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BITSAA Travel Scholarship


  About The Scholarship

BITSAA-IRU Partial Travel Grant supports the travel expenses of students participating in academic events of International repute.

Under the BITSAA-IRU Travel Scholarship scheme, BITSAA currently offers 37.5% of the travel expenses of the trip, 37.5% (upto Rs. 20,000) is borne by BITS Pilani - Pilani campus (if student is from Pilani Campus), and the rest 25% has to be raised by the student.

BITSAA-IRU Travel Grant Specific Guidelines

  • The maximum financial assistance provided by the BITSAA Travel Sponsorship Program would usually be upto 37.5% of the total travel expenses incurred by the recipient. If the applicant is from BITS Pilani (Pilani Campus), another 37.5% of the expenses (not exceeding Rs. 20,000) would be borne by the Institute and the rest has to be raised by the student from other sources.
  • As per the current policies, all the BITSAA-IRU travel grant applications must be sent to the faculty in charge of respective campuses. They will in turn send us the applications after a screening process at the respective BITS campus.
  • Please submit the Travel Grant scholarships form through faculty-in-charge of the campus and also via the provided online form
Pilani campus:
Prof. Hari Om Bansal (,
Goa campus:
Dr. Veeky Baths (
Hyderabad campus:
Dr PNK Rao:
Dubai campus:
Dr. M. Madiajagan
  • Applications are accepted year round, but must be received by the faculty in charge of the respective campus at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the travel.
If you wish to apply for the BITSAA Travel Scholarships, you need to submit two separate applications, one to BITSAA International and the other to the Community Welfare and International Relations Unit (CWIRU), BITS Pilani.
Please note: The policies and eligibility criteria have changed recently and as per the new policy we are not accepting requests for funding travel related to international summer internships and thesis.

 BITSAA International Application 

Fill the Application form and mail them to respective campus FIC and cc with the subject ‘Travel Scholarships – Application’ along with relevant supporting documents. 

Also please complete the form and submit from this link here


CWIRU, BITS Pilani Application

The application form to be submitted (to be submitted only if the applicant is from Pilani Campus) at CWIRU office, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus (Click here to download) has to be duly filled and submitted along with
  • NOC from the remaining authors
  • A letter of acceptance
  • Details or a receipt of registration fee
  • Valid passport
A copy of resume has to be mailed to
If you would like more information about this scholarship, or have any questions / comments / suggestions, please send a mail to


Below are the timelines where BITSAA accepts applications for Travel grant 
Jan 1 to Mar 31 -- Applications received in this quarter will be sent on Apr 1 for evaluation
Apr 1 to June 30 -- Applications received in this quarter will be sent on July 1 for evaluation
July 1 to Sept 30 -- Applications received in this quarter will be sent on Oct 1 for evaluation
Oct 1 to Dec 31 -- Applications received in this quarter will be sent on Jan 1 for evaluation


If you would like to contribute to the scholarship program, you can Donate Online. All contributions are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt at year end from BITSAA.

If you would prefer to mail a cheque, please make it out to "BITSAA International", mention "BITSAA Travel Application Scholarship" in the memo section and mail it to: 

BITSAA International
Attn: CFO, BITSAA International,
1560 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road, 
Suite 200, 
Sunnyvale, CA 94087-4597


If you mail us a cheque, please don't forget to include your return address, the words "BITSAA Travel Application Scholarship" on the cheque and an email address so we can mail your receipt and contact you if necessary.

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  Recipients of Travel Scholarship


Recipient Name

ID No.



 2016  Yash Sinha  2012C6TS365P  INR 25,000 The 30th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA-2016) Le Régent Congress Centre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
 2016  Gayathri Ganesh  2012A9TS213U  INR 25,000  ICAAC, the all-new ASM Microbe 2016
 2015-16  Ajinkya Bhole  2012A4TS063P  INR 25,000 Sports Engineering Conference, Lisbon,

Portugal (
 2015-16 Sancheti Chirag 
 2012ABPS499H  INR 25,000 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Service Science. Yogyakarta, Indonesia
 2015-16  Ankur Omar  2012A8PS296G  INR 25,000 International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Applications, Services and Technologies. Cambridge, UK
 2014-15  Sruthi V 2012A3B5308H   INR 25,000 International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics. Jerusalem, Israel
 2014-15 PVGSai Subrahmanyam  2012A3PS007P  INR 25,000 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. New Orleans, USA

2007 - 08

Prithwiraj Moulik


USD 2000

American Society of Civil Engineers GeoCongress, New Orleans, USA

2008 - 09

Tushar Uttarwar


USD 335

International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering

2008 - 09

Chhavi Adtani


INR 37,500

International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents, Wellington, New Zealand

