The BITS2MSPhD Talk: 31st August, 2013

Thinking about a higher degree?  MS or PhD might be for you. Find out for yourself. BITS2MSPhD, along with Embryo, presents this opportunity to BITSians on and off-campus. Get to know about the graduate school experience. We will help you find answers for:

Why Graduate School?

How to select a university?

How to write your resume and Statement of Purpose?

How should be your letter of recommendation?

Now you can tweet your questions to us too!
Post your questions on twitter with the hashtag “#bits2msphd”. And we shall take it from there. You may tweet your questions before or during the talk.

Off campus participants can join too, via WebEx conference.  You may find the link to live webex conference here.

The talks are held on campus:

In Goa and Hyderabad – Date: 31st August 2013 Time: 6.30 PM IST 

About the speakers:

Srivarsha Rajshekar(2007B1TS563P) is currently doing her PhD at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Cornell University in New York.  She studied M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences at BITS-Pilani and graduated in 2011.  She pursued her Thesis work at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. She has also worked in research laboratories in the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune prior to beginning her PhD. She is passionate about science research and education.

Adwait Gandhe(2008A3TS199G) graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Goa campus in 2012. He interned at Cameo Digital Media Lab (PS1), where he implemented a computer vision algorithm on an embedded platform. He then developed an inventory management system and presented his work at an international IEEE conference in Fukuoka, Japan. He was selected for the StartingBloc Fellowship, and traveled to Boston, USA to attend the Institute for Social Innovation. He then pursued his Bachelor Thesis at Fraunhofer Institute for Visual Computing in Darmstadt, Germany. He also attended the International Conference on Computer Vision, Barcelona, Spain before joining the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue his Masters in Robotic Systems Development. He was the Vice-chairperson of the IEEE Student Branch and helped revive Celestia, the Astronomy club. Adwait’s focus at CMU was Robotics, Machine Learning and Data Mining. He also took coursework in Entrepreneurship and is currently a member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club at the Tepper School of Business. He is currently pursuing an internship at FMC Schilling Robotics, a company that develops sub-sea robots, based in California, USA.

In Pilani – Date: 31st August, 2013 Time: 8:30 PM IST Venue: LTC 5103
About the Speaker:

Yashkumar Gandhi (2007A1PS432P) is currently pursuing M.S. in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette,Indiana, USA.  He completed his B.E. (Hons) in Chemical Engineering at BITS-Pilani in 2011. Earlier this year, Yash interned at GE Global Research Centre, at John F Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore. He has also worked as  a research intern at National Aerospace Laboratories, (CSIR-NAL) Bangalore  and had  been a UGC summer fellow at Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT-Mumbai) in 2010.

Clarification of membership at (BITSAA International)

Recently, BITSAA International received an e-mail from a student asking for clarification regarding the Alumina registration fees that he had paid on campus. While the matter was not strictly within BITSAA International’s ambit, we thought it was a good opportunity to help alumni to understand the difference between BITSAA International and BITSAAD which is the department concerned with Alumni Affairs on campus.

Alumni registration fees are raised by the Alumni Division on campus. The utilization of funds goes towards the Director’s Tea Party, Batch snaps, yearbook and so on. The exact details on fund collections and split up of expenditure should be available with the local BITSAAD incharges at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.

BITSAA International is a non-profit organization. We have never charged registration/membership or membership fees, nor do we foresee any necessity to do so in  the future for now. All registrations on the BITSAA International website are free and will continue to remain so.

BITSAA International

Many people would be interested to know that BITS Alumni Association International , BITSAA International, was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Three bitsians, Anupendra Sharma (Eco Instru ’87), Venu Palaparthi (Eco CS ’87) and Sandeep Arora (MMS 87), were working towards a scholarship dedicated to one of their batchmates, SS Seshadri (Eco Civil), who had passed away a few years ago. They met each other in the process of hosting a Music Night in October, 2011 to that effect. But one month before that, on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Centre was attacked. A BITSian, Vamsi Pendyala (’88), was a passenger on the flight from Boston which crashed into the World Trade Center.

