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IT to IIT Conversion Update
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As informed in the past issues, the IT (Amendment) 2010 Bill (IIT Bill) has been passed by Lok Sabha on March 24, 2011. The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) 2011 Bill is meant for converting IT-BHU to IIT-BHU and giving official status of IITs to the 8 new IITs.

As a next step, govt. tried to introduce it for Rajya Sabha several times, but Bill could not be taken up (due to some by the opposition members) for consideration. Our institute and volunteers from faculty, alumni and students are taking up the case with the govt. and with members from opposition parties.

It is expected the bill will be taken up soon in the current Rajya Sabha session, which will end on May 22, 2012 (with a recess from 30th March to 24th April). The Bills from HRD ministry will be discussed on Fridays.

Meanwhile our volunteers are contacting govt. officials, Members of Parliament, leaders of opposition parties, etc. to canvass for their support for our cause. We are hopeful that ultimately, decision will be in our favour, as students and passouts from eight new IITs are also lobbying for the passage of the Bill.

More reports inlcuding published news, press releases, campus reports on IIT conversion issue is published on the Reports Page of this issue.

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Politics comes in way of IIT status

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/Politics-comes-in-way-of-IIT-status/articleshow/12410105.cms

Naveen Kumar, TNN | Mar 26, 2012, 06.57 AM IST

VARANASI: Is the up gradation of IT-BHU into IIT getting delayed because the issue has gained political colours? While the bill paving the way for the conversion of IT-BHU into IIT is still pending in the Rajya Sabha, different sets of opinions and objections are now being raised on the proposals under the bill. They include claims that the status would end up bifurcating the premier engineering institution from BHU, believed to be one of the oldest educational institutes in the country.

While the matter was raised by Subramaniam Swamy, national president of Janata Party, and Ashok Singhal, former international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, at a joint meeting organised by the BHU Bachao Sangharsh Samiti near the main gate of the varsity on Saturday, the message emanating from the meeting hinted clear opposition to the bill in its present form.

"We will not allow the bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha in its present form. We are not against conversion and up gradation of IT-BHU into IIT but under no circumstances should it be allowed to be bifurcated and alienated from BHU. There is a ploy to bifurcate premier university and we will not allow it," said the president of Janata Party streamlining his reservations about the Bill.

According to him, the bill that has been passed in the Lok Sabha clearly indicates that the IT-BHU will gain autonomous status after its conversion to IIT. The vice chancellor of the varsity will be chairman of the governing body of IIT for three years and later an independent chairman will be appointed by the Central government. Then, BHU will have no say in the affairs and functioning of the IIT. "The bill should be sent back to the standing committee and must include the recommendations of the Yashpal Committee," he added.

Prof Panjab Singh, then vice chancellor of BHU, had sent a proposal to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for up gradation of the IT-BHU in February 2008. The move was initiated following positive inputs from reports of the two committees constituted by MHRD (Prof SK Joshi committee and Prof Anandkrishnan committee).

The MHRD announced the intention of converting IT-BHU to IIT along with eight other new IITs in the country. After several rounds of revision and discussions with MHRD officials, the Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill was approved by Union Cabinet and subsequently, the bill was passed in Lok sabha on March 24, 2011.

Taking exceptions to the objections being raised by some groups of people, Prof Panjab Singh said conversion of IT-BHU into IIT would be beneficial for not only east UP region in general but also for the millennia-old city that had been centre for learning for many years. He also felt that the concerns regarding autonomy of the IIT after being a part of BHU could be taken care of as the VC of BHU would remain chairman of the governing body of IT-BHU at least for three years to begin with.

"These objections are arising out of mere projection of unfounded apprehensions. Once this opportunity is denied due to some minor issues, whole of Poorvanchal (east UP) will be deprived of IIT for long years to come," said the former BHU VC, making an appeal to Rajya Sabha members and political parties to pass the bill at the earliest in the coming budget session.

It is also worth mentioning that a number of IT-BHU students recently carried procession from main gate of BHU to Sankat Mochan Temple, raising demand for immediate passing of the bill in Rajya Sabha, paving the way for IIT status to one of the oldest engineering institutions in the country. Justice Giridhar Malviya ( Allahabad High Court) and grandson of Pt Madan Mohan Malviya, founder of BHU, had also expressed the desire for immediate grant of IIT status to IT-BHU during his recent visit to the university.

