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Bits Pilani, Hyderabad Campus - An introduction

Bits Pilani, Hyderabad Campus - An introduction

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It's an article focussing on life in BITS Hyderabad
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It was about a year ago around this date itself, that I was in the position so many engineering aspirantsfind themselves. It was time for me to make a choice. And it was a choice which would change my life.I chose (after much struggle and intense thinking, mind you) BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. Andafter spending a year in the college, I know I made the right choice.
Disclaimer
: Blatant advertising ahead. Read at your own risk, you might just get persuaded to becomemy junior.I'm here to persuade you to come to BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. First of all, just to prove I'm nottrying to pull your leg, and that this college should be a serious contender for your affections, I'll linkyou to this page -http://admissions.aglasem.com/?p=5649--frYes, BITS Hyderabad (all right, they missed out the S) comes in second in the list of private colleges inIndia. Interested now? Read on!A bit of background first. BITS Hyderabad was founded in 2008 by the wishes of the late Dr. KK Birla.He wanted to see the Hyderabad Campus function at full capacity before he died. Alas, it was not to be.He died on the 30
th
of that very year.As you people might or might not be knowing, BITS Pilani and the Hyderabad campus function on thesame guidelines. Apart from the difference in teachers and location, there is absolutely no difference inthe style and quality of teaching between them. Pilani and Hyderabad (And Goa, for that matter) bothfollow the MIT system of education. Students must do a few mandatory courses for their owndiscipline and are allowed to choose some electives according to their interest.The disciplines available are :
BE (Hons.) Chemical Engineering
BE (Hons.) Computer Science Engineering
BE (Hons.) Civil Engineering
BE (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
BE (Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
BE (Hons.) Electronics and Communication Engineering
B Pharm. (Hons.)
MSc (Hons.) Physics
MSc (Hons.) Mathematics
MSc (Hons.) Economics
MSc (Hons.) Chemistry
MSc (Tech.) Information SystemsOne of the most important things about the BITS system is our Practise Schools. A Practise Schoolafter second year and a practise school during one half of the fourth year (the whole of fifth year forMSc students) is highly recommended. In fact, one is registered for them by default. You'd have toapproach the Student Division to get it cancelled.If one gets an Msc, it doesn't mean that all hopes of engineering are over for the person. BITS has aprovision for giving out Dual Degrees. The course becomes an integrated course so that after five yearsyou will be given two degrees instead of one. The Msc you were originally given, and a BE of your
 
choice. The choice, of course, will be influenced by the marks you get in your first year, so make sureto study hard, all you Msc students.If you ask many people, they'll be able to tell you about the Pilani and Goa campuses. Pilani, because
it's Godforsaken Pilani,
and Goa, because it's been up and running for close to a decade now.Hyderabad is the shiny new campus which came up three years ago. If you are worried about the stateof facilities there, I won't lie to you. Not all of them have come up yet. However, the only ones thathaven't come up yet are the Auditorium and the sports facilities. The hostels, the academic block, themesses, the marketplace, all have already come up. The roads are built, the gardens are maintained (infact, they look like the gardens of a resort), the music club has a place to jam, the photography club hasa place to display its projects and the art club has a room to paint the hell out of.We also have a great gym. In fact, there are two of them, one for boys and the other for girls.Presumably, I know nothing about the girls' gym (peeping is kinda hard) but the boys gym is fullystocked. To the best of my knowledge, almost everything required for a full workout is present there.We've got footballers, power lifters (Yes, we do have a power lifter and he loves the gym. He alsoknows what he's doing seeing that he broke the BOSM Power lifting record when he went to Pilani.),casual gymmers and people like me who go once in a while. The gym accommodates us all.The Academic Block is awesome too. Seeing that we have no compulsory attendance, we just go thereto give tests (just kidding, we go there to collect papers too), but in our short time there, we can tellpeople that the place is amazing. Every classroom is fully air-conditioned (beat that Pilani!) and thelecture halls are amazingly modern. You can hear teachers boom out on JBL speakers and pretend tostudy.We have excellent faculty. The teachers know what to do and are not afraid of their students. Theyencourage you to seek them out at all times of the day and have no qualms in answering doubts wayinto the evening. They give out our results on time (how we wish they didn't) and keep us on our toes.True, we bitch about them, and insult them behind their backs (err... sometimes, not always), but everyone of us realises that the people we have are experts in their fields. Many of them get grants fromvarious organisations (there are TVs in the lobbies of the Academic Block which show which professorgot what grant, those interested can bore themselves there) and do research in their own time. Theygive a lot of time in designing our question papers (we wish they slacked off...) and spend a lot of timein checking them well. And frankly, they spoil us. We don't go to classes, don't listen to their advicethroughout the year, and yet when we come to them with doubts just before our exams, they greet uswith smiles and answer us pretty well.Enough about our faculty. I'll spend some time in explaining our society there. First, the students.See, the first thing you must know is that since we qualified for BITS, we can (and do) considerourselves the crème-de-la-crème of the engineering world. And oh yes we are! We encourage you tothink the same (and recognise that as seniors, we are infinitely greater that you will ever be, but thatwill be impressed upon you when you come to campus).People expect to find a bunch or nerds in a top Engineering college, or a bunch of geeks discussingQuantum Physics all the time. You will find them, true. But remember, they are not the majority. Avast majority of us here have worked long and hard to get where we are and now we want to stretchourselves. Polishing our hobbies comes first, and studying comes a distant last in our priority list. I ama keyboard player, my best friend is a singer and a dancer (or so he thinks), my neighbour is a reallygood footballer, and I've probably introduced you to the power lifter already, no? Another friend is acomputer whiz (and a coward to boot), I have friends who love keeping up with current affairs (likeme) and then we have those who scoff at our hobbies. We repay the favour by scoffing at theirs.
 
