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Team Anant : Student satellite team

Posted By Aditya Sharma, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014
With a Vision to take BITS beyond the boundaries of Earth, a group of undergraduates with a common interest and passion for space research and engineering came together and led the foundations of Team Anant in January 2013 to give BITS Pilani its first indigenously built nanosatellite and provide learning opportunities to the students of the institute, empowering them with the skills to develop the satellite through various phases of design, analysis and fabrication.
Before the project officially started in November 2013, a core team comprising of 4 students did initial research on several existing student satellites for a few months and designed the various subsystems of the satellite and the tasks that will have to be performed over the years.  In end of September 2013, the project was introduced to the HODs of all departments and was approved with Prof. Rikmantra Basu as the faculty coordinator and total of 12 faculty members as a guiding support for the project.
Recruitments were held during December 2013 – January 2014 in which nearly 350 students applied and 10 people were selected.
A small ground station at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus was set up by making a double cross antenna for ground reception of NOAA weather satellite signals were successful in obtaining the clear images of India.
Project Anant was one among the top projects that were selected for Project showcase in BITSAA Global Meet 2014 held in Hyderabad and was most appreciated by our Alumni. Mr Prem Jain, Co- CEO & CFO of Insieme called the project as most ambitious and the beacon of inspiration.
Team Anant is now a group of 15 students from 5 disciplines of engineering and science with an aim to build a nanosatellite and test three emerging and cost effective technologies, Hyperspectral imagingFPGA based on board computing and MEMS based microthruster’s propulsion system. This project presents a wonderful learning experience to the students of working on a real life multi- disciplinary complex system.

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Ignite '14

Posted By Anjali Sinha, Friday, April 18, 2014

Ignite is a unique social fest organized by the students of Nirmaan, BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus annually to contribute our part in nurturing young talent and giving them a chance to live their childhood to the fullest.

IGNITE'14 started on 24 January 14 and continued till 26 January 14 with a participation of around 350 kids from different orphanages in Hyderabad.

The Inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of the director Dr. V.S.Rao sir, Chief Guest Y Harish Chandra Prasad and Faculty-In-charge Prof. Suman Kapur. Mementos were distributed to all the orphanages' managers. There were several cultural performances by BITS students followed by a Laser show.

Innovation workshop included demonstrations of certain intriguing concepts (Balloon rocket, Lemon litmus test etc). The kids did the experiments in groups and were explained the principles behind it. Environmental awareness, English, Maths and General Knowledge sessions were held. These sessions aimed at teaching concepts through interactive and visual media to the children.

A host of cultural events were held in which the children showcased their talents. It was followed by a dance workshop by the Dance club of BPHC. The children participated in the flag hoisting celebrations which was followed by a motivational talk by a professor. A science fair was conducted for the children. The volunteers made a number of models (including the solar system, stages of human evolution, dinosaur etc.) to bring all the inert experiments which they study in their science books to life.

The students were explained some interesting and fascinating inventions and discoveries and were made familiar with some famous scientists' life stories.
In this session in the children made greeting cards in accordance with the "Republic day theme" and eco-friendly paper bags.

SHADES club of BPHC conducted a workshop on hat making and wind chime making. School bags were given to all the children as return gifts. Nirmaan volunteers staged a street play familiarizing the kids about the importance of studies and publicizing the concept of abolishing child labor. A Mini GP race was also shown to the children with the help of a fourth year BITS student, Jaideep Singh.


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ARENA'14

Posted By Aditi V. Kulkarni, Friday, April 18, 2014

The  Annual Sports festival of BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, ARENA’14 , took place this year in the last week of January. 120 teams from different parts of the country  participated in competitions held in the 200 acre sprawling campus of BITS Hyderabad  located near Shamirpet.  This was just the second edition of ARENA but it has already come a long way from its initiation last year. This sports extravaganza had an impressive crowd of more than 5000 students from all over India. Coca Cola was the title sponsor for ARENA’14. 

ARENA is a classic example of planned, organized and effective team work entirely by around 220 students of BITS Hyderabad. This year our campus did us proud by bagging gold in both cricket and hockey. The basketball team of Hyderabad, both girls and boys also stood first. The boys’ lawn tennis team bagged gold while the girls’ team came second. The volleyball girls’ team and the boys football team were runner’s up.

