Work-integrated learning is an innovation in education by BITS Pilani, an institute with a history that goes a long way back.
In the year 1901, Seth Shiv Narainji Birla set up a small ‘pathashala’ in Pilani, Rajasthan with one teacher for educating his grandsons, late Shri G.D. Birla and late Shri R.D. Birla. The pathashala slowly but steadily evolved into a high school in 1925, an intermediate college in 1929, a degree college in 1943, and a postgraduate degree college in 1947. Since its inception, BITS Pilani was known for its excellence in education, which is why during World War II, the Government of India established a Technical Training Centre at Pilani to create technicians for the Defence Services industry.
In 2000, a strategic plan was made to help BITS Pilani embark on a journey to become one of the leading universities in the world. Work Integrated Learning Programmes were recognised to be a significant component in realising this vision. A vision that has helped WILP emerge as India’s leading corporate education provider and the first choice for the cream of engineering professionals.
The BITS Mission
“To provide for and otherwise promote education and research in the fields of Technology, Science, Humanities, Industry, Business, Public Administration and to collate and disseminate in such fields effective ideas, methods, techniques and information as are likely to promote the material and industrial welfare of India” “To train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information”