Welcome to the IITBHU Chronicle, April 2012 Edition.
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Update about Jaskaran Singh (Civil 2011)
@ Apr 30, 2012
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 Forwarded by Abhishek Singh (Metallurgy 2009). Email: abhisheksingh.itbhu@gmail.com.

(Chronicle Note: As you are aware, our alumnus Jaskaran Singh (Civil 2011) met with a tragic car-accident in which all of his family members-parents and a sister-were killed. He survived with serious spinal-cord injury, for which he was hospitalized for six months. With the treatment, he is recovering now. Our alumni also came forward with financial help to cover his medical costs for the prolonged treatment. Here is an update provided by Abhishek Singh, who is in constant touch with Jaskaran Singh.

More details can be found on our website:


We have received overwhelming response from our students and alumni and fund collected has exceeded requirement of Rs. 7.5 lakhs. Hence the fund collection is stopped for now.)





Jaskaran Singh (left) on wheelchair

First of all we would like to congratulate all of us for achieving the first milestone of getting Jaskaran admitted to Indian Spinal Injury Center, New Delhi (admitted on 13-4-12). This would have never been possible without your support and guidance.

As per doctors, treatment is expected to run in between two to three months. They also said that there is good chance that Jaskaran will walk again.

Right now he is in room no. EW117. If anyone wishes to visit him in person, visiting hours is in between 7-8 A.M. and 4-8 P.M. Updates about his condition can be seen at following address:


After the accident he had to go through an operation for his spinal cord but was completely bed ridden. After few months of irregular physiotherapy in his home town he could move his hands and was able to sit with support, but not for very long. He was still not able to move his fingers and his lower body.

The treatment:

His treatment is doing quite well in ISIC. Before he was admitted, the hospital did an analysis of all body parts to know the amount of sensation.

After that a routine was developed for him in two parts: OT (Occupational Therapy) and PT (Physiotherapy) where physiotherapists help him perform rigorous exercises throughout the day.

There are specific exercises for his fingers as well.

Based on this schedule his progress is tracked every week by Dr H. S. Chabbra.

The Doctors say that they are concentrating firstly on making himself sufficient which mainly involves:

1. Solution for bowel movement and urine

2. Working on his fingers and his upper body so that he can move himself on his own using a wheel chair 

After this they will be focusing completely on the lower body (the physiotherapy is still going on for lower body)

His body is responding well to the treatment. He can sit for a bit longer without support now and strength of many of his upper body muscles have improved.

He was extremely happy and positive. We would like to thank all of you from all my heart for your contribution. Without that it would not have been possible.

I will keep you posted with the regular updates regarding his health and his treatment.


Abhishek Singh


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IT to IIT Conversion Update
@ Apr 29, 2012
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 Rajya Sabha passes IT Amendment Bill!

