BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus
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|BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus|
|बिरला प्रौद्योगिकी एवं विज्ञान संस्थान पिलानी - दुबई कैंपस|
|Motto||Innovate, Achieve, Lead|
|Chancellor||Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr B.N Jain|
|Director||Dr R.K Mittal|
|Location|| Dubai International Academic City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
|Campus||14 acres (57,000 m2)|
|Molecule (Science), Lotus (Humanities), Rocket (Technology)|
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus (Hindi: बिरला प्रौद्योगिकी एवं विज्ञान संस्थान, पिलानी-दुबई कैंपस ) (known as: Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani – Dubai Campus and BPDC) is a private technical university located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a campus of BITS Pilani.
The institute was named as a campus as opposed to a separate university. Graduating students are awarded degrees from BITS Pilani with no mention of the Dubai Campus, as only the parent university has the right to grant degrees. However, with respect most other aspects, the campus is autonomous. As an example, the institute has its own faculty and administration. Operating under the umbrella of an established university gives it the advantage of using the infrastructure (such as Practice School, evaluation systems etc.) which have already been developed by BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus.
- The only international campus of BITS Pilani, India.
- The only off-shore campus of any Indian university to be accredited by NAAC with the highest Grade ‘A’ along with Pilani and Goa
- The only university dedicated exclusively to engineering education in Dubai.
- Industrial internships offered at over 380 companies in UAE.
- Academic collaborations with US and Canadian Universities.
- Sports, cultural, and social activities available.
Dual Degree Under this scheme, a student can complete two degrees. All the admitted students are given an opportunity to take up a Dual Degree based on their performance in the first year of the programme.
Practice School (PS) The Practice School (PS) is part of the University - Industry linkage. On the PS program the student applies his classroom knowledge to real-life situations faced by industry. For seven and a half months the classroom is taken to a location where the students andfaculty get involved in real life situations.
The PS Program for the first degree has two components, namely PS-I which is exposure-oriented of two months duration implemented during the summer following the 2nd year & PS-II, which is project-based and of five and a half months duration implemented during either of the semesters of the final year.
All the degree programs of the campus provide for a practice school option, a student who exercises such an option, is awarded a degree that carries the tag 'Practice School' on successful completion of the program.
Nearly all PS-II students of the campus are paid monthly stipend by the industries during their five and a half months internship. Currently, 380 industries/companies are offering internships to BPD students.
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus offers 4-year Integrated First Degree programs at the undergraduate level in the following seven fields:
- B.E (Hons.) Computer Science
- B.E (Hons.) Chemical Engineering
- B.E (Hons.) Electrical & Electronics Engineering
- B.E (Hons.) Electronics & Communication Engineering
- B.E (Hons.) Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
- B.E (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
- B.E (Hons.) Biotechnology
Higher degree evening programs offered are:
- M.E. Design Engineering
- M.E. Microelectronics
- M.E. Software Systems
- M.E. Biotechnology
- M.B.A.Engineering and Technology Management
- M.B.A. IT Enabled Services Management
A Cultural Committee coordinates events all year.
Extracurricular activities such as elocution, debate, essay/story/slogan writing, painting, sketching, singing, dancing, gift wrappng, flower arrangement, Indian art - rangoli etc. are a feature of the campus calendar.
BPD has 15 students clubs namely Dance Club, Astronomy Club, Music Club, Art and Craft Club, Photography Club, Drama Club, Science and Technology Club, Debating Society, Management Club, Quiz Club, F1 Club, Social Activities, Pixel, Literary Club, and Environment Club.
The campus encourages students and faculty to be involved in recreational sport through intramural, extramural competitions and tournaments. The campus provides separate boys and girls sports facilities in addition to an outdoor court for playing basketball, volleyball, throw ball, tennis and handball.
Admissions and scholarships
Admission to BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is based on the candidates merit and availability of seats in the discipline preferred. The merit position of the candidate for admission will be based only on the overall aggregate secured by the candidate in the Qualifying Examination and not based on any entrance test. While the Dubai Campus has been setup especially to cater to the educational requirements of the residents of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, candidates from other countries can apply. Admissions are open to all nationalities.
Scholarships Meritorious and students with excellent sports achievements are awarded financial aid for their study at BPD, on the following categories:
- Merit Scholarship for students securing above 90% and 80% in the qualifying examination.
- Scholarship for Higher Secondary Board Toppers from different states/boards.
- Scholarship for sports excellence.
- BITSAT Scholarship for candidated with outstanding performance in BITS Admission Test ( BITSAT )
- Merit-cum-means Scholarship
Academic and research collaboration
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus has entered into research collaboration with the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai, UAE
BPDC has academic collaborations with American and Canadian universities.
- Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
- University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
- Kansas State University(KSU), Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
- Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Iowa, USA.
