BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus marks 20 years of sojourn

BITS Pilani, with a legacy of 60 glorious years is an Institute of Eminence (IoE) known globally for its excellence in teaching, research, innovation, focus on entrepreneurship, futuristic pedagogy and much more.

On 2nd November 2002 a seed of this ‘educational legacy’ was sown in the state of Goa, which began germinating in 2004 with a modest beginning of 562 students and 23 faculties. The highly qualified faculty and talented students with the able support from staff and the state of Goa nurtured BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus and fuelled its growth for two decades.

With more than 220 faculties, 4500 students, 245 staff members, 11500 graduates and 250 PhD degrees, the institute has achieved remarkable progress. The institute has produced two unicorns for the country and many accomplished academicians and professionals in all walks of life.

To reminisce in and relive this journey the institute recently embarked on a year-long celebration, with a whirlwind of events. This included public lecture by Dr Jayant Murthy, a celebrated astrophysicist and the inauguration of the Molecular and Structural Biology Laboratory as a part of the grand Bio-Cyber Physical Systems Technology Incubator Hub (BioCyTiH) Foundation by the Vice Chancellor Prof V Ramgopal Rao and Director of BITS Goa Prof Suman Kundu. The duo, along with Prof Meenal Kowshik, Dean Administration, also inaugurated a newly developed Biodiversity Pavilion, showcasing the winged inhabitants of the campus. This contains carefully curated photographs of birds taken on the campus by its students, faculty members and their family members.

 The 89th Annual Meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore was also held. Public lectures, talks and symposia by the Academy fellow and Associates, public lecture by Dean D’Cruz, an eminent architect from Goa, on The Art and Science of Design and by Prof Gurmeet Kaur, from Punjab University, Chandigarh, on The Saga of Laterite were held. As part of this event, a teacher training program was also conducted where 28 college and university teachers from Goa also participated along with teachers from all over India.

A formal inaugural event graced by dignitaries such as vice chancellors and directors, deans, former vice chancellors, former directors, senior professors, advisors to chancellor, heads of educational institutes of Goa was the hallmark of the celebrations that showcased the history of the institute and its achievements.

Open Day was held on November 6th. Faculty members and Research Scholars of all the Departments, faculty led start-ups, campus Incubators and special centres exhibited their research work/products/scientific experiments in the form of digital simulations, technology innovations, posters and prototypes. Students’ clubs (Society of Automotive Engineers, Aerodynamics Club, Electronics and Robotics Club, The Sandbox Lab of Prototyping, Art-N-Deco of celebratory decorations, Department of Photography, Project Kratos for the Mars Rover and others) exhibited their activities and products, as well. Various competitions, hackathons and science games were held on campus for students and visitors.

Over 1000 students from different high schools and colleges gathered to experience the Open Day at BITS Goa campus.

The campus has become an integral part of Goa now, and plans to continue to develop more cohesive bonds throughout the year of 20 years’ celebration.

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