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BE University on Missile Watch - From TOI, Oct 6 - Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 10:03

The Times of India (TOI) Article dated: 6 th October, 2005, submitted by Tanmoy Chatterjee, 3rd Year, Electrical Engg

BE university on missile watch

By Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey/TNN

Kolkata: The next time there is a navigation problem that the defence ministry cannot solve on its own, it will refer it to the Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu), formerly BE College. A brand new navigation research centre, sponsored by the union defence ministry, was set up at Besu on Tuesday, the first of its kind in a state-run university. 
This centre will report to the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) in Hyderabad and will get all its projects from it. The director of DRDL, Prahlad, was in Besu on Tuesday to start the centre and sign an MoU with Besu. 
The term navigation here is not used in the marine context, but in the context of missiles, clarified vice-chancellor of Besu, N R Banerjea. “There are several problems related to tracing and tracking missiles that DRDL looks into. When it is faced with missile navigation problems that it finds difficult to handle on its own, it refers them to us. This had been going on for some time and Besu has been successfully providing solutions to DRDL. So the latter decided to start the centre here, which will be fully funded by it,” Banerjea added. 
Faculty members from the computer science technology and electronics engineering departments will work on the projects. Specialised equipment andcomputers will be made available by DRDL. 
A retired teacher of the computer science and technology department, P K Nandy, who is considered to be a wizard in the field of missile navigation and defence research, is being brought back to head the centre. Among the areas that the centre will look into are, static alignment, transfer alignment and fault and failure tolerant inertial navigation using GPS. “We might even be required to design software for the DRDL, that can then be used by them to solve typified situations,” Banerjea added.
Comments by Readers
Comments by vox populi from United States on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 17:52 - IP Logged
While this is great news but there is a growing ITAR concern regarding dual use of the systems/labs sponsored by US alumni. BEC should clearly establish a clear demarcation between its defense related labs and civilian labs.
Comments by Prabal Choudhury 71 Electrical from Canada on Monday, October 10, 2005 at 15:19 - IP Logged
I fully agree with shantanu that we need to tackle telegraph/ anandabazar group. they are the opinion maker in bengal.his suggestion for a press officer is worth cosidering.let's take some concrete actions now. media is very important which we ignored so far. they need to be pampered to get good mileage which our competing institution is doing for quite sometime now.
Comments by shantanu chakravarty from India on Sunday, October 09, 2005 at 22:27 - IP Logged
very encouraging development.our VC seems satisfied with coverage in the TOI,but what about THE TELEGRAPH & THE STATESMAN?these have the maxm. readership in kolkata &eastern has been suggested time and again that media management is a weak area and unfortunately BESU continues to get bad press despite lot of achievements.however the senior faculty members or the registrar or vc does'nt seem to be affected.there's has not been a single rejoinder ever frm. these people in authority atleast to the wrong/motivated news that seem to get planted by interested about having a post of press officer who shall be responsible for correct reporting.can't the VC arrange for a regular press conference in which he can appeal to the local press not to harm the institution anymore.he can have the teacher's body president,the student's union presidentas well as the HOD'S alongside while interacting with the press instead of having a one to one with the TOI reporter.a tea party for the press after the puja break may be a good step.
another matter of regret is the absence of any acknowledgement frm. the college authority in these columns.either they tell us that allour suggestions are impractical/unworkable or assure atleast that these are being acted upon.the web team may kindly consider having a special section for the college authorities to give their views on regular basis.
Comments by Bhaskar from United States on Friday, October 07, 2005 at 17:24 - IP Logged
Excellent news. Dir of DRDL is a very powerful person. Hope BEC successfully execute this project. It will bring many other project from DRDL.
Comments by Swapan88 from United States on Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 22:49 - IP Logged
As far as I know, alumni abroad did not provide any funding to this initiative.
Comments by PPC from India on Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 20:06 - IP Logged
Sounds like a good thing. Was any resources provided by the alumni abroad used in this endeavor?
Comments by Prabal Choudhury 71 Electrical from Canada on Thursday, October 06, 2005 at 14:05 - IP Logged
Excellent News. But we must get media coverage for our achievements in telegraph and anandabazar which have max. circulation and impact. But they are deliberately highlighting our negative points only with a wrong motive. We must take some actions to stop this.

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