Distinguished Alum International List updated 29 January 2020
Distinguished Alum International List, updated 20 January 2020. TOTAL 52.
Listed in the order of the graduation year, senior-most first.
Graduates of 1950s - FOUR
B P Sinha, 1953 ME, in Patna, India. The first batch. Wife: Saroj Lata. A spiritual teacher now.
"Humans of this world have become the slaves of wishes, i.e., not of the need but of the want and living
unsatisfied life all the 24 hours. "
Prof Dr M K Jain, BITS Emeritus faculty,celebrated Math teacher, and alumni supporter.
Dr Yogendra Chadda, 1957 ME, in Delaware, USA. Wife: Dalbir. Fulbright Scholar, President of
North America Chapter, 3 times.
Prof Dr Jagannath Giri (1957 ME) in Dallas, USA. Researcher in aeronautical engineering,
author of autobiography, depicting struggles of an immigrant.
Prof Dr Virendra Pratap Sinha, 1959 EE, in Pune, India. Wife: Meera. Retired from IIT Kanpur,
then taught at other IITs. His two daughters are in the US. He attended Alumni MEETs in NJ
area a few times.
Prof Bijoy G Chatterjee, 1959 EE, in San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA. Wife: Joya. Pioneer in
development of computing machines and algorithms. Life Fellow, IIT Kharagpur. Founder
of Computer Society of India. Active in SF Bay area MEETs.
Prof Dr Onkar P Sharma, 1959 EE, Ex-BITS faculty, Fulbright Scholar, academic researcher,
and research administrator.
Graduates of 1960s - THIRTYONE
Dr Uday K Sinha, 1960 MET, in Plantation, FL, USA. Wife: Geeta. Co-founder of the North
America Chapter. Originator of the Scholarships program at BITS. Pioneer in supe-conducting
material. A supremely devoted alum, and a benefactor extreme.
Dr Lakshman P Sinha, 1960 EE, in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. Wife: Kiran. PhD from UPenn,
mentor to Krishna Pal Singh. Researcher and Manger with Bell Labs. A truly devoted alum
with original thinking. He is credited with being the first to propose BITS becoming an IIT
or NIT in 2012 when Neil Pundit was spearheading uplifting BITS. Serves on THINK TANK.
Mohammed B Zaman, 1960 ME, in Houston, TX, USA. Wife: Shahnaz. Class Topper at BITS.
Worldwide consultant in Petro-Chemical. Served as a Regional VP, and started the first
chapter in Houston. Accompanied Neil to hold the first Alum MEET in Dallas.
Prem Gupta (1960 ME), in Pleasanton, CA, USA. University Gold Medalist 1960 ME. BITS faculty.
Tool Design Specialist in India and abroad. Active core member, West Coast Alumni organization.
Dr Chandrika Prasad (1960 ME), Primary Examiner and Evaluator of Patents in the US, and
recipient of many awards.
Dr Neil D Pundit, 1961 TC, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA. Was Narendra Prasad Dwivedi
in Sindri days. Pioneer in guidance and control of space vehicles, AI, and R&D Supercomputing.
Recipient of the NASA 1st Moon and 1st Mars Landing Awards; youngest recipient of Theodore
von Karman Award. Started afresh the move to uplift BITS in 2009, rejuvenated the North
America Chapter, served as President. Co-founded BITSA International in 2015, retired in 2020.
President Emeriti of the North America Chapter and the International.
Prof Dr Raj Dubey, 1961 CE, in Waterloo, Canada. Wife Shanta. Taught at RIT Jamshedpur,
did PhD at U of Waterloo in less than 2 years in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in
Structures. Prolific researcher. Founding Director Emeritus, International. Now yoga teacher
and expert in Mindful Meditation.
Dr Satyanarayana Rao Ponamgi, 1961 TC, in Pembroke Pines, FL, USA. Wife: Kanti.
PhD from SUNY, Stoneybrook, specializing in electromagnetics. Served at JPL/Caltech
on radiation-proofing the space vehicles, then Bell Labs/Lucent. A devoted alum. Rao
serves on the Board of Virtuosity International, a 501 c3 organization., and on THINK TANK.
