IMPACT
NEWSLETTER
BITSAA International
Scholarships Team
Inside this issue
Message from CEO..................... 1
MCN sch...
Testimonials show that the students have greatly benefitted from the merit-cum-need (MCN)
scholarships, as a part of their...
3
Although BITSAA strives to reach all deserving and meritorious students with requirement for MCN scholar-
ships, many st...
4
Via travel scholarships, BITSAA aims to encourage participation of students in reputed tech-
nical conferences and help ...
5
2012 hosted the third season of 30 Under 30 awards with the following members on the judging panel.
 Prof. B N Jain – V...
6
The Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy Memorial Award is to honor the memory and lasting impact of Professor
Ramaswamy in the lives ...
Award Name Campus Awarded for Winner
R P Vaid Award Pilani
Best Outgoing Student
– Chemical Engineering
Jasneet Singh
http...
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Prof. Hari Om Bansal (FIC Pilani Campus)
Faculty Member, Dept. of Electrical and electronics engineering
Email: hbansal@...
The scholarships team at BITSAA is dedicated to help students by managing
alumni supported scholarships. These scholarship...
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  1. 1. IMPACT NEWSLETTER BITSAA International Scholarships Team Inside this issue Message from CEO..................... 1 MCN scholarship ........................ 2 Travel scholarship & loans.......... 3 BITSAA Awards ........................... 4 Acknowledgments...................... 7 Hello BITSians!! Impact newsletter is BITSAA International’s publication focusing on initiatives be- ing taken by BITSAA to improve avenues of scholarships for students of BITS Pilani across all campuses-Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai. The current issue is the first issue of this biannual publication by scholarships team at BITSAA. The scholarships team is dedicated to help students by offering scholarships covering tuition fees, international conference travel cost and grad school application fees. The newslet- ter will be a platform to showcase the impact of these scholarships and to highlight existing gaps in the available funds and scholarship needs. The newsletter will also serve the purpose of recognizing current years’ scholarship winners across differ- ent scholarships schemes. BITSAA International is thankful to all alumni supporting these efforts. In the coming years, we aim to increase the effectiveness of scholar- ships further and will need the help of alumni and current students in scaling up of activities on this front. We would love to hear your suggestions/comments regard- ing the newsletter and the scholarship activities it showcases. Message from CEO I wanted to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude towards all donors for supporting the scholarships and award pro- grams at BITSAA. Since BITSAA's inception in 2002, we have come a long way in our mission of strengthening the ties, friendship and com- munication among students, alumni, faculty and friends of BITS. What started as a small organization with 10 volunteers supporting 1-2 scholarships, has grown into a virtual organization of 200+ volunteers spending their time and effort in helping students do innovative projects and showcase their research at interna- tional conferences; and doing global projects like BITSConnect, BGM, BITS Spark and more recently BITSConnect 2.0. None of this would have been possible without your contribution and support, for which I, and the entire BITSAA Board of Trustees are extremely grateful. -Rohit Koul 2013 First Edition
  2. 2. Testimonials show that the students have greatly benefitted from the merit-cum-need (MCN) scholarships, as a part of their financial burden is alleviated and they are able to concentrate better on their academics Merit Cum Need Scholarship 2 The Merit-cum-Need (MCN) scholarships are a category of scholarships offered by BITS to students from weaker financial background based on their academic performance and merit. Testimonials show that the students have greatly benefitted from the merit-cum-need (MCN) scholarships, as a part of their financial burden is alleviated and they are able to concen- trate better on their academics. This motivates us to look for more avenues for providing such scholarships to deserving students. Thanks to the generous donations from BITS alumni, BITSAA has initiated and manages twelve MCN scholarships helping 14 students in total. Please refer the link for more information http://www.bitsaa.org/?currentscholarships. This year BITSAA supported 12 students with alumni sponsored MCN scholarships. A few of the scholarship winners and their testi- monials have been highlighted below Ashima Dharembra 2011A8PS234P I am Ashima Dharembra, a first year student pursuing Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering at BITS, Pilani - Pilani campus. I am an active member of NSS, BITS Pilani. I am an avid reader and am a part of the