At BGM 2011, inspired by the vision of the VISION 2020 goals that BITS administration had put together and a desire to participate and help, we set a modest goal of raising USD 1 million before the next BGM, coming up in January 2014. These funds would help us, the global BITS alumni, engage in projects towards enriching and empowering the student and faculty experience in addition to alumni and community-related projects.
The Bridges to the Future fundraising campaign was thus kick started in Dec 2011 and BITSAA set out to raise the $1M to support various initiatives under various categories - Faculty Enrichment, Students Enrichment, BITS Connect 2.0 and Community Development.
Today, just a week away from BGM 2014 at Hyderabad, I am pleased to share with you the news that BITSAA has exceeded our expectations. Thanks to generous donors like you, as promised, the Bridges to Future Fundraising campaign has crossed $1M well before the BGM 2014. This is a notable milestone and the first time that BITSAA has raised a significant target amount, and it has been made possible only because of passionate alumni who came forward to give back to their alma mater.
The collected funds breakdown:
BITSAA International Fund
Total Target (USD)
Bridges to the Future
My special thanks to the wonderful team that worked tirelessly to pull this achievement – we could not have done this without you. In 2014 and beyond, we look forward to supporting more projects and initiatives and hope that you would show your generosity and give back to your alma mater, once again.
The flagship project of the Bridges to the Future campaign was BITSConect2.0 which connected the three BITS Pilani campuses in India via a dedicated high-speed interconnect for audio and video transmission. The project, in less than a year of operation, has been a game changer for the way instruction is delivered and multi-campus collaboration happens in real time. The project has received the Silver Edge award from Information Week magazine The Campaign has created funding for 2 Faculty Chairs, 5 Student research grants, over 20 scholarship and awards and has been funding Atmanirbhara - the Pilani Resource center. The funds raised will continue to fund these projects and elevate brand BITS to greater heights.
BGM 2014 is just around the corner – I hope to meet many of you at the event, in the lovely BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus. As a wonderful precursor to BGM 2014, several of us BITSians were honored to ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York on December 23rd. BITS, Pilani is on a roll and getting the international recognition it has long deserved – a strong BITS brand benefits all of us and to that end, I invite you to get involved with BITSAA as best as you are able to.
Wishing you and your family a very happy new year!
Trustee & Chair Fundraising Committee, BITSAA International