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Research at BITS Pilani

Research is an integral and important part of any higher education system. BITS Pilani, actively promotes research among its staff and students. In addition to basic research, which is the backbone of any applied research, the Institute also gives adequate importance and support to applied research. 

Research at BITS relies on the motivated intellectual manpower pool available among its staff and students. Students undertake research projects as a component of their education programme itself. Teachers conduct research as an integral part of their responsibilities since this enables them to assimilate and disseminate the knowledge as well as generate new knowledge. In addition to this, BITS has devised innovative schemes to enable professionals-at-large to conduct research at their place of work and simultaneously work for the Ph.D. degree of the Institute. 

At BITS Pilani, the faculty are encouraged to publish their findings in reputed journals and present papers at conferences. Support is given to participate in national and international conferences and thereby network with experts from India and abroad. Recently, the Institute has taken steps to provide support to faculty to file for patents if the research is likely to fructify in a commercially viable products or processes. During the last 5 years, BITS has seen a healthy growth in the amount of funding received from different agencies. While most of these are from the government sector, the Institute through its existing collaboration with industries is trying to involve the corporate sector in funding of research projects.

  • Promotional Efforts for Research at Doctoral Level

    We take special efforts to interest our students in research. Through various schemes, scholarships and grants, we try and develop students into junior faculty members. Some of these schemes are:
    • Faculty Development Scheme
    • Various research scholarships given by agencies like CSIR, UGC, DST, DRDO and ICMR
    • Seed Grant Scheme of the Institute
    • The Aditya Birla Group scheme for research funding
    • Arrangements for research at centers outside the university like CDRI, Lucknow; ITRC, Lucknow; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland, USA  
    • Ph.D. Aspirants' Scheme 

  • Infrastructural Support for R&D

    The Institute through its faculty recruitment drive has been constantly adding manpower at the senior level to provide leadership for R&D and at junior levels to provide research work force. As a result of this effort, during this year, a number of faculty members and students at both these levels have joined. 

    Research facilities exist to support our existing efforts in almost all areas of research.. For example, the Institute has an Animal House (Central Animal Facility), which is a CPCSEA approved facility and a Green House along with a new Tissue Culture laboratory. The areas of energy and environmental studies, fibre optics, computer aided analysis and design, flexible manufacturing systems, digital systems, VLSI and embedded systems, communications, robotics and intelligent systems, biotechnology, drug design and delivery systems, image processing, power electronics, materials science and technology, etc. have been strengthened. A number of PC-Based systems and instruments have been added in various laboratories. Research facilities in areas of CAD, Robotics, Fibre Optics, Microelectronics, Materials Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Drug Design and Delivery and FMS areas have been augmented. Some experimental set-ups for process control and materials research have also been acquired. Various Groups and Centres, under UGC X Plan Fund, UGC SAP and DST FIST Fund have purchased several equipments/instruments. Internet facility has been augmented for providing global information access. Furthermore, Motorola (India) has established an Embedded Controllers Applications Centre at BITS. Tata IBM has established IBM Java Competency Centre and it is aimed at high quality people repository in software technologies. A state of the art VLSI design Laboratory called as Oyster Lab. has been set up. A Centre for Women Studies for gender related research and extension activities, a Radio- Isotope Laboratory, having atomic absorption spectro-photometer, −ραψ source & various radio-isotopes, a Biotechnology Laboratory having modern research tools such as Multi-channel Analyzer, Refrigerated Centrifuge etc., have also been set up to strengthen the research infrastructure. Also a number of machines and equipments have been added to the existing labs. For example, Industrial CNC Industrial Vertical Machining Centre (LMW KODI-40 Klein), CNC Turning Centre (XLTURN), CNC Train Master T-70 (HMT) Lathe have been added to FMS Lab. and facility has been created for CNC training and research. Similarly, acoustic emission equipment, acousto-ultrasonic equipment, microprocessor controlled servo- hydraulic UTM etc. have been added to the Centre for Materials Science and Technology for advanced research in materials area. Also a campus wide computer network – NEURON (Next Generation Enabled University-wide Redundant Optical Network) gives a big boost to research activities at the Institute. A new National MEMS Design Centre has also been established. 

