Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Hyderabad
|Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus|
|Motto||ज्ञानं परम् बलं
Gyanam paramam balam
|Motto in English||"Knowledge is Power Supreme"
|Chancellor||Kumar Mangalam Birla|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Bijendra Nath Jain|
|Director||Prof. V. Sambasiva Rao|
|Location||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Campus||Suburban, 220 acres (0.89 km2)|
|Sports||Cricket, Football, Basketball,Badminton,Lawn Tennis,Table tennis,Hockey|
|Website||BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus|
|Molecule (Sciences), Lotus (Humanities), Rocket (Technology)|
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus (shortened to BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus or BPHC) is one of the premier technical and science institutes for higher education in India, located at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. One of the 4 campuses of the university BITS Pilani, it was started in 2008 with the first batch graduating in 2012. The daughter campuses are not affiliates because only the parent university (BITS - Pilani) has the right to grant degrees to students. So, for University rankings, all the campuses are considered as a whole. Being simply a campus of the parent university, it follows the same curriculum, teaching methodology and educational practices of its parent campus. Most notably, the Practice school system for which BITS Pilani is known is used as it is by the Hyderabad Campus.
BITS stands out from most Indian colleges in the sense that it does not implement any State-based quotas during admission. Seeing that the institute has never been affiliated to a faith, there are no religion-based or caste-based quotas either.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Startup culture
- 5 Student life
- 6 Events
- 7 Administration
- 8 Other campuses of BITS Pilani
- 9 References
- 10 External links
BITS Pilani was established as an Intermediate College by Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla in 1929.
During World War II, the Government of India established a technical training centre at Pilani for the supply of technicians for defense services and industry. At the end of the war, in 1946, it was converted it into the Birla Engineering College with degree programmes in electrical and mechanical engineering.
In 1964, the Birla Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science were merged to form the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). In this period of inception (especially during 1964-1970), BITS Pilani received support from the Ford Foundation and benefited from an alliance with the MIT.
BITS Pilani started to expand in India and abroad since 2000. New campuses were established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2000) and Goa, India (2004)
The BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus foundation stone was laid in the presence of the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y. S. Rajashekara Reddy on 27 April 2007. The institute became a functioning entity in 2008. The library building which is spread over an area of 45,000 sq.ft was inaugurated by E.S.L. Narasimhan, the current Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 16 December 2011.
BITS also runs a virtual university and an extension centre in Bangalore.
BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is to eventually have ten centres of excellence in order to step up activities in research and development. According to the director of the institute Professor V. S. Rao, this will allow students to interact with the industry directly and gain skills from professionals. The areas in which the centres of excellence are to be opened are pharmaceutics, mechanics, computer technology and construction engineering.
Out of all the campuses of the BITS Pilani university, the Hyderabad campus is the one which has taken charge of developing a course for Electronics and Communications Engineering. This is because of the campus's presence in Hyderabad, which is notable for a large talent pool in this area. The eventual plan is for the campus to turn into a major IT hub.
Admission and demographics
|List of programmes in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus|
|Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.)|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons.)|
|Master of Science (Hons.)|
|Master of Science (Tech.)|
|Master of Engineering|
|Integrated Master of Engineering|
|Master of Pharmacy|
|Master of Philosophy|
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). BITS Pilani also has the policy of accepting State and National Board toppers from India.
The BITSAT is held throughout the country over a fortnight. It is a three hour long online exam, i.e. students have to sit in front of a computer at authorized BITSAT centres in order to give the exam.
BITSAT cutoffs for different branches vary from year to year according to the competition for seats. However, with the plan for increasing the number of students in each campus, it is quite possible to see changes in the cutoff patterns compared to earlier years.
In order for one to be eligible to give the BITSAT for a particular year, he/she must either be appearing for the Indian 12th class Board Exams in that year or have given said exams the year before. Also, the students must have a minimum aggregate of 75% in Physics, Maths and Chemistry as well as a minimum of 60% marks in each of those subjects individually. The applicant must also be well versed in English. However, in the end, the determination of the stream of the applicant will depend solely on his/her BITSAT score.
