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Milestone for BITS Pilani Rajasthan and Honeywell Bangalore collaboration
The task of a university is the creation of future and BITS Pilani by joining hands with corporate giants like Honeywell for the unique work integrated learning programmes has created an entirely new educational philosophy.
By: Dr BR Natarajan
Headquartered in Bangalore, Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab (HTSL) is an integral corporate arm of Honeywell International providing value to Honeywell's businesses and customers by providing technology, product and business solutions meeting global standards of quality, innovation and lifetime performance. HTSL has offices in Madurai, Shanghai, Beijing, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Singapore.
HTSL attaches top priority for human resource development and it is in this context it joined hands with BITS, Pilani in February 2005 with a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer a two year MS in Embedded Systems degree program and a two year MS in Mechanical Systems Design program for the sponsored employees of HTSL. Both the degree programs had three semesters of coursework followed by one semester of Dissertation. In addition, HTSL has always been providing challenging opportunities for final year students from BITS Pilani to carry out their Practice School projects at Bangalore and has regularly supported many campus events with sponsorship.
In a colourful function organized at HTSL Bangalore on Monday 11 February 2008 (which also happens to be the auspicious day of Basant Panchami dedicated to worship of Goddess of Learning Saraswati) the employees who successfully completed the programs received their final degree certificates from Dr Krishna Mikkilineni Managing Director HTSL. Dr Krishna in his speech said that the curriculum undergone by the employees has added value to their current profile and urged them to proceed further for PhD. Dr Krishna also pointed out that while it is tough to pursue studies with work, one can achieve it if desired and determined.
Mr Sanjay Singh and Dr S Balasubramanian faculty members from BITS Pilani Bangalore off campus centre represented the Institute at the function. The graduating students thanked BITS Pilani and HTSL for the opportunity to pursue higher studies provided to them.
Prof L K Maheshwari Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani in his congratulatory message which was flashed in the venue urged the graduating students to contribute to the task of nation building and conveyed that if change is an inevitable challenge, then innovation is the response and knowledge is the weapon. Professor BR Natarajan Dean from BITS Pilani in his message thanked Honeywell for the strong corporate support so vital for the success of the collaboration and conveyed that the graduation day at HTSL marked yet another milestone in university industry partnerships.
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Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani Rajasthan which has set a bench mark in industry university collaboration is one among the top ranking universities in India today offering degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa campuses and in the near future at Hyderabad campus apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates.