Published on December 31, 2008
The Chronicle December 2008 issue.
Vol.2008 : Issue 0012
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Chronicle Wishes its Readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
We are pleased to announce the chronicle December issue with a number of articles.
On the sad note, we have published obituary of Manoj Gupta (Civil 1979) who was murdered by political mafia in UP state. This senseless murder has shocked our entire nation. Readers can pay tribute online in the comment box provided below the obituary.
Under news section, we have published govt. decisions for the education front, including revising pay-scale for faculty members. The section also includes news about Dr. Anil Bhardwaj (PhD Physics 1992) receiving 2007 Bhatnagar Award from our Prime Minister.
The Report section contains inaugural speech given by former president Prof. APJ Abdul Kalam while inaugurating Malaviya Smriti Bhavan in New Delhi. The Opinion sub-section contains interesting article about first day of college in 1954, by Ambassador (Retd.) K Gajendra Singh of 1958 batch. We welcome any topic (art, literature, poetry, story, science and technology, economics, book review, etc.) from our readers for our Opinion sub-section.
Under Campus View section, we have published a number of news articles reported by Devender Singh Maun and Praharsh Sharma, our student reporters. Among the campus news are: appointment of Dean of Engineering faculty and Dean of Students for BHU; restrictions on internet access in hostels, official list of upcoming seminars, etc. The campus reports include speech of Animesh Pathak to campus students, Student Research Convention (Anveshan-2009), National Youth Festival-East Zone Finals, etc.
Under Alumni World section, details are provided for formation of CoR Council by alumni association. This section also contains alumni news of Yogendra Shah, who co-founded 5,000+ employee-strong Hexaware Technologies. The profile of Manu Vora (Chemical 1968), whose noble work to run Blind Foundation of India was aired on Chicago Public radio, is also included in this section.
The Interview section contains interview of Deepak Ahuja (Ceramic 1985), who is CFO of Tesla Motors, California. Excerpts of rediff.com interview of IIT-madras Director, Prof. M S Ananth is also posted in the section.
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The amendment to the IIT Act, 1961 did not come up in the winter session of Parliament, which was held in December.
The govt. plans to add the names of 8 new IITs and IT-BHU in the list of IITs by amending the IIT Act. Before IIT Act is amended, govt. has to complete all the necessary formalities and ensure that all pending issues pertaining to the institutes under the Act are resolved. For example, locations of new IITs are to be finalized, and finance allocation is to be reconfirmed with Planning Commission.
It is now hoped that govt. will bring the agenda for amending IIT Act in February 2009 session of Parliament. It is expected that the conversion will be complete before the start of next academic session, i.e. latest by July 2008.
View of our Director Prof. S. N. Upadhyaya in “LiveMint”
IIT status still eludes IT-BHU
The Union Cabinet had approved the setting up of eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bihar, AP, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab, HP and MP at a cost of Rs6080 crores for 6 years period.
Varanasi: Even after five months of the Union Cabinet decision to upgrade IT-BHU to an IIT, the status still eludes the institute as no further step has been taken to give the decision a concrete shape, adding to the deep disappointment of the students and the faculties here.
“We are deeply disappointed at this juncture as no visible steps have been taken to accomplish the Cabinet decision to upgrade the IT-BHU to an IIT and the present Lok Sabha is about to complete its five years’ term,” Prof Siddh Nath Upadhyay, Director of IT-BHU, said.
The Union Cabinet had approved the setting up of eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Gujarat, Punjab, HP and MP at a total cost of Rs6080 crores for 6 years period, on 17 July this year.
At the same meeting the Cabinet also approved in principle the taking over of the IT-BHU, a unit of the Banaras Hindu University, its conversion into an IIT and integrating it with the IIT system in the country.
“But since then while the academic sessions commenced in 6 new IITs opened with effect from 23 July this year, even without any formal campus for them, the sprawling lush green campus of IT-BHU has been left out without any visible further step in the direction of upgrading it to the IIT status,” a senior official of the institute said.
