorcar Engineering Inc, which did the lighting designs for Denver International Airport, sport centres in Japan, Colorado Convention Centre, and palaces for Saudi princes.  

By night, he is an artist and animator. 

Additional links:

1) Biography of P. C. (Manick) Sorcar

http://www.manicksorcar.com/biography.php 

2) Contact: manick@manicksorcar.com 

Manick Sorcar

Manick Sorcar Productions/

LaserLight Magic

5400 Ward Road, Bldg. III, Ste. L-80

Arvada, CO 80002, USA

www.manicksorcar.com


Dr. A. P. Harsha (Reader, Mechanical Dept.) receives RAE Award.
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/mech/about/news/item/research-exchange-with-india

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Research Exchange with India

Dr Tom Joyce wins RAE award to fund biotribology project

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Dr Tom Joyce has been awarded a ‘Research Exchange with India – Major Award’ by the Royal Academy of Engineering.  This prestigious project will allow Dr A P Harsha, a reader in Mechanical Engineering at Banaras Hindu University in India, to travel from his home university to the Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies (CREST) and to undertake a year long research project entitled ‘the development and validation of novel lubricants to be used in the testing of biomaterials employed in total joint replacements’.  The project, which is due to commence in June 2008, will be under the supervision of Dr Joyce and will take place in the CREST biotribology research laboratory. 

For further information contact t.j.joyce@ncl.ac.uk.

Published on: 20th March 2008

Additional link:

Info and biography of Dr. A. P. Harsha on http://www.itbhu.ac.in/mec/faculty.shtml


BHU doctor gets national patent for hip bone fracture surgery
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

 

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/BHU-doctor-gets-national-patent-for-hip-bone-fracture-surgery/293999/

Express news service

Posted online: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at 03:37:10
Varanasi, April 7 Anil Kumar Rai, a senior orthopedic surgeon from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), who developed and designed “Bi-Centric Hip Device” to offer flawless surgical cure to patients of Hip Bone fracture, has been awarded a national patent 216800(125/Del/1999) for the invention on March 24.

BHU Vice-Chancellor Panjab Singh named the device as ‘BHU Hip Device’ on Monday. Rai, a Reader at Department of orthopedics in the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS-BHU), has worked at different hospitals in the UK before joining BHU. He developed the Hip Device after 10 years of hard work, along with Dr A Bhattacharya and M D Tyagi — from the Institute of Technology.

“Patients of intra-capsular fracture neck femur (hip bone fracture), especially aged between 60 to 80 years, have either been treated by unipolar prosthesis or THR. In at least 50 per cent of such cases, these treatments do not deliver desired results,” Rai told mediapersons on Monday. The purely indigenous device will be a boon for patients of hip bone (neck femur)

fracture. According to sources, unipolar arthoplasty is a treatment best suited for those aged above 80 and has the life expectancy of less than two years.

THR on other hand, is an expensive surgery where the cost varies between Rs 1.5 to 1.8 lakh. “Even a successful THR cannot enable people to sit as well as squat with equal élan, which is the most common problem here,” said Rai.

In such a scenario, the best possible surgical treatment for neck femur fracture is bipolar prosthesis. Owing to unavailability of suitable bipolar prosthesis, patients in India have either relied on unipolar option or THR, with the latter performed by surgeons specialized in THR at a well-equipped hospital.

Over two decades ago, one Dr Talwarkar had designed a bipolar prosthesis, but could not gain much popularity in the country due to technical flaws, such as large head, diameter, very high collar angle and lack of positive eccentricity. ‘BHU Hip Device’ is the most economical treatment of hip bone fractures which involves a cost of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 (Rs 5,000 cost of device plus Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 as cost of surgery), which is 22 times less in terms of cost-life benefit even in worst case condition as compared to THR,” Rai said. He added that the device besides being best suitable for patients between 60 and 80 years and young patients, who cannot afford expensive THR, also entails early post operative recovery, besides facilitating sitting and squatting.

Besides, the novel device can be implanted without any specialised orthopedic surgical skills or equipments and creates much less wear of human ball-socket hip joint.

Since 2000, the device has been successfully implanted in over 300 patients aged between 23 and 84 at BHU hospital and hospitals of Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Meerut and five year follow up of the patients suggests that the implanted device made from ultra-high molecular weight polythene can successfully function for more than 14 years. “The Molecular design of the device facilitates very economical (Rs 2,500) re-implant after its useful period is over”, explained Rai, who now aspires to get a global patent for the device, being produced by a Gujarat based company.


Jagadish Shukla (B.Sc. Geophysics 1962) receives IMO Award
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200804010940.htm

Tuesday, April 1, 2008: 0940 Hrs

Indian-origin scientist gets prestigious meteorology award

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Washington (PTI): A distinguished Indian-origin scientist has been awarded the prestigious International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize for his research on climate change and predictability.

Dr Jagadish Shukla, Professor, George Mason University, was awarded the highest honour to be bestowed by the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN agency, at a ceremony at the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.

The award is in recognition of "his research on monsoons and coupled ocean-land-atmosphere interactions establishing a scientific basis for predictability of climate in the midst of chaotic weather, leading to the introduction of routine operational dynamical seasonal prediction.

The honour is also in consideration of his contributions "to fostering international cooperation in weather and climate research by developing and leading numerous international research programmes and creating new institutions worldwide for improving weather and climate research and the betterment of global society."

Dr Alexander Bedritsky, President of the WMO presented the prestigious award to Shukla.

The Indian Ambassador to the United States Ronen Sen and Administrator of Oceans Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Vice Admiral (Retd) Conrad Lautenbacher also spoke on the occasion.

In his congratulatory message read out on the occasion, Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal announced that the Government of India has decided to designate Shukla as the Chairman of an International Advisory Panel on Meteorology and Climate.

Additional link:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2007/07/#001781

 


BHU Alumni meet held on March 09, 2008
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/09/stories/2008030953150300.htm

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008

BHU alumni meet today

Varanasi: Thousands of old students, including dignitaries, are expected to participate in the Banaras Hindu University’s alumni meet being organised on Sunday.

Vice-Chancellor Panjab Singh said here on Friday that the meet will be inaugurated by former Union Minister Bhishma Narayan Singh.

He said the meet would be attended by several prominent alumni including Powergrid Corporation Chairman and MD R. P. Singh and Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Panday.


Prof. R. Balasubramaniam (Metallurgy 1984) publishes "The Saga of Indian Cannons"
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

(Chronicle note: Prof. R. Balasubramaniam is Professor at IIT-Kanpur Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, and alumnus if IT-BHU, Metallurgy 1984.)

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His homepage: home.iitk.ac.in/~bala/

http://www.exoticindiaart.com/book/details/IDK189/

The Saga of Indian Cannons

IDK189

 by R. Balasubramaniam  
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)

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Preface

One of the main aims of our research into Indian’s rich metallurgical past is to excite the young readers about the exalted status of India’s metallurgical knowledge in ancient and medieval times. A related aim was to inform the eager and interested non-Indian readers about the wonders of Indian metallurgical skill. Some of the less-known wonders of Indian metallurgical skill are large bronze cannons and forge welded iron cannons, available all across the Indian subcontinent in different historical locations. The surviving massive vintage bronze cannons attest to the engineering expertise of the Indian metal casters. The forge welded iron cannons of India are the real undiscovered gems of Indian Blacksmith’s skill. A large collection of vintage Indian cannons is presented in this book, several for the first time. Many of them in neglected condition in remote forts all across the Indian subcontinent. They are mute witnesses to the glorious heights attained by the Indian metal caster and blacksmiths before the advent of mechanization and large scale industrial production of metals.