In light of recent events, the three founders decided that it was only fitting to create a scholarship in memory of Vamsi Pendyala. Vamsi’s wife and classmates were instantly supportive, and the organizing team grew rapidly. Unfortunately, overcome by grief, Vamsi’s wife took her own life a week later.

Vamsi’s tragedy brought a lot of attention to the Fundraiser at New Jersey. “We owe our entire organization to Vamsi,” Venu says, “In dying, he created an organization.” BITSAA was recognized by BITS in 2003 when the then Director Prof. Venkateshwaran had visited the United States.

BTISAA then grew taking stride after stride. BITSconnect, BITS Connect 2.0, Sandpaper, BITS to MS/PHD, BITS to Bschool, BITSAA Global 30 under 30 just some of the initiatives and good work done by bitsian alumni. You can read more about alumni coming together to help out others on the BITSAA International website.


Each campus has its own BITS Alumni Affairs Division, BITSAAD is functioning at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai campuses. BITSAAD maintains liaisons with the alumni and involves them in the development of the university. The division functions as an arm of the campus administration.

The BITS Alumni Affairs Division, established in 2010 connects and engages students, alumni friends and well-wishers to a lifelong relationship with BITS Pilani. The division is working to extend further, the Alumni support to the continuing development of the Institute’s academics, research and off campus programs, expansion and renewal of its facilities, and in providing scholarship and financial aid to students through annual fundraising campaigns. The division generates opportunities for alumni and friends of the institute to extend their time, talent and treasure to enhance the vitality and reputation of BITS Pilani.

The activities conducted by the division during the academic year 2011-12 include

·        Director’s Tea Party

·        Batch Snaps (B.E and M.E)

·        Support for Convocation 2011

·        Registration of graduating students as BITS Alumni

·        Design, procurement, distribution and sale of Institute approved souvenirs

·        Coordinating Scholarship Applications, Travel grants, requests from students for alumni mentoring, etc.

·        Coordinating Alumni Visits

·        Coordinating Lets Promote BITS Pilani (LPBP)

On Campus Talks

On campus talks are an excellent forum for invited speakers from the alumni community to share their experiences with the students’ on-campus

Project Embryo Lectures

Alumni from different field and expertise interact with the students through video lecture. Efforts are made to telecast lectures to all the campuses simultaneously.

The Road Ahead

BITSAA International and BITSAAD are working together to  give back to the University as Alumni, what we received as students. Whether you are a current student, graduating class, alumni or faculty, Please do register on the global BITSian Directory at


BITSAA Intl is working in sync with the office of alumni affairs to create a cohesive and tightly integrated workflow & infrastructure . Whether you are a current student, graduating class, alumni or faculty, Please do register on the global BITSian Directory –

Sources & Links :

BITSAA Initiatives -

BITS Connect 2.0 & How it will change things on campus -

BITSAA Global Meet 2014 -


Aditya Bhuvaneshwaran, Team Leader – Membership Team, BITSAA International.

Announcing Winners – BITSAA Awards

BITS has had a tradition of recognizing and commemorating its faculty, alumni & students or their achievements in academics, extra-curricula’s  and  contribution towards business or a societal cause. BITSAA International continues that tradition with the BITSAA Awards.  It gives us immense pleasure to recognize and honour this year’s outstanding efforts of those volunteers who keep the 40000+ BITSians spread across the globe connected with each other as well as their alma mater.

The BITSAA Awards were instituted earlier this year in order to recognize and commend all those who went above and beyond their call of duty to take BITSAA one step further to its vision of creating a resourceful and well networked alumni community.