The BITSAT is a national exam, and over the years has been getting more and more competitive. With the 2012 version of the exam being taken by 1,36,000 applicants for securing just 2,000 seats, it has (at least numerically) become more competitive than IITJEE, the exam taken to get into the IITs.
The national nature of the exam ensures that people from all over India come to BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. However, many students from Andhra Pradesh come to BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, skewing the demographic curve in favour of a Telugu majority. However, there are sizable communities of other states in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus as well.
The Hyderabad campus follows the same teaching methodology as its parent campus, i.e. the Pilani Campus. The various programmes are divided into three categories, namely A (engineering programmes), B (science programmes) and C (other programmes). These categories are mostly for administration purposes, for their programmes are designed similarly. However, category-B students are eligible for dual degrees (explained later) and category-C students must fulfill some requirements beyond those listed here. These programmes are constructed such that both their convergent as well as divergent parts are taught harmoniously without unnecessary usage of resources.
The programmes span four years. As of 2013, courses have been designed such that all students have common courses in their first year with the divergence in the different programmes becoming increasingly apparent as one goes through the entirety of the programme. For the first year, the focus is increasingly on scientific, mathematical and engineering foundation courses along with the technical arts (Engineering Graphics and Workshop). As one goes from first year to second year, the core/elective disciplinary courses come into picture and are taught for the whole of the second and third years. The fourth year is left for elective slots and the Practice School-2 (PS-II).
Core disciplinary courses are the heart of the BITS teaching methodology and are designed to give the student a firm base on which to build his future engineering career. Disciplinary electives, on the other hand are not required, as the name should suggest, but are rather chosen by the student based on what he wishes to specialize in within his field. For instance, a student wishing to specialize in Biochemical Engineering would take the "Biochemical Engineering" disciplinary elective as offered by the Chemical Engineering Department.
Apart from Disciplinary electives, the institute offers a whole lot of other open elective courses as well. Electives are an important part of each programme and are given a lot of importance. Elective slots are allowed from the second year onward and are designed so as to allow the student 6 courses per semester. Those who wish to take on more are allowed to take on "overloads" of up to 8 courses in a semester for a CGPA below 8, and more if the CGPA of the student is more than that.
Apart from open electives, there are humanities electives as well. These include electives within the social sciences, political science, philosophy etc. There is a set institutional requirement regarding these elctives which must be fulfilled before the student is allowed to graduate.
Every course taken (including electives) has a set number of credits assigned to them. The minimum requirements for completing any programme at BITS are 51-54 credits of foundation courses, technical arts, general awareness and humanities electives, 33-48 credits of core disciplinary courses, 12-27 credits of disciplinary electives and 15-27 credits of open electives. That makes it a total of 141 credits. Once these credits are accumulated, the student is free to receive his/her degree regardless of whether eight semesters are up or not.
Dual degree system
In addition to the integrated first degree programmes, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus offers the prospect of a dual degree to the students of category-B programmes. A dual degree is basically two degrees (two majors), one of them in the sciences and the other in engineering. The student is allotted a second (engineering only) degree based on their choices as well as their performance in the first year. This means that they graduate with two degrees from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, i.e. the one they entered the college with and the one they earned after first year.
The new programme which the student has to finish increases the duration of his/her stay on campus by at least 2 semesters. The requirements of the second programme are completed in the seventh and eighth semesters while the ninth and tenth semesters are both utilized for practice schools.
The degree so gained is the same as the degree gained by a category-A programme student. In other words, the graduate will have 2 degrees, one a Masters of Science (hons.) and the other a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.).
In addition to the dual degree system, one also has the vertical transfer system.
- If one is in the top 10 students of the campus in terms of CGPA after their first year, then it is allowed for the student to take a B.E. + B.E. dual degree.
- If one is in the top 30 students of the campus in terms of CGPA after their first year, one can abandon their degree for another, i.e. transfer from one programme to another.
- MSc. + MSc. dual degrees are also offered, but are very rarely seen.
Practice School (PS) is a programme unique to BITS. It is offered by the Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa campuses of the university and utilizes a central infrastructure.
