BITS all set to increase its Research Students
Birla Institute of Technology is looking forward to double the total number of research students in all its campuses by 2020. At present, it has a total of 650 research students and this number is expected to increase to 1500 in the upcoming sessions.
Acting Vice Chancellor V. Sambasiva Rao said, “The institute wanted to focus on research, entrepreneurship and innovation. We have proposed to improve research by recruiting more Ph.D. students and encouraging our faculty to go for research in interdisciplinary areas.”
He further added, “To attract students we have to provide a better ecosystem for meritorious students. To make them stay back (in the country) we need public-private partnership for research projects and fellowships. We also need to offer them challenging problems.”
BITs, currently receives grants from University Grant Commission (UGC), the Departments of Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Atomic Energy and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Rao Added, “We also encourage faculty to apply for sponsored grants and approach industry for funding for research. We involve undergraduates, postgraduates and research students.”
The three projects launched by the tech-business incubators of BITs have been successful. This institute looking forward for the students who have desire to work in research field after completing their graduation, as it also offers Ph.D. programme directly after graduation to the students who demonstrate an aptitude for the same.
“We need institutions like IITs and central universities. Funding for these institutions must be improved. The government should concentrate on providing seed funding,” V. Sambasiva Rao added further.