The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, BITS Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information". The Institute is a dream come true of its founder late Mr G.D.Birla - an eminent industrialist, a participant in Indian freedom struggle and a close associate of the Father of Indian Nation late Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). What started in early 1900s as a small school, blossomed into a set of colleges for higher education, ranging from the Humanities to Engineering until 1964 when all these colleges amalgamated to culminate into a unique Indian University of International standing. This university was christened as the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, known to many as BITS, Pilani.
Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India admitted on the basis of merit. Its graduates may be found throughout the world in all areas of engineering, science and commerce. BITS symbolizes the maturing of Indian technical ability and "can-do" entrepreneurial spirit, especially as derived from the private sector. BITS is located in the Vidya Vihar campus adjacent to the town of Pilani in Rajasthan.
First Degree Programmes at BITS Pilani
BITS Pilani has been following semester system with continuous and internal evaluation since its inception. The educational programmes are modular and flexible. Through its Practice School programme, BITS Pilani has established purposeful linkages with industries. The university has evolved a direction for Research which makes research relevant to the national development and social needs. It has developed and adopted a unique academic administrative structure which makes all its innovations possible and workable.
All programmes in the university are designed to allow as many components of science and applied science as are necessary for the graduates of the programmes to function effectively and efficiently in the technological society. All programmes contain certain structural commonality and the common courses are invariably operated together irrespective of the clientele who are required to take the courses. Similarly, irrespective of the ultimate degree for which a student qualifies, the large factor of this commonality between all students creates an educational basis which provides easy professional linkage, communication and group activity among students graduating in different degrees. This similarity among different students graduating with different degrees is further welded in a stronger professional bond when they work as internees in the Practice School stations or as members in a team working on missionoriented time-bound research and development projects. The various structural flexibilities provide not only scope for multiple point entries but also enable the system to accommodate many legitimate educational and operational needs of students.
All programmes of studies are based on the principle that a series of courses make up the hierarchy of the structure where each course is self-contained but nevertheless acts as a bridge between what precedes and what comes after. A formal contact hour is such that a student is invariably required to spend several times of these hours towards selfstudy. Attempt here is to awaken curiosity in the mind of the student and train him to think rationally and scientifically and enable him to face the unfamiliar. Through the Practice School option, the flavour of the professional world is sought to be imbibed by the student as well as the teacher. Even many cocurricular activities are converted into a learning situation whereby the growth of a student becomes a continuing operation.
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