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3. Spotlight on IIT BHU Campus


4. Campuses News


5. Guru Funda


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8. Volunteering at PanIIT


9. Books by IITians


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Padma Shri for Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur's Prof Vinod Kumar Singh

 TNN | Jan 26, 2014, 10.48AM IST



KANPUR: Senior faculty of IIT-K's chemistry department Prof Vinod Kumar Singh, who is currently on long leave to officiate as founder director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, Prof Vinod Kumar Singh has been named as one of the recipients of the Padma Shri awards from Madhya Pradesh quota. The list was announced on the eve of Republic Day on Saturday.

The award will be conferred upon Prof Singh by the President at ceremonial functions held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/April.


Read the full article at Times of India .

The Bombay Sapphire



Pallavi Sharda, a bollywood actress featured on 60 minutes.

Pallavi is daughter of IIT Alumni parents - Dr. Hema Sharda (Director of South Asian Relations at the University of Western Australia) and Dr. Nalin Kant Sharda (Professor of Computer Science at Victoria University).


Watch the video at 60 minutes.

SpotlightSpotlight on IIT BHU Campus
Campus pictures 




Some facts about IIT (BHU)


Compiled by Pulkit Goel (3rd yr Computer Science and Engineering); and Yogesh Upadhyaya (Chemical 1977)


1) The Engineering College BHU started in one single shed in January, 1919 with Prof. Charles A. King as the first Principal. Its Power House was built, and a 20 KW Set (200 Volt DC) was installed in1921, which was augmented by a 100 KW Set in 1923. The Boiler House was erected in 1922.


2) IIT (BHU), Varanasi has formerly been known as the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET), the College of Technology (TECHNO) and the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU).


3) In 1968, BENCO, TECHNO and MINMET were merged into one and the Institute of Technology (IT-BHU) and the earlier system of regional admission based on merit list was replaced in 1972 by admission through Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses.


4) IIT BHU has the credit of first starting degree classes in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mining, metallurgy and Pharmaceutics, thanks to the foresight of its great founder, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. It is the only IIT to offer UG courses in Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

5) IIT BHU is the only IIT to be linked to a University. It shares campus with IMS-BHU which is proposed to be rechristened as an AIIMS. After this, BHU will be the only university hosting an IIT as well as AIIMS on the same campus.


6)  In the tenth meeting of IIT Council in 1972, it was also proposed to convert the then IT-BHU into an IIT with the East German (GDR) collaboration and a committee was appointed by IIT Council for the same, but due to political reasons, the desired conversion could not be achieved then. The Central Government released a notification on 29 June, 2012 that as per the IITs Act, the transformation process was complete and IT-BHU was officially rechristened as IIT (BHU), Varanasi, as 16th IIT in the country.

7) IIT BHU presently has 17 academic departments namely, including 10 engineering departments, 3 science schools, 3 interdisciplinary schools and a section for Humanities and Social Sciences.


8) IIT BHU was the first to host air shows based on RC aircrafts mad by students at the institute, Kashi Utkarsh is a student-run, non-profit organization of IIT BHU working for the alleviation of misery, penury and disease chiefly in the villages of Varanasi.


Important websites related to IIT-BHU


Institute website: www.iitbhu.ac.in


Alumni website: www.iitbhuglobal.org



Alumni magazine: www.iitbhuglobal.org/chronicle



IIT-BHU in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_Institute_of_Technology_(B.H.U.),_Varanasi_Alumni#Alumni



A List of Notable IIT BHU Alumni



Science & Technology

  • Thomas Anantharaman (Electronics 1982), one of the 3-member team at IBM which developed IBM Deep Blue supercomputer
  • Pulickel Ajayan (Metallurgy 1985), a pioneering scientist in the field of carbon nano tubes
  • Palle Rama Rao (Metallurgy 1964), former Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and Director, DRDO, Padma Bhushan, Life Time Achievement Award from Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India.



