Welcome to the ITBHU Chronicle, September 2011 Edition Alumni World Section.
Alumni Association Update
New Board of Directors takes charge at IBGAA (India)
@ Sep 25, 2011
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We are pleased to announce results of recent election held for selecting new Board members for ITBHU Global Alumni Association (India) organization. IBGAA (India) is the Indian arm of the ITBHU Global Alumni Association based in North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

The new six board members are as shown below. Among them, Rajat Kashyap (Electrical 2006) has been selected as Secretary and Puneet Bindlish (Mining 2002) as Treasurer.

The Treasurer of the outgoing board, Nihal Ansari (mechanical 1982) has handed over the charge to the new board. The board has a term of 2 years, which expires on July 2013.

Prof. K. P. Singh, Director of IT-BHU is the Chairman of the board.

The 2011 election was conducted by an election team lead by Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003).

More details can be found on our website: http://www.itbhuglobal.org/india/

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(Rajat Kashyap) Email: rajatkashyap [AT] gmail.com

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(Puneet Bindlish) Email: puneetbindlish@gmail.com

IBGAA (India): directors-india@itbhuglobal.org.

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Additional links:

*IT-BHU Global Alumni Association (India) registered

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2009/05/index-alumni-world.php#004334

*IBGAA (Indian) Bank Account becomes operational - a major milestone reached

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2009/10/ibgaa_indian_ba.php

*Memorandum of Association of IT-BHU global Alumni Association (India)

Memorandum of Association-IBGAA (India).pdf

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http://www.itbhuglobal.org/archives/2011/07/results_for_ibgaaindia_board_e.html

Results for IBGAA (India) board elections 2011

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We are happy to announce the results of the elections for the board of directors for the ITBHU Global Alumni Association (India). The details of the votes cast are available at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/elections/pollingbooth/?q=node/7. Polling closed at 23:59 IST on July 25, 2011.

The election process allows only one director per state, with a max of 6 directors. Since the two candidates from Andhra Pradesh secured the same number of votes (5th highest), the election team had a discussion with them, upon which Arup Guha withdrew, with a promise to help the board as a volunteer.

The final list of board members is therefore as follows:

  1. Swati Agrawal, B. Tech Civil Engineering 1998, Pune
  2. Subramaniam Vaidhyanathan, B. Tech Chemical 1982, Chennai
  3. Puneet Bindlish, B. Tech Mining 2002, Gurgaon
  4. Arvind Gupta, B. Tech Electronics Engineering 1992, New Delhi
  5. Sudip Paul, M. Tech Biomedical Engineering 2009, Kolkata
  6. Rajat Kashyap, B. Tech Electrical Engineering 2006, Hyderabad

 More details about each of them can be found at http://www.itbhuglobal.org/archives/2011/07/itbhu_alumni_association_india.html

We wish them the very best of luck. Additionally, we thank all alumni for participating, and all candidates for taking an active role. We hope they will also join the team of volunteers coordinating the activities of the alumni association in India.

Election Team

IBGAA (India) Board elections, 2011

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New LinkedIn Group created for ITBHU-USA
@ Sep 25, 2011
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We are pleased to state that Gopi Jaligama (Civil 2002) from Princeton, NJ has created a new alumni group on LinkedIn, called ITBHU-USA. The group has currently 25 members. The group is opened to all IT-BHU alumni living in USA.

The website for the group is:

http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?results=&sik=1316878938507&pplSearchOrigin=GLHD&keywords=ITBHU-USA

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The new group on LinkedIn will replace our current group (bhu_usa@yahoogroups.com). The current yahoo group is not very active and started receiving spam emails, hence the need for a new group.

Says Gopi, “Yahoo group is not very active and there are many ITBHU passouts on LinkedIn, so I thought of migrating the group to LinkedIn.

For further info, visit the LinkedIn group or contact Gopi at:

envygopi@gmail.com

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2011/09/13/linkedin-busting-8-damaging-myths-about-what-it-can-do-for-your-career/

LinkedIn: Busting 8 Damaging Myths About What It Can Do For Your Career

ForbesWoman |9/13/2011 @ 10:12AM

By Kathy Caprino, M.A.

As a career and executive coach, speaker and recruitment consultant, I use LinkedIn (LI) extensively each day, and I truly enjoy it.  I’ve found that building my network to over 1,000 direct contacts (accessing 10 million+ indirect contacts) has been well worth the two years of time and energy.  I’m a big fan of LI – and truly appreciate the power of the tool and all the opportunities, gigs, partnerships, insights, information and support that have come my way from it.