This is our humble attempt to reward the exceptional amount of time, efforts and interest these people have put in. The following are categories being awarded this year:

  • Most Successful Team - Given to the team(s) that has shown remarkable commitment, excellent execution beyond the listed goals, and credible collaboration across teams. All BITSAA teams are eligible to be nominated in this category.
  • Distinguished Service to Alumni Community - Given to the individual(s) that has served the Alumni Community not just to the best of his/her ability, but over and beyond that. He/She has exhibited consistent and sustainable efforts over time, and spent considerable efforts in developing relationships and individuals for the benefit of BITSAA. This category is open to all BITSAA leaders.
  • Exceptional Leadership - Given to the individual(s) who has proven to be an exceptional leader with proven integrity, interpersonal skills, goal setting for team, and carrying the team along with him/her. This category is intended for Managers and above, but exceptions will be made if there is sufficient justification.
  • Outstanding Volunteerism - Given to the individual(s) who put in efforts outside of his stated project tasks, has excellent communication skills, and is result driven. This category is open to all Volunteers and Team leaders
  • Promising Newcomer - Given to the individual(s) who joined BITSAA recently, but proved to be an invaluable resource to the team, and the organisation, through his/her dedication, leadership, and commitment. As the name suggests, this is open to any leader who is a newcomer.

The nominations under each category were rigorously reviewed by the leadership team to choose winners who have shown skyrocketing levels of enthu!. It was really tough to choose between such talent and dedication, and took us several rounds of discussions and debates!

Finally the time has come for us to open the envelopses and reveal the winners. We take great pleasure in announcing and congratulating the recipients of BITSAA Awards 2013:

  • Most Successful Team:
    • Shared by Scholarships team and BITS Spark team.
  • Distinguished Service to Alumni Community
    • Aalap Tripathi, Ex-CEO
    • Kaushik Subramanian, Ex-CFO
    • Vijay Sharma, Ex-COO
  • Exceptional Leadership
    • Soumyadeep Ghosh, BITS2MSPHD
    • Kaushik Balasubramanian,  Marketing & Communications
    • Rahul Parsani, Finance
    • Hari Kishore, Scholarships
    • Sherin Kurian, Scholarships
  • Outstanding Volunteerism
    • Hari Prasath, Alumni Membership
    • Deepan Kishore, Campus Relations
    • Pramod Vadlamani, People Strategy
    • Anurag Jaipuriar, Scholarships
    • Aakash Goel, Technology
    • Chetan Bansal, Technology
  • Promising Newcomer
    •  Sunalini Sinha, Operations

Congratulations to all the winners!! You have made BITSAA and BITS- Pilani proud.

Rest assured, such dedication and efforts will continue to take us forward by leaps and mark us on the map as one of the best alumni organizations in the world.


BITSAA International – at your fingertips : Thank you Ariose Software

BITSAA Goes Mobile

At BITSAA International, we have always embraced technology – be it using recruiterbox for recruiting, Webex for conferences, Trello for managing actionable items, Dropbox for repository, SVN, Git or any of the plethora of content management products out there. Being the alumni of a technical university (and a good one!), we believe, we ought to show others how to leverage technology to bring virtual teams together, We ought to show others how it is done!
Here is yet another milestone, yet another jewel from our technology team – BITSAA mobile application. Yes, the Beta is now live!

BITSAA app, the free mobile application for BITSAA International, puts BITS alumni, events, and news on your mobile device – wherever you are. This application will open up new opportunities for alumni to connect with both the institution and each other regardless of where they are at the time.

Current features of the Beta include

  • News
  • Events
  • Social connect
  • Campus
  • Calendar
  • Gallery
  • Blog
  • EStore

Download it now

Search for “BITSAA” in the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play(Android)

Future Releases

What would YOU like to see included (OR changed)?
Tell us (tech-team AT bitsaa DOT org) what else you’d like to see added! Do let us know if you don’t like something. We are eager to listen and change & hopefully get better with time.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to fellow alumnus and passionate BITSian Amit Goenka (1991-95), Co-Founder and CEO of Ariose Software (P) Ltd who spent his valuable resources to build this app for us for FREE. Kudos to the Amit and his team and a big Thank you from all of us at BITSAA International. Ariose Software provides expert services and solutions in the area of Mobile services – Consumer, Enterprise and Telecom. Do check them out!