IT-BHU students have also voluntarily refrained from taking degrees of IT-BHU during the past three convocation functions of the varsity.

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 IT-BHU students write to Kapil Sibal on conversion of institute to IIT

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/IT-BHU-students-write-to-Kapil-Sibal-on-conversion-of-institute-to-IIT/articleshow/12255447.cms

TNN | Mar 14, 2012, 03.26AM IST

NEW DELHI: With their future in limbo, about 1,800 students of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University have written to HRD minister Kapil Sibal urging the government to pass the legislation giving their institute legal sanctity. The 'Institutes of Technology (Amendment) bill 2011' has been pending before the Rajya Sabha for almost a year.

The students of 2010 and 2011 batches have been waiting for their degrees for a year now thanks to the legislative delay. "As the bill is getting delayed in the Rajya Sabha, it is creating serious problems for our future careers. The uncertainty over the conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU is also creating an unhealthy academic atmosphere in the campus,'' the letter said. The communication has been signed by all the students.

The move to upgrade the institute to an IIT was done after several rounds of consultations and discussions with HRD ministry officials and was passed by Lok Sabha in March 2011.

The bill seeks to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961, which declares certain institutes of technology to be institutions of national importance and add eight new IITs in Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar. It also seeks to integrate the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University within the ambit of the Act and is likely to increase its functional autonomy.

Speaking in Lok Sabha, Sibal had assured agitated BJP members that Banaras Hindu University would not be bifurcated in the process of giving IIT status to its Institute of Technology. The legislation is also expected to address issues of shortage of staff and quality faculty.

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http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-29/education/31110309_1_iit-standards-new-iits-iit-hyderabad

New IITs yet to get govt. approval, students in a spot

Dayananda Yumlembam, TNN Feb 29, 2012, 02.03PM IST

AHMEDABAD: Hundreds of students entered the new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), set up in 2008 expecting a bright future for themselves.

But their dreams have hit a roadblock, even as the first batch of B.Tech students is set to graduate in May. The new institutes are yet to be approved as IITs by the Parliament. As a result, the students graduating this year will not get an IIT degree for the time being.

All IITs are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. The Act declares them as 'institutions of national importance' and specifies their framework for governance, powers and duties. The Gandhinagar campus was among the six IITs set up in 2008. Another two were added the next year.

While the Lok Sabha passed the bill for incorporating the new IITs under the act, it is yet to be cleared by Rajya Sabha. Because of the uncertainty, the IITs are unable to fix a date for their first convocation. Traditionally, IITs host their annual convocations in August.

"We are hoping the Parliament moves quickly," said a director of one of the new IITs. "It takes time to plan a convocation that meets IIT standards."

The first batch of 30 M. Tech students of IIT Hyderabad graduated in 2011. The students are waiting for their degree certificates.

Uday Desai, director IIT Hyderabad, said, "We have given the students provisional degree certificates for the time being. With the Lok Sabha having cleared the bill, half the job is done. We hope that the Rajya Sabha clears the bill this time." A total of 160 students will be graduating from the IIT Hyderabad this year.

Some 600 under-graduate and post-graduate students will be passing out from the new IITs this year. IIT-Gandhinagar has 88 undergraduate students.

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http://mpa.nic.in/preb12.pdf

PRESS RELEASE (dated 12 March, 2012)

The Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011 is listed at # 24 under “Bills for Consideration and Passing.”

The Budget Session, 2012 of Parliament (10th Session of the Fifteenth Lok Sabha and the 225th Session of the Rajya Sabha) commenced today, the 12th of March, 2012 and subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session will conclude on Tuesday, the 22nd of May, 2012. During this period, the two Houses will adjourn for recess on Friday, the 30th of March 2012, to reassemble on Tuesday, the 24th of April, 2012 to enable the Department–related Parliamentary Standing Committees to examine the Demands for Grants relating to various Ministries/Departments and make their reports to the Houses. The Session will provide 35 sittings – 15 sittings during first part of the Session before recess and 20 sittings during second part of the Session.

