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Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani (BITS)

Overview

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, (also referred to as BITS Pilani) is a private university located in Pilani, Rajasthan, India. BITS Pilani consists of 15 academic departments with a focus on education in engineering and the sciences.

The institute was established in its present form in 1964 with a vision to realize Jawaharlal Nehru’s project of nation-building with its emphasis on "science, technology and modernization" . At that time, its transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by the Ford Foundation and G.D.Birla. MIT provided the technical assistance that was required for this transformation.

The institute has developed and administers the all-India computerized entrance test BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India. Acceptance rate in BITS is very low, less than 2.08% in 2007, making it one of the most selective universities in India. The admission is on the basis of merit (as assessed by the BITSAT Examination) and not through any kind of reservation. The institute is privately supported and fully residential.

The institute has strong linkages with industry, as can be seen by its off-campus Work Integrated Learning Program(WILP) which enrolled 19,000 students from corporate enterprises in 2009. Practical experience in the industry is in the curriculum as a "Practice School" program, where students work with companies throughout India.

BITS has campuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (BITS, Pilani-Dubai), Goa, India (BITS-Pilani Goa),Hyderabad, India (BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus) and an extension center in Bangalore, India. Although the campuses are autonomous for the most part, the right to grant degrees rests with the main campus. It is the first Indian institution to set up a campus outside India.

Department and Courses

The institute has a three-tier academic structure.

Integrated First Degree

BITS Pilani offers four year Integrated First Degree program in Bachelor of Engineering (B.E(Hons)), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm(Hons.)), Master of Science (M.Sc(Hons.)), Master of Science (M.Sc(Technology)), and Master of Arts (M.A(Hons.)). The program offered with the degrees are classified into groups A, B and C.

Group A:

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Pharmacy

Computer Science

Manufacturing Engineering

Electronics and Communication Engineering (Hyderabad campus only)

Group B:

Biological Sciences

Chemistry

Economics

Mathematics

Physics

Group C:

Information Systems

General Studies

Engineering Technology

Finance

These courses are called Integrated First Degree courses because several courses such as Mathematics and Sciences are common to each degree. BITS Pilani does not offer Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), or Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degrees.

Higher Degree

BITS Pilani offers higher degree program such as Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm), Master of Public Health, and (M.P.H) Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A).

M.B.A

The Department of Management at BITS, Pilani was established in the year 1971. The program is successfully being offered for over three decades. The objective of this program is to augment the quality of the management prowess amongst the elite engineers who aspire to outshine in the challenging arena of the emerging Industrial world.

Off-campus program

BITS Pilani offers off-campus program, in which a student receives work experience in industry. The enrolment has grown over the years from 30 in 1979 to over 10000 students in 2005. More than 19000 students were registered for the off-campus work-integrated learning program during 2008-09. Work related learning program also accommodate industry professionals who wish to pursue their PhD whilst being employed.

International project

BITS Pilani is a key partner in international initiatives like the development of Journal Server open-access digital library, the Project IPV6, MIT iCampus initiative, etc.

Campus Life

The total area of the campus (which includes the Birla Education Trust) is over 4 square kilometres (990 acres), but the developed area is 0.2 square kilometres (49 acres) of which 60769 m is used for the BITS University building.

The institute has 11 hostels for boys and one hostel for girls. The hostels are named for historical figures, religious figures and saints. Every two boys' hostel share a common mess. There is a separate mess for the girl's hostel. All these messes are fully managed by students. Apart from the mess, students may eat at the institute canteen (IC), the All Night Canteen (ANC), and the Students Activity Centre Cafeteria. ANC is also managed by students.

