|1||Prof. Vishwanath Tukaram Idate||
Prof. Vishwanath Tukaram Idate, former Principal of the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), passed away on September the 4th, 2013, after a prolonged illness. He was 81. Second son of late Tukaram and Parvati Idate, he was born ....
Prof. Vishwanath Tukaram Idate
Prof. Vishwanath Tukaram Idate, former Principal of the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), passed away on September the 4th, 2013, after a prolonged illness. He was 81. Second son of late Tukaram and Parvati Idate, he was born on May 11,1932, in Islampur, District Sangli.After school and college education in Islampur, Karad and Fergusson College, Pune, he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil from the Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, with a first rank in his graduating class. He then did his Masters in Civil engineering from the Govt. College of Engineering, Aurangabad. After a brief stint in the PWD department (1954-58), V. T. Idate, as he was known to his colleagues, found his true calling in the world of academia. The journey started as a lecturer in the Govt. Polytechnic College, Solapur (1958-59), moved through the Govt. Engineering Colleges in Ahmedabad (1959-60), Pune (1960), Aurangabad (1960-76), Karad (1976-82), back to Aurangabad as Principal (1982-88), and culminated as the Principal of College of Engineering, Pune (1988-90), and then the retirement. He taught Applied Mechanics and then immersed himself into administrative duties, both with a genuine passion to make a difference for the better in the field of engineering education. He influenced the introduction of computers in curriculum of all branches in engineering. His students and peers remember him as a strict disciplinarian, yet quite jovial on occasions; always a compassionate supporter when solving their concerns. He indeed commanded respect from his students and staff alike. It was appropriate that he was the very first recipient of ISTE’s Best Engineering College Teacher Award in 1989. His involvement with the education field continued with equal vigor even after his retirement. Idate Sir led a small team of dedicated volunteers to computerize results of the Pune University. He was also one of the founding members of the Babasaheb Ambedkar University at Lonere. Though a Civil engineer by training, he was equally adept in electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. His diverse hobbies included car maintenance and repair, photography and of course, computers. He loved to travel and took his family on trips to many places including the Himalayas, Kashmir, Delhi/Agra and Kanyakumari. Principal V. T. Idate is survived by his wife (Sudha Idate), daughter (Deepa Honap), son-in-law (Dr. Prasad Honap), son (Rajesh Idate), daughter-in-law (Rupa Idate) and three grand-daughters (Tanvi Honap, Asmita Idate and Rujuta Idate). Alumni Association of COEP deeply mourn on the sad demise of Prof. Idate, truly teacher and disciplined administrator. Let his soul rest in peace.
|2||Mr. Ramchandra Digambar Thipsay||
Late Shri. Ramchandra Digambar Thipsay was born in a middle class family in Pune. He did his schooling in New English School, Pune, and college education at Fergusson College, Pune. Subsequently he joined College of Engineering, Pune in the Civil Bra....
Mr. Ramchandra Digambar Thipsay
Late Shri. Ramchandra Digambar Thipsay was born in a middle class family in Pune. He did his schooling in New English School, Pune, and college education at Fergusson College, Pune. Subsequently he joined College of Engineering, Pune in the Civil Branch and passed out (in 3½ years) B.E.(Civil) in 1947 in first class with honours with a good rank. Throughout his career he has been able to secure scholarship. Soon after graduation he joined Railways and was deputed at Lonavala for widening of the tracks in Bhor Ghat section. Subsequently he joined, Public Works Department of Govt. of Maharashtra, and worked in Building & Construction section all throughout. During his tenure he worked in variety of positions from Jr. Engineer reaching up to Superintendent Engineer. During the emergency he worked in prestigious project of developing primary health centres in Maharashtra, simultaneously handling 325+ sites all over Maharashtra State. He also worked in National Highways Division. His work was appreciated by all his seniors. After retirement he worked with Atur India Constructions for many years, handling variety of projects including Factory Construction, Flyover construction etc. He also did some of his own projects of housing construction, at few sites around Pune. Due to the extensive touring during his career he lived a very healthy life all throughout. He was also a member of the boat club in COEP, and has won several prizesin various competitions. He was the first earner in his family, and has supported all his family members including elder brother and younger sisters in getting their education completed and then supporting them till they settle down. He has left behind, his two sons and two daughters who are all well settled in their own life. According to his wishes, there are four cash prizes of Rs. 5000/- each are being instituted in his memory, at the Alumni Association of COEP, to be awarded to the toppers in each year from F.E. to B.E. in the Civil Branch in COEP.