The Session will mainly be devoted to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address and Financial Business relating to Railway and General Budgets for 2012-13. However, sufficient time will also be provided for the transaction of essential Legislative and Non-Legislative business during the Session.

The President addressed both Houses of Parliament assembled together at 11.00 a.m. today. The Budget (Railways) for 2012-2013 will be presented to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the 14th March, 2012 immediately after Question Hour. The Economic Survey of India will be laid in the Parliament on Thursday, the 15th March, 2012. The Budget (General) for 2012 – 2013 will be presented at 11.00 a.m. on Friday, the 16th March, 2012.

To finalise the Government Business for the Budget Session, 2012, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources took a meeting with Secretaries/senior officers of various Ministries/Departments on 05.03.2012. The Ministers of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs co-chaired the meeting. During the meeting, 82 items [70 Bills, 10 Financial items (excluding the presentations) and 02 Non-legislative items] were identified for Budget Session, 2012.

The list of Government Business identified for being taken up in the Budget Session, 2011 is as follows:-

I – Bills for Introduction

1. The Agricultural Bio- Security Bill, 2012.

2. The National Co-operative Development Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

3. The Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Bill, 2012.

4. The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2012.

5. The Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Amendment Bill, 2012.

6. The Bureau of Indian Standards (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

7. The Legal Metrology (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

8. The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

9. The Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2012.

10 The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

11. The Piracy Bill, 2012.

12. The Public Debt Management Agency of India Bill, 2012.

13. The Public Procurement Bill, 2012.

14. The Indian Stamp (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

15. The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

16. The Micro Finance Institutions (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2012.

17. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

18. The National Housing Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

19. The Small Industries Development Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

20. The Central Reserve Police Force Bill, 2012.

21. The North Eastern Areas (Reorganization and Other Related Laws) (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

22. The Engineers Bill, 2012.

23. The Anand Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

24. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

25. The Emigration Management Bill, 2012.

26. The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2012.

27. The National Sports Development Bill, 2012.

28. The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

29. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2012.

30. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012.

II – Bill for Introduction, Consideration and Passing

The Finance Bill, 2012.

III – Bills for Consideration and Passing

1. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 as passed by Lok Sabha.

2. The Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011 as passed by Lok Sabha.

3. The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010.

4. The Constitution (One Hundred and Fourteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010.

5. The Seeds Bill, 2004.

6. The Pesticides Management Bill, 2008.

7. The Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011.

8. The Chemical Weapons Convention (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

9. The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, 2011.

10. The Forward Contracts (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2010.

11. The National Commission for Heritage Sites Bill, 2009.

12. The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

13. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2011.

14. The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2008.

15. The Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

16. The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

17. The Border Security Force (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

18. The North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Amendment Bill, 2011.

19. The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

20. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

21. The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill, 2010.

22. The Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical

Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010.

23. The Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010 - as passed by Lok Sabha.

24. The Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011 - as passed by Lok Sabha.

25. The Architects (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

26. The National Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011 as passed by Lok Sabha.

27. The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

28. The Constitution (One Hundred and Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2010 - as passed by Rajya Sabha.

29 The Administrator’s General (Amendment) Bill, 2011.

30. The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

31. The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of Their Grievances Bill, 2011.

32. The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organizations Bill, 2011.

33. The Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Amendment Bill, 2011 - as passed by Rajya Sabha.

34. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2007.

35. The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011.

36. The Dam Safety Bill, 2010.

37. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011.

38. The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010.

39 The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

IV – Financial Business

1. General Discussion on Budget (General) for the year 2012-13.

2. Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants on Account (General) for the year 2012-13.

3. Discussion and Voting on third Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) for the year 2011-2012.

4. Discussion and Voting on Demands for Excess Grants (General) for the year 2009-2010.

5. Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants (General) for the year 2012-13.

6. General discussion on the Budget (Railways) for 2012-2013.

7. Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants on Account (Railways) for 2012-2013.

8. Discussion and Voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants (Railways) for 2011-2012.

9. Discussion and Voting on Excess Grants (Railways) for 2009-10.

10 Discussion and Voting on Demands for Grants (Railways) for 2012-13.

V - Non - Legislative Business

1. Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

2. Consideration and adoption of Resolution regarding recommendations contained in the Second Report of the Railway Convention Committee (2009) on “Rate of dividend for 2011-12 and other ancillary matters.”