To put it simply, the Practice School is a programme through which students are sent to industrial entities in order to learn the tricks of their trade from professionals. It has two stages, i.e. PS-I and PS-II.
PS-I occurs in the summer after second year and is around 2 months long. The objectives of this PS are to get the student familiar with the industries he/she has been studying and provide some exposure to the industries he/she will be joining. PS-II is a much more intensive affair, what with it being 6 months long and the students assuming a much greater role in the company they are interning in. This internship is meant to prepare students for leaving the college by subjecting them to an environment very similar to their eventual workplaces.
Both parts of the Practice School involve both faculty as well as industrial supervisor supervision in order for the student to fully reap the benefits of both his/her education as well as the practical hands-on experience at PS. The PS stations where the students are sent to intern are managed centrally by a staff distributed across campuses and data is both shared as well used collectively by the campuses.
Notable Research and Development Projects
The college has many R&D projects under its departments. These projects take the form of research-based consultancy, sponsored projects or just independent R&D. Some collaborators include the Science and Engineering Research Council (DST-SERC), the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Programme for Micro and Smart System (NPMASS), Astra Zeneca, etc. The funding for these projects runs into several crores. The culmination of some of this research has led to the granting of patents to professors.
Rs. 2, 10 second Blood Sugar test
One of the most significant pieces of research to come out of the college was the invention of a new way of testing blood sugar which was both cheaper and quicker compared to traditional ways. Developed in-house by Dr. Suman Kapur of the Department of Biological Sciences, the invention reduces the price of measuring blood sugar from Rs. 25 to Rs 2 and decreases the amount of blood needed to a few picolitres. The development was completed on the 15th of July 2012 and was scheduled to go for large-scale production in the month of December.
BITS Connect 2.0
BITS Pilani boasts of a virtual lecture facility which connects all three campuses together. In theory, this allows lectures to be held in only one campus to be streamed to all campuses live in high quality, allowing both the speaker as well as the remote audience to see each other. This facility was designed and developed by Cisco. The technologies used are Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing and Cisco WebEx technologies. It is a joint University-Alumni initiative.
As of now, 14 specialized electives are being offered by the campus as part of BITS Connect 2.0. This initiative will provide seamless integration of all campuses. It is hoped that this will also create avenues for new research, seamless sharing of knowledge, strengthen industry linkages and provide for remote placements. The technology is also to utilise Cisco's capture, transform, share (CTS) video platform to enable professors to record lectures and make them available for replay, which will provide access to key content from any location any time. This will also allow the university to address problems faced by shortage of faculty, especially by higher degree students.
Centres of Excellence
Several centres of excellence have been established in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. The purpose of these centres is to allow students and faculty from various departments to work in collaboration with each other and with the government and industry to carry out research in various areas of importance to the nation.
The Centre of Excellence for SaaS was announced in 2010 and is to be set up in collaboration with GSS Infotech. GSS & BITS are to develop Global Campus Management System as the first product in this Centre of Excellence. As a part of the program there will also be guest lectures from Practice Managers once in a month on the service offerings under 'Managed IT Services' who will guide the students and provide them with technical knowledge.
Bharat Dynamics Limited and BITS Pilani have signed an MOU under which another centre of excellence is to be set up in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. As per the MoU, BDL and BITS will engage in collaborative research in areas such as digital image processing, embedded systems, VLSI design, information security and management, seeker technologies, etc. The centre of excellence will foster and facilitate exchange of information on educational programmes run by BITS as part of on-campus and off-campus programmes and on research and innovation currently undertaken by the institution. The centre would also facilitate collaborative research in the areas of mutual interest including robotics, materials, pharmacy, psychology, soft skills and communication studies.
The Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management was set up by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus in order to focus research on the various problems being faced in the areas of water management. The centre has held both workshops as well as conferences.
The campus is situated on the Rajiv Rahadari (SH 1, Hyderabad-Karimnagar-Ramagundam Highway) near the Hakimpet Air Force Station. The campus is located at a distance of 5 km from Shamirpet junction of Outer Ring Road, Hyderabad. The campus is located around 22 km from Secunderabad railway station and around 55 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Other centers in the vicinity are Genome Valley biocluster and NALSAR Law University. The terrain consists of small hillocks and urban forests, mostly away from major urban centers.
