WES 2012 - Higher Education Track: Technology Enabled Campus Infrastructure... - Prof V S Rao
Prof V S Rao, Director, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
Speaker at: World Education Summit 2012
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: Technology holds the key to the future of education. Technology has a great potential to strengthen universities. A lot of educational activities can be conducted more efficiently once we start using the latest innovations. Technology is a tool which is used to face the challenges in education sector.To meet the needs of access, equity, quality and the shortage of faculty, universities are increasingly depending upon the technological tools. BITS has increased the student strength from 3,500 in the year 2000 to 10,500 in 2010. This is an increase of 300 percent. They have around 18,000 working professionals who are pursuing their continuing education and earning degrees both at bachelors’ and masters’ level. Admissions are conducted bycomputer based online system called BITSAT (BITS Admission Test).The tests are conducted at 20 different centres over a period of one month. 1.15 lakhs people appeared for this admission test for 2100 seats in across three Indian campuses. All registration processes, timetables and integrated learning programmes for working professionals are delivered through online systems.
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