Chairman’s Message

    My fellow Alumni, Students and Friends of BITS,

    I hope all of you had a memorable 2013. The leadership team at BITSAA International, along with the Board had set out specific goals for the year 2013. Thanks to your active participation and support, our Alumni Association has made excellent progress.

    Here are some of the big achievements of 2013.

    Biggest ever Fundraiser in the history of BITSAA International

    BITSAA International, kick started the Bridges to the Future fundraising campaign in Dec 2011 and BITSAA set out to raise the $1 Million before BITSAA Global Meet 2014. I am extremely happy to inform you that BITSAA has exceeded the expectations and has crossed $1 Million– thanks to generous donors like you. The funds raised has been supporting various initiatives for BITS Pilani and its alumni.

    BITSConnect 2.0 – The game-changer

    The leadership team at BITSAA has always pursued programs that we believe will not only benefit BITS Pilani but serve as a model for other colleges across India thereby benefiting the broader society. One such initiative is the BITSConnect 2.0. Spearheaded by alumni, this project has put BITS Pilani on the map of the finest universities in the world for leveraging technology in education. It comes as no surprise that BITSConnect 2.0 recently won the EDGE award from Informationweek.

    Student, Faculty and Social Enrichment Initiatives:

    The Bridges to Future fundraising Campaign has created funding for 2 Faculty Chairs, 5 Student research grants, over 20 scholarship and awards. The funds raised will continue to fund these projects and elevate brand BITS to greater heights. The ‘Alumni Advisory Council’, which was established after the last BGM, consists of senior academics and industry professionals from across the globe and strengthens alumni engagement on issues important to BITS. This allows BITS to lead its pack in all endeavours. BITSAA also adopted a wonderful social initiative Atmanirbhara – Pilani Resource Center, started by the ’75 batch and raised awareness and funds for it through its global chapters.

    Nurturing Entrepreneurship

    Recognizing the immense talent among entrepreneurs in India and of young BITSians, we launched BITS Spark with the vision to make BITS Pilani one of top 3 universities for entrepreneurship in Asia. In less than two years, this program has shown outstanding results in creating, nurturing, and building some of the finest next generation startups coming out of India.

    BITSAA rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell

    One of the core pillars of BITS Pilani’s achievements is its alumni widely regarded for their contributions to society in diverse fields such as business, research, education, arts, philanthropy and public policy among others. A wonderful testament to this was the invitation extended to BITSAA to ring the NASDAQ opening bell – On December 23rd, 2013, BITSAA rang the opening bell at NASDAQ, signifying 50 years of BITS Pilani, India’s #1 ranked private university. The event served as an apt curtain raiser for BGM 2014. I want to thank each one of you for making the BITS Pilani brand synonymous with innovation, achievement and leadership today.

    First ever BITSians’ day:

    BITSAA International organized the first ever BITSians Day on August 2nd 2013 – BITSians from across the world turned up to work wearing their BITS T-shirts. BITSAA Chapters in cities organized dinners, lunches and met with fellow BITSians in their cities. Amidst sharing pictures, sharing nostalgic BITSian memories and reliving the ‘good old BITsian Days’, BITSians broke all Social Media Records on August 2nd. BITSians Day was a [...]

    Vice Chancellor’s message

    Bijendra Nath Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS - PilaniFriends

    I am glad to share with you details about our plans to expand its student body in the current decade while transforming itself into a research-led university. As a result we hope to be listed among the top 3 S&T institutes in India by 2015 and amongst the top 25 in Asia by 2020. To be sure the student body will grow from 11,000+ to about 18,000 by 2020. But, more importantly, the student profile will undergo a major change, in that the percentage of PG and PhD students together will grow from approximately 10% to over 25% of the total student population.

    To achieve the above objectives, we propose to aggressively push forward the agenda for research, both PhD-driven and sponsored applied R&D, while looking to induct research-focused faculty on all its campuses in India and in Dubai. The number of PhD of students is expected to grow 4-fold, while the faculty will grow 2.5 times.

    Necessarily, we will expand our campus infrastructure. Other than renovating the entire campus in Pilani, we will be building new housing for an additional 700+ faculty members and 5500+ students in Indian campuses and also expanding/creating teaching and new research laboratories on all our four campuses. To a large extent, the research infrastructure will be built using funds obtained from competitive R&D and “development” grants from government agencies or industry. And, this is as important, we will leverage technology to ensure that the quality of instruction we deliver is top-class, while allowing enough time to faculty to engage with students and undertake research.

    It is in this context that I wish to draw your attention to the significant investments BITS Pilani has made to implement (i) an ERP solution based on Oracle’s PeopleSoft system, and (ii) a high-definition video-conferencing facility based on Cisco’s TelePresence systems, better known as BITSConnect 2.0. While the ERP solution will seamlessly allow access to all student life-cycle and administrative functions, the latter system will allow faculty and other resources to be shared across our four campuses and facilitate cross-campus collaboration between faculty and students. Needless to say, we will explore other ways to leverage this very significant, first-of-its-kind, resource to help with students’ placement, faculty recruitment, etc

    It is in this context that I wish to draw your attention to the significant investments BITS Pilani has made to implement (i) an ERP solution based on Oracle’s PeopleSoft system, and (ii) a high-definition video-conferencing facility based on Cisco’s TelePresence systems, better known as BITSConnect 2.0. While the ERP solution will seamlessly allow access to all student life-cycle and administrative functions, the latter system will allow faculty and other resources to be shared across our four campuses and facilitate cross-campus collaboration between faculty and students. Needless to say, we will explore other ways to leverage this very significant, first-of-its-kind, resource to help with students’ placement, faculty recruitment, etc

    As we approach to complete 49 years as a university in June 2013, and prepare ourselves to launch the 50th year of our existence, I am happy to announce two very major initiatives: (i) the setting up of a Centre of Research Excellence (or CORE) in Water, Waste and Energy Management, and (ii) a commitment to leverage technology to significantly improve the quality of education we offer in our on-campus and off-campus programmes.

    While thanking you for your contributions, I look forward to a deeper engagement between BITS Pilani and its alumni. I invite you to share with us your time, your thoughts, and your inputs in taking BITS Pilani to the next level.


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BITSAA International Inc. is a not-for-profit organization registered in New Jersey, USA (Federal EIN# 22-3835037) and has been granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code as of August 20, 2002.

BITSAA International engages in charitable and educational activities by raising funds for setting up endowments, creating scholarships, rewarding teaching and research and generally promoting the development of resources at Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani, Dubai, Goa & Hyderabad campuses.

BITSAA International also aims to strengthen the ties, friendship and communication amongst former students, alumni faculty and friends of the Institute. BITSAA International provides a number of channels for people to stay connected with each other and with Birla Institute of Technology & Science.

BITSAA's Vision

Maximize the potential of BITSians and BITS Pilani.

BITSAA's Mission

1. Make BITSAA the best and most well networked alumni community in the world and positively enhance your professional and personal lives, and
2. Give back to BITS Pilani to strengthen the infrastructure, student exposure and education quality.

BITSAA Annual Reports provide detailed insights into what we have been doing at BITSAA International this year. You can get to know about the various initiatives, people associated with them, the statement of accounts and funds and how you can help in maximizing the BITS Pilani brand by becoming associated with BITSAA

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