The campus is spread over a lush green area of 220 acres. The academic block is where the day-to-day functioning of the institute takes place. It is divided into blocks A through G comprising lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices, information processing centers (IPCs) and laboratories for all departments. The classrooms are modern. They are fully air-conditioned, have nice furniture, projectors and projector boards, a computer for the instructor to show slides using said projector and chalkboards. There are huge lecture theatres in block F. Two of them are capable of handling around 400-450 students each while the other 4 can handle around 200-250 students each. Instructors use microphones in the lecture theatres. Considered to be part of the institute building but not physically present inside the building is the Central Workshop.
The central library is part of this complex, as is the planned auditorium (under construction as of writing). The campus has laboratories for science and engineering. In front of the academic block is a rock garden that is the inspiration for the name of the college magazine, On The Rocks.
This is the newest building on campus with very new infrastructure. It is fully air-conditioned and the institute Wi-fi networks are available here. One can issue up to 5 books at a time for a 2 week period. One is also allowed to carry books home for vacations. The college has subscribed to a lot of magazines, journals and newspapers which one can read here.
The IntraBITS LAN allows a student to access the library catalogue from his/her room. By paying a nominal fee, the student can reserve books for himself/herself and can also track the due dates and pending library dues on the library website. He/she receives e-mails when a book is issued or returned to the library by him/her. Reminders are sent to the student daily in case he/she does not return the books by the due date.
A photocopying machine has been installed in the library as well.
A plethora of books are available online via a BITS Pilani ebooks membership which a student automatically gets upon admission. This service is available to students and teachers of all campuses of BITS Pilani.
Beyond the rocks lie the hostels which are divided into two complexes. The first complex consists of Vyas Bhavan, Budh Bhavan, Gandhi Bhavan, Krishna Bhavan, Ram Bhavan and Shankar Bhavan, which serve as boys' hostels. The second complex comprises the girls' hostels Meera Bhavan and Malaviya Bhavan. Every hostel building has four-five floors including the basement. Both these hostel complexes have their own mess buildings. They are separated by an expanse of lawn.
On arrival, a student is allotted a hostel room at random. However, students of a batch are generally kept together. Hostel rooms change after the first year. Every student is provided with basic amenities like a cot, table, chair, ceiling fan and cupboard. Internet connectivity has been provided in all hostel rooms. Heavy electrical appliances like iron, hairdryers etc. are not allowed in the hostel rooms.
Common room facilities with Cable TVs and telephones are available in each hostel. Table tennis tables, foosball tables and carom boards are also provided. The hostel superintendent has a collection of magazines which students are allowed to borrow.
Each hostel has a playing area which is used to play a host of games like badminton, volleyball, football, cricket etc.
Each floor has three washrooms out of which two are large and one is small. Each hostel is equipped with solar water heating systems which pipe hot water to the washrooms. Each large washroom has six wash basins with mirrors. Every washroom has 8 bathrooms with showers, four urinals, five Indian-style and three Western-style toilets. Each small washroom has two Indian style toilets and two bathrooms with no urinals. Anti-mosquito sprays are used daily by the cleaning staff while cleaning.
There are two mess halls on campus, one close to the boys' hostel, the other to the girls'. There is no restriction on which mess to choose, however. Boys may choose to go to the girls' mess and the girls to the boys'. One can choose the mess one desires on the first of each month, when the Student Mess Council conducts registrations. There are no registrations during the first month, however, and one is allotted the default mess depending on one's gender.
Once a student is registered for one mess, he/she cannot switch to another for that month. Identification is done via fingerprinting. However, the data so collected is not used to bill the student. One is charged for a meal whether one has eaten it or not. A grace period of 5 days can be availed of if one does not wish to eat in the mess while staying on campus. However, if a student is going out of campus for a few days, then the mess and administration can be informed through the use of an outstation form. This form tells the mess manager not to bill the student for the days he/she is not on campus.
