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BITS 1970-75 : Tradition of Guru Dakshina - giving back to BITS

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Tradition of Guru Dakshina - giving back to BITS

The BITS batch of 1970-75 is one of the many exemplary batches that have carried on the tradition of giving back to BITS. In their own words "we were determined to give back to the place where it all started for us - BITS. It is where we met each other, where we learned the skills of the trade and of life". And thus the BITS-75 Trust was formed in 2008.

The BITS-75 Trust started with a noble mission of paying back the debt (even partially) and expressing deep gratitude to their Gurus - professors who taught them at BITS during 1970-75. Guru- Dakshina, after all, is the highest form of gratitude.

Guru-Dakshina - over the years

The first Guru-Dakshina was given to Prof (Retd.) Dr. B. D. Deshpande (Professor of Microbiology and Chief Warden for many years during 1970’s and 1980’s) in an impressive ceremony attended by a packed house in the BITS auditorium at Pilani on 25 October 2009. Although Prof. Deshpande is no more, his memories and impressions will be forever with BITS alumni who knew him.Click hereto read about the first Guru-Dakshina program.

The second Guru-Dakshina program was held in conjunction with the BITSAA Global Meet at New Delhi in January 2011. The following Gurus were felicitated with Guru-Dakshina:

  • Prof. Inder Jit Nagrath, Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Prof. Dr. Sri Krishna Sharma, Physics
  • Prof. Dr. Ravindra Roy, Music


Guru-Dakshina 2012 Program at BITSAA Delhi Chapter

The third Guru-Dakshina program was held in cooperation with the BITSAA Delhi Chapter at New Delhi in March 2012.The following Gurus were felicitated with Guru-Dakshina:

  • Prof Dr. D Prahlada Rao, Chemical Engineering
  • Prof Dr. Hari M. Ghule, Physics
  • Prof G R Nagaraj, Chemistry
  • Prof Kailash Chandra Gupta, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sri Richhpal Singh Shekhawat, Physical Training

Guru-Dakshina 2013 Program at BITS-Pilani Goa Campus

The fourth and the latest Guru-Dakshina program was held in February 2013 at BITS-Pilani Goa campus at the invitation of BITS, Goa Director, Prof. Raman.

The following Gurus were felicitated with Guru-Dakshina:

  • Prof. T.S.K.V Iyer, Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Prof.K.M. Dholakia, Civil Engineering
  • Prof.M.P. Kakkar, Mechanical Engineering
  • Prof, T.N.S. Mathur, Chemical Engineering
  • Prof.T.S. Ravisankar, Mathematics


Gurus & BITS 70-75 Alumni in the Telepresence Room, BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus at Guru-Dakshina 2013 program

The BITS-75 Trust and its Guru-Dakshina program is a great testimony to the BITSian spirit of giving back to its Alma mater. The Guru-Dakshina program has also inspired many other such initiatives in the direction of giving back to the Gurus at BITS.

Honoring the memory of Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy with an award in his name, setting up a Fund to monetarily help Prof. SuRa's family are recent examples of BITSians coming together to pay homage to their Gurus.

Faculty members from across campuses were felicitated with the Distinguished Faculty Awards at the first ever BGM in 2011. The BGM 2014 team is working on continuing the tradition and felicitate Faculty at BGM 2014, as well. BGM 2014 would also see the felicitations of the Guru-Dakshina 2014 program.

700+ BITSians have already registered to attend the gala celebrations at BGM 2014. What are you waiting for?

Register Now and do make a token donation to BGM 2014 proceedings and help pave way for future global BITSAA initiatives that will originate out of it



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