Chairman’s Message

    My fellow Alumni, Students and Friends of BITS,

    I hope all of you had a memorable 2012! With your active participation and support, we accomplished a great deal in 2012 and there is more to come in 2013.

    When I took over as Chairman in July 2011, we set some key goals for BITSAA Leadership and the Board in order to promote BITS Pilani and strengthen the alumni network. I’m happy to share with you that we made excellent progress towards these goals in the last year.

    Streamline governance of alumni programs in support of BITS Pilani’s stated vision 2020
    In order to have transparent and streamlined processes, BITSAA International set up governance across all its major initiatives. BITS Pilani and BITSAA Leadership for the first time signed a document of understanding to track and manage contributions from alumni worldwide. For the first time, an Alumni Advisory Board has been setup at BITS Pilani to advise the BITS Leadership on different fronts. Recognizing the need to have global representation in the BITSAA board, we now have members of the BITSAA Board in 4 major continents and spanning 4 decades of BITS graduates.
    A BITSAA Chapter’s council has been formed to focus on making BITSAA chapters work in harmony, share best practices, bring professional benefits to BITSians as well as help in fundraising activities for BITS Pilani.
    Create an ecosystem of partners, in industry, government and academia to enhance research and entrepreneurship at BITS

    With the vision of making BITS among the top 3 institutes for entrepreneurship in Asia, we launched the BITS Sparkinitiative with support from BITS administration. Three platforms – Spark Connect, Spark Mentors and Spark Angels have been established to engage with entrepreneurs at various stages. Still in its nascent stages, BITS Spark is already off to a great start – thanks to the efforts of numerous BITSian volunteers. 50 angels signed up from 3 continents in less than 6 weeks and more than 20 start-ups applied to seek seed funding. The Manoj Saxena Fund in association with Spark Connect has been pivotal to the success of the Sparks program providing funding to 6 start-ups in 2012.

    I am confident that entrepreneurship has truly arrived in India and BITS Spark is well positioned to lead from the front. If you would like to join us as a start-up, mentor, angel, faculty or volunteer – please visit http://www.bitsaa.org/spark.

    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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