  • S. P. Sukhatme (Mechanical 1958), Padma Shri awardee, Former Director IIT Bombay & Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
  • Pankaj Chandra (Mining 1983), former Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
  • Satish K. Tripathi (Mathematics 1969), President of University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
  • Devesh Kapur (Chemical 1983), Director, Centre for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, USA 

Corporate and Business 


  • Nikesh Arora (Electrical 1989), Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Google.
  • Vish Mishra (Electrical 1967), Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partner and former President of TiE organization in Silicon Valley.
  • Ram Charan (Mechanical 1959), management consultant, Global Indian of the year 2010 by Economic Times.
  • S .P. Shukla (Chemical 1979), Member of Group Executive Board Mahindra Group. Former Director of Reliance Group, Director- Sales and Marketing at Swisscom Essar (Now Vodafone)
  • Jay Chaudhry (Electronics), Founder, CEO and Chairman at Zscaler. Serial Entrepreneur - Founded CipherTrust, AirDefense, CoreHarbor, Air2Web, and SecureIT
  • Dr. M. N. Dastur (Mechanical/Electrical 1940's), Founder Chairman and Managing Director of M. N. Dastur and Company
  • A.N. Sreeram (Ceramic 1988), Corporate vice President, Research & Development, Dow Chemical Company.
  • Sarvajna Dwivedi (Pharma 1984), Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Pearl Therapeutics, Inc. (now sold to AstraZeneca for $1.15 Billion)


Government and Social Work


  • Krishan Kant (Chemical 1940's), former Vice-President of India
  • Veer Bhadra Mishra (Professor & Head-Civing Engineering) founder of Sankat Mochan Foundation and was a TIME Magazines "Hero of the Planet" recipient in 1999 for his work related to cleaning of the Ganges.
  • Sandeep Pandey (Mechanical 1986), a Ramon Magsaysay awardee who started the Asha for Education foundation.
  • Satinath Sarangi (Metallurgy 1980), activist and founder and manager of Sambhavna Trust (a charitable trust for Bhopal gas disaster victims), The Week magazine's 'Man of the Year' award in 2010.



Notable Alumni Profiles


Nikesh Arora-Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer


 Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships. Since joining Google in 2004, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led Google's global direct sales operations. He also developed and managed the company's operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets and was responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of Google's growing number of users and advertisers.


Prior to joining Google, he was chief marketing officer and a member of the management board at T-Mobile Europe. While there, he spearheaded all product development, terminals, brand and marketing activities of T-Mobile Europe. In 1999, he started working with Deutsche Telekom and founded T-Motion PLC, a mobile multimedia subsidiary of T-Mobile International. Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, Nikesh held management positions at Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments in Boston.


Nikesh holds a master's degree from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University, both of which were awarded with distinction. He also holds the CFA designation. In 1989, Nikesh graduated from the Institute of Technology in Varanasi, India with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.




Professor P. M. Ajayan - Pioneer in nanotechnology


Pulickel M. Ajayan did his B. Tech in metallurgical engineering from IIT-BHU, in 1985, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University US in 1989.


Prof.  P. M. Ajayan (Pulickel Madhavapanicker Ajayan) is Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Material Science at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. He is among the most distinguished research scientist among the alumni of our institute. He and Prof. Sumio Iijima of Japan are considered as fathers of nano-technology.


 Earlier, he was Henry Burlage Chair Professor in Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Troy, New York. In its December 2006 issue, the Scientific American magazine published a list of 2006 Scientific American top 50 awards. The award lists the top 50 people in the field of research, business and policy making, who have influenced the world, which included Prof. P. M. Ajayan.


Prof. P. M. Ajayan was awarded 2013 Pan-IIT Distinguished Alumni Award for his Academic Excellence at Pan-IIT Global Conference at Houston, Texas. 





IITcampusesCampuses News

IIT-K goes all out for women empowerment at Techkriti 

Sumit Jha, TNN | Mar 6, 2014, 12.00AM IST


The festival this year will also focus on women's issues apart from its technical attractions

Usually Techkriti, the annual tech festival of IIT Kanpur, features robotic shows, mechanical wonders created by IIT-K students and musical events for entertainment. But this year, the festival being organised from March 6-9, is focussing on another aspect too - women empowerment. With the International Women's Day falling during the festival, on March 8, the organisers have invited well-known personalities who would enlighten students about women's issues.
Key Speakers
Suhasini Ali, politician
Meenakshi Lekhi, politician
Alka Lamba, politician
Miss World 1998 Linor Abargail
Naomi Datta, journalist
Pallavi Sharda, actor
Prameela Vadreu, scientist
Read the full article at Time of India.


