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Three Professors from BHU receive Padma Shri-2016 Award
@ Jan 30, 2016
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 We are pleased to state that following Professors from Banaras Hindu University will receive Padma Shree Award -2016 from Govt. of India.

1) Prof. Onkar Nath Srivastava, Institute of Science, BHU

2) Prof. Tapan Kumar Lahiri, Institute of Medical Science, BHU

3) Prof. Ram Harsh Singh, Institute of Medical Science, BHU


About Padma Shri Awards:


Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

On the eve of Republic Day, government has announced the list for the Padma Awards 2016. The Padma awards are conferred by the President at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan in March/April every year.


60) Prof. Ram Harsh Singh, Medicine-Ayurveda, Uttar Pradesh

64) Prof. T. K. Lahiri, Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Uttar Pradesh

89) Prof. Onkar Nath Srivastava, Science and Engineering, Uttar Pradesh


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1) Prof. Onkar Nath Srivastava

Faculty of Science, Dept. of Physics

Emeritus Professor

Ph D (BHU)

Email Id:ons@bhu.ac.in,hepons@yahoo.com


Academic Qualifications:


S. No.






Banaras Hindu University



Ph. D.

Banaras Hindu University


Brief write-up on area of specialization/awards/achievements:

 Carbon: Nanotubes/Nanofibres, Graphene, Composites based on these, Nano: Structures/ Phasees of TiO2 (TiO2 nanotube), ZnO and Cu2O, Au and Ag Nnaoparticles Extra Fast Nucleation and Growth of Au, Ag, nanoparticles through natural precursor: Euganol, Applications in Hydrogen Storage Materials, Nanomedicines, Targeted Drug Delivery through Functionalized carbon nanotubes. Hydrogen Energy: Hydrogen Storage and Applications in Hydrogen Fueled Two/Three Wheelers, Quasicrystalline Materials, High Temperature Superconductors, Colossal Magnetoresistance and Ferroic Materials


1.            1988 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Physical Sciences.

2.            2000 Goyal Award in Physical Sciences.

3.            2000 K.S. Rao Memorial Award on Renewable Energy.

4.            2002 Homi J Bhabha Award in Applied Sciences.

5.            FNA, FNASc, Fellow of International Academy of Physical Sciences, Fellow of New York Science Academy.

6.            Material Research Society of India - ICMR Award on "Superconductivity and Material Science" (2010)

7.            Elected Fellow of International Association of Hydrogen Energy (2010).


2) Prof. Tapan Kumar Lahiri

Professor Emeritus

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU


Designation: Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Qualification: MBBS, MS, M.Ch (C.Th Surg)

Area of Specialization: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Publications: 57

Fellowships/Membership: FRCS

Email cvts.bhu@gmail.com


3) Prof. Ram Harsh Singh

Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU


Professor Ram Harsh Singh an internationally known figure in the field of Ayurved was born on January 10, 1942. He graduated in Ayurved, Medicine and Surgery from Banaras Hindu University in 1961. He completed Ph.D. and D.Litt under the supervision of the legendary Prof. K.N. Udupa. Professor Singh is Fellow of the National Academy of Indian Medicine and Jewel Member of All India Ayurved Academy. He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine Honoris causa by Medicina Alternativa, Alma Ata.

Professor Singh has produced over 100 MDs and 35 Ph.Ds under his guidance. He has published 12 important books and 200 research papers in national and international journals. He is on the editorial board of several national journals. Prof. Singh has been the Member of National Commission on History of Science and is on the scientific advisory committees of several national institutions and organizations. He is the recipient of Hari Om Ashram Award, IASTAM Award, Jivak Award of Asian Medicine, Piyus Pani Award, Life Time Achievement and Kasturba Oration Award of MGIMS and Best Teachers Award.

Professor Ram Harsh Singh joined the Faculty of Ayurved at Banaras Hindu University in 1964 and served this prestigious institution for 40 years in the capacity of Lecturer, Reader, Professor, Head of the Department of Kayachikitsa and Dean of the Faculty. Later, he joined the Rajasthan Ayurved University of Jodhpur as its First Vice- Chancellor where he played a commendable role in establishing a model institution of higher learning in Ayurved. Professor Singh is the Visiting Professor at Wonkwang Digital University, Republic of Korea and at Mt. Madonna School of Ayurvedic Medicine, USA. At present he is working as Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Ayurveda at BHU. He has also been nominated National Professor/ GURU in Ayurved by Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India.

Professor Singh has been seriously engaged in revival and development of Ayurved on Scientific lines as an evidence-based system of Medicine. He is also engaged in developing newer courses and programs for need based development of Ayurved in interdisciplinary areas.

Professor Ram Harsha Singhs efforts in the field of development of Ayurved in global perspective have succeeded in motivating a new generation of researchers to work in this area.


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BHU Alumni Association, Mumbai meet on February 20, 2016 at Mumbai-Announcement
@ Jan 30, 2016
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 We have received the following message from BHU Alumni Association, Mumbai (Email: bhuaam2012@gmail.com) about the Alumni Meet at Mumbai on February 20, 2016. All alumni are requested to participate.


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Looking forward to a great evening.