The students elect a body called the Student Mess Council (SMC) which takes decisions regarding the mess, i.e. the contractors, the mess billing amount, the menu etc. They are elected the same day as the Students' Union.
The startup culture is very established in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus and is very actively encouraged by the institute and administration. With various startups coming out of the campus through the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), a student managed body, the scene for people looking to start up their own companies is very promising. The institute has also created a body called Technology Business Incubator (TBI) for helping student run companies start up properly. Startup Weekend has also held an event here.
CEL is a student run body on campus focussing on enhancing the quality and quantity of startups on campus. It organises workshops, trips and other such activities for budding entrepreneurs. Many startups sponsored by CEL have gone on to stabilize and some have even got seed funding. The most mainstream project CEL has been involved in is the New Venture Creation Programme, which it was able to bring to the Hyderabad Campus with the help of BITSAA, the BITS Alumni Association. Some startup companies to have come out of BITS through CEL are Valonia, Inc42, Inu, Trippin Unlimited and Gadgetronica.
The TBI is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, India, and is seen primarily as a way of incubating startups related to ICT, Pharmaceutical areas and biotechnology. The DST has given a Rs. 5 crore (Rs. 5,00,00,000) grant and the institute has pledged another Rs. 2.5 crore (Rs. 2,50,00,000) for its activities. Initially, the incubator is to be open only to the students and faculty of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, but it will be opened up to others as time passes and the project matures. Incidentally, the institute is also going to provide around 10,000 sq. ft. of land to the project for its labs and incubators.
|List of Clubs|
In general, student life in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is not very highly regulated. Seeing that there is no attendance, students are free to go out on any day they feel like as long as they do not attempt to leave campus after eight at night. The campus in-time is ten o' clock and students are expected to be back in campus by then.
The policy of the institute on drugs and other intoxicants is very strict. While smoking and drinking may just get one warnings or fines, being caught with mind-altering substances and other narcotics can lead to semester bans or at worst, rustication. The disciplinary committee consists of the chief warden of the hostels, the head of the Student Welfare Division, the campus head of the PS department, another teacher and an SU-appointed student representative.
For students to hone their hobbies in campus, there exist clubs for music, dance, literary activities, photography, animation and other visual effects, entrepreneurship and other activities. All of these are active in the cultural festival of the college, Pearl. Various departmental associations exist which remain active throughout the year, though most notably during ATMOS, the technical fest of the campus.
Various cultural/regional associations are also present on campus, and they generally become active during festivals. Many associations like celebrating festivals popular in their home states and organise poojas and traditional dinners.
All clubs, fests and activities are managed by the students themselves with little outside help. Students elect a body for administration, the Students' Union (SU). The SU is elected during the fall semester in the month of September and is responsible for the set-up of the departments directly influencing fests, i.e. the departments of sponsorship and marketing, publicity, security and hospitality, etc. In addition to the SU, students also elect members for the Students' Mess Council (SMC), which is in charge of managing the two messes and the all-night canteen. Both these student bodies co-ordinate with the Students' Welfare Division (SWD) branch of the administration. These elections are also used for the election of students to other posts, i.e. Sports' Secretary, Hostel Representatives, etc.
While the elections themselves are not a very big deal on campus, their outcome does have a very big impact on the direction the student body takes in managing both the fests as well as itself.
Non-elected Student bodies
There are some bodies which are not elected by the students, but are rather nominated by the SU president or selected by teachers through interviews. Examples include the student representative of the disciplinary committee, student members of the Student Welfare Division, etc.
The college has an official magazine called On The Rocks, which is managed by the students. It features articles by students on many topics. Every departmental association has its own newsletter.
Sports Facilities and Rivalries
The college boasts of having great facilities for badminton, basketball, table tennis, carom, foosball, etc. The football and cricket grounds are slated to be completed soon. A well-equipped and well-maintained gym is present as well with weights as well as machines for training. Coaches are called regularly for training teams for various sports fests and the like.
The college can boast of having strong teams in many fields and have healthy rivalries in many sports. The closest colleges to BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus are NALSAR, IIIT Hyderabad, Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology and IIT Hyderabad. There regularly occur friendly matches between the various sports teams of these colleges as well as intra-Hyderabad championships. The sports include, but are not limited to Football, Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Chess, etc.
