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Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India (popularly known as 'BITS Pilani') is one of the oldest and leading technology schools (along with IITs) of India. In addition to Pilani, BITS has campuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Goa, India, an extension centre in Bangalore, India, and a fourth campus under construction in Hyderabad. The institute is privately supported, fully residential, and admits both male and female students.. Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India admitted on the basis of merit. Its graduates may be found throughout the world in all areas of engineering, science and commerce. BITS symbolizes the maturing of Indian technical ability and "can-do" entrepreneurial spirit, especially as derived from the private sector. BITS is located in the Vidya Vihar campus adjacent to the town of Pilani in Rajasthan. 

The Institute is a dream come true of its founder late Mr G.D.Birla - an eminent industrialist, a participant in Indian freedom struggle and a close associate of the Father of Indian Nation late Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). What started in early 1900s as a small school, blossomed into a set of colleges for higher education, ranging from the Humanities to Engineering until 1964 when all these colleges amalgamated to culminate into a unique Indian University of International standing. This university was christened as the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, known to many as BITS, Pilani.

Brief History

It was founded by Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla in 1929 as an intermediate college.

During World War II, the Government of India established a technical training centre at Pilani for the supply of technicians for defense services and industry. At the end of the war, in 1946, it was converted it into the Birla Engineering College with degree programmes in electrical and mechanical engineering.

In 1964, the Birla Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science were merged to form the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). In this period of inception (especially during 1964-1970), BITS Pilani received support from the Ford Foundation and benefited from an alliance with the MIT.

BITS Pilani started to expand in India and abroad since 2000. New campuses were established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2000) and Goa, India (2004), and a fourth campus is to be opened in 2007 at Jawaharnagar (near Hakimpet Air Force station), Hyderabad. BITS also runs a virtual university and an extension centre in Bangalore.

Reputation and rankings

Many reputed sources, including the UNESCO Science Report 2005 (ISBN 92-3-103967-9) make use of Asiaweek magazine's latest rankings of science and technology schools in the Asia-Pacific region, 2000. According to this ranking, BITS Pilani was ranked in the Top 20 in Asia (overall), and in the Top 5 in Asia in terms of 'Student Selectivity'.

The management programmes offered by BITS Pilani have also been ranked by Asiaweek (Top 30 Best Full-Time MBA, Top 30 By Reputation, Top 5 Distance MBA). These programmes have also been profiled by Business Week Online (The Best B Schools).

Annual rankings of engineering colleges in India have been published by the magazine India Today since 1997. BITS Pilani was ranked in the Top 5 consistently (1997-2004) and ranked higher than a few IITs, but opted out of the survey since 2005. However, the institute participates in the Dataquest-IDC Survey as well as in the Outlook-Cfore Survey, and was ranked in the Top 5 T-Schools of India 2006 by both these surveys.

"BITS Pilani" was also the only Indian university to be ranked in the Top 20 Wired organisations of Asia by Business Today (January 18, 2004 issue).

The institute is accredited (with a five-star rating) by the Government of India's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for the period ending February 7, 2007.

BITS Pilani is also the institute of choice for toppers of the school leaving examinations in India. For instance, toppers of 21 educational boards including the CBSE and the ICSE chose to join the Institute in 2006. BITS Pilani is also reputed for an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates.

The Institute has strong alliances with various Indian/foreign universities/industries for exchange of students/faculty, Distance Learning Programs, etc. A small list of colleges is given below:

1.MIT, Boston,
2.University of Maryland,
3.University of Otago,
4.University of Southern California,
5.Kathmandu university
6.University of Oklahoma,
7.Victoria University,
8.Kansas State University,
9.Arizona State University,
10.University of New South Wales,
11.Purdue University,
and many more.

The  primary motive of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information".

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