Saturday, 19 April 2008

Meet babus who are Bihar proud

Meet babus who are Bihar proud
- Expatriates continue to help their home state

From the state: Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Patna, April 6: While Shiv Sena continues its anti-north India, especially anti-Bihar tirade, unknown faces silently continue to make Bihar and the country proud.

People like Ramesh Yadav, an NRI, who unfolded his plans to construct hotels at Gaya and Rajgir after a global meet in early 2007 — is only one example among several.

Like him there is Sukhanandan, a software expert based in California, who recently visited home district Sitamarhi with a blueprint to start a hospital at Dumra, 60km from Patna.

Its construction would involve as many people from local areas and would offer a mix of allopathic, yoga and ayurvedic cures. Sukhnandan has started acquiring land for his project, due to start after he completes all government formalities.

For the project, Sukhanandan met kindred spirit, senior IPS officer Arvind Pandey, the founder of Biharbhakti Andolan — a campaign to unite people of Bihar.

Talking to The Telegraph, Pandey, currently serving as the deputy inspector-general of police (Tirhut range), said: “I usually request people who visit the Biharbhakti Andolan website to help their state.”

Pandey, originally hailing from Vindhyachal in Uttar Pradesh, has settled in Bihar and feels proud to call himself a “Bihari”.

“We plan to start offices in all districts of the state and in other states and abroad where people from Bihar live to help the state that I call my home,” he adds.

In his website he has found the support of 100-odd NRIs, mostly from Bihar.

Ramraj Pandey, a Muzaffarpur resident now living in USA, recently organised a scientific foresight meet at Patna. He has plans to start an engineering college at his district town.

He is expected in the state later this month.

Vibhuti Vikramadity, a Patna resident living in South Korea, is planning another scientific meet in Patna.

New Delhi-based senior IPS officer revealed his plans to start a scholarship programme from hometown Bhagalpur to promote local brains.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Dr. Kalam Accepts Invitation to Bihar Science Conference

Patna: April 9, 2008
Dr. A. P. J. Kalam, the former President of India, has confirmed his participation as the keynote speaker in the inaugural function of the first Bihar Science Conference being organized by Bihar Brains (BBrains Development Society) and Department of Science and Technology, Govt of Bihar, at Patna scheduled for May 7-9, 2008.

Considering the extreme heat during the week of conference, the committee decided to change the venue from Patna University to Sri Krishna Memorial Hall for the inaugural session the Patna Planetarium auditorium for technical session.

The 3-day conference will be attended by more than 300 scientists from India and abroad including scientists from Oxford University, University of Leeds, Max Planck Research Institute, Germany, Korea and USA, IITs, NITs, IISC, Central Universities and other research institutes in India.

Prominent scientists who are expected to deliver their lecture include Dr. S. E. Hasnain (Member, SAC-PM), Prof Animesh Jha (University of Leeds), Mr. Ashish Kumar (Oxford University), Prof Ruxandra Sitaraeneu (Max Planck Research Institute, Germany), Prof M. K. Mishra, IIT Mumbai, Prof Shibaji Raha (Director, Bose Institute, Kolkata), and Prof Vijay Singh, TIFR, Mumbai.

This was informed by Dr. Jagannath Thakur, chairman of the conference and former Vice Chancellor of Patna University.

This conference is on the pattern of Indian Science Congress in which one university gets "Hosting University status". Patna University is the first hosting university for this conference, Thakur said.

The conference intends to create a platform for the great minds from various subjects to come together for fostering scientific temperament in the state. Experts from various fields are likely to evaluate the existing information, to interpret the presented data, to discuss suitable measures for clear and useful results and finally to explore if collective efforts are promising to achieve favorable working environment for research and development in the state.

Dr. Anil Kumar, state Minister for Science & Technology, Prof Shyam Lal, Vice Chancellor Patna University, Prof I. Ehsan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Patna University, Dr. Y. C. Simadri, (former PU VC), Dr. (Prof) S. E. Hasnain, Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and the Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University.

Bibhuti Bikramaditya, Global Chairman, BiharBrains (BBrains Development Society) is the patron of the conference. He was scheduled to be accompanied by Prof J. N. Chatterjee, the former head of Chemistry Department, Patna University, who sadly died just few days back.

“I am very happy to know that Bihar is gearing up for holding its first Bihar Science Conference (Bihar Vigyan Sammelan) which will bring scientists, academicians and young scientist from India and abroad on a common platform for exchanging ideas on the subjects of science and technology,” Dr. Hasnain said about the conference.

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