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Awards and Achievements of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus

  • Semester II of 2019-20


    Sharad Chitlangia has won funding support of 10,000 USD (Rs. 7.64 lakhs) provided by Microsoft Research’s Reinforcement Learning Open Source Festival
     

    Sharad Chitlangia (2017A8PS0472G), a student of Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering has won funding support of 10,000 USD (Rs. 7.64 lakhs) provided by Microsoft Research’s Reinforcement Learning Open Source Festival.  This year only 6 students were selected globally.

     

    The Reinforcement Learning (RL) Open Source Fest is a global online program focused on introducing students to open source reinforcement learning programs and software development while working alongside researchers, data scientists, and engineers on the Real World Reinforcement Learning team at Microsoft Research NYC. Students work on a four-month research programming project during their break from university (May-August 2020). 

     

    Please find more information at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/academic-program/rl-open-source-fest/

     

    Ms. Ayushi Dubal has been selected for a scholarship of Google's 2020 APAC Women Techmakers Scholars Program

    Ms. Ayushi Dubal (2019A7PS0099G), a first year student of Department of Computer Science and Information Systems has been selected for a scholarship of Google's 2020 APAC Women Techmakers Scholars Program.

     

    Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program, Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the tech industry by encouraging women to excel as active participants and leaders in the field. The scholarship is awarded based on academic performance, leadership, and impact on the community of women in tech. Ms. Ayushi cleared three rounds of selection - a written essay round, the Google Online Challenge, and a telephonic interview, to be selected as one of 74 scholars from all across India and Greater China.

     

    Scholarship includes a cash scholarship of 1000 USD, and an invitation to a virtual retreat organised for the scholars, which had multiple workshops and sessions that boosted personal and professional growth.


     
    Mr. Alish Dipani (2016A7TS0005G), was selected for a grant by The Ruby Association   
    Mr. Alish Dipani (2016A7TS0005G), was selected for a grant by The Ruby Association for his project titled Rubyplot: An advanced plotting library for Ruby.He was one of the five recipients with applicants from all around the world, the grant amount was JPY500,000 for the period from November 2019 to March 2020.This was an extension of his Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2019 project under The Ruby Science Foundation. Link for this project can be found here.

     
    Project Kratos amongst top 10 global participants at Indian Rover Challenge (IRC)

    In January 2020, Project Kratos a twenty five student team with Akash Chaudhary as Team Lead was selected to participate in the finals of the Indian Rover Challenge, held at Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai. The competition was conducted from 17th to 19th January, and 4 different challenges were conducted to assess all aspects of the Mars Rover: Extreme Retrieval Task, Equipment Service Task, Astronaut Assistance Task and Life Detection Task.

    There were 21 teams in finals, from colleges all across the world. We are glad to say that, in the first year of participation itself, Project Kratos stood 10th amongst all participatory teams, and also attained first rank amongst all newly participating rovers.

     
    Enactus BITS Goa's Project Sivaar enters the Top 24 Projects globally!

    Project Sivaar by Enactus BITS Goa led by Naman Gupta and Yash Agarwal enters the Top 24 Teams globally out of 1730 active Enactus teams. The team of 15 students participated in Enactus 1 Race 4 Oceans with Project Sivaar. Project Sivaar: aims to tackle the problem of ocean acidification, marine habitat loss and climate change through the creation of sustainable and innovative ocean farms and seaweed cultivation while creating micro-social entrepreneurs out of underprivileged communities and farmers around Goa. The Team has partnered with organisations like TERI & NIO for this endeavour and is guided by Prof. Mridula Goel.

    Out of 107 innovative projects from 20 countries, the project has been selected in the Top 24 projects worldwide and will be going to the final round of incubation & mentorship. Top 3-5 teams get a funding opportunity of $25000 and a fully-sponsored trip to Utrecht, Netherlands. The team will also be representative of the Ocean Student Advisory Group for Impact 4 Oceans during UN Global Goals Week.


     

    Team InfinityBox wins the World Regionals of HULT Prize 2020

    Team InfinityBox has won the World Regionals of HULT Prize 2020 and is one among the Top 50 startups worldwide who will attend the accelerator at Boston and aim for the $1 Million Prize! InfinityBox is a team of IIT KGP and BITS Pilani students solving the challenge of rising usage of single-use plastics by following a circular economy model for food delivery containers.

    BITS student Shiv Kumar along with 3 IIT Kharagpur students namely - Shashwat Gangwal, Soham Chandorkar and Keshav Godala constitute Team InfinityBox.

    Across three pilots in Kharagpur, Gurugram and Mumbai, they have had an outstanding adoption rate of 75% among the consumers. The latest Mumbai pilot was in partnership with Swiggy. The team is looking at replicating this success and have a bigger impact alongside Swiggy. Once operational, InfinityBox would reduce at least 200,000 Kgs of plastic within 2 years.

    Read more about InfinityBox at https://www.infinityboxkgp.com/


     

    BITS Goa Campus team Changemakers in top 50 globally

    Mr. Suraj Gupta (2017B2A30329G), Mr. Ashutosh Vashist (2017A1PS0892G), Mr. Kushal Rathi (2018A3PS0508G) represented India as team "Changemakers" in the Hult Prize Global Regional Finals at Dhaka, Bangladesh(virtually) and secured a position in the Top 50 globally.

    It is organized by Hult International Business School, conducted in March 2020. The Hult Prize is an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from MBA and college students to solve a pressing social issue such as food security, water access, energy, and education.

    They developed a solution, "PiezoRun," to recover waste heat energy from road transportation to tackle the everlasting energy problems.


     

    BITS Goa Campus team PharmBox selected in top 30 Hack the Crisis – India, an Online Hackathon

    Five students of BITS Goa Campus - Suraj Gupta (2017B2A30329G), Ashutosh Vashist (2017A1PS0892G), Aditya Ketkar (2016A7PS0081G), Vishnu Nair (2017A1PS0800G) and Ishan Sharma (2019A3PS0297G), along with one student of Hyderabad Campus, Ishita Kukreti (2017A1PS1037G) participated in the Hack the Crisis – India, an Online Hackathon. This hackathon was organized by Garage48, ‘Hack A Cause – India’, and ‘Ficci Ladies Organization Pune’ and supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (MEITY). The hackathon is part of a global initiative, and their team, "PharmBox," was selected in the Top 30 out of more than 3000 teams (15000+ participants) from all over India in the competition held on 3-5 April 2020. They developed a medicine vending machine system to tackle the problem of medicine procurement in India. The team leaders, Suraj Gupta and Ashutosh Vashist shared their experiences of the hackathon in an interview with Accelerate Estonia."
    Our concept video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAxU0pfQJx8&feature=youtu.be


     

    Three students of Goa Campus namely Shiv Kumar (2017B3A10585G), Mayank Phadke (2017B3A80625G) and Ishita Srivastava (2016A8PS0236G), have made it to the prestigious list of Economic Times Campus Stars Class of 2019-20.

