Welcome to the IITBHU Chronicle, September 2016 Edition.
In This Issue
Campus View
Alumni World
Chronicle Extras
Front Page
Chronicle News
@ Sep 25, 2016
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 The next issue will be November 2016 issue, to be published by the end of November.

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.

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First issue of "IIT BHU CONNECT" magazine published by the institute
@ Sep 21, 2016
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 We received the inaugural issue of the official campus magazine, IIT BHU Connect, from Dean of Resources and Alumni, Prof. Anil Kumar Tripathi:


Dear Chief Functionaries of Alumni Associations,

Kindly find below the link for the first newsletter of the institute. Your suggestions may kindly be forwarded to the Editor(s).

The inaugural edition of the Newsletter is on the institute website and can be seen on


Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi

Dean, Resource and Alumni

(Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering)

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU),

Varanasi - 221005.



 The institute publishes its first biannual (published every six months) newsletter IIT BHU Connect which features the various activities and developments of the Institute. Please send us your feedback and suggestions to: editor.newsletter@iitbhu.ac.in. 

Chief Editor: Dr. Indrajit Sinha, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry. Email: isinha.apc@iitbhu.ac.in

Student Editor: Bhavya Pruthi (B. Tech, Part IV, Computer Science and Engineering). 

Email: bhavya.pruthi.cse13@iitbhu.ac. instudenteditor.newsletter@iitbhu.ac.in 


*IIT BHU Connect



The inaugural issue covers news from July 2015 to June 2016. It contains campus news and activities such as academic, research and innovation, student affairs, alumni matter and campus infrastructure. The current issue’s articles include: 2015 Convocation Ceremony, Alumni Awards by the Institute, Centenary projects planned, Undergraduate Curriculum review, Design & Innovation hub, Engineering Entrepreneurs, Events & programs, Green Cell, Institute lecture series, Institute Day, Student & faculty achievements, etc.

We hope the magazine will act as a link between institute, students, faculty and alumni. We wish the magazine a great success and hope it is published more frequently (every 2-3 months).

Yogesh Upadhyaya

Editor, Chronicle Magazine


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Chronicle list of articles
@ Sep 25, 2016
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 The current chronicle issue (September 2016) contains the following news and articles.

Front page

- First issue of “IIT BHU CONNECT” magazine published by the institute. It will be published biannually (every six months).

-Obituary for Mr. Manash Dutta (Mechanical 1958)

News page                            

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

Reports page

- Wall Street Journal article: “India’s Skills Shortfall Challenges Modi’s Manufacturing Vision”

- “India needs a massive “Solar Rooftop with Storage” and “Electric vehicles” to bring Green Energy Revolution” – a scholarly article by Mr. Darshan Goswami (Electrical 1967)

- Voice of America news-article: “Number of Globetrotting Indian Tourists Swells with Rising Incomes”

Campus View page

*Campus news

- Activities planned by students’ Science and Technology Council

- Dr. Manu Vora (Chemical 1968) taught GIAN (MHRD - GOI) Course and Principal N. N. Godbole lecture on campus

* Campus Reports:

- Admission statistics for students admitted to IIT-BHU for the academic year 2016-17

This comprehensive analysis and report is published every year since past 5 yrs. It is based on official admission copy received from the institute.

* Student Corner

- Interview with Saurabh Singh (IIT-JEE topper). He got All India Rank of 500 in General Category during 2016 IIT entrance exam.

