Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New year.
I hope all of you had a memorable 2013. The leadership team at BITSAA International, along with the Board had set out specific goals as described in my previous emails. Thanks to your active participation and support, our Alumni Association has made excellent progress, as described below.
Here are some of the big achievements of 2013.
Biggest ever Fundraiser in the history of BITSAA International
BITSAA International, kick started the Bridges to the Future fundraising campaign in Dec 2011 and BITSAA set out to raise the $1 Million before BITSAA Global Meet 2014. I am extremely happy to inform you that BITSAA has exceeded the expectations and has crossed $1 Million– thanks to generous donors like you. The funds raised has been supporting various initiatives for BITS Pilani and its alumni.
BITSConnect 2.0 – The game-changer
The leadership team at BITSAA has always pursued programs that we believe will not only benefit BITS Pilani but serve as a model for other colleges across India thereby benefiting the broader society. One such initiative is the BITSConnect 2.0. Spearheaded by alumni, this project has put BITS Pilani on the map of the finest universities in the world for leveraging technology in education. It comes as no surprise that BITSConnect 2.0 recently won the EDGE award from Informationweek.
Student, Faculty and Social Enrichment Initiatives:
The Bridges to Future fundraising Campaign has created funding for 2 Faculty Chairs, 5 Student research grants, over 20 scholarship and awards. The funds raised will continue to fund these projects and elevate brand BITS to greater heights. The 'Alumni Advisory Council’, which was established after the last BGM, consists of senior academics and industry professionals from across the globe and strengthens alumni engagement on issues important to BITS. This allows BITS to lead its pack in all endeavours. BITSAA also adopted a wonderful social initiative Atmanirbhara - Pilani Resource Center, started by the ’75 batch and raised awareness and funds for it through its global chapters.
Recognizing the immense talent among entrepreneurs in India and of young BITSians, we launched BITS Spark with the vision to make BITS Pilani one of top 3 universities for entrepreneurship in Asia. In less than two years, this program has shown outstanding results in creating, nurturing, and building some of the finest next generation startups coming out of India.
BITSAA rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell
One of the core pillars of BITS Pilani's achievements is its alumni widely regarded for their contributions to society in diverse fields such as business, research, education, arts, philanthropy and public policy among others. A wonderful testament to this was the invitation extended to BITSAA to ring the NASDAQ opening bell – On December 23rd, 2013, BITSAA rang the opening bell at NASDAQ, signifying 50 years of BITS Pilani, India's #1 ranked private university. The event served as an apt curtain raiser for BGM 2014. I want to thank each one of you for making the BITS Pilani brand synonymous with innovation, achievement and leadership today.
First ever BITSians’ day:
BITSAA International organized the first ever BITSians Day on August 2nd 2013 - BITSians from across the world turned up to work wearing their BITS T-shirts. BITSAA Chapters in cities organized dinners, lunches and met with fellow BITSians in their cities. Amidst sharing pictures, sharing nostalgic BITSian memories and reliving the ‘good old BITsian Days', BITSians broke all Social Media Records on August 2nd. BITSians Day was a true testimony of the BITSian spirit -the whole BITSian community came together to passionately celebrate only one thing –‘being BITSians’
Passionate BITSians behind the scene
All the achievements of our alumni association, will not have been possible without the tireless efforts by the volunteer team at BITSAA International, and my colleagues at the Board. BITSAA International started as a 3 member organization over a decade back and is now a 200 people strong global volunteer team, serving over 40,000 alumni worldwide.
Please encourage all your friends – batch-mates, seniors, juniors, wingies –to pitch in with BITSAA - You can contribute financially, as volunteers in various projects, by mentoring junior alumni, and through networking. I assure you it will be a rewarding experience to see your alma-mater and fellow alumni benefit with your help!
As I travel to Hyderabad for the BITSAA Global Meet 2014, I can’t help but look back at 2013, with a lot of pride. Our alumni association scaled great heights and I hope and wish that, 2014 turns out to be bigger and better.
I look forward to meeting you all in Hyderabad and wishing you all a Happy New year, once again.
Chairman, BITSAA International