Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) – Pilani, India’s oldest private technical university will invest around 100 Crores to position BITS as one of leading technical institutions across Asia. This was announced by Prof. B.N. Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani at BITS Pilani Alumni Association (BITSAA)’s first Global Meet at Epicenter, Gurgaon.
Jain said that the 100 Crores Rs will spent in next 6 years for majorly four initiatives i) Chairing professorships, ii) Under Graduate Freeships iii). Towards improvement of ‘life on campus’ for students, including sports facilities iv) Construction of Signature building at Pilani to house research labs centres for excellence.
The BITSAA first global alumni meet’s theme was ‘Transforming Society, Enterprises and Academics through Innovation’. The meet was attended by BITSians across the world like Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Rajesh Hukku, Former Chairman & CEO, iFlex Solutions; Baba Kalyani, Chairman, Kalyani Group; Gulu Mirchandani, MD, MIRC Electronics; Revathi Advaithi, President, Eaton Corporation; Prof. S P Kothari, Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts, USA etc.
The two day meet witnessed power-packed discussions on ways of transforming the landscape of Indian higher education. World reputed entrepreneurs like Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail, Mukesh Chatter of Nexabit Networks and other fellow BITSians shared their success stories with budding entrepreneurs. Social initiatives by BITSians like BITSConnect (gigabit campus network backbone), BITSunami (rehabilitation programme), BITS.aid (community development projects) were also discussed.
Speaking on the ocassion, CS Goel, CEO of BITSAA Global Meet 2011 and General Secretary of BITSAA Delhi Chapter, said, “It is a defining moment for over 30,000 alumni of BITS Pilani, Dubai and Goa campuses who are spread across 80 countries. The first BITSAA Global Meet Jan 7-9 marks beginning of a new era wherein the world alumni will meet together every year to give back to the alma mater and contribute in transforming the world in “innovative” BITSian way.”