|3||Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani||
Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani (1966-Mech) It was very tragic moment for Alumni Association that Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani passed away on 15th Dec, 2012. He was life member of Association from 1965 batch of Mechanical Engg. He was....
Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani
Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani (1966-Mech) It was very tragic moment for Alumni Association that Mr. Sudhakar V. Sharangpani passed away on 15th Dec, 2012. He was life member of Association from 1965 batch of Mechanical Engg. He was enterprising entrepreneur who established a foundry at Mukundnagar, Pune in 12-9-1969, named ‘YANTRA-NIRMAN’ After graduation he was employed as Lecturer in Govt. Polytechnic, Pune for about 2 years. He could not resist himself in acquiring Industrial Training as a first step towards his entrepreneurship career. He therefore jointed m/s Ruston Horns by company at Chinchwad, Pune, well known company engaged in manufacturing of Diesel engines of Generating sets, Pump sets & defiance equipment . After gaining handful experience, he started manufacturing & supplying pumps of various capacities to Ruston & Kirloskar companies, He also entered in manufacturing & supply of ‘Tool & cutter grinders’ under the banner of his own company, Yantra Nirman and established his market all over India & created a new brand & his own identity. While he was studying in Govt Engineering college, he was member of college Boat club & took part in racing competitions, He was also member of team participated in boat racing competition held at Srilanka He insisted her daughter Ms. Madhura Sharangpani to take admission in COEP for Computer Engineering Degree Course in the year 2000, thus maintain tradition of next generation Coepian. She proved herself to be a brilliant student of COEP, bagging prestigious Best student Award of COEP in final year of Computer Engg, and subsequently completed her Masters degree in Computer Science at Stanford University, USA. Alumni Association of COEP expresses grief and deep sorrow on passing away of such enterprising Alumnus so early. It is a great loss to COEP, Alumni Association & his family. We would like to share sorrows with his family members. Let the departed soul rest in peace.
|4||Mr. Ajit C. Agashe||
Mr. Ajit Agashe was born on 8th February 1950, into a very well educated, humble middle class family from a small industrial town called Ogalewadi, near the district of Karad, Satara. In the pre Independence era, Ogalewadi was known primarily for its....
Mr. Ajit C. Agashe
Mr. Ajit Agashe was born on 8th February 1950, into a very well educated, humble middle class family from a small industrial town called Ogalewadi, near the district of Karad, Satara. In the pre Independence era, Ogalewadi was known primarily for its glass making factory and industrial products. Mr. Agashe completed his education from a village school, which hardly had any amenities to speak of. He completed his SSC in the year 1966 and subsequently shifted to Pune for his further education. He pursued his first two years of graduation from MES colleges and then went on to complete his graduation from the College of Engineering, Pune. Mr. Ajit Agashe’s professional experience began at the TELCO factory in Pune where he gained experience in Industrial construction as a site engineer with one of India’s largest construction firms - Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd. His climb up the ladder of experience began at the bottom most level. Mr. Agashe worked on projects from the ‘grass root level’ to ‘completion’ on the following buildings: 1.1. Water tower with 30mt head 100m3 water capacity with octagonal flaring up shaft. 1.2. Underground tunnel with 1000 m3 capacity - Sand drying plant 1.3. Foundry building 1.4. Largest press shop 6000 T capacity single press 1.5. Plumbing 1.5.1. Underground/ below ground 20mts with distance levels and access to each floor. Wide experience by way of molding the mindset regarding, Clean working, Time management, Human engineering, Quality in construction, Accuracy in construction, Quality audit, Quantity audit, Integrity, Humanity, Getting to know what industry requires by way of application engineering Having gained hands on experience in the areas listed above, Mr. Agashe took the first step towards fulfilling his dreams of having his own enterprise. He started from scratch with practically no support in terms of finances or business technique. He referred to those times as days when he had ‘No Godfather but only God and the Courage and Will