Matrix club. I wish to pursue higher studies in the field of electronics after graduation. I have also been a scholar at school and this scholarship will go a long way in making me strive harder to achieve my goals. I am genuinely grateful for this scholarship as it eases a lot of the financial burden on my family. It feels even more special coming from a BITS alumnus. This scholarship is of great help to me and my family. I thank BITSAA and the donors for this kind gesture. Ashutosh Pandey 2008A4PS348P I come from Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh. I got admission in BITS Pilani-(Pilani campus) as a Me- chanical Engineering (BE-Hons) student in the year 2008. In 2009-10 I was awarded “Hiralal Agarwal Memorial Scholarship” by BITSAA based on my financial background and the native place. It was a great relief for my parents as well as to me. I utilized every single rupee of this scholarship in pursuing my course at BITS-PILANI. I am very thankful to Mr. Bhasker D. Agarwal (1970 Batch) for starting this schol- arship and providing a great opportunity for the bright and needy students from Faizabad. I am also very grateful to BITSAA scholarship team and Student Welfare Division (BITS-Pilani) for helping me at each step Nitin Hiran 2008A2PS522P I come from a middle class family based in Udaipur, Rajasthan where my dad runs a small company for recording and distributing Rajasthani folk music cassettes and CDs. My mother is a housewife and I have two sisters too. I still remember how excited I was when I scored well in BITSAT & knew I had a chance to go to BITS. However looking at the fee structure, I was worried that it would create an economic burden on my family. It was only when a few seniors at BITS told me about the MCN scholarships at BITS that I decided to join the institute. I would like to thank KK Rao sir for this scholarship & all my seniors who helped me at every stage in BITS.
  3. 3. 3 Although BITSAA strives to reach all deserving and meritorious students with requirement for MCN scholar- ships, many students are left out, primarily for the lack of funds. The info-graphs below depict the existing gaps in the number of MCN scholarship applicants and scholarship winners. We aim to fill in the existing gap with fundraising activity within the BITS Pilani community and through external sources. Comparison of MCN statistics over 6 semesters Pilani Campus Goa Campus Hyderbad Campus Applicant-Funding Gap * Based on statistics from 2011-2012 first semester Travel Scholarship and Loan BITSAA offers scholarships to students planning to participate in international conferences and symposiums in the field of engineering and technology. These scholarships partially cover travel expense for the students. Through travel scholarships, BITSAA aims to encourage participation of students in reputed technical confer- ences and help engage students in cutting edge research. Please visit http://www.bitsaa.org/? page=partial_travelschol for more details. BITSAA also offers 0% loans which gives partial financial support to students attending non-technical or business or social entrepreneurship conferences/summits/fellowships abroad. It is a Travel Loan with a "return-with-zero-percent-interest” clause (within 1 year from graduation). Please visit http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=loans for more details. With the support of alumni of BITS Pilani, BITSAA currently offers following travel scholarships  Anurag Jain 0% Loan Fund  BITSAA Yugaa & General Loan Fund  BITSAA Travel Scholarship Select testimonials of awardees of travel scholarships and loan have been highlighted below
  4. 4. 4 Via travel scholarships, BITSAA aims to encourage participation of students in reputed tech- nical conferences and help engage students in cutting edge research. Jinal Shah (2009A3PS010G) BITSAA scholarship covered my travel expenses to United States for my thesis. I sincerely thank BITSAA for providing this support. I strongly encourage every interested candidate to apply and take benefit of this scholarship. Deepan Kishore Kumar (2010AAPS068U) The BITSAA Travel Loan was indeed of great help to me, as it reduced the financial burden on me and aided me in representing BITS at this International Forum with over 700 delegates from all over the world. The 0% Loan scheme is also an innovative way by which more students can be encouraged to par- ticipate in International Conferences, so as to gain a professional network and present their research findings. Travel Scholarships and loan scheme receive a large number of applicants every semester. The applicants are thoroughly screened by respective campus faculty-in-charge before recommending them for the scholarship and loan. However, the amount of available funds limit BITSAA’s ability to help many deserving applicants. The graphs below show the huge dis- parity in number of applicants and available scholarships to the students. We believe there are many more students who deserve to be assisted and encouraged and would like to call BITS alumni to support us in this effort. Travel Loan Travel Scholarships BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 awards BITSAA Awards The 30 Under 30 awards were created after encountering many amazing young BITSians, who had done so much but were not yet known. These global awards are a way to not only recognize and honor outstanding BITSians under the age of 30 who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields, but more importantly, to showcase these beacons of inspiration to the oth- ers around them. *Data from 2011-2013 *Data from 2011-2013 Total Applicants: 48
