October 28, 2016




  1. I am very pleased to read about Shri Jogendra Singh – a first-batch student of IIT, Kharagpur. I was a third-batch student of IIT, Kharagpur. I also attended some classes at the old jail building. It is interesting to know that Mr.Singh did his M.Sc from the University of Saskatchewan. I also had my M.Sc from the same university. I was in Saskatoon from 1966 to 1976.

  2. Dear Jogendra,
    I was away all this week and just came home….
    What a great article and the way you have summarised it in examples is truly a masterpiece in understanding what was the vision then and how the foundations in the people side too had to be laid as well.



    Ravi Seethapathy

    • Thanks for your comments. Incidentally, I worked for Mr. A.P. Seethapathy (Ravi’s father) while I was in CW&PC.

      Naseem is one year junior to me (he is from 1956 batch). He had a room on the same floor as I while he was in Patel Hall.

      • Dear Sir
        Glad to meet you. Im from Patel hall, 2001 pass out.However im unable to enter Canada as per new rules job offer needs LMIA and employers are reluctant. I was trying hard to connect to IITIans for some guidance. Kindly give me your valuable advice sir.

  3. Dear Bharaji,
    Impresssed by your interview and one is proud to be an IITian (First Batch). Rami (wife) says……it is curse to marry IITian…….R high headed and egoistic.
    I remember KHARAGPUR, way back 1963-64 (One of my best day in my life/career). I was overall captain and led IIT-Dwlhi sports contingent for a sports meet (All IITs), held in Kharagpur. I was also captain of my hockey team, the match was between KHARAGPUR and DELHI and it was Sunday.The stadium was FULL….70%-80% Anglo-Indian population… Kharagpur team were having six state-level professionals from Panjab University.The match decided on a controversial goal scored by Kharagpur in dying minutes.I was a CHINA WALL between goal post and Khragpur players.
    The STADIUM GAVE me a standing ovation…. and the ANGLO-INDIAN CLUB called me for DINNER…..One of my memories of KHARAGPUR..63-64.
    First Batch- 1966 (Passed out)- IIT Delhi

  4. Dear Jogendra Singhji,
    Very inspiring. What I find is common to this day is the IIT spirit. Incidentally, I am with CEA as one of its members.Hope to see you sometime.

  5. Dear Jogendra,
    Pleased to see your interview with the latest photos. It reminded me of our time together at the IIT Campus and our Patel Hall. I did Mechanical Engineering in 1955. I was the first of our batch who left India for further studies. I joined Sheffield University in October 1955 and did Masters in Metallurgy. Since 1971 I am in Germany and may be the oldest IITian in Germany. I am also 80 years old. Best wishes to you and your wife from Monika and myself.
    Bal Krishan Kaplish

  6. Jogendra ji: Your, and through you, IIT Kharagpur’s coverage was great. Congratulations! You raked many fond memories for me. I joined IIT Kharagpur in 1956 a year after your graduation. The commonality between us is that I too am an electrical graduate, a Patelian and had an association with Ontario Hydro from 1990 to 99. Perhaps ours was the first batch requiring a written examination as well as an interview for admission at Kharagpur. I recall an extremely keen competition from superbright colleagues from all parts of India, outstanding professors like Sukumaran, Kesavamurthy, Srinivasan (Masterji) and others,and an onslaught of oral and written examinations. Those four years were the best of my lifelong learning. By the time I arrived in Canada(1969) IIT qualifications were recognized for professional registration. It is indeed a matter of pride and pleasure to see the distinction IITs have earned internationally.
    Wishing you good health and happy retirement.
    Mohan Mathur

  7. Dear Mohan:

    Thanks for your kind comments. This exercise has revived my memories of the incredible four years that I was privileged to spend at Kharagpur. All of us who were fortunate to be taught by the members of the faculty will agree with you whole-heartedly that those four years at Kharagpur were undoubtedly the best period of our learning span.

    Although I learnt from teachers both before and after those four years at Kharagpur, I must say Prof. Kesavmurty was one of the two best teachers I ever had. He held the class spellbound. The other was Dr. M. N. Saha who taught sub-atomic physics for my B. Sc. (Hons) course at Delhi University.

    Prof. T.V. Srinivasan was the first and for some time the only teacher in the electrical engineering department before Kesavmurty, Varshney, Menon and others joined the faculty. He started teaching us direct current machines and asked us to buy Christie’s book. Also, he asked us to buy an inter-leaf exercise book for taking notes. Notes were to be written on the ruled side and figures were to be drawn on the blank side using a pencil. We felt we were being treated as school children. I was a good but playful student and I gave him the name of Masterji which stuck to him even after I left.

    Masterji often used to push us hard and sometimes expected impossible efforts. Once he gave us a problem which nobody was able to complete within the given time. We completed the problem in our rooms later and switched papers in his office at night. Perhaps we had an informer among us and Masterji came to know about it. He was visibly angry in his next class and refused to teach us calling us a bunch of cheats and thieves. Wiser counsel eventually prevailed and he resumed teaching after sometime.

    I am copying my comments to Dr. Mohan Mathur to you to give you a flavour of our times at Kharagpur.

    If you have missed my interview with News East-West and would like to read it click on the link below:


    Jogendra Singh
    2064 Wincanton Cres.
    Mississauga, ON
    L5M 3E3

  8. Dear Bal Krishan:

    Thanks for your comments about my interview.

    My interview has awakened old memories not only in my mind but also in the minds of others of the incredulous time we all had in Patel Hall and the IIT campus. By God’s grace we have all done well in life, albeit some better than the others. I was talking to Dr. Mohan Mathur (Class of 1959) last night and the name of Raghbir Singh Bir came up. You will recall him as your classmate. He was a gifted artist besides being an engineer.

    I notice that you left India very early and after doing your masters in England went to Germany. It must have been rather challenging in the beginning as you may have had to learn German. I met Avtar and his wife Maria in Delhi last year and we talked about you. I believe he is not far from your place.

    I am sure you would be the oldest IITian in Germany and may be all over Europe. I recall that Dharam Pal from the 1956 batch went to Switzerland and married a Swiss lady and settled there.

    I meet your nephew, Praveen, and his wife on IIT functions. They are a good couple.

    Remember my wife Jaswant and me to Monika and your daughters.

    Warm regards and keep in touch.

    Jaswant and Jogendra Singh

    Jogendra Singh
    2064 Wincanton Cres.
    Mississauga, ON
    L5M 3E3

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