Chairman’s Message

    Dear BITSians,

    I hope all of you had a memorable 2014. 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 exellent progress.

    Let me highlight some of the big achievements of 2014:

    • 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. 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.
    • BITS Pilani forged a partnership with edX, a MOOC platform comprising a worldwide consortium of universities, including the prestigious MIT and Harvard University. BITS Pilani is a contributing member, and will use edX to enhance its learning experience of its on-campus courses and will also MOOC courses to students outside of BITS. This new initiative will support the objectives of BITS in expanding its technology footprint in education using tools, technology and platform from edX. I would like to thank all our Board Members, especially Viggy Mokkarala, S P Kothari and Shashikant Kandhelwal, for their efforts to put this in place.
    • BITSAA organized its second BITSians’ day on the 1st of August, 2014. The event saw tremendous participation from all you BITSians! BITSians’ day was celebrated across 100 offices across the globe, with Microsoft officially acknowledging the BITSians in their office by re-tweeting a photo of BITSians at Microsoft. The event was held in 45 different chapters across the globe, with more than 2500 BITSians coming together to celebrate. BITSians in remote places such as Tanzania, Africa and Ganjam, Orissa, India also came together on this day. Unfortunately, I was away from home but was lucky to celebrate the BITSians Day in Columbus, Ohio which could have a chapter of its own soon. With the help of Balraj Varma (74-79) and Shobna Varma (76-81), long time residents of Columbus and already very active in the community, particularly with the BITSians, we were able to gather over 25 BITSians on a very short notice.
    • BITS Pilani has been awarded the inaugural FICCI Higher Education Award 2014 for “ICT Integration” 2014. The award was presented by Mr. Greg Clark, UK’s Minister of State for Universities, in the presence of Shrimati Smriti Irani, Minister HRD, and Ms. Niikki Randhawa Haley, Governor of South Carolina (USA), Mr. Mohandas Pai Chair, FICCI HE Committee. Among other things, BITS was recognized for use of ICT in online BITSAT exam since 2005, ERP integration for academic and administrative functions since 2013, TelePresence based classrooms and conference facilities since 2013, and for recent efforts to introduce e-Attendance and edX based MOOCs/SPOCs courses. [...]
    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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