 After four days of great matches and a performance by DJ Sharon Amir who has also performed at the champion’s league it concluded on the 2nd of February.

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Verba Maximus '14

Posted By Anjali Sinha, Friday, April 18, 2014

This February, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus hosted the third edition of its annual Literary Festival, Verba Maximus, popularly known as VM. Presented by Campus Diarie; the fest saw colleges and universities from across the country participating in various literary based events.

The fest was held on 1st and 2nd February and continued throughout the day. VM’14 went National as it held regional rounds in the 4 cities of Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Winners of Debate and Spell Bee from zonals got direct entry into the National Finals. For the first time, VM also went multilingual with the Hindi Youth Sabha and the Telugu Pada Vinyasam being star attractions. 

A tremendous turnout for all events was seen, as the writing event 'Picture Perspective' and the investigative journalism event 'Sherlocked' saw over 250 participants each turning up. Other events like 'Just a Minute (JAM)' and 'Words of a Feather' were deeply enjoyed by participants and audience alike.

VM’14 also saw distinguished authors Aroon Raman and Varun Agarwal who interacted with the students. The interactions were very well received by all the attendees. The stand-up comedy performed by Vipul Goel was also a huge hit among the attendees.

Overall, Verba Maximus was well planned and executed, and set high standards for literary events in the city. The organizers hope to have an even bigger and better fest next year.

http://www.bits-vm.org/

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Tedx- "Cross roads and Dead ends"

Posted By Parth Goel, Friday, April 18, 2014
Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
On 19th January'14, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus organized its 4th chapter of TEDx- "Cross Roads and Dead ends", x implying an independently organized TED event. An idea is the driving force in the path of success and TED is the global platform that serves ideas and thought provoking works on a platter to reach out to the budding thinkers from all walks of life. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design spreads ideas at a local level. TEDxBITSGoa stands testament to the success of the TEDx concept. 

The first speaker was Mr. P. Madhavan. P. Madhavan, is the Executive Director of Goa Center for Alternative photography (Goa-CAP), a not-for-profit, state-of-the-art research and artistic space dedicated exclusively to photography. He showed the audience how to look beyond the lens.

The next speaker was Mr. Ajit Narayan, the inventor of Avaz, India's first Augmentative and Alternative Communication device for children with disabilities. He inspired the audience on how to put ones knowledge to improve the world where we live in. Next on the stage was a student from our own campus, Raj Sinai Kunkolienkar- as a part of the TEDx Ambassador program. He shared his wonderful experience about the inception and development of his very own NGO “Fascination”, that aims to create ideal and exciting awe-inspiring learning environment for the students of Indian schools.

The next speaker was Mr. Mahesh Murthy, the brain behind Pinstorm and Seefund. He spoke about his expertise in marketing, management and travel hacking. After the lunch break, Mr Bodhisatwa Dasgupta was on stage. He is a dynamic advertising agent and founder of Longhand. Next up was Mr. Frederick Noronha, one of the biggest contributors to the evolution of journalism in Goa. Next was an inspiring talk by Ms. Sabbah Haji who is the director-teacher-trainer at Haji Public School, located in Breswana, which is an average, remote, inaccessible village in the mountains of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir.

Next on stage were Sanskriti Dawle and Aman Srivastava who are a part of TEDx Ambassador program from our campus. They spoke about Project Mudra which helps the blind children to learn language. Following them was Clinton Cerejo.  An immensely popular music composer, producer, songwriter and playback singer, he is best known for his performances at Coke Studio.

The third TEDx Ambassador from our campus was Hancel Salim, a brilliant keyboardist who played an eclectic mix of western and Indian music. The final speaker of the day was Ms. Kalki Koechlin, an Indian film actress of French descent. She was received with much warmth and enthusiasm by the audience and shared her valuable experiences.

The event was a huge success and one of the most memorable in the history of TEDx, BITS Pilani, Goa.