    The third edition of ET Campus Stars was launched in September 2019. It was a four-phase program participated by 49,000+ students from 2000+ colleges out of which 104 students nationwide were selected for this list.

    The full list is available here: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/etcampusstars


     

    Mr. Samesh Lakhotia’s (2018AAPS0553G) proposal for Google Summer of Code 2020 has been accepted. He will be working with HydraEcosystem.org on his project, https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/projects/#6296902657638400. Mr. Samesh is also Coordinator, Developers' Society BITS Goa (DevSoc).
    Mr. Devansh Aggarwal’s (2018A7PS0131G) proposal for Google Summer of Code 2020 has been accepted. He will be working with The Mifos Initiative on his project, https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/projects/#5282825042919424.

    Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together 15,000+ student participants and 12,000 mentors from over 118 countries worldwide. This year, Google has funded 1195 student projects for 199 open source organizations who benefit from active involvement from new developers.


     

    Epione Swajal Solutions (a startup by Dr. Anirban Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering) and Mr.  Anupam Mukherjee (pursuing PhD under Dr. Anirban Roy’s guidance) won the BRIC Idea Exposition on “Healthcare & Environment” organized by BIRAC Regional Innovation Centre in collaboration with IKP and Goa Institute of Management (GIM) held at GIM on 21 & 22 February 2020.


     

    Ms. Uma Matlani (2018H1290017G), a student of M.E. Biotechnology was selected for the Khorana Program for Scholars 2019 to work under the mentorship of Dr. David R Andes, of University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA during the summer vacations (29th May 29 to 3rd August 2019). The program is jointly supported by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward.

    The program includes travel expenses, stipend, stay, and health insurance of the selected student.


     

    Mr. Ashutosh Vashist (2017A1PS0892G) was selected to participate in the MIT Africa Takes on COVID-19 Hackathon (https://covid19challenge.mit.edu/africa-takes-on-covid19/), a hackathon organized by MIT students from May 1-3, 2020. The objective of the Hackathon was to encourage innovations to tackle COVID19 in Africa. Ashutosh was amongst 350 participants selected from a diverse pool of more than 2500 international applicants from over 100 countries. He was chosen to be a participant in Track E. Sustaining Primary Care During COVID-19, comprising of participants from worldwide cross-functional teams. 

    The Hackathon required the teams to build a product prototype in 48 hours, make suitable business and financial models for a potential scale-up. 

    Ashutosh led the team, “Lifeline”, communicated across different timezones to manage and offered his analytical and product development skills. The team was amongst the Top 20 in the Hackathon.


     

    Mr. Ashutosh Vashist (2017A1PS0892G) was selected as a Delegate to participate in the prestigious 2020 Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Harvard College Conference (https://hpair.org/harvard-conference-2020), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the USA from 14th to 17th February 2020. It is the largest international student-organized conference in the world. This year’s theme was Striking a balance: Vision of a Conflicted World. Ashutosh was amongst 300 delegates selected from a diverse pool of about 4000 international applicants from around 80 countries. He was chosen to be a participant of the Stride Funding Impact Challenge, comprising of delegates in global cross-functional teams.

    The Impact Challenge required the team to provide a comprehensive review concerning the target audience of the upcoming startup and list out relevant marketing channels for their campaign.
    Ashutosh led the team, collaborated with the take of the relevant stakeholders and gave the final pitch. His pitch was deemed amongst the best by the judges of the Impact Challenge.


     

    The Goa round of the 16th edition of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz, a national level quiz competition held at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus on the 16th February 2020, kicked off with a quick preliminary written round that saw two teams from BITS Pilani Goa Campus (One: Lucky Kaul and Shiv Kumar, Two: Navneet Raghunath and Ratnakant Govenkar) become a part of the top six teams for the on-stage final, out of a 114 teams.

    The audience was enthralled by an entertaining 45 minute final that was hosted by quizmaster Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramaniam, that saw a dominative performance from Lucky and Shiv, who went on to defend the title they had won in 2019.

    The Director of BITS Goa, Prof. Raghurama G felicitated the winners with a cash prize of INR 75000. The runners up were felicitated with a cash prize of INR 35000.


     

    Dr. Anirban Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering co-authored a book on “Modeling in Membranes and Membrane-Based Processes”. The book is available on Amazon and publishing house Wiley


     

    Prof. Dipankar Pal presented a research paper co-authored along with BITS Goa scholars, Mr. Akhilesh G. Naik and Mr. Debarshi Deka, titled, “ASIC Implementation of High-Speed Adaptive Recursive Karatsuba Multiplier with Square-Root-Carry-Select-Adder” in the signature conference of IEEE CAS named 11th LASCAS 2020 on 26th March 2020 in San Jose, Costa Rica.


     

    A research scholar, Mr. Kasi Bandla, working under the guidance of Prof. Dipankar Pal presented a paper, titled, “Design of Low Power, High Speed, Low Offset and Area Efficient Dynamic-Latch Comparator for SAR-ADC”, in the IEEE 2020 International Conference on Innovative Trends in Communication and Computer Engineering (ITCE 2020) in Aswan, Egypt, on 08 February 2020. The paper was jointly authored along with Mr. A. Harikrishnan and Prof. Dipankar Pal.


     

    A paper entitled “Outage Analysis of OFDMA Based NOMA Aided Full-Duplex Cooperative D2D System”, authored by R. Bajpai (2019PHXF0003G), A Kulkarni (2017A3PS0901G), G. Malhotra (2017A8PS0512G), N. Gupta (Faculty), has been accepted for an International Conference on Telecommunications, scheduled to be held at Indonesia on 5th to 7th October 2020.

  • Semester I of 2019-20

    Faculty achievements

    Prof. Debasis Patnaik, Department of Economics was felicitated by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences at National Conference on ‘Teaching Methodology for Tribal Students’ for ‘Alternative Pedagogical Directions in Social Science Teaching and Research’ on 27th Sept 2019


     

    Prof. Ranjan Dey, Department of Chemistry, has been elected as an Associate Editor of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal.


     

     

    Student achievements

    A student-team of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus--Project PINAKA--was declared winner at the Boeing University Innovation Leadership Development (BUILD) program held in September 2019. Six winning teams, 3 student teams and 3 teams amongst early-stage start-ups were selected from 26 finalists. 

    Project PINAKA is a team of motivated engineers mentored by Prof. Shibu Clement, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, working to introduce AI into Aviation. The team included Saksham Agrawal, Kshitij Chhabra, Harshwardhan Shirodkar, Devanshu Wakhale, Srisreyas S, Harshvardhan Chandirasekar, Bharat Gupta, Prithvi Ramesh, Shambhavi Singh, and Devansh Gupta.

    The team innovated Solar Endurance UAV which is an artificially intelligent autopilot system which is being made to be deployed on electric fixed wing drone. An array of sensors are placed in different configurations, this data is fused together and processed by an AI system which then predicts wind patterns. The post processing system then uses this data to enter air streams to conserve energy.  So far the team has made one prototype to collect test data.

