January 2011, New Delhi:Prof.B.N.Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS PILANI announced at BITS GLOBAL MEET 2011 that BITS PILANI will invest Rs.100 crores in next 6 years for primarily four initiatives namely– a Chairing professorships, b. Under Graduate Freeships c. Towards improvement of ‘life on campus’ for students, including sports facilities d. Signature building at Pilani to house research labs centres for excellence.
BITSians the world over converged at Epicenter in Gurgaon on 8th January,2011, to revisit their alma mater for the first ever global alumni meet – BITS Pilani Alumni Association (BITSAA) Global Meet 2011. Themed on ‘Transforming Society, Enterprises and Academics through Innovation’, the meet witnessed some of the World’s most well known BITSians including the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan sharing platform with fellow BITSians like Rajesh Hukku, Former Chairman & CEO, iFlex Solutions; Mr. Baba Kalyani, Chairman, Kalyani Group; Mr. Gulu Mirchandani, MD, MIRC Electronics; Ms. Revathi Advaithi, President, Eaton Corporation; Prof. SP Kothari, Deputy Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts, USA, amongst others.
The two days witnessed power-packed discussions on ways of transforming the landscape of Indian higher education. World reputed entrepreneurs like Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail, Mukesh Chatter of Nexabit Networks and other fellow BITSians shared their success stories with budding entrepreneurs.
BITSians have always believed in giving back to the society. BITS social engineering initiatives like BITSConnect (gigabit campus network backbone), BITSunami (rehabilitation programme), BITS.aid (community development projects) have set an example for other technical institutes to follow. Talking about BITSConnectat during the Meet, Prem Jain, Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems (BITS ‘68) said, “Sharing knowledge is a part of BITS culture. We believed that each of the four BITS campuses have tremendous potential to bring the overall effort of BITSians together. With BITSConnect, we ensured that BITSians not just share research ideas but also work together in transforming the society through innovation in technology.”
The Founder of BITSsunami and the winner of the Guinness World Record for planting the maximum number of trees in twenty four hours, Sudeep Jain (BITS ‘86) said, “Webelieve in giving back to the society. The satisfaction of helping the ones in need was overwhelming. BITSians have been instrumental in utilizing their technical knowhow by transforming the district of Nagapatnam in Chennai and making it more habitable. Ever since Tsunami struck the coastal district of Tamil Nadu, BITSians have contributed not only in cash but also in kind to ensure that the smiles are returned to the faces of the inhabitants.”
Founder of Sustainable Innovations and the winner of Lemelson MIT Award for Sustainability 2010, Dr BP Agrawal (BITS ‘60) had a similar vision. His innovations Akash Ganga and Arogya Ghar have transformed barren lands of Rajasthan into water reservoirs as well as provided primary care to many villages in Rajasthan and have been rapidly expanding to other villages in the region.
BITS Global Meet witnessed many such eminent speakers sharing their ideas of transforming society, enterprises and academics through innovation. Mr. CS Goel, CEO of BITSAA Global Meet 2011 and General Secretary of BITSAA Delhi Chapter, which is the host chapter for the meet said, “It is a defining moment for over 30,000 alumni of BITS Pilani, Dubai and Goa campuses who are spread across 80 countries. The first BITSAA Global Meet Jan 7-9 marks beginning of a new era wherein the world alumni will meet together every year to give back to the alma mater and contribute in transforming the world in “innovative” BITSian way.”
Apart from panel discussions and plenary sessions, the meet presented to the attendees interactive workshops, mesmerizing bullet talks to inspire and amaze one and all, unveil initiatives taken up by BITS Pilani & BITSAA apart from serving as a platform to network with alumni and students from batches spanning over five decades of success that BITS Pilani has gifted the world.
About BITSAA International
BITSAA International is an umbrella organization and voice of BITS Pilani alumni. It is engaged in a wide range of activities and fundraising aimed toward enhancing the quality of BITS Pilani education, its faculty, its infrastructure, its student body, affordability of BITS education to the economically disadvantaged, and ultimately the BITS Pilani brand.
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