Shree Vijay K Kapoor, 1961 TC, in Los Altos Hills, CA, USA. Wife: Pamela. After technical mgmt
in IBM and HP, became an early devotee of of Late Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Founded a
Vedanta School in the Silicon Valley, where he teaches Sanskrit and Vedanta along with
other Swamis. His palacial home is a hilltop farmland where he grows exotic fruits.
Kamal Nath Jha, 1961 EE, in Gteater Los Angeles Area. For being a distinghished teacher,
patents holder. Developed an arc fault detection system and a high DC circuit interrupter,
and recipient of of Westinghouse Innovation award. Highly active in LA area alumni meets.
Dr Shrawan K Singh, 1961 ME, in Rochester, NY, and Naples, FL, USA. Wife: Sudha. PhD from
U of Colorado, Boulder, where he is a signifact donor. Retired as the Corp VP in Xerox. He is
a devoted alum.
Satya Swaroop Taneja, 1962 CE, in Surrey (near Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada.
Wife: Kanta. Founder of the famous Nanak Foods. A pioneer in Quality Control in food
processing. A philanthropist. Donates Sweets and/or snacks to ALL alumni MEETS in US,
Canada, Dubai, and elsewhere. A philanthropist, signifant donor to Alumni causes.
Bidhu Shekhar Jha, 1962 ME, exMLA in Winnipeg. Now in Toronto, Canada. Wife: Rajeshwari.
The first Bihar* born MLA in Canada, Thrice elected. His glories include: film-producer,
poet-writer, entrpreneur/pioneer. After his recent move to Toronto, he is exercising
entrepreneurship and new industry starts. Serves on THINK TANK.
Ranjit Sinha, 1962 CHE, in Kendall Park, NJ, USA. Wife: Meena MD. Served as President of
the North America Chapter. An active and devoted alum. Has donated substantially to
environmental engineering causes. Expert in Bylaws.
Prof Dr Brahma Nand Mishra, 1962 TC, in New Delhi, India. A super academic/researcher/
professor/administrator. Retired as Chairman of the Board of Netaji Subhas Institute of
Technology in Delhi. Helped Neil Pundit in pushing for uplifting BITS in meetings with
the CM and other officers in Jharkhand. Serving on the International Board, and Chair of
Prof Dr Arunaditya Sahay, 1962 ME, in New Delhi, India. Wife: Geeta. A supreme corporate
super-achiever producing auto schooters in India, then a supreme academician, professor
in the Birla Mgmt School in Delhi. Arun ( as we call him) has guided and supported Neil
Pundit in all our moves to uplift BITS. He serves on the Board of Governors of IIT Kanpur
and many NITs. He serves on the THINK TANK.
Prof Dr Prahlad D Pant, 1962 CE, in Atlanta, GA, and Clearwater, FL, USA. Wife: Bindu.
Dr Prahlad Pant is Professor Emeritus of the University of Cincinnati, USA. His entrepreneurial
spirit continues in his startup company’s innovative products and services.
Chandrika Prasad, 1963 TC, in Delhi, India. Wife: Nayantara. Retired from Railway Board,
still consults in Railway Signaling in Asia and MidEast. Served a term of 3 years as VP of the
BITSA International. He Program-chaired our first 3 International MEETS. He is active in
consultjing, and proposing research projects to uplift BITS.
Shree N Sharma, 1963 CHE, in Salt Lake City, USA, and Hajipur, India. Wife: Vijaya Lakshmi.
A super donor and philanthropist in US and India. A super entrepreneur. Has some 50
companies in India, and US. A great supporter of the uplifting BITS movement.
Prabhat K Sinha, 1963 CHE, in Virginia Beach, USA. Wife: Achla Kumar. Ex-faculty at BITS.
World-specialist, published authority in water treatment and management. A key player in
uplifting BITS. In particular, leader of our initiative to move BITS to be under the Federal
Govt as NIT or as an Inst of National Importance. He is also the Program Manager of all (>20)
research projects at BITS funded by the World Bank. Serves on the THINK TANK.
