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A Preview of BITS Dubai

By Razor Rite On January - 18 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences is a name synonymous with quality education within our country. It is one of the most sought after private institutes within our country. The intensity with which a place in these institutes is contested is only rivaled by that of the IIT’s and the

BITS Dubai Overview Credit: Razor Rite

BITS Dubai Overview Credit: Razor Rite

NIT’s. It is, therefore, not surprising for BITS to go out and set up an international campus in a truly global city like Dubai. Dubai lies on the crossroads of international pathways and is undoubtedly one of the busiest business hubs in the world. This makes Dubai the ideal location for any institute to go international.

BITS-Dubai was set up in September 2000 in order to cater to the growing demand for quality engineers within the Middle East. It is located in the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC); the worlds only free zone (a region where businesses are either lightly or not taxed at all) for higher education. With a whopping 25 million square feet dedicated to educational institutes of higher learning BITS-Dubai neighbors many other top educational institutes like the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. BITS-Dubai offers courses in 7 different specializations and the final degree awarded is Bachelor of Engineering Honors (B.E. Hons). The courses are

  1. B.E. (Hons.) Computer Science
  2. B.E. (Hons.) Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  3. B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Communication Engineering
  4. B.E. (Hons.) Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  5. B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering
  6. B.E. (Hons.) Chemical Engineering
  7. B.E. (Hons.) Biotechnology

The prescribed courses are all for a duration of 4 years with an internship in reputed companies for 7 ½ months in reputed companies. All the

The main academic block Credit: Razor Rite

The main academic block Credit: Razor Rite

Integrated First Degree programs described above have a Practice School option which consists of two courses, Practice School I and Practice School II. A student goes to Practice School I of two months duration during the summer following second year and to Practice School II of five and a half months’ duration during the final year. The curriculum, through Practice School, finds a formal method of bringing the reality of professional environment into the educational process.
Admission are taken based upon the students performance in the +2 level with a minimum aggregate of 60% or it’s equivalent as described in the BITS prospectus. Along with an impressive academic profile the student must also demonstrate his/her proficiency in the English language with a TOEFL score of minimum 500
The BITS- Dubai is mighty impressive and is what we have come to expect of any BITS college. The campuses houses the following buildings

  1. Main Academic block
  2. Library Block
  3. Auditorium block
  4. Workshop block
  5. Office Block
  6. 2 Blocks Each for Boys’ and Girls’ Hostel
  7. And a Pavilion Block.

Huge isn’t it?? The library is particularly impressive. It is located behind the main campus with ground+1 floors and a capacity for almost 300+ students. Now since most of the students at BITS-Dubai come from other cities there obviously has to be a hostel for its students. Every hosteller is

A hostel room Credit: BITS Dubai Website

A hostel room Credit: BITS Dubai Website

provided with a furnished air conditioned room with an added option for internet and refrigerator. Pretty cool huh?? As I continue to describe about the campus I come to the favorite part of any campus the sports facilities. It is here that I found my slice of heaven. The campus has mind boggling facilities which aid students with a fitness streak. There is a fully equipped gymnasium, outdoor basketball and tennis courts. Indoor table tennis and badminton courts and an indoor cricket practice room. This goes to show BITS’s commitment towards providing all round education
Like we all know, Dubai is an international city with a true blend of diverse culture. The calendar of BITS-Dubai is hence doted with many events that provide succor for the mind body and spirit. Every festival Indian or otherwise is celebrated with a healthy fervor and enthusiasm. For instance the popular annual Traditional Day and the Halloween party on Halloween is something that students look forward to every year. If we talk about going international the only thing BITS does is impress. BITS-Dubai also hosts it’s annual “BITS Sports Festival”. With about 15 other institutes participating here too BITS Dubai has stamped it’s authority. The BITS cricket team, I am told, is a very dominant cricket team in the UAE.
It takes a great deal of effort to establish an educational institute. Some take decades to establish a formidable reputation for themselves. BITS-Dubai, though only 8 years old has achieved a great deal for itself and its students. The fact that it has done this on an international platform is even more praise worthy. The only discouraging fact for Indian students is that the fee amounts to almost 15 lakhs. But then who can put a price on the quality of education and the guarantee of a safe future BITS-Dubai has to offer. Also comparatively a management seat in an engineering college in Hyderabad costs the same. So BITS-Dubai also makes sense when it comes to investing your future.

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