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TEDx- "Dare To Dream"

Posted By Parth Goel, Sunday, February 23, 2014

The 3rd edition of TEDx, a global phenomenon, was held in BITS - Pilani, Dubai Campus on November 10th 2013.The event unfolded with a welcome speech from the organizers Vaibhav and Nayyab where they posed an interesting question to the audience – "What TEDx is to you?” They went on to mention that in today’s world of cutthroat competition, the greed pushes people to want more, which is precisely what distinguished the speakers from the rest - They dared to dream.

The first speaker of the event was Ms. Sandhya Prakash, an Entrepreneurial Business Development Strategist. Post- marriage, Ms. Sandhya was bombarded with opportunities of starting an Industrial Product Business, a software business or organizing social events. But she wanted to "dig her own desert rose". She was not only a lady, but an expat in Saudi Arabia and faced a number of obstacles achieving her goals. Engaging the audience in an anecdote, she said she had an inherent fear of heights, but she decided to go skydiving – and then, she realized that fear and faith make you believe in something you cannot see.

A TEDx video of Mr. Marco Tempest, the Techno Illusionist at TEDxTokyo 2009 was shown enthralling the audience and leaving them mesmerized.  A casual question and answer round followed, to riddle the audiences' brains on how much they really knew about TEDx, where they were asked the TED tagline and which edition of TEDx BPDC was being held to win exciting e-Max gift vouchers.

The next speaker of the event was Mr. Iyad Mourtada, a Professional Trainer. He began by posing the question, "Do you like your reality?" pushing the audience to introspect whilst sharing the famous lion and sheep fable wherein the lion was made to realize his true majestic nature. He quoted Robertson Davies saying, "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend". Clad in a magician’s attire - wand et al, he went on to quote Roald Dahl -"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

Last but not the least, the day ended on a humorous note with Mr. Michael J Tolans"Lie, steal and cheat your way to success” mantra. He has 15 years leadership experience in the Middle East in training, raising finance, generation of Sales process Management and is a Business Consultant and Trainer in the MENA Region. Every second of his talk, as to how exactly to lie, steal and cheat one’s way to success, made the audience fall off their chairs.

All in all, an inspiring day with the ringing message – Dare to Dream. 

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“Hitting the rewind” with Waves 2013

Posted By Parth Goel, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A festival that celebrates life, verve and unbounded talent, one of the fastest growing college cultural festivals of our country, and also among the most popular, Waves has become a cultural and social phenomenon among the youth and has come a long way since its humble inception in 2006. 

Waves 2013 took place from 8th to 10th November with over 100 colleges and 30,000 participants. This three-day long festival saw 52 competitions spread over different genres of music, fine arts, literature,  dramatics and dance apart from a lot of unorthodox informal events spread over the 72 hours

The theme for Waves 2013 was "Hit the Rewind” with Waves going back in time to relive the best of all the decades. The crowd witnessed performances by Bollywood music maestros Vishal and Shekhar, as well as performances by ‘Blackstratblues’, the band fronted by prodigal guitarist Warren Mendonsa and vocalist Nikhil D’Souza. In addition to these performances, there was also an electronic dance music night by DJ NYK, among India’s best DJ’s. For the very first time Waves hosted a round of Femina Miss India, judged by the former Miss India Rochelle Maria Rao, the finalists of which got a direct entry to the regionals in their respective cities. Crew from the East India Comedy regaled the crowds with laughter by their stand-up comedy acts. Adding spice to the festival, there were special guest appearances by Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Kalki Koechlin during the special nights. 

Waves 2013 launched its own social campaign: ‘I.A.M.- Innovate, Act, Motivate’ addressing the issue of women abuse and harassment in India, a petition to make self-defence classes a part of school curriculum was signed by over a thousand people and sent to the Prime Minister of India, a free self-defence workshop was also held during the festival.  

There is something in store for everyone and Waves makes sure that the three days spent are remembered for nothing less than absolute entertainment. Waves is a melting pot of various cultures and diversities, a festival that celebrates the various arts and cultures. Waves over the years has grown at amazing pace and continues to amaze with every new edition, it’s a cult beyond a cultural fest.

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BITS Herald Issues

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dear BITSian,

Following are the links of BITS Herald Issues released by the Department of Journalism and Media affairs at BITS-Pilani Goa Campus. These issues highlight the major activities covered in campus during the Year 2011-2012. 

