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The Sandpaper Fall 2004 Edition

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Alumni Events

BITSAA Nagpur Picnic

Saturday, Nov 28, 2004


Past Events

Oasis 2004 East Coast 

Somerset Marriott, NJ

Saturday, Nov 6, 2004


BITSAA Chennai Get-together

Hotel Trident

Saturday, Nov 6, 2004

BITSAA Nagpur kickoff

Cafe Coffee Day, VCA Complex Sadar

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

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The History of BITS Admissions

BITS, Pilani since its inception as a Deemed University in 1964 has admitted students purely on merit. Till 1972, merit was based on the total marks obtained in the qualifying examination; the subjects considered being Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) for engineering. This system was also followed by Delhi College of Engineering and most Regional Engineering Colleges. 

Admissions - The Issues and The Alternatives

We'd like to make a point about the normalization system before we examine the issues. It is a purely merit based, transparent system that has been appreciated by many, including the honorable Supreme Court. Dr. Raghurama says "Many institutions wanted to follow the normalization procedure abandoning their existing entrance tests since they found many problems with the tests. In fact, some institutions have started following the normalization procedure".                                      

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Prof S P Kothari (’74)

He is one of the world’s leading academicians in the field of Accounting and Finance and for the past two decades his research has consistently been featured at prominent academic forums.  SP, as he is popularly known, currently holds the Gordon Y Billard Professorship at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is also the Head of the Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting at the Sloan School.

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Prithviraj Chavan (’63)

PRITHVIRAJ Chavan is one the youngest and most important ministers in the current Manmohan Singh government at the Centre. He is also a very busy man. At 8pm on Monday he has just returned after installing the Congress government in Maharastra. At 8pm on Tuesday he is on a flight to Abu Dhabi alongwith the President of India to pay homage to the earstwhile UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan


   masala and spice

Anu Hassan (’88 Phy MMS) won the Tamil Nadu Government's Best Character Artiste (Female) award for year 2002 for her role in Run

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education & academics   

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there…
  When Academicians become Entrepreneurs: Prof. Vijay Jog (’69)

Announcing Sandeep Mukherjee, new Chief Editor of Sandpaper

  Rebel with a cause: Tosh Sheshabalaya (‘76) Excerpts from “The Rising Elephant”
    AP Mathur’s (’70) Sabbatical in the Sands

letters & opinions   


research and innovation   

Chitti aye hai – Letters & Opinions
  The Rule of Three: Dr. Raj Sisodia (‘75)

notes from pilani   


business leaders   

Bridle IT: Made in Pilani Labs !
  Rajesh Hukku (’74) & i-flex story
Meera Bannerji: A Woman of Substance

BITS Pilani @ Goa opens for business


general interest   


mera bharat mahaan   

Mahatma Gandhi – the missing laureate
  Coupling microindustry with rural schools
IT in China: From the Land of the Dragon (2nd in series)
  Dr. AKS Gopalan (’62): Director ISRO & Space Applications Center
From Dilip’s Corner: Srinagar & Adoption
Making a difference

nostalgia & history   


alumni corner   

History of BITS Admissions
  Partyin’ around the world
Admissions – Issues and Admissions
  The 74 batch silver jubilee
Reminiscences by Meera Bannerji

creative & humor   


BITSAA initiatives   

  BITSian 2 BITSian – a more powerful idea
The battle of Bunker Hill
  Getting into the world’s top MBA Schools
The CGPA strategy
  OLAB - Of Sand, Silicon and Oysters
Yaad na Jaye - Poem
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