BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus is located in the Vidya Vihar campus adjacent to Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district, in Rajasthan. Pilani is the home town of the Birla family and has a population of about 50,000. It is about 200 km west of Delhi and about 220 km north of Jaipur. The Institute buildings, hostels and residential quarters for staff with neatly laid out roads, lawns and gardens constitute the BITS Campus of about 240 acres.
CAMPUS AND ITS ADJOINING FACILITIES
Shiv Ganga and Saraswati Temple
Shiv Ganga is a central beauty spot of the Vidya Vihar Campus with 400 meters circular canal and the Sharda Peeth, a beautiful white marble temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati.
Limited facilities are available for board and lodging on payment at the VFAST Hostel (Visiting Faculty and Students Hostel), which is located near the entrance of the Campus. This apart in the campus, there are lodges and hotels in Pilani town.
AKSHAY, a Supermarket, located in the heart of the campus in an area of 7500 sq.ft. with an elegant modern building is a part of BITS I-5 Consumers’ Cooperative Stores Ltd. (BITS Coop). Student volunteers of the Institute have worked with management of the BITS Coop in the establishment of the Supermarket.
Pilani Campus has a Medical Centre, which caters to the medical needs of the students and staff. It has a full time Physician (MD) and a Gynecologist, who attend to the patients both in the morning and evening outdoor hours. A dental surgeon and a Pediatrician visit the centre once in every week. Similarly the centre also provides services of part time ENT, homeopathy, and Ayurvedic specialists. The Centre has a good clinical laboratory for all major biochemical, hematological, urine, stool and other routine tests.
The Birla Museum is located adjacent to the Institute Building. It is the first science and technology museum established in the country. Most of the exhibits and models incorporate stimulating animations and visual effects.
Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI)
Adjoining the Campus, there is the Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute. It is one of the National Laboratories under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
The Institute is fully residential and hostel accommodation is provided to all students. There is a common kitchen cum mess unit for every set of two boys’ hostels. Each unit of the mess serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and the unit operates under the management of different students’ committees. The girls’ hostel, however, has a separate mess of its own, situated within the boundary of the hostel.
Student Activities Centre
The Institute has a Student Activities Centre housed in a separate building where students have their union office and rooms for various activities. This building also has badminton courts, a squash court, a Table tennis room, a Health Club, an open air amphi theatre and a cafeteria.
Cultural and Recreational Activities
The Institute has following clubs and societies: Music, Dance, Hindi Drama, English Drama, Hindi Press, English Press, Creative Activities, and Mime clubs; English Language Activity and Hindi Activity societies. These are entirely managed by the students and have been nurturing the creative and cultural talents of the students. In addition, the Institute runs Recreational Activity Forum, Photography Club, Swimming Club, and Health Club whose membership is open to students and staff. The Institute also organizes Theatre and Dance workshops. A classical music group called ‘Ragamalika’ aims at encouraging budding talent among the students in music and dance. It also arranges performances by leading artists in the field of classical music and dance. In addition, there is also a BITS Pilani Chapter of SPIC-MACAY which organizes programmes to promote Indian classical music and culture amongst youth. Recreational Activity Forum (RAF) regularly organizes film shows and cultural programmes for the BITS community. BITS being an all-India Institute, students have also established regional associations representing almost all Indian States conducting several special programmes on festive occasions.
Physical Education of the Institute aims at providing a safe atmosphere to enable students and staff members to exercise to their potential whilst achieving their goals. It offers a variety of fitness, wellness, and recreation opportunities, and Fitness Programmes including Yoga and Martial Arts. The Physical Education has major facilities that include Health Club, Swimming Club and Sports Club. Health Club is equipped with single and multi-stationed machines and weight training facilities to provide students with an opportunity of doing exercise for physical fitness. Swimming Club has a swimming pool of 25 m length while Sports Club has various indoor and outdoor facilities for students to take part in sports and games. The indoor facilities are Badminton, Table Tennis and Squash with synthetic flooring while outdoor facilities are Basketball, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Cricket, Tennis, Track & Field (400 m) etc. Sports and fitness activities are supervised by the qualified and experienced staff members of the Institute.
Festivals on Campus
Traditionally students organize three festivals during an academic year. BOSM (BITS Open Sports Meet) in September, a sports festival; OASIS, a cultural festival in October and APOGEE (A Professions-Oriented Gathering Over Educational Experience), an Academic Festival in February thus bringing about a beautiful blend of sports, cultural and academic milieu of the campus. All the three festivals are entirely managed by students in which a large number of students from all over India actively participate.