    The BUILD program is Boeing’s unique aerospace innovation, leadership and talent nurturing program for university students, faculty and early-stage start-ups. The program invited ideas in the fields of aerospace, autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, materials, robotics and the Internet of Things. The incubator program was launched in collaboration with seven incubators--IIT Delhi, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore, T-Hub Hyderabad and KIIT Bhubaneshwar.

    The BITS teams entered Boeing BUILD competition 4 months ago and since then Boeing has provided students rigorous training in understanding the entrepreneurial process along with Business modelling. Students passed through 5 stages of the competition where two rounds were interviews with the jury and two rounds were Regional and National level pitch competitions.


     

    Team Mythoclast_Sanguine_DataStructures,   participated by  Sarthak Agarwal (2016B4A70511G), Mohit Kurani (2016A7PS0076G) and Divyanshu Shekhar (2017A7PS0962G), qualified for The 2019 ICPC Asia - West Continent Final Contest to be held on 14-15 January, 2020. It is a multisite contest to be held in Tehran and Kolkata. The team secured a rank of 19 out of 2400 teams that had applied to the Amritapuri site.


     

    Mr. Suraj Gupta, Mr. Kushal Rathi, Mr. Jash Patwa and Mr. Madhur Pol participated  as team "Piezo-Boys" in the ‘Hult Prize on Campus,’ organized by Hult International Business School,   conducted on 30th November 2019. The Hult Prize is an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from MBA and college students to solve a pressing social issue   such as food security, water access, energy, and education. The winner of the Hult Prize Challenge will receive a $1 Million USD seed funding from The Hult Prize in partnership with the United Nations. Team "Piezo-Boys" is selected to represent BITS Goa in the Hult Prize Regional Summit to be held in Boston, Massachusetts. They developed a solution, "PiezoRun" to recover waste heat energy from road transportation to tackle the everlasting energy problems.


     

    Goa Campus students Mr. Lucky Kaul and Mr. Shiv Kumar secured the National 2nd Runner-Up position in the prestigious 16th edition of NTPC Electron Quiz '19 held at Power Management Institute, Noida. The National Final was a close competition till the end with IIT Madras securing the top honour. BITS Pilani, Goa Campus qualified for the National Finals by emerging as one of the winners of the Western Regionals held at Mumbai. This edition of the Quiz saw 1,132 registrations across six cities with participation from 566 teams. 18 institutions contested in three semi-finals.

    Mr. Saptarshi Roy and Mr. Prakash Tiwari, Directors of NTPC, awarded the prizes to the winners. The Electron Quiz initiated in the year 2004 and since then has connected with young minds intending to develop a healthy learning and development culture. The National Finals were also telecasted on ET Now.


     

    Mr. Abhijit Dey (2017PHXF0423G), Research Scholar of  the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, participated in the Young Professionals in Space-Dubai Conference 2019, held on November 4-6, 2019 in Dubai, UAE. The conference was organized by IEEE & Muhammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Young Professionals in Space (YPS) is an initiative to bring scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders of the space industry and agencies together on a single platform to discuss recent research breakthroughs, technical advances, existing opportunities and emerging space technologies. The platform aims to provide the young generation with a holistic view of the science, engineering and space technology fields and provide access to professionals and experts from around the world.

    Mr. Dey was among the 31 participants who were selected to receive a travel grant for the Young Professionals in Space Conference 2019 out of a total of 251 young scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders from around the world.

    During the conference, Abhijit met astronauts from UAE, researchers from academia and industry, shared research conducted at BITS-Pilani Goa and ongoing projects. He also participated in a workshop, ‘Introduction to Amateur Radio and Satellite Observation’ at the Conference.


     

    Ms. Awani Khodkumbhe (2016A8TS0331G), a final year B.E. Electronics and Instrumentation student ranked in the top 20  among the Electrical students all over the world, in the IEEE SSCS Rising Star 2020. The ceremony will take place during the premier conference of IEEE SSCS - ISSCC 2020 in San Fransisco, California in February 2020. She was mentored by Prof. Bram Nauta, Prof. A. J. Annema, University of Twente and Prof. Abhijit Pethe, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. 


     

    Ms. Oindrila Ghosh (2018A1PS0080G) and Ms. Vidhi Rai (2018B3A40713G) won the British Parliamentary Debate Tournament (Novice category) organised by Symbiosis Law School, Pune between the 23rd and 25th August, 2019.


     

    Mr. Ruturaj Atul Godse, a first year student of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, has been selected for the prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarships 2019. The scholarship amount of Rupees One Lakh per year is given to the selected student to cover the fees. Mr. Godse, who stood second in this year’s BITS entrance exam–BITSAT, is pursuing BE degree in Computer Science at Goa Campus. Two students of BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, have also been selected for this scholarship this year.

    Every year 40 students from top engineering, management and law colleges of India are selected for this scholarship through a very rigorous selection process. Only top 20 students, in terms of their entrance exam ranking, from BITS Pilani, XLRI, FMS, and selected IIMs, IITs, and law colleges are eligible to apply for this prestigious scholarship which is valid for the full course, subject to ongoing performance. Around 440 students are eligible to apply for this scholarship. As part of the selection process, students’ overall academic and co-curricular achievements are assessed, essays written by these students are reviewed and interviews are conducted by eminent panel of luminaries and academicians. Selected students are closely monitored for the renewal of their scholarship every year. 

    Instituted in 1999, the Aditya Birla Scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for scholars to learn through networking with the country’s first truly global conglomerate.


  • Semester II of 2018-19

    Faculty achievements

    Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh, Department of Chemistry received a Visiting Scholar Award to visit the Department of Chemistry of the University of Tartu, Estonia to teach a course entitled ‘Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology and their applications’ in the Analytical Chemistry for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry program, which is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme.


     

    Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh is in the top 10% of highly cited authors in the General chemistry portfolio of journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry UK.


     

    Dr. Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences co-authored a paper published in Nature Sustainability titled ‘China and India lead in greening of the world through land-use management’.  The paper received 31 citations within 6 months of publication. In terms of Altmetric score this paper is ranked 1st of the 42 tracked articles of a similar age in the journal Nature Sustainability. Further this paper is ranked 65th of the ~ 3 Lakh tracked articles of a similar age in all journals, world over.


     

    Prof. Reena Cheruvalath, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences was awarded ICSSR ‘Data Collection Abroad Fellowship’ to do research in the University of Kyoto, Japan, May-July 2019.


     

    Prof. Reena Cheruvalath received JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on 'Language, Culture and Critical Thinking: The possibilities of measuring objectives with task,' Role: Co-investigator (July, 2019).


     

    Dr. Arnab Banerjee, Dept. of Biological Sciences has received “Membership in Reproduction and Endocrinology, SRBCE, 2019” award From the Society for Reproductive Biology and Comparative Endocrinology, India in recognition of his research contributions in the field of mammalian reproductive physiology.