Additional link:

Chronicle interview: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2007/11/#002004

 

 


Pollution in Ganga reaches septic levels
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 09, 2008

www.zeenews.com/articles.asp

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Lucknow, March 30: Despite hundreds of crores of rupees being spent to clean the Ganga, the lifeline of North India, pollution levels in the river have reached septic levels at certain points with dissolved oxygen dropping to alarmingly low levels.  

  "In Varanasi alone, the 7km stretch from upstream Assi Ghat to Varuna Sangam, pollution has reached septic levels and we have data to prove this point," hydraulic expert and Professor Vir Bhadra Misra said.  
 
Misra said that the samples tested by the laboratories set up under the `Clean Ganga Campaign` of the Sankat Mochan Foundation, of which he is the head, show that the river is dirty in the upstream Assi Ghat area and by the time it reaches Varuna Sangam, it attains septic levels.  
 
"We had set up these labs along the river ever since it was claimed by the authorities that the water in the river has been cleaned following the Ganga action plan," the former Civil Engineering Department head at the Banaras Hindu University said.  
 
Misra, who was recently honoured by the Council of Science and Technology with Vigyan Ratna award, said he had formulated a plan for the Varanasi Nagar Nigam way back in 1995 to clean the river using low cost gravitational force method to stop inflow of domestic sewage into the river.  
 
Sewage inflow is one of the main causes for pollution. The project was aimed at not only stopping the inflow of sewage into the river from the banks but also to treat it in a manner so as to make it fit for reuse. 


Apex Court upholds 27 pc quota for OBCs
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200804101123.htm

Apex Court upholds 27 pc quota for OBCs

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court upheld the law providing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in Central educational institutions.

A five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court upholds the Central act in an unanimous verdict.

The act does not violate the basic structure of the Constitution, the supreme court said.

The bench favoured the exclusion of creamy layer among the OBCs from the benefit of quota.

On quota in private un-aided institutions, the four judges left the issue open, while one judge held that it would be violative of the basic structure of the Constitution.

With this judgement, the apex court's interim order of March 29, 2007 staying the implementation of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 is lifted.

The court said that the 93rd Constitutional Amendment Act, which was the basis of the law providing 27 per cent reservation in aided institutions, is not violative of the basic structure of the Constitution.

All the judges favoured periodic revision on the implementation of the 27 per cent quota for the OBCs

The court held that the delegation of power to the Centre to determine OBCs is valid.

The court said that the parameter applied for identifying the creamy layer among the OBCs for jobs as per the office memorandum of September 8, 1993, will be applicable for identifying the socially and educationally backward classes.

All the five judges rule that the quantum of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs is not illegal.


Also read the following FAQ
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

New cut-off for OBCs

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080411/jsp/frontpage/story_9123781.jsp

New cutoff for OBCs

What will be the total quota percentage now that OBC reservations have been allowed?

It will be 49.5 per cent (SC 15 per cent, ST 7.5 per cent, OBC 27 per cent) in most states. Some Northeast states such as Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya will have a different break-up since they have a higher proportion of ST population. But the total will not exceed 49.5 per cent.

Which institutions will be affected?

All centrally funded ones, including central universities, IITs, IIMs, IIITs, IISERs, NITs, IISc, BHU, AIIMS, PGI (Chandigarh) and Jipmer (Puducherry).

Who make up the creamy layer?

Those with family income above Rs 250,000 a year. Also, children of doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, actors, consultants, media professionals, writers, bureaucrats, defence officers of colonel and equivalent rank or higher, high court and Supreme Court judges, all central and state government Class A and B officials.

The court has requested Parliament to exclude MPs’ and MLAs’ children, too.

When does the new quota kick in?

The Centre plans to introduce it in phases, likely over three years, starting from the 2008-09 academic year.

Will the number of general category seats shrink?

No. All the institutions will increase seats by 54 per cent over three years so that the number of general seats stays the same as now.

How many IIM and IIT seats will be set aside for OBCs?

OBCs will have 2,880 IIT seats and 530 IIM seats when the seat expansion is complete. The IITs will then have 10,472 seats and the IIMs, 1,925 seats.

Will there be separate cutoff marks for OBCs during admissions?

Yes, different from both the general cutoff and the SC/ST cutoff.

Will the identity of the quota students be kept confidential?

Impossible, since a separate cutoff means a separate merit list.

Will admissions for the next academic year be delayed?

Possibly in the IIMs, unlikely in the rest.

Do the IIMs/IITs have the infrastructure and faculty for the planned seat hike?

No, but some are better placed than others. Those likely to be hit the worst are the IIMs in Ahmedabad and Kozhikode, and the IITs in Mumbai, Roorkee and Guwahati.

Does the judgment have any impact on private institutions?

The court did not rule on the matter but one judge observed that such a quota would violate the Constitution if imposed on a private institution.

Will it have any impact on government job quotas?

No. But government jobs already have a 27 per cent OBC quota, with the creamy layer excluded.

Can the judgment be challenged?

The Centre may seek a review and anyone else can challenge the verdict — but it will go to the same bench


Government to set up more IITs, IIMs and Central Universities
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=36955

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Ministry of Human Resource Development

 

 

PRESS NOTE - STATES IDENTIFIED FOR LOCATING NEW CENTRAL INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 11TH FIVE YEAR PLAN


 

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Ministry of Human Resource Development    
The 11th Five Year Plan, endorsed by the National Development Council in December, 2007, envisages, inter-alia, establishment of the following new higher education institutions in the Central sector:

A          Technical Education Institutions

·         8 Indian Institutes of Technology

·         7 Indian Institutes of Management

B          Central Universities

·         14  Universities aiming at world class standards

·         16  Universities in States which do not have a Central University at present

 

2.         Out of the above new institutions, location decisions had already been taken in the case of 4 IITs and one IIM. Hon’ble Prime Minister has since approved the proposals made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, for the location of the remaining institutions as per the details given below.

Location of new IITs/ IIMs.

3.         Location of 4 IITs  (in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh),  and one IIM (at Shillong) have already been announced. The Central Government has now decided to locate the remaining 4 IITs and 6 IIMs in the following States :-

IITs -  Orissa, Madhya Pradesh (Indore), Gujarat and  Punjab

 IIMs -    Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Uttarakhand and Haryana In addition, it is also proposed to convert the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University   into an IIT.  Admission to this Institute is already based on the IIT – Joint Entrance Examination.

Location of 14 World Class Universities

4.         As regards 14 Central Universities aiming at world class standards, it has been considered necessary that these are located in or near selected large cities which would automatically have the kind of connectivity and infrastructure  which such universities would need.  Accordingly, it has been decided  to locate one such University in each of the 14 States/Region  as shown  in the  enclosed List, and to request concerned State Governments to identify adequate land in or near the  selected  cities.

