BITS Pilani - what's it all about?
Welcome to Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. In 1964, the Birla Colleges of Humanities, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science were merged to form the Birla Institute of Technology & Science. With an acceptance rate of 1.47% BITS Pilani is arguably the best private engineering college in the country.
The BITS Library has been mentioned as one of India’s best libraries with a floor area of 65000 sq ft and over 2,35,250 volumes of books on almost all topics ranging from Science and Technology to Management and Humanities!
Life as a BITSian - what to expect
The campus has its own market, called C’not, where you can get almost everything you’ll need for your years on campus. And the rest is from online shopping. A number of lawns provide the ideal place to relax in an almost pollution free environment, as are the rows of trees with which the streets are lined. And the stars at night are more than you’ve ever seen, unless you live on a hillock or something.
Being a BITS student
Another such entity, known as Departments, comprise of people who are responsible for organizing our student-run sports (BITS Open Sports Meet), cultural (Oasis) and technical (Apogee) festivals. There are also various disciplinary (Mechanical, Electrical Engineering etc) and regional associations that are involved as well.
Recruitment starts early in the very first semester for each of the above, as seniors interact with every fresher and get to know them better. And when you are recruited, well, cheers to awesomeness!
What this means is that you are not obliged to attend classes. This however should not be misunderstood. Lectures and tutorial classes are important in order to gain knowledge on any subject. So are the tests that are conducted in them. Missing them all would basically amount to really bad grades.
Whether you decide to gain a skill set or waste time - it is all up to you. So, while this policy gives you the freedom to manage your time effectively, one must always use caution while exercising their freedom. With great power comes great responsibility.
Club, fests & extra-curricular activites at BITS
Coming to the topic of our fests, they are:
Remember the Disciplinary Associations I told you about? This is where they come in. They organise various events like RC airplane, boat and car racing and demonstrations of various cool science experiments!
Entrepreneurial culture at BITS
Aside from this, several intra-BITS competitions are also organised by CEL that cater to the entrepreneurial spirit.
Hostel life at BITS
Every fresher is randomly allotted a hostel at the time of registration by a computer algorithm. That hostel then becomes his home for the next one year. For the girls, the only hostel is Meera Bhawan, which is a cluster of different residential blocks (so more of a case of which block than which hostel).
The hostels, even though slightly old, are decently equipped with all the amenities you could ask for - ensuring the student is as comfortable as possible. Every hostel has 24x7 internet and LAN access in their rooms. DC++ is a treasure trove of all that is sweet and joyful, like movies, sitcoms, tutorials and what not. That coupled with course loads and club/department work doesn’t leave much time for boredom.
The mess food is decent, although nowhere close to the regal splendour of home-made food, but you know, it could be worse.
Two hostels, Srinivas Ramanujam Bhawan, and Sir CV Raman Bhawan have been recently constructed, and a third, Ram Bhawan, has been recently renovated. The other hostels are expected to undergo the process soon.
BITS alumni network
BITSAA was invited to ring the NASDAQ opening bell recently, in 2013 and 2015, which is a rare honour bestowed only upon a handful of educational institutions like MIT and CalTech, which also showcased BITSAA as a family of world class leaders.
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Why BITS and how it will change you
Being a part of the student run machinery will not only broaden your outlook and help you gain experience, but also help you pursue your interests, hone your skills, and discover yourself. Having no major distraction around leaves you no choice but to look inside and truly follow your heart. The friends you make here will be the best ones for the rest of your life.
And by the time you’re done with this place, you will not want to leave.