Birla Institute of Technology and Science
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|Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani|
|बिरला प्रौद्योगिकी एवं विज्ञान संस्थान पिलानी|
|Motto||ज्ञानं परमं बलम्
(jñānaṁ paramaṁ balam)
|Motto in English||Knowledge is power supreme|
|Established||1929. Became a Deemed University in 1964.|
|Chancellor||Kumar Mangalam Birla|
|Vice-Chancellor||B N Jain|
|Undergraduates||2394 annual intake|
|Postgraduates||469 annual intake|
|Affiliations||ACU, WACE, UGC NAAC, PCI, AIU|
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (Hindi: बिरला प्रौद्योगिकी एवं विज्ञान संस्थान पिलानी; BITS Pilani) is one of India’s leading and premier higher education institutes and a deemed university under Sec. 3 of the UGC act. The university consists of 15 academic departments with a focus on education in engineering and sciences. BITS Pilani has campuses in Pilani, Goa (BITS Pilani Goa Campus), Hyderabad (BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus), Dubai (BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus) and an extension center in Bangalore. Although the campuses are autonomous for most part, the same degrees are awarded at all the campuses by the university. It was the first Indian educational institution to set up a campus outside India.
The institute was established, in its present form, in 1964 with a vision to realise Jawaharlal Nehru’s project of nation-building with an emphasis on "science, technology and modernization." During this period, the institute's transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by G.D. Birla. Massachusetts Institute of Technology provided technical assistance that was required for this transformation.
The institute administers the all-India computerised entrance test, BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India. BITSAT is now the most competitive of all national engineering entrance exams in the country. Based on number of applications received, 136,000 students are expected to take the BITSAT-2012 for admission to a total of 2,000 seats at the institute,which means that an average of 68 students will compete for a seat in this year. Acceptance rate in BITS is very low, less than 1.47% in 2012, making it the most competitive and selective university in India. The admission is on the basis of merit (as assessed by the BITSAT examination) and not through any kind of reservation. The institute is privately supported and fully residential.
The institute has strong ties with industry, as can be seen by its off-campus Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) which enrolled 19,000 students from corporate enterprises in 2009. Practical experience in the industry is in the curriculum as a Practice School program, where students work with companies located across India and abroad.
The institute traces its origins to 1901 , when Shiv Narainji Birla started a patshala (traditional Indian school) in Pilani with one teacher for educating his grandsons, GD Birla and RD Birla. In 1925–1929 the patshala became a high school. In 1929, the institute was founded by Ghanshyam Das Birla as an intermediate college. In 1943–1947, the Birla Education Trust was founded, and the intermediate college was converted into a degree college and later on started postgraduate courses.
During World War II, the government of India established a technical training center at Pilani, Rajasthan to train technicians for defence services and industry. In 1946, it was converted into Birla Engineering College with degree programmes in electrical and mechanical engineering. The Masters programme in Electronics began in 1955.
In the 1950s, the first Indian Institute of Technology was set up by the Indian government to provide advanced engineering and scientific manpower to the Indian economy. Realizing that he needed better institutions to train highly skilled engineers for his own companies and others in the Indian economy, Ghanshyam Das Birla decided that
|“||his companies, and his country, needed a private IIT, and that MIT alone should provide the blueprint for the institute and train its faculty.||”|
For this purpose he wrote to James Killian, the president of MIT, asking for his support. He offered a list of advisors, headed by MIT alumnus Thomas Drew, who was then at the Columbia University. MIT and the Ford Foundation agreed to help with the project. The Ford Foundation sent Drew and an MIT colleague to India in the spring of 1963 to draw up detailed plans for
"transforming a lackluster complex of colleges supported by the Birla Education Trust, including the Birla Engineering College, into a worthy competitor of the IIT's."
In August 1965, the foundation approved a two-year, $1.45 million grant to MIT for developing BITS, with the expectation of a renewal as the project continued.