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Chronicle Notes
@ Mar 21, 2012
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Chronicle needs news

The Chronicle is the voice of our IT-BHU community. We need more news, reports, photos, etc. from students, faculty and alumni. Please send your news at: chronicle@itbhuglobal.org.

Deadline for submitting articles is 15th of each month.

Since we plan to publish chronicle issue by 25th of each month, we request our readers to send articles latest by 15th. Articles received later than that date will be published only if time permits. Please add “for chronicle” in the subject line.

Highlight of this issue

Reports page

Compilation of news in English/Hindi media, press releases, campus movement for the support of IIT conversion issue, etc.

-News about 2012 state elections (including election for UP) in India

Campus View page

-Prof. V. K. Srivastava (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) honoured to visit Europe

-Report on campus visit-by Yogesh k Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977)

-Anindya Chatterjee (Electronics 1986) blogs about his visit to our campus

Alumni World page

-List of donors for our alumni association for 2009-11

-Prof. Pankaj Chadra (Mining 1983) likely to be UGC Chairman

Chronicle Interview

Interview- Rahul Reddy (Electrical 2011) becomes Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner

Chronicle Extra page

-Complete with articles on science & Technology, IT, business, health, world politics, etc collected from leading newspapers and magazines around the world.

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Prof. J. N. Sinha appointed as new Director of our institute
@ Mar 20, 2012
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Prof. J. N. Sinha has been appointed as new Director

Prof. J. N. Sinha has been appointed as new Director for Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi. He took charge with effect from 1 February, 2012. He is currently professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Institute.

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(Prof. J. N. Sinha)

Prof. J. N. Sinha will accord priorities on conversion of our institute to IIT and to get necessary funding for the institute from the government under 12th 5-year plan.

Prof. J. N. Sinha can be contacted at: director@itbhu.ac.in; sinhajn@yahoo.com

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Profile of Prof. J. N. Sinha

http://itbhu.ac.in/eee/index.php/peo/faculty/40-jns.html

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Prof. K. P. Singh left office as IT Director

Prof. K. P. Singh left office as IT Director on 31 January, 2012. He is from the Department of Electronics Engineering. He was IT director for past 2 years.

He was involved in pursuing our institute’s case for IIT conversion and actively lobbying to the Human Resource Development Ministry for the same.

Prof. K. P. Singh can be contacted at: kpsingh.ece@itbhu.ac.in

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List of Directors for IT-BHU

(Source: office of the IT-Directorate)

1. Gopal Tripathi                                         1968-71

2. S. S. Saluja                                                1971-81

3. T. R. Anantharaman                               1981-86

4. V, V, Challam                                           1.10.86-30.4.88

5. S. L. Malhotra                                           1.5.88-31.3.92

6. V. S. Subbarao                                         1.4.92-31.7.92

7. R. N. Singh                                                1.8.92-31.1.93

8. R. B. Singh                                                1.2.93-31.3.94

9. N. K. D. Talukdar                                    1.4.94-31.10.96

10. M. Bhattacharya                                    1.11.96-26.4.99

11. P. M. Prasad                                             27.4.99-31.3.2001

12. G. S. Raju                                                 1.4.2001-30.6.2001

13. B. N. Roy                                                  1.7.2001-20.7.2002

14. S. Lele                                                   20.7.2002-31.1.2005

15. S. N. Upadhyay                                    1.2.2005-31.1.2010

16. K. P. Singh                                           1.2.2010-31.1.2012

17. J N Sinha                                                  1.2.2012-

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Website of the institute

http://itbhu.ac.in/

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Feedback
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@ Mar 27, 2012
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1) Deadline for applying for 2012 student awards is extended

For the past 3 months, we invited applications from students for 2012 Student Awards:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2011/12/index.php#006073

We are still waiting for more response from our students. For that, we are now extending the deadline for applying to April 5, 2012. The awards are in 3 categories (Leadership Award, Achievement Award and Volunteer Award). Interested students can view the Chronicle link provided above and apply online.

For any questions, please write to Yogesh Upadhyaya at: yupadhyaya2003@yahoo.com.