  5. 5. 5 2012 hosted the third season of 30 Under 30 awards with the following members on the judging panel.  Prof. B N Jain – Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani  Kris Ramachandran – Advisor to Chairman, Aditya Birla Group  Ashok Agarwal – Entrepreneur, Adjunct Professor, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad  Prof. Reena Aggarwal – Professor, Georgetown University  Prof. Krishna Saraswat – Professor, Stanford University  Anurag Jain – Serial Entrepreneur & Former SVP of Dell/Perot  Raju Reddy – President & Chairman, BITSAA International  Phanindra Sama – Entrepreneur; Winner of 30 Under 30, 2009  Manoj Saxena – Tech Entrepreneur; General Manager, IBM Watson Prabhu B Doss (1999) Dushyanth Sridhar (2004) Sarvani Yadavalli (2004) Chetan Bansal (2008) Tejas Chafekar (2005) Suvonil Chatterjee (2010) Siddharth Loganathan (2000) Ramji Venkatasubramanian (2000) Vishakha Gupta (2000) Soumya Sen (2001) Shruthi Sridhar Vembar (1999) Abhishek Humbad (2005) A R Gopi Krishna (2004) Gaurav Mathur (2000) Lohit Sahu (2005) Divya Devarajan (2001) Saurabh Ladha (2008) Satish Polisetti (2002) Akash Raman (2004) Aalap Tripathy (2004) Tarun Cherukuri (2002) Abhijeet Gan (2000) Keerthi Kiran K (2004) Ankur Kumar (2006) Divya Nawale (2003) Mayur Patnala (2002) Yashveer Singh (2004) Srinath Nagarajan (2001) Raman Garimella (2006) Mahesh Krishnamurthy (2000) Arts, Literature & Culture Invention & Innovation Academia / Research & Development Leadership Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneurship & Community Building Professional Achievement Sports Winners of 2012 BITSAA 30 under 30 awards have been tabulated below. More details about the winners at : http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=bits30under30 Agam-Contemporary Carnatic Rock band Special Team Award
  6. 6. 6 The Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy Memorial Award is to honor the memory and lasting impact of Professor Ramaswamy in the lives of students he mentored. It aims to institutionalize his legacy, and promote activi- ties that embody his spirit and enthusiasm for nurturing students. Prof. Ramaswamy always believed that every student, when trusted and given the right encouragement can be successful in any venture of his/her choice. A group of students who were very close to Prof.Ramaswamy realized that the best way to honor him and continue his legacy is to initiate an award that encapsulates his vision, and remove all barriers that impede the progress of student projects in BITS. The award will be com- menced in Sem II, 2012-’13 academic year. Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy Memorial Award Shashi Kishore Research Excellence Award is aimed at promoting research in the field of Economics. Ankur Kumar (’06B3A7G, M.Sc. (Hons.) Economics & B.E. (Hons.) Computer Science Engineering) instituted the award in name of his parents – Mrs. Shashi Prabha (Mother) and Mr. Kishore Sah (Father) to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in research as part of academic research or independently in the field of Economics. The applications for the award is scheduled to be called for in Sem II, academic year 2012-13. Prof. SC Rastogi Merit Scholarship is funded by Mr. Parag Rastogi who graduated from BITS Pilani, in the year 1990. He is currently working with Bharti Walmart. The award is instituted for his dad, Prof. SC Rastogi who retired in 1993 as the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences Group from Pilani. Mr.Parag got the idea about the award during a recent visit to Pilani with his father. The scholarship will be given to the student in the final year with the highest GPA in all cours- es offered by Biological Sciences Dept. The award is scheduled to start in Sem II, academic year 2012-13. Apart from the awards described above, BITSAA manages ten other awards given for acknowledging both students’ and faculty members’ contribution in enriching the BITS Pilani experience. A summary of awardees for 2012-2013 has been tabulated below. Shashi Kishore Research Excellence Award Prof SC Rastogi Merit Scholarship for Biological Sciences Award Name Campus Awarded for Winner Leuna Harkawat Memorial Award Pilani Tarang Winner at OASIS Music Club, BITS, Pilani http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=leunaaward Brij Bhushan Award Pilani Badminton Tour- nament Winner of BOSM Girls: BITS-Pilani- Team A Boys: TIT&S Ranvir Trehan Memorial Award Pilani Tennis Tourna- ment Winner of BOSM Girls: JMC Boys: IPS Academy, Indore http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=ranvirmemorial Srikant Visweswariah An- alog Design Award and Fellowship Pilani Analog Design Contest at APO- GEE 1st Prize – Siddharth Garg 2nd Prize – Rishabh Gupta 3rd Prize – Chetan Suresh http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=SrikantAnalogAward New Awards being introduced in 2012-2013 are as follows