It is extremely good news that Rajya Sabha has passed the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) 2010, getting our institute one step closer to becoming an IIT-BHU.
The Bill, after necessary formalities, will ensure that our institute becomes an IIT.
The steps remaining are:
-Rajya Sabha Chairman sends the passed bill to President of India
-President of India signs the bill by verifying that all legal steps are taken
-President sends bill to Law Ministry for review
-Law Ministry informs IT and BHU about govt. decision and requests compliance with the necessary steps (separation of IT from BHU, sharing of resources/facilities on campus)
-IT and BHU informs govt. that all required steps are taken
-The Bill is published in India govt. Gazette Extraordinary
-After publication, the Bill becomes Act and the institute is officially known as IIT.
 The entire process will take few weeks.
30 Apr, 2012, 05.41PM IST, IANS
NEW DELHI: Parliament Monday passed a bill which will make the six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) capable of granting degrees to the engineers that pass out.
The Institute of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, along with the National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote Monday. Both the bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The institute of technology bill adds eight new Indian Institutes of Technology in Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna, Ropar and Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), to the list of IITs. All these institutions will be declared as institutions of national importance.
The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, amends the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, to add a schedule of five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram.
Rajya Sabha passes to key education bills
Last Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012, 18:22
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed two key bills to enable students of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research get their degrees and give 8 new IITs their status through an Act of Parliament.
The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2011, already passed by the Lok Sabha, seeks to set up eight new Indian Institutes of Technology in Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Mandi, Patna and Ropar and integrate the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, within the ambit of the Act.
All these institutions shall be declared institutions of national importance as per amended Act.
The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010, also passed by the Lok Sabha, declares certain institutions of technology as institutions of national importance and seeks to add five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (established in Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram) as institutions of national importance.
It also specifies the members of Board of Governors of each institute and establish a Council for all Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research.
Introducing the Bills in the Rajya Sabha, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said any fear about inclusion of BHU under the ambit of the Act was unfounded and said, "If there is any misgiving, one would be ready and revisit in the manner that members consider it appropriate."
Sibal said 20 NITs were covered under the Act and with amendments not being passed, students were waiting to get their degrees.
"Children are waiting and crying for their degrees...One year has passed since they have passed out," Sibal said and pointed out that they were yet to receive their degrees.
"We should not be held responsible for the delay in degrees to students, who have worked hard and are waiting for this," he said.
He said the government has included almost all recommendations of the Standing Committee in this regard.
"Today in the 21st century, we must move towards setting up centres of excellence...Until we do that, I don't think we can compete with the world...The new PhDs in India are still abysmally low," he said, adding, "We must move away from government support."
Sibal said, "I have freed strings attached with funding of institutions and made them more autonomous...The inclusive agenda of UPA government is showing tremendous results."
BJP members opposed upgrading Banaras Hindu University's (BHU) Institute of technology into IIT saying it will dilute its status among student community.
Chandan Mitra (BJP) said, "No attempt should be made to submerge the IT department of BHU. We are happy that you are upgrading other eight new institutes. The BHU is a different issue...The culture and heritage must be maintained," he said.
Mitra objected to the clause in the bill that gives special status to vice-chancellor of BHU of being chairperson of the IIT Board of Governors for three years.
Karan Singh (Cong) and chancellor of BHU said, "My humble request to BJP is that we must pass this bill. Otherwise we will be disappointing students who have not taken their degrees for last two years" and are awaiting upgradation of the institute.
Seeking reservation on the IIT Board, Narendra Kumar Kashyap (BSP) asked if the government has any scheme to provide representation to SCs, STs and minorities.
KN Balagopal (CPI-M) said, "Merely including names of institutes in the Act will not serve the purpose. The government has to spend on higher education."
NK Singh (JD-U) mentioned about vacant posts in IITs and government spending on higher education.
Vasanthi Stanley (DMK) said, "It is unfortunate that students have passed out but have not yet taken their degrees. The Bills were passed in Lok Sabha last year, but it is yet to see the light of the day."
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Chronicle needs news
@ Apr 29, 2012
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Highlight of this issue
Campus View page
-It has an article about 2012 student awards announced by our alumni association. It includes list of award winners and group photos.
-Report about conference organized by the dept. of Pharmaceutics and Electronics Engineering.
Alumni World page
-Reunion report for the class of 1971
-Alumni meet report for the BHU Association at NCL, Singrauli
Chronicle Interview
-Interview with Mr. K. K. Mehrotra (Metallurgy 1975) Chairman and managing Director of MECON India Ltd. (re-published from BHUMet News)
-Interview with Mr. Akshay Tyagi (final yr CSE student)-maker of film The Loner.
-Interview with Mr. Vijay Shukla (Metallurgy 1974) as published in www.yourstory.in, titled “Over Dependence on Technology Hinders Innovation in the Education Space in India”.
Chronicle Extra page
-Articles on science and technology, business, information technology, world affairs, etc.
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@ Apr 29, 2012
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-Due to some technical problem, the chronicle April issue is delayed by few days, with fewer articles. We regret the inconvenience to our readers.

-The Campus View page of this issue contains announcement of 2012 student awards announced by our IT-BHU Global Alumni Association. Total 28 awards were given out to students in IIT-JEE, Leadership, Achievement and Volunteer category.


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Anuj Rathi (2nd yr Chemical) dies in bike mishap on campus
@ Apr 30, 2012
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 (Forwarded by Shobhit Shubhankar, 1st Year Chemical Engineering. Email: shobhit.shubhankar AT gmail.com)

In a deeply tragic incident on the campus, Anuj Rathi, a 2nd Year Chemical Engineering student, died in an accident near the Lecture Theatre Complex on 5th April. He was riding a bike on his way back from his department to the Morvi Hostel where he lived. He succumbed to injuries caused by another bike running over him.