2008 - 09



INR 8,500

IEEE Nanotechnology Council, Shenzhen, China

2008 - 09

Arpit Sharma


INR 9,735

International Conference on Public Policy and Sustainable Development, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008 - 09

V.Buchi Reddy


INR 24,500

4th International Conference on Multi-Component Reactions and Related Chemistry, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2009 - 10

Vinay Dwivedi


INR 19,500

International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion SPEEDAM 2010, Pisa, Italy

2009 - 10

Cherin Joseph


INR 10,900

2nd International Conference on Computer Engg and Applications, Bali, Indonesia

2010 - 11

Ummadisingu Amita


INR 24,375

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

2010 - 11

Abhilash Paneri


INR 7725

2010 International Conference on Computer Applications & Industrial Electronics

2010 - 11

Ravi Chandra


USD 700

(0 %loan)

Research Internship at CERN, Switzerland

2011 - 12

Amit Badlani


INR 22,500

World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science (WCECS), 2011

2011 - 12

Sailesh Conjeti


INR 12,000

IEEE EMBS Biomedical and Health Informatics Conference, 2012

2012 - 13

M Balasubramanian


INR 10,500

Photonics Global Conference, Singapore

2012 - 13

Priyans Murarka


INR 20,000

iEEE iThings 2012

2012 - 13 Deepan Kishore
2010AAPS068U INR 10,000
8th Annual IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineeredand Molecular Systems (NEMS)
2012 - 13 Paritosh Raman 2009C6PS681G INR 10,000 International Conference on Networking (ICN 2013)
2012 - 13 Prathamesh Gaikwad 2009A7PS149G INR 10,000 International Conference on Networking (ICN 2013)


Niyati Parameswaran


INR 10,000

2013 International Conference on Software Design Engineering(2013 ICSDE)

2012-13 Ramprasad Joshi

INR 52,000 Evostar, Vienna (2013)
 2014-15  V Neeharika    INR 25,000 2014 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, Glasgow, Scotland
 2014-15 Talati Nishil Rakeshbhai     INR 25,000   ISOCC 2014, Jeju, South Korea

Profile of Recipients

Nishil Talati is a 3 rd year student, currently pursuing Electrical & Electronics Engineering at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. His research interests include VLSI Design and Computer Architecture. He is working on the recently invented nanodevice called the MEMRISTOR, which is believed to be the fourth fundamental circuit element. He has worked on designing a novel architecture for logic implementation, which is compatible for in-memory computations. This was a successful attempt to overcome the memory bottleneck problems and extend the current computer architectures beyond von Neumann architecture. His goal is to contribute to make one of the dreams of HP Labs come true by reinventing computing through their project called “THE MACHINE”. He has availed partial travel grant from BITSAA International to attend and present his paper at ISOCC 2014 held at Jeju, South Korea, cosponsored by IEEE CAS Society. He got an award for his presentation of the session “Nanoelectronic Devices and Circuits”. The purposes of this Conference was to bring scientists and engineers together, actively engaged in the advanced semiconductor devices and materials, and to discuss the present and future device processing and related technologies. The conference provided him a timely chance to discuss the recent progress in diverse fields of SoC design. He has also published his paper in VLSID 2015 in related area, cosponsored by IEEE Computer Society. He has also been awarded the Student Fellowship Award for VLSID 2015.


Ramprasad Joshi is pursuing a Ph.D. at the K K Birla Goa Campus, Goa, of BITS, Pilani. He has done ME in Computer Engg from VJTI, Mumabi at University of Mumbai, and BE in Computer Engg from WCE, Sangli, at Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He has more than 5 years experience in industrial applications of computers and microprocessors, including power systems, control systems, and CAD/CAM. Ramprasad has worked on a Computational Fluid Dynamics project, at IIT Bombay, wherein he was part of a team of 3 that built one of the very first 3-D modelling systems, in 1993, on 3 unix platforms including the then new GNU/Linux. After his stint in the manufacturing industry, Ramprasad has turned to theoretical computer science, pursuing a research agenda in Computational Complexity Theory. He is analysing heuristic search-based optimization algorithms, and analysing optimization problems for their hardness. He has wider research interests too, whereby he is pursuing long term projects in machine learning for robotic motion, and in natural language processing, and is associated with the manufacturing industry in western Maharashtra. Ramprasad has published on evolutionary computation and heuristics. He teaches data structures, algorithms, compilers, and artificial intelligence

