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  • Unfolding of BOSM 2014 at Pilani Campus

    Unfolding of BOSM 2014 at Pilani Campus

    The BITS Open Sports Meet (BOSM) is BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Pilani’s annual sports extravaganza. The curtains are set to be raised on the meet this week on the 19th of September, and needless to say, the students involved in the organization of the fest are giddy with excitement. With BOSM right around the corner, the courts in the college are up and running, the grass in the main grounds, “Gym-G”, has been cut and gruelling morning practices are back to occupying BITSian sportsmen. According to the organizing committee, the CoSSAc body, registrations have hit a new high, owing to more Delhi University teams packing their sports gears for the showdown this season at Pilani. Around 2600 players have already registered to participate in the various events that happen throughout the four days of the meet. The staff quarters and the common rooms in hostels will accommodate the incoming outstation participants. BITS Pilani has been recently in Parivartan – with a 500 crore project of the same name that was initiated to boost the infrastructure of the Pilani campus, nearing completion. The opening of the revamped tennis courts was delayed owing to the rain Gods deciding to bless the otherwise dry hamlet with showers just when the final phase of construction was about to begin. Much to the tennis team’s relief, however, it was very recently opened for play. The badminton court is now usable after being under construction for a long time. To the dismay of many though, football, hockey, swimming and athletics will be organized outside campus in Birla Public School, a couple of kilometres away. 
     
    To brighten up the fest, the Creative Activities Club (CrAC) is busy decorating the Gym-G walls, portraying famous sports personalities. A festive BOSM banner at the base of the famous clock tower and a three-dimensional structure of the BOSM logo is also on the cards. BOSM hopes to cater to everyone – even those who don’t stand out in sporting events. A sumo-wrestling event, a live version of the popular game “Plants vs. Zombies”, Muggle Quidditch, Street Football and plenty of other similar divertissements are rumoured to happen in various spots around the campus. Yodh, a two-day inter-school sporting event is being conducted by Nirmaan for over 200 students of classes 6-10 from about 10 schools in and around Pilani, most of them lacking proper playgrounds, instructors and sports equipment. The NSS organized a pre-BOSM initiative, Junoon, a sports event for the specially-abled that was a huge success again this year and has received good feedback from all quarters. 
     
    BOSM has a history of attracting rain clouds to Pilani. The last two years have seen sports activities being severely hampered due to the onset of heavy showers halfway through the fest. This year though, there are some contingency plans in place. A provision for tarpaulin covers has been made and there are plans to shift the food stalls, one of the major attractions of the fest, to the concrete structures adjacent to the tennis courts. However, this seems like a distant worry for BITSians now as they await BOSM 2014, eager with anticipation: spirit, rains, food, grit, guts, glory et al!

  • Junoon 2014

    Junoon 2014

    The Third Edition, “Junoon 2014”, a two day Sports event, is going to be organized by NSS, BITS Pilani and the Sports Council of BITS Pilani on 6 th and 7th September 2014.
     
    Participation:
    As  of now,  8  NGOs  seeking  a  participation  of  170  athletes  from   Pilani,  Chirawa, Jhunjhunu,  Delhi   and Jaipur  will be fighting  for sporting glory  this  year.They  include  Muskaan(Delhi),  Akshay  Pratishthan(Chirawa),  Amla  Birla Kendra (Pilani),  Asha  ka Jharna(Pilani), Disha  (Rajasthan),  Navjyoti(Delhi),Aarth  Astha(Delhi)  and  Handicapped  Children’s Rehabilitation Association(Delhi) 
     
    Sporting Events:
    Sporting  events  planned  are:   Cricket, Badminton,  Basketball,  Athletics,  Bocce and Volleyball.
     
    Other details:
    Guest of  Honor  Dr.  Satendra  Singh,  medical   doctor  at  the   University  College  of Medical  Sciences and Guru  Tegh Bahadur  Hospital,  Delhi   and a  disability  activist, is  going  to  grace the two  day sports  fest, taking  Junoon to  another level. Recreational activities like  tug  of war, sitoliya are planned  this   year.Art  Workshop  and decoration  by Creative Activities  Club  and  Department of Art,  Design and  Publicity,  BITS Pilani  will   keep  the   participants  enthused  and engaged. Junoon nite  featuring  a  play  on theme   of the   event  by Hindi  Drama  Club,  BITS Pilani,  poem recitation  by Archit Aggarwal,  Poetry  Club, BITS  Pilani,  music  by Gurukul, BITS Pilani will   set an end to  the  two  day extravaganza.  
     
     

  • JRF Position Available in UGC Major Research Project in Department of Biological Sciences

    JRF Position Available in UGC Major Research Project in Department of Biological Sciences

    JRF Position Available in UGC Major Research Project
     

  • Advertisement for a Post of Senior Research Fellow (SRF)in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

    Advertisement for a Post of Senior Research Fellow (SRF)in Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

    Advertisement for a Post of Senior Research Fellow (SRF) for a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE), New Delhi, R&D- Solar Division Funded Research Project (No. 31/19/2011-12/ST)
     

  • Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in Department of Physics

    Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in Department of Physics

    Applications are invited for a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) to work in a DST funded project titled Thermodynamic studies on force induced transitions in DNA molecule in crowded environment under Dr. Navin Singh, Department of Physics, BITS, Pilani.
     