The weather was windy with light rain. While the exact circumstances cannot be ascertained, from tyre marks on the road it was apparent that his bike lost balance and skidded across the road. Apparently it was then that another bike coming down the other side of the road ran over him. Rathi sustained severe injuries on his head and chest. Those on the other bike have been identified as Vishal Sharma and Sudhir Singh who are students at Kashi Vidyapeeth. Instead of taking Rathi to the hospital, they quickly fled directly to the Proctor Office where they told that an accident had taken place and they were not aware as to what had exactly happened.

While Rathi lay in a spreading pool of his own blood, no one came forward to help him. While this might be attributed to the fact that the road was mostly deserted, still there were some people present who should have rushed to him to the hospital. Ultimately students who were crossing the spot in an autorickshaw carried him to the Sir Sunderlal Hospital (SSL). At the hospital those who accompanied him said that the staff was exceedingly slow to respond considering that the situation was one of dire emergency and he was soon pronounced dead. The entire episode points at gross negligence and inexplicable sluggishness on the part of the hospital.

The procedures to be followed after his death could only be carried out within a short span of time owing to the fact that his friends kept at it all through the night, repeatedly insisting that the procedures be expedited. Rathi’s parents were informed and they arrived in the night from Kota, Rajasthan. They wanted to take his body back home the next day and had arranged for a chartered plane. The staff at the SSL, having displayed an utter disregard until now, proceeded to unbelievable callousness. They packed Rathi’s body in a crate and left it on the street to be taken by his family. The fact that a body needs to be embalmed before it can be taken on a plane had for some reason skipped their minds. Only after constant efforts on the part of Rathi’s batch mates could the embalmment finally be carried out.

But what was even worse was the irresponsible journalism on display in newspapers in the morning which had, instead of investigating properly, chosen to publish the story that irresponsible driving had claimed the life of Anuj Rathi and further that those on the other bike had been injured while trying to save him. The bikes tell a different story. While the one which Rathi was driving was almost without a scratch, the other was badly smashed. The injuries sustained could only have resulted from a bike crushing his body directly underneath. Now the rider would certainly have tried to apply brakes in an attempt to avoid Rathi. The fact that he couldn’t and further the fact that there were gashes on Rathi’s chest, the kind which seemed to be from a bike’s stand tearing past, imply that the bike must have been at a great speed. And there were no perceptible injuries suffered by the two, despite what the newspapers reported.

A sit-in protest against irresponsible journalism was organised by students on 7 April in the evening at the Rajputana Ground. At the end of it homage was paid by lighting candles all around a picture of Rathi.

The question that arises is who should be assigned responsibility for the death of this talented man. While the University takes the stand that keeping bikes within the campus premises is prohibited, when it comes to enforcing it, the authorities turn a blind eye. And how can the safety of the student community be ensured when anyone can enter the campus without a prior security check, can indulge in over-speeding or any other such activity and face no consequences whatsoever? It remains unclear whether any charges are being pressed against the other two involved in this accident despite assurances by the Chief Proctor that the matter will be looked into. The print media did not issue an apology and the University authorities made no efforts to pursue the matter.

Rathi had a YGP of 8.22 and was 4th in a class of 120 in the third semester with a score of 8.96. His elder brother is a 3rd Year Metallurgical Engineering student at IIT Bombay.


Anuj Rathi    




Students protesting at the Rajputana Ground against irresponsible journalism




Homage paid to Anuj Rathi at the Rajputana Ground by lighting candles around his picture


Readers, please offer your tributes in the space provided below

1 Comment(s) (The views expressed here are those of the commenters, and ITBHUGlobal.org is not responsible for them.)
 Amaresh Prasad said:

It is sad to know the untimely loss of a talent in accident with bike. The security of BHU must restrrict the entry of outsiders into the campus to keep the campus safe.

I would pray to God on behalf of 86 batch civil to provide peace to the departed sole and give stregth to the family to bear the loss.

Amaresh Prasad


May 3, 2012 8:52 AM

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