I like LinkedIn so much that I often refer to it as the “great cocktail party in the sky.”

The analogy of the cocktail party truly fits.  LinkedIn has the following aspects in common with an awesome cocktail party:

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife

You get the chance to connect with like-minded people who you may otherwise never have had the chance to meet

By investing just a bit of time each day, you can learn a great deal that’s of interest and use

It’s a blast to connect to people that you admire from afar, and who can teach you vital things about how to be more of what you want to be

You can determine in an instant if you want to invest any more time and energy in getting to know new folks you see

Socializing beyond your limited sphere helps you build a powerful community that supports and enriches

You can add great diversity to your pool of colleagues and peers by branching out and connecting with new people across the country and globally

Meeting new people who are doing amazing and inspiring things in this world is exhilarating

But after two years of using LinkedIn for several hours each day, and after counseling others on how to build their personal brand on LinkedIn for professional advantage, I’m witnessing some negative effects of the misguided notions people have gleaned about what LinkedIn can do for them.

I’d like to share what I’ve observed to be the Top 8 Myths about LinkedIn as a professional tool, and offer some straight talk about what you can expect it to do for you.

Here are the Top 8 Myths we need to bust:

Myth #1: LinkedIn will get me a job

Nothing is going to “get you a job” but you.  Yes, you can search new job openings in your area, and discover who posted the job, and connect with these folks.  You can find people who work at companies posting jobs, check them out, and ask their help to introduce you.  But these steps aren’t going to land you a job.  You must still do the rigorous internal and external work of knowing what you’re great at, communicating your talents, finding strong-fitting positions, then get on the radar of the hiring manager or recruiters involved, and present yourself as a highly qualified and desirable candidate.

Myth #2: LinkedIn will replace recruiters

There’s a growing fear out there that LinkedIn will replace recruiters as conduits for connecting talented candidates to leading employers.  It’s just not so.  There’s an important personal dimension to recruiting that a tool such as LinkedIn simply can’t provide.  From critically sifting through hundreds of resumes, to understanding the components of true “fit” for the hiring company, to personally interviewing and filtering candidates, and doing the extensive legwork of communicating “fit” to both employer and candidate — recruiting is a labor-intensive job that requires expert, personalized skill and attention.  Again, LI is a powerful tool that certainly has changed the recruiting landscape, but recruiters remain vitally important in the process.

Myth #3: There’s no need to fully flesh out my profile – a brief line or two is fine

OK, this one makes me nuts.  Here’s this vastly powerful free networking tool that allows you to tell the world who you are as a professional – what you stand for, how you’re different from all the rest, what you’re passionate about, and how you’ve contributed in the workforce.  And yet thousands of folks simply don’t spend any time to articulate who they are, or present themselves in a compelling, engaging manner.  As a recruiter, when I view a poorly executed profile, I see a lack of interest in promoting yourself that speaks volumes about how committed and excited you are in your professional endeavors overall.

Myth #4: Because I have over 100 (or 1000) connections, new opportunities will come easily to me

As in everything in life, quality matters over quantity.  If you have scores of folks in your community who have nothing to do with anything you care about (or who aren’t interested in what you’re doing), then your connections will not generate productive or beneficial results for you.

Myth #5: When folks accept my LI invitation, they want to partner with me or connect more deeply

I’ve learned this the hard way in my recruiting work — just because people accept your invitation to connect, doesn’t mean they care about being in connection with you in any deeper way.  It may simply mean that they saw your network as something advantageous to THEM, and they linked in for their own professional gain. Connections are interesting as far as they go – but it’s you who must make something positive of them.

Myth #6: LinkedIn is the best professional networking tool for all businesses or careers

LinkedIn is not the best tool for all businesses, jobs and careers alike.  Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can be more powerful and effective, and reach more of your target audience.  Know your audience and their tastes and behaviors, and select the best tool to connect with your prospective clients, colleagues and partners.

Myth #7: The more updates I post the better

Again, quality reigns supreme here.  Choose carefully what you put out there in the world, and be respectful of the time and energy of those who read your updates.  Make sure what you share performs at least one of these important functions:  1) informs, 2) entertains, 3) enlivens, 4) supports others, and/or 5) adds value.