  • Live Webcast for Convocation-2014 :: BITS Pilani, Pilani campus

    Live Webcast for Convocation-2014 :: BITS Pilani, Pilani campus

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  • A National Conference on NANO- AND FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS (NFM-2014)

    A National Conference on NANO- AND FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS (NFM-2014)

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  • Convocation 2014

    Convocation 2014

    Convocation ceremony for the graduating students who have completed the eligibility requirements in the second semester 2013-14 in First Degree, Higher Degree and Ph.D. Programmes from BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus shall be held on Sunday, 20th July , 2014  at Pilani Campus.
     
    More details will be announced here after 1st June 2014. 
     

  • Seminar in the Department of Chemistry

    Seminar in the Department of Chemistry

    Department of chemistry organized a seminar on ' Drug-Surfactant Interactions: Physicochemical Studies', by Prof. Rakesh Kumar Mahajan, Department of Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, on Friday, 2 May 2014.
     
    Abstract: The drug-membrane interactions are important in understanding the mechanism of drug action and also provide a detailed insight into more complex biological processes such as the passage of drugs through cell membranes. Owing to the much complex structure of biomembranes, the less intricate models such as surfactant micelles possessing spherical structure, have been used to mimic the biomembrane environments [1, 2]. The amphiphilic nature of micelles allows one to study the affinity of small molecules to the biological membranes and hence the physicochemical interactions of drugs with surfactants can be visualised as an approximation for drug-membrane interactions. Keeping in view the paramount importance of the interactions of drugs with surface active agents, the interactions of various drugs such as promethazine hydrochloride (PMT), promazine hydrochloride (PMZ), trifluoperazine dihydrochloride (TFP), dopamine hydrochloride (DH) and acetylcholine chloride (AC), with diverse variety of surfactants such as 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (C14mimBr), pyridinium gemini surfactants, bile salts viz. sodium cholate (NaC) and sodium deoxycholate (NaDC), anionic (i.e. sodium dodecylsulphate; SDS and dioctylsulphosuccinate sodium salt; AOT) and cationic surfactants (dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide; DTAB and didodecyldimethylammonium bromide; DDAB), triblock copolymers (L64, F68 and P123) have been investigated [3-6]. Various techniques such as conductivity, surface tension, steady state fluorescence, UV-visible, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and NMR were employed to evaluate various micellar, interfacial and thermodynamic parameters to get better insight into the interactional behavior. A new potentiometric PVC sensor based on neutral ion-pair complexes of dodecylmethylimidazolium bromide-sodium dodecylsulfate (C12MeIm+DS-) to study the micellar aggregates of imidazolium based surface active ionic liquids with PMT and PMZ has also been developed [7]. We have also investigated the interactions of tricyclic antidepressants nortriptyline hydrochloride (NOT) and amitriptyline hydrochloride (AMT) with nonionic polyoxyethylene alkyl ether surfactants (C10E8/C10E10).

  • Seminars in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Seminars in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of Humanities and Social Sciences organized the following seminars on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 :
     
    1. 'Administrative Ethics:An Analysis of Transparency and Accountability', by Mohit Sharma, Reserach Scholar Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani.
     
    2. 'Film Narratology : A Historical Perspective', by Neerja Vyas, Reserach Scholar Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani.
     
    3. 'Pathways to Equality: Unfolding Policy Discourses and Theoretical Nexus', by Dr. Tanu Shukla, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani.
     
    4. ' Trajectory of Thought with Regard to Social Justice', by K. Kumar , M.Sc. (Tech) Development Studies, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, BITS Pilani.
     
    Prof B Geetha, Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, chaired the above seminars.

  • Seminars in the Department of Management

    Seminars in the Department of Management

    Department of Management organized the following seminars on Monday, 28 April 2014 :
     
    1. 'Antecedents of Social Entrepreneurial Intentions' , by Preeti Tiwari
     
    Abstract :  An understanding of what causes individuals to act as social entrepreneurs is crucial to understanding social entrepreneurial processes. According to Ajzen (1991:439), intention is the immediate antecedent of behaviour. Social Entrepreneurial Intention is defined as willingness of individuals to perform entrepreneurial behaviour, to engage in social entrepreneurial action, to be self- employed, or to establish new business. In this presentation, we will discuss what are the antecedents that will affect intention of a person.
     
     
    2. ' Luxury Marketing: A Review ', by  Nikita Sharda
     
    Abstract: Today luxury market heavily depends upon emerging markets (with double-digit growth rate) as a backup during a shortfall in mature market (with single digit growth rate). India is considered to be among the fastest growing luxury markets with an incremental growth during 2012-2017E and an attractive destination for luxury marketers but it has been under-researched for over a decade. Thus, a comprehensive literature survey and the gaps identified in the study will be presented.