Reacting to criticism about the project, Drew, now the head of the MIT advisory board, said:
|“||I do not believe [Birla] supposes or wants an American MIT set down in India. In my judgment to attempt to develop such an American institution in India would be like trying to graft apples on a pine tree. We have not been asked to make such an attempt. We were asked to help devise in India an Indian technological school to produce graduates with the know-how to produce knowledge pertinent for India…. In many respects they consider us immature, rude, hypocritical barbarians who in certain respects happened to hit it lucky. To be viable in India an institution must be framed with Indian values in mind.||”|
In 1964, under the direction of the MIT advisory board, the Birla Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science were merged to form the Birla Institute of Technology & Science. The board provided direction in developing a curriculum, selecting equipment, upgrading the library, and recruiting and training Indian faculty. After Drew reached mandatory retirement age, MIT electrical engineer David White was sent to head the committee for two years. To hasten the pace of reforms, he convinced Birla to hire C. R. Mitra, former head of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, as the new Director of the institute. It was Mitra who pushed for a "practice school" internship program far more ambitious than anything MIT had done, as a requirement for all faculty and students. This Practice School Program is still a requirement for students in BITS.
According to Robert Kargon and Stuart Leslie:
|“||BITS offered an opportunity [to the Ford Foundation and MIT] to build a leading technological university in India responsive to India’s goals, to produce practising engineers who will be in a position to graduate and to build industries in India, under Indian conditions. With its emphasis on the Practice School and ties to Indian industry, it helped educate Indian industrialists along with Indian engineers who would remain in India, in contrast to many other engineering colleges in India, most of whose graduates would leave the country after obtaining their basic engineering education. The Ford Foundation Evaluators...proudly noted that the Indian government, despite having given no direct financial support, was looking to BITS to provide a model for future development in education in engineering and science in India.||”|
Expansion into multiple campuses 
In 1999, student capacity was expanded from 2500 to 4000. New campuses were established in Dubai (2000) and Goa, India (2004). In 2006, BITS Pilani acquired 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land from the Andhra Pradesh government through the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority for opening up a new campus. The land is located in Jawaharnagar, Shameerpet Mandal in Rangareddy district. The BITS Pilani Hyderabad, India campus started functioning in 2008. BITS runs a virtual university and an extension center in Bangalore.
Chancellor and academic head 
BITS Pilani has a tradition of long-serving chancellors and vice-chancellors. Its founder G.D. Birla was the chancellor from the college's inception until his demise in 1983. He was followed by his son Krishna Kumar Birla, who was the chancellor until his demise in 2008. Currently, Kumar Mangalam Birla is the chancellor and Shobhana Bhartia is the pro-chancellor.
The first academic head of the institution was V. Lakshminarayan, who served in this capacity from 1946 to 1969. He was succeeded by BITS directors C.R. Mitra (1969–1989) and S. Venkateswaran (1989–2006). With the opening of multiple campuses, the overall head came to be known as 'vice chancellor', while 'director' denoted the head of a campus. L.K. Maheshwari became the first vice chancellor in 2006, while Bijendra Nath Jain is the current vice chancellor and fifth academic head.
Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses 
Since 2005, admission to BITS campuses has been offered to students based on their performance in the all-India Entrance Examination, called BITS Admission Test (BITSAT). The test, for which the applications are usually invited in the month of December, exclusive to the BITS Pilani University, is conducted online and held in May and June in cities all over India. The exam tests the candidate's knowledge, reasoning and analytical abilities in English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Logical reasoning, and is based on the higher secondary curriculum in India and abroad. To be eligible for admissions, prospective students are required to obtain a minimum aggregate of 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (subject to a minimum of 60% in each of these three subjects) in their higher secondary examination.In 2012 BITSAT was named most competitive exam in Asia with a selection ratio of 1.4%. In a survey in 2011, 90% of students chose BITS Pilani over non-core branches in old IITs,thus making it second most sought out college of India after older IITs. Toppers of higher secondary examinations of each single board are exempted from taking BITSAT test and are considered for direct admission. BITSAT differs from the conventional written examination as it is an online exam held at more than 20 places all over India.
Dubai Campus 
Admission to Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Dubai is based on the marks secured on the 12th standard qualifying exam and no other entrance test. Though BITS Pilani-Dubai campus was set up to serve the educational requirements of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, admissions to the college are open to all nationalities.