to Dream, Dare and Achieve’. ; His motto through those times remained, “You name it and I do it”. Leaving no opportunity unexplored, he seldom hesitated to share his opinions and ideas with his team, encouraging all to share their best practices for the growth of individuals and the industry at large. At the foundation of his hard work and meticulous planning, lay a burning desire to fulfill his dreams. This required perseverance and strength on all fronts. He began by first removing the word “Impossible” from his dictionary. The years 1977 through 1984 were marked by small jobs that he took up for maintenance. During this phase, he also completed many jobs for: Daleo Engineering, Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd., MELTRON T&D center, R.W.I.T.C. (Royal Western India Turf Club Ltd.), Baker Mercer, KC Bearings, Fergusson College Pettie Chemical Laboratory, Few residential buildings, MES (Military engineering services) After having achieved moderate success through the works undertaken above, the years from 1984 to 1990 saw Mr. Ajit Agashe venturing into a different league with the following projects, which brought on the horizon the promise of bigger challenges and successes. Some of the key works he undertook in this phase included, Vanaz Engineering, Atlas Copco Ltd, O.N.G.C.: installation turnkey projects for GGS II and GGS II at Ankaleshwar field, Oil India: Foundation for reciprocating gas compressors at Dulia Jan, Assam. Over the years, Reward Constructions Pvt. Ltd has earned a name for being a pioneer in ‘Design and Build’ projects, thereby taking on complete responsibility for design and execution of electrical, mechanical, structural, architechtural and civil works, including local liaisoning. Until his last days, Mr. Ajit Agashe remained humbled by the success and appreciation he received through every stage. He upheld and valued the same principles that he set out for himself at the start of his career. Beyond all else he encouraged his employees to honour and value the requirements of the client and to work toward the successful execution of each project with a 100% commitment to safety, quality and integrity. Alumni Association expresses deep sorrow and grief and would like to share the sorrows with his family members. May his soul rest in peace. ? Mr. Madhav B. Gharpuray Shri. M.B. Gharpuray specialized in designing and construction of bridges of all types. He worked with S.B. Joshi & Co. Ltd, Mumbai starting work independently. He established a group of firms of Engineers & Contractors working in the line od designing and constructing bridges since 1963. He has so far designed 138 bridges in states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, J&K and Bhutan. These works were successfully executed under his guidance by a team of loyal and competent colleagues and associates. In addition, he designed for other contracting agencies, nearly 50 bridges, all of which are completed and functioning well. The firms have carried out construction of many bridges with open foundations and also well foundations in a position to execute works involving bored piles. In the last few years, they have completed several bridges on creeks in western Maharashtra & Goa and their performance has been certified by the PWD authorities as excellent. They have been contructing prestressed concrete bridges for the last 50 years. He was the first to adopt pretensioning method of prestressing in bridges, first bridge having been completed in 1963. He started using continuous spans in prestressed concrete from 1971 onwards. The firms have constructed bridges using post-tensioning and also pre-tensioning methods. They have built bridges by cast-in-situ, precasting and launching and also by canilevering methods. Most of the bridges were completed ahead of time schedule. The firm has also completed severl bridges and 2 road under bridges for Konkan Railway. Shri Gharpuray was awarded certificate in appreciation of speed and quality on the works in Ratnagiri region of Konkan Railway. He was also awarded certificate of Honour by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited for a bridge across river sharavathy. Noteworthy amongst the bridges designed and constructed across river Narmada at Omkareshwar, MP by cantilever method with a central span of 400 ft. He was honoured with Gold medal by MP state in 1978. He was the first to use HYSD bars in bridge construction-in the bridge across Dokli Nala in MP on NH 26. He was awarded the “Fergusson Gaurav & Fergusson Abhiman Award” by Fergussonians in Dec 2012 at the hands of Smt, Pratibhatai Patil, former President of India, He. Passed away on 20th Jan, 2013 at Pune.