Location of 16 Central Universities in Uncovered States        

5.         16 States which do not have a  Central University at present, and which will get one  Central University each  in the  11th Plan are  Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa.   Of these, in three States, existing State Universities will be taken over by the Central Government and converted into Central Universities. These   three Universities are   Dr. Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar (in Madhya Pradesh), Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur (in Chhattisgarh), and Goa University.

6.         Establishment of IITs, IIMs and Central Universities in the above States is subject to State Governments offering adequate   land at suitable locations, free of cost, for the purpose.  Each of the concerned State Government is being requested to offer land accordingly.  Actual establishment of these institutions would however depend, among other things, on how quickly the concerned State Governments respond  by allotting adequate land at suitable locations.

State-wise List of Cities Identified for locating 14 Central Universities during the  XIth Plan  which would aim to achieve  world class  standards

State                                        City

1.         Maharashtra                  -          Pune

2.         West Bengal                 -           Kolkata

3.         Tamil Nadu                    -           Coimbatore

4.         Karnataka                     -           Mysore

5.         Andhra Pradesh             -           Vishakapatanam

6.         Gujarat                          -           Gandhinagar

7.         Rajasthan                      -           Jaipur

8.         Bihar                             -           Patna

9.         Madhya Pradesh            -           Bhopal

10.        Kerala                           -           Kochi

11.        Punjab                          -           Amritsar

12.        Orissa                           -           Bhubaneshwar

13.        Uttar Padesh                 -           Greater NOIDA

14.        North Eastern Region  -  Guwahati

                                                            .....

Department of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD

PIB, New Delhi; Chatra 08, 1930,March 28, 2008

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http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=36999

Ministry of Human Resource Development

 

Click here for the Presentation of Ministry of HRD before parliamentary standing committee demands for grants (2008-09)  on 27.3.2008


Getting into Engineering college will be easier
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Getting_into_an_engineering_college_may_become_easier/articleshow/2841356.cms

Getting engineering seat will be easier now
6 Mar 2008, 0116 hrs IST

MUMBAI: The IT industry may have been hit by a slowdown but engineering colleges are in no mood to let that get in the way of expansion plans.

So far this year, 1,120 trusts have applied to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for permission to start new engineering colleges across the country. Never before has the regulatory body received as many applications in a single year.

India now has 1,668 engineering institutes and getting into one isn't very tough if you're not shooting for the best — more than 70% of the applicants manage to get in compared with a mere 1% about 20 years ago. But with thousands of seats likely to be added to the national pool, getting into an engineering school could be a breeze — especially for women students.

AICTE's acting chairman, R A Yadav, said more than 10% of the applications are for opening "girls only" colleges, a fallout of the government's proposal introducing concessions for institutes which promote technical education among women.

Till last year, AICTE used to accept applications to start new colleges all through the year, but that has changed now. "Only the applications that receive a green signal by June 2008 will be able to start functioning from the coming academic year," said Yadav.

However, there's a debate about whether many of the engineering colleges are churning out full-fledged engineers or mere technicians with a diploma.

A recent study by Duke University says that for every one million citizens, the US produces roughly 750 technology specialists, compared with China's 500 and India's 200. The report, "Framing the Engineering Outsourcing Debate: Placing the United States on a Level Playing Field with China and India" by Gary Gereffi and Vivek Wadhwa, says that in 2004, while roughly 70,000 engineers graduated in the US, 6,00,000 graduated in China and 3,50,000 in India.


CAT to be held online from November 2009: IIM
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/CAT_to_be_held_online_from_2009_IIM/articleshow/2915234.cms

1 Apr 2008, 0040 hrs IST,Anahita Mukherji,TNN

 

 

MUMBAI: CAT will now be a frenzied blur of clicks. Ending weeks of speculation, the Indian Institute of Management has come out and declared its intention to conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) online from November 2009.

The decision will impact thousands of students who appear for the highly competitive entrance exam at centres across the country in the hope of scoring high enough to make it to one of the IIMs. The online move will mean changes but internet-age students seem comfortable with the idea.

If the exam goes online, not all students will be able to take the exam on the same day as is the case now. The exam will have to be conducted in staggered batches within a window period of a few months. The other change will be that instead of the current single exam paper, the online test will have several different papers of the same level of difficulty.

The online model will be similar to US exams like the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) and the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) except that the results will not appear instantly.

Asish Bhattacharyya, admissions chairperson at IIM Calcutta, said that an online system would "help us handle the huge number of students appearing for the test every year. Last year the number crossed 2.3 lakh". This number is only expected to increase with projections of three lakh-plus in 2009.

The process of conducting the exam—including processing the results and reporting the scores—will be outsourced to a private service provider who has prior experience in online tests. "But the IIMs will retain complete control over the test," said an official.

Most students who are comfortable with the online world have welcomed the move. "I think it’s a great idea if CAT goes online. This will make it more transparent and error-proof," said Mehul Gandhy, a B-school aspirant.

Others from the management field said that while the online exam was an idea whose time had come there were several logistical aspects to be considered. "It’s a great idea but I have my doubts about exactly how the IIMs will manage to conduct the exams online for such large numbers," said Arks Srinivas, director of TIME, a coaching institute.

"There are issues of connectivity. Also, if the exams are not conducted on the same day, it will be next to impossible to set more than one exam paper and maintain exactly the same level of difficulty."

While the CAT is currently conducted under tight security—the question paper seal is broken in the presence of an IIM professor in each centre where the exam is held—many wonder whether the same stringent security will be maintained when the test goes online. After all, as Srinivas points out, there is always the danger of someone hacking into the online software.

Bhattacharyya, however, insists that every security precaution will be taken while conducting the exam.


Conferences: HiPC 2008 Issues Call for Participation
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/2187652.html

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(IT-BHU is co-sponsoring the event)

Excerpts:

The 15th annual IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC 2008) will be held in Bangalore, India, Dec. 17-20, 2008. It will serve as a forum to present the current work by researchers from around the world, and act as a venue to provide stimulating discussions and highlight high performance computing (HPC) activities in Asia. The conference has a history of attracting participation from reputed researchers from all over the world.

Further information about HiPC 2008 and the HiPC series of meetings is available on the conference Web site at http://www.hipc.org.

HiPC 2008 will focus on the design and analysis of high performance computing and networking systems and their scientific, engineering, and commercial applications. In addition to technical sessions consisting of contributed papers, the conference will include invited presentations, a poster session, tutorials, and vendor presentations.

Co-sponsored by:

  • IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP)
  • ACM SIGARCH
  • European Association for Theoretical Computer Science
  • IFIP Working Group on Concurrent Systems
  • National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM)
  • Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT)

Held in cooperation with:

  • Goa University
  • Indian Institutes of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Software Technology Parks of India
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Venue and Meeting Information

Bangalore, a bustling metropolis, is the fifth largest city in India and the capital of the state of Karnataka.


New Alumni Association formed
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

During the teleconference held on 17 February, 2008 among alumni volunteers, it was decided to plan an umbrella organization called IT-BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA).