Pilani Campus 
Pilani is located 220 km west of Delhi and 217 km north of Jaipur; the BITS campus is located to the south of the bus stand of Pilani. The total area of the campus (which includes the Birla Education Trust) is over 4 square kilometres (990 acres), but the developed area is 0.2 square kilometres (49 acres) of which 60769 m2 is used for the BITS University building. The campus has class rooms (area 11245 M2) and laboratories (area 7069 M2).
BITS has a Birla Mandir dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, called Sharda Peeth. It was built by G D Birla. The white marble temple is built on a 7 feet (2.1 m) high foundation, with 70 pillars for support and spread across an area of 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2). Pilani Campus has India's first technological museum called Birla Museum. Built in 1954, it exhibits accomplishments of technology.
BITS has a 2535 m² auditorium decorated with paintings by students from the Department of Art and Design.
Residential and dining facilities 
The institute has 11 hostels for boys and one hostel for girls. The hostels are named after historical figures, religious figures and saints. Every two boys' hostel share a common mess. There is a separate mess for the girl's hostel. All these messes are fully managed by students. Apart from the mess, students may eat at the institute canteen (IC), the All Night Canteen (ANC), and the Students Activity Centre (SAC) Cafeteria (Food King). ANC is also managed by students.
Vision 2020, Mission 2012 
In 2010 the institute launched a major renewal project, “Vision 2020, Mission 2012” with the aim of identifying and implementing measures that would establish BITS Pilani as one of India’s top three research led universities by 2015 and to be counted among the leading 25 technical universities in Asia by 2020. As a part of this initiative Kumar Mangalam Birla visited the Pilani campus on 13 November 2011 with pro chancellor Shobhana Bhartia and other members of the Board of Governors of BITS Pilani. In this meeting, Birla announced a fund of 400cr. for renovation and construction of new academic blocks and new student hostels on the Pilani Campus. The architects dealing with this project are Hafeez Contractor of Mumbai and Sowmya-Kalappa. This project is estimated to be completed by 2014.
Student life 
Student Associations 
- SPIC MACAY (Society for promotion of Indian classical music and culture amongst youth), BITS Pilani Chapter, seeks to conserve and promote the rich and heterogeneous Indian cultural tapestry among the youth through focus on the classical arts, with their attendant legends, rituals, mythology and philosophy.
- BITS Alumni Affairs Division: BITS Alumni Affairs Division is functioning at the Institute as a nodal agency for maintaining liaison with the alumni all over the world and to involve them in the development of the institute.
Student Clubs 
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) World`s largest ACM chapter focusing on development and enhancement of knowledge base in the world of advanced computing and robotics.
- Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) is an entrepreneurship cell at BITS Pilani with the aim of spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus.
- Mind And Thought For Radical Information EXchange (MATRIX) the literature club presently at Pilani and Goa campus, conducts Book reviews,introductions and reading sessions as well as movie festivals, Mytho quiz and Paradox(general quiz)
- Embryo Club is an academic club at all BITS campuses, with the aim of fostering strong collaboration of BITS students and BITS faculty with the alumni and friends of BITS Pilani. Since 2006, more than 200 lectures have been conducted from all over the world.
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Inspired Karters Racing Provides a platform for the automotive enthusiasts to get some hands-on experience about the know-hows of the world of automobiles
- Nirmaan carries out social activities in an around campus, i.e. Gyan Bodh(evening tuitions for local kids), SHG's(generating employment for women in villages) and other allied activities.
- Hindi Drama Club (HDC) and English Drama Club (EDC) perform stage and street plays during the semester and during student festivals.
- Hindi Press Club (HPC) and English Press Club (EPC) publishes newsletters and annual college magazine, describing activities happening on campus.
- The Debating Society conducts debates and arranges participation for other national debating events. It also independently conducts QED each year since 2011, which is one of India's largest debates.
- English Language Activities Society (ELAS) and Hindi Activities Society (HAS) conduct quizzing and other literary events.
- Team Robocon- a group of robotics engineers participating in ABU Robocon.
- Radioaktiv, the LAN Radio Club of BITS Pilani, produces and streams music shows with interesting segments like Rock Diaries, Campus Buzz, Interviews, etc.
- Wall Street Club (WSC) India`s first undergraduate investment club focusing on instilling an understanding of business ecosystem amongst engineering students.
- Bitsmun organises a model united nations every year which is supposedly the largest of its kind in India.
- Creative Activities Club (CrAC) conducts art exhibitions and competitions
- Photography Club conducts workshops and training sessions in photography.
- Ragamalika is a classical dance and music Club which organises Hindustani classical and carnatic music programmes. The main events of the year are "Nritya Ranjini" and "Sangamam". Details available on the official blog.
- The Mime Club, performs live sketch shows twice a year, during OASIS and APOGEE and also organises competitions during the festivals
- Music Club performs on 'music nights' and in events like Fusion and Tarang in OASIS.
- Dance Club organises dance workshops and performs in cultural events in APOGEE and OASIS.
- The Astro Club is a place for all astronomy enthusiasts. The club is well equipped with two telescopes: a galilean one and another 12.5 inch Cassegrainian telescope acquired recently. The club organizes regular night sky watching sessions as well as conducts workshops on varied topics.
- Bitsaa Cycle Club, one of the biggest initiatives by student union, is the cycle club of Bits Pilani and it aims at providing cycles to the students of BITS Pilani at very cheap prices.
- Film Making Club makes short-films for various competitions on behalf of the campus and conducts workshops on various aspects of film making during various fests.
- Celestia, the Astronomy & Astrophysics Club of BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus. It is equipped with 3 inch reflector & an 8 inch dobsonian for optical observation. The club organizes observational astronomy sessions coupled with guest lectures from astrophysicist, astronomers world wide.
Student Departments 
There are many major and minor departments within campus.The major departments that work for Oasis form STUCCA body, those which work for APOGEE form the COSTAA body and those which work for BOSM form the COSSAC.
- The Department of Art, Design and Publicity (formerly called 'Art n Dee') is responsible for the panels that adorn the auditorium, the stage backdrops and the theme-depicting structure for OASIS. It manages the inventory for the other clubs working for OASIS.
- The Department of Controls is responsible for overseeing preparations for Oasis and APOGEE. It forms the link between the Institute, the Students' Union and the student community.
- The Department of Sponsorship and Marketing(Sponz) is responsible for bringing in the cash sponsorship required to organize and run Oasis and Apogee.* The Department of Reception and Accommodation(Rec n Acc) is responsible for receiving and accommodating the outstation participants during fests.
- The Department of Publication and Correspondence(PCr) is responsible for publicizing events and contacting colleges for a bigger and better fest.
- The Department of Sponsorship and Marketing for BOSM (BOSM Sponz) is responsible for raising funds, promoting and branding the annual international sports festival, BOSM, organised in September every year.
- The Department of Planning and Publicity(PaP) manages the publicity and inventory for the education fest APOGEE.
- The Department of Visual Media(previously called Department of CCTV) is responsible for fest video coverage's,websites developing & maintenance,Animation and other technical requirements of the fest.
- The Department of Paper Evaluation and Presentation(PEP) is responsible for conducting the paper presentation event, Cyberfiesta and organizing guest lectures during the technical fest, APOGEE.
- The Department of Firewallz is responsible for registration and security of the campus premises during the fest.
- The Department of Stage Controls(Backstage) is responsible for conducting auditorium stage events during oasis.
- The Department of Photography(DoPy) is responsible for taking Snapshots of participants and events during fests.
- The Department of Lights is responsible for controlling Auditorium Light effects for mega events
- The Department of Soundz is responsible for sound effects in Auditorium during fests.
- The Department of Audiforce is responsible for is responsible for maintaining decorum in the Auditorium during OASIS and APOGEE.
- Department of Informalz organises and conducts events like Treasure Hunt, Mister & Miss Oasis, Bulb, Wordstock, quizzes and other fun events that anyone can participate in, during all the three festivals of BITS Pilani.
- The Department of Jhankar organises musical concerts, professional shows and other events during all three festivals.
