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Bridges to the Future - Global Tour

Friday, November 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alumni Communications
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Dear BITSians,

BITS Pilani is the #1 private university in India. Financially, BITS Pilani is very independent. Just like it doesn't depend on the Indian government, it doesn't depend on the Birla family either. BITS Pilani has opened 3 new campuses in the last decade (Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad) from their Savings and Commercial Loans.

Universities in the United States have a very strong culture of giving with multi-million (or even billion) dollar endowments. These help them launch new research programs or subsidize the cost of education for their graduates. BITSAA has proudly launched the "Bridges to the Future" campaign to kick-off a similar culture of giving among its esteemed alumni.

The Bridges to the Future fundraising Campaign was formally launched on Dec 6, 2011 and is in full swing, with the flagship initiative being BITSConnect 2.0. The BITSAA team is particularly thrilled at the response received so far.

Snapshot of the Journey so far....

2009 - Genesis of BITS Mission 2012, Vision 2020 Plan

Jan '11 - BGM 2011. $100K raised for BITSConnect 2.0

May '11 - BITS Pilani announces 7 Chair Professorships funded by Dr. KM Birla

Nov '11 - BITS Pilani Modernization Plan (Parivartan) Unveiled, SVC Meet

Dec '11 - Bridges to the Future Campaign Launched - First donation of $10K !!

Jan '12 - First BITS Alumni Advisory Council Meeting

Jan '12 - Class of 1981 funds the First Alumni Chair Professorship (USD 100K !!)

Feb '12 - B2F Global Tour kicked off in Silicon Valley ($100K), Sydney, Delhi ($50K pledge) and Chennai

Mar '12 - Delhi Gurudakshina Event, US East Coast Meet with Prof RK Mittal

Mar '12 - Silicon Valley Meet, Washington DC Meet, New Jersey Meet

Apr '12 - Boston Meet @MIT, Hyderabad Meet

May '12 - BITSConnect 2.0 Session at Cisco San Jose. Meets at Invensys and Dr Reddy's Labs. Middle East (Dubai) Meet. Delhi Meet.

18 Jun - 30 Jun '12 - BITSAA arranges for the VC Dr B.N. Jain and Diro, Hyd Campus Dr. V.S. Rao's whirlwind tour of 12 US universities for faculty recruitment and research collaboration.

July/Aug '12 - Middle East , Pune , Bangalore , Mumbai and Hyderabad Meets. BGM 2014 kicked off

Aug '12 - Second BITS Alumni Advisory Council Meeting, BITSAA Silicon Valley Meet

Sep '12 - North East (Boston) Meet @MIT, Chennai Meet

Oct '12 onwards - More to come.

Jan 2013 - The much awaited BITSConnect 2.0 Launch in  !

 

 

The total amount that was raised, as of October, 2012 stands at $743,673 which is about 74% of the $1MM target. The 1976 batch leads with donations worth $257,283 - Well done, alumni!

"No contribution is too small and the alumni community seeks your help in accomplishing this successfully - Let us achieve this together!...”

If you would like to organize your batch or your chapter to donate, please do contact our Chair of Fundraising Viggy Mokkarala at viggym@bitsaa.org.

You can donate by clicking on the following link: http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=bridgestothefuture

Stay Tuned - we bring you more news about the exciting projects in our next newsletter.


Regards,

Raju Reddy,

Chairman, BITSAA International

BITSAA International

BITSAA International


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