BHU Alumni Association, Mumbai

408, Sai Chambers, Near Rly. Station, Santacruz (E),

Mumbai - 400 055, Tel.: 022-2616 5222, 2618 8875

Fax: 022-2610 0938

Email: bhuaam2012@gmail.com



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The IIT (BHU) Alumni Association of Western India Alumni meet on March 5, 2016 at Mumbai-Announcement
@ Jan 19, 2016
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 We have received the following message from Ashish Bhartia, Mechanical 1992 (Email: bhartiaa@gmail.com) about the Alumni Meet at Mumbai on March 6, 2016. All alumni are requested to participate.


Dear Alumnus,

THE IIT BHU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN INDIA cordially invites you to The Alumni Meet of IIT BHU being organised as per details below:

VENUE: The Mirador, 131 / B, New Link Road, Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai.

DATE: March 5, 2016

TIME: 7:30 pm onwards.

Note to Members: AGM of Association will be held from 07:00 pm to 7:30 pm

FORMAT: Alumnus Only (No Spouse)

Kindly note that we have provided for attractive discounts for early birds and specially for alumni who are our registered members so we request you to please become a member and also register in time so as to avail maximum benefits. Your registrations in time will also help us in in planning the event in a more organised manner.

To register for the Alumni Meet please use the Registration Link or use the URL http://www.meraevents.com/event/iit-bhu-alumni-meet-of-western-india&ucode=organizer


Members who are registering will require to fill their membership Number and the same can be checked by visiting our Membership Register or click on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E-lq0eUJkNRLonQioXVsHgtV7L9ZitCYUBlWIHP3aoU/edit?usp=sharing

If you would like to become a member please visit our Membership Page http://www.meraevents.com/event/alumnimember01&ucode=organizer

Looking forward to a great evening.

Alok M Tibrewala

(Chemical 1984)


 On Behalf of

The Batch Coordinator Group

IIT BHU Western India Alumni Association

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Chronicle news
@ Jan 18, 2016
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 The next issue will be March 2016 issue, to be published by the end of March.

Chronicle is published six times a year in odd months (January, March, May, July, September and November)

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

Due to large number of articles being received, preference will be given to articles which are relevant to institute and alumni community.

Editor: Yogesh K Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977). Email: yupadhyaya2003@yahoo.com.

Deadline for submitting articles is 10th of publishing month.

For posting comments, please email us at: chronicle@itbhuglobal.org.


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Chronicle Feedback
@ Jan 18, 2016
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 The current chronicle issue (January 2016) contains the following news and articles.

Front page

- Ashok Singhal (Metallurgy 1950), national leader passed away. He was associated with RSS and VHP.

- The IIT (BHU) Alumni Association of Western India Alumni meet on March 5, 2016 at Mumbai-Announcement.

News page                            

*Provides news on BHU, IITs and important national education news

Reports page

- BHU Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Three of our alumni, Dr. Manu K. Vora (Chemical 1968), Prof. P. M. Ajayan (Metallurgy 1985) and Prof. Sachchida Nand Tripathi (Civil 1991) receive award.

- IIT (BHU) Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Four of our alumni, Dr. Anil Bhardwaj (PhD Applied Physics 1992), Prof. Brij N. Agrawal (Mechanical 1964), Mr. Jay Chaudhry (Electronics 1980) and Mr. Manoj Sinha (Civil 1979) receive award.

 - IIT-BHU Alumni meet on Dec 30-Jan 1, 2016 - Report

Campus View page

* Campus News:

- IIT (BHU) proposes Rs. 150 Crore research Park with Government help. Our alumni association has pledged to contribute Rs. 7 crore needed as seed money for the project.

- IIT (BHU) proposes Rs. 151 crore Shatabdi Granthagar (Centennial Library) project

- Fourth Convocation held at IIT (BHU) on 17 November 2015

-Prof. Sandeep Pandey removed as lecturer from the Dept. of Chemical Engineering by the institute

* Campus Reports:

- Prof. S. N. Upadhyay (Dept. of Chemical Engineering) receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Biotech Research Society India

- Prof. S. N. Upadhyay teams up with Biotech Research Society India to institute BHU-Centenary Award (Kashi Hindu Vishwaviodyalaya - Shatabdi Puraskaar)

- Alumni World page

* Following alumni news are published:

- Mata Prasad (Electrical 1954) receives Inertia Life Time Achievement Award from Enertia Foundation in New Delhi

- Prof. Yoginder Paul Chugh (Mining 1961) elected as 2015 Fellow of The National Academy of Inventors

 - NIT Goa signs 2nd MoU with industry (with Anil Kher – Chemical 1977) in 2 months

- Prakash Shukla (Chemical 1979): Meet the man-in-charge of Mahindra’s defence business, who always keeps his promises

- Mr. Shekhar Saran (Mining 1981) promoted as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of CMPDI

- Mr. B. N. Shukla (Mining 1982) appointed as Director (Technical), Coal Resource Development, CMPDI

-Shopclues (by Sanjay Sethi - Mechanical 1993) says valued at $1.1 billion after GIC investment, plans IPO in 2017