In addition to intra-Hyderabad rivalries, the Hyderabad Campus sends teams to the various sports fests of its mother and sister campuses. The sports fest of BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus (BOSM) as well as the Goa Campus are frequented by the sports teams of the Hyderabad Campus on an annual basis.
The all-night canteens are an important part of the culture of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. While not truly all-night on the correct sense of the word, the all-night canteens are open from 10pm to midnight everyday except for Sundays. Both messes are used as venues for the same. The payment in these night canteens is done by cash and they are managed by the same contractors who manage the messes.
Pearl is the official National Annual Cultural Festival of the campus. The fest usually involves many enthralling events with music, dance, theatre and literary activities. The festival is wholly student run, right from getting the funding to the organisation. The Students' Union of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is closely involved in the administration of the fest.
The festival started out as an intra-college event in 2009 and then went on to become a city level inter-college cultural festival in 2010, which saw several colleges from Hyderabad participating in more than 50 unique events encompassing the cultural diversity of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. 2011 saw it becoming a national level event with universities sending teams from many major cities in India.
Pearl is held in February and features competitions in quiz, music, dance and literary events. The first Pearl was held in 2010. The second edition of Pearl in February 2011 was headlined by the Swedish death metal band, Dark Tranquillity. Thurisaz, a metal band from Belgium, performed at Pearl 2012. In 2013, Pearl saw performances by Junkyard Groove, Amplifier and Nikhil Chinappa.
ATMOS is the techno-management fest of the campus. The first edition was organized on the 26th and 27 October 2012. It featured paper presentations, technical competitions and workshops on various topics. The next (2nd) edition of ATMOS was scheduled from 11 October to 13 October 2013.
Arena is the National Annual Sports Festival of the campus. The major tournaments it features are cricket, hockey football, throw ball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, chess, carom, athletics, tennis, volleyball and power lifting.
The first edition of TEDxBITSHyderabad was held on the 25th of November 2012. There were a total of 12 speakers, including the four student speakers selected by a panel.
Two editions of the Literary fest, Verba Maximus, have taken place till now. The first was in 2012, the second in 2013. The fest offers a host of events, all literary in nature, as well as visits by authors and other notable literary figures. Verba Maximus 2013 saw a visit by bestselling author of the Shiva Trilogy, Amish Tripathi. The fest has traditionally ended with a comedy show. Both editions of Verba Maximus have featured Saurabh Pant.
While most of the fest is organised by ELAS, the 2014 version of the fest has seen ELAS collaborating with the Journal Club, the Photography Club, the Hindi Club, Brindavanam (Telugu Association) and the Quiz Club.
From BITSMUN 2011, the first college level Model United Nations Conference in the state BITSMUN 2013 grew into an international MUN conference with over 200 delegates shortlisted from 700 applications.
DIy workshop: Engineering the Eye
Held from the 7th of July to the 13th in BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, this event was held in partnership with MIT, the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute and the Perkins School for the Blind. This workshop is the third in a series of such workshops conducted by MIT in India.
The workshop brought together students from across India to work closely with clinicians over seven days to develop fully functional prototypes which address both preventing blindness and enabling people with existing vision loss to lead fuller, more productive lives. Students engaged in a complete pipeline of device design: from ideation, to project definition, to prototyping, to user testing, and finally to presentation and demonstration of their achievements in an exhibition open to the public and press.
The institute was named as a campus as opposed to a separate university. Graduating students are awarded degrees from BITS Pilani as only the parent university has the right to grant degrees. However, with respect to most other aspects, the Hyderabad campus is autonomous. As an example, the institute has its own faculty and administration. The institute fully uses the facilities provided by its parent university, e.g., the Practice School System, and uses a similar grading system.
The administration is divided into six divisions:
- Engineering Services Division (ESD)
- Information Processing and Business Intelligence (IP&BI)
- Instruction Division (ID)
- Academic Registration Council Division (ARCD)
- Student Welfare Division (SWD)
- University Industry Linkages Division (UILD)
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