Niyati Parameswaran is a final year student pursuing Computer Science and Engineering at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. She opted for the Thesis program in order to make the most of the research facilities available at the institute and worked towards the creation of a Localized Personal Awareness System which employed Cloud Based Artificial Intelligence. She is interested in the fields of Machine Learning, Neural Interface Systems, Encryption and Crypt Analysis and has done a series of projects both credited and non-credited under various faculty. A dream of being able to provide a machine with intelligence that is unique, that has the power to create, refine, reconstruct and augment human ideas and ultimately answer Alan Turing’s question - ‘Can Machines think?’ motivates her research. She has been awarded the BITSAA Scholarship for Publication in Reputed Journals for her work on a GPS Based Tracking System and the Padam Shri Kanji Maishri Scholarship for her research contribution towards seizure prediction and detection in epileptic patients. Currently, she is working on the deployment of a full-fledged, seamless Virtual Health Care System and this proposal has been accepted amongst the top 100 entries at National Level. Apart from her academic pursuits, Niyati has headed the Public Speaking/Literary Club as well as the Mathematics Association at BITS, has worked closely with ACM Chapter, BITSAA’s LPBP team and the Software Development Club while also being actively involved in the organization of workshops, student work groups and several other technical and cultural events on campus. An avid reader, Niyati is also passionate about dance, enjoys playing the keyboard and loves skating and swimming.

Prathamesh Dilip Gaikwad is a fourth year undergraduate student at BITS Pilani, K.K Birla Goa campus . His branch is Computer Science and he is currently doing his internship as a part of PS program at Juniper Networks , India. His technical interests include Wireless Networking , Algorithms and Operating Systems. With a highly research oriented environment he worked on his first project in the field of Wireless Sensor Networking leading to paper being published at ICN 2013, IARIA and have since been fascinated by research. The paper published was a result of persistent hardwork ,thorough expirements and research as also improvements suggested by many experts. He believes that attending the ICN conference has enabled him to enhance knowledge in the field of Wireless Networks and the experience he has gained by attending the conference will enable me him to contribute to his ongoing work.

Paritosh Ramananis studying Information Systems in BITS-Pilani Goa Campus. His research interests are largely based in the field of computer networks and data storage. More specifically, he has been working in the field of Wireless Sensor Networks for the last 3 semesters of his undergraduate studies under Mr. Sreejith V. of BITS-Pilani Goa. He is currently interning at EMC Corp as part of the PS2 programme of BITS-Pilani. In the future he wishes to be involved in cutting edge research in the broad areas such as networks and virtualization. He had the opportunity to work on two papers in the field of Wireless Sensor Networks(WSN) as a culmination of his work carried out with his co-author Mr. Prathamesh Gaikwad under the guidance of their mentor Mr. Sreejith V..The first one entitled "Scalable static deployment patterns for Wireless Sensor Networks" was presented at ICICIC Global held at Chennai in December 2012. The second one entitled " Achieving connectivity in an unstructured wireless sensor networks using optimal assignment of mobile nodes" was presented at ICN 2013 held at Seville, Spain in January 2013. While the former one was concerned with generating an efficient placement pattern for static sensor networks, the latter dealt with connecting a disconnected and randomly deployed WSN by placing mobile nodes at strategic positions in the region of interest. Apart from academics, he has a keen interest in philately and plain spotting.

Deepan Kishore Kumar, is a Junior Student pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus.He has been involved in MEMS Research under the guidances of Prof. N.N Sharma, Prof. Dr. R. K. Mittal and Prof. Swaminathan. His work revolved around biomedical application of MEMS Technology. Recently, his collaborative research effort with a Specialist ENT from Dubai along with Prof. Swaminathan on treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo was accepted for the prestigious 8th Annual IEEE Nano/Micro Molecular and Engineered Systems (NEMS), Suzhuo, China. He is also a National Qualifier in the Top 100 for the "UAE Undergraduate Student Research Competition" organised by Abu Dhabi University under the Patronage of H.H Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahayan. His other research work has been accepted at several Prestigious International forums like the ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineers Congress and Exposition, the ETMN Conference.He is also the present Vice-Chairperson of the IEEE Student Branch at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. He is also the founding president of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at BPDC, where is spearheading several innovative initiatives to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.He was also a selected delegate to the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit that was organised in Dubai, under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was also a part of the IFOR Team that Ranked First in the IARC-2011. He has been with BITSAA International in the Campus Relations Team, and headed many BITSAA-BITS Initiatives like BITS Embryo. He is passionate about innovation through Research and Entrepreneurship and hopes to set out on this career path. He is also an avid reader, debater and coder.


