PANAJI: BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus will nearly double its student population as well as its faculty strength over the next three to four years, the institute director G Raghurama said, during his 2017 convocation speech on Sunday at the campus in Zuarinagar. As part of these expansion plans, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus admitted 850 students to the first degree programmes in 2017-18, up from 605 last year.
“The Goa campus of BITS Pilani offers 10 first degree programmes, six higher degree programmes and PhD programme. The campus now has a total strength of about 2,800 students. We have embarked upon an ambitious growth plan over the next 3-4 years,” Raghurama said. The BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus opened in 2004, admitting its first batch of 600 students.
He said that during the growth plan, the focus will be on post-graduate and research programmes. So far, 44 PhD students have graduated from the Goa campus and the number of PhD students currently registered is 200. “BITS Pilani is at an important stage of growth. All the faculty, staff and students at the Goa campus are geared up to meet the challenges in achieving our Vision 2020,” Raghurama said.
A total of 562 courses were offered in the last academic year (277 in Semester I and 285 in Semester II in 2016-17), and 12 new courses were introduced during the last one year, Raghurama said.
The administrators are thriving to make BITS more of a research-focused institute.
The 180-acre Goa campus will see an investment of Rs 425 crore with a plan to host 4,800 students by 2020.
BITS-Pilani – with campuses at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad – is ranked first among privately-funded engineering institutes in India and in the overall ranking, just after the five oldest IITs as per various surveys.
BITS is investing as estimated Rs 1,300 crore for the expansion of its institute at all its three centres in India by 2020, in a bid to compete globally.
This article was first published on Times of India on 14th Aug 2017