SPREE 2012 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/83495237/BITS-Herald-Spree-2012-Issue
QUARK 2012 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/80263584/BITS-Herald-Quark-2012-Special-Issue
POST QUARK ISSUE : http://www.scribd.com/doc/81593572/BITS-Herald-Post-Quark-2012-Issue
JANUARY ISSUE : http://www.scribd.com/doc/78851530/BITS-Herald-January-2012-Issue
WAVES 2011 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/77022675/BITS-Herald-Waves-2011-Issue
OCTOBER ISSUE : http://www.scribd.com/doc/77013561/BITS-Herald-October-2011-Issue
ELECTION 2011 : http://www.scribd.com/doc/63490082/BITS-Herald-Election-2011-Issue
SUMMER ISSUE :  http://www.scribd.com/doc/58559101/BITS-Herald-Summer-Issue

 

Regards,

Shailendra 

 

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PEARL'12

Posted By utkarsh mehrotra, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bits Pilani, Hyderabad Campus celebrated its annual fest, the aptly named ‘Pearl’, from Feb 16-19 2012. This year’s version was bigger and better than ever before, and raised the bar of standards to an entirely new level. The theme was 2-D gaming, and Mario and Pac man helped recreate an atmosphere of nostalgia. The inauguration took place on 16 Feb, and this was followed by a melodious performance by Ghatam Karthik and his troupe.

This set the tone for three days of total enjoyment. Day 1 saw a host of exciting events, among which the classical dance solo stood out as truly memorable. As the graceful dancers paid tribute to our glorious culture, the audience watched them spellbound. The highlight of this day was a rocking Benny Dayal show in the evening. The enthusiasm in the air was infectious and nobody could help screaming and shouting for their favourite songs.

Day 2 saw a number of technical events being hosted in addition to the cultural ones. People came from colleges across India to participate in the paper presentation competitions conducted by the various departments of BPHC. The cultural events saw highly enthusiastic participation, as well. Metal enthusiasts had a great evening with Belgian band Thurisaz.

Pearl reached a crescendo on DAY 3, 19th Feb, 2012. There were events galore, and everyone was in a heady mood. The Robowars event was the easily the highlight of all the technical events, managing to leave the audience enthralled. The hovercraft event was equally good .There were classical music contests and western group dance events, both of which managed to pep up spirits. For the social service enthusiasts, Pratyaya was a NIRMAAN event that saw papers being presented on a range of socially relevant topics. People spent an inspired afternoon in the ‘ASPIRE’ event conducted by CEL. Many eminent speakers shared their experiences with the audience, and Swami Bodhamayanand was exceptional. Uplifting and inspirational, his talk was truly of tremendous value. An ex-Dean of ISB was also one of the speakers, and his talk on the options available to students after graduation was incisive and insightful.

After a hard day’s work, people got ready to party. The fashion show, Glitterati, started and ended before people realised!

And then it was time for the grand finale. Along came Ela Rose and David Deejay with their mind-blowing show. She sang and he spun, and they crowd danced itself into a frenzy. When it was time to say goodnight and goodbye, there was an eerie unreal feeling. PEARL 2012 was an incredible success that created an indelible impact on everyone’s minds.

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PEARL'12

Posted By utkarsh mehrotra, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bits Pilani, Hyderabad Campus celebrated its annual fest, the aptly named ‘Pearl’, from Feb 16-19 2012. This year’s version was bigger and better than ever before, and raised the bar of standards to an entirely new level. The theme was 2-D gaming, and Mario and Pac man helped recreate an atmosphere of nostalgia. The inauguration took place on 16 Feb, and this was followed by a melodious performance by Ghatam Karthik and his troupe.

This set the tone for three days of total enjoyment. Day 1 saw a host of exciting events, among which the classical dance solo stood out as truly memorable. As the graceful dancers paid tribute to our glorious culture, the audience watched them spellbound. The highlight of this day was a rocking Benny Dayal show in the evening. The enthusiasm in the air was infectious and nobody could help screaming and shouting for their favourite songs.

