19 Board toppers of Class XII of 2014 have joined three campuses of BITS Pilani this year. They have come from the education Boards of various states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. These top ranked students are admitted under the category of Direct Admission to Board Toppers. All other admissions to the university are based on merit determined by the online test that is BITSAT. This was announced by Prof B N Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS, Pilani on the occasion of Orientation Program for New Admission students held at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus held on 30 July 2014.
BITS Pilani conducts BITSAT exam for admission to under graduate engineering courses. Apart from this exam, board toppers can directly get admission in the institute.
Addressing the parents who are accompanying the new students, Prof. B N Jain said that faculty and staff of BITS Pilani are fully committed to ensure that their children will walk out of BITS Pilani upon graduation with a sense of fulfillment, pride and purpose. He said BITS Pilani is declared deemed to be a university by UGC in June 1964. In 50 years since then, the journey of this institution has been path-breaking. During 1964 to 1970, BITS Pilani has established the frame work for Science based semester system for Undergraduate and Postgraduate education with the help from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ford Foundation in USA. It follows a system of practice school which provides every student an opportunity to spend around six months in the industry before he or she graduates. And also, the education system at BITS has dual degree programs.
In all its four campuses, i.e Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai, it offers various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD programs to over 12500 students in various disciplines of Science, Engineering, Humanities, Pharmacy, Economics and Management. Every student goes through a rigorous and transparent admission process.
Many improvements in the campus infrastructure are currently under way and many more are in the stage of planning. A new Academic Building and a Boy’s Hostel have already come up. The renovation of all the existing hostels will be undertaken shortly.
The efforts are underway to transform BITS in the coming 5 to 10 years into a research focused institution. Prof B N Jain further highlighted the 7 major initiatives that BITS Pilani has taken up as part of this transformation which are:
- Continuous Assessment of Quality of Teaching and Research that is delivered to students
- Emphasis on PhD Programmes and sponsored Research Projects
- Upgrading the Physical Infrastructure
- Introducing off campus degree programmes for Industry professionals
- Launch of the new Centre for Research Excellence and Innovation
- Establishment of Business Incubators in Hyderabad campus
- Offering MOOCS or Massive Open Online Courses through edX as a contributing member
Prof. G Raghurama, Director BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus in his address mentioned that many new developments are taking place in Pilani campus and assured that the parents should leave their children in the campus with confidence. He further emphasized that the parents should have belief in their wards, support them and rest assured, they will grow. He said that the success and reputation that BITS Pilani has achieved is because of its faculty and staff who are so committed and dedicated.
He said that the institute offers plenty of freedom to the students, and at the same time, expects them to act with responsibility. He said that there might be hidden talents in each one of them and BITS will help it grow. “Make friends, respect differences and learn new culture,” added Prof Raghurama.