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BITS comes to Hyderabad

BITS would replicate all the salient features of the present education system in Pilani, writes Ashok Das.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 16:01 IST
Ashok Das

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, commenced work on its third campus in India at Hyderabad.
 
Prof S Venkateswaran, BITS Vice Chancellor, performed bhoomi pooja for the Hyderabad campus, spread over 200 acres at Jawaharnagar near Shamirpet in Rangareddy district,to coincide with Ugadi (Telugu new year).

Minister for Higher Education P Venkateswara Rao and Minister for Mines & Geology P Sabita Indra Reddy attended the function.

Venkateswaran said that BITS would invest Rs 160 crore on infrastructure at the Hyderabad campus and would replicate all the salient features of the present education system in Pilani.

The need for opening of a third campus of BITS had arisen to accommodate the ever-increasing demand of meritorious aspirants in the country, he said.

The Hyderabad campus would have 13 different faculties with an overall intake of 600 students per year.

BITS has proposed to commence the academic session at Hyderabad campus from the academic year 200708.

By that time, all the basic requirements would be completed.

He made it clear that there would be no local weightage for admission of students and merit would the sole criteria for the intake.

Introduction of pharmacy faculty would be an added feature at Hyderabad. Prof VS Rao would be the director of BITS campus at Hyderabad.

In his message, BITS Chancellor KK Birla expressed hope that over a period of time, the Hyderabad campus would develop into a world-class institute.

AP Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy also expressed similar sentiments in his message on the occasion.