Day 2 saw a number of technical events being hosted in addition to the cultural ones. People came from colleges across India to participate in the paper presentation competitions conducted by the various departments of BPHC. The cultural events saw highly enthusiastic participation, as well. Metal enthusiasts had a great evening with Belgian band Thurisaz.

Pearl reached a crescendo on DAY 3, 19th Feb, 2012. There were events galore, and everyone was in a heady mood. The Robowars event was the easily the highlight of all the technical events, managing to leave the audience enthralled. The hovercraft event was equally good .There were classical music contests and western group dance events, both of which managed to pep up spirits. For the social service enthusiasts, Pratyaya was a NIRMAAN event that saw papers being presented on a range of socially relevant topics. People spent an inspired afternoon in the ‘ASPIRE’ event conducted by CEL. Many eminent speakers shared their experiences with the audience, and Swami Bodhamayanand was exceptional. Uplifting and inspirational, his talk was truly of tremendous value. An ex-Dean of ISB was also one of the speakers, and his talk on the options available to students after graduation was incisive and insightful.

After a hard day’s work, people got ready to party. The fashion show, Glitterati, started and ended before people realised!

And then it was time for the grand finale. Along came Ela Rose and David Deejay with their mind-blowing show. She sang and he spun, and they crowd danced itself into a frenzy. When it was time to say goodnight and goodbye, there was an eerie unreal feeling. PEARL 2012 was an incredible success that created an indelible impact on everyone’s minds.

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Quark 2012

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Dear BITSian,

Re-initiating the posts on Campus Buzz, I would like to share the BITS-Herald February Issue, from BITS-Pilani Goa Campus, which is based on Quark - 2012, the recently conducted Annual Technical and Innovation Festival of Goa Campus.

Please find the attached pdf.

Regards,
Shailendra

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TEDxBITSGoa

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Monday, December 07, 2009

A TEDxBITSGoa conference is going to be held on 5th February 2010 in BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus.TEDx BITSGoa is an independently organized TED like conference operated under license from TED.

Under the theme of Innovation, it will present to the world, Innovations that have pioneered change in the past and those that are going to change the future. Speakers will include innovators; visionaries and performers who will leave all bedazzled through their talks.

The Conference will be curated and mentored by Mr. Siva Cotipalli ('97 Batch), Entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of award-winning company dhanaX, named as one of the most innovative companies in India by Intel-DST, and one of final 30 nominees for the MTV Pepsi Youth Icon of India 2008.

Mr. Siva Cotipalli is a TED India fellow and was also the winner of the BITSAA 30 under 30 awards in 2009 for his remarkable achievements.

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ation on TEDx BITSGoa visit: http://www.tedxbitsgoa.com

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Hostel/Canteen Timings!!

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Monday, December 07, 2009

It’s only been a short time of the removal of the 11:30 PM rule for Boys in the campus, a major change which happened in this week is the extension of hostel timings for girls till 12:30 AM.

With the opening of the All Night Canteen w.e.f. 4 Dec 2010, now students can avail the facilities available in the mess to have Coffee, Tea, Noodles, Maggie, Sandwich even during the night hours from 11 PM – 1:00 AM.

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A look back at WAVES Winter 2009

Posted By Shalini Lahiri, Monday, November 30, 2009
It was like a movement. It was like we lost ourselves and became part of something bigger.”  
                                                            -Anonymous Brazilian fan about the Rock in Rio festival
 
Every festival is like a movement, where the unity of hundreds of BITSians only can create something beautiful. They say, being a part of the herd makes you ordinary, but in this case, every bit of ordinary strings together to make the extraordinary.
 
WAVES Winter 2009, was held from the 6th-8th of November, and would not have been possible without the dedication of hundreds of BITSians. With the tagline "Winter was never this hot!" (quite literally so, as well), WAVES had all the elements of the BITSian fest, the varied events, the workshops, the exciting specials, the stars, and the beautiful craziness that envelops the campus for three days, transforming it into a live, pulsating city.
 