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2) Alumni association needs paid part-time student volunteers for its website

Hi all:

The web team of our alumni association (IT-BHU Global Alumni Association-IBGAA) is developing a new version of its official website www.itbhuglobal.org. For this, it invites applications from students interested in working part-time on paid basis.

Work description: The students will assist the current web team in its efforts to develop and format the new web version, migration and qualification of data from old version to new one, drafting and uploading of articles on the server on regular basis, and any other work required by the web team. The students will also work in helping publishing of Chronicle magazine.

Work schedule: During academic session, students will work maximum of 2 hrs/day (12 hrs/week). This is to ensure that this work assignment does not interfere with their academic work.

Compensation: Each volunteer will be paid a fixed stipend of Rs. 2,500/month for the duration of the assignment.

We are looking for a few volunteers to work immediately on the project. All applications must be received by the end of April. Please apply indicating relevant skills to: Anand Singh at: anand@iitmatric.com; and Animesh Pathak at: animesh@gmail.com

Thanks,

Anand Singh (Electronics 1993)

Director-Website

Animesh Pathak (CSE 2003)

Deputy Director-Website

IT-BHU Global Alumni Association

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3) Urgent help needed for our alumnus

Dear Alumnus,

This mail is in regarding treatment of Jaskaran Singh, 2011 ITBHU passout, B-Tech, civil engineering.

Just before joining his job last year Jaskaran had gone to Manikaran with his family (to pay homage to God). On their way back they met with an accident. Unfortunately his whole family died in the accident (Mother, father and younger brother).

Jaskaran suffered injuries to his spine which disabled movement of any of his body parts. He was treated at a hospital in Chandigarh (Government Medical College).

For further details about the help needed and about how to help him, please visit our alumni association website at:

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/archives/2012/04/urgent_appeal_to_help_an_itbhu.html

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Obituary
Obituary for Mr. Arvind Jain (Chemical 1976)
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(Mr. Arvind Jain)

(Chronicle note-Our Chronicle team shares the grief of Mr. Arvind Jain’s demise with his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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The obituary was forwarded by Sunil Khanna, batch-mate of Mr. Arvind Jain. He can be reached at: sunilkhanna76@gmail.com.

Mr. Arvind Jain received B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) in 1976 from IT-BHU. Arvind died of a heart attack on the 10th of February around 6 am. He is survived by his wife Sangeeta who is an architect/interior decorator; his elder son Dhruv who runs his own software company in London and his younger son Abhishek who is also a software techie and has recently taken a transfer to Kolkata to be with his mother Sangeeta. He was a simple hearted ever smiling, ever-helpful soul.

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(Below please find obituary written by his batch-mate, Mr. Nitin Malhotra (Email: nitinmalhotra@gmail.com)

Dear Friends:

All of you must be sad and shocked at the untimely and sudden death of dear Arvind. His death leaves a big vacuum in the hearts of people who knew him more closely. I was one of the privileged few. I met him on the first day of the start of our session in IT - BHU in the summer of 1971 in Limbdi Hostel and we lived next door for the next 5 years in the same hostel.

Rajiv Kapoor was his classmate from Sherwood Nainital who was also our next door room-mate. I was a little taken aback when Rajiv told me that Arvind was a 5 pointer in Senior Cambridge - because that is the best one can achieve. He was a topper in Sherwood, in IT-BHU and in Michigan. And as Rajesh Mehta was telling me at the burning ghats that Arvind was a topper in everything: Studies, watching movies, laughter, and so on. He had a permanent smile on his face and it was in his nature to smile in the worst of difficulties. But what struck me most was that, never in his 40 yrs of our friendship did he ever complain, crib or showed rudeness to me. He never ever mentioned his own problems but was always willing to objectively dissect all my problems. I have never seen him without a smile. And he was genuinely concerned about everyone.

He had lost his father at age 6 and so naturally looked up to his elder brothers as a father figure and so he came back to India on their calling.

Their family was the biggest coal mine owners in India but in 1973 Indira Gandhi nationalised coal mines and that was a major setback for them.

Arvind came back to Ramgarh, Bihar to help in the family business of Rolling Mill. I wish he had not come back. He would easily be the Dean of some top American University with a dozen patents in his pocket. From there on, he started his business path.