Hari P Agrawal, 1963 CHE, in Delhi, India. Hari's contributions to alumni causes are substantial
and numerous:Patron of Delhi NCR, active participation in International MEETs, author/cmpiler
and publishing of Bhojpuri folk songs in a book.
Prof Dr Vishwanath Sinha, 1963 TC, in Delhi area, India. Reired Director of IITs.
Key leader of our THINK TANK.
Bodh Kunwar, 1963 EE, for his entrepreneurship, service in the Indian Army, his charitable
efforts, and service to the alumni association.
Dr Anil K Singh, 1964 MET, in Pasadena, CA, USA. Wife: Radha. World Specialist in
management of corrosion in petroleum equipments and piping. Has been a key player in all
our efforts in uplifting. Has visited Ranchi and Sindri many times. Currently serving as the
President of the North America Chapter. He is the god-father/leaderof the greater LA area.
Braj K Singh, 1964 ME, in Potomac (a Washington DC suburb), US. Wife: Indira. His
contributions include:patents and technical papers, co-author of Engineering
Thermodynamics, safety and health issues in US Depts of Energy and the NRC,
hosting DC area alumni MEETS at his palacial home (catered at his expense), and
scholarship donations on merit cum means.
Dr Jay P Narain, 1964 ME, for his contributions to the aerospace engineering, being
a painter and a poet (of over 200 poems on love, nature, and and spiritual topics0, and
for service to charities.
Prof Dr Ramesh Chandra (1964 MET) for obtaining 2 PhD degrees, being recipient of
2014 Professor of the Year in Finance award at the University of Windsor, Canada,
and for his service to the Association.
Prof Dr. Indu S. Das (1964 ME) for being faculty at BIT Mesra and Pennsylvania State University,
and for his academic research and technical publications.
Prof Dr. Krishna P. Sinha (1964 CE) for being a faculty at Bihar College of Engineering and
University of Minnesota, and founding a successful company in UT in geothermal, mining and
municipal solid-waste landfills-management.
Prof Dr Manindra N Thakur, 1964 MET, in Patna, India. Wife: Veena. Has varied
professional life in industry and academia worldwide. Has attended many International
Prof Dr Basant K. Jayaswal (1964 CHE) for being a long-time Head of the Chemical
Engineering at BIT, technical publications, and design and development of a bio-fertilizer
pilot plant at Sindri Campus.
Bal Trivedi, Esq., 1965 ME, in Houston, USA. Wife: Ila. President of the International
organization. Researcher in management of electro-mechanical energy systemsin
worldwide energy areas. The biggest early donor to the BITS scholarship programs.
Now a practcing attorneys pecializing in real estate, immigration, estate planning, etc.
Bal has been an extra-ordinary donor and a close friend in all our uplifting efforts.
He has contributed much in my public toilet building efforts in Rural India.He serves as
a Directoor in charitable effort under Virtuosity International, Inc., a nonprofit 501 c3
Dr. Mahesh C. Jha (1965 MET) for technical contributions including 60 publications and
11 patents while with private companies and DOE, and for community service.
Prof Dr Priya Ranjan Prasad, 1965 MET, in Bangaluru, India. Retired as Hd of the Dept
of Metallurgy, BITS. He pioneered an unofficial website for worldwide alumni, listing
alumni by branches and year of graduation. I (Neil Pundit) learned a lot about the alumni
and the BITS from his efforts and publication. He arranged a big alumni MEET in Patna
when Dr DK Singh then at NIT Patna was the President of the Patna chapter.
His daughter, Dr Uttara Sahaym, 1996 MET, is a professor at the Washingtonn State
University. She served on the North America Advisory Board.
Dr Hari Budhia, 1965 CHE, in Ranchi, India. PhD from UColorado, a very successful
industralist in Ranchi. He serves on the charitable organization supporting BITS
students with laptops.