This post is meant to be a lookback of WAVES Winter 2009, a sneak peek into the fest. WAVES was inaugrated on the 5th of November 2009. "BITSians create waves wherever they go.” Never has louder applause been heard in enormous auditorium of BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus.  Anu Hasan, the Chief Guest,  a talk show host, famed Television personality and ex-BITSian actually made the audience sit up and listen to her short, yet rousing speech. The Inaugral Ceremony of WAVES Winter 2009 started on an auspicious note as the world-renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik, unveiled his latest sand masterpiece, a sculpture on the horrors of Global Warming at WAVES. 
 
This was followed by an exciting bevy of performances in the Auditorium. The Dance Club  of the campus, which never stops experimenting with interesting themes, gave us a lovely classical performance, some bold hip-hop moves, and a paean to unrequited love in the form of a dance-drama. The iconic Mime Club showcased it’s version of the "Idiot Box” which left all in peals of laughter. Sometimes, you do not need words to make the world understand double entendres.  Kala, the Fine Arts Club created Jimi Hendrix  live on stage in a span of 5 minutes, as "Voodoo Child” played.  But then, a quiet fell in the Audi, as darkness reigned and suddenly we saw a flicker of light. What followed was something that cannot be described. The laser show  held us all spellbound, and  depicted all that was to happen at WAVES. They say your life, flashes by your eyes, well, this time WAVES flashed by our eyes.
 

The first day saw the presence of celebrities like Kishore Namit Kapoor, reknowned acting guru, who came to deliver a talk about the nuances of theatre and acting, Ms. Vidya Balan, beloved Bollywood actress, and internationally reknowned fashion choreographer, Kaushik Ghosh who had come to judge to Fashion Parade. Ms. Balan was here as a part of Nanhi Kali, a charitable organization, that promotes the education of the girl child. Ms.Balan exhorted all BITSians to give up that extra glass of coke, and save money, because saving even Rs.6 every day, for a year, can fund the education of a child. Later, DJ Suketu livened up the night with his awesome Bollywood remixes.

The second day had members of Thespo, the National Youth Theatre festival come down to judge the Stage Play event in the Drama Category. The Best Actor and Actress of the Drama Category also won a chance to train at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Academy in the summer.  There were many amazing special performances as well, including Slain, who have opened for Iron Maiden, The Fictitious Group, winners of Boogie Woogie and the famous Bollywood singer, KK who enthralled everyone with his mellifluous voice, performing 25 songs! This was undoubtedly one of the best performances we have ever had!
The last day, the 8th of  November, also saw a bunch of exciting competitions, such as Mr. And Miss WAVES. WAVES also went international, with the participation of our foreign student (from Queen’s University, Canada) in the event. Following that was the Rock Night, with a performance by the evergreen poster boys of Indian Rock, Parikrama, who performed their original hits, along with covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.
WAVES is over and gone, but to tell the truth, it's always wonderful to be involved in the start of something beautiful. We've raised the bar now, and we hope the future batches live up to it. And we hope that when you read this, you'll reminisce about WAVES' and OASIS' past, and will bring back memories of those lovely times.

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IEEE Student's Chapter at Goa Campus

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Saturday, November 28, 2009

With an aim to promote research and development in the campus, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch was established in the campus. The inauguration for the same was done on 23th November 2009 (i.e. Monday). The Chief Guest for the inauguration was Prof. V.K. Madan, Visiting Professor, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus and the Guest of Honour for the inauguration was Prof. M. M. Shah, Students Activity In charge, IEEE Bombay Section.

Prior to inaugurating the IEEE Branch in the campus, Prof. V. K. Madan Interacted with the students to discuss some points regarding future projects and he gave a brief talk on Digital Signal Processing.

Prof V. K. Madan is a Visiting Professor from BITS-Pilani Pilani Campus. He is B. Tech. (EE) IIT Delhi and Ph.D. (EE) IIT Bombay.

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Quark Updates

Posted By Shailendra Gupta, Saturday, November 28, 2009

With the successful completion of the Annual Cultural Festival “ WAVES ” held from 6th Oct – 8th Oct 2009, Now it’s time for “QUARK”, the Annual Technical Festival of BITS-Pilani Goa Campus, which is going to be held from 4th Feb – 6th Feb 2010.

To give a kick start to “QUARK 2010”, Pre-Quark Workshop (Phase-I) was held on 24th and 25th Nov 2009. The main objective of the workshop was to give a brief overview of the events which will be there this time for QUARK.

