Alumni Recognize Faculty
BITS alumni honour
their distinguished teachers, during the BITSAA Global Meet at Hyderabad from 3-5 January, 2014,
crowning the Golden Jubilee (1964-2014) celebration of BITS Pilani. Alumni around
the globe recognize ten teachers for the difference they made in the lives of
students. These teachers were accomplished and committed in their disciplines
and infectively enthusiastic about the subjects they taught. They were
recognized, because they welcomed, invited, and answered questions with
sincerity, or inspired, encouraged, and motivated the students to explore the
subject more, or engaged and involved them during the teaching-learning process,
or were able to simplify concepts, or were good communicators in general, or
were principled and self-disciplined - yet approachable, or served as a role
model, or were helpful in some other way in the students’ professional growth.
Three of the recognized
faculty members are no more with us. The legacy and impressions they left
behind are a tribute to the enduring quality of the education at BITS.
following bio-data for the faculty felicitated in BGM 2014 was synthesized with
the help of alumni, faculty, and family. We apologize for any inadequacies in
our coverage. We hope that alumni, in larger numbers, will continue the
recognition of their outstanding teachers in future BGMs.
Prof. Suman Kapur, Pilani & Hyderabad Campus, 2004-Present
Prof. Kapur is Dean of
International Programmes and Collaboration Division at BITS Pilani, and also a
Senior Professor in the Biological Sciences Department. Recently she was appointed
as Shri B K Birla & Smt. Sarala Birla Chair Professor for the period of
2011-2014. She has been Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University,
the Malkolak Knowledge Centre, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She
has been awarded many fellowships, such as the Lalor Foundation and the National
Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) National
Science Talent Search (NSTS). She is a life member of many professional
societies. Author of more than 80 papers in reviewed journals and presenter of
more than 150 talks, she is also on the editorial board of eminent journals in
her profession. Prof. Kapur earned her B.Sc. Zoology (Hons) degree from Delhi
University and M.Sc. (Medical Biochemistry) and
Ph.D., from AIIMS, New Delhi.
Prof. Surekha Bhanot, Pilani Campus,1979-83, 2002-Present
In the Department of Electrical & Electronics/Instrumentation, Prof. Bhanot teaches courses such as Transducers and Signal Conditioning, Industrial instrumentation & control, Process dynamics and control, Electrical and Electronics Measurements, Electrical Sciences, and Analog electronics. She was also Warden of Meera Bhawan during 2004. Prof. Bhanot earned her BE (Mechanical) and M. Phil (Instrumentation) degrees from BITS Pilani, and her Ph.D. from IIT Roorkee. She has published in various journals in the subjects of artificial intelligence, sensors and controls. Surekha ji is a second-generation BITS employee.
Dr. Biju Raveendran, Pilani & Goa Campus, 2003 – Present
In the Dept. of Computer Science and Information systems, Dr. Raveendran
teaches and researches Operating Systems, Real-time Systems, Embedded
Computer Architecture; and Storage Systems. . He has published many papers
in various conferences such as those sponsored by the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery
Prof. Aditya Mathur, Pilani campus,1978-85
Mathur is Head of the Information
Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) Pillar and Professor at Singapore
University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Previously he was a Professor
and Head, Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. He also taught
at Georgia Institute of Technology from
1985-87. He is one of the founders of the Department of Computer Science
at BITS, Pilani, where he designed, developed, and taught the first course on
microprocessors to undergraduate students from his seminal book, “Introduction
to Microprocessors.” Dr. Mathur has been a prolific researcher with over 100
published works in international journals and conferences. His key
contributions include a multilingual computer, the saturation effect in
software testing, a theory of software cybernetics, and novel techniques for
the estimation of software reliability.
He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from BITS.
Prof. V S Rao, Pilani & Hyderabad Campus. 1979 – Present
Since 2006, Prof. Rao is Director and Senior Professor at Hyderabad campus. He has taught courses such as Organic Chemistry, Structure & Reactivity of Organic Compounds, Organic Chemistry, and Stereo Chemistry & Reaction Mechanisms. His research interests are Drug Synthesis & Green Chemistry. He is a Member of the World Association for Cooperative Education, Boston, USA. At Pilani campus, he held various positions such as Dean of Practice School Division and Chief Warden. He earned his BS degree from Andhra University, MS and Ph.D. from BITS Pilani, and Certificate on Educational Economics and Education reesarch, from University of Bielfeld, Germany.
Prof. M S Radhakrishnan, Pilani & Hyderabad Campus, 1975 –
Prof. Radhakrishnan has been associated with the Department of
Mathematics for over 35 years, first at Pilani campus and now at Hyderabad
campus. He earned
his MA degree from Annamalai University
and Ph.D. (Mathematics), from BITS-Pilani
Prof. Sandhya Mitra, Pilani campus, 1969-89
Dr. Sandhya Mitra, Professor of Biological
Sciences, was an excellent teacher, who introduced the first undergraduate
laboratory course in Genetic Engineering in India. She authored five textbooks,
and successfully enthused and encouraged many students with backgrounds in
different science and engineering subjects to pursue research in molecular biology and
genetic engineering, as viable careers. She was instrumental in introducing,
and organizing popular extracurricular cultural programs such as 'Mitali',
'Manjusha', and 'Urvashi', and also directed some editions of these. She introduced
several items into the annual OASIS cultural festival, and started the series
of lectures by students in the forum known as 'Ideation'.
