Sunday, September 22, 2013

BITS Pilani - Work Integrated Learning Programmes

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BITS Pilani offers degree programmes through  Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) for employed professionals to enhance their academic qualification while gaining significant professional experience at their respective employing organizations. The programmes are specifically designed to integrate the learning with their working environment.  We also offer specific programmes under Corporate Partnerships to leading organizations from several industries customized to suit their Learning & Development requirements. 
The concept, design and operation of  Work Integrated Learning Programmes ensures rich learning experience for the student. This includes  Virtual Classrooms, Regular interactions through Learning Management Systems and  access to reference materials through Digital Library. 
BITS Pilani has also institutionalized collaborations with several leading institutions to offer degree programmes in selected professional areas like Marine Engineering, Nautical Technology, Optometry and Physician Assistant.

These Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) are designed to offer a unique opportunity to employed professionals in various Engineering and Information Technology industries, to enhance their academic qualification while gaining significant professional experience at their respective employing organizations. Designed for the HRD needs of a diverse spectrum of Engineering & IT Industries.


FIRST DEGREE PROGRAMMES (6 Semesters)

Eligibility & Programe Details
B.S. Engineering Technology
B.S. Information Systems

INTEGRATED M.S. PROGRAM (8 Semesters)


Eligibility & Programe Details
M.S. Software Systems

Modalities

  • The Institute is one of the very few universities in India, which has ventured into off-campus work integrated learning programmes in science and technology areas. In order to maintain the standard as well as rigour required in this area, the Institute could cater only to those inputs, which have the facilities and environment for such a learning process. So the Institute treats these degree programmes as continuing education programmes for employed professionals. Hence admissions are given normally to candidates who are already employed and whose organizations sponsor them in their academic pursuit subject to the candidates having the required academic qualifications. The Institute looks for candidates who have the necessary computer, laboratory and other physical facilities including access to Email and Internet as well as certain intellectual input in terms of guidance by superior / co-officer / professional expert preferably from the workplace of the candidate who will be termed as Mentor, while the candidate is in pursuit of studies.
  • These degree programmes are work-integrated learning programmes. Hence, for students to get admission to these programmes, they must be engaged in work in the relevant professional areas. The final offer of admission for B.S. Engineering Technology /Information Systems, M.S. Software Systems / Manufacturing Management / Quality Management / Consultancy Management, M.Phil. Hospital & Health Systems Management programmes, would be based on candidate's educational background, academic achievements, work profile, relevant work experience, profile of the employing organization and Mentor's profile
  • If the number of applications for a particular programme is less than a critical number, that programme may not be offered in that semester.
  • Once the candidate accepts the admission offer and confirms registration, any request for deferment of admission to a subsequent semester cannot be entertained. The candidate can only withdraw from the registered semester. 

Procedure

Our next admission advertisement likely to be come in October 2013.

Payment options for application form (requisite processing fees of Rs. 1,500/- (Non-refundable) as per procedure specified in the form)  are specified below:
  • Option 1: Pay Online Payment through Net Banking
  • Option 2: Pay Online Payment through Credit Card
  • Option 3: Pay Rs. 1525/- through cash at all ICICI Bank branches through a Challan(PDF document) which is to be downloaded and printed from this website before making the payment.
  • Option 4: Pay through a crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of "BITS, Pilani" payable at

    - ICICI Bank Pilani (Branch Code 1538) or
    - State Bank of India, Pilani (Code: 11309) or
    - UCO Bank, VidyaVihar, Pilani (Code: 0150) or
    - State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, Pilani (Code: 10398) or

    In case of Demand Draft drawn on at any other bank (payable at Jaipur), a Demand Draft for Rs. 1600/-, should be submitted.

    Please check the demand draft and ensure that it is correct and complete in all aspects such as date, drawee name, bank manager signature, name and code of issuing bank branch and drawee bank branch, amount in words and figures.

    In the draft, you must ensure that "Payee" / "Pay" to NAME is written only as "BITS, Pilani" and nothing else.

    Please ensure that the Application number and Applicant's name is written clearly on the backside of the demand draft.

Educational Process

  • A collaborating organization is an organization that helps the Institute in setting up the necessary facilities and in the running of classes and laboratories for all students. Such an organization may simultaneously be also a sponsoring organization. 
  • A sponsoring organization is an organization, which fulfills one or more of the following features: 
  1. The organization is the employer of the student and pays fully / partly the fees/dues of the student and also provides facilities required for the learning process.
  2. The organization is an employer of the student but does not pay the fees/dues of the student. Nonetheless the organization agrees to encourage and actively participate in the special nature of the educational process for the mutual benefit of the organization and the employee. 
  • An associate student is one who is allowed to register in any of the courses offered in each semester with an ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma/degree or without any such ambition. The treatment of these students will be different from that of the casual students in that these students will be registered on credit and not on audit basis and may be admitted for a degree or a diploma, if situation so warrants. Further, admission procedure and the fee structure may also differ in contrast to the casual students. Presently the Institute considers only sponsored candidates from structured collaborative programmes for Admission as Associate Student. 
  • Duration : This may vary from programme to programme depending upon the input qualification, experience requirements, nature as well as the need of the collaborating organizations including the viability and feasibility of course offerings. The Semesterwise pattern given in the following pages indicate the currently operational details for various programmes which may be varied whenever situation warrants. 

