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Waves 2014 "Lights Camera Mayhem!"

Posted By Roshan M. Regy, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Updated: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Waves is the annual cultural fest of Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus. It is a 3 day long festival held in the late October-early November each year. This year’s iteration of  Waves had “Lights Camera Mayhem!” as its theme symbolizing the pandemonium and uproar which exists on campus during the festival .

 Waves 2014 featured a variety of events spanning the various categories of Music, Dance, Literary, Quiz, Drama, Moot Court and the Fine Arts. ‘The Big 3’ events of Waves, Natyanjali, Fashion Parade and Mr. And Ms. Waves attracted a huge crowd of cheering students. Specials, another segment consisted of unconventional events like Treasure Hunt, Photography Competitions, Film making, Last Entrepreneur standing etcetera. The Adventure Zone consisted of events like Lazer Tag, Reverse Bungee, Sumo Wrestling, Zorb Soccer. Workshops like Blackjack, Poker, canvas shoe painting, dance and parkour were also organized catering to a wide array of interests.

  Waves 2014 also featured renowned artists like D.J. Candice Redding for the VH1 Supersonic Night, popular Bollywood singer Shankar Mahadevan and Baiju Dharmajan (Syndicate) for the Coke Studio Night. Comedy Night featured the well-known Indian Comedy group, All India Bakchod(AIB) who revelled the audience with their comedy sketches and parodies on topics like politics and the Film Industry. This iteration of Waves also held the Worldfest, which was an event where artists from all over the globe presented their skills. WorldFest featured Andrea Pixie, a Fire artist, Fire Kydd with his Aerial Act, Leona Rodrigues with her Hoola-Hoops and Sonya Nakti ,a Belly dancer showing off their superb skills.

 Waves also presented Searock an annual national level Semi-Pro Band Competition’s Goa Elimination Rounds. Winners of this competition are given cash prizes worth INR 1 Lac and scholarships at premier music academies and publishing houses. Waves 2014 saw Christ University, Bengaluru take away the overall winner’s trophy. 

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Coalescence 2014

Posted By Jaivardhan S. Chauhan, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
BITS-Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus has always intended to support young minds. As one of India’s prestigious universities, we announced ‘Coalescence 2014: Inspire, Ideate, Innovate’ which was scheduled on 30th and 31st of August.

Coalescence 2014 aimed to bridge the gap between brilliant ideas and their execution & operation. The event presented a wide range of categories and themes including workshops, mentorship, incubation and competitions. Coalescence'14 partnered with Seedfund (Bangalore, Delhi), CIBA (Goa), TLabs(Delhi), Mydeaventures (Delhi), Collabrant (Bangalore) , Villgro (Chennai) etcetera provided an opportunity for scalable and equipped business plans which received seed funding upto INR 4 Mn with cash prizes upto INR 2 Lakh. Coalescence anchored three sets of events:

ACT 2.0: The Conference: The conference that featured some illustrious faces who made it work in the entrepreneurial world like Shaheen Mistry of Teach for India and Raju Reddy of Sierra Atlantic.

Novatia: The Business Plan competition: Some of the brightest minds battle against each other which provided an opportunity to showcase ideas and gain mentorship/funding from investors and veteran entrepreneurs.

Workshops: Coalescence 14’ hosted a set of featured workshops focused substantially on emerging and advanced fields like Finance os startups, Big data analysis, and SME & SEO.

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Tags:  2014  August  BITS Pilani Goa  Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership  Coalescence  Goa 

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Convocation 2014 Goa

Posted By Parth Goel, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“E=F where E stands for Education and F stands for Future” said renowned academician and scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr. Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, the Chief Guest, at the  grand Convocation ceremony held at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus on 3rd August 2014.

At this Convocation 670 students were eligible to receive their degrees. Ms. Namita Paul, Mr Bapat Shounak Vinayak and Mr. Rahul Ameya Ravindra were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

The Convocation celebrations kicked off with the unveiling of the mural of Late Shri G. D Birla, the Founder-Chairman of the BITS Pilani University by the Chief Guest Dr. Raghunath  Mashelkar. While delivering his Convocation address, Dr. Mashelkar emphasized on the need for education in today’s society, how Institutes of higher learning in India should bring education to the world class standards and should focus on Right to Education, Right Education and Education for all. 

Chancellor Kumar Mangalam Birla in his message congratulated the graduating students and their parents. He talked about the need for continuous learning and picking up unprecedented opportunities and not letting them slide by, about giving back to society and maintaining one’s character and practicing the values of honesty, integrity and compassion. 

The Director of the Goa campus, Professor K. E. Raman, in his speech, highlighted the achievements of the faculty and students.  He also spoke about the active entrepreneurial cell on campus and its ongoing collaborations. The event was concluded by Dr. Radhika Vathsan with the Vote of thanks.

 

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Joy of Giving Week 2014

Posted By Jaivardhan S. Chauhan, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Joy of Giving Week is a "festival of giving" that aims to bring together people from different walks of life through acts of kindness. This year, the week was celebrated in BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus, from the 19th to 25th of September facilitated by the Goa chapter of Nirmaan. It had several events, including the old age home and orphanage visits, Meal of Joy, book binding session and cloth collection drives for the needy, each of which celebrated the noble spirit of giving. It began with the “Evening of Joy” wherein an Aerodynamics demonstration, a Kala workshop, an engaging game of Frisbee and an MS Office session for the kids of two orphanages were organized. The “Meal of Joy” on 20th September where the mess workers, cleaning staff and security guards were served lunch in the mess was followed by visits to an orphanage in Verna and an old age home in Bogmalo on the 21st . A Streetplay was arranged on the 23rd by volunteers in Zari to spread awareness regarding issues like women equality and effects of alcohol consumption. The week concluded with the “Joyfest” in which performances were put up in the Auditorium by both the cultural clubs as well as the children from the orphanages.

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Batch of 1985 Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Posted By Aditya Sharma, Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It was between 16 to 19th October, that BITS Pilani hogged the limelight once again with its largest Silver Jubilee meet ever held. With over 200 alumni from the Batch of 1985 arriving from various parts of the world, the Pilani campus became a bustling center of activities and extravaganzas.
          The meet started with an elegant  lunch at the V-Fast Mess which was followed by an afternoon siesta. Thereafter all the alumni gathered for an amazing intellectual session with the students at the Sky Lawns. Over 400 students basked in the wisdom of their not-so-gray-haired counterparts, who treated their super juniors at the Sky Restaurant. Nostalgia took over as the alumni dropped by their hostels. The interaction with their "room dots" and "room sons" brought  back the memories of their own college days. An informative counselling session was hosted by the old residents of the no-boy zone, Meera Bhavan. 
          A basketball match was also organized between the current BITSian team and the alumni, which was won by the alumni (after all experience does matter) in which many players moonlighted like "Vochak" and "Smokeon", the captain of first BITSian girl's basketball team. 
          The next morning a 5 km marathon was organized by the members of the BITS Alumni Affairs division in which over 100 alumni participated. In the evening that followed there was a ceremony in which the batch felicitated their teachers. Thereafter, a Music Night was held in the main auditorium in which both the current and past members of the Music Club brought to life an evening of exquisite melody and harmony. The evening ended with an informal paratha and chicken dinner at the All Night Canteen, where the alumni, back in their college mood, had a few laughs about the good old days while giving crucial advice to the youngsters there

Tags:  1985 Batch  BITS  Pilani campus  Silver Jubilee 

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Golden Jubilee Event at BITS Pilani Marks Celebration With Felicitation Function

Posted By Aditya Sharma, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.

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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/

https://www.facebook.com/verbamaximus

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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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