The new organization was registered with the State of New Jersey, Division of Revenue as non-profit corporation by Manu Goyal (Mechanical 1993) and Anand Maharana (Metallurgy 1992).

We have also filed and received EIN (Employer Identification Number) from Internal Revenue Service of USA.

Vish Narayanan (Electrical 1983) is the designated President of the new association. The working board members for the new association are to be finalized. The board of IBGAA is only temporary (ad hoc or transient) and shall work till new elections are held in early next year.

We shall be able to provide more information about our alumni association in the next month’s issue.


Itbhuglobal.org declared as official website
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

The new transient team of IT-BHU Global Alumni Association has adapted a resolution that www.itbhuglobal.org represents the official website for the alumni association. This was as discussed and approved during March 16 teleconference among volunteers.

Anand Maharana and Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003) are working towards improving the format and layout of our official website www.itbhuglobal.org. This is based on feedback received from various users and to make it useful. The new format of the website is expected to be ready within a month.


Prastuti-2008 Report
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008
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Prastuti-2008 festival of Electrical Engineering Dept. was held on 14-16 February, 2008 at Swatantrata Bhavan on IT-BHU campus. Deepak Bagde (Electrical 1977) was the chief guest on the first day of the festival. He has forwarded following report along with photos.

Email: Deepak.bagde@gmail.com

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The 3-day Prastuti-2008 Contest was inaugurated on Friday, 14th March, 2008. The program started at 10.30 AM. It started with Welcome Address by Prof. S. N. Mahendra, Head of Department, Electrical Engineering. It was followed by Introduction to Prastuti-2008 by Prof. S. K. Nagar and Address by Dean of IT, Prof. J. N. Sinha.

 

Next, Chief Guest, Mr. Deepak Bagde released the Souvenir and addressed the gathering. After the Director of IT, Dr. Sidhh Nath Upadhyay addressed the meeting, Student Convener, Mr. Ayush Pathak (Final year Electrical) proposed a Vote of Thanks.

 

On the same day our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was in BHU for the university convocation. There were severe traffic restrictions in the city as well as BHU campus. The PM also stayed in the campus.

 

Souvenir

 

The souvenir contents were selected student papers. There were 4 categories of topics.

 

Category 1: Electrical Engineering sponsored by NTPC

Category 2: Electronics and Communication sponsored by 3D Micro Systems

Category 3: Computer Systems sponsored by TCS

Category 4: Electrical Energy sponsored by NTPC

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(Report on Post inauguration session by Deepak Bagde in his words).

 

Post inaugural session:

 

After the inaugural function, I gave a power point presentation of the activities of my company 3D Micro Systems Pvt. Ltd.  My presentation started from the photograph of my 1st day in BHU (1972) New Tech 1 hostel.  I took the presentation through my own journey in starting my business to developing various products and the successes I had with my product design. I also showed an interesting video on washing machine. The presentation was appreciated by all. The students were keen to ask about starting or getting into business. After the presentation, Prof S. C. Gupta presented me with another memento. Prof Gupta and others presented had a whole lot of questions on my current activities.

 

After my presentation, we went to the IT convocation which was in progress at Prof Sen Gupta Hall (G-11 of our time).

 

I had a meeting with the faculty at the department. We discussed on issues related to improving the present syllabus to bring in new technologies and requirements of the industry. The discussion also went on improving the labs. The meeting went on till 3:30 pm. As there were timing restrictions because of PM, I had to rush back to my hotel.

 

I returned to Mumbai the next day.

 

Deepak Bagde

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Address by Deepak Bagde, Chief Guest at Prastuti-2008

 

Good Morning.


Respected director Prof. S. N. Upadhyay, Prof S. N. Sinha, Prof S. N. Mahendra, Prof S. K. Nagar, Student Convener Mr. Ayush Pathak and my dear students:

 

It gives me great pleasure to be with you on this occasion. I am a student from your department, 1977 batch. It is a matter of pride for me to have studied in this department. I have very fond memories of my BHU hostel life.  BHU has given me a lot. It has moulded us in a very practical and responsive way. I can vouch that you are in the best institute of this country.

 

This Prastuti program that has been going on is a very commendable one. It has given you a proper platform for your ideas. You are all very young and talented. You need such a platform. I wish to convey to the organizers, my whole hearted support in the future as well. So my dear students, sparkle your ideas, innovation and talent. The industry is there to promote you. Your ideas may be simple. They need not be complicated or highly technical. But see how they would affect the consumer.

 

In the consumer appliances business where I am operating, we face a very tough task of competition for low price, high features and new innovations in order to attract the customer. Previously the companies used to do a model face-lift, i. e. change an LED indicator, add some buttons, change the color or add a display. Nowadays the consumers have become smart. They are young, well informed and exposed to new ideas from TV and internet.

 

Now where does Prastuti come into this? I feel, during your formative student years, if you participate in contests like Prastuti, you will automatically get the grip of analyzing a problem, and giving a cost effective solution. This solution should give value for money to the consumer.

Prastuti will also help you to get focused. You should get the urge to do well. And this has to come from within.

 

So believe in yourself, dream of your goal, work hard and make it a reality. I once again thank you all for inviting me here to be part of this motivating program.

Thank you once again.

 

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1) EE faculty and students

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2) Speech by HOD, Dr. S. N. Mahendra

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News summary about conversion of IT-BHU into IIT
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

On March 28, govt. announced setting up of more IITs and conversion of IT-BHU into IIT. The news was widely carried in the mainstream media. Following is representative news from Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Four_new_IITs_six_IIMs_to_be_set_up/articleshow/2906698.cms

Four new IITs, six IIMs to be set up
28 Mar 2008, 1317 hrs IST,PTI

 

 

NEW DELHI: In a bid to give an impetus to the higher education sector, Government on Friday decided to establish four new IITs and six IIMs in various states besides upgrading some of the state universities to the status of Central Universities.

While the new IITs would be located in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh (Indore), Gujarat and Punjab, the IIMs would come up in Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Uttarakhand and Haryana.

These new institutions would be part of the eight IITs and seven IIMs proposed to be set up during the 11th Five Year Plan.

Government has already announced establishment of four IITs in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh and one IIM at Shillong.

The location of the new higher education institutions has been approved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, HRD Minister Arjun Singh told reporters.

In addition, he said the government proposed to convert the Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University into an IIT. Admission to this Institute was already based on the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination.

Singh said it is also proposed to establish during the 11th five year plan period 14 Universities with world class standards and 16 universities in states which do not have a Central University at present.