    Student achievements

    Two teams bagged first positions in Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon, 2019

    Two teams representing Goa Campus bagged first positions in different categories in the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon, 2019 (SIH, 2019); one of the world's biggest Hackathon, held at 48 centers across India on 2nd - 3rd March 2019 and organised by MHRD, Government of India.

    Team ZENIITH, comprising of Ahan M R, Vedashree Kulkarni, Gaurav Sangle, Aryan Agarwal and Sanket Badgujar, won a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- in their problem statement under the Ministry of Railways at Nagpur. 

    Team APPTHLETES won a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/- in their problem statement under ISRO at Ahmedabad. The team comprised of Gargi Balasubramaniam, Adithya R., Abhiraj Hinge, Mayank Manuja, Pranav Agarwal and Samarth Jain.

    Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving. Out of about 2 Lakh students across India, 300 teams consisting of approx. 1500 students were declared as winners of SIH 2019, under their respective problem statements.


    Lucky Kaul and Shiv Kumar won Goa edition of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz, 2019

    BITS Goa hosted the Goa edition of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz, 2019 on 27th January 2019. A total of 100 teams took part in the preliminary round of the quiz from which the top 6 teams went through to the on-stage final.  The quiz was conducted by quizmaster Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramaniam in his usual energetic style. Lucky Kaul and Shiv Kumar from BITS Goa dominated the final, leaving all the other teams behind and eventually brought back the title to BITS Goa after a gap of three years.  The winning duo walked away with a cheque of Rs. 75,000, which was presented by Prof. Sunil Bhand, Dean, Sponsored Research and Consulting Division, BITS Pilani.


     

    BITS Pilani, Goa Campus Students win design prototype competition

    Two students of Goa Campus, Mr. Suraj Gupta (2017B2A30329G) and Mr. Taaha Nizam (2017A8PS0582G) have secured first place for their design prototype namely ‘Smart Sole’ presented during ‘Open Innovation in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for People with Disabilities (PWD)’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Design Thinking Hackathon' organized by Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Department of Biological Sciences and Leeds Business School of University of Leeds from 15th to 17th March 2019. The winners were announced in April 2019.

    SMART SOLE: The 'Smart Sole' is an ingenious assistive device that aims to help people with neuropathic feet. Such people are sufferers of foot desensitization which leads to their nerves getting embedded and ultimately causing ulcers among other symptoms. 'Smart Sole' aims to demolish the root of the problem by taking a sensory input and transferring it to a band on the wrist or placed in somewhere else. Apart from being simple (Smart Sole itself requires no charging), cost effective and durable, it also serves as a base for other customizations and future products.


     

    Project DiVe won the best project award in the Open Showcase event

    Project DiVe won the best project award during the Quark 2019 in the ‘Open Showcase’ event among all the BITS projects and second best among all the projects that were displayed. The project was led by Atharva M. Dharwa (2017AAPS0266G) and had received financial supports from the Institute funding scheme, EEE department, Sandbox lab and CTE. 


     

    BITS Goa students participated in the L&T CreaTech 2019

    Three students of Goa Campus - Ashutosh Vashist, Suraj Gupta and Raghav Kapoor participated in the L&T CreaTech 2019, a product prototype design competition, organized by Larsen and Toubro. Their team, "Piezo-Boys" was selected from over 500 teams, participated from more than a hundred of India’s leading engineering institutes. "Piezo-Boys" was selected as one of the top 12 teams to represent BITS Goa in the Grand Finale, held in Mumbai on 15th Feb 2019. They developed a solution, "PiezoRun" to recover waste heat energy from road transportation to tackle the everlasting energy problems.


     

    BITS Goa students won Annual Case Study Competition

    BITS-Goa team comprising of Ms. Manika Kanjani (2015B4A10586G) and Mr. Naveen P S (2015A1B30716G) stood first among 230 colleges across India in the National Finals of Case Sensitive, the Annual Case Study Competition. The competition was organized by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, which was held on 14th April 2019.


     

    Ms. Anjli Varghese (2018PHXF0405G), PhD scholar from EEE department, has been awarded TCS Research Scholar Program scholarship for the project entitled 'Image Processing and Machine Learning Techniques for Leather Species Identification' under the supervision of Prof. A. Amalin Prince. 


     

    Ms. Priya Sharma (2015PHXF0003G) (Department of Biological Sciences) Won BEST POSTER AWARD for One minute on water sanitation poster presentation in National Academia Conclave on Urban Sanitation held at CEPT University, Ahmedabad on 9th and 10th March 2019


     

    Two students, Mr. Arnav Gupta (2015B1A30810G), from the Dept. of Biological Sciences, and Mr. Akul Gupta (2016B3A70298G), from the Dept. of Computer Science & Information Systems and Economics have been awarded the prestigious MITACS Globalink Reasearch Internship, sponsored by the Government of Canada for the summer of 2019.   As part of this internship, Arnav will be undertaking research on ‘Bioinformatics Technician in Genomics & Metagenomics’ under Professor Robert Colautti at Queen’s University in Kingston, whereas Akul will be undertaking research on ‘Testing of Machine Learning Programs’ under Professor Hadi Hemmati at University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive program for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and Ukraine, that pairs top-ranked international students with specific research expertise with faculty at Canadian universities for a twelve week research project of mutual interest in the period of May to October. The research internship is held under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


     

    Mr. Abhiraj Hinge (2016A7PS0053G), a third-year computer science student, was selected as one of the Economic Times Campus Stars - Class of 2018-19.  This year, 91 students were selected from a pool of 35,000+ applicants from over 2,000+ engineering colleges in India. The selection was conducted over 4 rounds, the first two of which were psychometric and domain-knowledge tests. Third round involved a group activity to determine leadership skills. The last round was an interview conducted by a panel member from a panel of CXOs. Abhiraj was interviewed by the CEO of Haptik Chatbots, a company that was subsequently acquired for $100 million by Reliance. ET Campus Stars is an initiative for recognizing and rewarding India’s brightest engineering students. Currently into its second edition, this initiative is meant to encourage and nurture young engineers who will be driving the growth of this country as they join the corporate bandwagon.


     

    Mr. Aditya Sinha (2015B3A70352G), a fourth-year student of Computer Science & Information Systems, is selected as a recipient of the Western Digital Scholarships for STEM for the amount of $2000. Up to 400 students from United States, China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand are awarded each year with this one-time scholarship. The scholarship is used for tuition fees, books, supplies and equipments required by the students. 


     

    Ms. Divya J Mathias (2017H1010022G), a ME Student of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering,   has published her thesis work in the international journal of “Biocatalysis and agricultural Biotechnology”- 2019, Volume 20 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bcab.2019.101259). Ms. Divya has done her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Vivek Rangarajan, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering. The article is entitled as ‘An investigation on citrus peel as the lignocellulosic feedstock for optimal reducing sugar synthesis with an additional scope for the production of hydrolytic enzymes from the aqueous extract waste’.