Student life

Student clubs and departments include:

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Inspired Karters Racing Provides a platform for the automotive enthusiasts to get some hands-on experience about the know-hows of the world of automobiles.
  • Hindi Drama Club (HDC) and English Drama Club (EDC) perform stage and street plays during the semester and during student festivals.
  • Hindi Press Club (HPC) and English Press Club (EPC) publishes newsletters and annual college magazine, describing activities happening on campus.
  • English Language Activities Society (ELAS) and Hindi Activities Society (HAS) conduct quizzing and other literary events.
  • Informalz organizes and conducts various events like Treasure Hunt, Mister & Miss Oasis, Bulb, Wordstock, quizzes and other fun events that anyone can participate in, during all the three festivals of BITS Pilani.
  • Bitsmun organizes a model united nations every year which is supposedly the largest of its kind in India.
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is a entrepreneurship cell at BITS Pilani with the aim of spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus.
  • Wall Street Club (WSC) India`s first undergraduate investment club focusing on instilling an understanding of business ecosystem amongst engineering students.
  • Creative Activities Club (CrAC) conducts art exhibitions and competitions
  • Jhankar organises musical concerts, professional shows and various other events during all three festivals.
  • Photography Club conducts workshops and training sessions in photography.
  • Ragamalika is a Classical Dance & Music Club which organizes Hindustani Classical And Carnatic Music programmes. Main events of the year being "Nritya Ranjini" and "Sangamam". Details available on the official blog.
  • The Mime Club, performs live sketch shows twice a year, during OASIS and APOGEE and also organizes competitions during the festivals
  • Music Club performs on 'music nights' and in events like Fusion and Tarang in OASIS.
  • Dance Club organizes dance workshops and performs in cultural events in APOGEE and OASIS.
  • The Department of Art, Design and Publicity , formerly called as 'Art n Dee' is responsible for the panels that adorn the auditorium, the stage backdrops and the theme-depicting structure for the cultural event OASIS. It manages the inventory for the other clubs working for OASIS.
  • The Department of Planning and Publicity manages the publicity and inventory for the educational fest APOGEE.
  • The Department of Music(Gurukul).Its main task is to perform on national holidays, important institute functions and in an independent Music Concert. Also besides these, members learn tabla,classical singing, harmonium and synthesizer under guidance of Anil Rai - HOD of Music dept BITS Pilani.

The Students' Union (SU) is the main administrative body for students and consists of elected post holders. The elections are overseen by the Election Commission, which also is a student body. The CRAC (Constitution Review and Amendment Committee) and the CRC (Corroboration and Review Committee) are two other parts of this system of administration for the students, by the students. The Student Mess Council carries out mess related management.

Admission

Admission

Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad Campuses

Since 2005, admission to BITS campuses has been offered to students based on their performance in the all-India Entrance Examination, called BITS Admission Test (BITSAT). The test, exclusive to the BITS Pilani University, is conducted online and held in May and June in cities all over India. The exam tests the candidate's knowledge, reasoning and analytical abilities in English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Logical reasoning, and is based on the higher secondary curriculum in India and abroad. To be eligible for admissions, prospective students are required to obtain a minimum aggregate of 80% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (subject to a minimum of 60% in each of these three subjects) in their higher secondary examination. Toppers of higher secondary examinations of each single board are exempted from taking BITSAT test and are considered for direct admission. BITSAT differs from the conventional written examination as it is an online exam held at more than 20 places all over India.

Dubai Campus

Admission to Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Dubai is based on the marks secured on the 12th standard qualifying exam and no other entrance test. Though BITS Pilani-Dubai campus was set up to serve the educational requirements of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, admissions to the college are open to all nationalities.

Alumni

Name

Category

Achievement

Year

Baba Kalyani

Corporate

Chairman, Bharat Forge

Vijay Chandru

Corporate

Cofounder & CEO, Strand Life Sciences; Inventor of Simputer

1975

Prithviraj Chavan

Government Institutions

Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Gulu L. Mirchandani

Corporate

Founder and CEO of Onida Electronics

1981-Present

B. Sandhya

Government Institutions

Police Officer and Author

Rajesh Hukku

Corporate

Chairman & CEO, i-flex Solutions - Named Star of Asia, Businessweek 2003

Vivek Paul

Corporate

Partner, Texas Pacific Group, Ex-Vice Chairman, Wipro Ltd. CEO, Wipro Technologies. Named one of the world's 10 best managers by Businessweek(2003), Also Named 2004 Business influentials by Time

SK Roongta

Corporate

Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd.