  • Invited lectures in the Department of Management

    Invited lectures in the Department of Management

    Department of Management organized the following invited lectures by Dr. Vasudevan Sundararajan, VP - Business Analytics, HSBC, on 19-20 April 2014.
    • Session 1: Brand Equity and Channel Forecasting method  on 19th April 2014.
    • Session 2: Advertising Tracking and Market Mix modeling, on  20th April 2014. 
    About the speaker :
     
    (i) Currently VP - Business Analytics, HSBC
    (ii) Founder of SHODH – A Marketing Research and analytics Consulting Firm (2001-present)
    (iii) General Manager – Strategic Marketing, BPL Limited, Bangalore (1998-2001)
    (iv) Deputy General Manager – In charge of Advertising and Media department and Market Research Department (1994-1998) – BPL Limited
    (v) Research Director and General Manager- Mudra Communications- Research Division (1992-94)
    (vii) Managing Director- Avalaunch – Market Info Probe (1990 – 92)
    (viii) Teaching Assistant – University of Arizona, USA – (1983- 89)
    (ix) Assistant Manager – Sales – Automotive Axles, Rockwell USA – (1981 – 83). 

  • Invited lecture in the Department of Chemistry

    Invited lecture in the Department of Chemistry

    Department of Chemistry organized an invited lecture on ' Synthesis of bioactive hybrid molecules as novel therapeutic agents', by Dr. P. M. S. Chauhan, Ph.D, FRSC, Professor (AcSIR), Senior Principal Scientist, Medicinal and Process Chemistry Division, CDRI,  Lucknow, on Friday, 11 April 2014. 

  • Invited lecture in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Invited lecture in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Department of Mechanical Engineering organized an invited lecture on  "Solar concentrators- Evolution, current trends and future", by Mr. Deepak Gadhia, on 7th April 2014.
     
    About the speaker : 
     
    Deepak Gadhia has done his Process and Environmental Engineering in Berlin, Germany and returned to India after specialising in Energy Consultancy and Energy Management by participating in a Master Course offered by Technical University Berlin and MIT of USA. Before returning to India he worked for various leading German Companies like Wacker Chemie GmbH, DEG Engineering GmbH, HTT GmbH, HTA GmbH etc in the field of Heat Recovery and Energy Conservation.
     
    He and his wife returned to India on Invitation of Mr Rajiv Gandhi who went on to become Prime Minister of India. They started Eco Center ICNEER (International Center for Networking, Ecology, Education and Re-integration). On realising that any social work needs money, and instead of applying for funds from Government or Philanthropists, they decided to earn their own money and thus became social entrepreneurs.
     
    This was the start of Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. It started offering services in the Energy sector. Realizing the need for a new technology, they brought Seifert Parabolic and Scheffler Parabolic Solar Concentrator technology to India in co-operation with the developers and successfully commercialised the technology in India. The company became World leader and has undertaken prestigious projects like the World’s largest Solar Steam Cooking System at Shirdi Temple which cooks 50,000 meals per day with steam generated from Solar Concentrators and many such projects including Solar Air-con etc.
     
    Deepak Gadhia is now the Trusttee of Muni Seva Ashram (www.greenashram.org) a NGO in Goraj, Vadodara, Gujarat and looks after its Sustainable features of Ashram and working to make it to have Zero Carbon Footprint. The 1200 strong community is already having Solar hot water systems,, Solar Cookers, Biogas Plants, Solar PV Power Plant, Biomass gasifier based irrigation and power plants.
     
    To  reduce Ashram’s reliance on donations to carry on the social activities a  section 25 company has been formed in name of “MSA Renewtech Foundation” and Mr. Deepak Gadhia is Director in same.
     
    The company offers “Green and Sustainable Solutions” and provides consultancy and services and undertakes projects on turn-key basis. The profit of the company is spent to support social activities of Muni Seva Ashram.
     
    Deepak Gadhia has received several awards  and among the were to name a few
    • BlueSky Award  in Shenzehn, China for his company Gadhia Solar being among the Top Ten Technolgies in the World.
    • He was awarded the “ Solar Enterpreneur Award “  on Solar Thermal Field by Solar Energy Society of India ( SESI).
     
    He was also on Board of “Solar Cooker International” (SCI) a NGO in USA. He also serves on on Board of several such Government and Non Government Bodies and committees  as advisor and mentor to  share his experience.
     
    He travels extensively as he is invited by UN Bodies, ADB, Government and Non Governmental Organsiations, Univesities and Colleges and School and Corporate Bodies to share his Journey of Social Enterpreneurship and Success in Solar and Sustainability and his present activites  and responsibility as Trustee to help the NGO Muni Seva Ashram go Green and become Carbon Neutral.
     

  • Seminar in the Department of Humanities and Languages

    Seminar in the Department of Humanities and Languages

    Department of Humanities and Languages organized the following seminars on a seminar on Tuesday, 1 April 2014. 
    • 'Concepts in conversation: Between Ortiz and Bhabha', by Prof . Kumar Sankar Bhattacharya and Prof.  Hari Nair (Joint presentation), Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • ' Frameworks used in acceptance behavior studies', by Chasul Phogat, Research Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • C V Jayanthi, Research Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, chaired the seminars.

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