     

    Mr. Harsh Raj (2017A7PS0942G), a student of Computer Science & Information System, along with Dr. Swapan Purkait, Director of NETTECH Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Souryendu Das, Network Software Engineer, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd. and a BITS Goa Alumni, has co-authored a paper entitled ‘Human-Computer Interactions: The Way Forward,’ published by The IUP Journal of Information Technology.


     

    Mr. Harsh Vijay (2018B5PS0859G), a first-year student of Physics, secured 21st rank in the National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE), conducted by The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in January 2019.


     

    Mr. Harsh Vijay (2018B5PS0859G), a first-year student of Physics, has been selected for the National Initiative on Undergraduate Sciences (NIUS) (Physics) Camp 16.1, organised by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR (Mumbai) from 10th to 22nd June 2019. With the thrust on promoting undergraduate research and learning, the NIUS programme has been contributing towards training of students and teachers in theoretical and experimental science, preparation of pedagogical material and R&D in science education/laboratory training. Harsh is the sole-representative of BITS-students amongst the 72 students selected from prestigious colleges / universities across India, who has participated in this programme.


     

    Mr. Kaivalya Rawal (2015A7PS0005G) perused his study for a semester in the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, under the agreement of student exchange.


     

    Mr. Mehul Mohan (2017A7PS0935G), a second year student of Computer Science & Information Systems, has been awarded a scholarship to participate in the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, scheduled from 3rd to 7th June at San Jose, California (USA). WWDC is awarded to around 250-300 students globally, among which 9 students from India were selected this time.  The  scholarship included a ticket to the conference, lodging for the week and one year membership in the Apple Developer Programme.


     

    Mr. Rijul Arora (2014B3A30645G) was selected to participate in the 22nd World Business Dialogue (https://www.world-business-dialogue.com/), one of the largest international student business conferences, held from 18th to 22nd February 2019. This year’s theme was Digital Zeitgeist – Time to Rethink Learning. Rijul was amongst 220 delegates selected from a diverse pool of about 2000 international applicants from around 60 countries.

    He was selected to be a member of Creation Labs comprising of 90 delegates who worked to digitize the administrative and registration process for incoming foreign exchange students in Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of University of Cologne. Rijul offered his analytical and consulting skills to his team which finally won the competition.


     

     

    Mr. Rijul Arora (2014B3A30645G) delivered a TEDx talk at Kristu Jyoti College of Management and technology (KCMT), Kerala, on 13th July 2019. The topic of his talk was ‘A 21 year old millennial’s journey from social media addiction to Joy of Missing out.



     

    Mr. Sharad Chitlangia (2017A8PS0472G) was appointed Visiting Undergraduate Research Intern at Harvard University’s Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) where he worked on Deep Reinforcement Learning for the summer of 2019.


     

    Mr. Sharad Chitlangia (2017A8PS0472G) completed Google Summer of Code 2019 with CERN-HSF for preparation of software to be used in mainstream particle tracking at the Atlas experiment, Large Hadron Collider.


     

    Mr. Siddhant Vitthal Patil (2015A8TS0475G), a fourth-year student of EEE department studying ENI, has been selected for the International Linkage Degree Program (ILDP) START plus 2019, International Linkage Degree Program for Developing Innovators Transforming Advanced Technology to Social Goals. The program is scheduled from 24th June to 30th June 2019 at Hiroshima University. Siddhant will be financially supported by the Sakura Science Plan, Japan Science and Technology Agency (https://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html) and the Hiroshima University.

    ILDP-START plus Program is an intensive short course, providing an introduction to the exciting and emerging field of cutting-edge technology of Hiroshima University, especially the laboratories relevant to ILDP target fields; smart infrastructure development, new energy, and environmental sustainability.


     

    Mr. Suyash Gaekwad (2015A8PS0218G), fourth year student of Electrical & Electronics Engineering department appeared for the GATE 2019 examination this year and secured an all India rank (AIR) 13 in Instrumentation engineering discipline.


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    Prof. Reena Cheruvalath, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has been awarded ‘Data Collection Abroad’ fellowship by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) for undertaking research on ‘Meta-Moral Cognition and Critical Thinking’ at the University of Kyoto, Japan.  The assumption is that critical thinking and logical reasoning help to improve the process of moral decision making. It is a collaborative research by the faculty members from Universities of Waseda and Kyoto, Japan.

     

    Under this Scheme, the ICSSR provides financial assistance to Indian Social Science Scholars who intend to visit abroad for the purposes of Data Collection or consulting Archival Material in connection with their research work.


    Mehul Mohan (2017A7PS0935G), a second year student of Computer Science & Information Systems, has been awarded a scholarship to participate in the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019 scheduled from 3rd to 7th June at San Jose, California (USA).  WWDC is awarded to around 250-300 students globally and (9 students from India this time) offering free passes to attend WWDC in San Jose, California.  Scholarship includes a ticket to the conference, lodging for the week and one year membership in the Apple Developer Programme.


    Akul Gupta (2016B3A70298G), a third year student of Computer Science & Information Systems and Economics, has been awarded the prestigious MITACS Globalink Research Internship sponsored by the Government of Canada for the summer of 2019 (17th May to 8th August 2019). As part of his internship, Akul will be undertaking research on ‘Testing of Machine Learning Programs’ under Professor Hadi Hemmati at University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

     

    The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a twelve (12) week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.


    Mr. Siddhant Vitthal Patil (2015A8TS0475G), a fourth-year student of the EEE Department studying ENI, has been selected for the ILDP START plus 2019, International Linkage Degree Program for Developing Innovators Transforming Advanced Technology to Social Goals.  The program is scheduled from 24th June to 30th June 2019 at Hiroshima University.  Siddhant will be financially supported by the Sakura Science Plan, Japan Science and Technology Agency (https://ssp.jst.go.jp/EN/index.html) and the Hiroshima University.

     

    ILDP-START plus Program is an intensive short course, providing an introduction to the exciting and emerging field of cutting-edge technology of Hiroshima University, especially the laboratories relevant to ILDP target fields; smart infrastructure development, new energy, and environmental sustainability.

     

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    Mr. Harsh Vijay (2018B5PS0859G), a first-year student of Physics, has been selected for the National Initiative on Undergraduate Sciences (NIUS) (Physics) Camp 16.1 organised by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR (Mumbai) from 10th to 22nd June 2019.  With thrust on promoting undergraduate research and learning, the NIUS programme has been contributing towards training of students and teachers in theoretical and experimental science, preparation of pedagogical material and R&D in science education/laboratory training.  Harsh is the only BITS students amongst the 72 students from prestigious colleges / universities across India who will participate in this programme.

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    Mr. Harsh Vijay (2018B5PS0859G), a first-year student of Physics, secured 21st rank in the National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE) conducted by The Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) in January 2019.