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Additional links:

1) Rediff.com:

http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/mar/28iit1.htm

2) Livemint

http://www.livemint.com/2008/03/29010848/Sites-for-new-IITs-IIMs-named.html

3) Yahoo Group news

http://in.news.yahoo.com/indianexpress/20080328/r_t_ie_nl_general/tnl-four-new-iits-six-iims-to-be-set-up-aaaedd4.html

4) The Hindu

http://www.hinduonnet.com/holnus/001200803290322.htm

5) AssamNet

http://assamnet.org/posts/index.php?t=rview&goto=3177&th=1547

6) Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=ae763e27-d16b-4ba4-8ba5-9040ef6c2239&ParentID=971db4a9-d6b6-4621-854a-94bff6fbf570&MatchID1=4679&TeamID1=6&TeamID2=3&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1179&MatchID2=4674&TeamID3=4&TeamID4=8&MatchType2=1&SeriesID2=1177&PrimaryID=4679&Headline=Four+new+IITs+and+six+IIMs+to+come+up


IITs to teach humanities too
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/New_IITs_to_teach_humanities_too/articleshow/2841556.cms

New IITs to teach humanities too
6 Mar 2008, 0253 hrs ISThttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gif,http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gifAkshaya Mukulhttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gif,http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/images/spacer.gifTNN
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NEW DELHI: The three new IITs in Bihar, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh will teach not only engineering, but also design and creative arts, management, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The HRD ministry wants the three new IITs to start functioning this academic year from the rented premises. However, a final decision on this is yet to be taken.

In the Expenditure Finance Committee meeting, the Planning Commission representative was of the view that to make these IITs world class, sufficient time be given to develop the requisite infrastructure. But IIT, Kanpur, director pointed out that most of the existing IITs had started their classes from rented premises. He said it was the quality of the faculty rather than the classrooms that make world class institutions.

To be set up at an outlay of Rs 760 crore each over six years, outsourcing will be resorted to in the three IITs for various routine services. In fact, the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has only approved creation of the post of director and the registrar in each institute along with minimum support staff. The HRD ministry would submit a separate proposal to EFC for support staff.

In the EFC meeting, the representative of the department of expenditure suggested that the new IITs should endeavour to outsource major areas of work, perhaps by borrowing the template followed by the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. The official felt that subsequently a national template for all such institutes to be set up in future could be developed.

Initially, each institute will have an intake capacity of 200 students, but when fully developed, each IIT will have a total student strength of about 3,000 students with approximately 2,000 of them in B Tech, 500 in M Tech, 400 in Ph.D and 100 as post-doctoral fellows.

The new IITs will be mentored by one of the existing IITs to enable them to attain high standards. Each institute will have a faculty strength of 262 at the end of the seventh year of operation and adhere to the teacher-student ratio of 1:9, as in the case of other IITs.


IITs to double fees from next session
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 (Chronicle note: Tuition Fees at IT-BHU is among the lowest in the country; it is about Rs. 16,000 per year compared to Rs. 27,000 per year at IITs.)

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080045589&ch=4/1/2008%2010:52:00%20AM

IITs to double fees from next session

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 (New Delhi)

Following the IIMs, the IITs are slated to hike their fees from the next academic session.

Students who get admission to IITs will have to pay approximately Rs 50,000, which is almost double the present fee.

The IITs say that if they had got more funds from the government, they wouldn't have been forced to increase their fees.

They say that a lesser budget affects the research work and hinders the institutes from sending students and tutors to international conferences.

''The increase in fee won't be too high but it will be about double of what it is now. It may increase to about Rs 50,000 per annum in the next session,'' said Prof Surendra Prasad, director of IIT Delhi.

Four years ago, the government had agreed to give the IITs a fixed amount, known as a block grant. However, rising inflation levels had not been factored into that amount

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Report on IT-BHU Convocation
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 (Report and photos are provided by Ashutosh Parkhi, Electrical 2007. The list of Prize Winners and Degree Recipients and additional report are provided by J. N. Sinha, Dean of IT, and forwarded by Anshuman Singh, Electrical 1998. We could not contact Ms. Sudipta Dutta).

The Convocation for Institute of technology, BHU was held on Sunday, 15th March 2008. There were total of 26 PhD, 150 M. Tech. / M. Pharm. And 401 B. Tech. /B. Pharm. Degrees awarded during IT Convocation.

 List of Gold Medals and Prize winners:

 There are total 30 winners of Gold medals and Prizes.

For the list of winners, click here.

 List of Degree Recipients:

 The list shows recipients of PhD, M. Tech. and B. Tech. degrees, arranged branch wise.

 For the list of degree recipients, click here.

 BHU Convocation Report:

Three students from IT have been received the BHU medal from the Prime Minister

1. Mr. Arun Kumar Mishra, M. Tech., Industrial Management

2. Mr. Ashutosh Parkhi, B. Tech., Computer Science & Engineering.

(Above students are received medals from the Prime Minister)

3. Ms. Sudipta Dutta, M. Tech. Electrical Engineering could not attend the convocation.

There are 11 Ph.D., 23M.Tech./ M. Pharm. and 88 B. Tech. / B. Pharm. students from IT who have received the degree on Dais of the Convocation on 14th March 2008.

The ceremony was held in Amphi Theater campus. Coordinators/directors from all faculties of BHU marched after the Honorable PM arrived. Dr. Karan Singh started the convocation with his welcome speech. Following the Kulgeet, coordinators from various faculties called upon their students to receive Gold Medals from Honorable Dr. Manmohan Singh. It was a great feeling receiving medal from someone as great as the Honorable Prime Minister of India.

Both Ashutosh Parkhi and Arun Kumar Mishra received BHU Gold Medal + Certificate from the Prime Minister.
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(Following is the official notification received by Arun Kumar Mishra from Dean’ office)

 Mr. Arun Kumar Mishra

S/o Shri Kapil Muni Mishra

Suresh Colony (Near Nala)

Hazaribagh,-825301 (Jharkhand)

 Dear Alumnus,

 It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that based on your performance in M. Tech. Engineering Examination of 2007, you have been adjudged first among all branches of M. Tech. Engineering courses and thus you are eligible for BHU Medal. My hearty congratulations for the same. You will further be happy to know that this BHU Medal will be awarded to you in the Convocation scheduled for 15th March, 2008.

 You are cordially invited to attend the Convocation and receive the Medal on 15th March, 2008. Kindly send your confirmation through Fax/email for attending the same. You will be glad to know that the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh will be the Chief Guest and shall deliver the Convocation Address.

 With best wishes,

 Yours Sincerely,

  J.N. Sinha

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(Following is the official notification received by Ashutosh Parkhi from Dean’ office)

 

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(Ashutosh Parkhi, CSE2007)

Mr. Ashutosh Parkhi

S/o Shri Shriniwas Parkhi

107, Pandharinath Path

Indore (M.P.)

 

Dear Alumnus,

 

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that based on your performance in B. Tech. Part-IV Engineering Examination of 2007, you have been adjudged first among all branches of B. Tech. Part-IV Engineering courses and thus you are eligible for BHU Medal. My hearty congratulations for the same. You will further be happy to know that this BHU Medal will be awarded to you in the Convocation scheduled for 15th March, 2008.

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Convocation and receive the Medal on 15th March, 2008. Kindly send your confirmation through Fax/email for attending the same. You will be glad to know that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh will be the Chief Guest and shall deliver the Convocation Address.

