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AtmaNirbhara - Pilani Resource Center

Tuesday, April 17, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: BITSAA Communications
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I am proud to announce that the inauguration of the Pilani Resource Center (PRC) took place on April 21, 2012. PRC is one of the biggest initiatives of AtmaNirbhara. AtmaNirbhara or self reliance is the first big project of the BITS alumni trust.

Pilani Resource Center

BITS alumni trust was established in 2005 on the silver jubilee reunion Year of the 1975- 80 batch with the purpose of giving back something to their alma mater and the village. This is the first time that an Alumni group has converged for a social cause on such a large scale.

The goal of project Atmanirbhara is to provide infrastructure for community development for the rural population in and around Pilani. The emphasis is on rural education and employability. The Pilani Resource Center will house a multitude of community development programs. The building for the PRC has just completed and it is right outside the BITS campus walls.

The resource centre, set to benefit underprivileged children, local youths, womenfolk and senior citizens, is a model developed by the alumni, mostly from the 1975-80 batch, for "giving back” to the people and place that helped them shape their lives and career.

Prominent among those present at the centre's inauguration were BITS Vice-Chancellor B. N. Jain, Pratham CEO Madhava Chavan, BITS Director Raghurama G, HarVa Chairman Ajay Chaturvdi, BITS Dubai Director R. K. Mittal and BITS Goa Director K. E. Raman. BITS alumni from all over the country and abroad, many of whom are senior corporate functionaries, scientists and entrepreneurs, had gathered in large numbers with the spirit of nurturing its roots and giving back to the people and the institution that helped them shape their lives and careers.

In his address, Dr. Jain said "the ventures to be taken up at the resource centre would be designed with participation of the local community to suit its needs.”
He assured that the centre's functionaries would be given full access to the expertise, funds and volunteers of BITS.

Dr. Raghurama said there is "something in Pilani which attracts” the people and alumni long after they leave the place. "A lot of work could be taken up at the centre with the passion for community service.”

This initiative aims to contribute towards the betterment of the nondescript village of Pilani.This unique model of cooperation between the Institute, Alumni, NGOs and the Local Community and emphasizes that the "Rural and semi-urban education and employability are important initiatives for any part of the country". It has been praised by renowned BITSians through out the world including our Chancellor Mr. Kumaramangalam Birla and Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Prithviraj Chavan.

It took one year of meticulous planning and two-and-a-half years to construct the building. Non-government organisations such as Nirmaan, Helpage India, Pratham and Harnessing Value of Rural India (HarVa) have extended support to the BITS Alumni Trust for constructing the three-floor building at a cost of Rs.2 crore. The BITS Housing & Welfare Society has provided the land free of cost.

While being students on campus, it is oftentimes difficult to realize how much the local community has supported your life. But when you look back, you realize it is time for you to show support towards enriching the community that played a role in your success. I urge every BITSian to contribute to this project in their own way. The following is the donation page -

--- Chairman, BITSAA

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