Anil and his wife, Radha, were in India (February 12 – March 6) on vacation. They took time off from their vacation, and visited BIT Sindri to talk with the administration, faculty members and students on February 25. In addition they met BIT Sindri alumni members in Delhi, Bokaro, Ranchi and Rourkela (Odisha) respectively on February 12, 25, 26 and 28. Shri Rajendra Choudhary 77 Mech, President of BIT Sindri Ranchi Chapter was with us for our meeting at BIT, Bokaro, Ranchi and Rourkela. Shri Navin Parmar, 77 Civil, Retired Chief Engineer, PHED, Jharkhand attended the meetings at Sindri, Bokaro and Ranchi. Narain Lal, 64 Mechanical was present in Sindri and Bokaro meetings.
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Dr. Madhukar Nagarkar was a 1960 metallurgical engineering graduate. He moved to the USA in 1968 and finished PhD from the University of Denver. Madhukar worked in responsible capacities with Motorola Company in Phoenix until his retirement. He moved to Pune where he died on December 29. Madhukar was one of the motivator for me to start our alumni association. He stayed in the background but always contributed money and advised me regarding our alumni association. He leaves behind his wife Usha and son Sumant who is a physician in Los Angeles.
IAS Ajay K Singh, an IIT Delhi graduate, has the primary responsibility of moving the papers, ordered by the Chief Minister in our meeting on Nov 19, 2015. The Jharkhand Govt also wants to move on recently approved Technical University whose plans intersect with ours, and we may have to settle for something less while still securing Autonomy
On the evening of Nov 21, some 10 faculty members were waiting for me at the entrance of the Alumni House at BIT Sindri to raise their concerns with the news headlines of BIT Sindri getting Autonomy. Prof Dr Raj Dubey, from U of Waterloo, Canada, and I, met with them for over an hour, listened to their fears, based on reported adversities at some institutions in connection with Autonomy. The feeling expressed was that of fear of losing their job, seniority, promotion prospects, retirement, and pension. They also expressed fear for students in rising fees and expenses. Their feelings were intense, and their ability to listen was markedly reduced. We listened very attentively, tried to assure them that no harm should come to them or the students.
Kharagpur police on Saturday claimed they have cracked the case of the mysterious death of railway engineer Saurabh Kumar. In an apparent u-turn, the police claimed that railway officer Saurabh Kumar was indeed murdered. This comes two months after the police's initial claim that the officer may have died of snake bite.
Our President, Neil Pundit had a telephone conversation with the father of slain alum Saurabh Kumar, and he will visit the family on Nov 24 in Akilabad, near Hajipur. Here is a summary of the phone conversation by Dr Pundit:
Father, Suresh Ray, M +91 993 179 2488, is retired, aggrieved, but soft spoken. His only wish is that justice be done with a proper inquiry such that his son's sacrifice with his life fosters the cause of honesty in the prevailing corruption.
Please sign the petition "CBI , Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Home Affairs: CBI Enquiry into the Death of Saurabh Kumar" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.