18 Board toppers of Class XII of 2013 joined BITS Pilani and its other campuses this year.
They come from the following Boards : Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, CBSE (Chennai), Chattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
They were admitted under the category of Direct Admission to Board Toppers. All other admissions to the university were based on merit determined by the online test, BITSAT.
This was announced by Vice Chancellor Prof B N Jain on the occasion of Orientation Program for New Admission students held at BITS Pilani held on 30 July 2013.
Addressing the parents who are accompanying the new students, the Vice Chancellor said, " Your children will walk out of the portals of the Institute with a sense of fulfillment".
While mentioning about the unique features of BITS pattern of education, Vice Chancellor said that BITS is a pioneer in Practice School method of education wherein every student has an opportunity to work in industry for a period of six months on a project under the supervision of faculty.
Dual degree is another unique feature of the Institute wherein a student can specialise in two disciplines, he said. Addressing the students, the Vice Chancellor said, "this is the day you leave all your comforts and join an institution which will give you all facilities and opportunities to grow.
During the four years you are in this campus, you will become a professional who can rightfully earn respect from industries, academics or from fellow professionals".
Vice Chancellor said that the Institute would offer plenty of opportunities including a curriculum which is no less than the best in the world, there would be increased emphasis on training in laboratories and also increased emphasis on Humanities.
While urging the students to follow ethical practices , he called upon them to be clear about what their goals are and how to reach there. Vice Chancellor cautioned the students against addition to internet which could lead to neglect of studies.
Vice Chancellor added that the university has embarked upon a major expansion of all campuses and the number of postgraduate and doctoral students will increase in the next few years and BITS would become one of the leading research led universities both in India and Asia.
Director of Pilani campus, Prof Raghurama, while welcoming the students, said that over 1,44,000 candidates appeared for the online test BITSAT 2013 for 2125 seats in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses put together.
He said that the Institute offers plenty of freedom to the students, and at the same time, expects them to act with responsibility. He said that there might be hidden talents in each one of them and BITS will help it grow. "Make friends, respect differences and learn new culture", added Prof Raghurama.
Prof Raghurama mentioned that the Pilani campus is investing heavily for upgrading its infrastructure under Project Parvartan and the new academic block would be ready by January 2014.
About BITS Pilani
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani is an all India institution declared a deemed to be University established under Section 3 of UGC Act. Its campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai provide students an all-round experience while gaining knowledge in a learning environment.
BITS offer programs in First Degree, Higher Degree and Doctoral levels in various disciplines of Science, Technology, Pharmacy and Management. BITS is accredited
with an A Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with CGPA
BITS Pilani's commitment towards setting exemplary standards of delivery have defined its history of producing talent who become confident, successful professionals and leaders of change and growth.
This legacy reflects the continual initiatives of the University's management who have led change through innovations and educational reforms and catapulted its various programs to the national forefront. The momentum gained over the decades continues to produce leaders in diverse fields