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    Mr. Abhiraj Hinge (2016A7PS0053G), a third-year computer science student, was selected as one of the Economic Times Campus Stars - Class of 2018-19.  This year, 91 students were selected from a pool of 35,000+ applicants from over 2,000+ engineering colleges in India. The selection was conducted over 4 rounds, the first two of which were psychometric and domain-knowledge tests. Third round involved a group activity to determine leadership skills. The last round was an interview conducted by a panel member from a panel of CXOs.  Abhiraj was interviewed by the CEO of Haptik Chatbots, a company that was subsequently acquired for $100 million by Reliance.

     

    ET Campus Stars is an initiative for recognizing and rewarding India’s brightest engineering students.  Currently into its second edition, this initiative is meant to encourage and nurture young engineers who will be driving the growth of this country as they join the corporate bandwagon.

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    Mr. Arnav Gupta (2015B1A30810G), a fourth-year biological sciences student, has been awarded the prestigious MITACS Globalink Reasearch Internship sponsored by the Government of Canada for the summer of 2019 (1st May to 30th June).  As part of this internship, Arnav will be undertaking research on ‘Bioinformatics Technician in Genomics & Metagenomics’ under Professor Robert Colautti at Queen’s University – Kingston, Canada. 

     

    Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive program that pairs top-ranked international students with specific research expertise with faculty at Canadian universities for a twelve (12) week research project of mutual interest in the period of May to October.

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    Mr. Rijul Arora (2014B3A30645G) was selected to participate in the 22nd World Business Dialogue (https://www.world-business-dialogue.com/), one of the largest international student business conferences, held from 18th to 22nd February 2019. This year’s theme was Digital Zeitgeist – Time to Rethink Learning. Rijul was amongst 220 delegates selected from a diverse pool of about 2000 international applicants from around 60 countries.

     

    He was selected to be a member of Creation Labs comprising of 90 delegates who worked to digitize the administrative and registration process for incoming foreign exchange students in Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of University of Cologne. Rijul offered his analytical and consulting skills to his team which finally won the competition.

     

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    Two teams representing BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus bagged the first position in different categories in the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon, 2019 (SIH, 2019) organised by MHRD, Government of India. SIH, one of the world's biggest Hackathon, was held at 48 centres across India on 2nd - 3rd March 2019.

     

    Team ZENIITH, comprising of Ahan M R, Vedashree Kulkarni, Gaurav Sangle, Aryan Agarwal and Sanket Badgujar, won a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- in their problem statement under the Ministry of Railways at Nagpur. 

    Team APPTHLETES won a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/- in their problem statement under ISRO at Ahmedabad. The team comprised of Gargi Balasubramaniam, Adithya R., Abhiraj Hinge, Mayank Manuja, Pranav Agarwal and Samarth Jain.

     

    Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving. Out of about 2 Lakh students across India, 300 Teams consisting of approx. 1500 students were declared Winner of SIH 2019 under their respective problem statements.

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    Priya Sharma (2015PHXF0003G) (Department of Biological Sciences) Won BEST POSTER AWARD for One minute on water sanitation poster presentation in National Academia Conclave on Urban Sanitation held at CEPT University, Ahmedabad on 9th and 10th March 2019

     

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    Ms. Muskan Taneja (2016A4PS0137G), a third year Mechanical Engineering student won the Student Innovator of the Year 2018 award hosted by Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards by renowned magazine Autotech Review for the project "Design Optimisation of an Automobile Crash Box". She received the Award for the best student innovation in the automobile industry among applicants from hundreds of colleges all over India for which she received a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-, a gift voucher of 350 Euros, a gift hamper, a framed certificate, and a trophy.

     

    The award was presented to her in a conference held in New Delhi by the president of SAE India and the Sr. Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India Limited. At the event she was offered to continue her work on the project in BMW, Mercedes, Frost and Sullivan, and Maruti Suzuki Ltd. Later she received an offer from General Motors for the same. 

     

    The Jury for the event consisted of the major players of the automotive industry namely

    ·         Former Director Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)

    ·         President, SAE INDIA

    ·         Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center LLP

    ·         Scientist G, DHI-DST Technology Platform for Electric Mobility, Govt of India

    ·         Head - Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan

    ·         Sr Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India Limited

    ·         Vice Chairman, Sun Mobility

    ·         Chairman, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and former MD & CEO, National Skills Development Corporation 

    ·         Co-Founder, Expereal

    ·         Managing Director, Lumax Industries Ltd.

    ·         And head representatives of most Indian Automotive companies such as BMW, Volvo, Mercedes, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Hyundai, etc.

     

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    Ms. Krishna Kumari Swain, Research scholar, working under supervision of Prof. Sunil Bhand, received the  Best Poster Presentation award (second prize) at  “Analytical Science at NCCCM: A Journey over 25 Years” organized by  NCCCM, BARC Hyderabad during 29th Nov-1st Dec 2018.  Title of the research paper was “Development of an enzyme coupled nanoprobe for analysis of Hg2+, Cd2+ and Pb2+ ions; applications to drinking water and fish” Authors: Krishna K Swain, Sunil Bhand.  Project is funded by DAE-BRNS, GOI.

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    Dr. Richa Singhal from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India for a research project entitled "Mechanistic from Department of Chemical Engineering has received the Early Career Research Awardapproach to design composite metal-carbon nanofiber oxygen electrodes for high-performance metal-air batteries".

     

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    Mr. Rakesh Manuka, Research Scholar from Department of Biological Sciences received DST-SERB travel grant for attending the 16th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISFRG 2018) scheduled from 5th to 7th September 2018 at Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan.

     

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    5 Research scholars of Department of Biological Sciences were awarded ICMR & CSIR – Senior Research Fellowship. These scholars include – Rehan Ahmed Deshmukh, Chitra Nair, Starlaine Mascarenhas, Joseph Fernandes, Avijit Das. Their PhD is supervised by Dr. Utpal Roy, Dr. Dibakar Chakraborty, Dr. Anasuya Ganguly, Dr. Arnab Banerjee and Dr. Malabika Biswas respectively.

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    2 Research scholars of Department of Biological Sciences, Anumeha Vats and Priya Sharma were awarded Summer School on Resource Recovery and Reuse for undergoing training in the by International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka. Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri is the PhD supervisor of both these scholars.

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    Jiss Maria Louis was awarded Women Scientist under WOSA scheme by DST. Her project entitled ‘TNF alpha mediated alternative splicing in type 2 diabetes; a genome wide approach’ is being mentored by Dr. Indrani Talukdar.

     

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    Zantye Pranjita Ganesh was awarded the DST- CEFIPRA Fellowship For ESONN Programme 2018 for undergoing training in the field of Nano-sciences and Nanotechnology to be held at Grenoble, France (Aug-Sept 2018). Her Ph.D. supervisor is Dr. Meenal Kowshik.

     

    Prajakta Patil was awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for undergoing training of Teachers programme in Sanitation at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education to be held at Delft, Netherlands (28th May -30th November 2018). Her Ph.D. supervisor is Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri.