“The IT-BHU has not been even officially informed about the Cabinet decision to upgrade it till date,” Prof Upadhyay said.
“We had demanded for an additional estimated fund of about Rs300 crore for the first phase of the upgradation plan of the institute but still waiting for the response of the Union Government,” he added.
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With heavy heart, we wish to convey the sad news about murder of Manoj Kumar Gupta, our alumnus. He did his B. Tech. in 1979 and M. Tech. in 1981, both in Civil Engineering, from our institute. He was 54 year old. He is survived by his mother, wife, a son and a daughter. May his soul rest in peace.
His death is sad not only for the class of 1979 but for all our IT-BHU community. He is the second alumnus from our institute to die fighting corruption. In November 2003, Satyendra Kumar Dubey died fighting corruption in highway construction projects in his native state of Bihar. He belonged to B. Tech. (Civil 1994) batch of IIT-Kanpur and M. Tech. (Civil 1996) from IT-BHU.
Manoj Kumar Gupta was working as a Class I Executive Engineer in the PWD department and posted in Auraiya District, UP. The Chief Minister of UP, Ms. Mayawati had planned to celebrate her birthday on 15th January, for which a target collection of Rs. 1,000 crore was made. As part of that fund drive, the local MLA from the ruling party, Shekhar Tiwari demanded Rs. 50 lakhs as contribution from Manoj Gupta. On refusal, Tiwari sent two goondas to the house of Manoj. He was beaten up, given electric shocks, tortured and finally killed. He died on December 24th.
As per the latest info, due to the political fallout, Mayawati has canceled her birthday celebration party. The National Human Right Commission has asked the state govt. to conduct an inquiry and submit the report in two weeks. The MLA and 3 other goondas are in police custody.
NSA (National Security Act) is stamped on Shekhar Tiwari, which doesn’t allow him bail for 12 months.
Chronicle has received following clarification about news media reports from Ishita, daughter of Manoj Gupta:
“There is no confirmation for the amount demand and the accused Shekhar Tiwari is also denying from the fact. He is confessing that Papa was not visiting him frequently and greasing his palms with money as the predecessor was doing.
The goondas were not sent by Shekhar Tiwari rather Shekhar Tiwari and others (Putthi, Awasthi, Dohre alias Bhatia, 2 gunners, 2 drivers) went all together to conduct this brutal crime.”
What is more shocking about the incident is the way Manoj was tortured and the way state govt. tried to cover it up.
We all condemn this ghastly murder and demand that justice should be served. It is high time that Central govt. take over investigation in the matter.
We have published additional news links and future plan of action by our alumni. We have also posted an obituary, which includes his biography and memoirs from the surviving family members. Please pay your tribute below the obituary post.
*From Times of India
Rattled Maya reads out riot act to party men
Tell-tale signs of torture
MLA accused in engineer's murder wields clout on cops
BSP buckles under pressure, turns heat on murder accused
Tewari likely to wriggle out of charges?
SHO was in touch with Tiwari that night: DGP
Engineer murdered by MLA for Maya’s 'birthday hafta'
Maya's claim falls flat: no engineer behind killing
Mayawati to ‘remove’ all SHOs posted during Mulayam’s reign
Gupta was a ‘quality conscious’ worker, remember colleagues
*From DNA India
Mayawati cancels birthday celebrations
Slain engineer's son declines Maya's compensation
32 torture marks on murdered UP engineer
Happy birthday, Madam
Underhand deals killed engineer, says Mayawati
UP engineer's family demands justice
c) Next steps
Class of 1979 is in touch with the surviving family of Manoj Gupta. Pramod Joshi (Electronics 1979) and other volunteers are spearheading the efforts to achieve the following:
*To maintain contact with the family and to provide comfort and offer condolence
*To spread the awareness about the incident and to push for legal justice and political reforms
*To keep the memory of Manoj Gupta alive
The group is planning following steps in coming weeks:
* Media coverage of the incident in leading national newspapers, including publishing obituaries
*Creating petition online for forwarding it to Prime Minister
*Arranging meetings with senior govt. officials
*Creating a blog for Manoj Gupta for posting all relevant information at one place
*Creating trust in the memory of Manoj Gupta, etc.