IIT-B to set up entrepreneurship centre
TNN | Feb 2, 2014, 12.55AM IST


MUMBAI: IIT-B will establish an entrepreneurship centre on its campus, with funding received from Syntel Co-founders Bharat Desai, a 1975-batch alumnus, and Neerja Sethi, under the aegis of The DS Foundation (Desai Sethi Family Foundation).

The centre, which will be named 'Desai Sethi Centre for Entrepreneurship', will encourage entrepreneurship and technology innovation through new programmes for education and research, multi-disciplinary courses, research laboratories and partnerships. Students will receive instructions and mentorship from IIT-B faculty and guest faculty from leading international institutions. Devang Khakhar, IIT-B director, said, "The centre will enable IIT-B to become the hub of entrepreneurship in the region, similar to the role played by Stanford University in the Silicon Valley."

The centre will focus on emerging technology areas like nanotech and biotech. Prototyping facilities will enable students to convert innovative ideas into proofs of concept. Its activities will cover the entrepreneurship value chain to include mentoring, micro-grants and networking with established entrepreneurs and industry leaders. It will be managed by a board comprising faculty members, student representatives, industry professionals and two international entrepreneurship experts. 
Read the full article at Times of India.


IIT-Bombay goes the solar way
TNN | Jan 29, 2014, 04.54AM IST
MUMBAI: Students of IIT-Bombay and Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, on Tuesday, started building a solar-powered 70 sqm house using various material like steel and fibre, but no brick and cement. The structure, which will be ready by February, will be be disassembled and taken to Versailles in France for the international sustainable building design competition hosted by the US Department of Energy.

IIT-B, on Tuesday, also set up a 1MWp (1 MW peak PV power) on the rooftops of its 16 buildings. The plant will occupy a 12,000 sqm area on the rooftops of 16 academic buildings. The power consumption these 16 buildings is of the order of 1500 kW peak while the average consumption is approximately 1000 kW.
Read the full article at Times of India.


IITians make creativity 'glide' 

Runa Mukherjee Parikh, TNN | Mar 15, 2014, 03.34AM IST


AHMEDABAD: Abhishek Ranjan an electrical engineering student and Prashant Shekhar from chemical engineering course in IIT-Gandhinagar, utilized their winter break studying aero-modelling or the science of making small-sized objects fly.

The students approached their faculty, studied YouTube videos and RC Forums to design their very own, powered remote controlled glider, inspired by the popular 'Moss glider'.

"With three motors to propel it forward and manage the upward, downward, left and right directions, the glider can stay airborne for 8 minutes. It has a very powerful motor and needs a windless climate to fly at its best," said Ranjan, 20, from Ranchi.


Read the full article at Times of India.

GurufundaGuru Funda

A PanIIT Exclusive: "Message from Umang Gupta"



5 things I learned (to live with) as a public company CEO


Not all entrepreneurs get to take their companies public. And even if they do, not all of them are prepared for what awaits them. I certainly was not prepared when I took my first startup company, Gupta Technologies, public in 1993. But I learned a lot from that early experience and applied the lessons to my next IPO in 1999. Fifteen years after happily running Keynote Systems as a public company, I recently sold it to a private equity company.


Here are five important lessons I learned during my two journeys from tech founder and entrepreneur to public company CEO:


1. "This is not your father's company." Those words were actually said to me, believe it or not, by an investment banker! Usually bankers are pretty diplomatic with their important CEO clients, but I'd obviously upset this very well-known industry figure with my brash ways. It was 1994 and the startup I had founded and run for nine successful years, Gupta Technologies, had gone public the previous year in one of the hottest tech IPOs of that era. But a year later, our fast growing client server tools and database business started to face increasing competition, leading us to miss a quarterly forecast. Well, that ended our 15 minutes of fame as a Wall Street darling, and our stock price dropped precipitously. Larry Ellison, my former boss from Oracle, called me up, and a few days later he offered to buy my company.


But I was just not ready to sell my baby. After all, it had my name on it, and I had built it brick by brick over many years.

What the banker was really saying to me then was that this was not my company any more, and while I was still its largest shareholder, it belonged to its public shareholders. It was not a company I had inherited from my dad, nor was I was going to pass it along to my children. I now had to think about what the majority of my shareholders would want me to do, not just what I as the founder wanted to do.


