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Overview

The Department of General Sciences provides quality instruction to promote student learning in seven engineering disciplines (CHEM, EEE, MECH , CS, EIE ,ECE and Biotechnology ) offered  at BITS Pilani Dubai Campus.Courses offered in Department of General Sciences fulfill requirements for the Engineering degrees, with necessary prerequisites required for the various branches of disciplines and afford opportunities for personal enrichment and self-enhancement. Faculty provide students with a learning environment that both challenges and supports them so as to encourage achievement of high academic standards and to promote a deeper understanding of the foundation courses offered by our Department.
 
These educational activities contribute to the Institute mission of "Innovate, Achieve and Lead."
 
The faculty and staff in the Department of General Sciences uphold the values of BITS Pilani in our teaching, concern for student success, participation in the college community, and commitment to provide the highest quality education to the people of Gulf Region and Expats.
 
 The Department of General Sciences from its very inception in 2000 is working as a supporting department to all the Engineering Departments.Department of General Sciences focuses on the creation and application of knowledge in the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and create interest among students for learning basic sciences by simplifying the topics and including more applications in engineering. It encourages research interest amongst faculty and students.
 

The Department of General Sciences, under the dynamic leadership of its Director Prof. R N Saha is focused to turn students into outstanding professionals. The Department’s faculty members are well qualified with masters\doctorate from institutes of repute like IIT, BHU, Anna University, AMU, Jadhavpur University etc. with international exposure on working /scientific visits to different countries like USA, Japan, Singapore, Canada,Germany, Australia, UK etc. The faculties also have a number of national and international publications, books and projects to their credit.

The Department of General Sciences equips students with technical knowledge, skill and ability; motivating them to think creatively, helping them to act independently and take decisions accordingly in all their scientific pursuits and other endeavours.To foster the students’ analytical and creative skills, the Department of General Sciences organizes various co-curricular and extracurricular activities such as educational/industrial visits, guest lectures, poster competition and many of the kind.
 
 
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Research

 Our faculties are having vast research experiences in their respective research interest. They guide students pursuing Ph.D., degree program and also offer their guidance to students taking up various projects such as Study oriented projects, Lab oriented projects, Computer oriented projects, Special projects, Thesis and Seminar at different disciplines.

The Department of General Sciences comprises of the Following Departments

Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics from its very inception in 2000,  has aimed to be a centre of excellence in mathematics and has  been vigorously engaged in both research and teaching. The vision of the department is not only to transform young people to competent and motivated professionals but also to contribute to the development of nation through research, consultancy and training activities. The Department at present has eight energetic and dedicated faculty members of which 2 are Professors 4 are Associate Professors  and 2 are Assistant Professors, who apart from teaching, are actively engaged in research in the field of Inventory, Functional Analysis, Hydrodynamics and Operational Research.


The Department offers Ph.D. programme for bright and motivated students to work in the field of Mathematics and interdisciplinary areas. The Department also offers core courses in Mathematics at undergraduate  level for Engineering, Management and computer Science Department. The Department is teaching Mathematics to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programme students. The members of the department have publis
hed more than 45 research papers in National and International Journals of repute and have guided Research scholars for Doctorate degree.

 

Chemistry

Research in the Department of Chemistry is innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature and it  provides exceptional training in state-of-the-art chemistry that leads to successful careers in industry, teaching and research. The Department has at present one Professor, two Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors. In the Institute , Chemistry Department has a pivotal position for its leadership role in training for research and has provided support by way of access to its seminar, library, research journals, analytical facilities, instrumentation support and guidance. . Research areas fall into the following categories.

Phytochemistry and Natural dyes , Electro organic synthetic chemistry , Electro analytical chemistry , Antifouling paints and High Performance Fire retardan -Intumescent Coatings, Theoretical and Bio-inorganic Chemistry, Heterogeneous catalysis and  Sustainable Energy and Environmental and Analytical chemistry.

Physics

The Department of Physics was established in year 2000. Physics is the study of all matter and energy. Physics is the most fundamental and oldest of the sciences that employs rigorous logic, mathematics, experimentation, sound critical reasoning and thinking. Physicists are engaged in their zeal to find and solve interesting and unsolved important puzzles related with physical phenomena for the benefit of the human kind. In Physics, at Integral University, our mission is to educate students on both the theory and practicals in the innovative technologies. We also offer project-based undergraduate program with opportunities for campus-wide or off-campus project. Research areas by our faculty in the rank of Professor, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors are as follows .