 With best wishes,

 Yours Sincerely,

   J.N. Sinha

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(Ashutosh Parkhi receives Certificate & Gold medal from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during BHU Convocation on March 14, 2008)


BHU Convocation
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

(Chronicle note: 90th BHU Convocation was held on March 15, 2008.Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was the chief guest.)

http://education.in.msn.com/SchoolColleges/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1294392

Monday, 17 March 2008


PM calls for improving higher education

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Expressing concern over the availability and quality of higher education, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked colleges and universities to raise their standards

PM calls for improving higher education

Speaking at the 90th annual convocation of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU), the prime minister said: "Only 10 per cent of India's youth go to college as against 40-50 percent in the developed Western countries".

 

Referring to the quality of education, he observed: "What is even more serious is that two-thirds of India's universities are providing sub-standard education while 90 per cent colleges are below average".

 

It was to improve higher education that the central government had decided to set up 30 new central universities across the country together with six Indian Institutes of Science on the lines of the IISc at Bangalore, he said.

 

Manmohan Singh was of the view that despite the constraints, India's advancements in technology could not be underscored. "The Green revolution and IT revolution in the country were the results of the growth in higher education," he observed.

 

"However, we still have a long way to go to meet the challenges thrown by the developed western world.

 

"If any country has to attain an important place in the international community and wants to progress there are three requisites - a strong base of science and technology, a strong defence system and a strong economy," said Manmohan Singh, a former professor of economics.

 

Besides being chief guest on the occasion, Manmohan Singh was also honoured with a D.Litt. degree that was conferred on him by BHU chancellor Karan Singh.

 

The prime minister also emphasised the need for universities to play a larger role in disseminating knowledge to the rural areas. "Universities must realise their responsibility in this regard," he stressed.

 

Hailing the state of India's economy, he said: "It is a matter of pride for us that we have maintained a sustained economic growth of nine percent over the past four years, which was unprecedented in the history of independent India."

Source: IANS

 

Additional link:

http://www.bhu.ac.in/convoca/con90th.html

Welcome Speech by the Vice-Chancellor

http://www.bhu.ac.in/convoca/Convocation/WelcomeSpeech..pdf

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Silicon Valley Alumni meet-A report
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

(Report and Photos forwarded by Siddharth Gupta (ECE 05), Anirudh Dhurka (ECE 05), Sudeep Tandon (ECE 06) and Ratnanabh Sain (MIN 2005).

Email: siliconvalley@itbhuglobal.org)

The 4th Silicon Valley Chapter IT-BHU Alumni meet was held at Stanford University on the April 5th, 2008.

As scheduled, alumni and their families started coming in around 2:30pm. After the initial buzz and chitchat, the formal event finally got off to a start at 3:15pm with the ceremonial Kulgeet of the Banaras Hindu University. It was a very memorable occasion when everyone stood up for the Kulgeet and sang along (A snippet of those magical minutes can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL-mGGDiaPA).

The event then kicked off with a presentation from Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003) who has been actively involved with the formation of IT-BHU Global Alumni Association. He addressed the gathering via internet conferencing from Los Angeles and talked about updates on the decision of the HRD ministry of government of India to grant IIT-BHU status to IT-BHU and the formation and incorporation of IT-BHU Global Alumni Association. It was an interactive session with a lot of alumni chipping in with their questions. A presentation by Sudeep Tandon (ECE 2006) followed Animesh’s talk and informed the alumni about the recent happenings at IT-BHU like the library automation efforts and Opulence – the new management festival.

Interspersed with these insightful presentations were a dance performance and a photo auction. We had a wonderful dance performance by Mrs. Jaya Sharma (CSE 1995) and Mrs. Sangeeta Chugh, w/o Mr. Navin Chugh (MET 1985), on the song Dola Re from Devdas. At the end of the performance all the attendees gave a hearty ovation to both of them. This event was of special mention as it happened for the first time in the history of the Silicon Valley Chapter and was possible only because of the enthusiasm of both the performers! We also auctioned off a very beautiful photograph of Sunrise over Ganges taken by Anirudh Dhurka (ECE 2005) during one of his early morning escapades to the ghats. Mr. Shrish Ranjan (CSE 2000) won the auction and appropriately dedicated the photograph as a memory to his entire batch. The funds raised from the auction were directed to the alumni fund.

It was the intention of the organizers to ensure that most people are time-shifted back to the good old BHU days and the refreshments reflected the same. The 'Limbdi corner' theme based food stall ensured that the alumni tasted some mouth watering samosa-chhole, chutney, and gulab-jamun along with chai. Vishal Mehta (ECE 2005), Saurav Suman (MIN 2005) and Shrish Mishra (CHE 2002) did a commendable job by taking care of different event management details.

All alumni freely mingled with each other and actively participated in the discussions. Special mention of Mr. Vish Mishra (EEE 1967), Mr. Anil Garg (MEC 1978), Mr. Jaiom Sambyal (MEC 1981) and Mr. Rajneesh Kumar (CSE 1995), along with many others, who volunteered to take forward the Silicon Valley Chapter and had many great ideas to make it more useful in helping IT-BHU. Many alumni also attended the Haasya Kavi Sammelan - UPMA at the TiE office, Santa Clara, CA the very next day on an invitation from Mr. Vish Mishra.

During the intro part, many alumni recalled and shared their favorite incidents from BHU-days. Most people forgot the time and chatted away with each other long after the scheduled closing time for the gathering. It was aptly reminiscent of the wonderful times spent at IT-BHU.

We look forward to the next meet hopefully sooner than later. In terms of numbers, about 40 alumni attended the meet along with their families. Though this meet could not reach out to many alumni in the area this time, but all the alumni attending the event pledged to have at least 200-300 alumni next time!

Some Comments from alumni after the event:

  • Dear All,  
    It was so nice to meet ALL OF YOU this afternoon!! You sure brought fond memories of BHU. I went back 45 years when I joined BENCO! Let us keep this tradition going.....and GROWING!!! We can put BHU on the map since we are in Silicon Valley!
  • Hi Guys,

This was a great event - Kudos to you and team for pulling this together. Let’s build on this momentum.

  • Hi,

Kudos to you all to have put up y/days program.  And promoting Alma mater is a good thing to do.  20 years ago, I heard that the city of Cambridge real-estate is owned 70% by the MIT+ Harvard thanks to strong alumni.  I feel BHU-IT also deserves a strong Alumni group.  And we can start with baby steps here in Silicon Valley. 

  • Hello All,

It was really nice to have met you all at the get together. In addition, I went to UPMA the next day and it was quite exhilarating.

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The photo album (prepared by Anirudh Dhurka, Electronics 2005) can be viewed at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/anirudh.dhurka/ITBHUSiliconValleyAlumniMeet2008?authkey=JGlHQGAPZGg

PowerPoint Presentation

Animesh Pathak could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons. However he interacted with alumni about his PowerPoint presentation using CrossLoop and Google Talk.

Photos:

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Silicon Valley Alumni meet-Letter from Ghanashyam Mishra (Mining 1961)
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

(An email sent by Ghanashyam Mishra (Mining 1961) to the organizer of Silicon Valley Meet. He could not attend the meeting due to personal reasons. However he wrote an emotional letter to the Silicon Valley Meet and it was addressed to Siddharth Gupta-Electronics 2005) 

Dear Siddharth:

Congratulations for organizing a get-together of the Silicon Valley BHU-IT Alumni Chapter.  I am not a very computer savvy person.  Only today, I browsed through itbhuglobal.org/chronicle sent to me my classmate Mr. M.S. Nagar from New-Delhi several weeks ago.  As I read about the reunions and write ups about our younger generation, I was filled up with pride and joy.  I would have loved to to travel to Palo Alto and attend your meeting and visited my son Vijay in the Bay Area.  But I have prior commitments.  I have to pass this time.