But in the end, we remain good friends. We go to the city together, discuss girls, watch movies late intothe night, listen to music, jam in my room (and destroy people's hearing), watch sitcoms and anime,and at times we shed aside the geek in us and turn into rabid LAN gamers. We make the most of ourtime in college and have fun like nobody's business. And when come exams, we run for books like thehounds of hell themselves are on out tails.At this point, I'll reassure you about the ragging thing in our campus. There is none. There are hugeposters in campus listing phone numbers to call if you get ragged. And plus, we're too good to rag you.We'll make you suffer in other ways!Now I turn to Clubs.First off, I'll tell you about the music club, since that's the one I'm the most familiar with (I'm in it). Ourequipment is awesome (really, no other word for it). We have a Pearl drum kit, Marshall and RolandAmps, a really expensive mixer, a damn good keyboard, an octo-pad, huge speakers from JBL, andmore importantly, amazing people behind those instruments. The people who aren't very good workpretty hard, and the ones whore really good work harder still. The music club also has a classical aspect(I'm in the western half, so I'm not that familiar with it) and has all the instruments you'd normallyassociate with classical music. Starting from the Tabla to the Veena, we have them all. Even better isthe fact that the administration is very receptive to what we want. They acquiesce to our demands(within limits) whenever we feel the need to make them. The only thing we're lacking is acousticpadding on our walls.I am in the literary club as well, whose job it is to hold debates and essay competitions, to run themagazine and other fun stuff. Its the most active around fest-times, so look out for it then. The club iscalled ELAS – English Literature Appreciation Society.Other clubs include the Dance club (Its oriented more towards Indian dances), the Quiz Club (We havevery good quizzers), the Photography Club, the Art Club and various others whose names I've forgottenand never bothered to learn.All of them come together during fest time. Our cultural fest is called Pearl, and it is a grand affair. Thelast time we had it was our first experience at having a fest at the national level and I tell you. Wepulled out all the stops. The highlight of the show was the Swedish Death Metal band “DarkTranquillity”. The image of fans and non-fans alike screaming themselves hoarse and head-banginglate into the night comes to mind. Lots and lots of fun. And then came the Pakistani band “Strings”.'Nuff said. Do invite your friends to the next one. It will be one hell of a ride.There is one club I'd like to devote some more space to. It's called CEL, or Centre for EntrepreneurialLeadership. It is a club devoted to furthering entrepreneurial feelings within the BITS population. Thepeople part of it are usually those who wish to either do an MBA afterwords, or want to set up theirown businesses after graduation, or both. These guys set up competitions for judging ideas on what canand cannot work in a home grown business. For those of you who are a bit sceptical about this idea(Like I was when I came), do remember that a lot of BITS Alumni went on to become businessmen.Most of you, however, will have ambitions to go on for an MBA after this and I assure you, you willfind like minded people there.A programme which will be implemented as soon as we go back is the Student-Mentor Programme.The objectives are to designate a senior mentor for junior students (a third or fourth year mentor, andfirst and second year disciples) to help them out in case they have any problems. Since this will be thefirst time this programme will be implemented, we have no idea as to how it will work. I guess a littleamount of co-operation will be needed from the sides of both mentor and disciple in order to oil thegears for this. I wouldn't be too afraid, though. The finest minds of CEL have come up with it and the

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