- The Department of Music's (Gurukul) main task is to perform on national holidays, important institute functions and in an independent concert. Besides these, members learn tabla, classical singing, harmonium and synthesiser under the guidance of Anil Rai, head of department.
The Students' Union is the main administrative body for students and consists of elected post holders. The elections are overseen by the Election Commission, which also is a student body. The Corroboration and Review Committee is a part of administration for the students, by the students which handles the financial transactions of the Students' Union. The Student Mess Council carries out mess-related management.
Conquest is BITS Pilani's annual start-up challenge and entrepreneurship conclave that brings together India's most promising early stage start-ups and connects them to investors who are willing to pay up to Rs. 40 million as angel investment or seed fund for top startups. Prizes and benefits also include legal, media and website support for select startups. The Grand Finale, held in Delhi in August, features presentations from India's finest early stage startups and brings about 40 well-known business leaders and venture capitalists.
BOSM or BITS-Pilani Open Sports Meet is the annual sports competitive event of BITS Pilani, Pilani campus. The college invites colleges from all over the country to participate in events such as hockey, cricket, basketball, football, volleyball, track/field events, badminton, tennis, table-tennis, squash, and weight-lifting. Since 2010, for its Silver Jubilee (25th) anniversary, BOSM went international, with a team from Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka, participating in the fest. The growth of BOSM has been resounding with last year's edition being one of the most financially successful events conducted in BITS Pilani for the calender year. BOSM also has been associated with a number of corporate heavyweights such as Jaypee Group, NTPC, SAIL, ONGC and the likes alongwith exciting brands like Snickers, Budhh International Circuit, NDTV and many more.
INTERFACE (The management guru) is the annual management festival of the institute, held in February. It started in 1977. The event has more than 1000 participants in management games, case studies, paper presentations, online events and guest lectures.
APOGEE (A Professions Oriented Gathering over Educational Experience) is the annual college technical festival, held in March. The event has more than 1000 participants in kernel events, workshops, project displays, paper presentation, online events and guest lectures. APOGEE 2013, the 31st of its kind in BITS-Pilani was held 15–19 March 2013. ISO 9001:2000 certified technical festival
Oasis is the annual cultural festival held at BITS Pilani, Pilani campus.It is the second biggest cultural fest of INDIA. This is usually organised in October and draws more than 1500 external participants. Oasis events include music, drama, dance, stage shows, fashion and treasure hunts. Professional shows involve singers and bands. Indian singers and bands including the likes of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, KK K K, Vishal Shekhar, Neeraj Shridhar, Vir Das, Motherjane, Lounge Piranha,Aayushmann Khurrana Good Shoes-an English band, The Rainbow Bridge, Bhayanak Maut, Kailash Kher and Lucky Ali have performed in professional shows during Oasis. In 2011, it went international for the first time with UK band Good Shoes performing.
Techbazaar is the annual technical innovation competition of BITS Pilani. It provides a platform for talented innovators to showcase their ingenuity and use technology to solve the problems of masses which are commercially viable and thus foster the spirit of technology based entrepreneurship.This event is held in April and is a joint venture of Project Embryo and EDIPR unit-BITS Pilani.
The institute has a three-tier academic structure.
Integrated First Degree 
BITS Pilani offers four-year Integrated First Degree programmes in Bachelor of Engineering (B.E(Hons)), Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm(Hons.)), Master of Science (M.Sc(Hons.)), Master of Science (M.Sc(Technology)), and Master of Arts (M.A(Hons.)). The programmes offered with the degrees are classified into groups A, B and C.
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering (Dubai and Hyderabad campuses only)
These courses are called Integrated First Degree courses because several courses such as Mathematics and Sciences are common to each degree. BITS Pilani does not offer Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), or Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degrees.
Higher Degree 
BITS Pilani offers higher degree programmes such as Master of Engineering (M.E.), Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm), Master of Public Health, and (M.P.H.) Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.).
The Department of Management at BITS, Pilani was established in the year 1971. The program is successfully being offered for over three decades. The objective of this program is to augment the quality of the management prowess amongst the elite engineers who aspire to outshine in the challenging arena of the emerging industrial world.