Myth #8: Being highly connected on LinkedIn is a sign of professional success

Having hundreds (or thousands) of connections does not necessarily equate to financial success, business prowess or entrepreneurial acumen.  It means only that the user has spent time and energy to build his/her network, and that others have felt it of some value to mutually connect.  Don’t mistake volumes of connections with professional credibility or success.

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In the end, while the LinkedIn “cocktail party in the sky” has had a dramatic impact on how we connect and engage with each other professionally, it’s not able, on its own, to bring your career to the level of success, fulfillment and reward you want.

LinkedIn is only a tool, and is only as effective, engaging, and productive as the user behind it.

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Kathy Caprino, M.A., is a nationally-recognized work-life expert, career and executive coach, recruitment consultant, and author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose.  Founder/President of Ellia Communications, Inc. — a career and executive coaching firm dedicated to helping professionals achieve breakthrough to greater success and fulfillment in life and work, Caprino is a former corporate marketing executive, trained psychotherapist, seasoned coach, and sought-after writer and speaker.  As a top media source on women’s career issues and trends, she has appeared in more than 100 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and television.  For more information, visit www.elliacommunications.com or write to Kathy@elliacommunications.com.  Connect with Kathy on Twitter @kathycaprino, and on LinkedIn and FB.

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Alumni Meet and Reunions
BHU Alumni meet at Mumbai on 04 December, 2011-Announcement
@ Sep 24, 2011
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(Chronicle note-We have received the following announcement by R S Shetty from BHUAA for its Mumbai Meet.)

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Dear Friends,

The B. H. U. Alumni Association (BHUAA), Mumbai is organizing the annual get-together on Dec 04, 2011. I also had the pleasure of attending such a meeting last year in BPCL club, Chembur, Mumbai and enjoyed it all through. It would be nice to have all of you with your family participating in the same so that we can meet our college mates and re-live our BHU days. Two young and energetic gentle men Mr. G. S. Agrawal (Age 81, Electrical 1954 batch) and Mr. J. K. Jain (Mechanical 1968 batch) are the strong back bones of this association. They have provided a platform for all of us to get together under one roof which is highly commendable. I had the good fortune and opportunity to meet them with Rakesh Mehra & R. G. Rajan in R. G. Rajan's office and admire their enthusiasm and energy levels. It is also heartening to acknowledge that our own R. G. Rajan has extended the full support and help to the annual gathering meeting by ensuring all support from his organization which we all should be proud of.

Now during this meeting, these two gentlemen requested if we can cast our net wider amongst all BHU alumni and try to include as many alumni to enroll under the banner and increase the participation and closer interaction amongst us. I readily appreciate their wish and agreed to sound at least all our class mates and other known BHUITians.

Accordingly, I am forwarding a mail received by me from Mr. Jain to all of you with my appeal to enlist your membership and let us contribute our might and also actively participate and acknowledge the selfless effort by these two senior gentlemen So, friends, please fill in the Membership form and let us meet on Dec 04,2011

R. S. Shetty (Electrical 1980)

Email: rsshetty@gmail.com

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Email sent by Mr. G. S. Agrawal (Electrical 1954), President, inviting alumni to become member of BHUAA.

Email: gsa1931@gmail.com

The membership form is attached here.   BHUAA-Membership Form.doc

 

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BHU Alumni Association (BHUAA), Mumbai:

Email: mumbai_bhualumni@yahoo.co.in

More info about BHUAA, Mumbai meeting on November 2010 and info about the association in Chronicle:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2011/01/bhu_alumni_asso_1.php

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Alumni News
Vikram Pavate (Ceramic 1992) Speaker at Mobile Future Conference, Seattle, USA.
@ Sep 22, 2011
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http://mobilefutureforward.com/speakers.html

Vik Pavate

Vice President, Business Development

Kovio

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Vik Pavate

As vice president of business development, Vik is responsible for Kovio's corporate strategy, business development, product development and marketing, OEM relationships and strategic joint development and technology alliances. Mr. Pavate holds 10 U.S. patents and has published 30 papers on electronic materials and semiconductor technology. He received a Bacherlor of Technology in ceramic engineering from the Institute of Technology, BHU (India), Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded the prestigious Price Institute Fellowship for Entrepreneurship and a Silver Medal in the 2001 Wharton Business Plan Competition.