My board was divided about how to respond to the offer, but they mostly took their guidance from me. So when I said no to the offer, they went along. Big mistake. We should have sold the company for what in hindsight turned out to be a pretty good price. Even though I embarked on an ambitious turnaround plan, the stock continued to fall, the company's position went from bad to worse, and 18 months later I finally threw in the towel. I resigned from position as CEO and from the board, sold all my shares, changed the name of the company, and went off to lick my wounds.

It was a hard lesson for a young entrepreneur. When you bring on the public as shareholders, you also lose some freedom of action as a CEO. As long as you are producing the numbers that Wall Street expects, you will have all the freedom you want. But if and when you miss your numbers, you need to keep Wall Street in mind as you create a plan to win back their favor. You can't just ignore your shareholders as if they are simply suppliers of capital with no say-so in running their company. Which brings me to an elemental truth about tech companies so well known to most experienced investors.


2. "When a high tech company hits the wall, you don't usually see the skid marks." That's a popular saying from Wall Street that is so very true. The overwhelming reason most investors invest in tech IPOs is because they expect higher growth from them than from more mature companies. Otherwise they would be just as comfortable investing in steel or railroads. So young, fast-growing Silicon Valley companies are often encouraged by their early venture capitalist investors to take advantage of an available "window of opportunity" to go public, even if they might not be ready for it.

Most such companies that go public have reached a point where their markets and business models are relatively proven, but that doesn't mean they can achieve the earnings consistency of, say, a GE or IBM. In fact, some of them aren't even making any earnings! And many have a large part of their revenues coming quite late in the quarter. So it's only natural that some of them are likely to miss their forecasts, if not right after going public, then at least within the first few quarterly earnings cycles. But they are growing so fast, that when they do hit a revenue (or earnings) wall, even experienced CEOs sometimes don't know it's going to happen until the very end of the quarter. When they finally realize it's time to hit the brakes, the accident's already happened!


Despite the risk of such regular blow-ups, there are overwhelming benefits to most parties involved in the IPO process. The venture capitalists get to have a successful financial exit, which results in increasing their fund returns. The entrepreneurs who founded the business find it incredibly seductive to take their company public and achieve not only a tangible net worth for their hard work but also get to be feted and celebrated by the public as heroes of our modern capitalist society. And, of course, the investment bankers make money on their commissions. Even the buyers of the IPO stock usually end up making money because the IPO price is usually established to result in a first day "pop" of the stock, which allows the major institutional buyers who purchase most of the scarce stock to make some quick returns.

Most everybody wins as long as the stock price does not crater during the usual lock-up period after the IPO because of an earnings miss or due to a general stock market meltdown. But what happens when the post-IPO honeymoon is over? That brings me to the most important job of the public company CEO.


3. "When CEOs have troubles at work, they take them home. When I have troubles, I usually sell them!" Those were the memorable words of a hedge fund investor who owned stock in my first company and also chose to invest in my second one. That second company was Keynote Systems, an Internet startup that I had the good luck to invest in as an angel investor in 1997 and whose founding shareholder I bought out a few months later to become its CEO.

While I was able to build a pretty solid business with real revenues and customers over the next two years, we also got lucky by timing our IPO with the Internet bubble of 1999 and raised a lot of money during a hot initial offering and an even hotter secondary offering a few months later. But once the bubble burst in early 2000 and most of our shareholders had sold their "troubles" in the stock market meltdown that followed, being an Internet company CEO was a lonely 24�7 job.


I took my troubles home every day. And unlike my investors, I could not just sell my company and move on to the next opportunity. There were no buyers for Keynote, and besides, most of the shareholders who had bought my stock at its post-bubble low point didn't want me to sell out at the bottom. I figured that they had "re-hired" me to build more value into the company than what the stock market reflected at that time.


This understanding of the ultimate fiduciary duty of a public company CEO is what has guided my actions ever since. In any modern corporation, a CEO's job is to act as a steward of shareholder capital. A public company CEO's job is made harder because not all shareholders have the same investment time horizon, some want you to increase stock price in the short term regardless of long-term consequences, and others are more patient and understanding of a longer-term view. In other words, some are fickle and some are faithful. How then to reconcile the needs of this diverse owner base, and do so without twisting yourself or your employees into a constant state of churn similar to what exists in the stock market? That brings me to my next to last lesson.