Balasubramanian M.has B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation degree and is now pursuing M.E.Communication Engineering from BITS, Pilani – Pilani Campus. In the interim, he worked in a technology based start-up and in particular on intellectual property protection for his enterprise. His current research interests include polymer photonics and non-linear optical communication systems.He visualizes creation of economical low power alternates to the existing electronic systems through photonics. He has been working with Mr. Rahul Singhal, Lecturer at BITS-Pilani – Pilani campus for on the development of photonics devices using polymer materials. He presented his work at Photonics Global Conference, 2012, Singapore organized by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and IEEE Photonics Society, Singapore chapter. He is also working as founder partner (Marketing & Sales) for another startup-Myti Technotronics Pvt. Ltd. He is interested in reading philosophy and plays Mridangam with great expertise. He also has special interest in dramatics. He plans to take up career in applied research.
Priyans Murarka is currently a third year undergraduate student at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus pursuing B.E. in Electronics and Instrumentation. He is currently working in the emerging fields of wireless sensor networks, ubiquitous computing and pervasive networks. His aim is to pursue research in these fields in the future and be an integral part of cutting edge innovation. Some of his credentials include executing research projects as an undergraduate student and writing technical papers for peer-reviewed conferences like IEEE INDICON 2011 and iThings - 2012, France. In addition to research papers, he along with his fellow researchers is in the process of filing a patent at Indian Patent Office.
Sailesh Conjeti is a senior year student pursuing B.E. (Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Pilani Campus. He is passionate about research and hopes to pursue research within the realms of Biomedical Engineering specializing in fields allied to Affective Computing, Rehabilitation Engineering and Body Area Networks. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate thesis under Dr. B.K. Rout and is investigating electromyography based control mechanisms. He is also actively involved in the BITS LifeGuard Research Initiative under the mentorship of Prof. Rahul Banerjee and Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Singh. As a part of this project, he has identified innovative solutions for design and development of safety critical Wearable Driver Assistance Systems. His work was recognized by the international research community at the IEEE EMBS Biomedical and Health Informatics Conference 2012, Shenzhen (China). The research paper that he had presented was a finalist in the Research Paper Competition and was the only Undergraduate Student Paper to achieve this status. Apart from research, he has been actively involved in the EEE Association, BITS Pilani and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Student Chapter, BITS Pilani. Recognizing his academic excellence and research aptitude, he has been awarded the ‘Best Outgoing Student of the Year (EEE)’ in the Second Semester by the Faculty of EEE and the EEE Association. In the near future, he hopes to pursue Doctoral Studies in related fields and chart an academic career after completion of his formal education.

Amit BadlaniAmit Badlani is a senior year BE (Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering student and an avid Roboticist. Pursuing his interest in Robotics, he has learnt a lot in rehabilitation robotics, and was invited last Summer to work at the biggest Robotics Lab in Ottawa, Canada. He is currently doing his semester long internship at Texas Instruments Pvt. Ltd Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. Being a Coordinator at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Association, he was instrumental in organizing year wide events, technical lectures and workshops. Amit is an aspiring Entrepreneur and believes in solving global problems through the triangle of Research, entrepreneurship and product development. The year 2011 has seen him being invited to various International Conferences and events such as the first Indo-Canadian Innovation Summit at Ottawa, Canada; International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM); World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science (WCECS); amongst others. After traveling to so many Universities now, he is inspired by collaborative research which has further taught him a lot about frugal engineering and has helped him to think in a completely different perspective. During the research internship in Canada and various International events this year he had the opportunity to meet International scientists and policy makers across the world. Moreover, the different perspectives have seemed to cut his learning curve giving him an overall experience besides just research.
Tushar Uttarwar: Born and brought up in the idyllic hinterlands of Nagpur, getting into BITS, Pilani was a dream come true for Tushar. He is a B.E. (Hons.) Electrical & Electronics student. He did a thesis at CEERI, Pilani under his guru Dr. S. C. Bose. At BITS, he was closely involved with Physics Association and Maharashtra Mandal. He hopes to start a new exciting chapter in his life from Fall 2009 in the form of graduate studies in Electrical Engineering. His aim in life is to be a researcher or an entrepreneur.
Chhavi Mohan Adtani has completed his M.Sc. (Hons.) Physics and presently is in the final year of his B.E.(Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering at BITS Pilani. He is very passionate about Nanoscience/Nanotechnology especially in research and development of various mechanisms that will augment in solving various ramifications in this field. He also has a keen interest towards Macro and micro finance and Stock Market analyis. He has been the President of Wall Street Club BITS Pilani which is probably India's first Student Investment club at the undergraduate level. Chhavi believes that social up-liftment of the weaker sections of society is one of the propellants for the development of the nation and has been an active member of NSS. He is the founder Trustee and was the President of Student Investment Foundation Trust , a 'Trust' at its nascent stage which plans to invest in the development of poor students. He is a jaunty individual with an aim to get his Masters in Nanotechnology from one of the best universities and later with his work put India on the map of Nanotechnology.
Subramanian S. is currently in his 4th year dual degree program of Electrical and Electronics Engineering & Mechanical Engineering at Pilani. He has been a summer intern at the Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam and CranesSci MEMS lab, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Some of his research interests are modeling and fabrication of MEMS and nano-systems. He has recently been awarded the Dr. Ranjit Singh Chauhan Undergraduate Research Award for the year 2008-09 by BITS, Pilani.