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*Vik Pavate in LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/vikram-pavate/4/388/774

*Vik Pavate on Kovio website

http://kovio.com/kovio_team.html

Vik Pavate

VP of Business Development

 Vikram Pavate joined Kovio in 2002 with extensive experience in business development, product management and strategic planning. As vice president of business development, he is responsible for Kovio’s corporate strategy, business development, product management and marketing, OEM relationships and strategic joint development and technology alliances. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Pavate held increasingly responsible positions in global product management within various deposition product divisions of Applied Materials Inc., including Physical Vapor Deposition, Copper Barrier-Seed and Integrated Liner Barrier. He also worked as a summer intern in the business development group at Onetta Inc., an optical networking company funded by Sequoia and Matrix Partners.

 Mr. Pavate holds 10 U.S. patents and has published 30 papers on electronic materials and semiconductor technology. He received a Bachelor of Technology in ceramic engineering from the Institute of Technology, BHU (India), Master of Science in metallurgical engineering from Purdue University and Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded the prestigious Price Institute Fellowship for Entrepreneurship and a Silver Medal in the 2001 Wharton Business Plan Competition.

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http://kovio.com/about_kovio.html

About Kovio

Kovio Inc., a privately held Silicon Valley company, is developing a new category of semiconductor products using printed silicon electronics and thin film technology. This new manufacturing technology combines the low cost of graphics printing with the power and functionality of silicon-based semiconductors. The company was founded in the MIT Media Laboratory by a team of scientists that recognized the significant impact that combining silicon and print technologies could have on the world.

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 Printed silicon electronics enables manufacturing of high-performance semiconductor devices over large areas and flexible substrates, at a fraction of the cost of conventional silicon technology. Kovio’s printed electronic products and solutions have a unique and compelling value proposition in multiple industries, including retail, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, transportation, manufacturing and energy.

 As an alternative to today’s expensive RFID solutions, Kovio leverages its printed electronics technology to make item-level RFID solutions affordable and to enhance the value proposition of standard RFID products through added intelligence, e.g. displays, sensors and others. Furthermore, Kovio will transform conventional passive displays in the advertising, entertainment and education markets into dynamic and interactive signage with wireless interfaces. The company also will make advances into the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries with printed biosensors, intelligent labeling and other innovations.

 At the core of Kovio’s technology is the integration of printed silicon electronics and thin film technology. Based on breakthroughs in nanomaterials and printing technology, Kovio has developed printable silicon-based inks and process innovations. Kovio’s technology enables the fabrication of stable, high-performance, low-power integrated circuits that can operate at frequencies of MHz and above.

 Kovio is backed by leading venture capitalists and strategic investors, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Duff Ackerman and Goodrich, NCD Investors, Harris and Harris, Flagship Venture Partners, Mitsui Venture, Panasonic Ventures, Pangaea Ventures and Yasuda Enterprise. Kovio’s chairman and CEO is Amir Mashkoori, a nearly 30-year veteran of the semiconductor industry who previously worked for Spansion and AMD. Steve David (retired CIO of Proctor & Gamble), Ajit Nazre (KPCB) and Joe Jacobson (MIT) make up Kovio’s board of directors.

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Sangam native puts IIM-B on pinnacle (Prof. Pankaj Chandra-Mining 1983)
@ Sep 22, 2011
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http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-09-08/allahabad/30130272_1_iim-b-director-pankaj-chandra-iim-bangalore-premier-management-institute

Mrigank Tiwari, TNN Sep 8, 2011, 01.00pm IST

ALLAHABAD: The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) has been rated as country's top business institute in a survey conducted by ET Nielsen. A major part of this achievement is being attributed to the efforts and innovative ideas of IIM-B director Pankaj Chandra, 52, who hails from the Sangam city.

Chandra, who took the command of IIM-B three years ago, has been taking the premier management institute to greater heights.

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Prof. Pankaj Chandra

The results of ET Nielson survey published in all major newspapers and magazines accord top status to IIM Bangalore in several spheres like HR Head, MBA aspirants, students and research.

A pass out of St Joseph's College, Allahabad, Chandra did his engineering from IT-BHU. Later, he went to the acclaimed Wharton School of Management, Pensylvania, US to do Masters in Science (MS) and thereafter was enrolled in research programme. His area of specialisation includes supply chain management, said his father PC Saxena, a retired professor.

He added that after completing his research, Chandra also taught at Wharton for a few years before shifting to MC Gill University. Upon returning to India, he joined the IIM-Ahmedabad where he worked as dean till his elevation as director of IIM-Bangalore in 2008.

