Two computer science students from BITS Pilani became the proud recepients of ABGS-2009. Shivam Rai and Valleri Agarwal are the golden stars who bagged the scholarship this year. The Aditya Birla Group Scholarship (ABGS) scheme with the theme Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, instituted in 1999, is a way to foster outstanding academic excellence and humane leadership values, in partnership with select prestigious top ranking institutions in India today such as BITS Pilani, various Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM). The scholarship amount covers the academic fees as well as the hostel fees for the entire duration of the curriculum at these institutions. A US $29.2 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the league of Fortune 500 that operates in 25 countries.
Shivam aims to use his Computer Science education at BITS to serve his home state U.P, whereas Valleri dreams to focus on theoretical computer science which she plans to enrich by taking good number of mathematics courses as electives.
The selection process involves multiple rounds. Applications were invited from top twenty students from each of the select premier institutes. The Scholarship scheme is not just about academic excellence, as the aspiring scholars are evaluated on holistic parameters that take on board their extra-curricular activities, leadership qualities, values, vision and their dreams. The short listed forty two candidates went through a challenge round at the ITC Grand Central in Parel Mumbai on 26 September 2009 from which final 22 where chosen.