4. "Love the one you're with" - that's an old song from the seventies. In this case it means, you can't just flit from opportunity to opportunity without actually giving your full passion and energy and talent to the business that brought you to the IPO party. Operating a business day-in day-out can sometimes mean a lot of hard grinding work that requires you to constantly pay attention to boring details. Most startup entrepreneurs are great ideas people, but many reach a level of ineptitude when confronted with managing operating minutiae and processes. Some of them recognize this in themselves and step aside for a professional CEO or COO when their company arrives at such a stage. Others are forced to step aside before they go public by their venture capital investors if the company has moved out of the founder's individual control. And yet, many companies do go public with their original founders at the helm. Some of these founders evolve to become very capable public company CEOs, many do not. While I was one of those founders who did not succeed at my first try, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do it a second time, and apply the lessons I learnt from my first failure. Which brings me to my last lesson that does not need much elaboration.


5. "When the fat lady sings, exit stage left." However good your last act, there is always another act that follows. It is important to understand when your time on the stage is over, and to make room for the next act. Sometimes this means finding a successor to take the company to the next level without you, sometimes it means selling the company to pursue an existence as part of a larger player, and sometimes it might mean taking it private to undertake a restructuring or strategy shift that is best done outside of the public eye. The trick is to accomplish this with as much forethought as possible and above all-do it gracefully. For the company, and for you !


Short Bio: Umang Gupta is a well-known Silicon Valley technology visionary, entrepreneur, company founder, and public company CEO. After having spent more than 40 years helping to build the enterprise software industry, among other things being credited with writing the first business plan for Oracle in 1981, Umang is now devoting his time exclusively to the fledgling online education industry as an investor, board member, and advisor.





ChaptersnewsChapters News & Events

PanIIT Education Summit, March 29, 2014 Sunnyvale, CA


Pan IIT Alumni Association brings to you thought leaders who are driving the spread of primary education in India. Come and share your thoughts on how to enhance the quality of such education using technology. The outcome could go a long way in benefitting millions of children who seek a better future for themselves.


The purpose of this PanIIT Conference is to engage IITians in helping to improve the quality of K-12 school education in India. With the spread of free high quality teaching content from many non-profit organizations such as the Khan Academy, and the push of government to make available low cost tablet computers across all schools, it is time for IITians to come up with imaginative software solutions to meet the unique needs of India and to improve literacy across the land.

DATE & TIME:   March 29th, 2014 (Saturday) from 2pm to 7pm
VENUE: Netapp, Building 3, 495 East Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

For more information and registration, please visit http://tickets.indolink.com/php/buyTickets.php?event=2200


IITSINE annual gala on March 29, 2014.


Founded in 1996, IITSINE (Indian Institutes of Technology Society in New England) is the first IIT chapter formed in US. Every year IITSINE holds its annual social gala in the month of March. This social event is open to all members, their families and friends. The gala is a very popular event where cultural programs are presented by children and adults, as well as games are held.


This year the gala will be held in the evening of Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Brigid Keilty Hall, 1981 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02421. IITSINE Executive Committee would like to cordially invite all of you, your family and friends to this wonderful event. Please register for the event at http://www.iitsine.org starting on February 1st or sending an email to Raj Laad (raj_laad@yahoo.com).



IIT BC Alumni 13th Reunion on Saturday May 31, 2014


Dear IIT Alumni BC associates (70+ as of right now),


On behalf of Sheelu and Jake Alexander, I am pleased to invite you and your significant other to participate at our 13th IIT BC Alumni gathering to be held at their home, 5pm on Saturday May 31..... An evening with dinner, camaraderie, networking, music and fun! As in the recent past, we will have a musical program for those who want to partake in it. Others can continue to network. Since the space will be limited to 30 people on a first come first serve basis to ensure comfort and relaxed sitting.


Please RSVP as soon as possible, before March 31, with the following:

1.Participate: YES or NO (Please reply even if a NO so as to have the knowledge that I have your correct email address),

2.If YES: Full name(s) of person(s) attending and any song selections/preferences so we can get Chords, Lyrics etc. Jake is planning to use his TV to show the Lyrics, if possible. Hence this request in advance.

3.Any Feedback/comments/advise/suggestions etc.