*Plan for annual award in memory of Manoj Gupta to persons involved in the work of social reforms, fight against corruption, rural development, etc.
To get more info or work as part of a team, please contact Pramod Joshi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
d) Action taken by NHRC
The National Human Rights Commission has taken immediate steps in the case of the murder of Manoj Kumar Gupta. It has asked the UP state govt. to investigate and submit a full report on the incident within two weeks.
NHRC notice to U.P. Government on the death of PWD engineer Manoj Gupta
New Delhi the 26th December 2008
The NHRC taking suo-motu cognizance of newspaper reports has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh for their comments on the death of executive engineer of PWD Manoj Gupta allegedly caused due to beating by the ruling BSP, MLA Shekhar Tewari in Auraiya in the wee hours of Wednesday, the 24th December 2008. The reports alleged that MLA had been demanding 50 Lakh rupees from Gupta. It is also mentioned that the killing was planned and brutal manner by the said MLA along with some of his goons who entered Gupta house around 3.00 AM posing as CID staff. They locked up Gupta's wife inside the bathroom and attacked Manoj Gupta with stick and rods which eventually led to his death. The Commission has asked the Chief Secretary and the DGP, of Uttar Pradesh to submit the report on the incident within two weeks.
e) Online petition created
The online petition for “Justice for Murder of Manoj Kumar Gupta” is up at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/mkgupta/petition.html.
The Petition is created by alumni of class of 1979 (Manoj Gupta’s batch).
Justice for Murder of Manoj Kumar Gupta
To: The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi
Jan 08, 2009
Sub: Demand for Justice through a Full, Impartial and Time-bound National Level Inquiry into the Murder of Shri Manoj Kumar Gupta, UP State PWD Executive Engineer, Killed in Auraiya on 24 Dec 2008 for resisting corrupt demands by the local MLA.
Hon’able Prime Minister, We seek your kind attention to the widely reported case of the brazen and brutal murder of the above-referenced citizen of
Mr. Gupta, an educated, law-abiding and honest citizen of this country, did not deserve to die, least of all in this ghastly manner. His refusal to toe the line of the local MLA and award PWD contracts to people who would then siphon money off the public exchequer to fatten their own pockets and those of their political mentors, became his undoing.
Mr. Gupta was a graduate of Civil Engineering from the prestigious
We, the undersigned, fear that the process of justice will be severely compromised if the local police continue to handle the investigations into this dastardly crime, for very obvious reasons. The extent of the clout of the accused local MLA can be gauged by the fact that of the 14 criminal cases lodged against him, including attempted murder, assault and rioting, 10 were dismissed with Final Reports (FR) from the police. He has yet to be convicted for any of these crimes.
We therefore beseech you to direct the attention of the Home Ministry to this case and call for an independent CBI inquiry, free from any undue political influence, to be conducted immediately.
We are the common men and women of
We are confident you will restore our faith in the Indian polity by acting in a just manner.
(Chronicle note: We are extremely pained to announce the senseless killing of our co-alumnus, Manoj Kumar Gupta from Civil 1979 batch. He was killed by the political mafia on December 24, 2008 in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh. May his soul rest in peace. The Chronicle team, along with the entire IT-BHU community, shares the grief and anger of the family and urges you to inform others in your community about the facts around this tragic news.)
The news of this politically motivated murder has been published and reported all over in the Indian news media. More details are provided by Chronicle on this page. The biography and other information was forwarded to us by Ishita and Prateesh, Manoj's son and daughter, via his IT-BHU batchmate, Pramod Joshi (Electronics 1979).
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