  7. 7. Award Name Campus Awarded for Winner R P Vaid Award Pilani Best Outgoing Student – Chemical Engineering Jasneet Singh http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=rpvaidaward Prabhat Award Pilani Best Outgoing Student – Physics Pratiksha Digambarsing Dongare http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=prabhataward Mantra Awards Pilani, Dubai, Goa, Hydera- bad Outstanding leadership Winners: http://www.bitsaa.org/? page=mantraawards APOGEE Awards Pilani Best project Awards instituted by Class of 1966-‘71 Dhiti: Raghav maheshwari Design Appliances: Adnan Husain Health & Nutrition: Maharshi Vyas Energy & Env.: Shreevar Rastogi Financial Assistance for paper publica- tion Pilani, Dubai, Goa, Hydera- bad Paper publication Graduate Students : Nishad Kamdar, Akhil Mohan Under Graduate Students : Soumendu Sinha, Shreyas Vatsa (http://www.bitsaa.org/? page=paperpublication ) Prof. S Venka- teswaran Faculty Excellence Award Faculty mem- bers across all BITS campus- es Faculty Excellence Prof. D M Kulkarni (http://www.bitsaa.org/? SVenkateswaranAward ) Acknowledgements BITSAA scholarships team is thankful to BITS Pilani Faculty in Charges (http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=partial_travelschol) and BITSAA expert panel (http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=expertpanel ) for devoting their valuable time in evaluating applications from across the BITS campuses and recommending students for travel and graduate application scholarships. BITS Pilani Faculty in-charge Prof. Arya Kumar (FIC Pilani Campus) Faculty Member, Dept. of Economics and Finance Unit Chief, Entrepreneurship Development & Intellectual Property Rights Email: aryakumar@bits-pilani.ac.in 7
  8. 8. 8 Prof. Hari Om Bansal (FIC Pilani Campus) Faculty Member, Dept. of Electrical and electronics engineering Email: hbansal@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in Prof. Saby John K. (FIC Goa Campus) Faculty Member, Dept. of Biological Sciences Email: saby@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in Prof. Sandip Deshmukh (FIC Hyderabad Campus) Faculty Member, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Email: ssd@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in Prof. Priti Bajpai (FIC Dubai Campus) Faculty Member, Dept. of General Science Dean Students Welfare Email: priti@bits-dubai.ac.ae BITSAA Expert Panel Dr. Siddharth Rajan Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Prof. Bhagirath Narhari Professor, Department of Computer Science, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Pro- grams, School of Engineering Applied Science, George Washington University Prof. Abani Patra Professor, University at Buffalo, The New York State university Brij Bhushan Brij is currently retired from Reston Consulting Group, which he founded in 1986. Brij graduated from BITS Pilani in 1965 and subsequently taught there from 1966 to 1969 and had a return engage- ment during Fall of 2006. Brij holds a Masters from Auburn University (1970) and has completed course work towards Doctor of Engg in EE at Concordia University, Montreal Canada. Prof. Autar Kaw Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University Of South Florida Prof. Aditya P.Mathur Professor, Computer Science, Purdue University
  9. 9. The scholarships team at BITSAA is dedicated to help students by managing alumni supported scholarships. These scholarships cover tuition fees, interna- tional conference travel cost and grad school application fees. The team aims to encourage the pursuit of excellence and to ensure that no student at BITS Pilani is denied a holistic educational experience and the opportunity to com- pete with the best due to a lack of funds. About UsBITSAA International The BITS Alumni Association is an international organisation with chap- ters throughout the world. BITSAA is active in connecting BITSians throughout the world through net- working and social events. Fundrais- ers are organised to give back to their alma mater and to support other BITSians. Appeal to BITS Alumni We at BITSAA are looking for your support in leading our effort to encourage and aid BITS Pilani students. If you are interested in discussing or establishing a new scholarship or award to support BITSians please get in touch with us at scholarships- team@bitsaa.org . We are also looking forward to hear any suggestions to improve scholarships team operations.

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