Location of gathering, with plenty of parking on the street, will be 9244, 206 St, Langley. In early May, we will get in touch with those who plan to participate with "Pot-Luck" items for dinner. For any questions, feel free to contact me via telephone or email or Jake at bino@rocketmail.com


Looking forward to a great participation. Thanks again to Sheelu and Jake for their enthusiasm and gracious offer to host this reunion.


Warm Regards,

Ashok Abhyankar, M.Sc. P. Eng.

IIT Bombay Electrical Engineering class of 1965

M: (604) 649-8633


PAN IIT 2014 International Conference, June 6-8, 2014 Toronto, Canada


This year's Pan-IIT is being held in Toronto in June 2014. Toronto is the financial hub of Canada, as well as one of the most cosmopolitan and livable cities in the world.



Pan-IIT 2014 will be one of the largest and most important conferences for those seeking the best of what North America and India has to offer from a Canadian perspective. The program features insights into trends in the industry, entrepreneurship and academia. You'll also get involved in deep discussions that are about the application of innovative solutions that lead to transformation.



Head to Pan-IIT 2014 in Toronto, which takes place from June 6 to 8, at Toronto's International Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre. While you are here, discover Toronto and stretch your visit to see Niagara Falls, play golf and drive further north and discover Canada's beautiful summer.


Plan now, see video clip:  http://youtu.be/hv-PFSgHbhg



The top 5 reasons why you should register for Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto:




Hear world-class keynotes: There will also be top-notch keynote speakers on the stage.



Directors from Indian Institutes of Technology and their leadership teams will be available to discuss on how to strengthen partnerships with Indian Institutes of Technology.


Hear about Canada's offerings in Entrepreneurship direct from leaders. Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto is the venue for Accelerators, Incubators, Venture Capitalists, Entrepreneurs and Universities.


Meet your fellow alumni and expand your circle of friends, influencehttp://www.iitsine.org rs, and professional contacts. Pan-IIT 2014 Toronto provides an invaluable opportunity to interact with your peers, compare experiences, bounce ideas, and see and hear industry thought leaders, technology experts and leaders from the academia up close and personal.


The theme of Pan-IIT conference sums it up: Innovate, Integrate and Transform. You will walk away with ideas that'll help you discover Canada, its relation with USA and India in a new light. See the list of speakers and more details of the program at www.paniit2014toronto.org and register today !

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FICCI Event: Indo-US Partnership, April 24 & 25, 2014
VolunteeringatPanIITVolunteering at PanIIT USA - All it takes is one hour a week of your time!!!
Call for volunteers
Arjun Sen, PanIIT USA President requests each of you to consider giving one hour a week to PanIIT

Dear friends,


I am excited to share with you that your 2014-15 PanIIT USA Executive Team is off to a flying start. The PanIIT USA Board has clearly defined the mission as:

  1. Promote and enhance a common "IIT" brand for the IIT's and its Alumni (Branding)
  2. Offer common Alumni Services to help alumni achieve their professional and personal (or lifestyle) goals. 

Let me share with your 2014-15 PanIIT USA Executive Team is working on. But we know that we can only capitalize on this good start with help from you. So if you can spend 1 hour a week, it will assist the team make huge impact. As you review the current areas we are working on please choose the area that fits your passion/interest. Then email the team captain for the area and be part of the excitement.




Communication Area: Team Captain Priyank Saxena can be reached at psaxena9@gmail.com


Newsletter: We are excited to celebrate one campus in each newsletter. February was Roorkee, this issue is Varanasi. So enjoy the new and enhanced newsletter and forward to other alumni. If you like to write, this is the perfect area for you.


Website: New website has been launched and in the next few months we will be adding a lot of functionality. We need volunteers in every area of the website, from news search, updating the site, adding new areas like job board and event calendar.


LinkedIn: PanIIT Linked is one of most active alumni groups on LinkedIn. We are going to open a lot of subgroups based on alumni interest. If you want to be the manager of a sub-group, choose the topic and please contact us.





 Chapter support Area: Team Captain Gyan Saxena can be reached at gyansaxena@datamanusa.com


Roadmap for chapters: We are ready to actively support the chapters. We have a detailed roadmap ready. We have enthusiastic support from the PanIIT USA Board to do "what it takes" to make each chapter successful.


