Published on April 28th, 2010
The Chronicle April 2010 issue.
Vol.2010 : Issue 0004
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(By Yogesh K. Upadhyaya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
As stated in the last issue, the Institutes of Technology Act, (IT Act) 1961 is expected to be modified by the parliament.
According to news item below, the BHU Executive Council has approved amendment of the Statutes of BHU Act, (pertaining to IT-BHU ) incorporating the changes required for the conversion of IT-BHU into IIT-BHU. This is a very encouraging and good development in this direction, as there will not be any legal problem for Government to take over IT-BHU for conversion to IIT-BHU.
However, the work of preparing cabinet note is taking somewhat longer time as a lot of paperwork is involved. However the Institute, along with other alumni is in constant touch with the MHRD officials regarding the progress in this regard. MHRD will send the Cabinet note to Law Ministry. After incorporating the suggestions of Law ministry, the cabinet note will be distributed to several ministries for their comments and suggestions to be incorporated in the revised note. The revised note will be forwarded to PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) and then to the Cabinet Secretariat for Cabinet meeting.
Cabinet will review the file and send its recommendation with a cabinet note to CCPA (Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs). CCPA will have any last-minute check on file before sending it to Parliament for inclusion in the Bill.
Parliament will then introduce the IT Amendment Bill and approve it for amendment of IT Act.
According to informed sources, the cabinet approval is expected to be within a month and the IT Bill is expected to be introduced in the next parliament session i.e. in Monsoon Session (July-August)). The good news is that the official conversion of 8 new IITs will also be included in the same Bill, thus we shall not be left behind._____________________________________________________________________
Three-day workshop on financial management
TNN, Apr 15, 2010, 10.53pm IST
This workshop is being organised for the finance officers and all those who manage finances in the institutions.
According to the coordinator and dean of the faculty of management studies Prof SK Singh, the inaugural function would be attended by Prof BP Singh, former dean
of Economics and chairman,
According to Singh, the universities and other institutions of higher education of the country are facing ripples of economic reform policies and severe budgetary constraints. In present economic scenario, the funding agencies like Ministry of Human Resource Development, UGC, State Governments are not in a position to meet the budgetary requirements of central and state funded universities and other institutions of higher education to carry out their developmental activities. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the universities to manage their funds more efficiently, reduce their dependence on traditional sources and to tap new and innovative sources of funds.
Executive Council meeting of BHU held: The meeting of Executive Council of BHU was organised on Thursday. The EC unanimously recommended the required amendment in the statute of BHU for conversion of BHU-Institute of Technology into IIT-BHU. It was also resolved that the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus Barkachha would be converted into rural based model institute as per the need of local people. The appointments related to the department of Food Sciences, Animal Husbandry and Education were also approved. Besides, the vice-chancellor Prof D. P. Singh, the other members including Prof CD Singh, Major General S. N. Mukherjee (retd.), Prof Kamal Singh, Prof S. Churamani Gopal, Dr D. S. Rathor and Dr S. B. Singh attended the meeting. Two EC members Prof. Laxman Chaturvedi and Girish Karnad could not attend the meeting.
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Prof. B. B. Bansal (1946-2010)
With extreme grief, we have to announce the sad demise of Prof. B. B. Bansal. He died on Monday, April 19 morning after a long illness. He was 65 yrs old. For the past one month, he was ill and stayed at home. He was Professor at dept. of Mechanical Engineering. During his 40 yrs career at our institute, he was also head of the dept. and TPO (Training & Placement Officer). With his efforts, our institute witnessed near perfect campus placements for our students.
He was also a board member of our alumni association. He always championed for scholarships for poor students. He persuaded one of his batch-mates (1967 Mechanical) to donate $100K, the interest of which will provide free tuition and all expenses for 16 needy students each year, starting from incoming batch in next academic year. I spoke with him about 2 weeks ago before he died. He informed me that he has discussed with his two more batch-mates to start similar scholarships for extremely poor and needy students.
Our alumni association is planning to raise Prof. B. B. Bansal Memorial Fund to complete the work Prof. Bansal dreamed of. It will include (among other things), construction of TPO office, scholarships for needy students and wards of Institute staff members, etc. The details will be published in coming months.
May his soul rest in peace.
Biography of Prof. Bansal
(Provided by Ashish Bansal. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Brij Bihari Bansal was born on 12 February 1946.
Lately (since 17 July 2009) he working as Director, Academic Staff College, BHU and that was his last work position. He was also professor in the Deptt. of Mechanical Engineering at our institute. (For his professional career, please see Linked In details below).
