BGM 2013



Gulf Meet

BGM 2013



“So far, the Birla Institute of Technology & Science was the Institute I owe my Bachelor degree to; the Institute which provided me an enriching undergraduate life through a multitude of academic and non-academic initiatives; the Institute where I met like-minded peers and competent faculty. But now, the Birla Institute of Technology & Science has carved a place in my heart as a community and a family. Being a BITSian is no longer just a brand but an identity which I flaunt with pride. And for this beautiful feeling, I thank the BITSAA Gulf Meet 2013.”


Niyati Parameswaran

BITSian from the Class of 2013


The BITSAA Gulf Meet marked its inception on the 1st of March 2013, with the Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony celebrating the BITSian motto of ‘Knowledge is Power’, and a Kathak rendition as a tribute to the Gurus by Vonita Singh that was distinct in its finesse and splendor. The Director of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus – Dr. R.K. Mittal welcomed the august gathering and elaborated on the vision and mission that we as an Institute were striving towards in the near future. He then spoke about his personal experience from one desert to another and how both these places held so much potential. We also had a video address by Mr. Raju Reddy, Chairman of BITSAA International, present a highly methodical synopsis of the goals and necessary steps he believes we should pave way for as the BITSAA Community. His passion and commitment to BITSAA was obvious in his address that was driven by logic and rationale.


This was followed by illuminating keynote speeches which touched on different spheres of life. The Consul General of India, His Excellency Sanjay Verma dwelled on the fundamental aspects of any organization, which enable it to function like a well-oiled machine characterized by clockwork precision and timing. Following this, Mr. Kris Ramachandran elucidated on the finer points of what he believed formed the crux to Learning, Leading and Living through a myriad of personal experiences, deliberated opinions and formulated theories. What made this address arresting was the wit and charm exuberated by Mr. Ramachandran’s persona. And finally, Mr. Avishesha (Avi) Bhojani spoke on his success as an Entrepreneur. He encapsulated the various causal effects and built his ideology from the grassroots levels making it easy for the audience to relate with.


Mr. M. P. Sharma presentinga cheque at BGM 2013. 


One of the most senior and distinguished BITS Alumnus, Mr. M.P. Sharma handed over a cheque worth USD 50,000 to BPDC Director Dr. R.K. Mittal. This generous presentation garnered a huge applause as it was marked with gratitude and respect not just for BITS as the alma mater but for Mr. M.P. Sharma who sponsored this cause.


Following the keynote addresses were some Panel Discussions, the first one on ‘Influence of Social Media & Digital Marketing’. Manojeet Chowdhury served as the Moderator while Jayanta Bhorpujari, Udayan Gaidhani, Harshit Jain, Aditi Vyas and Vinod Mehra participated as the panelists.


The second discussion was on ‘Innovative Leadership – with Changing Times’. Kanak Madrecha served as the Moderator while Prof. Christopher Abraham, Silvan Varghese, Seema Hallon and Sandhya Prakash served as panelists.


The third discussion on ‘Becoming an Entrepreneur – Work Before you Leap’ was moderated by Ashok Galgotia. Hari Padmanabhan, M.P. Sharma and Taizoon Khorakiwala participated in this discussion.


The distribution of the Mantra Awards which have been initiated by Mr. Anupendra Sharma and sponsored by Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) followed the panel discussions. Mr. M.P. Sharma and BPDC Director Dr. R.K. Mittal handed over these awards. Also included in the agenda was the ‘Speed Networking’ event, an interactive forum for BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus Alumnus to interact with representatives from BITSAA. The alumni also entertained with some music and dance.


The meet concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Mudit Goel, BITSAA, a photo session and a High Tea.