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Awards and Achievements

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

  • Heer Joisher (2014B1A30709G) has been awarded the prestigious Khorana Scholarship 2018

    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.

  • Antarctica 2018 expedition

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

  • Rohit Prabhudesai and Dr. Ch V V S N V Prasad win Best Paper Award

    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

  • Kishore Gopal Krishna wins gold medal in the National Graduate Physics exam

    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.

  • Project Apeiro

    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.

  • Cross-campus BITS team presents Hyperloop concept at GES 2017

    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.

  • Prof. N N Ghosh Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

    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.

  • Prof. Arun V Kulkarni, Department of Physics, is selected for the Visitor Associateship Program by IUCAA (Inter-University Consortium in Astronomy & Astrophysics) in Pune.

    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

  • Amit Agarwal 2014A7PS0403G awarded the IUSSTF-Viterbi India Program 2017

    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.

  • Devashish Vikas Gupta awarded the prestigious Aditya Birla Scholarship

    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.


  • Prof. Angshuman Sarkar- Fellow of All India Cell Biology Society

    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.

  • Rachit Gupta- Mitacs Globalink Scholarship 2016

    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.

  • Heer Joisher- EPFL Summer Research Program 2017

    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".

  • The startup DRONE NATION by Vichar Shroff, Chetan Reddy & Nikhil Khedekar wins Nidhi Prayas Grant

    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.

  • Dr. Anirban Roy awarded the Innovative Students Projects Award 2017 by Indian National Academy of Engineering

    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.

  • Urvashi Jain- Khorana Scholarship

    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".

  • Kartik Satyanarayanan-Charpak Research Internship Scholarship 2016

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

  • Twenty five students selected for Google Summer of Code 2016

    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.

  • Varsheeth Talluri-Viterbi-India Program, 2016

    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.

  • Prof. Narendra Nath Ghosh - Newton Research Collaboration Program Award

    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.

  • Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Projects

    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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