Saket Agarwal

Corporate

CEO, Cellebrum Technologies Limited

1988-93

Vinod Agarwal

Entrepreneur

Founder & Chairman, SEMINDIA, India's first semiconductor fab.Founder & Former Chairman, Logic Vision ($100 million NASDAQ traded company: LGVN)

1968-73

Rajiv Bapna

Entrepreneur

Founder, Director of AMKETTE, a storage media company

Sabeer Bhatia

Entrepreneur

Founder of Hotmail (sold to Microsoft for $400 million), joined Caltech after two years of study in BITS Pilani

Mukesh Chatter

Entrepreneur

Founder, Axiowave (now defunct). Founder, Nexabit (sold to Lucent for $900 million, but Nexabit was never deployed by customers.)

Ajay Chopra

Entrepreneur

Founder & Chairman, Pinnacle Systems, A $350 million company (NASDAQ: PCLE) sold to Avid Technology Inc.(NASDAQ: AVID) in 2005

Prof. S. P. Kothari

Educators/Researchers

Head of Dept of Economics, Finance & Accounting, MIT Sloan School of Management

Prof. Kartik Hosanagar

Corporate & Academic

Chairman, Yodle, Inc, Professor, Wharton School of Business

1994-1999

Prof. Krishna Saraswat

Educators/Researchers

Stanford University

Prof. Arun Somani

Educators/Researchers

Jerry R. Junkins Endowed Chair Professor, Iowa State University

Prof. Srinivasan Ramasubramanian

Educators/Researchers

University of Arizona

1993-1997

Prof. Ravi Gomatam

Educator/Researcher

Director of Bhaktivedanta Institute and Institute for Semantic Information Sciences and Technology, Berkeley, and Mumbai

Dilip D'Souza

Writers

Writer of social causes

1976-1981

Shashi Warrier

Artists/Entertainers

Writer of Fiction

Anu Haasan

Artists/Entertainers

Actress, Tamil/Telugu Movie, TV Show host

1993-2009

Kanika

Artists/Entertainers

Actress, Tamil/Telugu/Kannada/Malayalam Movies, TV Show host

1999-2010

Mani Shankar

Artists/Entertainers

Director, Indian Movies

Padmini Chettur

Artists/Entertainers

Dancer

1987-1991

Deendayal Upadhyaya

Politician

Founder of BJP

Nanaji Deshmukh

Social Activist and politician

RSS functionary

Ashok Pandey

Film Producer

Producer of Phas Gaye Re Obama

1974-1979

Manoj Gaur

Chairman

Jaiprakash Associates, Flagship of the Jaypee Group

Raj Kishor Pareek

Corporate

Regional Technical Head, DLF,Gurgaon

Outside the Campus @ Pilani

Pilani is located 220 km west of Delhi and 217 km north of Jaipur; the BITS campus is located to the south of the bus stand of Pilani.

Pilani is known for its extreme climate. Summer temperatures reach up to 52 degree Celsius from May to July, while Winter temperatures reach sub-zero levels between December and January. Months of October and March are generally considered the most pleasant.

BITS has a Birla Mandir dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, called Sharda Peeth.

Pilani Campus has India's first technological museum called Birla Museum. Built in 1954, it exhibits the accomplishments of technology

Unlike other towns, Pilani is not accessible by rail, but it does have a computerized reservation counter, situated in the CEERI campus, at its entrance gate opposing BTTI (Birla Technical Training Institute). The nearest rail stations are Chirawa (16 km)served by Western Railway and lying on the Jaipur Loharu Meter Gauge section and Loharu(25 km)in Haryana which is served by both broad gauge and meter gauge sections. Jaipur is 220 km from Pilani and Delhi is 210 km and well connected by road.

Contact

· For General Purposes:


Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS, Pilani)
Vidya Vihar Campus
Pilani
Rajasthan
PIN Code - 333031
INDIA

· Admission Related Queries:

Admissions: On Campus

Prof. S. Gurunarayanan
Dean, Admissions
E-mail: sguru

242205, 515252
Ext: 252/294

Admissions: Off Campus

Prof. G. Sundar
Dean, Work Integrated Learning Programmes
E-mail: sundar

242210, 515239
Ext: 239/216

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