About myself.  I am a 1961 graduate of the College of Mining and Metallurgy, BHU.  You might have heard about our recent reunion last November at BHU.  It was a very emotional and magical event to meet so many of our classmates at Dhanrajgiri Hostel, where we met as teenagers half a century ago.  We plan to do it again in 2011.

As you all know BHU was the first Teaching and Residential University of modern India established by Pundit Malaviya, and other freedom fighters.  In my lifetime, I have travelled across the globe, visited dozens of famous university campuses.  But I have never seen one so well-planned like our Alma mater.  The founder's imagination of blending Gurukul like atmosphere with the teaching institutions of modern science, technology, medicine, music and fine arts is indeed unique and unparalleled.  In my opinion, it is only BHU that embodies the history, culture and the heritage of India.

Now the purpose of my writing.  After almost a century of existence, several old buildings in the campus showing signs of deterioration.  During my last visit, I found the campus fairly clean.  But many of our college and hostel buildings need pressure-wash and a new coat of paint.  We need more flower beds, water fountains and road side dust bins.  During the dry months, we need water trucks to sprinkle the berms.  There has to be a very coordinated effort from the former students to give a face-lift to BHU on the eve of its centennial celebration in 2016.  Our slogan should be, "Keep our BHU Beautiful".  I am writing this for the first time to you, so that all your young friends can discuss and act.

Siddharth, my generation is old, many of us are having health problems.  But we can help.  Also, I am sending this message to my good friends, the Nagars at New Delhi.

And finally here is an ancient quote:

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extra-ordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you find yourself to be a person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be"

Hindu Sage Patanjali, 2nd Century B.C.

Wish you a very joyful Reunion.

Sincerely,

Your Old Brother Ghanashyam Mishra (Class of 1961)

College of Mining and Metallurgy, BHU        


European Chapter of IT-BHU Alumni Association formed
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

It is planned to set up a chapter of IT-BHU Alumni Association in Europe. The chapter will be initially based in London. As a first step to bring all alumni in Europe together, a Google mail group has been created for ITBHU alumni based in Europe:

 itbhualumni_europe@googlegroups.com.

The mail group shall be used to discuss and make announcements about activities in Europe in particular and ITBHU Global Alumni Association in general.  All the alumni members in Europe are requested to join the group and spread the word about the same.

 Primary contacts for the European Chapter are:

 Vishwanath Rao (ECE 1984, cavish61@gmail.com), London, UK.

Rajat Harlalka (EEE 05, rajat.harlalka@eee05.itbuhglobal.org), Stockholm, Sweden.


Readers' Feedback
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

1) This is the first time I received and reviewed the monthly newsletter. An excellent Job!!! Please keep it up. 

Regards,

 
Mahendra Lamba (Electrical 1972) 
Charlotte, NC, USA . Dated: March 20

Email: mahendra@ms-technology.com

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2) Thanks for updating with latest. It is really a pleasure and now it is compelling me to get involved myself in chronicle/other activities also. 

I will revert back to you on this shortly.

                

Thanks again, 

 Zeya Alam (Mechanical 1972)

Varanasi. Dated: March 22.

Email: zeyaalam@gmail.com 

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3) Thank you again for bringing out the Chronicle. 

All the best, 

Akhlesh Lakhtakia (ECE 1979)

Pennsylvania. Dated: March 22.

Email: axl4@psu.edu

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4) Animesh Pathak replies

Dear Mr. De, 
Thanks for your email. 
 
The chronicle has moved in Nov 2007 to its new home on
http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/ -- on the new ITBHUGlobal.org website. It has the issues from then on, as well as the older ones. 
 
Thanks again for your interest in the ITBHU chronicle, and the alumni association. Please let us know if we can be of any help. 
 
Best regards, 
Animesh (CSE03) 
Volunteer, Chronicle Team 

Email from Ujjal De 
Subsequent to Nov 07, new issues haven’t been published. When do you expect it to be resumed?
 

Ujjal De (Chemical 1974)

Dated March 23

Email: ujjal.de@hpl.co.in

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5) Thanks for sharing this newsletter. Very interesting indeed! 
 
Piyush Agrawal (Electrical 1979) 
Dated: March 24

Email: piyush@qatar.net.qa

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6) Thank you for being so kind as to forward the newsletter with the article. It is definitely true that once you have experienced BHU there is nothing else like it in the world.  
 
Best Regards, 
 
Mukul Shivraikar (Electrical 1986) 
Dated: March 24.

Email: Mukul_Shirvaikar@uttyler.edu

 
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Associate Professor and Chair 
Electrical Engineering Department 
The University of Texas at Tyler 
3900 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75799. 
Email: mshirvaikar@uttyler.edu 
Phone: (903) 565-5620 Fax: (903) 565-5877 
Webpage: http://ee.uttyler.edu/mshirvaikar


US Economy-Double Bubble Trouble
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/opinion/05roach.html

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(Chronicle note: In this Op-Ed (article appearing on the page opposite to Editorial page to convey outsider’s other point of view), the author, Stephen S. Roach, the chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia compares the current US Recession with the stagnant economic growth of Japan during 1990’s.)

Double Bubble Trouble

AMID increasingly turbulent credit markets and ever-weaker reports on the economy, the Federal Reserve has been unusually swift and determined in its lowering of the overnight lending rate. The White House and Congress have moved quickly as well, approving rebates for families and tax breaks for businesses. And more monetary easing from the Fed could well be on the way.

The central question for the economy is this: Will this medicine work? The same question was asked repeatedly in Japan during its “lost decade” of the 1990s. Unfortunately, as was the case in Japan, the answer may be no.

If the American economy were entering a standard cyclical downturn, there would be good reason to believe that a timely countercyclical stimulus like that devised by Washington would be effective. But this is not a standard cyclical downturn. It is a post-bubble recession.

The United States is now going through its second post-bubble downturn in seven years. Yet this one stands in sharp contrast to the post-bubble shakeout in the stock market during 2000 and 2001. Back then, there was a collapse in business capital spending, a sector that peaked at only 13 percent of real gross domestic product.

The current recession has been set off by the simultaneous bursting of property and credit bubbles. The unwinding of these excesses is likely to exact a lasting toll on both homebuilders and American consumers. Those two economic sectors collectively peaked at 78 percent of gross domestic product, or fully six times the share of the sector that pushed the country into recession seven years ago.

For asset-dependent, bubble-prone economies, a cyclical recovery — even when assisted by aggressive monetary and fiscal accommodation — isn’t a given. Over the past six years, income-short consumers made up for the weak increases in their paychecks by extracting equity from the housing bubble through cut-rate borrowing that was subsidized by the credit bubble. That game is now over.