Nilendu Srivastava, 1966 ME, in Hollis, NH, and Boone, NC, (The Art of Living Retreat
Center), USA. Wife: Renu. He is the Executive Director of the NC Retreat Center at the
express request of Swami Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Dr Krishna Pal Singh, 1967 ME, in NJ and FL, USA - the first DAI. Wife: Martha. Kris
was dragged into alumni matters when he succumbed to my insistence, and attended
his very first alumni MEET in NJ in 2013. He is a multi-billionnaire, super entrepreneur,
and founder of Holtec International, an energy company. Holtec has pioneering products
and services in containment of nuclear wastes around the world. His worldwide operations
now include India. His upcoming product is an ultrasafe medium sized nuclear reactor -
to be produced in India for worldwide distribution. He is a great philanthropist, and initiated
matching funding for Public Toilets in India. With the insistence of many of us alumni, he did
make a visit to Sindri in 2018. he has been influencial in our uplifting movement. He is a
member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Prof Dr Sir Ramjee Prasad, 1967 TC, Aarhus Univ, Denmark, Wife: Jyoti. Ramjee is a
world-expert in telecom leading the 5G and beyond movement. We are blessed to find
him. He served on the International Board, and chaired the 2019 International MEET at
his Aarhus University in Denmark. He signed an Exchange Program with BIT Sindri.
He is promising assistantship to one student each year, and is working on getting
the Exchange program moving forward. He has included Sindri in his Global Capsule
worldwide movevent, and he has obtained multiple sponsorships, including that of
IEEE, for the first ever International conference at BIT Sindri (and IIT Dhanbad) in
Feb 2020. Member, THINK TANK.
Prof Dr Sudhanshu S. Jamuyar, 1967 TC, in Delhi, India. Wife: Rita. A great researcher and
academician, served on many IITs.
Sudhin Mishra (1967 EC). For being entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Logic++ Inc., and
CoParallels Inc. for developing Real–Time embedded systems for office automation and
Syed Javed Shere, 1968 ME, in Houston, USA. Worldwide consulting and project leadership.
Graduates of 1970s - TEN
Jainendra K Varma, 1970 ME, in Houston, TX, USA. Wife: Anjali. Returning to Houston
after a few years in Mumbai, India (as Executinve VP of Reliance and other assignments).
Jan is a superb Project Leader and Program Manager. He and Rajat Verma visited Sindri,
worked with the Dir Dr DK Singh, and started 4 new scholarships. He is leading our
first-ever Strategic Plan, looking beyond the recognition of BITS as a national
institution. His foresight and leadership in projecting into the future are superb. He
serves on the Boards of the NA Chapter and the International.
Rajat K Verma, 1970 MET, in Quakertown, PA, USA. Wife: Ambalika, daughter of 1953
first batch alum BP Sinha. Rajat is a successful entrepreneur, founded Vertech, and he
is now entering a devoted life of charity. He has been an active leader in the North
American Chapter. He has now come back to a more dedicated charitable leadership.
His wife, Ambalika, has hosted her dad many times to the US, and enabled him to
attend many alumni meets. We expect great success in the International as we face
newer challenges. He serves on the International Board.
Ramesh Yadava, 1971 EE, in Fremont, CA, USA. Wife: Radha. Ramesh, a godfather of the
San Francisco Bay area alumni, was persuaed by me (Neil Pundit) to join a leadership role
in our North America Association after much effort and finally persuading his wife Radha.
He succeeded me as President, and served 3 years. He is a great persuader with his charm,
counts on unanimity as his special brand of leadership. Under his leadership some
spectacular initiatives were successfully launched: Scholarship to children of alumni in
Norh America, and Newsletter - much enjoyed by the alumni.
Dr Arun K Jha, 1971 ME, in India. Director of NTPC, Govt of India.
Pravin Gohil, 1973 CHE, in Houston, USA. A world class Project and Program Leader. Active
in alumni matters.
Dr Asim Das, 1973 CHE, in Melbourne, Australia. Active as a Leader in the AUSNZ alumni
community. We count on him and the organizer in Sydney (Shailendra Tripathi in Sydney) of
the 2020 International MEET there.
Er Arun Tewary, 1974 ME, in Dubai, UAE. Wife: Premshila. Organized very successfully the
Dubai International MEET. Arun has been with the Emirates Airlines as the IT VP where the
logistics of the food services is a monumental task. Leader in IT in Food Services for 14 years
is a tremendous responsibility. Arun is enticing us with his IT exterise in minutes wiriting.