Cherin Joseph has completed a dual degree in M.Sc. (Hons.) Physics and B.E. (Hons.) Electricaland Electronics. He is currently working at NVIDIA Graphics Private Limited, Bangalore. In the pasthe has undergone internships at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai and Intel India Pvt.Ltd., Bangalore. During his student life at BITS, Cherin has been The President, EEE (Electrical andElectronics Engineering) Association and was actively involved with the activities of the association.His research interests include Digital VLSI and Digital architecture and he intends to pursue highereducation in this field. He aspires to be an entrepreneur after completing his formal education.

Vinay Dwivedi is currently in the 4th year of his dual degrees of Mathematics and Electronics & Instrumentation at BITS Pilani. He is passionate about research in the field of Power Electronics and Power Systems, specifically in Power Quality issues and Grid-tie energy storage. He did his summer internship at Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA and gained a rich experience while working on VTB (Virtual Test Bed) and DStatCom. He is really keen to be involved into the research in these fields in the future as well. He has been the Captain of Badminton team for the year 2009-10. The IEEE conference SPEEDAM at Pisa, Italy from 14th-16th June, 2010 must have given him a vital insight on the latest research going on and a great platform for interaction with leading researchers all across the globe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Criteria?

1) Only graduate/undergraduate students are eligible. 

2) The research work should have been conducted in collaboration with one of the faculty members of any of the BITS campuses. It is mandatory that the corresponding faculty should be listed as an author or one of the co-authors of the conference paper presented by the student.

3) Only International travel is considered.

4) A student shall receive BITSAA Travel Scholarship/BITSAA 0% Loan (either one and not both) only once during his/her tenure at BITS. This is to ensure that every student gets equal opportunity to be benefited by the scholarship/loan program.

What kind of events are supported?

Technical events/conferences. 

More than one student per paper?

If more than one student per paper or an international summit, then only one of the student is eligible to apply for travel grant

Can I apply for the scholarship even though I have been working for the last n years?

No. You have to be on-campus  student to apply for BITSAA Travel Scholarship

What documents do I need to send along with my application?

Details provided in the application form. If we need anything more, we will contact you by email.

How can I contribute? Are contributions tax-deductible? Will I get a receipt? Can I contribute online or with a cheque?

Please see Contribute section for answers to these, and related questions.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Recipients will be selected by a committee that will include contributors to the scholarship fund, and members nominated by BITSAA, but will primarily consist of BITSians in senior academic/research positions. We believe they will be best qualified to determine the best candidates for the scholarships. The committee will set precise criteria every year, but students will typically be asked to provide resumes, links to any publications or reports, and answering any questions the committee may have.



If you would like to contribute to the scholarship program, you can Donate Online. All contributions are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt at year end from BITSAA.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to "BITSAA International", mention "BITSAA Graduate Application Scholarship" in the memo section and mail it to: 

BITSAA International
Attn: CFO, BITSAA International,
1560 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road, 
Suite 200, 
Sunnyvale, CA 94087-4597


If you mail us a check, please don't forget to include your return address, the words "BITSAA Graduate Application Scholarship" on the check and an email address so we can mail your receipt and contact you if necessary.



If you would like to contribute to the scholarship program, you can Donate Online. All contributions are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt at year end from BITSAA.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to "BITSAA International", mention "BITSAA Graduate Application Scholarship" in the memo section and mail it to: 

BITSAA International
Attn: CFO, BITSAA International,
1560 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road, 
Suite 200, 
Sunnyvale, CA 94087-4597


If you mail us a check, please don't forget to include your return address, the words "BITSAA Graduate Application Scholarship" on the check and an email address so we can mail your receipt and contact you if necessary.


If the research work have been conducted in collaboration with one of the faculty members of any of the BITS campuses or in case of paper presentation any faculty member is the author or one of the co-authors of the paper, please specify

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