(Late) Prof. Mohi Mohon Mukerji
Mohi Mohon Mukerji, or M-cubed, as he was known among his students, was born in
Calcutta on 22nd May 1922. He went to school at Ballygunge Government High
School, graduated with the equivalent of a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering
from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and earned his Masters in Electrical
Engineering from the University
of Washington, Seattle in 1946. Then, after teaching
for a few years, he worked for Philips (India). In 1950
he married Ms. Roma Sen; they had two children, Jishnu and Anindita. In 1955 he
installed the first digital computer in India at the Indian Statistical
Institute in Baranagar, thus starting the history of IT in India. Later, he
worked for Hindusthan Steel at the Bhilai Steel Plant as Electrical Engineer in
charge of Testing and Commissioning. In this role he participated in the commissioning
of the first Coke Ovens, Blast Furnace and Open Hearth Furnace in Bhilai. In
1959 he moved from industry to academia, joining the Birla Engineering College
in Pilani, for the rest of his professional career. He was one of the first professors
from Pilani to visit MIT for a year under the BITS-MIT-Ford Foundation scheme.
While at MIT, he taught courses with Prof. Paul Grey, who later became the
President of MIT, and Dr. Amar Gopal Bose of the "Bose Speakers"
fame. Upon return to BITS he played a key role in setting up the first computer
at BITS and in the creation of the Information Processing Center as its first
Chief. After a long and fruitful career as a very popular professor at BITS, he
retired in 1982 and moved back to Calcutta. Even in his retirement he kept active
professionally, providing guidance to several IT startups, serving on their
boards. He also became quite active in the Sadharan Bramho Samaj, the faith in
which both he and his wife were born. After a long and fruitful life, he passed
away in 2005.
(Late) Prof. K V Ramanan
Professor Ramanan is
remembered for inspiring students as a passionate teacher of Electronics
(especially electronic devices) at the Pilani campus - so passionate that he
visited students in their hostels to clear their doubts about the subject matter.
He also supervised a few Ph.D. scholars at BITS. Among his several books, the
one titled “Functional Electronics” was adopted as a textbook across India; it
was a function-based unified treatment of devices of different technologies: the
vacuum tube, the bipolar junction transistor (BJT) and the field effect
In 1970, when the two separate departments,
Electrical and Electronics were merged into the EEE department, he was
appointed as its Head. Always devoted to the causes of students at BITS, he
helped many under-performing students clear up their course back log. He also
contributed significantly in the formulation of the New Academic Regulations at
BITS. Well known to be fearless and principled, 1974, when he saw the
administration authorize police use of force to disperse the students’ peaceful
picketing, he resigned from his position. Later that year, he was appointed as
the Dean of the newly organized Academic Registration & Counselling
In 1952, Prof. K V Ramanan earned the BSc
(Honors) Physics degree from St Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, ranking at
the top in the entire Madras Presidency.
Drawn towards the applied aspects of Physics, he studied at the Indian
Institute of Science, Bangalore earning a DIISC in 1954, followed by a Masters
in Engineering in 1961. He started teaching at the BITS’ predecessor
engineering college in 1956.
He retired from BITS in 1986, but pursued
further challenges in what he loved the most, teaching younger generations. First,
he helped in the growth of RAIT (Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology), a Bombay
University College which produced many University topper by the end of his
tenure. In the final year of his life, he helped a small, resource-limited
institution, MSEC (Mohamed Satak Engineering College) in Kilakarai, a
small village in TamilNadu.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, a
daughter, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. His wife,
Vijayalakshmi and sons, Sriram, Shankar & Ganesh are settled in the USA. His
daughter, Kalpana, lives in Mumbai.
(Late) Prof. Payare Parimoo
Born on November 6, 1938 in Srinagar, Prof.
Parimoo went for higher education to the USA, earning a Master’s degree in
Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Mississippi in 1965 and a Ph. D
in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Missouri in 1970. After a brief
scientific pursuit at CDRI, Lucknow and RRL Jorhat, Dr. Parimoo began his
career at BITS, Pilani in 1974, teaching in the Pharmacy group. From 1977 for a
decade, he was engaged in a series of successful foreign assignments at various
pharmaceutical faculties in the USA, UK and Africa. Then, Prof. Parimoo
rejoined BITS and, in 1991, became Group Leader, Pharmacy. In his career at
BITS, Prof. Parimoo had supervised over fifty M. Pharm dissertations, guided
four Ph. D students, and authored two textbooks - one in Medicinal Chemistry
and the other, in Instrumental Methods of Analysis. At the time of his sad
demise, he had three doctoral students working under him.
A researcher in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
(especially, New Drug Synthesis and Pharmaceutical Analysis), he had over 90
research publications to his credit both in national and international journals
and two patents. His research projects included support from MHRD, UGC, CSIR
and NATCO, Hyderabad.
He also taught by example that one should
pursue what one thinks is right even if one is alone – he showed that in the
way he went about setting up labs, with little support.
Members of the selection panel
The following reviewed the nominations and information provided by alumni in response to the solicitation emailed by BGM 2014: Prof. L K Maheswari (former Vice Chancellor), Dr. Sushil Birla (Senior Technical Advisor, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission), Prof. Pumananda Guptasarma (IISER Mohali), Prof. Subrat Kar (IIT Delhi), Mr. Pradeep Sethi (BITSAA board member), and Mr. Chandra Bhople (BITSAA board member).
Dr Ashok Agarwal (Chairman BGM 2014, Hyderabad), Anu Khendry (Agenda Lead BGM 2014, Hyderabad), Rohit Koul (CEO, BITSAA International), Shwetha Kailash (CMO, BITSAA International)