Condensed Matter Physics , Optics and Spectroscopy , Laser Physics and High Energy Physics , Cosmology and Astrophysics.

 

 

 


 

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Courses

Courses

The General Sciences Department offers a number of courses in the field of Physics, Chemistry and  Mathematics. We also offer interdisciplinary and elective courses in emerging areas.

 

Core Courses Offered

Math I (MATH F111)

Calculus is needed in every branch of science & engineering, as all dynamics is modeled through differential & integral equations. Functions of several variables appear more frequently in science than functions of single variable. Their derivatives are more interesting because of the different ways in which the variables can interact. Their integral occurs in several places in probability, fluid dynamics, electrical sciences, just to name a few. All lead in a natural way to functions of several variables. Mathematics of these functions is finest achievements.

 

Math II  (MATH F112)

This course provides an introduction to linear algebra, and an introduction to theory of Complex Variables, functions and its applications. 

 

Math III ( MATH F211)

This Course reviews and continues the study of differential equations with the objective of introducing classical methods for solving boundary value problems.  This course serves   as a basis for the applications for differential equations, Fourier series and Laplace transform in various branches   of engineering and sciences. This course emphasizes the role of orthogonal polynomials in dealing with Sturm Liouville problems. 

 

Probability and Statistics (MATH F113)

Probability theory deals with chance phenomena and has clearly links with the real world. Interpretation of much of the research in the engineering and computing sciences increasingly depends on concept of probability and statistics that familiarize the student with the computational aspects of probability and the handling of data sets to one of a more theoretical nature. 

 

Discrete Structures For Computer Science (MATH F222)

To develop logical and mathematical concepts necessary to appreciate computational systems and study of concepts, techniques, and skills necessary to comprehend the structure of problems encountered in design and analysis of algorithms. To provide mathematical foundations for courses in computer science those rely upon the comprehension of formal abstract concepts. To study recursion and to write recursive definitions for certain sequences and collections of objects. Graphs, directed graphs, planar graphs & their relevance to circuit design & map coloring problems. Basic concepts of group theory.

 

Environmental Studies (BITS F225) 

Global environmental issues are gaining importance which are caused by the rapid industrialization and diversified ranges of human activities in pursuit of their day-to-day needs which makes this course very relevant. The natural resources and the impact of man – made activities on them will be discussed. The pollution problems with respect to water quality, air quality, solid waste, & other related aspects including social aspects and the effect on human population will be conveyed through this course which will create awareness.    

 

General Chemistry  (CHEM F111)

This course provides a comprehensive survey of various topics in electronic structure of atoms and molecules, spectroscopy, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics. Applications of these in understanding the structure and properties of organic compounds and transition metal complexes  will be studied in detail.

 

 

Chemistry Laboratory(CHEM F110)

Chemistry laboratory course imparts practical knowledge of the branches of chemistry to the first year students to guide and motivate the students to be expertise in various experiments and related theories in chemistry. The objective of this course is to train the students and develop the skills in handling and operating scientific instruments with confidence and in systematic acquisition and analysis of the data and their quantitative interpretations

 

 

Mechanics, Oscillations and Waves (PHY F111)

The objective of this course is to serve as a prelude to core level physics to be taught to all science and engineering students. It deals with topics on Mechanics, Oscillations and Waves paving a strong platform for the basic understanding of concepts and origins of Mechanics, Oscillations and waves and to relate to engineering subjects . It also aims to acquire a confidence building knowledge base of solved problems in various topics of Physics that acts as a springboard for more advanced work related to their specialization in Engineering courses.

 Elective Courses offered

 

Introduction to Nano Science (EA C416)

This is a course for the science and engineering students to introduce the concept of Nanoscience at a basic level. It shows that nanomaterials are there in nature in abundance. Proper appreciation and unfolding them can lead to various fruitful application in  Sciences, as well as in Engineering and Biomedical fields. The various techniques (conventional and ultra-modern) to synthesize and study nanomaterials are covered. The course ends with the direction towards which the field of Nanoscience  is growing at the moment.

 

 Modern Physics ( PHY F221)

Course description:Special theory of relativity; quantum mechanics and applications; atomic and molecular physics; statistical

physics; nuclear physics.

