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Girl passes IIT JEE, but can’t get admission because of (lack of) money

From Nadda village near Patna, comes the sad tale of Sushila Mishra, who cleared the IIT-JEE exam, but can’t get into IIT because her father can’t afford to pay the admission fee of Rs 40,000 :

"Patna: It’s a classic tale of small towns and big dreams — only this time round, the dream almost came true for Sushila Mishra, a resident of Nadda Village in the Bangah District of Bihar.

She scored 91 per cent in her class XII boards and also cleared the IIT-JEE exam, but Sushila wasn’t able to get a seat at IIT because her father couldn’t afford to pay Rs 40,000 as admission fee.

Sushila’s father approached various banks for a loan, but failed to get any because of his weak financial status."

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Jul 25, 2007, 9:10 am PDT    Filed under: Media    18 Comments »

“AMU”, an award winning film by a KGP Alumnus — Releasing in San Francisco

AMU, an award winning film by hasband-and-wife team of Shonali Bose and Bedabrata Pain (1986 ECE PH), is opening in the San Francisco Bay Area theaters on the weekend of July 27th. This film, starring Konkona Sensharma, is an award winner and has done very well in India, particularly in Kolkata, when it was released in 2005.

The following theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area will be showing this film, starting Friday July 27th:

Here is a synopsis, from the Movie’s Web-site:

Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

How were Kaju’s family involved in the killings? What happened and why? Who were the culprits? Who benefited? Will Kaju have the courage to pursue the truth no matter the cost? Will it destroy her relationship with her mother? Will it affect her burgeoning romance? Will it change everything she knows about herself and about India?

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Jul 22, 2007, 6:13 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Talk near Chicago by Prof. Raghuram Rajan, July 28 2007

IIT Midwest Presents: IndiaIIT Midwest is proud to present a half day networking session and a talk by Prof. Raghuram Rajan (IIT Delhi 1985 gold medalist).

What: A half-day networking session, along with a talk:
" India’s growth: Potential and pitfalls "
by Prof. Raghuram Rajan, Distinguished Professor, University of Chicago

When: Saturday, July 28 2007, 9:30am till 1pm

Where: Illinois Institute of Technology: Rice Campus
201 E Loop Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Cost: Registration Fee is $10, Student rate is $8 (with valid Student ID)

About Prof. Raghuram Rajan

Prof Rajan has had a successful academic career with gold medals for his performance in his class of 1985 at IIT Delhi and in 1987 at IIM Ahmedabad. He subsequently went on to do a PHD at MIT and since then has held a number of faculty positions at MIT Sloan School of Management, Kellogg and University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. more . . .

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Jul 22, 2007, 5:54 pm PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Santanu Poddar, IIT Alum needs your help

 Help Santanu PoddarSantanu Poddar (age 32), living in Sunnyvale, California, is a postgraduate from IIT Kharagpur in Mechanical Engineering. He is an employee at Hewlett Packard, Sunnyvale, California.

He had a cerebral attack on June 15th 2007 and is now on life support and has had numerous brain strokes since. His brain has suffered irreversible damage and he is in coma. The doctors at Stanford Medical have given up all hopes after 10 days of monitoring. He has recently been shifted at Critical Care Unit at ElCamino Hospital in Mountain View, California.

He has a 5-month old infant daughter, Shinjini and wife, Debaprita.

You can primarily help in three ways:

  1. By donating money (see links below)
  2. Santanu’s wife Debaprita, who is busy taking care of their 5-month old infant daughter Shinjini, does not have a drivers license. The family could do with help in running errands. Please see links below to get an idea of how you can help.
  3. By spreading the word.

Sites you can visit:

Posted by: Pran Kurup @ Jul 13, 2007, 9:51 am PDT    Filed under: Alumni    1 Comment »

Alumni Picnic, New England area, July 21 2007

  • Meet old friends and make new ones.
  • Cricket, volleyball, soccer and anything else you want to bring
  • Swim/wade/boat in lake
  • Catered Indian lunch

What: IIT Kharagpur Alumni Picnic
Where: Hopkinton State Park
Rte 85, Hopkinton, MA
Phone: 508-435-4303
Note: There is no public transportation to Hopkinton State Park.
If you would like to carpool, please call Venkat (contact info below)
When: Saturday, July 21 2007, 10:00 am till 3:00 pm
[Rain Date: July 22nd]

Cost: By Jul 15th: Single $15, Child (8-15 years) $8, Child (7 and and under) FREE
After July 15th: Single $20, Child (8-15 years) $10, Child (7 and and under) FREE
Note: The park charges $5 per car. This fee is not included in the rates mentioned above.

Register: Register online at http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/cal.php?stage=1&event_id=5133
or, mail a check to:
Himanshu Sinha,
5 Notre Dame Road, Acton, MA 01720

Please register early. Help us plan better. Please contact Bala (contact details below) indicating the number of adults and children over 10.

Please contact any of the following for more information or if you would like to help out:
P “Bala” Balasubramanian (82 MN RP) 978-844-1161
Venkat Chalasani (93 MET NH), 617-359-9939
Chhandomay Mandal (95 ECE RP) 603- 589-0576
Himanshu Sinha (86 CSE RK), 978-263-7805
Devjani Ray (82 ECE SN) (781)354-3073
Anoop Kumar (98 BT RK) 781-325-5606
Abhijit Chaudhury (72 ME NH) 781-863-2362

Photo at right is from the 2003 Alumni Picnic
Update, July 13th: Corrected phone number of Chhandomay Mandal. Thanks, Chhandomay!

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Jul 10, 2007, 7:41 am PDT    Filed under: Events    1 Comment »
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