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BITS Pilani targets to increase the UG intake to 1040 by 2018

Aug 2016 Source: MOTACHASHMA

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BITS Pilani is aiming to increase the seats of its flagship Undergraduate Programme to 1040 by the year 2018. At present, there are 910 students for the UG programme. Director of BITS Pilani Ashoke Kumar Sarkar said that BITS Pilani is also moving forward to improve and overhaul its infrastructure as said by. Sarkar also added that as BITS Pilani is a completely residential programme, so the focus is also given to the infrastructure of the campus.

A brief intro about BITS Pilani

  • BITS Pilani initially started as Pathshala in the year 1901 by the Birlas. The institute has come into being in the year 1964 with GD Birla as BITS Pilani’s Founder Chairman and since then it has grown into size and came.
  • BITS Pilani has its main campus in Jhunjunu district in Rajasthan with over 320 acres of land. BITS Pilani has set up Technology Business Incubator (TBI) almost a decade ago to support the growing entrepreneurs of the campus.
  • Apart from its main campus in Pilani it also has its campus at Goa, Hyderabad and in overseas that is Dubai. The Dubai campus was established in the year 2000. The Goa campus in the year 2004 followed by the Hyderabad in the year 2008.
  • The BE Admissions to BITS Pilani are done through BITSAT 

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Goals to increase the infrastructure apart from increasing the UG Intakes: 

The following points are said by the Director of BITS Pilani, Ashoke Kumar Sarkar about the infrastructure of BITS Pilani:

  • BITS Pilani has created new classrooms in front of the main administration block that has been built in new innovation technique on a hollow level by digging the earth, so that the roof level coincides with the ground level.
  • Two more blocks are being made for the faculty members as well as the recreational facility are also being overhauled.
  • Apart from changing the campus infrastructure, the hostel facilities and mess services are also being renovated. The two old hostels that is, Ram and Buddha hostels has been shattered and the new one is on the way.
  • BITS Pilan is aiming for more PhD students, so they are also targeting to build PhD hostels for married candidates.

Souvik Bhattacharya said that everything will be possible for the Institute if they get active and positive help from the Government. He further added emphasising the word “Help from the Government” that means not any such block grant, but kind of some fellowships sort of things because the Institute has done well in the last 10 years especially in the R&D areas.

The Institute conducted convocation for 1,147 students last month and they were given their degrees. Out of which 822 were from First Degrees, 206 dual degrees, 268 higher degrees and 57 from PhD Programmes.

BITS Pilani's Tie-ups with other Institutes

For the fruitful development of the Institutes as well as the future of the students BITS Pilani has tied-up with many other Institutes as said by the Director, Ashoke Kumar Sarkar. He said that the Institute has tied up with many Universities for Research and Development and other academic associations. The Institute has signed an MoU with Tel Aviv University (TAU) on research collaboration, faculty exchange and in November, the students will have a workshop on food security in Pilani. Apart from TAU, BITS Pilani has also developed a close association with Trinity College-Dublin, Ben Gurion University-Israel and George Mason University-US. Sarkar also said that Pilani being a desert area, so their collaboration with the University of Israel on development research area will prove to be a positive point for them.

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