- University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA
- George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
- University of Ontario, Canada
- University of Windsor, Canada
The scope of academic collaboration includes;
- Preferential admission into graduate programmes for BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus students
- Joint research activities
- Credits transfer
- Student and faculty exchange
The institute is located in Dubai International Academic City. The institute provides student visas, hostel facilities and transport facilities.
Library The BPD library is located in a separate block behind the main academic block. The library is spread over two floors.
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus, was first located in Al Ghurair University Campus, then at Dubai Knowledge Village, and to its permanent campus with student housing at Dubai International Academic City in September 2007.
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
The idea of CEL was conceived by the BITSAA Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (CEVC), with the vision of promoting the spirit of entrepreneurial thinking among the BITSian community . The CEL at Dubai Campus was launched by The Chancellor of BITS, Pilani with same vision and spirit.
The CEL aims to enable enterprise creation and enterprise growth across U.A.E. region by fostering the necessary context and framework conditions that not only create opportunities for, but also builds the capacity for entrepreneurship. The strategic focus of our work includes enhanced access to innovation, self-sustaining knowledge networks and new models of value creation.
The CEL at Dubai Campus would also provide mentorship opportunity to students within the BITS Pilani, Dubai campus. The CEL would also undertake surveys / research on micro level / SME enterprises in the U.A.E. region, to study issues & challenges being faced by them during start-up/growth phases. At the CEL we believe that entrepreneurship has a key role to play in addressing these socio-economic challenges by creating sustainable and scalable businesses, new jobs, innovative products and services, and increased wealth for the larger community. It is in this collaborative effort and journey of the CEL to help reshape the socio-economic landscape through entrepreneurship that I welcome your active participation.
The Official E-Magazine of Centre of Entrepreneurial Leadership by BITS Pilani, Dubai.
Research Activity at CEL, BPD Campus include publications in International Conferences and Journals, Case Study and Curriculum Thesis work, apart from the Student Seminars.
Board of Advisor: The Centre has also formed, with support from the galaxy of eminient Alumni of BITS, an Advisory Board that mentors, guides and advises the CEL on various key initiatives and activities.
- 1. Sandhya Prakash-BITSAA Board of Directors:
Sandhya Prakash(sanskrit for ‘Twilight’) is a dynamic, entrepreneurial business development strategist with 20 years of demonstrated success in initiating business and driving growth in Middle East markets with culturally diverse teams. She is an innovative thinker with a proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers, develop and execute strategies to grow the bottom-line.
- 2.Anurag Jain:
Anurag Jain holds a degree in EEE from Bits-Pilani(88’-92’) and has done his MBA from University of Michigan. He has led the Dell Services Delivery unit, a global team of more than 18,000 employees who deliver infrastructure services, applications and business process solutions, and managed services to Dell customers around the world, as its Executive Vice President.
- 3. Shashikant Khandelwal(Co-founder & Chief Technical officer at TheFind Inc):
Find Inc is a startup in shopping search with more than 20 million visitors per month. At TheFind, Shashikant has been involved in venture funding, product innovation (4 patents granted, 4 pending), and building a scalable search engine. He recruited a team to solve hard problems in information extraction using machine learning & has played a crucial role in traffic growth and revenue optimization.
- 4. Manoj Saxena(General Manager-IBM Watson solutions):
Manoj Saxena (born February 14, 1965), is an Indian-American business executive, serial entrepreneur, accomplished CEO, inventor, investor, and philanthropist with interests in education, innovation, and automotive racing. Saxena is currently the General Manager for IBM Watson Solutions – announced on March 2011. In this capacity he is responsible for the commercialization and scaling of IBM Watson, a new class of industry specific analytical solutions.
- 5. Dr S.P. Khotari:
Dr S.P. Kothari is the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management, a Professor of Accounting, and Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Previously, he served as Global Head of Equity Research for Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he was responsible for research supporting BGI’s active equity strategies from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining BGI, Kothari was Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and earlier he was Head of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2005–06, he was Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His highly cited research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, explaining the diversity in international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives and accounting for stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation.
- 6. Sivagurunathan:
Sivaguru is the Co-owner of website www.milledrive.com and Mille Media Limited (Established as a Limited Company in Hong Kong).Previously he has designed several websites and sold one of them (along with 2 more partners). Siva handles troubleshooting and handling of network configurations, utilization and monitoring of resources across data centres, security setup, kernel level optimizations, database customizations and virtualization setup to enhance server performance as a part of his job. He is also involved in carrying out all financial transactions. Siva has received certifications of CCNP, CCNA, CEH, VCP, MCITP and MCTS which has helped him in identifying similar problems affecting enterprises in case scenarios.
- 7. Sudeep Jain (I.A.S): The Chairman and Managing Director, of the Tamil Nadu Energy Agency.
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