    In the BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, new laboratories such as micro-electronics, optics, & environmental and applied biotechnology have been added. New equipments such as a Sapphire Laser System, second harmonic generator, optical table with pneumatic support and ultracentrifuge have been procured. 

Faculty Achievements

  • Prof Dalip Kumar

    Prof Dalip Kumar, Department of Chemistry, has been selected for the CRSI Bronze Medal-2017 by the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) for his contributions to research in Chemistry. CRSI was founded by Bharat Ratna Prof C. N. R. Rao and is the largest chemical society in India.

  • Prof M. S. Dasgupta

    Prof M. S. Dasgupta, Department of Mechanical Engineering, was given the best paper award in January 2016 for his paper titled “Smart Control of Electric Lamp using Artificial Intelligence based Controller” at the 12th IEEE India International Conference Electronics, Energy, Environment, Communication, Computer, Control, (E3-C3) held at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, during December 17-20, 2015.

  • Prof K. S. Sangwan

    Prof K. S. Sangwan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a project worth 369,455.36 Euros by DAAD and FESTO Didactic, Germany with Professor Christoph Herrmann, TU Braunschweig, on the establishment of a “Learning Factory” at BITS Pilani.

  • Prof Jitendra Panwar

    Prof Jitendra Panwar, Department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a visiting professorship under INSA-CAS International Bilateral Exchange/ Collaboration Programme-2016.

  • Dr Arnab Hazra

    Dr Arnab Hazra, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, received the "Early Career Research Award" by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India on March 4, 2016. 

  • Prof. Rahul Banerjee has been elevated by the IEEE to the grade of Senior Member

    IEEE has intimated the institute that Prof. Rahul Banerjee has been elevated to the grade of senior member which require experience and reflects professional accomplishment that only 9% of its 428,000 members have achieved thus far.

Achievements

  • Young F1 car designers gear up for international contest

    A team of 20 students from BITS Pilani, Dubai, designed UAE's first Formula 1 car, student race car. Recently the team also won at the Innovator Show 2016 in Abu Dhabi. Dh 200,000 was spent in total for designing and manufacturing the car. The team is also going to show case  their latest car at Formula SAE in Germany next year.

  • India's Official First Aid App Launched

    Six students from BITS PILANI, i.e.  Tushar Dhalwani (Pilani Campus), Rishabh Garg (Pilani Campus), Bhuvan Gupta (Goa Campus), Akanksha Pandey(Hyderabad Campus), Shrey Bansal (Hyderabad Campus), Rahul Mittal(Hyderabad Campus) have created India’s Official First Aid Mobile Application as their summer internship project from 23rd May -16th July, 2016 at Indian Red Cross Society, NHQ, New Delhi. The Ceremonial Session was presided over by the President of IRCS and the President of India Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The user friendly App empowers one to take care of some of the basic medical emergencies.

  • Three BITS, Pilani Students Win the Aditya Birla Group Scholarship

    Three students from BITS, Pilani - one each from Pilani Campus, Goa Campus and Hyderabad Campus are selected for the 18th Aditya Birla Scholarship Programme – Class of 2016-17. The students are the following:
     
    1.   2016A7PS019P Mr. Tanay  Sharma (Pilani Campus)
    2.   2016A7PS004G Mr. Dinku Sarmah (Goa Campus)
    3.  2016A7PS001H Ms.Sandhya Biksham Preethi Sharma (Hyderabad Campus)

  • Five BITS, Pilani Students Win O.P. Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarships

    Five students from BITS, Pilani have won OPJEM scholarships- 2016, worth Rs. 80,000 each. They are Harsh Sharma (2014A4PS405P), Sishir Suresh Mohammed (2015A4PS136P), Pragyan Trivedi Priyamedh (2013A4PS063P), Prithu Mitash (2013A4PS392P) and Prateek Arora (2014A2PS556P).

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