Pilani, August 31, 2014: BITS Pilani has grown steadily over the last fifty years and is now a multi-campus university with over 11000 on-campus and over 21,000 off-campus students. Over the last 5 years, BITS Pilani has undertaken a several initiatives to drive excellence in both academic and non-academic areas. These initiatives are being carried out by various different groups/individuals across the 4 campuses.
The felicitation program for teaching and non-teaching staff who had served 25 years or more as part of Golden Jubilee celebration BITS Pilani started with Prof B.N.Jain, Vice Chancellor, welcoming all dignitaries who had rendered selfless services and he went on to highlight achievements of BITS Pilani and its future plans. He also talked about the challenges that BITS has been facing in going forward. The Vice Chancellor informed that BITS Pilani offers undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD programmes in sciences, engineering, pharmacy, management and social sciences to over 11,500 students from its four campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad. He talked about how BITS Pilani was the first institution in India to conduct an online entrance exam, which is now known as BITSAT and how it has been conducting the test successfully over the past 10 years. Further, he went on to mention two out of seven imperatives that have been taken up as part of Mission 2015 and specifically highlighted “Technology enablement” and "Quality Assessment and Assurance." initiatives undertaken by BITS Pilani. The other imperatives being Faculty and Staff Development, Industry Engagement, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, and Inter-disciplinary Research.There are various plans under Mission 2015 with the sole aim of the welfare and betterment of the student body and the university as a whole.He talked about how groups are constantly working on making BITS the finest institution in the country.
Prof G. Raghurama, Director BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus shared his views with the audience about the transformation of Pilani campus through modernization of its physical infrastructure. He talked about the new academic building that has been built which has several architectural innovations, and a new students hostel, a new workshop building and a new faculty housing complex. He thanked all those present for their contributions and their service.
Prof. K.E. Raman in his address talked about the expansion of the Goa campus. He informed the audience about the sanction of substantial amount from Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor, BITS, Pilani to increase the branches of disciplines and infrastructure. Prof. V S Rao, Director, Hyderabad Campus spoke on the occasion about the achievements of Hyderabad campus. He said that he felt the secret of success of BITS, Pilani campuses lies in its heritage, culture, values, dedication and devotion of faculty and of course the modernization of campuses, inspiration and direction given by the elder faculties. Prof. R.N. Saha, Director, Dubai Campus made the audience aware of the plan to keep all the 4 campuses connected with each other.He said there will be faculty and student exchange programs between the Dubai campus and other campuses. Prof. Sunder, Director, Off Campus Programs talked about the growth plan of Practice school and Work Integrated Learning Program of BITS, Pilani. Prof R K Mittal, Director, Special Projects shared the information about the newly setup cell of Institutional Knowledge and Analysis (IKA Cell).
In the evening a grand felicitation programme for those who had served 25 years or more was held highlighting their significant contribution to the growth and achievements of BITS Pilani. A classical music and dance programme was also conducted by Ragamalika Group on the occasion. A few awardees Shri A.N. Bhargava, Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Prof. Vijay V. Mandke and Prof. T.S.K.V. Iyer's daughter also shared their memories and achievements of BITS, Pilani.