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    Dr. Bhakti Salgaonkar (CSIR RA), student from Prof. Judith Bragança’s group, received SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council) Appreciation Award for her work entitled “Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production by Microorganisms from Sustainable Resources” carried during the 30 days Biotech Innovation Ignition School-3 (BIIS-3) on “Opportunity for Women biotechnology students to work on grassroots innovations and microbial diversity” at Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India from April 30 to May 29, 2018.

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    Dr. Bhakti Salgaonkar (CSIR RA), student from Prof. Judith Bragança’s group, received First best Oral Presentation Award for the paper entitled “Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production by Extremely Halophilic Archaea from Sustainable Resources” at International Conference on "Microbial Technology for Better Tomorrow (ICMTBT-2018)”, Organized by Dr. D. Y. Patil Arts, College, Pune, Maharashtra, India in association with Microbiologist Society, India”, from 17-19th February, 2018.

     

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    Prof. Srinivas Krishnaswamy, Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus has been awarded Prof. I J Nagrath Faculty Excellence Award, for the academic year 2017-2018.

    BITS Pilani Alumni Association (BITSAA) gives two awards annually to any full-time faculty member with experience of at least three years in any of the BITS campuses at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai. The award is instituted by the generosity of BITS Alumnus Mr. Karthik Krishna (1993 batch) in the name of Prof. S. Venkateswaran, former Director & Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani and Prof. I. J. Nagrath former Deputy Director, BITS Pilani.

    These awards aim to recognize BITS faculty for excellence in their teaching, research, and administrative achievements and commitment towards BITS Pilani. A few measurable parameters for selection of the awardees, while not exhaustive, include innovation in Instruction, professional achievements, contributions to BITS Pilani in activities outside the classroom, commitment to student success and contributions towards neighbourhood societal development. Both awards consist of a Rolling Plaque (with name of the winner inscribed), and framed along with a certificate and a cash reward of INR 100,000.

    Prof. Anil Kumar, Department of Chemistry, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus has been awarded Prof. S Venkateswaran Faculty Excellence Award for 2017 - 2018.

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    The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for students from 10 countries of Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a fully-funded 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. 

     

    As a part of this program, Jaychandran will be pursuing a 12-week summer research project at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec under the guidance of Prof. André-Marie Tremblay, on the topic, Spin fluctuations in Weyl semimetals. 

     

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    As part of this programme, Rachith will be pursuing a summer internship at the Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale at Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.  He will be working under the guidance of Dr. Guy Theraulaz in the field of Collective Behaviour.

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    As part of this scholarship, Suparno will be pursuing a 12 week summer research project at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.  He will be working with the Neuroelectronics Group to develop a portable device for screening nanoparticle impurities in water. This project has a larger scope towards developing better sensing platforms for neurodegenerative applications in vitro.

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    Aman will pursue a 2-year masters degree in a course that is a unique multidisciplinary blend of design and engineering. The IPD Master’s programme provides an integrated approach to the disciplines involved: advanced studies in innovative design theory and methods, aesthetics, ergonomics, engineering, and sustainability.

    Having a background in mechanical engineering from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus, extensive experience in graphics at his design firm Pixelworks, and a thesis in sustainable product design at National Institute of Design - Ahmedabad, Aman found a perfect fit in the design degree offered by TU Delft, which is one of its kind in the world.

     

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    Nissim Gore-Datar (2014B1A40939G) has been awarded the prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech SURF 2018). 

     

    Established in 1979, the annual SURF Program selects students from across the world though a competitive application process for a fully-funded 10-week research internship at Caltech. The program also includes seminars by faculty, student-faculty dinners, field trips and technical paper presentations by interns.

     

    As part of this program, Nissim will work under the guidance of Prof. Michael Hoffmann from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech on a project titled 'Electro-Fenton Process for Decentralized Treatment of Municipal Wastewater', which aims to design and prototype on-site electrochemical reactors to treat wastewater for reuse.

     

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    Honey Jain (2014B1A30875G) has been awarded the prestigious Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2018 sponsored by Government of Canada.The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for students from 10 countries of Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to October of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a fully-funded 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

    As a part of this program, Honey will be pursuing a 12 week summer research project at the Université Laval, Quebec. She will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Christian Landry on a project based on computational biology involving protein interaction networks.

     

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    Heer Joisher (2014B1A30709G) has been awarded the prestigious Khorana Scholarship 2018 sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Indo-US Science and technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward.

     

    As a part of this program, Heer will be pursuing a two month summer research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA. she will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Graham Walker at the Department of Biology, MIT on a project involving expressing antimicrobial peptides and peptides related to symbiosis from various sub cellular compartments of the cell.

     

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    SARTHAK SINGH (2014B2A80710G) was selected as an official participant in Climate Force’s “Leadership on the Edge” program led by Robert Swan OBE

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    Rohit Prabhudesai (2013PHXF0413G), PhD Scholar, and Dr. Ch V V S N V Prasad, Assistant Professor, from the Department of Economics, won the best paper award at the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Family Business (ICEFB) conducted by University of North Texas and IIT Bombay from January 8th-10th, 2018

     

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    Kishore Gopal Krishnan (2014B5A40523G) won gold medal in “The National Graduate Physics Exam” (NGPE). this exam awards scholarships to encourage students to take-up physics as a career. S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, allows direct admission to toppers in NGPE, after an interview, in their integrated Ph.D. programme.

     

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    Project Apeiro is led by a team of undergraduate students from BITS Pilani Goa Campus and is India's first student-led near space experiment. It aims to determine and analyse space radiation in the lower stratospheric regions over the central part of the Indian subcontinent. The results will be compared and further analysed with the NAIRAS model developed by NASA and is very similar to the Rad-X experiment. The project is being pursued with technical support from TIFR Mumbai and TIFR National Balloon Facility, Hyderabad.

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    Hyperloop India

     

    A Hyperloop is a mode of passenger and/or freight transportation proposed by Elon Musk in 2012, first used to describe an open-source vacuum train design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX. A hyperloop comprises a sealed tube or system of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction conveying people or objects at high speed while being very efficient. Elon Musk's version of the concept, first publicly mentioned in 2012, incorporates reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on air bearings driven by electromagnetic levitation and air compressors.

     

    The Hyperloop Pod Competition is an incentive prize competition sponsored by SpaceX that is being held in 2015–2018 where a number of student and non-student teams are participating to design and build a subscale prototype transport vehicle to demonstrate technical feasibility of various aspects of the Hyperloop concept. The competitions have been open to participants globally, although all competitions and judging has occurred in the United States.

     

    "Hyperloop One" is another international organization working on this technology. In 2016, Hyperloop One launched its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to find the locations for, and develop and construct, the world’s first Hyperloop networks. In January 2017, Hyperloop One announced the 35 semifinalist routes (spread over 17 countries) in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. Hyperloop One held a series of events showcasing the semifinalists, Vision for India in February, Vision for America in April and Vision for Europe in June. On September 14, 2017, Hyperloop One announced the 10 winners for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. The countries with teams that won include the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, and India. The winners will now be invited to work closely with Hyperloop One on viability studies to try and bring their respective loops from proposal to reality.