Current Chapters Engaged: Chapters in Carolinas, New England, Greater Houston, North Texas, Greater New York, Greater Washington Area, Bay Area and Southern Cal have started the year with big plans for local alumni. We are assisting the chapters in Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Chicago, Northwest, Tennessee, Southeast, Columbus and Colorado to plan their 2014 chapter activities. We are excited to announce our newest chapter in Long Island. There is interest to open chapters in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.



So jump in and join us to make your local chapter more successful. Supporting all the chapters takes a lot of volunteer hours and we could really use your 1 hour a week help.





PANIIT WOMEN'S GROUP: Team Captain Ranjani Saigal can be reached at ranjani@lokvani.com



Ranjani Saigal, Mandy Pant, Debjani Biswas and Smita Bagla launched the group with a vision for the next few years which included helping empower our fellow IIT Women, showcasing IIT women role models to the entire IIT Alumni community, encouraging balanced and visible representation of women at the IIT-Alumni organized global events like PANIIT etc. Join the team by emailing Ranjani or join the newly formed LinkedIn sub-group.




ALUMNI SERVICES: Team Captain Witty Bindra can we reached at wbindra@iitagh.org


BRANDING VISION IN PLACE: This is the toughest area and also the area where we can make one of the biggest impact for our alumni. Sky Basu, Sanjiv Sinha, JV Jankiram and Partha Chatterjee developing the roadmap for branding. We need every branding mind to assist us brand PanIIT. With incredible success by our alumni nearly in every field possible, we have an amazing product to brand. All we need to do is figure out how and then put a plan in place.


Database: With 60,000+ alumni in the country and more than 32,000 already on our database, our strength in numbers should be a huge strategic advantage for each individual alumni. We want to make it possible for each alumni to harness this database for personal and professional success. This is an area where we need passionate volunteers with database experience to make a huge impact.



As you can see, we are excited and there are enough reasons for it. But the excitement can only become reality if we get 1 hour a week from you. So join the team and let us make PanIIT USA the most envied alumni organization in the country. Please send us an email at newsletter@iit.org indicating your area of interest.



Arjun Sen

President, PanIIT USA



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Ambi Parameswaran's latest book: 'For God's Sake' - Published by Penguin India


'Religion is at the heart of Indian life and smart businesses have understood how to tailor winning products and services by mining religious insights.'


Mumbai: An advertising person constantly strives to connect market research data to insights to come up with a winning campaign. Ambi being an experienced adman wanted to combine his experience with his interest in religious studies. He had spent a substantial amount of time researching 'Religiosity and Consumer Behaviour' for his thesis for his PhD. As he completed his PhD, he realized that on the topic of religiosity and consumer behavior there was very little written that was accessible to the lay reader. This led to the idea of writing a book that looked at myriad ways in which consumer behaviour in India is influenced and guided by religious beliefs and practices.


Ambi Parameswaran has filled this book with personal stories, anecdotes, lessons and excerpts from research and other publications. Here's what a charged up Ambi had to say, "This book is a bit different from my previous books. It is not just focused on branding and advertising, but has a broader sweep of this fascinating area I call religiosity and consumer behavior." This book is a treat for anyone interested in how religiosity is evolving in India and how clever marketers have ridden the wave by tailoring their products and services. It truly is a fascinating book on the business of Indian religion.


About the book:

Ambi Parameswaran combines his thirty-five year experience as an advertising man with his interest in religious studies to attempt to answer questions like:

* Are Indians becoming more religious and more consumption driven at the same time?

* Why has the bindi almost disappeared from Indian advertisements?

* How did Akshaya Trithiya become such a big deal?

* What makes Lord Shiva so cool?

* How did a Chennai-based department store start the New Year Sale phenomenon?

* Are Muslims more open-minded shoppers?

* Why do people who have no interest in using an MBA degree still get an MBA degree?

* How did Manusmriti do a tremendous disservice to Indian women?

* What can Harvard Business School learn from the Kumbh Mela?


About the author:

Ambi Parameswaran has spent a large part of his thirty-five-year working career in advertising at Draftfcb Ulka where he rose to be Executive Director and CEO. An engineer from IIT Madras and MBA from IIM Calcutta, he also completed his PhD from Mumbai University in 2012. Ambi has authored/co-authored six books on topics ranging from Brand Building and Advertising to Consumer Behavior. When he is not busy at work, reading, writing or teaching, you can find him at a music concert. His wife Nithya is an ex-marketer turned stock market investor. His son Aditya is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and Stanford. Ambi and his son started their PhDs at the same time but Ambi says he beat his son in the race to complete his PhD. And Ambi will not tolerate any sassy back answers from his son on that, For God's Sake!