Highlights

1.    Registration and Fee Payment: Each semester of the Off-Campus Work-Integrated Learning Programmes begins with a mandatory REGISTRATION process, which specifies the prescribed course package for each student for that semester.  The Registration process for each semester is completed when the student sends the duly signed Registration Card alongwith the payment for the semester fees. The student has to pay the full semester fees for every semester in which s/he registers, irrespective of the number of courses in his/her prescribed course package. 

2.    Continuous Internal Evaluation: BITS follows continuous system of internal evaluation and letter grades A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, E carrying grade points 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 2 respectively are awarded for all courses other than Dissertation/Project Work for which only non-letter grades namely EXCELLENT, GOOD, FAIR, POOR are awarded. If a student does not offer adequate opportunity for evaluation in a course, reports such as NC (Not cleared) may be awarded.

3.    Evaluation Scheme: For each course in each semester for the B.S. ET/IS and M.S. SS/MM programmes, there will be typically 3 Evaluation Components (EC) spread over the semester according to the dates specified in the Course Handout for each course:

4.    Evaluation Component                                      

Component
Description
Weightage 
Given & Evaluated by
EC-1
Assignment / Quiz (online) 
15%
BITS Faculty
EC-2
Mid-Semester Test (2 Hours)
35%
BITS Faculty
EC-3
Comprehensive Exam (3 Hours)
50%
BITS Faculty

EC-2 and EC-3 examinations are conducted only at the following Centres: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai, Hosur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagda, Pilani and Pune.  The details of these exam centers will be placed on the BITS website in due course.

5.    Grading Procedure: At the end of each semester, the performance of each student in a course, is specified as a LETTER GRADE (namely A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D or E) which is obtained through a Relative Grading procedure, which is described below.

The final grading in each course is done by tabulating in descending order (equivalently a histogram) the total marks obtained by all students in that particular course. The performance of the course will be analyzed in terms of average, highest and lowest marks and the dividing lines between various clusters. Gaps between clusters and the nature of clusters will guide drawing the dividing lines between various grades. In a normal class of large size, the C-band will usually include the average mark. This is not a hard and fast rule and exceptions may arise in cases of small classes or a skewed histogram etc.

6.    Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The CGPA (calculated on a 10 point scale) will be used to describe the overall performance of a student (from the semester of admission till the point of reckoning) in all courses for which LETTER GRADES are awarded.

                                                   U1 G1 + U2 G2 + U3 G3 ……..
                                      CGPA = --------------------------------------------
                                                          U1 + U2 + U3 …….
                            
Where U1, U2, U3 …….. denote UNITS of the course,  and G1, G2, G3…. denote grade points of the LETTER GRADES awarded in that course. Non-Letter grades do not go into computation of CGPA.

7.    Minimum Academic Requirements: Subject to fulfilling the Academic Regulations of the Institute, the student will be issued a grade sheet at the end of each semester, a Transcript and a Provisional Certificate followed by the Final Degree Certificate at the end of the programme.

The minimum academic requirements for successful completion of our M.S. programmes require that a student obtains a minimum CGPA of 5.50 and no E grade in any course. For B.S. programmes, the student should obtain a minimum CGPA of 4.50 and no E grade in any course. No student can register in any other course of his/her degree along with Dissertation in MS or Project work in BS.

Failure to meet the minimum academic requirements will bring the student under the purview of Academic Monitoring Board (AMB), which will prescribe a suitable course package for the student and monitor his/her progress and academic performance closely.

8.    Dissertation / Project Work:  

The students enrolled in B.S. programmes will have to register for a full semester Project work in their final semester.  The students of M.S. programmes will be required to register for a full semester Dissertation in their final semester.

Each student should complete all prescribed coursework of the programme and fulfill the minimum academic requirements before s/he can register for Project Work or Dissertation in her/his final semester of the programme.  If the academic performance of the student falls below the minimum requirements, s/he will be required to register in some courses again in a subsequent semester to improve her/his CGPA, before s/he can register for Project Work/Dissertation.

As admissions to the Off-Campus Work-Integrated Learning Programmes are based on various factors like student employment, employer consent, mentor consent, etc, any student changing his/her employer or mentor should inform Dean immediately and get such changes approved, failing which the student would be Discontinued from the Programme (DP), resulting in his/her name getting struck off the rolls of the institute.

Fees Structure

Fees Structure applicable for candidates seeking new admission during the academic year 2013-2014
The fees schedule applicable for all programmes is as follows:
Admission FeesEach Semester Fees
Rs. 15,000/-Rs. 35,600/-
A candidate who has been offered admission will have to pay Rs. 50,600/- (Admission fees and Semester fees for the Starting Semester of the programme) immediately on receiving the Admit Offer Letter. Any candidate who desires to discontinue from the programme after confirmation of admission & registration for the courses specified in the admit offer letter will forfeit the total amount of fees paid.
Certain fully residential programmes like B.S. Marine Engineering where hostel and other facilities are provided, there will be additional fees prescribed which will be communicated at the time of admission.
Note: For the examination centre at Dubai, in addition to the semester fees, for each semester there will be an examination centre fees of 1000 UAE Dhirams or equivalent per semester out of which 500 UAE Dhirams is to be paid at the time of appearing in Mid-semester examinations at Dubai Centre for that semester and the remaining 500 UAE Dhirams is to be paid at the time of appearing in comprehensive examinations at Dubai centre for that semester.

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