His family decided to set up a ceramic capacitor plant in 1978 in Ranchi of all places. The whole plant was imported from Japan and Arvind spent six months in Japan to undertake training. But all of you will know that even today Bihar is not ready for advanced and sophisticated process operations. Also it was supposed to be 100%EOU plant. Poor Arvind's life was a sordid mess dealing with various authorities. He was forced to close down the plant and move to Kolkata. I have been meeting him regularly all these years in Kolkata. And meeting him was the high point of my Kolkata visit. He remembered every small detail of my whimsical food habits and Sangeeta his wife had to bear the brunt of it. She is the most seedha and sharif lady that you can think of. Poor Sangeeta - she is so extremely sad, disheartened and tormented over the suddenness of this huge loss. As Tulsidasji said "Yash apyash, haani labh, jeevan maran sab vidhi hat. God has kept these three things in his hands and human beings have no control over it. I am sure God will now show them the way to bear and tide over this pain.

Arvind and Sangeeta have two sons- Dhruv and Abhishek; both have the same smile and are really sweet children. Dhruv lives in London and runs his own company of giving software support to UK Banks. We attended his wedding 4 years back. Rajiv Kapoor, Rakesh Bhatia, Rajesh Mehta and Madan Mohan Choudhary were there enjoying Arvind's legendary hospitality. Abhishek the younger son works for Ramco in Chennai and develops software for the aviation industry. Both of them are now deciding to shift to Kolkata to be with their mother, and look for jobs in Kolkata.

I cannot help remembering a chance meeting 20 years back with one Choudhary who was in IAS Bihar cadre and was the labour commissioner. He narrated me a story about his guilt pangs of harassing unnecessarily a most extra ordinary industrialist simply because he was so sharp or something silly like that. I instantly said - was it Arvind Jain and this man was shocked on my spontaneous guess. He felt very bad about it but by then Arvind had moved on to Kolkata. I met his CA who very matter of fact told me that -"Arvindji knows more about income tax laws and accounting practices than me. I drove to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Seattle to meet him in 1977.He took me to his Chemical Engineering department where we ran into his advisor or some senior Prof. That old man went on and on about Arvind brilliance, systematic approach and thought that Arvind would chair this department one day.

After 20 years of IT BHU he still remembered that such and such heat exchanger was on this page in Chemical Engineering hand book. His memory was phenomenal. We spent many holidays together in India and US and enjoyed every bit.

Well - so its farewell dear Arvind. Nobody knows for sure about rebirth and heaven etc so its curtains here. "Asmaan bhi ajeeb chhez hai, jaaney wal kabhi laut kay nahi aata."It was a great honour knowing you. If there is a heaven upstairs - I am sure you will top there too.

And to all friends - exercise daily, keep your weight in check, drink if at all, in moderation and do not stress. God bless you all.

-Nitin Malhotra

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Tribute to Bipin Kumar (Mechanical 1985)
@ Mar 20, 2012
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Chronicle note: Below please find tribute received for the death of Mr. Bipin Kumar by his colleague, Mr. Eli Levy. We received his message on January 31, 2012. It is heartening to know that his colleague in faraway place has remembered him even after a lapse of several years.

Mr. Bipin Kumar died on October 10, 1986. His obituary was covered in October 2006 issue of chronicle (scroll down):

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2006/10/sad_demise_of_our_alumnus_n_bi.php

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Mr. Eli Levy works as Pressure Vessels and Piping Engineer at Arup South Africa, Johannesburg Area, South Africa.

Profile of Mr. Eli Levy on LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/eli-levy/14/950/bb7

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Tribute to Bipin Kumar by Eli Levy:

“It is with deep regret and consternation that I read the untimely passing of our friend and L&T dedicated worker Mr. Bipin Kumar may his soul rest in peace.

Bipin was appointed to handle the project for Uhde in South Africa and I was the Engineer responsible for the Mechanical Engineering and equipment fabrication. Bipin was very professional and he and I came to work together in a straight and honest relationship. During my visits to India to assist with Engineering and Inspection of the equipment, Bipin and his wife hosted me and took me to visit places of interest like the Elephanta Island. Bipin also reciprocated and was sent by L&T to visit the plant and I hosted him, taking him and his wife to Sun City to see and enjoy his stay in South Africa.