 

 

Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy and Environment (BITS F429)

Basics of nano physics, macro vs. nano. Solar cells: Organic solar cell, quantum dot solar cell, dye sensitized solar cell. Self cleaning in solar panel. Fuel cell: Nano electrode and catalysts. Batteries: Nano electrode based batteries. Catalysts: H2 production and H2 storage. Carbon nano tube for energy. wind energy: Nanocomposites, nanocoating, and nanolubricants. Nanotechnology as tool for sustainability. Environmental fate & transport of nanomaterials. Nanomaterials for ground water remediation. Nanomaterials as adsorbents. Toxicity of nanomaterials, Ecotoxicological impacts of nanomaterials, Societal implications of nanotechnology.

 

 

Numerical Analysis (MATH F313)

This course deals with the numerical procedures to solve algebraic and transcendental equations, differential equations etc. Also enables one to devise algorithms for the numerical solutions of many mathematical problems which arise in the field of many engineering fields. Many problems in numerical differentiation and integration are discussed, along with the error analysis of different algorithms.

 

Number Theory  (MATH F231)

Number theory is one of the oldest branches of mathematics .Those who are familiar with the work of Indian Mathematician Ramanujam would know his work was on Number Theory.With the advent of computers, however, number theory has been finding an increasing number of applications in practical settings .It has again gained importance as there are many surprising connections between the theory of numbers, computing and information theory. It is also being used in many branches of Engineering. 

 

Operations Research  (MATH F242)

Besides conventional topics of Operations Research the course deals with some of the statistical techniques of decision making, Test of hypotheses, both parametric and non parametric methods, comparison of two treatments and of several treatments using analysis of variance will be dealt with. Added to this control charts for quality control, Life models, system reliability statistical determination of life models, simple queuing models, Simulation for estimating solutions to  problems which are not amenable to exact solutions will be used. 

 

Optimization (MATH F212)/Core

An optimization problem in its simple form is one in which some entity with or without being subjected to certain constraints is minimized or maximized. The entity to be optimized may be profit, cost, time, product efficiency, consumer utility, etc. The constraints may involve manpower, availability   of space, raw materials, funds, machine capabilities, governmental controls, etc. There are also optimization problems with more than one objective but such problems will not be normally considered in this course. The subject of optimization is multidisciplinary in nature. Optimization Problems are encountered in physical sciences, engineering, economics, industry, planning, and many other areas   of human   activity. Background   needed     for undertaking this course is acquaintance with Calculus, Set Theory and Linear Algebra. Objective of the Course is to familiarize the student with standard methods of solving optimization problems.

 

Introduction to Financial Mathematics(FIN F242)

The objective of the course is to provide the knowledge about preliminary understanding of mathematical tools and techniques to enable students to appreciate financial instruments, financial markets and also prepare them for financial analysis. The course includes understanding of interest rate, term structure, time value of money, annuities, discounting and accumulations, bond pricing and interest rate risk calculation. The course discusses derivatives and its use in risk management. The course on financial mathematics would enables students to prepare for higher level courses on finance like financial engineering, structured finance and actuaries etc.

 

Environment, Development and Climate Change (GS F212)   

The course focuses on the concepts of environment, development, and climate change in the contemporary world. Focus is on the nature and causes of environmental problems in developing countries. Attention is given to both the causes and solutions of environmental problems and the role of state and non state actors interacting at local, national and global scales.The objective of the course is to develop a better understanding and ability to think critically about the issues relating to environment, development and climate change. 

 

Science Technology & Modernity (BITS F214)

The course is aimed at exploring the interrelationship between science, technology, modernity and modern society. More specifically, it seeks to interrogate the relationship in terms of analyzing emergence of modern science in the western world and its implication and contribution to the idea of a modern society. It covers to an extent, the impact of such development in India and the broad contemporary debate over the role of technology within modernity and globalization. This course introduces diversity, cross-cultural skills which is extremely essential in the Global world.

 

 

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Faculty

The Department has highly qualified, experienced and committed team of faculty and staff who contribute to quality teaching, research and administration.

Achievements

  • AERIAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION

    The aerial robot, developed by students of BITS Pilani at the Dubai campus won the first position in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) held recently in  North Dakota, United States.

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Convocation 2011

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