List of the Events:

ChemiQ:

  1. Cornwallz ( Heat Transfer Challenge )
  2. Filtroid ( Water Filtration Contest )
  3. Furor ( Fluid Flow Computation )

ElectriQ:

  1. AnalogTrix ( Circuit Simulation )
  2. Elec- Trade ( The Electric Apprentice )
  3. VLSI Design

MecQ:

  1. Crash ( Vehicle Design )
  2. Swat Kats ( Radio Controlled Aircrafts )
  3. Tack It ( PRO-E Desgin )

RobotiQ:

  1. 3 Ball Pool ( Image Processing )
  2. King Of the Ring ( Manual Bot Fight )
  3. Mission Salvation ( Autonomous Bots )

ScientifiQ:

  1. Chem-O-Matics ( Chemistry )
  2. CSI – Goa ( Biology )
  3. Numbers ( Mathematics )
  4. Univirtual ( Physics )

Programmer’s InQ:

  1. Binary Pirates ( Hacking & Encryption )
  2. Code Jam ( Online coding Challenges )
  3. Rip Open ( Open Source Challenges )
  4. Terminator ( MASM Programming )

Corporate:

  1. Master of the Market ( Marketing & Management )
  2. QuEST (Corporate Roleplay )
  3. Wall Street Revolution ( Virtual Stock Market )

BITS MUN ( Model United Nations )

To get more information about the events, their registrations and other information regarding Quark log on to http://www.bits-quark.org

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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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BOSM 09 Day 5

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wake me up when September ends. Humming this Greenday score, on this starry night of nights, in a mass exodus from the now barren Gym-G, I stroll into quieter pastures- the huge pile of haversacks reminding me of how BOSM’s come to end now. And some fest it’s been.

This year saw the fest come to age. With close to 40 colleges participating, around 1000 outstis on campus, BOSM’09 delivered all it promised, and more. From increased sponsorship and prize money, to tougher competition. From six pack ‘munde’, which most girls find eye-candy, to cute ‘kudis’, who we definitely find eye candy. BOSM’s no more just about BITS, it has transcended to a stratum where mercurial talent from colleges across the country wish to showcase their skill in, all in a highly competitive environment.

Sitting through the rigors of the usual post fest ValD, my head was still whizzing from the exhibition in perfection we saw from the boys’ basketball final tonight. An exhibition in excellence, an exhibition of super- talented players doing what they’ve always known to do best- play ball. As the boys from KMC left the courts like gladiators from an epic battle, through a haze of dust in Gym-G, led by the tournament’s MVP- ‘Sachin the Spartan’, it looked a fitting end to the four day gala. The BITSian team was good- better oiled and coordinated than most teams we’ve had before. But in KMC they met rivals far beyond good. The breakneck pace at which they moved the ball, the deadly accuracy in their shots, the display of breathtaking athleticism- all made for a lesson in basketball. We can take heart from a well deserved silver, knowing that we’ve been beaten by a better team.

There were similar stories in most other events, with BITS bagging silver in boys’ volleyball, football, and badminton, bronze in cricket, and a few golds in athletics, swimming and chess. The only sport we bagged a double gold- boys and girls-in was TT.

I’ve reached C’not now. It’s definitely quieter pastures tonight- the chirpy outsti girls and the loud outsti guys missing. Seems like forever that they were here. Sharmaji  quips ”Aaj BITS BITS jaisa lag raha hai.”

He’s right. As I take a seat, I overhear an animated group cribbing about an ES (Electrical Sciences) project they’ve to submit the day after. I smile, and vanish into the darkness of this starry night.

Courtesy: English Press Club, BITS, Pilani.

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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Monday, September 21, 2009

Informals

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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Monday, September 21, 2009

Swimming

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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Monday, September 21, 2009

Hockey

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BOSM Pics

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Monday, September 21, 2009

Athletics

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BOSM 09 Day 4

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Monday, September 21, 2009

Ever heard of Catenacio? In footballing lexicon, it’s an intense defensive formation meant to scruff the wind out of the opposition’s forward line. Legendary Italian defenders of yesteryears were the chief proponents of it, and it’s still visible in many coaching manuals today, albeit modified, famously of a certain Jose Mourinho.