Off-campus programmes 
BITS Pilani offers off-campus programmes, in which a student receives work experience in industry. The enrolment has grown over the years from 30 in 1979 to over 10000 students in 2005. More than 19000 students were registered for the off-campus work-integrated learning programmes during 2008–09. Work related learning programmes also accommodate industry professionals who wish to pursue their PhD whilst being employed.
International project 
Reputation and rankings 
|University and college rankings|
|Engineering – India|
|Electronics For You||1|
Rankings of BITS, Pilani are given for all its campuses together.
- A 'Ranking of Indian engineering and technological institutes for their research performance during 1999–2008' was published in the journal Current Science. It analysed publication data from the SCOPUS database during 1999–2008 to come up with the rankings. BITS Pilani was ranked No. 4 in terms of mean citation rate (behind IISc Bangalore, IIT Kanpur and UICT Mumbai), No. 15 in terms of total number of papers published, No. 2 in share of papers resulting from international collaboration (behind IIT Kanpur), and No. 12 in terms of a complex performance index described in that journal article.
- A study by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) in 2008 revealed that BITS Pilani along with IISc and top 5 IITs accounted for 70%–75% of semiconductor research in India.
- According to Asiaweek magazine's rankings of Science and Technology schools in the Asia-Pacific region BITS Pilani, Pilani campus was in the top 20 in Asia and Top 5, in the year 2000 in terms of Student Selectivity. (UNESCO Science Report 2005 [ISBN 92-3-103967-9] makes use of these rankings.)
- Annual rankings of Engineering colleges in India have been published by India Today magazine since 1997. BITS Pilani was consistently ranked in the Top 5 (1997–2004). BITS opted out of the rankings in 2005–2008 because of a pending court case between BITS and India Today. In 2009, the institute rejoined the rankings and was ranked 5th in the list of top engineering colleges in India in 2012 along with being ranked as the best privately run engineering college in India.
- Asiaweek and Financial Times ranked BITS Pilani's MBA program 30th best full-time MBA program in Asia and the 4th best Distance Learning MBA program in Asia in 2000.
- Business Today lists the university in its top 20 Wired Organisations of Asia.
- Government of India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rated BITS as a five-star institution for the period ending 7 February 2007. BITS has scored 82.55 out of 100, higher than comparable public universities (with a five-star rating and a focus on science and technology) such as IIT Delhi (79.5), IIT Bombay (79.6), IIT Kanpur (81.2), Anna University (75.7), Bangalore University (77.05), Jadavpur University (77.35), Mumbai University (75.05), Pune University (78.55) and Roorkee University / IIT Roorkee (79.2).
- BITS Pilani (Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campus) has been accredited by NAAC with a CGPA of 3.71 out of 4 with an A grade for the period 1 April 2007 to 8 March 2009. This is the combined grading of all four campuses of BITS Pilani at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad, and valid for five years up to 2014.
- BITS Pilani (Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campus) was ranked as the 2nd best deemed university in India (after Indian Institute of Science) by the UGC. UGC is a statutory organisation set up by Indian government for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education.
- The Washington Accord recognises degrees from BITS Pilani and the IITs to be equivalent to the other institutions in the accord.
- Outlook – C fore survey has ranked the university's business program in the top 20 Business programs in India in 2005.
|Year||India Today (since 1998)||Outlook (since 2005)||Asiaweek (2000)||Mint / Hindustan Times (private, since 2008)||Dataquest T-Schools (since 2005)||Electronics For You (since 2009)|
|2000||6||7th (India), 19th (Asia)|
|2004||8||Top 10 (No individual rankings)|
|2005||Did not participate||15|
|2006||Did not participate||6||9|
|2007||Did not participate||6||11|
|2008||Did not participate||7||6||Did not participate|
|2011||6||8||Not Declared||6||1 Private Engineering College|
|2012||5||7||Not Yet Declared||Not Yet Declared||Not Yet Declared|
Notable alumni 
The BITS Alumni Association is an international organisation with chapters throughout the world. BITSAA is active in connecting BITSians throughout the world through networking and social events. Fundraisers are organised to give back to their alma mater and to support other BITSians.
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