Welcome to the ITBHU Chronicle, August 2009 Edition Alumni World Section.
Alumni Association Update
Alumni Meet and Reunions
First Dallas (Texas) alumni chapter meet on August 30-Report
@ Aug 04, 2009
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(Report forwarded by Jairaj Hegde, Mechanical 1982. Email: jairajh@gmail.com.)

We had our first Dallas Chapter luncheon meeting on Sunday, August 30 at India Palace, Dallas, Texas, USA. Most alumni who received RSVP were able to attend. We had about 16 alumni from various batches (1980 to 2006) and from almost all branches (CSE, Electric, Mechanical, Ceramic, Pharmacy, etc.). We started off with a delicious luncheon and spent some time talking about our individual days at IT-BHU. Members talked about the mithais they ate, movies they saw, professors that taught them, and everything else to do with IT-BHU. It was great going through memory lane and recollecting our good old days at IT-BHU.

After luncheon, we all introduced ourselves. We all talked about the year we passed, branch we studied, what we are doing now and bit about our family. After the introduction we formally created the Dallas Chapter with Nikhil Goel (CSE 2001) being recommended as the President and I was given the honor to be the Secretary. We decided about our next meeting. It will be a family picnic in the 2nd week of October. We had many alumni who have volunteered to help. The group wants to meet at least four (4) times in a year. Also, we discussed about creating a DFW-IT=BHU group on LinkedIn. Everyone knew at a few more folks who could not attend our meeting on August 30. Estimates ranged from 60-200 alumni folks in the Dallas-Fortworth Metroplex. I get emails almost every week from someone who wants to join our group.

With Regards,

Jairaj Hegde (Electrical 1982)

Dallas, Texas.

Email: jairajh@gmail.com


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Ram Charan (Mechanical 1959) awarded the "Global Indian of the Year" by The Economic Times
@ Aug 15, 2009
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(The Economic Times has bestowed Dr. Ram Charan of the ITBHU Mech Engg. 1959 batch with the Global Indian of the Year award after the jury unanimously chose him ahead of other well-known names such as Ram Shriram of Shepalo Ventures, Ajit Jain of Berkshire Hathaway, Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank and Vinod Khosla.

It is a proud moment for all ITBHU alumni, and we congratulate him on this achievement. )


(Mr. Ram Charan)


ET Awards 2008-09: Global Indian of the Year- Ram Charan

25 Aug 2009, 0509 hrs IST, ET Bureau

Ram Charan is The Economic Times Global Indian of the Year after the jury unanimously chose him ahead of other well-known names such as Ram Shriram of Shepalo Ventures, Ajit Jain of Berkshire Hathaway, Anshu Jain of Deutsche Bank and Vinod Khosla.

The jury gave high marks to Ram Charan's work for several leading companies, the respect in which he is held by several CEOs including Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric. From working in the family's shoe shop in Uttar Pradesh as a teenager to a high-flying management consultant, author and CEO trainer who travels nearly 500,000 miles a year, Ram Charan has a life as storied as the many companies he routinely works with. That's a list that includes GE, Bank of America, Ford, Verizon, DuPont and closer home, Marico Industries and TechNova.

Mr Charan, who will turn 70 this year, completed an engineering degree from the Banaras Hindu University. He went on to do an MBA and acquired a PhD from the Harvard Business School in 1967. Starting off as a professor at the Harvard Business School, incidentally one of the first Indians to do so, he followed it up with stints at Northwestern University and Boston University before he finally became a tenured professor.

He also taught at GE's famed Crotonville Institute, in the famous 'Crotonville Pit', where GE invites several thought leaders and company CEOs to discuss ideas and learnings with its staff. However, by 1978, he decided to give up teaching (despite winning two Best Teacher awards) and get into full-time consulting.

Ever since he began his consulting career, Mr Charan has led a nomadic life. He works with the biggest global companies, across continents. His association with GE goes back to the time when Jack Welch became the company's chairman. Mr Charan was the first person Jeffrey Immelt sounded out soon after he succeeded Jack Welch as GE chairman, according to a Fortune report. "He (Mr Charan) sleeps in a hotel every night ("Professor Charan, welcome home," is how the doorman greets him at the Waldorf on Park Avenue), except when he's sleeping on a plane or, rarely, in someone's house," the Fortune report adds.

Last year, Mr Charan finally bought a house in Dallas, Texas, the first one he's bought in his lifetime. He has in the interim lived exclusively out of a suitcase, travelling across continents as a routine and spending time in planes or airport lounges. His staff at Ram Charan Associates in Dallas routinely sends him clean clothes by FedEx at the hotel he's put up in and he sends back the soiled linen two days later. Incidentally, he still hasn't been to his office, though it's been in operation for more than six years.