Sharing his success story with TOI over phone from Bangalore, Chandra said, "It has been possible in the backdrop of sustained efforts in the field of encouraging quality research and handing out cash incentives to researchers from the institute. Within last three years, IIM-B has spent Rs one crore in doling out cash incentives to researchers whose work has been published in international journals."

He added that the institute is also focussing on reframing the course curriculum on the lines of business schools in US, UK, Australia and Canada. Coupled with this rigorous recruitment norms and creating chairs have all combined to make this all to happen.

He said the institute has also entered into collaboration with world class institutes like Harvard Business School to facilitate interchanging teaching cases. Advances in capabilities of research in Asia and Middle East are among our other priorities, he added.

Email: chandra@iimahd.ernet.in

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*Interview with Pankaj Chandra in December 2007 issue of Chronicle

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2007/12/

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

http://www.iimb.ernet.in/

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IIM-Bangalore

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Alumni Profile
Gaurav Garg (Metallurgy 2010) at International Youth Festival at Seliger, Russia- Report
@ Sep 24, 2011
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INTERSELIGER 2011

Little did I realize that attending the International Youth Forum, Seliger 2011 in Russia would change my perception of the way Youth can empower world.  In the early July when I left for Seliger I did not quite know what to expect. After spending one night at Delhi Airport and another in bus on my way from Moscow to Seliger, I reached the destination.  I was amazed to see the natural beauty there. A perfect place to camp in woods alongside a beautiful lake. Well, I was prepared for few surprises and this was the first!

The life of a participant at the forum was more like that of a participant of Indian Reality show – Big Boss. Every morning, a coarse voice playing the Russian National Anthem followed by some peppy jingles would wake us up exactly the way Big Boss wakes up its participants by playing some dance numbers at 8 am. Then, every few hours or so, we would hear few announcements that acted as directives for our actions.

Most of the day was spent in the education tent which was a huge open tent besides the lake where several lectures would take place at one time. 4/5th of the tent was occupied by Russian lectures and the rest had some English lectures. So, as a foreigner one would go around the hall stopping by each group, listen to the language of the instructor for few seconds and then move ahead to the next group in search of an English lecture.

At Seliger, 700 participants over 50 countries, work together on designing joint international projects and initiatives to promote mutual understanding, and innovation. Participants take part in challenging exercises to improve leadership and prepare them for tomorrow. They network with high-profile speakers, capital investors, leading politicians, academics, and business professionals in a high-tech and yet informal collaborative environment .To attain this goal the participants undergo an intensive educational program like Model UNESCO, Model UNDP, and Model APEC during the Forum. Living at Seliger Lake amidst nature makes the discussion open for each one to express their viewpoints freely, which turns out to be more fruitful & constructive.

Indian delegation, arguably, formed the largest foreign delegation in the forum with youths coming from varied walks of life. Law, management, PR and media dominated the essential qualifications that the delegation presented. So much so that in the eight nights that most of the delegations spent at the forum, one night was exclusively dedicated to Indian culture and spirit! And the Indians proved it there once again – we are going to be a big challenge for the tomorrow’s world.

Evenings were enriching, culturally and naturally. The Seliger Lake always provided a picturesque view every evening. The colored Sun setting in the colorless, placid lake formed an array of rainbows in the sky. And the best thing was that this view was there to mesmerize us for hours together as the Russian Sun refused to go down before 10 pm!

A word for the next year aspirants – go with an open mindset to Seliger.  But be happy that you would have a wonderful stay of 10 days. Bathing in the chilled lake water every morning, pumping the wash basin taps to get some water to brush teeth and doing aerobics/yoga as first thing in the morning was certainly a spirit lifter. Rafting, swimming, climbing, walking, cycling, running are just some of the activities one can enjoy! And the wi-fi lets you connect with your folks at home while staying in a tent is an experience in itself.

The best thing about Seliger Youth Forum is the opportunity it gives to people to connect. It is a lovely place to connect with people, with each other. I made friends with so many people in so many distant countries that now I think it could be possible only in Seliger.

Last but not the least; it is all up to the person to gain from the forum. With a constructive approach, one can expect to make many wonderful friends, have long, meaningful conversations and learn many new things and with a not-so-constructive approach you can simply go and have a vacation in pine jungles!

