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BITSConnect 2.0 - The much awaited launch

Wednesday, January 02, 2013   (0 Comments)
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BITSAA Alumni Communication
Dear BITSian,

Wish you a very Happy New Year.

The past few weeks of updates and newsletters, the 2 years of planning and hard-work come to fruition with the inauguration of BITS Connect 2.0. January 9th and 10th are red-letter days for all of us BITSians, as we witness our alma mater's first step to becoming a world-class private university with state of the art TelePresence installations. The event will see the coming together of the key people in charge of the project, prominent alumni, academic researchers and industry luminaries.

The inauguration will happen on January 9th and 10th simultaneously across the TelePresence rooms in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses, the Cisco offices in Boston and San Jose, and ABG's office in Mumbai. Here's a quick line-up of the events on the two days.

Dignitaries gracing the occasion

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist and the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporations in India. He is also the Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science since September 2008.

Dignitaries from the government

Ashok Thakur
Bharat Vir Wanchoo
J Satyanarayana
Mr Ashok Thakur
Secretary Higher Education
Ministry of HRD

His Excellency Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Governor of Goa

Mr J Satyanarayana
Department of Information Technology

Researchers from academia

Prof. Andrew Ng is an associate professor in the department of Computer Science and the Director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. He co-founded Coursera with Daphne Koller. Prof. Ng will join us from San Jose.
Prof. Anant Agarwal is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the President of edX founder and CTO of Tilera Corporation. Prof. Agarwal will join us from Boston.

Dignitaries from Cisco

John Chambers is President and CEO of Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.

Padmasree Warrior is the CTO of Cisco Systems and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc.

Pankaj Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Global Engineering at Cisco.

Sessions to look out for...

  • 5:30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Formal inauguration of BITS Connect 2.0. Addresses by various dignitaries.
  • 5:55 pm IST, Jan 9th - Cisco CEO John Chamber’s video address from San Jose.
  • 7:30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Address by Prof. Andrew Ng of Stanford University.
  • 8.30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Short address by Cisco CTO Padmashree Warrior from San Jose
  • 8:30 am IST, Jan 10th - Address by Prof. Anant Agrawal of MIT.

Hosts for the Evening

Vice Chancellor, BITS PilaniDirector, Goa campusDirector, Pilani campus
Dr. B.N. Jain
Vice Chancellor,
BITS Pilani

Dr. K.E. Raman
Goa Campus

Dr. G. Raghurama

Pilani Campus
Dr. R.K. Mittal

Dubai Campus
Dr. V.S. Rao
Hyderabad Campus

BITSAA International : Prem Jain, Rohit Koul, Sarath Kolla, Shashikant Khandelwal, Raju Reddy, Viggy Mokkarala and other Board of Trustees.

How can you participate?

You can also watch the inauguration from the confines of your home - Connect with us via our Facebook page and stay updated about the webcast of the launch !

Spread the word about BITS Connect 2.0 with your non-BITSian friends and feel 'Proud to be a BITSian' !


BITS Connect 2.0 team

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