Published on January 31, 2009
The Chronicle January 2009 issue.
Vol.2009 : Issue 0001
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We are pleased to announce the chronicle January issue with a number of articles.
We have provided brief but important news about conversion of our institute to IIT. The govt. will decided on this important issue in February session of Parliament. We hope for the best. Meanwhile our alumni volunteers are working behind the scene to make it happen.
About late Manoj Gupta (Civil 1979) who was murdered about a month ago, we have provided news update. On the report page, we have provided more photos about him and painting work done by him.
On the Home page, we have published guidelines for subscribing/unsubscribing or changing Email address for chronicle. In the Feedback section, we have randomly picked few comments from our readers and posted along with our reply.
On the Alumni World page, we are pleased to publish reunion reports of class of 1958, 1974 and 1983. On the interview page, we have published interview with Atul Vashistha (Metallurgy 1988) and founder of NeoIT consulting group.
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We have received the following request from one of our alumni, who is looking for some of his batch-mates. Please contact him directly at the email address provided.
I passed out in 1973, Mechanical Engineering. I am looking for whereabouts of Mr. T B Pandey & Mr. Deleep Mishra (both Mechanical 1973 batch) who passed out with me.
If u can provide me their e-mail address, I will be grateful.
General Manager –Works
Oman Cables Industry (SAOG)
Rusayl, Sultanate of Oman
Here is the update as received from the surviving family of Manoj Gupta, which is more reliable and may be somewhat different from the news media report.
Photos of Manoj Gupta and the painting work done by him are posted in the Reports page of this issue. Also an article titled, “Manoj Gupta’s murder: More skeletons in the cupboard” (published in Merinews and written by our alumnus) is posted in the Reports page.
Following feedback was received from the Ishita, daughter of Manoj Gupta:
“We were invited by the Chief Minister Mayawati at Lucknow on 13 January for discussion about the case. Our key demand was to seek justice and punishment to Tiwari and his associates. CM assured us of speedy investigation and justice. She also informed us that we can anytime apply for CBI enquiry if we are not satisfied by the investigations. There is no compulsion on us that we cannot apply for CBI.
I would like to clarify on various speculations made by media and opposition parties. My Mother is offered a type IV flat at Ganesh Ganj Lucknow, in an officers’ colony for next few years, till the time papa would have been in service.
Vishu (Prateesh, son of Manoj Kumar) is offered with a class II govt. job at Lucknow although he hasn't yet decided on taking it. A house and a govt. job to any member of the victims family is under govt. policy, As per the govt. policy Vishu has been offered a Class II job, while Papa was an Class I officer.
I would like to explain that nothing can compensate my father's life .Whatever we have accepted is our official right; not as compensation from Mayawati govt.
The crime committed by Tiwari cannot and never be lessen despite of whatever the govt. does.
There is not much progress in the case after 15th January.
We simply don’t see any progress in the case; Vibha Tiwari and Hoshiyaar Singh haven’t been arrested yet.”
According latest news update, expressing "extreme disquiet" over "close nexus" between police and "criminalised politicians and their goons", the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday ordered that investigation and trial in the case relating to the killing of PWD engineer M K Gupta be concluded within six months.
Additional news links:
1) Obituary article in Express India:
UP engr’s death: his classmates seek justice
2) Article in Express India
3 decades on, Class of ’79 reunites to fight for slain engineer
3) Article in Times of India
Property of MLA's wife attached
4) Article in Times of India
Cong demands white paper on Maya's 'double amount'
5) Article in Times of India
End engineer’s murder trial in 6 months: HC
Court expresses ‘extreme disquiet’ over ‘close nexus’ between police and ‘criminalised politicians and their goons’ in Uttar Pradesh
6) Article in Merinews
Manoj Gupta’s murder: More skeletons in the cupboard
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Government drops the plan for converting IT-BHU into an IIT.
From the stream of news coming out in last few days, it appears that conversion of IT-BHU into an IIT is dropped, at least for the foreseeable future. The news link is provided at the end.
We have also got separate reports from our informed sources that the HRD Ministry has decided NOT to go ahead with the planned upgrade of our institute into an IIT. The whole situation is unclear now. It appears that when the govt. amends IIT Act in February 12-26 session of parliament, the name of our institute will not be included in the list of institutes to be designated as IITs.
The govt. sources have cited various reasons for the decision to deny us IIT status. It includes questions raised by the University for allowing separation of institute, flood of new IITs being set up in a short time, objections being raised by IIT Council in the recent meeting and lack of funding to convert the institute into an IIT. In our opinion, most of the objections do not stand on merit or alternation solutions can be found for the problems.
This is despite the fact that the new IITs which are being set up in unplanned manner, will not have necessary infrastructure, faculty and resources ready for next few years. Compared to that, our institute is already in ready mode from day one of the implementation of the decision about conversion. Moreover, each of the new IITs will require funding of about Rs. 3,000 crores over a period of 6-8 years, while our institute will need only about the half of that cost for upgrade.
During the meeting of union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 28, 2008, it was decided to set up 8 new IITs and also to convert IT-BHU into an IIT. Now the govt. has gone back on its decision without stating any reason behind the move.
We all hope that govt. will take the necessary decision and will work towards fulfilling its promise to convert our institute to an IIT.
1) Following is the report on 39th meeting of IIT Council: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/IIT_faculty_likely_to_be_exempt_from_quota/articleshow/4044599.cms
“There was a lot of discussion on converting IT-BHU into a fully fledged IIT but no decision was taken." IT-BHU is an important part of the BHU system. There was discussion on how to empower IT-BHU without taking it out of the BHU system. But there is no clarity on that front yet," an official said.”
2) Following is the report on the discussion took place at IIT Council meeting:
IIT tag eludes Banaras tech school
CHARU SUDAN KASTURI
Banaras Hindu University: Upgrade hurdle
New Delhi, Feb. 3: The Centre plans to shelve the promised upgrade of Banaras Hindu University’s engineering school to an Indian Institute of Technology, citing opposition from the IITs’ top decision-making body.
The upgrade was opposed last week at a meeting of the IIT Council by R. Chidambaram, member of the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Committee, government officials have said.
Now, the human resource development ministry plans to cite the opposition to freeze the transformation of one of India’s best and oldest engineering schools into an IIT.
The ministry had prepared a note seeking the expenditure finance committee’s clearance for the upgrade but is now likely to argue that the plan be kept in abeyance, a top ministry official said.
The committee’s clearance is a precursor to seeking the mandatory approval from the cabinet. The ministry, the official added, has no plans of approaching the cabinet.
The Institute of Technology, BHU (IT-BHU), has admitted students based on the IIT Joint Entrance Examination since 1971 and is widely regarded as the best government engineering college after the IITs. But at the council meeting, sources said Chidambaram argued the government was opening too many IITs together — six were started in 2008 and two more are planned in 2009.
Chidambaram also argued that IT-BHU was a crucial component of the varsity, the sources said. Separating it would hurt the university, he said.
A decision to backtrack from the promised upgrade is, however, unlikely to please Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayavati, now opposed to the ruling UPA. Mayavati is learnt to have written at least once to HRD minister Arjun Singh voicing concerns over the delay in the upgrade.
Early in 2008, first the Prime Minister and then Arjun had announced the government was starting eight new IITs besides converting the IT-BHU into an IIT. But in July last year, when the cabinet cleared starting eight new IITs, it did not take a decision on IT-BHU.
Today, a senior IT-BHU administrator questioned the opposition to the upgrade. Officially, BHU has not opposed the separation of IT-BHU, required for the conversion, he said.
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