He is survived by his wife, Prof. Usha Rani Bansal, son Ashish Bansal (married and having a daughter) and his daughter. His son, Ashish lives is in Toronto, Canada and his daughter lives in Minneapolis in USA. She heads one of the largest diabetes research and transplant facilities in University of Minnesota, US.
Prof. Bansal was a long term diabetic and had an insulin pump for the past 4 years. Prof. Bansal was in hospital in March 2010 for 2 weeks due to multiple organ failure. Subsequently he recovered and was brought to Varanasi. On the morning of 19th April, he had severe chest pain and was rushed to S.S. Hospital (in BHU) to the emergency. He passed away there despite doctors attempts to revive him.
A Ph. D in the field of Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Delhi, Prof Bansal had over 40 years of teaching and research experience at Banaras Hindu University. He had worked extensively in the field of ‘Alternative Fuels’ and had been actively associated with the development of hydrogen fueled motor-cycle, car and a generator set. He had published/presented more than 100 papers and had authored three books on vocational education. Prof. Bansal was actively engaged in social work and social activities. He was Patron of Kashi Utkarsh (a voluntary organization) involved in educating children belonging to poor families. He had been Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India), Varanasi Local Center; Director, CII Technology Transfer Center; President IT, BHU Alumni Association and Chief, University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau. As In-charge of Training and Placement, he had been responsible for outstanding campus placement at IT BHU and is already using his extensive knowledge, skills and experience to repeat the same feat at MRCE. Prof. Bansal’s interests involved Personality Development, Career Guidance and Career Counseling.
He believed: “The best Way to survive change is to initiate it”.
Tributes to Prof. Bansal (by Prof. N. K. Mukhopadhyay)_
Prof B. B. Bansal was a dynamic and visionary leader. I came in close contact with him when the issue of IT-BHU to IIT mission started in 2009. I vividly remember when Prof A.K. Ghose took me to Prof. Bansal on February 5, 2009 for discussion regarding conversion of IT-BHU to an IIT as the Telegraph of February 3, published negative news indicating that the proposal of conversion is rejected by IIT council. We all were very frustrated and disappointed. But Prof. Bansal was always very optimistic and said that one day this conversion would eventually take place. He was one of the very active and energetic persons with full of ideas for pursuing the cause of the conversion. He had tremendous ability and power to gather a huge support from the students, teachers, Alumni and well-wishers. He also had incredible networking among the alumni (IT-BHU alumni association) and many of his past students. In one summer (2009) when the mission was on peak, he introduced me with Mr. Rajiv Gupta (his past student) who happens to be very useful and helpful in pursuing our IIT issue from political front. Prof. Bansal had the ability and courage to mobilize the resources and to make sure things to happen in right direction.
When he was hospitalized in Delhi we went to meet him on March 15, 2010. He was supposed to be one of the team members to join us in Ministry of Finance for EFC meeting on March 16, 2010. But he was not in a position to move or to talk freely. However he was eager to know the progress of the meetings with MHRD officials on that day and encouraged with a divine smile indicating the success is imminent. Till today I cannot forget those moments of his smile and the sign of ‘Thumbs-Up’. I have never realized that we will be losing a great personality and visionary leader like Prof. Bansal who had golden vision of our Institute. May Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace! I am sure wherever he is there he will be delighted to see that the mission of conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU is successful. I can imagine the same ‘DIVINE SMILE’ in his face with a ‘THUMBS-UP’ jovial mood. Let us pray to Almighty for providing enough mental strength to his family members to bear this irreversible loss. I salute him from my heart!
Prof. N.K. Mukhopadhyay
Department of Metallurgical Engineering
Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221 005, INDIA
Links for Prof. B. B Bansal
*Brief Profile of Dr. B. B. Bansal
* School of Management Sciences, Varanasi
SMS laments death of two dynamic academic legendaries, Prof. C. K. Prahalad and Prof. B. B. Bansal
*UGC Academic Staff College (ASC-BHU)
*UGC Professor’s Directory
# B. B. Bansal
Specialisation: I. C. Engines, Alternate, Fuels, Power Plant and Quality Management Systems
Date of Birth: 2/12/1946
Subject: I. C. Engines, Alternate, Fuels, Power Plant and Quality
University: Banaras Hindu University Varanasi
*Prof. B. B. Bansal in Facebook
* Prof. Bansal in Linked In
Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
April 2008 - Present (2 years 1 month)
I have been teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology since 1967. I have been on leave in between and now I am joining the Institute again.
Director Principal at Manav Rachna College of Engineering
December 2006 - April 2008 (1 year 5 months)
I was responsible for the administration of the college. The college was having UG courses in Engineering and PG courses in MCA and MBA.
Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
August 1987 - December 2006 (19 years 5 months)
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, 1973 - 1977
Institute of Technology, BHU
M. Sc. Engg., Mechanical Engineering, 1968 - 1970
Banaras Hindu University 1962 – 1967
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(Sudhir Gandhi 1950-2010)
We are sad to announce the demise of our alumnus, Shri Sudhir Gandhi (Mechanical 1974 batch). He died at Bombay on 24th March 2010 at the age of 59 years due to cancer.
Here is his obituary and biography written by Mr. Ghanshyam Pant (Mechanical 1974). The tributes by Rana Dutta (Mechanical 1974) and by other nbatchmates/firnds and well-wishers are also posted here.
Biography of late Sudhir Gandhi
(Provided by Ghanshyam Pant. Email: email@example.com)
Who was this Sudhir Vrajlal Gandhi, whose untimely death elicited some very sentimental response (see Rana’s tribute below), and made many of us cry?"
Sudhir, the affable Gujju, graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from IT-BHU in the year 1974. For most of us, he was the Bombay connection.
He was born in Bombay on 14th December 1950, to Smt. Manorama and Shri Vrajlal Kapurchand Gandhi. At that time they lived in a small chawl in Santacruz. Sudhir was the only son and had 3 doting sisters.
As a child, he was very mischievous who was never found at home (well qualified to join IT-BHU). He used to play marbles a lot with his friends and had won many bucket full of marbles which he had kept in his house. He also loved to play cricket a lot and had many balls saved in his loft. Safe custody of these possessions reflected the caring side of his nature.
As a kid, he was a very friendly, always laughing and having fun with those around him. He did his schooling at Ramji Asher School in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. He also studied in Devlali for one year, before returning to Mumbai to join Junior College at Jhunjunwala College in Ghatkopar. From there he was sent to Porbander to finish his Junior College. He joined BHU from Porbander itself and travelled to the holy city of Banaras. He belonged to the 1974 batch of Mechanical Engineering.
After coming back from BHU, he joined his family business of trading in AC sheets and pipes and other accessories. He was pushed away from the shop by his engineering background and started taking turnkey roofing jobs for large industries. That’s where he started prospering and built a reputation of being the most preferred Supplier.
When most of his batch-mates were still trying to establish themselves, he was ready to raise a family. On 27th December 1975, he was married to Geeta in Bombay.
Sudhir Gandhi was spiritual, sympathetic and stoic. He came a long way on his business of Roofing solutions and won great laurels for his company. While he was adding to his professional achievements, he was also deeply engaged with the functioning of the Jain Samaj, education of the sadhus and sadhvis and also contributed silently towards the education of girls from less fortunate background. His opinion and advice was solicited by various social and professional functionaries.
He fought cancer with amazing positivity that accrued to him through his lifelong stance on truth, compassion and deep cognition of Jainism, which he inherited from his parents. He could easily delve in to his real ‘self’ different from his body and mind, which imparted to him the strength to live correctly with right attitude and right perception.
On 24th March 2010, he breathed his last peacefully on his own bed surrounded by his family members. He is survived by his wife Geeta, two sons Shrenik & Nishadh – daughters-in-law Sonal & Priyal, daughter Rinki, and grand-children, who take forward his infectious optimism and strength.
As per his wish and his philosophy of living in harmony with nature and preserving trees, his cremation was done at an electric crematorium away from his home suburb so that no wood was burnt. Thus started the Beginning of a New Journey, for my friend Sudhir Gandhi,
A few days before the end, I spent 2 beautiful hours with him at his residence. We laughed a lot, remembering our past. He was in pain, but his courage was remarkable. He was staring into death with open defiance. He said, “I am not going to surrender to the disease. If I do that, the disease will try to overpower me and my free will.” While leaving his house, his son Shrenik said, “Uncle, AAP AATE HAIN TO PAPA KP ACHCHHA LAGATA HAI. FIR AAIYE.” I promised to come again and spend time with him.
My work kept me busy for the next few weeks. On 18th March, I tried calling him from Jamshedpur (where I had gone for a client assignment), but there was no response. I thought he would return the call. That did not happen. I thought, may be he was in the hospital. On my way back to Mumbai on 23rd night, I resolved to visit him on Sunday, 28th March. But that was not to be.
Next morning on 24th March, a call from his daughter in law, “Uncle, Papa is no more!” With a heavy heart, I started communicating the news to friends and preparing to participate in the last journey of his mortal body. Sitting by his body, I tried to communicate with his departed soul. I could visualize his childlike smile. The face of his mortal remains appeared to be very peaceful, an indication of how faced the death. With equanimity!