The companies he works with vouch for Mr Charan's simplicity. His work embodies Hindu philosophy, something that's very obvious in one of his favourite phrases, "Purpose before self". Time and again, he emphasises that everyone has his/her own strengths and weaknesses (three God-given gifts) and that CEOs should identify those in their future leaders.

He summarises company strategy into a single page for his CEO clients, a habit he picked up early in school. Many CEOs have publicly lauded him for the absolute humility with which he does his work and for his great communication skills.

Closer home, he's interacted extensively with Marico Industries and its CMD Harsh Mariwala. Mr Charan and Mr Mariwala have been acquainted for more than eight years, and Mr Charan has visited the company three times to critique the business model and strategy of the company. Says Mr Mariwala: "He has the gift of identifying key issues very easily and his language is very powerful. He has identified long-term processes and explained how to preserve our 'strategic funding', which he simply refers to as Parachute." Other companies that Mr Charan has worked with include TechNova, whose CEO Pranav Parekh is an HBS alumnus, and EgonZehnder.


Additional Link:

1) The 2009 TIME 100 -The World's Most Influential People



Home Page of Ram Charan


Ram Charan in Chronicle



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Yugal Sikri (M. Pharm 1980) to be New India CEO of Ranbaxy
@ Aug 15, 2009
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11 Sep 2009, 1003 hrs IST, ET Bureau

Former Novartis Senior vice-president Yugal Sikri will be the new India CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories, the country’s largest drugmaker by sales, which was taken over by Japanese company Daiichi Sankyo a year ago, reports Mahima Puri from New Delhi.

According to a person familiar with the development, Mr Sikri, who is in his mid-forties , will take charge at the company’s Mumbai office later this month and report to Asia-Pacific CEO Sanjeev Dani.

Mr Sikri’s appointment will be Daiichi’s first important hiring after it bought Ranbaxy for close to $4 billion in June 2008.


Yugal Sikri’s Education


* Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

MMM, Marketing, 1985 — 1988

* Institute of Technology, BHU

M. Pharm, Pharmaceutics, 1978 — 1980

* College of Pharmacy, University of Delhi

B. Pharm, Pharmaceuticals, 1975 — 1978


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Dr. Prem Chand Jain (Mechanical 1957) as speaker at PanIIT 2009 Conference
@ Aug 15, 2009
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Welcome to the PanIIT 2009 Global Conference

Chicago, Illinois, USA. October 9-11, 2009

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  (Dr. Prem Chand Jain)

Dr. Prem Chand Jain Dr. Prem Chand Jain is currently the Chairman of Indian Green IGBC (India) Building Council. He has served as advisor to Her Excellency the President of India, to Prime Minister of India, and to the former Prime Minister of India, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. He got his BS from Banaras Hindu University and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota.  He was honored by Banaras Hindu University with “Outstanding Alumnus” award for fifty years of “Service to “Environment”.

He started his career with legendary Dr. Willis Carrier’s R&D Group on NASA projects.  He returned to India 1970 as Visiting Professor at IIT Kanpur to set up Laboratory for Environmental engineering. Dr. Jain founded Spectral Services Consultants Private Limited in 1980 with the mission of providing highly energy efficient, fire safe, fully coordinated design for buildings planned in India. Spectral now has over 500 members, having completed projects worth over Rs. 15,000 Crores in India including nearly 70% of India’s finest hotels, many major hospitals, places of Worship and other industrial, commercial, and IT parks. Spectral has the rare distinction of having completed 6 Platinum Rated Green Buildings and the honor of designing Godrej Green Business Centre, which got the highest LEED Platinum Rating from USGBC in 2003, and became world’s Greenest building for the period Sep. 2003 to March 2004. Spectral has received LEED (USA) Platinum Award for Wipro Technologies, ITC Centre, ABN Amro Bank, Spectral Head Quarter” and  LEED India First Platinum Award for Patni Knowledge Centre.

Dr. Jain founded ASHRAE India Chapter in 1989 and was honored with “Distinguished Fellow” in 2005 and “John F James International Award” in 2009 for outstanding services in bringing ASHRAE to the International forum.  Prem founded ISHRAE, the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers in 1980.  He was given Life Time Achievement Award both by ASHRAE India and ISHRAE and elevated to President Emeritus. He was the Co-Chairman–International Green Building Congress at New Delhi, and is the Convener– Revision of “National Building Code of India “Air Conditioning, Heating & Mechanical Ventilation” Section. Passionate about teaching, he has been a visiting faculty to School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi University, since 1973. He was elected the “Best Faculty of the Year” by students in 1990.

