Announcing the release of Annual Report 2014
BITSAA is happy to release its annual report for the year 2014.
BITSAA’s growing numbers, influence, and its committed army of volunteers have helped us remain involved in a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing the quality of BITS education, its faculty, its infrastructure, its student body, the affordability of BITS education to the economically disadvantaged, and ultimately the BITS, Pilani brand. The coffee-table book styled Annual Report for 2014 (available for online reading & download) highlights some of these activities from the past year.
The year 2014 has been quite momentous under the able leadership of our Chairman - Mr Raju Reddy('76-'81). Allow me to give you a quick snapshot.
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. 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.
BITS Pilani forged a partnership with edX, a MOOC platform comprising a worldwide consortium of universities, including the prestigious MIT and Harvard University. BITS Pilani is a contributing member, and will use edX to enhance its learning experience of its on-campus courses and will also MOOC courses to students outside of BITS. This new initiative will support the objectives of BITS in expanding its technology footprint in education using tools, technology and platform from edX.
BITS Pilani has been awarded the inaugural FICCI Higher Education Award 2014 for “ICT Integration” 2014. The award was presented by Mr. Greg Clark, UK's Minister of State for Universities, in the presence of Shrimati Smriti Irani, Minister HRD, and Ms. Niikki Randhawa Haley, Governor of South Carolina (USA), Mr. Mohandas Pai Chair, FICCI HE Committee. Among other things, BITS was recognized for use of ICT in online BITSAT exam since 2005, ERP integration for academic and administrative functions since 2013, TelePresence based classrooms and conference facilities since 2013, and for recent efforts to introduce e-Attendance and edX based MOOCs/SPOCs courses. This is not to mention the massive ICT infrastructure, portals and the various application services/software developed in-house and run for several years.
Many thanks to the various BITSAA teams involved in getting this report to shape. Go ahead and enjoy reading the BITSAA Annual Report 2014.
BITSAA International profusely thanks Ceera Investments for being the title sponsor of the Annual Report.
Change in Alumni Leadership
2014 also saw the change in alumni leadership with Mr. Jayan Ramakutty(75’-’80) taking over from Mr. Raju Reddy (‘76-’81) as the new Chairman of BITSAA International Board of Trustees. Speaking on the occasion, Raju had remarked:
"It is my privilege to introduce Jayan Ramankutty as the incoming chairman of BITSAA International. Jayan is widely recognized for his entrepreneurial record and leadership in the community. I had the good fortune of knowing Jayan for well over a decade now and he has always been generous with his time and ideas for anything relating to BITS and the welfare of its alumni. He is a thoughtful leader with a track record of getting things done. I am sure BITSAA will continue to shine and grow into a model alumni organization under his leadership. Please join me in welcoming Jayan to his new role as the Chairman of BITSAA."
Raju Reddy Jayan Ramankutty
Let me close with a few announcements.
In our continued efforts to give an alumni the best virtual experience, BITSAA International has launched a brand new, state of the art website. The website, still in its beta phase, can be accessed at http://beta.bitsaa.org/. You'll be able to search the entire BITSian directory and find fellow alumni, search and connect with local chapters and engage with other BITSians in your area, stay updated about all the events happening and also receive the latest news about the community. Above all, we're trying to make this a very secure place where BITSians interact and help each other. It can also automatically pick your updated professional information once you provide a link to your Facebook/LinkedIn profile (we are sure you have one!). I request you all to use the new website, and please do send us your valuable feedback to us at email@example.com.
The third edition of the BITSAA Global Meet (BGM) will be held from the 5th to the 7th of January, 2017 in Dubai. Stay tuned for more updates!
With Best Wishes
Director, Communications and Marketing
(on behalf of the BITSAA Executive team)