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@ Jul 30, 2009
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We are pleased to announce the chronicle July issue with a number of articles.

On the Home Page, the latest update on IIT conversion issue is discussed. We have posted obituaries of three of our alumni.

On the News page (all pages are listed on top menu bar), we have published news about our institute, BHU, national education and about IITs.

On the reports page, we have published news about IIT conversion and editorial on Higher education by The Statesman newspaper. There is a career news-article about UK-India Graduate Work Experience program, which our students and recent alumni can take advantage of. There is the first article under travelogue section about Himalayan Panorama.

Under Campus View page, we have published several articles about our campus activities such as orientation program for freshers. It also contains the IIT-JEE rank analysis for the incoming class for 2009-10. It has also couple of news articles about study of recent solar eclipse by Prof. B. N. Dwivedi of Applied Physics dept.

On the Alumni World page, we have reported the first ever meetings of Lucknow and Dubai chapters and also the plan by alumni association to open several chapters across the globe.  Under alumni news section, we have published news media reports about five of our illustrative alumni.

The Interview page contains interview of three of our distinguished alumni. Prof. Y. Paul Chugh (Mining 1961) of Southern Illinois University  who is involved in coal study for China; Mrs. Sudhi Agarwal (CSE 1995) who has started Ariose Software; and Ganesh Rengaswamy (Chemical 1990) who has joined Unitus as Vice-President and India Country Director.

The Chronicle Extra page contains selected articles from news media around the world in the fields of science & technology; health & life sciences; Art, Life, Politics, Life Style, etc.

Lastly, we have added more information in About Us page. We hope it will be of use to our readers.

We need more news. Please send your news and feedback at: chronicle [AT] itbhuglobal.org

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IT-BHU to IIT conversion update
@ Jul 18, 2009
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(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: yogesh@optonline.net)

Our entire IT-BHU community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni are working together towards the goal of making our institute an IIT. The University fraternity is by and large supportive for this issue.

The current status is as follows:

a) The BHU Executive Council has passed a fresh resolution on July 16, supporting upgradation of our Institute to IIT.

b) The Vice-Chancellor and Rector have on separate occasions in the University have announced that IT is going to be upgraded as IIT soon. It was also mentioned to the new entrants and their parents that they are going to get IIT degree.

c) The proposal for conversion of IT-BHU to IIT is being processed in MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development).  The relevant paperwork may take some more time. It is expected that the Union Cabinet will accord their approval soon. After the Cabinet approval, this is further expected to be placed in November Parliament Session

BHU Executive Council passes resolution during July 16 meeting in support of IT-BHU to IIT conversion

Since the earlier resolution dated 21st February 2009 did not completely meet govt. requirements for upgrade of IT-BHU to IIT, the Executive Council of Banaras Hindu University met again on Thursday July 16. The Council meeting was chaired by Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. D.P. Singh and attended by six (out of eight) council members. The resolution supporting the upgradation was passed was unanimously and the hurdles for converting our Institute to IIT has been removed.

We would take this opportunity to thank our Vice-Chancellor and all the EC members for supporting the upgradation and making a history in the evolution of an IIT in BHU.

Amendment to the Institutes of Technology Act is expected to be passed by the Parliament during its November Session, if all the formalities by that time is completed.  The name of our institute will be changed to IIT-BHU.

The Amendment to the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 could not be passed by the Parliament during July-August Session, which ended on August 07. This is because some formalities are still to be completed by the govt. The Institutes of Technology Act will be modified to include names of the eight new IITs being set up in the country, along with our institute.

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Obituary
Mr. Krishnamachari Doraiswamy (Mining 1961) passed away
@ Jul 26, 2009
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Sri K. Doraiswamy (Mining 1961), passed away on June 28, 2009 at his son’s residence in Mumbai, after a brief illness. He was 71.

 After graduation, Sri Doraiswamy (http://reunion61.googlepages.com/k.doraiswami) joined the then National Coal Development Corporation Ltd. (now Coal India Ltd.) and remained there for rest of his professional career, ably shouldering higher responsibilities rising to the position of Chief General Manger. In his last assignment he pioneered the establishment and functioning of Area wide Communication System in the South Eastern Coalfields Ltd, with Head Quarters at Bilaspur in Chattisgarh.  After his superannuation in late Nineties he  settled down there  itself with his wife.

Doraiswamy was a pleasant, friendly and ever helpful person liked by all he came in to contact with   http://reunion61.googlepages.com/remembrances

He is survived by his wife Vasantha and two sons Arun & Satyan (098213 70413) and their families. Let us join the chorus from his near and dear to wish the departed soul the well deserved peace and contentment. 

M. S. Nagar

Mining 1961

Email: msnagar@gmail.com

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Rajat Dutta (Mechanical 1985) passed away.
@ Jul 26, 2009
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Rajat Dutta

With deep regret, we have to state that our friend, Rajat Dutta has passed away. He breathed his last due to a massive heart attack on July 05, 2009 in Ahmedabad at about 5.30 AM where he was working for last month or so.

I still remember the days in BHU when we used to discuss so many things including his marriage plans. Our last meeting in BHU get together at Delhi was memorable one. For last two months we were connected on Facebook and his messages were always there including the one which I read yesterday morning.

It is a great loss to all of us. A request -All should take their health seriously and think positively about oneself.

Dear Rajat, we are your friends beyond this life. Also, I know you will find some ways to communicate with us with your charming smile and pleasant words.

May God grant you eternal peace and give your family courage to bear the great loss.

Salil Shamshery

Mechanical 1985

salilshamshery@yahoo.co.in

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Obituary for Mr. Nalini Kanta Baruah (1950's)
@ Jul 16, 2009
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With deep regret we have announce sad demise of our older alumni, Mr. N. K. Baruah. He was 78 year old (probably from around 1952-53 batch). He was from Assam. He died on July 7, 2009. May his soul rest in peace.

http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=jul0909/obit

NK Baruah

 GUWAHATI, July 8 – Nalini Kanta Baruah, retired general manager, ASTC, died on July 7 at his Krishnanagar, Chandmari residence. He was 78. Late Baruah who had a brilliant academic career passed Engineering degree from Benaras Hindu University. He was also in-charge of the Agricultural Department, Kaki. He was closely associated with Krishnanagar Bikash Kendra, Chandmari, Guwahati. He leaves behind his wife, Sushila Baruah, a social worker, four sons, daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a host of relatives. His death was widely mourned.

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