 Dr. Jain’s Honors & Awards include “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”, “Marquis Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Bibliotheque: World Wide 2003 (USA), Profiles in Excellence, Baron’s Who’s Who 2000 (USA), The Asia 500 Leaders for the New Century, 2000 – present, Eminent Personalities of India, 1998 – present, Asian/American Who’s Who, 1997 – present, All India Achiever’s  Conference, 1997, Rashtriya Gaurav Award Institution of Engineers India, 1997, World’s Who’s Who of Men & Women of Distinction, Indian Plumbing 2005 Association’s Flowell Plumbing Personality of the Year (Lifetime Achievement) Award, and NIRATA Innovation Award.


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Anshul Gupta (Mining 2005) co-founder of ProAvenues - an education, training and technology firm
@ Aug 04, 2009
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Our alumnus, Anshul Gupta (Mining, 2005) is the co-founder (along with Amit Saboo) of ProAvenues, an education/e-learning, training & development, technology and content development firm for both students and the corporate sector. The firm has been in existence since 2002 as Career Avenues before enlarging its scope and taking form as ProAvenues this year. The firm has offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

We are producing information about the company as received from Anshul. Readers are requested to contact him directly for any query, at anshul@proavenues.com

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 Profile of Anshul Gupta:

Anshul has worked as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank and Edelweiss Capital before joining a Mumbai based, education based startup as a COO handling an MBA preparation online solution, www.TenADay.in. He has completed his management studies from IIM-Kozhikode and engineering studies from IT–BHU. Prior to joining IIM-K, he spent some time in the US working as a technology consultant for PNC bank at Pittsburgh. At IIM-K, he was a member of the Students’ Council and Coordinator of the Technology Interest Group. Currently, he is the co-founder of ProAvenues and is working towards making ProAvenues the fastest growing education & training firm with a pan-India presence through a partner franchise network.

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 Profile of Amit Saboo:

Amit has over 12 years of experience in education and management consulting. One of the founder members of Career Avenues, now ProAvenues, he is a B.Com from Chennai University and MBA in finance from Bombay University. His work experience has been in diverse industries such as leather, finance, steel and consulting. His passion for education made him quit a lucrative corporate career and he got onto training students for CAT in 1997. Since then, he has been inspiring students across India to put their best foot forward in competitive tests. He has authored many articles on CAT, and is recognized by the media as a top-notch CAT specialist. He is also a management consultant, and works with leading Indian companies and MNCs.


About ProAvenues


Who we are:

ProAvenues is an education company with a range of offerings aimed at students, educational institutions and the corporate sector. Our team consists of experienced people with an IIT - IIM background, academicians & HR professionals.

What we do:

* Education / E-learning:

* Entrance test prep solutions for both abroad (GMAT) and India (CAT – for entry into top MBA colleges in India – www.CATAvenues.com)

* Online portal for freshers (www.FresherAvenues.com)

* Training & Development:

*Genesis: Campus recruitment training and development-Trained over 12,000 students in the past 5 years across colleges in India

* First company in India to offer Assessment Centres (AC) for educational institutions. Assessment Centres are a standard tool used by 90% of the top companies to assess the potential of their employees

* Useful for the college to present its credential to the corporate sector and attract more companies for its placement

* Useful for the students to present their AC report to potential recruiters.

*Training to the corporate sector and students on various skill sets required to succeed in their professional careers

*Corporate clients include IT and ITES companies, including 3 of India's top 10 IT companies

* Content Development:

*Leader in providing assessment tests/content to corporate India, as well as to educational institutions around the world. 

*Tests designed by ProAvenues assess over 100,000 candidates annually, and are today used by over 20 top IT and ITES companies.

Be a partner in our growth:

We are looking for franchise partners who will be able to market our offerings to the target audience and implement them locally. We provide well researched products, strong brand name and have some of the top educational institutions & companies as our clients. We expect our partners to be interested in the education sector, entrepreneurial and be able to invest time, money and effort to grow the business in their respective territories. The approximate investment is Rs. 3-10 lakhs based on the territory (apart from infrastructure requirements) and the break-even time is less than a year (by ensuring that the business partner has multiple revenue streams).

To view ProAvenues Franchise Partner Program, click here


 Contact us: anshul@proavenues.com. Phone # 0 9619 565005


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 From the website:


Redefining learning, Changing lives -‘People who believe they can change the world are the people who usually do.’

* We believe students deserve much more than what is being offered to them today. They deserve engagement and fun in learning and the awe in knowing the wonder world is.

* We believe students need a higher quality of content and delivery at a cost which they are comfortable with. Higher quality does not mean higher price. It only means using technology and building a business model that scrupulously reduces cost while enhancing quality at every step.

* We believe technology will play a major role in shaping the learning of students at all levels: Pre-school, school, college, professional courses & post-graduate courses.

* We are committed to providing world class learning content and its delivery to students at a low cost with the use of technology and innovation – to a level where no student is left behind.

* We are working on many products and offerings that merge technology with innovation.




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