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Eli Levy (left) with Bipin Kumar and his wife during Holi festival in 2001

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Bipin Kumar (left) with Eli Levy (center) and one inspector at Larsen & Toubro, Bombay

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Bipin Kumar in front of L & T building, Powai, Bombay

It is difficult to believe that such a nice and friendly person has been taken so fast. May God give the family the strength and be comforted in this time of the loss of a person that was an example of honesty, integrity and joviality like Bipin Kumar was.

We all shall mourn this loss of Bipin for a long time. L&T have lost a real asset and I extend my condolences to the L&T management and staff. 

Thanks and Regards

ELI LEVY, PrEng

LEAD STRESS ENGINEER”

NMPP Alliance

Arup - WorleyParsons JV

1st Floor, Building 12

Woodlands Office Park

Western Service Road

Woodmead, Sandton, South Africa

Mobile: +27 82 4595517

Email: eli.levy@nmppp.com

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Obituary for Dr. D. H. Sastry (M. Sc. (Engg.), Metallurgy 1965)
@ Mar 20, 2012
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(Dr. D. H. Sastry)

(Chronicle note-Our Chronicle team shares the grief of Dr. D. H. Sastry’s demise with his family. May his soul rest in peace.)

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The obituary was forwarded by Suryam Dwadasi, nephew of Dr. D. H. Sastry. He can be reached at: Suryam.Dwadasi@tatatel.co.in

Dr. Dwadasi Hanumadrama Sastry secured his M.Sc. (Engineering) in Physical Metallurgy from the Banaras Hindu University in 1965. Dr. Sastry passed away on the 12th of March 2012 in Hyderabad. He is survived by his wife, daughter, 3 brothers and one sister. He had spent his entire career in Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

Below please find profile of Dr. D. H. Sastry.

http://materials.iisc.ernet.in/~p3mr/profiles-p2mr.pdf

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 C. Phaniraj said:

When I was looking for some technical information on net on 4th Decemeber 2012, I came to know that beloved Prof. Sastry Ji is no more. I express my heartfelt condolences. I recall the poem that I wrote and read during Prof. Sastry Ji retirement function. I reproduce this poem below.

*Poem written at the time of retirement of Prof. Sastry Ji and during the seminar on “Perspectives in Metals and Materials Research” (PMMR), 28 July 2005, IISc, Bangalore

To Professor Sastry Ji

We have all gathered here
Just to say so much we care
Wishing you and your family
Health, joy and tranquillity

Impression creep and dislocation dynamics
Valuable are your contributions
Exemplary teacher and illustrious researcher
Certainly you are the pioneer

Many walk into our lives and just fade away
In our heart, but you will always stay
Because Sastryji you are so kind and simple
And you make everyone feel so comfortable

Life is not just dreams and ambition
To others it should be an inspiration
Above all, a true human you are
Your place in our heart remains for ever


But now that Sastry Ji is not with us anymore, I pray God: “May His Soul Rest in Peace”

C. Phaniraj, Metallurgy & Materials Group
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Kalpakkam–603 102

December 5, 2012 7:27 AM
 DRK Sastry said:

Dr DH Sastry was the eldest of our family. In addition to excellence in the academic
front, he used to excel and attain a standard in any field he lay his hand. He had a great
love to visit places of religious interest. He, along with his wife, visited almost all the
major pilgrim centers of India several times, including the Sankari Sakti Peetham in Sri
Lanka, and many remote and special centers which only a few know and/or visit. He
liked to take groups of people who on their own cannot make the trips, to pilgrim centers
of their choice, though he himself visited them several times earlier. He used to make
excellent arrangements in a well planned manner. He planned a Ramesvaram-Kaasi-
Ramesvaram (including Gaya and Prayaga) from 30th March and Manas Sarovar-Kailasa
Parvat yatra in September this year. He maintained good health till the last moment of his
life. He hardly took (suffered for) half a minute to drop his body. His sudden demise is
a loss to all these people also. He had his life's fulfillment leaving every one in grief and
unforgettable memories.

April 3, 2012 12:03 PM

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