Batch of 2006 Award for Excellence in Computer Science
(Year of Commencement: 2013 ; Campus: Pilani)
"Batch of 2006 Award for Excellence in Computer
Science” - commenced in 2013, aims to recognize students from BITS Pilani, (Pilani campus) who
exhibit a consistent streak of technical accomplishments in the field of Computer
- The applicant
should be enrolled in BITS Pilani, Pilani campus at the time of
application for the award.
upwards of 3rd year from across all disciplines are eligible to apply. The
applicants must all show a strong streak of achievements in Computer
Science and students from other
disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.
applicant may not re-apply for the award in future editions of this award,
if he/she was declared the winner of a previous edition.
- All the
applications will be shortlisted based on all the submitted application
materials, and the list of shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to a selection panel.
selection panel will be comprised of members of the 2006 batch, and will
conduct one or more phone interviews with the shortlisted applicants.
panel reserves the right to bring in external reviewers to assess the
qualities of a particular applicant. The selection panel will decide the
final list of awardees, and the panel’s decisions will be final and
award will be given out annually, and each edition of the award will
entail a fresh application cycle.
award offers a citation and an initial cash prize of INR 30,000 to the
winner. In addition, additional prize money of up to a maximum of INR
70,000 would be available to the awardee for one year from the time of
declaration of the award.
additional prize money will be provided depending on the awardee’s current
nature of work and future goals. For example, it can sponsor part of an
undergraduate thesis, a visit to a stellar conference, or support towards
scaling the awardee’s startup. The awardee is required to work out details
of how the additional prize money will be utilized and be prepared to justify
them to the alumni who have contributed to the award. The alumni reserve
the right to not sponsor any request which does not align with the
awardee's individuality which contributed to him/her receiving the award
and which do not contribute towards his/her technical growth. For example,
this money cannot be used for vacation, for personal expenses or for
general purpose education related expenses like graduate school
application/ graduate school fees/simply attending a conference. Unlike
the first round money of 30K, this reward needs to be accounted for by the
Application Timeline is as
- 26 August 2014 Information session at BITS Pilani
- 27 August 2014 Applications open
- 27 October 2014 Deadline for submission of applications
- 6 November 2014 Shortlisting of candidates
- November 2014 Shortlisted candidate interviews
- 10 December 2014 Declaration of the winner
Instructions for Submission of Application:
Submission instructions are available at http://aecs.bits-csa.org/Submission_2014.php
Managing the Award:
award will be conducted for at least 5 years starting from the academic
documents will be submitted by the students to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilani will publicize the award internally as well as calling for
nominations with the help of BITSAA International through posters, root
mails and help of Assoc coordinators.
International shall publish the details of the award winner(s) on the
website and inform the donors about the same. The award and winner details
will be publicized on all official BITSAA social media channels
will send e-certificate to the winner of the award and arrange for other
logistics regarding fund transfer
- The POC
from Batch of 2006 is Mayank Mohta (email@example.com)
- If you have any questions, please direct your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AECS.BITS
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are the technical and professional spheres for which additional
award money can be availed?
The additional prize money would
only be available to the awardee for his/her growth in the professional and
technical spheres through things such as (but not limited to): Visits to conferences,
attendance at workshops, investment in their startups, pursuing undergraduate thesisetc.
Q: How many awards are on offer?
For 2013, we are only offering
one award to the most outstanding candidate
Q: What kind of information do you expect in the CV?
The CV should detail the
applicant’s academic achievements, work experience, research experience,
software development experience, skill sets, other technical awards received,
talks/publications/poster presentations, etc. In addition, the applicant should
include any other technical accomplishments that may be relevant to the vision
statement of this award.
The applicant should ensure that
there are no typos or margin issues in the CV and it should give a good, clean
first impression. Content is of utmost importance, so iterating over the CV
with friends or seniors (in industry/academia) is strongly suggested to clearly
bring out the most important points and reduce hyperboles or redundant content.
For example, academic performance in school examinations counts for little now,
but even many failed app development experiences helps the panel see your
passion. A particular format is not suggested.
Q: What goes in the personal statement?
The award intends to recognize
and reward a BITS Pilani student who has demonstrated the drive to excel in
his/her domain of choice (related to CS) and promises to continue in coming
years. To this end, the applicant should use the personal statement as his/her
means to give the panel a good understanding of his/her trajectory by
mentioning the failures, successes and measuresofeffortputin.
The personal statement must give
the selection panel a glimpse of the applicant’s thought process,
problemsolving skills and ability to put them in a clear and concise format.
For example, is there a particular project where the applicant learnt most
from? What were the particularly challenging parts of the project? How did the
applicant overcome/meet those challenges? The personal statement is an
opportunity for the applicants to inform the selection panel about the
intangible and often nonmeasurable things they learnt from their past experiences,
and how those things have affected their future plans and choices.
There will be a thorough
background scan of the information provided in the statement followed by an
interview, so it is strongly suggested that the applicant does not shoot himself
in the foot by making earth shattering claims or by overselling a trivial
pursuit. However, if you have indeed out smarted the world,please do not hold back!
Q: What do you mean by a testimonial? Who can write a testimonial for an applicant?
An applicant should ask someone
who is wellversed with his/her technical work and abilities to write a
testimonial. The person in question could be a professor with whom the
applicant undertook research, a software developer in a company with whom the
applicant contributed to aproduct (working together in person or
remotely), or even a friend who worked with the applicant on some hairraising
idea for a product, app, or startup. The testimonial should clearly spell out the
applicant’s association with the testimonial writer, and should relate the
contributions and qualities of the applicants clearly to the end-product
achieved as a result of that association.
2013 Winner - Karthik G
Karthik G has been judged the winner of the "Batch of 2006 Award for Excellence in Computer Science”. He has emerged as an enterprising candidate who firmly believes in learning by doing. In that pursuit, he has put himself in situations where he has had to develop a keen understanding of various theoretical concepts to be able to solve real world problems faster and better. Despite lacking a formal education in the discipline of Computer Science, Karthik has accomplished much in the form of personal projects, Google summer of code participation and co-founding a start-up by managing its entire technological stack. He has a very mature view regarding the significance of technology in both academic and non-academic endeavors and has a pleasant habit of sharing this understanding with fellow students and keep learning more from them. With concrete plans ahead to utilize his passion for programming in cancer research, he serves as an inspiration for many students to employ the benefits of technology to serve the community at large.
2014 Winner - Joel Moniz
Joel Moniz (2012A7PS106P) has been judged the winner of the "Batch of 2006 Award for Excellence in Computer Science” for the year 2014. He is a third-year Computer Science student with an interest in computer vision, data mining, and robotics. Joel’s work in Computer Science during his time has included an association with real-world projects, including the Processing open-source programming language—something he continues to contribute to. Joel also participated in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) in the summer of 2014. More information about Joel’s work can be found on his blog at http://joelmoniz.com.