Lately, he has been too busy but we hope to get his attention soon. Arun serves on the
Rajendra K Choudhary, 1976 Prod, in Ranchi, India. Rajendra is a celebrated
Jharkhand Ratna, a social activist and a philanthropist. His charitable activities are
numerous and include the laptop giving to students under the Anant Prayas charity
started by Aaloka Anant, 2004 EC, (the first Rising Star International). He is an active
participant in our International MEETs, and he excels in reviving alumni chapters in India.
He has a wide personal connections such that he has enabled Neil Pundit to meet with CM,
ministers and key IAS officers every year since 2013 to uplift BITS. Sometimes such
meetings could only be held at their personal residences at night.
Alakh Singh, 1976 CE, for being an entrepreneur and owner of a successful civil and
structural company, a founding member of the Los Angeles alumni organization, and
for his services to the association.
Prof Dr Ajit Singh, 1977 EC, in Waterloo, Canada. Ajit, well known to Raj Dubey, is a new
pleasant find. He is more of an entrepreneur in IT. His companies are in Canada, US, and
India. We look forward to his IT initiatives in extending the reach of BITS students.
Prafull Kumar, 1977 CHE, in Houston, USA. A world class program and project management
experience on multitude of projects. We look forward to his leadership in the Houston
Chapter and beyond.
Graduates of 1980s -THREE
Shyam Chaudhary (1981 EE). For being entrepreneur in diversified fields such as IT start-ups,
restaurant and automotive, and cofounding the West Coast Alumni chapter and services to
Ghazanfar Khan, 1986 CE, in greater Toronto, Canada. Wife: Bazmi. Ghaz is credited with
rejuvenating the alumni in Canada such thaft the Toronto area is quite active now. He serves
on the International Board.
Shashank S Garuryar, 1984 EC, in Faridabad, India. Attends many many Chapter meetings.
Advisor to BITSA Internathional.
Shailendra K Suman, 1985 MET, in Charlotte, NC, USA. Extraordinary Inventor, many patents,
entrepreneur. Started a local Charlotte MEET of alumni. Actively participated in the International
MEET in Dubai, promised and delivered his magic blubs (surviving 4 hours of power outage) to
BITS, some 950+ bulbs. A philanthropist.
Graduates of 1990s - FOUR
Naresh K Sahu, 1990 MIN, in greater Washington DC area, USA. Wife: Vineeta. A superb
webmaster - his current profession. He has launched many high feats like live election
polling in North America. He is a great supporter and donor to BITS causes.
Ashutosh Dutta, 1990 Prod, in Toronto, Canada. Wife: Sunila - as alum. Ashutosh, very active alum,
has been the President of Canada subchapter.
Divyanshu Raj, 1991 MET, in Basking Ridge, NJ, USA. Husband: Arun. Divy has
been an early volunteer in rejuvenating BITS, and served as the organizer of many
MEETs, taking on various roles. Currently serving as VP of NA Chapter.
Arunima Rhakur, 1991 EC, for her pioneering work in manufacturing including standards,
architecture, quality, controls, and integration of lean techniques to digital manufacturing,
and her service to the alumni organization.
Anand K Mishra, 1993 ME in Torrance, CA, USA. Wife: Manisha Vatsa. Anand has guided
much of the web facilities, and provided much help to Anil Singh to add facilities to the
Alumni. He has been an innovative problem-solver as we wanted to publicize news and
Prof Dr Sandeep Kumar, 1994 CHE, in Virginia Beach, USA. Wife: Sweta Kumari. Sandeep has
earned Full Tenured Professorship at the Old Dominian University in a record time. He has
been visiting India on teaching assignments every year. He visited Delhi NCR and BITS where
he made remarkable observations. He serves on the International Board but he is trying to
find a volunteer to assume his duties.
Shabab Shams (1994 EC) for community services for seniors and adults in Sacramento County,
California, and cofounding West Coast Alumni chapter, and services to the Association.