Alumni World page

* Following alumni news are published:

1) Dr. Manu Vora (Chemical 1968) gave Keynote Plenary Address at 11th National Quality Conclave by QCI, New Delhi on 19th August, 2016

2) Tata Hexa to be launched with an AMT, says Mayank Pareek (Chemical 1982), President of Tata Motors Passenger Car Vehicles

3) Dr. Mrityunjay Singh (PhD Metallurgy 1983) Elected as President of American Ceramic Society

4) Dr. Mrityunjay Singh (PhD Metallurgy 1983) receives 2015 International Barkhausen Award

5) I-MADE launches mobile wallet for college students, promoted by Rajesh Kumar Pathak (M. Tech Power Electronics 1986), DDG (IC), TCOE

6) Ovum Hospitals Raises $5M in Series A Funding from IL&FS and Norwest Venture Partners (Mohan Kumar, Electronics 1992)

7) Article on In-Store sale written by Gaurav Johri (Electronics 1992)

8) Shopclues (co-founded by Sanjay Sethi, Mechanical 1993) to disburse loans worth Rs 5,000 cr

9) Mitra Biotech (Co-founded by Mallikarhun Sundaram (B. Pharm 1994) raises $27.4 million in Series B funding led by Sequoia India

10) Dr. Amit Pandey (Mining 2003) receives Emerging Professional Achievement Award from ASM International

11) Fastudent (Founder & CEO, Gaurav Barman, Civil 2003) launches India’s First B2B2C platform for Education Supplies

*Alumni Profile:

1) Debabrata Majumdar (Chemical 1977), Procurement Expert at Asian Development Bank (at ADB Myanmar Resident Mission)

2) Mr. Lavesh Agrawal (Computer Science 1992), Assistant Director of The Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI)

3) “The Richest Engineer” – book published by Abhishek Kumar (Electronics 2007)

4) Pramod Kumar (Ceramic 2012), founder of Prakash Academy, helping rural underprivileged children in Bihar

5) Dr. Pallab Bhattacharya (PhD Biomedical 2012) - Assistant Professor at NIPER, Ahmedabad

6) Memoirs of Dr. Srikanta Bandopadhyay, Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW Australia (Metallurgy 1968, IIT-Kharagpur) for Prof. E. C. Subbarao (Glass Technology 1949, IIT-BHU)

Interview page

1) Interview with Mr. Akhilesh Mishra (IDD Mechanical 1989), High Commissioner of India to Maldives

2) Interview with Mr. Anas Feroz (Electrical 2014); stood sixth in 2015 Engineering Service Exam

3) Interview with Prof. Ross K. Bassett (North Carolina State University) - author of the book, “The Technological Indian”

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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Obituary of Mr. Manash Dutta, (Mechanical 1958)
@ Sep 02, 2016
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 With profound grief, we wish to inform you about the demise of our alumnus, Mr. Manash Dutta (Mechanical 1958). Mr. Manash Dutta passed away in early morning, on Aug 20th at 2:05 am in New Delhi. He was 79 yrs. old.

Mr. Manash Dutta died from blood clot in the heart after a surgery in a hospital after 5 days in ICU.

Mr. Dutta is survived by his wife Sumitra and two children. His son lives in Delhi - married with 2 children.

Daughter lives in Houston, US - married with 4 children. Manash /Sumitra spent 5-6 months with them every year for last 10 years.

Chronicle shares grief with the family of Mr. Manash Dutta. May his soul rest in peace.


Brief Profile


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(Mr. Manash Dutta)


Profile of Mr. Manash Dutta

(Taken from BENCO 1958 Graduating - Class 50 - year reunion in 2009)



·        Date of birth: 5 September, 1937, born in Sylhet (now Bangladesh).

·        Married in July 1965 at Kolkata to Smt. Sumitra Datta, MA (English) Gold Medalist of Kolkata University, a home maker. Have one Son and one daughter, both married and well settled.

·        Graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1958 from the Engineering College, BHU. Obtained membership of the Institution of Engineers. Passed Lead Assessors' Course and Certified Quality Engineer's course, UK.

·        Joined as Sr. Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in April 1958 at the Engineering College, Agartala, Tripura and was there until 31 December 1959.

·        Joined SAE (India) Ltd, a Multinational Company at Kolkata, West Bengal as Design Engineer in January 1960 and worked there for 37 years till retirement in 1996.The company shifted its operation from Kolkata to New Delhi in 1978 and became a group company of ABB (ASEA Brown Bovari).The last designation held in the company at the time of retirement was Executive Director.

