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Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani recently launched a cross-campus technology initiative named BITSConnect 2.0 along with BITSAA, its global alumni association. BITSConnect connects all campuses at an unprecedented scale with the help of immersive telepresence, HD video conferencing and live streaming technologies that extends the boundaries of technology-enabled learning for the students.
This BITS university-alumni initiative was launched simultaneously in the Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses, while being connected to Cisco’s offices in San Jose and Boston, jointly by Prof. Bijendra Nath Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS, Pilani and Raju Reddy, Chairman, BITSAA and Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Governor of Goa and J. Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of IT, Government of India.
“BITS Pilani became one of the first Indian universities to set up IP Telephony, Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless accessibility on campus with BITS Connect 1.0 in 2003. The Telepresence system provides avenues for research collaboration and knowledge sharing among BITS’ faculty and students, and for face-to-face communication between members of BITS’ leadership,” says Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor of BITS Pilani.
BITSConnect 2.0 is a joint initiative of BITS Pilani and BITSAA that was conceived during the BITSAA Global Meet (2011) which witnessed participation from 1200+ BITSians from across 20 countries
“This semester, BITS Pilani will offer more than 14 specialized electives to 1000s of students across its campuses by professors working from any of its campuses. To collaborate, faculty and staff no longer need to travel. Academicians from across the world will be able to collaborate with and mentor research projects in BITS via Immersive Telepresence,” says Prof. Bijendra Nath Jain, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani.
Accredited by NAAC, BITS Pilani is a premier independent University in India with 4 campuses at Pilani (1964), Dubai (2000), Goa (2004) and Hyderabad (2008). It possess a more than 1.5 per cent admit rate, and the intake is administered through an online exam called BITSAT.
BITSAA International is the global all-volunteer alumni association for BITS Pilani, representing more than fifty thousand alumni in 90 countries.
This university-alumni initiative connecting the different campuses across geographies is powered by CISCO technologies valued at over $5 million.