Client: Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Location: Pilani, Rajasthan
Area: 25,80,000 sqft
Services: Master planning, expansion,upgradation, restoration and conservation of the existing campus
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, known as BITS Pilani is an all-India technical and private university located in Pilani, Rajasthan.
It 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.
In addition to Pilani, BITS has campuses in Dubai, UAE, Hyderabad and an extension centre in Bangalore.
BITS Pilani enrols students purely on the basis of merit and not through any kind of reservations. The Institute is privately supported and fully residential. BITS Pilani is the first Indian institution to set up a campus outside India.
The Institute developed and administers the all-India computerised entrance test BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India. It is also known to be one of the first Indian engineering colleges to require compulsory internship in the industry by both the students and faculty in the form of its “Practice School” program.
This project included a master plan for the expansion, conservation and redevelopment of an existing 225 acre campus.
This was to be executed in 8 phases keeping the existing campus functioning. A detailed scheme was worked out for each of the academic areas, student and faculty housing areas.
The campus expansion was planned for an additional 2000 students and 150 faculty. The academic areas were to be completely revamped and retrofitted to suit modern methods of teaching and state-of-art facilities.
A complex phasing plan was derived by SNK to undertake the execution of the master plan followed by the conditional mapping of each of the existing structures, some of which were over 50 years old.