Washington policymakers may not be able to arrest this post-bubble downturn. Interest rate cuts are unlikely to halt the decline in nationwide home prices. Given the outsize imbalance between supply and demand for new homes, housing prices may need to fall an additional 20 percent to clear the market.

Aggressive interest rate cuts have not done much to contain the lethal contagion spreading in credit and capital markets. Now that their houses are worth less and loans are harder to come by, hard-pressed consumers are unlikely to be helped by lower interest rates.

Japan’s experience demonstrates how difficult it may be for traditional policies to ignite recovery after a bubble. In the early 1990s, Japan’s property and stock market bubbles burst. That implosion was worsened by a banking crisis and excess corporate debt. Nearly 20 years later, Japan is still struggling.

There are eerie similarities between the United States now and Japan then. The Bank of Japan ran an excessively accommodative monetary policy for most of the 1980s. In the United States, the Federal Reserve did the same thing beginning in the late 1990s. In both cases, loose money fueled liquidity booms that led to major bubbles.

Moreover, Japan’s central bank initially denied the perils caused by the bubbles. Similarly, it’s hard to forget the Fed’s blasé approach to the asset bubbles of the past decade, especially as the subprime mortgage crisis exploded last August.

In Japan, a banking crisis constricted lending for years. In the United States, a full-blown credit crisis could do the same.

The unwinding of excessive corporate indebtedness in Japan and a “keiretsu” culture of companies buying one another’s equity shares put extraordinary pressures on business spending. In America, an excess of household indebtedness could put equally serious and lasting restrictions on consumer spending.

Like their counterparts in Japan in the 1990s, American authorities may be deluding themselves into believing they can forestall the endgame of post-bubble adjustments. Government aid is being aimed, mistakenly, at maintaining unsustainably high rates of personal consumption. Yet that’s precisely what got the United States into this mess in the first place — pushing down the savings rate, fostering a huge trade deficit and stretching consumers to take on an untenable amount of debt.

A more effective strategy would be to try to tilt the economy away from consumption and toward exports and long-needed investments in infrastructure.

That won’t be easy to achieve. Such a shift in the mix of the economy will require export-friendly measures like a weaker dollar and increased consumption by the rest of the world, which would strengthen demand for American-made goods. Fiscal initiatives should be directed at laying the groundwork for future growth, especially by upgrading the nation’s antiquated highways, bridges and ports.

That’s not to say Washington shouldn’t help the innocent victims of the bubble’s aftermath — especially lower- and middle-income families. But the emphasis should be on providing income support for those who have been blindsided by this credit crisis rather than on rekindling excess spending by overextended consumers.

By focusing on exports and on infrastructure spending, we might be able to limit the recession. Such an approach might also set the stage for a more balanced and sustainable economic upturn in the next cycle. A stimulus package aimed at exports and infrastructure investment would be an important step in that direction.

The toughest, and potentially most relevant, lesson to take from Japan’s economy in the 1990s was that the interplay between financial and real economic bubbles causes serious damage. An equally lethal interplay between the bursting of housing and credit bubbles is now at work in the United States.

American authorities, especially Federal Reserve officials, harbor the mistaken belief that swift action can forestall a Japan-like collapse. The greater imperative is to avoid toxic asset bubbles in the first place. Steeped in denial and engulfed by election-year myopia, Washington remains oblivious of the dangers ahead.

Stephen S. Roach is the chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.

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Related article:

Glenn Beck: The $53 trillion asteroid

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/26/beck.deficit/index.html


Electron filmed for the first time
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 06, 2008

 

http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/080225-electron-movie.html

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By LiveScience Staff

Posted: 25 February 2008 ET

Scientists have filmed an electron in motion for the first time, using a new technique that will allow researchers to study the tiny particle's movements directly.

Previously it was impossible to photograph electrons because of their extreme speediness, so scientists had to rely on more indirect methods. These methods could only measure the effect of an electron's movement, whereas the new technique can capture the entire event.

Extremely short flashes of light are necessary to capture an electron in motion. A technology developed within the last few years can generate short pulses of intense laser light, called attosecond pulses, to get the job done.

"It takes about 150 attoseconds for an electron to circle the nucleus of an atom. An attosecond is 10^-18 seconds long, or, expressed in another way: an attosecond is related to a second as a second is related to the age of the universe," said Johan Mauritsson of Lund University in Sweden.

Using another laser, scientists can guide the motion of the electron to capture a collision between an electron and an atom on film.

The length of the film Mauritsson and his colleagues made corresponds to a single oscillation of a wave of light . The speed of the event has been slowed down for human eyes. The results are detailed in the latest issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.

Mauritsson says the technique could also be used to study what happens in an atom when an electron leaves its shell.

 

 


World's oldest voice recording discovered
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 04, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7318180.stm

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Oldest recorded voices sing again

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The recording was made using a phonautograph

Ancient audio

An "ethereal" 10 second clip of a woman singing a French folk song has been played for the first time in 150 years.

The recording of "Au Clair de la Lune", recorded in 1860, is thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice.

A phonograph of Thomas Edison singing a children's song in 1877 was previously thought to be the oldest record.

The new "phonautograph", created by etching soot-covered paper, has now been played by US scientists using a "virtual stylus" to read the lines.

"When I first heard the recording as you hear it ... it was magical, so ethereal," audio historian David Giovannoni, who found the recording, told AP.

"The fact is it's recorded in smoke. The voice is coming out from behind this screen of aural smoke."

Sheet music

The short song was captured on April 9, 1860 by a phonautograph, a device created by a Parisian inventor, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville.

The device etched representations of sound waves into paper covered in soot from a burning oil lamp.

Lines were scratched into the soot by a needle moved by a diaphragm that responded to sound. The recordings were never intended to be played.

It was retrieved from Paris by Mr Giovanni, working with First Sounds, a group of audio historians, recording engineers and sound archivists who aim to make mankind's earliest sound recordings available to all.

To retrieve the sounds scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California made very high-resolution digital scans of the paper and used a "virtual stylus" to read the scrawls.

However, because the phonautograph recordings were made using a hand-cranked device, the speed varied throughout, changing the pitch.

"If someone's singing at middle C and the crank speeds up and slows down, the waves change shape and are shifting, Earl Cornell, a scientist at LBNL, told AP.

"We had a tuning fork side by side with the recording, so you can correct the sound and speed variations."

Previously, the oldest known recorded voice was thought to be Thomas Edison's recording of Mary had a little lamb. The inventor of the light bulb recorded the stanza to test another of his inventions - the phonograph - in 1877.

"It doesn't take anything away from Thomas Edison, in my opinion," Mr Giovannoni told Reuters.

"But actually, the truth is he was the first person to have recorded [sound] and played it back."

The new recording will be presented on 28 March at a conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections at Stanford University in California.

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Additional link:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/03/27/france.recording.ap/index.html

Listen to the clip »



Violence in Tibet
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 04, 2008
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Demonstrators protest on a street in Lhasa, Tibet. China moved Saturday to quell the uprising that left at least 10 people dead.

CCTV / AP

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1722738,00.html

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Tata Motors buys Jaguar- Land Rover
Chronicle Editor @ Mar 04, 2008

http://www.reuters.com/article/CARMFG/idUSBOM5486420080326

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