As 21st century marks the dawn of evolution of new chapters in terms of Technology, Economics and Global Affairs, the world is witnessing the power synergies generated by Youth activists. Youth brings in different ideas, enthusiasm, motivation and vigor to this new world; the youth cares less about borders, race and boundaries. In present state of world, Youth wants to witness the synergy created by unity in thoughts.

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Gaurav Garg (Metallurgy 2010)

Nalco Technology Center, Pune

NLC Nalco India Ltd.

Email: ggarg@nalco.com

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INTERSELIGER 2011

http://www.studnyt.sam.au.dk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/seliger2011.pdf

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http://www.opptunity.com/2011/05/seliger-2011/

http://youthforpolicydialogue.blogspot.com/2011/04/international-youth-forum-interseliger.html

International Youth Forum InterSeliger, Russia 2011

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Youth for Policy & Dialogue is proud to be a collaborative partner of the International Youth Forum InterSeliger, to be held in Russia this year.

1) What is so special about Seliger 2011?

Because it’s happening in Russia and that too in one of the most preserved nature parks and environmentally protected lake. Indeed it makes it one of those rare forums where you learn so many things by staying in natural environment with facilities of Internet, Sports like bicycling, sailing, volleyball , gym, dancing ,archery and much more.

2) What are the main Goals of Seliger?

To connect broadminded individuals having ideas and build on those ideas, you will be meeting people who would be experts in various fields thereby making you aware of more knowledge exchange, build a better youth network to facilitate change, to develop new competencies required at International Level, get the overall exposure about what’s happening in world and knowledge of different cultures and above all Represent the INDIAN Talent at International Stage.

3) How about funding?

Seliger is sponsored by Russian Ministry, it is one of the most privileged forums of Russia which has been acknowledged by Russian Presidents, and hence to participate you don’t have to pay any fees and neither for the accommodation in Russia. The transportation and stay is completely managed by Seliger and is FREE OF COST!

Now that’s really cool ;)

The Only thing you have to mange is your Airfare, as per last year even Visas were granted for free

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Lake Seliger, Russia

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Gaurav Garg in Chronicle

2009 summer internship abroad by Gaurav Garg-Report

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2009/10/2009_summer_int.php

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ISMOT-2011 at Prague, Czech Republic, Chaired by Prof. Banmali Rawat (Electrical 1968)-Report
@ Sep 24, 2011
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Prof. Banmali S. Rawat is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director at department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at University of Nevada at Reno, Nevada State, USA.

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(Prof. Banmali Rawat)

He did BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Electronics Engineering) from Institute of technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

Prof. Rawat is Editor-In-Chief of the IJMOT (International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology) online magazine. The first issue for this bimonthly magazine was published online on July 2, 2006.

We are publishing the report forwarded by him about ISMOT-2011 held at Prague, Czech Republic. ISMOT-2011 was 13th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology. The Symposium was held during June 20-23, 2011.

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The Report on ISMOT-2011 at Prague, Czech Republic

The 13th International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT-2011) was successfully organized in Prague (one of the most beautiful cities in the world), Czech Republic from June 20-23, 2011. The conference was held in Hotel Olympik Artemis, U Sluncové 14, Prague 8. This was also the 25 years celebration of ISMOT since its inception in 1986.

The Welcome Reception Cocktail was organized in the evening of Monday, June 20.  More than 200 renowned microwave and optical technology experts from over 30 countries participated in this year’s symposium. Over 180 papers focused on the recent developments as well as future research in the areas of microwave communication, antennas, radar, biological effects, microwave and optical devices, meta materials for microwave applications, optical communication, optical sensing, cellular phones and mobile communication, high power amplifiers and filters, microwave photonics, electro-optics, optical fibers, optical solitons, optical networks, laser technology, optical multiplexing/demultiplexing, and future technologies were presented in the conference.

The conference was jointly organized by the Czech Technical University, which is famous for Doppler Radar invention, and the University of Nevada, Reno, USA and was co-sponsored by IEEE Czech section and MTT Czech Chapter, URSI, Computer Simulation Technology AG and European Community’s 7th Framework Programme.

Prof. Banmali Rawat (IT-BHU ECE 68, 70) from University of Nevada, Reno, USA, was one of the two Keynote Speakers in the conference. The title of his talk was “Energy Challenges for Microwave and Optics Engineers”. The main focus of his talk was how in the future photocity would completely replace electricity in order to fully utilizing the solar energy without converting into electricity and thus the electricity would become history. The photons would be used for communications, light, heat and mechanical force which are done by electricity at present. This revolutionary idea would put the human race on a completely new path of civilization. 

