BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is among the top and pioneering institutions in Dubai, and successfully serving the student community from UAE, GCC Countries, India, and other countries since the year 2000. It is a campus of BITS Pilani that offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programmes in Engineering and Technology. Dedicated to the field of engineering education, it is one of the largest educational institutions in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). The institute has achieved great prominence among the region’s educational institutions by adapting itself to the diverse milieu, the use of technology and modern facilities.
With the long history of establishment from 1964, the parent institute of the Dubai campus, Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani (BITS, Pilani), is the top private technological Indian Institution, at Pilani, Rajasthan, declared as a deemed university. The founder of BITS Pilani is the greatest visionary Late Mr. G.D. Birla. The institute offers degrees at all levels in Engineering, Sciences, Management, and Pharmacy, accredited with Grade A by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), India, in recognition of its excellent quality profile.
Aspiring to provide best-in-class higher education facility for a greater number of promising students in science and technology, under the patronage of Dr. K.K Birla, BITS Pilani extended its campuses geographically; BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus in 2008, BITS Pilani Goa campus in 2004 and BITS Pilani Dubai in 2000. After his demise in 2008, Dr. Kumar Mangalam Birla took over as the Chancellor and Smt. Shobhana Bhartia as the Pro-Chancellor. Under the leadership of a young and dynamic Chancellor, BITS is taking steps to scale greater heights. Dr. Souvik Bhattacharyya is the Vice Chancellor of the Institute.
Edifice of the Institute
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is a leading-edge smart centre of education with a highly impressive campus consisting of multiple academic blocks, separate hostels for men and women, very good sports facility, around more than 30 modern scientific and engineering laboratories, smart classrooms, etc. It also has a Cisco Telepresence Conference Room and Classroom which has the state-of-the-art high-definition video conferencing facilities encompassing large multi screen displays and high-fidelity multichannel. A Creative Lab has been set up for encouraging students to realize their innovative ideas with a 24×7 working opportunity. Along with the infrastructural benefits, BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus offers the knowledge, skills and instructional expertize of the faculty and professionals from other universities and industries across the globe.
Follower of the Footsteps
The institute’s policy was dedicated to educate and train students for the economic development of themselves, their family and society. It takes special care to prepare its students according to the needs of the professional world waiting outside of the campus for them. Their mission is carried forward by the most charismatic and renaissance personality, Director of the institute, Dr. Ranendra N. Saha. He has a rich experience of over38 years in teaching, research and administration. He has profound experience in the field of Pharmacy especially in Pharmaceutics, novel drug delivery systems, and Pharmacokinetics. Dr. Saha has worked for 33 years(28 years in India; five in the UAE) in BITS Pilani, as the Director, Dean of Faculty, Dean of Educational Development Division, Deputy Director (Administration) of BITS Pilani, Deputy Director (Research and Educational Development) of BITS Pilani (university). He has been driving research agendas for all 4 campuses of BITS Pilani and contributed impressively to the growth of the institute.
The contributions of Dr. Saha in teaching and research have earned him the Shri B. K. Birla and Shrimati Sarala Birla Chair Professorship at BITS Pilani in 2011. He has been honoured with several awards for his vast contributions in the field of technologies and pharmacy including, “Pharmacy Professional of the Year 2013” given by Indian Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and Technologists and “The Best Pharmacy Teacher Award” for the year 2005, by Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI).
He also visited the USA, UK, Canada, Sweden, Syria, Nepal and other countries on several occasions on invitation from universities and associations to deliver lectures and organized several national and international conferences. He is in the advisory board and selection committee of a number of universities in India and abroad. Due to his contribution in accordance with the institute’s mission, the ‘BITSians’ are now successful entrepreneurs, administrators or government officers.
The Course Directory
BITS Pilani started off with a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during its formative years to help create a well-rounded curriculum. Various programmes are offered by BITS Pilani, Dubai in Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programmes in Engineering and Technology.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes:
B.E. in Biotechnology
B.E. in Chemical Engineering
B.E. in Civil Engineering
B.E. in Computer Science
B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering
B.E. in Mechanical Engineering
Master’s Degree Programmes:
M.E. in Design Engineering
M.E. in Electrical with specialization in Power Electronics and Drives.
M.E. in Microelectronics
M.E. in Software Systems
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Doctoral Programmes: Ph.D. in various engineering and allied disciplines.
Augmenting the Learning Aspects
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus also believe in creating a proficient learning culture and environment for the students. As today’s technology is prevalent and changing at a very fast pace, it is important that universities stay at par with this changing technology and help students stay at pace with the increasingly changing world. According to BITS, simulations often precede the implementation of engineering solutions to minimize rework. Additionally, the institute also emphasizes upon the non-technical skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and team work, leadership and communication skills. Technology is integrated into the curriculum by BITS through continuous interaction with leading industry personnel, open-ended project courses, assignments, lab work, and even capstone projects both in terms of design and presentations.
Spectrum of Career Opportunities
BITS Pilani is a pioneer in the field of university-industry linkage and its bold and radical innovation in this regard has no parallel. Students enrolled at BITS Pilani have a unique advantage of undergoing a 7½ month Internship programme (Practice School) in companies, as a part of the school curriculum. This provides a great opportunity to them to get hands-on experience and real life professional exposure, helping them in a smooth transition from the classroom environment to the professional world. The institute has linkages with nearly 400 reputed industries in the UAE and India to offer an internship to the students. Besides, the students are also provided hands-on employability skills workshops and training to enhance their technical know-how further, which makes them industry-ready.
BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus generates over 150 job opportunities for its engineering graduates every year through extensive placement drives. The repeated visits of several organizations to BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus to recruit students is an indication of the superior quality of the education and incorporation of valuable skills in the students.
The Epitome of Success
BITS Pilani was recently granted the status of “Institute of Eminence “ by Government of India, being one among the only two existing private universities selected for this recognition. It is also ranked globally among the top 100 universities in the QS University Rankings BRICS 2019 and the top 200 universities in the QS University Rankings Asia 2019.
The institute has student chapters of international professional bodies such as IEEE, ASME, ACM, SAE, ASHRAE, DotNet and LUG, etc. The IEEE Student Branch at the campus has been recognized as the largest Student Branch of IEEE in the UAE. A testimony of excellent co-curricular activities is the creation of highly successful robotics teams IFOR and IORTA and automotive research teams Gear Shifters and Formula 6 Racing by the students, who have won awards competing internationally.
Conquerors around the Globe
Alumni from UAE campus have done exceptionally well in all spheres of life. Other than being the successful entrepreneurs, currently, they are holding leading positions in diverse fields in UAE and across the world with more than 1000 leading companies such as Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Oracle, Siemens, L & T, Maersk, Petrofac, Honeywell, ABB, Emirates Airlines, Tata Consultancy, Schlumberger and others. Many graduates from BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus have been successful in securing admission in more than 75 globally prestigious universities such as Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon in the USA; the University of Toronto, Canada; University of Manchester, the UK; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and many others for higher studies and doctoral programmes.
Expanding their Horizon
In terms of expansion of syllabi, the Senate of BITS Pilani has recently approved two new graduate programs Sanitation Science, Technology and Management and Liberal Studies. These programmes are already introduced in Indian campuses and will soon be introduced in UAE after obtaining approvals from local authorities.
The institute has started offering “Minor Programmes” as an option for meritorious undergraduate students to supplement their learning and to recognize and certify their additional knowledge outside their major area. They also offer the following minor programme in Dubai Campus: Finance, Materials Science and Engineering, and Data Science, which will be of great relevance to UAE.