Sudhir is gone, but the memories remain. May God bless his soul, and grant him eternal peace.
Tribute to Sudhir Gandhi
(Provided by Rana Dutta, Mechanical 1974. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yes, the inevitable has happened. When the message came I was in the midst of a factory construction work but took a small time out behind a column to think of the some moments I had shared three decades ago, 6 years ago and almost 60 weeks ago with my friend
Three decades ago
We joined class and section on the same day i.e. 1st September 1969.
It was G8 and the first class was Physics from Resnik and Halliday.
There was something odd with his roll number, probably it was 13th, while mine was 60/69/1, Sujit’s was 58/69/1 etc. but we all sat proudly in that, as you rightly guessed, last bench directing chalk missiles on the studious ones like Ajai Seth, Debu, Harpal Singh and others.
Though same section but off the class he was not of our Limbdi gang of Jaspal, Sabnani, Rakesh etc but more to Morvi boys as probably a Gujju mess was running there. At times we shared a cycle to go to Lalita, Bharti for a Rajesh Khanna starrer with Asha Parekh thrown in and since those days, with some of his influencing, I became a great fan of Asha Parekh and to till this I have not shifted my loyalty.
To know Asha Parekh better I started learning Gujrati from him but as I was no linguist my Gujrati vocabulary did not go beyond “kemche “ “Sarooche”
The great turmoil of 2nd year exam postponed campaign brought us near. Kapooria roped us in with some others to lead a deputation to then Vice-Chancellor Kalu Srimalli’s residence to postpone the final year exam for few weeks and give 4 days gap between each paper. The deputation was heavy and strength was impressive but Kalu Lalji was not impressed.
“Nothing doing “ he told Kapooria when he went to meet him at his Hyderabad Colony residence.
Coming out enraged he asked us to raise slogans against any visible University authority in sight but the response amongst would - be leaders were poor.
Then this friend of mine stepped in before Kapooriaji could urge further:
We all thundered in unison
“Postponeddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd” we all repeated
Before we could muster our voices to match that of the slogan raiser the lone voice of my friend was heard above the din and Kapooriaji could not hold himself further
“acha ab sab central office chalo”
and the crowd splitting with laughter snaked towards the Central Office. Next year he broke the taboo of Bombaiwallas by taking Mechanical instead of the usual Chemical branch
6 YEARS BEFORE (2004)
Late December afternoon standing in Varanasi station awaiting the car that was sent by Vyomesh to pick me up. Then my mobile rang. Vyomesh was on the line
“Pyare thora sa rook jao. Kuch he der me Bombai ka group aa raha hai. Sab ek saath aa jao”
The wait was worth waiting for as soon the train from Bombay steamed in and the face of Ghanshyam, Pradip Dalal and my friend emerged from the crowd. Meeting them after 3 decades -----but there was no need of any introduction. A deep hug for Ghanshyam, a back slap for Pradip and for my friend ?
“Ekjammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm” I shouted
“Pochponeddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd” he said
And we laughed and embraced .
That was the last embrace I come to know now.
60 WEEKS AGO
Yes he was sick. Terribly sick.
I rang up Pradip Dalal ”should I ring up?”
“Ask Ghanshyam, he is in touch with the latest developments. Its better to ask him before you ring up”
Ghanshyam was not available. With “so be it attitude“, I rang up.
A soft “hello” was on the other end
I tried to return the guru the teachings
“May I know who is speaking?”
My “kemche” confirmed I am not a frequent speaker of the language .
“ I am Rana Dutta Can I -----“
“Uncle wait a minute”
I could hear some hurried discussion
“Uncle wait a minute. Father wants to speak to you.”
The enormous time taken to take the call revealed all is not well ‘
“khemche ?” I repeated
“Boxerrrrrrrrrrrr kaise ho “
“Tum kaise ho”
“Bas chalte hai”
“ha ha sarooche “
I could feel it was with an effort he was holding on the line and I my tears.
I scanned the message again. There was a ring from R K Dhir.
“Rana you read Ghanshyam’s message!”
So it is really true.
Come my friend you were giving the final exam for so long and we could not postpone it but we could have postponed the result at least for few more years !!!
Whom would it harmed?
Come here we shout
Wake up and say
We are all saying now my dear friend
Wake up. Wake up For Heaven’s sake, say at least once
Who is stopping you now?
Would Kapooriaji stop you?
He is long dead and gone
Say at least once
No ---you will not say now for I know you are now on Kapooriaji’s side
Good bye my dear friend
Good bye Shri Sudhir Vrajlal Gandhi
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