- Nikesh Arora (Electrical 1989) gets Global Indian award: Here's what he said

- Ultracash – founded by Umesh Singhal (CSE 1993) and Vishal Lal (Electrical 1998)

- Rishi Gour (Chemical 1998) named Country President of Sodexo in India

- PickMyLaundry - startup by Gaurav Agrawal (Metallurgy 2011), Ankur Jain (IIT-Bombay, Metallurgy 2011) and Samar Sisodia (Metallurgy 2011)

- Times Internet Acquires “Get Me A Shop” founded by Pushkal Srivastava (Ceramic 2011)

- Abhishek Anand (Electrical 2012)'s startup Moovo raises seed funding

*Alumni Profile

- Murdered 12 Years Ago, India’s Still to Honour the Memory of Whistle-Blower Satyendra Dubey (M. Tech Civil 1996)

*Alumni Projects

- Funds donated to Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering by Mr. Sunder S. Rajan (Metallurgy 1967). He has donated $34,000 (Rs. 22 lacs approx.) to the Metallurgy Dept. to fund various projects as decided by the Dept.

- IIT (BHU) 1976 Batch Alumni Scholarship Award Takes Off. The 1976 batch (led by Sandip Sen-Mechanical 1976) has already donated Rs. 17 lacs and plans to donate more to establish student scholarship program on the campus.

*Alumni Meet

-BHU Engineers’ Alumni Meet at Lucknow on November 15, 2015- Report

Interview page

- Interview with Naveen Kumar (Civil 2014), Founder and Director of Aquvio, a start-up provider of specialized potable water supply systems

- Interview with Mr. Vish Narayanan (Electrical 1983), President of IIT-BHU Global Alumni Association. He is serving our alumni association as President for past 8 years.

-Interviews (republished from already published in other news magazines) for the following alumni:


Vikram Karve (Chemical 1977); Mritunjay Singh (Electronics 1992); and Rahul Hari (CSE 2006).

Topics page

*Scholarly published articles collected around the world on topics such as science and Technology, Business, arts, politics, education, health, world affairs, etc.

About Us page

*Information about Chronicle Publication


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Ashok Singhal (Metallurgy 1950), national leader passed away
@ Jan 20, 2016
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(Shri Ashok Singhal)


Sad news published in Times of India

VHP leader Ashok Singhal passes away in Gurgaon

Shilpy Arora | TNN | Nov 17, 2015, 03.15 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal passed away on Tuesday, less than a week after he was admitted to private hospital Medanta in Gurgaon following complaints of breathlessness. The death of the 89-year-old Hindutva veteran was announced by Singhal's deputy in the VHP - Praveen Togadia.

He was on life support system since Saturday evening.

"89-year-old Ashok Singhal, was admitted at Medanta on October 14 in critical condition. He passed away at 2.30pm today. He had multi-organ dysfunction, ARDS and sepsis and was being treated by a team of specialists," said Dr. AK Dubey, Medical Superintendent at Medanta.

Singhal has been suffering from respiratory and heart problems for the last one month. On October 20, Singhal was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain in Allahabad. He was immediately flown to the city in an air ambulance. He was discharged on Thursday after he showed signs of improvement. He was again admitted late on Friday night.

Many leaders including Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, home minister Rajnath Singh, international working president of VHP Praveen Togadia, Union water resources minister Uma Bharti, Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Saint Gopal Das Maharaj, Baba Ramdev and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki visited him in the last three days.

Singhal was at the forefront of the Ram Temple movement, which seeks to build a temple at the same site in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya where a medieval mosque, Babri Masjid, once stood. The mosque, which many believe was built on the birthplace of Lord Ram, was demolished by a Hindu mob in 1992.


Profile of Shri Ashok Singhal from Wikipedia


Ashok Singhal (15 September 1926 - 17 November 2015) was an international working president of the Hindu organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for over 20 years until, following a long bout of diminishing physical health, he was replaced in December 2011. Succeeded by Praveen Togadia, Singhal suffered ill-health but was working till a month before his death.

Singhal was born in Agra. His father was a government official. Singhal had a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Benaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology in 1950. Having been in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since 1942, he became a full-time pracharak after graduation. He worked in various locations around Uttar Pradesh, becoming a prant pracharak for Delhi and Haryana. In 1980, he was deputed to the VHP, becoming its joint general secretary. In 1984, he became its general secretary and, later, the working president, a role in which he continued till 2011.

After the Meenakshipuram conversions in 1981, Singhal moved to the VHP as the joint general secretary. After noting the main grievance of the Dalit communities in the area as being access to temples, VHP built 200 temples specifically for Dalits. He says that the conversions stopped afterwards.

Singhal was a key organiser of the first VHP Dharma Sansad in 1984 held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, attracting hundreds of sadhus and Hindu notables to discuss the issues of rejuvenating Hinduism. The movement for reclaiming the Ramjanmabhoomi temple was born here. Singhal soon became the chief architect of the Ramjanmabhoomi movement.

Singhal was a trained vocalist in Hindustani music. He studied under Pandit Omkarnath Thakur.

Singhal died on 17 November 2015 at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon, aged 89.


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