It’s been twice today that I’ve come across the term. First, at the BOSM Sports Quiz, where our jolly old quizmasters showed us a picture of the formation asking us to identify it, and then at the football grounds where the PEC defenders played their part in imitating the Nesta-Maldini duo. The quiz was fun- good participation, good questions, and off-course our good old quizmasters. Wish I could say the same for the match, but I just can’t; and it’s got nothing to do with the result.

BITS won 3-1, and progressed to the semis. As a football fanatic, I’ve grown up watching videos of Cruyff’s total football, followed Madrid’s Galacticos, and admired Barca’s ‘el triplete’. To me football has been about blinding moves, beautiful passes and breathtaking goals. Perhaps it’s flawed thinking. Perhaps results are all that matter. Either ways, defensively aggressive and overtly physical sides make for boring spectatorship. And that’s what the BITS-PEC match was. With PEC throwing all their muscle at BITS, the match was mostly about midfield scuffles, pushes and pulls. The only flashes of brilliance produced goals for the home team, which although exhausted, will take heart from the fact that they can match up with the more physical sides as well.

Till now, in all my posts, I’ve talked of sports like basketball, volleyball, and now football- probably the more followed sports globally. It’s not deliberate; just that I probably found they made for more scintillating viewing. Not surprisingly, I was debating with a friend as to how I hadn’t attended TT matches cause they didn’t excite me enough. Having been ordered to sit through one, my previously rigid views were shattered, as I saw myself hooting and cheering; appreciating delicate ‘chops’, and jumping at rallies which went our way. Owe her a treat now.

As the night quietly slips into obscurity, as the end of the fest draws nearer, we’re here in FD II QT, lazing around the grass patches, listening to the Music Club perform in the ‘Western Music Nite’. There’s   quite a few of us here- BITSians and non BITSians, singing in little groups, the camaderie for everyone to see. This night captures all that the fest stands for in a few musical words.

Courtesy: English Press Club, BITS, Pilani.

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BOSM 09 Day 3

Posted By Himanshu Rautela, Saturday, September 19, 2009
Who was it that said 'The only thing I understand is that I understand is that I don't understand anything' ? George Bush? Pintu Sir? I can't remember, and Google's not helping. But someone said it, and it could easily have been exasperated response from a pundit being asked to analyze the girls' basketball scene this BOSM. One day you're good, the next day you're not, and every team you see on their best day seems to make you think that they'll walk away with the title. A night before it was BITS, and tonight it's JMC, perhaps, it's best to call it a tale of two nights.

Fresh from its 34-17 drubbing of MITS, you'd have expected that little bounce-in-the-steps from the girls team, as they squared up against albeit tougher (and taller) opponents in JMC. But then it was down to playing ball, there was only one team that showed up. For their very first tap, things worked like clockwork. Push-pass-move-pass-score. The BITS team looked on in despair as a bevy of JMCites flew across the court, converting every move, forcing errors and then some more of the same. The game finished at a 38-15 to JMC, leaving our team with lot to think about.

Meanwhile, down at the volleyball court, it was a tale of two bulls from the same city. As BITS met BKBIET, you couldn't help but be amused for the BITSians sitting in the stands, trying to match up with the 'BK..O-BK...Go BK' roars from our cross wall neighbors. Feeling ever so embarrassed, taking cautious look outs for acquaintances, our average BITSian started slow on the cheering, but it wasn't long before he caught up, and caught up he did. Just as we thought that the game was slipping away, deafening chants of 'Boooo' filled the stands and beyond, every time a BK player touched the ball oddly reminiscent of the 'Hoo..Hoo' of the old day's coliseum. It rallied the home team into winning the 2nd set, before wrapping it up in the 3rd. 2-1 to BITS, and this one goes out to the crowds.

As I straddle into Dr. Dosa, the head will whizzing from the game, I smile at a friend, and he smiles back, both acknowledging the different selves we've seen of each other tonight, from the usual introverts to the gut-wrenched Romans of yesteryears.

Courtesy: EPC, BITS, Pilani.

For details log on to  http://www.bits-bosm.org/epc

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