Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Goddess Durga in all her majesty

Some of the idols of Goddess Durga, that have been installed at different puja pandals in Varanasi during September 24 to September 28, 2009 Puja celebrations.
More than 4000 idols of Goddess Durga were installed in the Varanasi district.
Photos: Samrat

Monday, September 28, 2009

IITians launch e-portal for IIT-JEE aspirants

By Neelam Parmar
Varanasi, September 27, 2009
With an aim to help IIT-JEE aspirants in their preparations, a group of students of Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, IT-BHU, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi on Friday launched an e-portal “”.

“IIT-JEE is not a difficult exam but an exam with a difference and so its aspirants need to do a Phd -level studies in order to crack it,” said Raghav Kansal of IT, BHU, who is leading the project.
He said that in fact all the aspirants need proper guidance and to make concentrated efforts. “During our preparations we had none to guide us but the coming generation of IIT aspirants will no longerface this problem. The e-portal “” will help and support them at every step and in every possible way,” he said.

“The portal comprises of many features such as life at IITs, refuel yourself, tips by toppers, success stories, etc, which will be highly motivating to the JEE aspirants,” said the co-founder of this website Mohit Singh.

He said that also the portal was working on a unique discussion forum, which would be moderated by a team of IITians. This forum would serve as a platform for the JEE aspirants to discuss theirdoubts and problems directly with the IITians.

“After all who can understand the mindset and situation of IIT aspirants themselves who have been through the same phase,” he remarked.

“The best part is that all this will be made available to the students absolutely free”, said Malay Goyal, who is one of the cofounders of the site.

The team lakshya has also planned to launch a series of books covering the entire syllabus of IIT-JEE as some books have good theory, some have good set of questions and some have best papers and in other word none book is perfect in all the sections and topics.

“In addition, the biggest problem is that a very few good books are available in the market,which has exclusively been written for IIT-JEE and so to fill that gap we have decided to come up with a set of books which will have the plus points of all the books, integrated with the notes that the JEE toppers made during their preparations,” said Maghesh Kumar Singh, the head of the product development department adding that the first book of series is scheduled to be launched in January next.
Dr Subir Das of Department of Applied Mathematics, IT, BHU was also present on the occasion.
Photo caption: IITians, who launched e-portal for IIT-JEE aspirants, pose for group photograph in Varanasi on September 25, 2009.
Photo: Samrat

Durga Puja at Hathuwa Market

Heavy rush of people thronged Hathuwa Market Durga Puja pandal in Varanasi on September 27, 2009. The Pandal was a replica of Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Photo: Samrat

Jatra staged at Kashi Durgotsav Club

Jatra (a traditional Bengali drama) is being staged at Kashi Durgotsav Club pandal at Shivala in Varanasi on occasion of Ashtami on September 26, 2009.
Photo: Samrat

Durga Puja at Devnathpura

Women blow conch shells (Shankha) during the Maha Saptami puja at Devnathpura Durga pandal in Varanasi on on September 25, 2009.
Photo: Samrat

BHU Vice-Chancellor Professor DP Singh at Tribhuvan University's 34th convocation

Prime Minister of Nepal and Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor Professor DP Singh and other degree awardess pose for a group photograph at the 34th convocation of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu on September 16, 2009.
BHU Vice-Chancellor Dr Singh was the chief guest at the convocation. BHU had signed a MoU on 24th June, 2009, with the Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Photo and news source: BHU PPP Cell

US Embassy in India delegates visit BHU

Varanasi, September 17, 2009
A delegation of four officers from the American Embassy in New Delhi, Mr. Lesslie Viguerie, Deputy Political Counselor, Mr. Peter Eisenhauer, First Secretary, Public Affairs, Ms. Shana Sherry, Economic Officer and Mr. Richard Silver, Vice-Consul, Consular office visited Banaras Hindu Universsity today, as a part of the Embassy’s “America Days” programme.

“America Days" focus on promoting people-to-people dialogue and friendship by reaching out to key contacts in important Indian cities. The delegation also included, Ms. Kala Anjan Datta Director, The American Library, US Embassy and coordinated by Programe Advisor at US embassy Mrs. Manjit Kaur.

Ms. Nicole Weber and Mr. Richard Silver interacted with Management students of the university on economic relations and higher education issues. Mr. Les Viguerie gave a talk on “Indo-US relations the road ahead” at Malviya Centre for Peace Research.

Mr. Peter Eisenhauer addressed the students on “Global Climate Change” at the Senate Hall of Swatantrata Bhavan. He spoke about what chage climate? Is the climate change is real; how do we know there is a climate change and how sure scientists are about this change.

He supported the argument that there was going to increase of 0-7 °C temperatue at global level. "The sea level is going to increase from few inches to few feet. Two feet increase in sea level at US will loose 10000 sq miles of land", he added.
He mentioned that in 1991, 60 per cent scientists thought there had been increae in average global temperatue while in 2007, 97 per cent scientists echoed the same view.

Mr Eisenhauer also presented a “Globe Kit” to the Vice Chancellor of BHU Professor DP Singh containing several equipments to measure the quality of the air, water and soil. Dr Singh met the delegates at V.C. Lodge and inquired about their visit. Mr. Lesile Viquire, Deputy Political Councel said he was very satisfied with the visit and he was aware of eco-friendly initiatives taken by the BHU Vice Chancellor.
Photo captions: Top: Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor, Professor DP Singh holds a meeting with visting US Embassy in India delegates at V-C Lodge in Varanasi on September 17, 2009.
Top 2: Peter Eisenhauer, First Secretary, Public Affairs, US Embassy in India, presents a Globe Kit to BHU V-C Professor DP Singh.
Bottom: BHU V-C presents a memento to Ms. Shana Sherry, Economic Officer US Embassy in India.
News and Photo Source: Press Publication and Publicity Cell of BHU

145th birth anniversary commemoration of the Boddisattva Anagarika Dharmapala

Sri Lankan Minister Rohana Kumara Dissanayake and others partcipated in the 145th birth anniversary commemoration of the Boddisattva Anagarika Dharmapala, the founder of Maha Bodhi Society and great revivalist of Buddhism in modern India and West, at Isipatana Deer Park in Sarnath, Varanasi on September 17, 2009.
Photo: Samrath

Durga Puja in BHU

Banaras Hindu University vice-chancellor Professor DP Singh and his family offered prayers to Ma Durga on the sixth day of Sharadiya Navratri at Madhuban Lawn, BHU, on September 24, 2009. The Puja was organised by BHU Durgotsav Samiti.
Source: PP and P Cell, BHU

Protest against vulgarity in Bhojpuri songs

Probodhini Foundation activists took out procession against vulgarity in Bhojpuri songs. The foundation filed a case in Varanasi court on September 23, 2009 and court accepting the same ordered the police to lodge case against three famous Bhojpuri singers and two cassette making companies.
Photo: Samrath

Durga idol installed at Machaudhari

Devotees offer prayers with the installation of Goddess Durga idol at Baba Machaudharanand Durgotsav Samiti at Machaudhari on fifth day of Navratra in Varanasi on September 23, 2009. At five places in Varanasi the idols were installed on first day of Navratra as these puja committees celebrate nine-day festival but majority of other places out of 175 idols to be installed in this 'Mini Kolkatta' will be installed on auspicious occasion of Sasthi, falling on September 24.
Photo: Samrath