Birla Institute Of Technology And Science
The institute was established, in its present form, in 1964 with a vision to realize Jawaharlal Nehru’s project of nation-building with an emphasis on "science, technology and modernization." During this period, the institute's transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by the Ford Foundation and G.D. Birla. Massachusetts Institute of Technology provided technical assistance that was required for this transformation.
The institute has developed and administers the all-India computerized entrance test BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India. Acceptance rate in BITS is very low, less than 2.08% in 2007, making it one of the most selective universities in India. The admission is on the basis of merit (as assessed by the BITSAT examination) and not through any kind of reservation. The institute is privately supported and fully residential.
The institute has strong linkages with industry, as can be seen by its off-campus Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) which enrolled 19,000 students from corporate enterprises in 2009. Practical experience in the industry is in the curriculum as a Practice School program, where students work with companies located across India and abroad.
BITS has campuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (BITS, Pilani-Dubai), Goa, India (BITS-Pilani Goa), Hyderabad, India (BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus) and an extension center in Bangalore, India. Although the campuses are autonomous for most part, the right to grant degrees rests with the main campus.It is the first Indian institution to set up a campus outside India.