Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pilani: birthplace of India's famous and influential industrialist, GD Birla.

Pilani is a town in the Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan, India. The town was birthplace of India's famous and influential industrialist, GD Birla. His ancestral residence is located in Pilani. It is the home of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, the CEERI (Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute), and several other schools. Each institution is located in its own campus and in addition there is the original Pilani town comprising the whole are now known as Pilani.The country’s next assembling centre for the prestigious BrahMos missiles will be Rajasthan’s Pilani. The State Government has already allocated 80 hectares of land near Pilani town, better known for its Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) for this purpose.

Pilani is known for its extreme climate. Summer temperatures reach up to 50 degree Celsius from May to July, while Winter temperatures reach sub-zero levels between December and January. Months of October and March are generally considered the most pleasant.

One of India's finest technical schools, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) is located in Pilani. BITS was formed in 1964, by merging the Birla Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science into a single institution with Prof. V. Lakshminarayanan as its first Director. In this period of inception (especially during 1964–1970), BITS Pilani received support from the Ford Foundation and benefited from an alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. BITS was one of the first institutions in India to introduce the Semester System. BITS continues its thrust in innovation in education system with the numerous academic flexibilities that it provides.

BITS Pilani started to expand in India and abroad since 2000. New campuses were established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2000) and Goa (2004) and a fourth campus in Hyderabad (2008) at Jawaharnagar (near Hakimpet Air Force station). BITS also runs a virtual university and an extension center in Bangalore. Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani is one among the top ranking universities in India today offering degrees in Engineering, Management, Economics, Pharmacy, Sciences, Engineering Technology, Information Systems, General Studies, Finance, etc presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses. BITS Pilani also offers an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates.

The GD Birla Memorial Polytechnic Institute known as BTTI was established in 1988 in memory of Late Shri GD Birla. The institute was founded by Ghanshyam Das Birla in 1929 as an intermediate college.

Pilani also boasts a few good boarding schools like Birla Public School (Vidya Niketan), Birla Senior Secondary School and Birla Balika Vidyapeeth. There are several other prominent English medium schools like [Haridevi Jhutharam Shishu Sadan],[CEERI Vidhya Mandir]and [Birla Sishu Vihar]which are serving the society from many decades. Hindi medium schools like Shaboo senior secondary school, Bal Niketan, Jankidevi Mendelia Senior secondary School, and Goenka Vidhya mandir have glorious past in education and are making Pilani a prominent education center.

M.K. Shaboo PG collage is also a boon for the citizens of Pilani and near by villages. From many decades this prestigious collage is boosting the talents in commerce and arts. Indermani Mandelia collage is one of the best collages for girls in Rajasthan for home science and subjects like computer science.

BK Birla Institute of Engineering and Technology, BKBIET established in the year 2007 mainly to help the students from the Shekhawati region to build their career in Engineering desciplines like Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication, Electrical, etc.

Unlike other towns, Pilani is not accessible by rail, but it does have a computerised reservation counter, situated in the CEERI campus, at its entrance gate opposing BTTI (Birla Technical Training Institute). The nearest rail stations are Chirawa (16 km) and Loharu(25 km). Jaipur is 220 km from Pilani and Delhi is 210 km and well connected by road.

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