     

    Founded in 2015 by a small group of students from BITS Pilani, Team Hyperloop India is a unique multi-disciplinary cross-campus think tank consisting of motivated student volunteers in the fields of engineering and business and design, interested in reinventing transportation by exploring the technical and economic feasibility of this technology in India. The team has been actively involved in developing the technology and business strategies for making Hyperloop a reality in India.

     

    Achievements of the team:

     

    1. The team has participated in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, for which they proposed a feasible business model and implementation strategy for bringing the Hyperloop to India. The proposal is one among the 10 international candidates chosen by Hyperloop One as winners of the competition. 

     

    2. The team was one among the 24 finalists in the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition for which they built an autonomous and fully functional Hyperloop pod capable of running at the mile long test track at SpaceX, California. The project is a massive interdisciplinary collaborative effort that involves work on every aspect of the pod, including structural simulations, fluid dynamics simulation, embedded electronics, real time systems, power systems and vehicle dynamics. 

     

    3. The team presented the pod and the Hyperloop concept to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Advisor to the President of the United States, Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017, Hyderabad.

     

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    Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry has been elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK  recognizing his efforts in the field of the chemical sciences. RSC is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.

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    Prof. A V Kulkarni, Department of Physics is selected for the Visiting Associateship Programme at the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. He will work on Gravitational Waves during the 3 year period of this Associateship starting Aug’2017

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    Amit Agarwal 2014A7PS0403G awarded the IUSSTF-Viterbi India Program 2017 which is partnered by Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. The scholarship provided him the opportunity to pursue a 2 month summer research internship from May 16 - July 14. Amit worked on a Network Security project entitled "Virtually Isolated DETER Experimentation" under the mentorship of Prof. Clifford Neuman, Director of USC Center for Computer Systems Security.

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    We are proud to announce that our student Devashish Vikas Gupta has been awarded the highly prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarship. Devashish is pursuing his Mechanical engineering degree at BITS-Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. Since his early childhood, Devashish was fascinated by Mathematics, Music and Science. While studying in the 11th grade, he got intensely involved in research in the fields of Physics and Mathematics. He has the distinction of having published two research papers in international journals and is currently working on his third research paper.

    In addition to academics, Devashish has several other feathers to his cap. He is a self-taught instrumentalist, music composer, producer and orchestrator. He has two international music collaborations with artists from USA and Canada, and has composed over thirty songs in two years (2015-2017). Devashish is also a Badminton player, and has played at the state level. He is a graphic designer as well. Devashish aspires to pursue further studies and research and make significant contributions in building our nations knowledge base.

    Instituted in 1999, The Aditya Birla Scholarship Programme is the Aditya Birla Group's way of pursuing Mr. Aditya Vikram Birla's ideals of spawning leaders with a passion to excel. This is achieved through fostering outstanding academic excellence and humane leadership values, in partnership with select IITs, BITS Pilani, IIMs, and Law colleges.

    This scholarship covers a large part of the academic fees as well as the hostel fees for the IITs / BITS stream. A total 160 students from the IITs and BITS (Pilani) were evaluated and short listed based on their overall achievements spanning academic and co-curricular excellence and the essays written by them. The shortlisted students were invited for a final round of interview conducted by an eminent panel of luminaries and academicians, which ultimately selects the best 16 students from - engineering and management and are named Aditya Birla Scholars.

    https://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/uploads/Goa_Upload/DevashishGupta2017.pdf

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    Prof. Angshuman Sarkar from the Department of Biological Sciences has been selected as the fellow of All India Cell Biology Society for the period 2017 to 2019.

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    Rachit Gupta (ID: 2013A3PS201G) received the Mitacs Globalink Scholarship (2016) for an internship at the University of Manitoba. He worked at Nano-Systems Fabrication Laboratory under Dr. Cyrus Shafai of University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. His work primarily focused on designing of MEMS Sensors and Systems for High Voltage Infrastructure Monitoring.

     

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    Heer Joisher has been selected to participate in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne Summer Research Program 2017. She will be working under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Constam  from Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research Group, School of LIfe Sciences, on project related to "Morphogenic Signalling in Stem Cells".

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    Drone Nation, a team from BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa campus was selected for receiving incubation support and finance grant from Nidhi-Prayas, DST, Government of India to develop a Drone for Agriculture. Drone Nation is one of the 5 teams selected in the final round from among more than 2000 teams that participated from the entire country.

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    The invention was about development of indigenous low cost hemodialysis membranes. The project involved development of biocompatible material, developing an indigenous process to spin clinical grade hollow fiber membranes using a self fabricated extremely low cost assembly and post processing of the membranes to enhance the biological response and mechanical performance of the membranes. It also involved developing a proper ecosystem, identifying the stakeholders and manufacturers to commercialize the technology. It was concluded that the cost of hemodialyzers could be reduced by 5 folds (Rs 300 instead of Rs 1500) using the complete technology developed.

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    Urvashi Jain has been awarded the prestigious Khorana Scholarship 2017 being conducted in joint support by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Indo-US Science and technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward.

    Under this program, Urvashi will be doing a two month summer internship  at University of California San Diego, CA, USA under the mentorship of Prof. Bing Ren at the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research on a project involving "The study of epigenetic regulation in cancer stem cells".

     

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    Kartik Satyanarayanan (2013A7PS037) secured an internship at INRIA, Rennes in France under the Charpak Research Internship Scholarship.

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    Twenty five students from BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus were selected for the Google Summer of Code 2016.The Campus had the second highest number of selections in India.

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    Varsheeth Talluri (2013A7PS045G) was awarded the Viterbi-India Program which is partnered by Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. Varsheeth worked on a Computer Vision & Machine Learning project titled 'Blot Image Analysis and Extraction', and was mentored by Prof. Premkumar Natarajan, Vice Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering.

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    Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh has received Newton Research Collaboration Programme award jointly with Professor Gerard Franklyn Fernando University of Birmingham, UK. This award is funded by The Royal Academy Of Engineering (UK). Dr. Ghosh has also received Visiting Professorship from University of Leeds, UK.

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    Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri has been awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation project "Onsite electrochemical wastewater treatment and recycling technology", in collaboration with Prof. Michael Hoffman California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA – 2016 -2017

    Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri and Dr. Nitin Sharma are awarded the project "Analytics Sensor Test-Kit for Advanced Process Control" by the  Bill & Melinda Gates foundation project in collaboration with Prof. Willaim Leon Cranfield University, UK. 2016 -2018.


    Prof. Srkanth Mutnuri is also the recipient of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Grant 2014 from DBT BIRAC and Bill & Mellinda Gates foundation for the project "Empowered septic tank as decentralized treatment system". This project is in collaboration with Prof. Willy Verstrate and Prof. Korneel Rabaey, Ghent University, Belgium. Click here for Video

     

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