Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus
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|Motto||Gyanam paramam balam|
Motto in English
|Knowledge is the Supreme Power|
|Chancellor||Kumar Mangalam Birla|
|Campus||Semi-urban,188 acres (0.76 km2)|
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa Campus , officially Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - K. K. Birla Goa Campus and known in short as BITS Pilani, Goa Campus is a technical and science institute for higher education in located in Goa, India. Established in 2004, it is one of the four campuses of the BITS Pilani. The Aditya Birla Group privately supports the residential features of the institute.
In April 2011, following the August 2008 death of the Chancellor, Krishna Kumar Birla, the campus was renamed to Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani K. K. Birla Goa Campus in his memory. In August 2011, the campus held its first ever convocation ceremony, during which 580 graduates were awarded their degrees.
Academics and admission
The academic course structure is governed by the university of BITS Pilani. However, each campus has its own autonomous administration, student welfare division, faculty recruitment and placement division.
The institute offers 4-year B.E. "first degree" programs and also 5-year M.Sc.(Honours) degrees through its dual degree system. It also used to offer M. Sc. (Tech) Information Systems until recently before it was discontinued and merged with Computer Science. It also offers M.E. programs in the various fields.
BITS Pilani also offers a dual degree to the students of Master of Science programmes. The dual degree is offered in one of the engineering programmes after freshman year. The engineering degree being offered is based on the students' choice and their academic performance in first year. Under the dual degree scheme, a student is offered two separate degrees on graduation: a degree in Master of Science (Hons.) and in Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) Students performing exceptionally well in first year are also eligible to pursue two B.E or two M.Sc. courses together.
However, the programme increases the duration of his/her stay on campus by at least two semesters. The compulsory disciplinary courses of the second programme are completed in the seventh and eighth semesters. The final year (ninth and tenth semester) is dedicated for two, semester long, off campus industrial training internships or master's thesis.
The institute offers a vertical transfer system through which students performing exceptionally well in their first year are given an opportunity to have their branch changed. Through this, MSc students can abandon their MSc in favour a BE single degree.
BITS also gives due importance to Humanities and Arts and it is mandatory for a student to take at least three humanity courses in total.
Practice School (PS) is a programme unique to BITS Pilani university, through which students are placed in the industry for hands-on learning experience. PS-1, a two-month internship programme for the summer after second year, is a compulsory for all students. PS-2 is an extended internship programme, usually of five and a half months duration that students may go for in their final year. The students are graded by the off-campus BITS faculty and the PS mentor. The allocation is based on the academic record of the student and is managed centrally. Every PS station roughly accommodates 6-7 students.
Practise School is aimed at familiarising students with the work environment and technical standards in the industry. Students can also opt for a thesis instead of Practice School II where they will have to work under a professor either on campus or off campus (both in India and out of India) on some research area related to his discipline. In case of an off campus thesis, an on campus guide will co-ordinate with the off campus guide for a smooth process.
Since 2005, admission to BITS Pilani 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. There is no reservation of seats on the basis of caste or category. BITSAT is a computer based test and is held at BITS authorised test centres. The examination chiefly covers topics, based on the NCERT higher secondary curriculum, in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and reasoning and analytical skills in Logic and English. Any student having a minimum aggregate of 75% in Physics, Maths and Chemistry, and a minimum of 60% marks in each of the BITSAT subjects individually is eligible to apply to the campus.
The admission process for Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses are all held together.
The BITS Pilani Goa Campus was designed by the Indian arm of the RSP design group. The campus is located in Zuarinagar, Goa, on the banks of the Zuari River, and houses 2,600 students. HolidayIQ.com, the popular holiday recommendation website, has listed the Goa campus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) as No.7 in its list of beautiful campuses. BITS-Pilani's Goa campus stood out for its scenic beauty and panoramic view of picturesque surroundings encompassing the Zuari River, hillocks, waterways, forests and landscape. The BITS Goa Campus has a BCCI-recognized cricket ground maintained by the Goa Cricket Association that has hosted several national level tournaments such as the Vijay Hazare Trophy and a football ground maintained by Salgaocar F.C.
The students run the following festivals:
- Waves - National level cultural festival
- Quark - National level technical festival
- Spree - National level sports festival
- TEDx BITSGoa - Oldest collegiate TEDx event in India.
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