Log on to http://www.youtube.com/forgodssake2014 to hear Ambi speak about the book


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RecepieRecipe of the month

In honor of Waldy's

By Sanjiv Sinha (IIT-R '89)



Every campus has their favorite place to celebrate. This is where seniors would treat juniors, where the fortunate few would go on dates, and where job/schol/b-school entrance parties would happen. IIT Madras had Waldorf aka Waldy's: a Chinese restaurant by the main gate. I remember it being spectacularly good from my visits. I am sure my IITM friends feel the same way. That view, is of course, is colored by nostalgia. Regardless of how good it really is, it has great memories associated with it. So with nostalgia in my back pocket and a wok in front of me, I give to you a quick and easy veggie noodle dish. This recipe, which is frequently my lunch is pretty easy to make.


A bit of history about this recipe first. I went to boarding school as a kid and a school run by Franciscans at that. Saint Francis of Assisi, whose code these folks live by, was an Italian mendicant saint who lived frugally and helped mankind. Unfortunately for us poor students, this philosophy made its way to the food that was served in our dining hall as well. It really was pretty bad. Tasteless and sometimes undercooked, it needed all the help it could get from condiments that we could throw at it (think pickles and jams) to make it somewhat palatable. NOTE: I am told by reliable sources that went to boarding schools in other parts of the world that food is uniformly bad at such places and that Franciscan boarding schools cannot claim exclusivity for providing such privilege.


Well, once a week, we would get a break from the routine and we could leave the school to go to local market to buy school supplies, books, whatever else we needed and yes, to eat. Now, you have to understand that this school was in Lucknow, one of the major foodie centers in India (the place where the Dum Pukht style of cooking was invented), so the options available to us were amazing. There were kababs and biryani, chaat and dosa, and of course, Indian Chinese. One of my fondest memories is eating Chow Mein, as the noodle dish was called. Chicken Chow Mein cost five rupees at that time (about $0.10) so it was well within the reach of our pocket money. And it was good.




The recipe is approximate since I end up using whatever I can lay my hands on. So experiment and enjoy.







1 tsp cooking oil

1/4 onion - sliced

1 tsp minced garlic

4 oz hard tofu cut into small half inch cubes

1 yellow zucchini - diced into small half inch pieces

1/4 broccoli head - cut into small bite sized pieces

1 medium carrot - peeled and diced into small half inch pieces

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 tsp of Sriracha aka Rooster Sauce - because it makes everything better

Black pepper

Five spice powder


1 "square" of egg noodles -cooked according to instructions (you would use the same amount of noodles as a single serving of Ramen noodles)


1/4 cup roasted peanuts





NOTE: The key to cooking this is what is key to any kind of wok cooking - high heat and frequent stirring. You want the veggies to sear, but remain crunchy.


1. On high heat, heat the oil in a wok.

2. Add the onion and garlic and cook till the onion starts to brown.

3. Add the tofu and the veggies and cook till they sear. Make sure you are moving stuff around otherwise it will burn.

4. Add the vinegar, soy, Hoisin and Rooster sauce. Add mix it up. TIP: The sauces should be added last and not left in the cooking for very long. Prolonged cooking with the sauces will make the veggies soft.

5. Add a bit of the pepper, five spice powder and salt to taste.

6. Add the noodles and peanuts and mix well. Cook till they are heated through.

7. Serve immediately.







Sanjiv Sinha  Though Sanjiv Sinha (IITR E&C '89) specializes in Enterprise Software Sales, his passion lies in cooking. The lack of basic cooking skills in the US and all the health related problems that result from it disturb him greatly. He blogs regularly at foodydoody.wordpress.com and is working on creating opportunities for people to be better prepared to take control of their lives through food. When he is not helping companies sell software or cooking, he can be found spending time with his family, on long runs or playing with his band. He can be reached at sanjiv@yellowrickshaw.com.







 (Please note that the above recipe has already been published in one of the past newsletters edition. Enjoy!) 












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