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Today, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) - Pilani is one of the leading deemed to be Science and Technology Universities of India. An institution that has seen thousands of students pass out from its portals to take up brilliant careers. A testament of the commitment of the House of the Birlas towards giving back to society.
The story of the growth and change of BITS as an institution is a saga of the unyielding commitment and effort of many good men. The early development of BITS was on account of the work of a number of people who served willingly in the harsh desert terrain. People like SD Pandey, V. Lakshminarayanan and D. Upadhya were the few leading spirits of institution building in those days. The commitment and vision of the Birlas was forever an inspiration and guiding light.
In later years, some of the countrys leading academics steered BITS through its fruitful collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Ford Foundation ensuring that it was able to rise up to match the high academic standards and expectations of its collaborators.
BITS - Leading Change provides a wonderful account of the struggles and challenges of the early years, the defining moments of change and discerning glimpses into the future of this marvellous institution.
About the Author
Dr. Umesh Dhyani is Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at BITS, Pilani, which is one of the premier deemed to be Science and Technology Universities of India, credited with continuing academic reforms since its origin. He completed his PhD from BITS Pilani in Social Sciences and has also done his PGDBA programme. For the last two and half decades, Dr. Dhyani has been involved in teaching, research and other academic and institutional activities at BITS - Pilani. He has for long taught courses in Public Policy and Conflict Management to the graduate students at BITS - Pilani. An extensive researcher, Dr. Dhyani has participated, presented and published research papers in numerous seminars, conferences and journals in India and abroad and has also delivered invited talks at various academic institutions. He is on the advisory board of an academic journal on Sustainable Development. His area of research is CSR and community participation. He is the author of among other works, 'Global Corporate Executives 63 Mantras' (2005) and Co-author of 'Grassroots Entrepreneurship Strategy for Development' (2004). Apart from academics, he has extensively worked in promoting development projects for the rural population