The other keynote speaker was Prof. R. De Leo from the University of Ancona, Italy. The title of his talk was “Safeguard the Historic and Artistic Heritage by the Microwave Technology”.  Prof. Rawat was also the General Chair of the symposium while Prof. Jan Vrba from Czech Technical University, Prague was the Symposium Chair. 

The Farewell Evening was organized on a large boat in the famous Vltava River of Prague with beautiful sights of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, National Theatre, Emauzy Monastery, Vyšehard Castle and other historic landmarks. A video presentation showing 25 yrs. growth of ISMOT was shown on the last day of the conference. The ISMOT is governed by an International Advisory Committee (IAC) headed by Prof. Rawat and has 31 members from 17 countries and is organized every alternate year in a different country.  The IAC has also decided to publish about 40 selected papers from the conference in the Special Issue of the online International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT) in the month of November 2011 or January 2012.

The future ISMOT symposia have been tentatively planned in: Singapore (December 16-19, 2013), Guadalajara, Mexico (2015) and Dresden, Germany (2017).  For further information regarding this conference (ISMOT) or the online journal (IJMOT), please contact Prof. Banmali S. Rawat, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, Tel: (775) 784-1457; Fax: (775) 784-6627; E-mail: rawat@ee.unr.edu.

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Photos of ISMOT-2011, Prague, Czech Republic

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Profile of Prof. Banmali Rawat

Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering,

University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89511, U.S.A

Contact Prof. Banmali Rawat at: rawat@engr.unr.edu OR banmali_rawat@hotmail.com

Education of Prof. Banmali Rawat

* PhD 1976, Sri Venkateswara University, India

* MS 1970, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

* BS 1968, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India

Research/outreach areas:

Analysis, design and fabrication of microstrip components; microstrip couplers on anisotropic substrates; microstrip couplers on DGS; development of optical fiber sensors for various applications; optical fiber communication; Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and tunable MUX/DEMUX using acouso-optic cell arrays for DWDM applications; chaotic ring laser for secured optical communication.

Relevant past experience:

Instrumentation Engineer at West Coast Paper Mills; Senior Scientist, Defense R&D Laboratories-Aeronautical Development Establishment; Defense Electronics Applications Laboratory, India-satellite communication, radar and avionics systems; Professor, University of North Dakota; NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, summer 1997, 1999; Visiting Professor, ENIB-France, Kyushu University-Japan, Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute- Japan, University of New South Wales-Australia and Chemnitz University of Technology-Germany.

 * Home page of Prof. Banmali Rawat on University of Nevada website:

http://www.unr.edu/engineering/people/ebe.html#Rawat

*Interview in Chronicle July 2006 issue:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2006/07/#001331

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About IJMOT magazine

*IJMOT online magazine- International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology

http://www.ijmot.com/

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The International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology (IJMOT) provides a common platform to disseminate the original research work and invited tutorials in the area of microwave technology, microwave photonics and optical technology. It is completely online journal. Manuscripts are solicited to cover the original theoretical and /or experimental work in the areas of microwave technology, optical communications and emerging area of microwave photonics. The topics of interest include the following but not limited to:

Microwave propagation, Transmission lines and Antenna Systems, Microwave Devices, Components, Systems, sources and new technologies, Wireless RF components and systems, millimeter / sub-millimeter wave systems, Components and Techniques, Optical fibers and Cables, Optical sources, Detectors, Switches and Connectors, Optoelectronics, Integrated optics, Optical systems & networks, optical communication and new technologies, Infrared and laser technologies, Free space optical communication, Optical sensors, Microwave photonics, Band gap materials and devices based on this technology, Photonics antenna systems and optically controlled devices, MEMS and Nanotechnology, other related topics.

The journal also publishes the proceedings of the biennial “International Symposium on Microwave and Optical Technology (ISMOT)”.

Readership: Researchers, scientists and engineers working in the field of electro magnetics, microwaves, microwave communications, all the areas of optical technology, microwave photonics/band gap materials and photonics antenna systems & devices. The IJMOT publishes full length papers and short communications with wide audience all over the world. The engineering and physics libraries of the universities, research laboratories and related industries are very much interested in this type of journal.  

