Sunday, August 07, 2005

A Brief History of Bit Mesra

B.I.T. Mesra is a "Deemed University" under Sec. 3 of the U.G.C. act 1986. It functions under the overall supervision, direction and control of a high power Board of Governors, comprising representatives of the Ministry of Education, Government of India, the U.G.C., the State Government, The Chancellor, the A.I.C.T.E., The Hindustan Charity Trust and the Institute Faculty. Shri G.P. Birla is the Chairman of the Board of Governors. The Governor of the state of Jharkhand is the Chancellor of the Institute. The Technical Council decides the academic policy of the Institute.

The Birla Institute of Technology was established in the year 1955 at Mesra, Ranchi, by the Philanthropist- Industrialist Mr. B M Birla with a vision to be recognized as a world-class learning institution for engineering and technology by providing the highest-quality academic programmes that foster student development and connect knowledge, practice, and outstanding scholarly research.
Over the last fifty years, the Institute has not just kept pace with the times; it has often taken a lead in introduction of programs in emerging areas. The Institute today offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate as well as Doctoral level programmes in Engineering & Technology, Applied Sciences, Remote Sensing, Computer Applications, Information Science, Bio-Medical Instrumentation,Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Business Management & Hotel Management & Catering Technology. A rich heritage of academic excellence; a strong commitment towards creation and constant upgradation of academic infrastructure; an unremitting interaction with the industry; an unrelenting endeavour to develop effective teaching skills of its faculty and to provide an environment that promotes productive research and most of all a stringent intake of the best talent have placed BIT amongst the frontrunners in the domain of technical education and research. With students drawn from all the States of our Country, the Institution has endeavoured to maintain its all India character. BIT has graduated over 15,000 Degree holders in Engineering & Technology and over 2000 Post graduates. The active research programmes of the Institute have produced a number of Doctorates (PhD's) in various areas.

BIT was the very first Institute to establish a Department of Space Engineering & Rocketry in the year 1964. BIT also introduced the concept of Small Industries Entrepreneurs' Park and became the first and the only Institute in the country not just to provide 'nursery sheds' and central designing and workshop facilities to young entrepreneurs, but also to facilitate the initial project funding. BIT became the very first technical University to establish overseas extension centers in the year 2000. It is one of the few Universities to be accorded a Super Computer at the core of its ultramodern IT infrastructure.
The Institute has also been active in initiating as well as becoming a part of International ventures and tie-ups. It has collaborative arrangements with Universities in the USA, UK & Canada. It is an active member of the EAGER NETWIC Project of ASIA LINK programme of European Commission for establishing a world class academic network of Higher education in the rapidly growing field of Wireless and Mobile Communication between the five partner Universities.
BIT has been catering to the manpower needs of almost all the major sectors of the economy since the last five decades. BIT alumni have made the Institute proud of their achievements, many of whom are amongst the leaders of the Industry, both in India and abroad.
The Institute along with its extension centres at present has more than 7500 students enrolled for different Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes. It also has more than 150 registered students for the Ph.D. Programmes.