(Chronicle note: A full report will be published in next October issue of Chronicle).
Our association, (IIT-BHU Global Alumni Association) hosted the 3rd IIT BHU Global Alumni Meet on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Somerset, New Jersey, USA. Further details about the Meet are at the website: http://eastcoast2013. iitbhuglobal.org/
About 280 alumni participated in the meet along with their families. It was a full-day event. Our institute was represented by Prof. A. K. Kapoor from alumni cell of our institute. The key-note speaker was Mr. S. P Shukla (Chemical 1979), President, Defence Systems, Mahindra Group, Mumbai, India. There were several discussion panels discussing excellence in Education Research, Entrepreneurship and Social Service.
The theme of this meet was “giving back and helping our alma-mater.” Mr. Naresh Jain (Mechanical 1967) announced the donation of $100,000 to fund the tuition scholarship for needy students. This was followed by pledges by different alumni and batches to match the same. The pledges of total of about $208,000 were collected.
Among the most active groups were class of 1979, class of 1964 and pharma group. A souvenir was released on the occasion. The souvenir contains messages from distinguished people, biodata of alumni receiving 2013 distinguished alumnus awards, list of advertisers/sponsors (who helped us meet the budget), information about our alumni association, etc. It is shown in PDF form as follows:
Following alumni were presented with "2013 IIT BHU Distinguished Alumnus Award":
1. Corporate – Soumyo Sarkar (Mechanical 1979), founder of Sumit Capital, New York
2. Education – Prof. V. K. Mathur (Chemical 1953), Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering Dept., University of New Hampshire, USA.
3. Entrepreneurship- Ujjual Nath (Metallurgy 1979), founder/CEO of myKaarma.com and Karya LLC
4. Government- Dr. Mrityunjay Singh (PhD Metallurgy 1983), Chief Scientist, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
5. R & D- Prof. Pradeep Kumar Rohatgi (Metallurgy 1961), Professor and Director of UWM Centers for Composites and Advanced Material Manufacturing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
6. Social Service- Dr, Manu Vora (Chemical 1968), Founder, Director and President of Blind Foundation of India.
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The current chronicle issue contains the following news and articles:
*Brief report on 2013 Global Alumni Meet at New Jersey on 21 September, 2013
*Provides news on BHU, IITs, IIT-JEE and important national education news
*2013-14 admission statistics for undergraduate students at IIT-BHU, based on official final list received from the institute. It includes IIT-JEE rank analysis and list of 951 students admitted this year.
* A special report on Prague movie (released on 27 September). There are six of our recent graduates involved in making of the movie. The alumni includes: Kumar Mayank-Mining 2007 (actor); Varun Grover-Civil 2003 (Lyricist) and script writers Sumit Saxena – Mining 2006, Vijay Verma – Mining 2009, Akshendra Mishra – Mining 2009 and Vaibhav Suman – Mining 2008.
* Campus View page
Alumni World page
*IIT-BHU receives FCRA clearance from Govt. of India
*Inviting applications for alumni funded scholarships for need first-year students
*Inviting applications for Prof. B. B. Bansal Memorial scholarships for children of non-teaching staff
*Alumni in news including: Darshan Goswami (Electrical 1967), Awdhesh Singh (Mechanical 1987), Dr Mrityunjay Singh (PhD Metallurgy 1983), Prof. Brij Agrawal (Mechanical 1964), Prof. Anil K. Chopra (Civil 1960), Arvind Gujral (Mechanical 1982), Shubham Mehrish (Electronics 1996), Rahul Kumar Pandey (Electronics 2010), Abhijit Gupta (Metallurgy 1986), A. N. Sreeram (Ceramic 1988) and Varun Grover (Civil 2003).
*Interview with Ishan Joshi (IIT JEE-topper with AIR 754)
*Interview with Pankaj Yadav (Preparatory student) who struggled against physical odds to study
*Interview with Naresh Jain (Mechanical 1967) who started full tuition scholarships for our students and recently donated $100,000 towards scholarship fund.
*Scholarly published articles collected around the world on topics such as science and Technology, Business, arts, politics, education, health, world affairs, etc.
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(Chronicle note-Our Chronicle team shares the grief of Partha Basu’s demise with his family. May his soul rest in peace. This sad news was forwarded by his batch-mate, Om Prakash Azad, Civil 1971. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
With profound grief, we announce the sad demise of Partha Basu on 18 July, 2013. He was 63.
Partha Basu, 63, passed away on the 18th of July 2013 at his home in Kolkata, India.
Mr. Basu was born on the 25th of February 1950 to the Late Colonel Benoyendra Nath Basu and the Late Mrs. Annapurna Basu.
He did his schooling at St. Joseph School in North Point, Darjeeling and then at Calcutta Boys School in Kolkata. He graduated with a chemical engineering degree in 1971 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi where he made some of the most long-lasting friendships of his life. He was a music aficionado and a prominent member of the college orchestra, where he played the harmonica. It was quite normal for his batch-mates to gather in the hallways for an impromptu performance by Partha and they still remember many of those unforgettable tunes with nostalgia and a great deal of affection. He recently attended a reunion in 2012 at Varanasi along with several of his batch-mates who, after over 41 years, came from different parts of India and indeed the world to reconnect. He, of course, performed once again on the harmonica to the utter delight of everybody. Those who were there said: “Partha performance has somehow made these 41 years disappear, almost by magic!”
(PARTHA BASU PLAYING MOUTH ORGAN)
After college, he joined NOCIL and, over the years, worked at a number of prominent companies, including: Bayer, Hindustan Polymers, Citurgia Biochemicals, Dharamsi Morarji Chemicals, and the C.K. Birla Group, where he retired.
In retirement, he enjoyed wildlife photography and went on several trips with Jayant Gaur, his old friend from college in Varanasi. Retirement also provided him with the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family in a meaningful way.
He was a true ‘people person’. He found goodness in all people and cultivated relationships from the youngest child to the oldest members of the community. His friends and family remember his infectious sense of humor and the decency with which he conducted his life. He was a warm and affectionate person, full of humanity.
He is survived by his wife, Manideepa (“Rupa”) Basu, who was his constant companion and best friend and to whom he was completely devoted. She is still in Kolkata along with their two children, Satyajit and Saptarishi, of whom he was extremely proud. Saptarishi and his wife, Priyadarshini, recently gave birth to Ishani, his first grandchild, and she was the absolute light of his life!
While he will certainly be sorely missed by his close friends and family, even the most casual of acquaintances will remember fondly how deeply he touched their lives. He is now on his next journey, having attained eternal peace. Godspeed, Partha!
(Mr Partha Basu, as a student in IIT-BHU)
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