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About University of Nevada at Reno

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

http://www.unr.edu/engineering/academics/ebe.html

http://www.unr.edu/ebme/biomedical/index.html

* University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA

http://www.unr.edu/

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Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic

http://www.cvut.cz/en?set_language=en

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http://www.cvut.cz/pracoviste/odbor-vnejsich-vztahu/stranky/ctu-history

University History

Brief history of the Czech Technical University

Engineering education has a long tradition in the Czech lands. One of its founders, Christian Joseph Willenberg, addressed a petition to Emperor Leopold I. in January 1705, asking permission to begin teaching engineering sciences. Leopold's son, Emperor Joseph I., who succeeded his father on Habsburg throne, responded to this request on 18th January 1707 with a decree in which he ordered the Czech general Estates to found an engineering school in Prague. Willenberg began teaching in his private flat with only 12 students. However, the number of students grew rapidly and reached more than 200 in 1779. Willenberg's successor was Jan Ferdinand Schor, author of the textbook on mathematical sciences taught at the Institute. The third Professor of the Institute of Engineering was František Antonín Herget, who was particulary well-known for his lectures on practical applications of mechanics.

In 1806, following the project of František Josef  Gerstner, based on the model of l' Ecole  Polytechnique  de Paris, the institute of Engineering Education was transformed into Prague Polytechnic. At that time Prague Polytechnic was the only school of higher technical education in the Austrian empire.

Many other people famous for their work in the sciences worked and thought at Prague Polytechnic.
The most outstanding was Christian Doppler, Professor of mathematics and practical geometry from 1837 to 1847. In 1842 Doppler formulated his well-known principle concerning the frequency shift of waves due to the relative velocity of the source and the observer. This effect is routinely used in many fields of human activities, including physics, astronomy, medicine, meteorology and transformation.

In 1863, Prague Polytechnic was transformed into a technical university headed by a rector. At that time the studies were divided into 4 specialisations: Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering and Architecture.

In 1891, František Křižík, a former student of Prague Polytechnic, constructed the first electric street car in Prague. Architect Josef Zitek, a professor at the Polytechnic, designed many beautiful buildings in the Czech lands, Germany and Austria. His work included the National Theatre in Prague, the jewel of Czech architecture. In 1912, Jan Zvoníček professor of theory and design of steam engines and compressors, invented a radial steam turbine.

After the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the name of the school was changed in 1920 to the Czech Technical University in Prague, which united seven schools, including the School of Chemical Technology, the School of Agriculture and Forestry, and the School of Business. These three above mentioned schools developed into independent universities in the early 1950s.

In 1921, Academician František Klokner founded the research and testing institute for materials and structures, attached to CTU. This was the first institute of its kind in Central Europe and it exists still to this day.

CTU Professor František Běhounek, a postgraduate student of Marie Curie-Sklodowska, made important contributions to dosimetry. He participated in two expeditions to the North Pole, the second of which, led by Italian general Umberto Nobile, ended with the tragic crash of the airship ,,Italia". Běhounek continued making improvised measurements of natural radioactivity in the survivors' camp and obtained very important data.

In 1975, Professor Vlado Prelog, a 1928 CTU graduate, won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

During the last three quarters of the last century, worldwide, the advanced in engineering and science have been enormous. However, the developments in the Czechoslovak Republic were slowed down by the Nazi occupation (1938-1945). Universities were closed for six years and by the economically stagnating communist regime (1948-1989) accompanied by the political oppression. Hundreds of students and scores of lectures and researchers were kicked out from the universities and research institutes. In spite of this, during these difficult times graduates and staff members of the Czech Technical University created numerous remarkable engineering and architectural works, developed noteworthy technologies, mechanical and electrical equipment, and achieved notable scientific accomplishments and inventions. Outstanding personalities associated with CTU have been so numerous that it would be fair to name a few here and to forget the others. Many have gained noteworthy prizes and awards, others have been promoted to Doctors Honoris Causa.

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In the course of the last half century, the Czech Technical  University in Prague has undergone several reorganisation: the faculty of economic sciences was closed after 1948, and the faculty of chemical technology and the faculty of agriculture became independent in 1952. after 1960, CTU had four faculties: of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and a forerunner of the present faculty of nuclear science and physical engineering. The faculty of architecture was founded in 1976 and the faculty of transportation science in 1993 - so at present, CTU has six faculties.

From the brochure " Student Survival Guide to Prague", CTU Prague.

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ISMOT-2009 at New Delhi-Report in Chronicle

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2010/11/ismot2009_at_ne.php

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