·        Started own Engineering and Management Consultancy organization in the name of MD & ASSOCIATES in 1996 at Delhi. After 8 years of successfully running the company, dissolved it in 2004 in order to devote time fully in social and philanthropic activities.

·        Joined Ramakrishna Math and Mission, a charitable, spiritual, social and philanthropic organization with more than 150 branches throughout the world with Head office at Belur Math, Kolkata as a devotee and took initiation in 1984. Became a Member of the Managing Committee of the New Delhi center of Ramakrishna Mission in 1989 and serving it till now in the same capacity.

·        Worked as Hon. General Secretary from 1980 to 1990 and built an impressive temple, Dakshin Delhi Kali Bari at R.K. Puram, South Delhi which has become a land mark in New Delhi.

·        Actively associated with Ramakrishna Mission Centers at Vrindaban, Haridwar , Barasat (near Kolkata) and Delhi for welfare of destitute widows, poor and sick TB patients, charitable Hospitals (Sevashrams) , building of Sadhu Niwas etc.

·        Extensively traveled throughout the world, both on official business as well as privately, including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, USA, Canada, China, Thailand etc. Also visited in the month of May SAHARA desert in Libya. As a pilgrim and as a tourist visited mostly all the holy, historical and scenic places in India including Kailash - Mansarovar and Amarnath Cave.


Tributes to Mr. Manash Dutta by 1958 batch-mates:

1) Tribute from Mr. Satinder Mullick:

Manash Dutta regularly kept us in touch with each other thru emails on subjects like different festivals of all religions, whether it is Holi or Diwali or Ramaddan. He helped break the silence in our friendship with other classmates living outside Delhi, where core group of 1958 Bencoits met 4-8 times per year in Delhi. It was started by Suresh Gupta but energized by Prem Garg, Gautam Dar, Manash Dutta, A. K. Mathur, S. H. Mohsin, Khattar, Jain, Kanak Varshneya and others over the years. Many classmates living in USA, Canada, Switzerland and Holland met others at Delhi Bencoits luncheon get-togethers. During 58 years, since we left BHU—we all got busy with our jobs and married lives; but we met again, thanks to Ravinder Nanda’s efforts to get latest addresses of 1954-58 class.

Most important activity was help in building Malaviyaji Library in Delhi with major thrust from B. S. Mathur and Prem Chand Garg and full support of Delhi group. I attended the Foundation laying ceremony, with Vice President of India participating in Puja and other opening ceremony/fund raising related services. I learnt that Garg worked whole night to get the site ready for morning function.

1954-58 Bencoits group is unique, but its numbers are going down with passing away of classmates like Manash Dutta at the age of 79.

- Dr. Satinder Mullick, PhD—class of 1954-58.


2) Tribute from Mr. Mahendra Das:

Manash's nature, kind, friendly and helpful, touched everyone during the years at BENCO. Later, during the struggles and battles of professional and family life, he reached out and became a major force in bringing the alma-mater together for regular get-togethers.

He will be remembered for his ever ready helpful hand.

- Mr. Mahen Das, class of 1954-58.


2) Tribute from Mr. S. H. Mohsin:

I always found Manash Dutta to be meticulous and exact with good organising potential. He had taken over complete responsibility of arranging the Bencoites meet after the sad demise of Suresh C. Gupta. He regularly prepared the time table of Bencoites meet and emailed to us. He even arranged for the distribution of hard copies during the meets. He always complemented me for my regularity in attending these get-togethers, in spite of long travel from Aligarh. We had organised one of our meets in Aligarh (on 22.3.2015), where the initiative was taken by Manash at my request. The transport from Delhi to Aligarh and back was organised by Manash. We met in Aligarh at my residence Mohsin Villa, Dodhpur and then proceeded to the Palm Tree Hotel, Marris Road for the luncheon meet. It was already planned to organise the meet in Aligarh in October/November 2016. I feel sad that our friend Manash shall not be there. We would be also missing him for his greetings that he used to email us on various festivals/occasions with full background explanations.

- Mr. S. H. Mohsin, class of 1954-58.


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