Re-shape how the world will travel in the future

M.Tech. Automotive Electronics is a four-semester Work Integrated Learning Programme designed for imparting knowledge and skills required to meet the evolving needs of the automotive industry in its quest for integrating technological advances in hardware, power electronics, cyber systems and machine intelligence. It is intended for engineering professionals working in the automotive OEM, auto components, electronics manufacturing and related industries desiring to broaden their knowledge horizons as they fulfill their career aspirations by contributing to this growing field.

The programme providesworking professionals with knowledge and expertise in multiple disciplines - Autotronics, automotive embedded systems and controls, automotive cyber systems, electric and hybrid architectures, autonomous vehicles, machine intelligence and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), – enabling them to design, build, test and sustain future automotive systems using digital technologies.

M.Tech. Automotive Electronics is a BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programme (WILP). BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programmes are UGC approved.


Option to pay fees using an easy EMI with 0% interest and 0 down payment.

WILP programs are

WILP programs are

UGC approved

Easy EMI Option With

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Admission begins

Admission begins


Fees per semester

Fees per semester

INR 63,500

Programme Highlights

  1. M.Tech. Automotive Electronics is a BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programme (WILP). BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programmes are UGC approved.
  2. The programme is of four semesters, with online classes conducted primarily during weekends and after-business hours. It can be pursued without career break.
  3. The programme has been designed for engineering professionals employed in industries such as Automotive, Auto component, Design, Manufacturing, etc., and working in functional areas such R&D, Analysis, Maintenance, Projects, component design, etc.
  4. The delivery methodology is a blend of classroom and experiential learning. Experiential learning consists of lab exercises, assignments, case studies and work integrated activities.
  5. The programme offers “Virtual Simulation” using tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, Ricardo etc. and remote labs in automotive controls, cybersystems, electric vehicles, diagnostics and ADAS.
  6. The programme encourages the application of classroom knowledge to the solution of practical problems through its experiential learning component, preparing students to meet the challenges of problems of industry scale and complexity
  7. Students are enrolled for four courses during each of the first three semesters. The final semester devoted to Dissertation/ Project Work enables the students to apply the concepts and skills acquired during the programme
  8. Students are assessed through a continuous evaluation process during the course of the semester, providing continuous feedback helping busy working professionals stay on course with the programme.
  9. Participants who successfully complete the programme will become members of an elite & global community of BITS Pilani Alumni.
  10. Option to pay fees using an easy EMI with 0% interest and 0 down payment.

UGC Approval

BITS Pilani is an Institution of Eminence under UGC (Institution of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017. The Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) of BITS Pilani constitutes a unique set of educational offerings for working professionals. WILP are an extension of programmes offered at the BITS Pilani Campuses and are comparable to our regular programmes both in terms of unit/credit requirements as well as academic rigour. In addition, it capitalises and further builds on practical experience of students through high degree of integration, which results not only in upgradation of knowledge, but also in up skilling, and productivity increase. The programme may lead to award of degree, diploma, and certificate in science, technology/engineering, management, and humanities and social sciences. On the recommendation of the Empowered Expert Committee, UGC in its 548th Meeting held on 09.09.20 has approved the continued offering of BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning programmes.

Programme Curriculum

Participants need to take at least 12 courses towards coursework, and complete one Project/ Dissertation. The coursework requirement for the programme would consist of a set of core courses and electives. Core courses are compulsory for all participants, while electives can be chosen based on individual learning preferences.

  • Automotive Vehicles
  • Autotronics
  • Embedded System Design
  • Automotive Communication Systems
  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
  • Automotive Control Systems
  • Automotive Networking
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Elective 5
  • Dissertation
  • Automotive Systems Engineering
  • Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
  • Automotive Security
  • Automotive Diagnostics & Interfaces
  • Product Design
  • Safety Critical Advanced Automotive Systems
  • Robust and Intelligent Systems Design

For more information on programme curriculum download the programme brochure.

Choice of Electives is made available to enrolled students at the beginning of each semester. A limited selection of Electives will be offered at the discretion of the Institute.

For detailed programme curriculum, download the brochure.

Learning Methodology


Lectures are conducted live via online classes. These lectures can be attended via the internet using a computer from any location. These online classrooms offer similar levels of interactivity as regular classrooms at the BITS Pilani campus.

Classes for students admitted during the period Oct 2023 - Jan 2024 will begin in Jan 2024. The class schedule is announced within 1 week of completion of the admission process.

Online lectures are conducted usually over weekends for about 8 hours per week. Recorded content of a missed lecture may be accessed online.


Learners can access engaging learning material at their own pace which includes recorded lectures from BITS Pilani faculty members, course handouts and recorded lab content where applicable.


Continuous Assessment includes graded Assignments/ Quizzes, Mid-semester exam, and Comprehensive Exam.


The programme emphasizes on Experiential Learning that allows learners to apply concepts learned in the classroom to simulated and real work situations.

  • Control System Development
    • Model-based generation from inside Simulink environment
    • Brake By Wire Test Rig – Using a single Master cylinder and fail-safe mode operation using conventional brake levers.
    • Steer By Wire Test Rig – Uses Electronic Power Steering setup with “By Wire” input from Logitech G29 steering wheel.A2L file definitions.
    • A2L file definitions
    • Configurable pin allocations, timers and interrupts
    • ECU calibration
    • Control strategies for engines and transmissions
  • HIL Test Rig
    • Non-Real time HIL Test Rig
    • Capable of running FMU compatible plant models
    • Interfaces with standard vehicle controllers

Capable of running on real-time HIL tests virtually on cloud servers using FMU compatible models.

  • ADAS Test Rig
    • Control Algorithms of BLDC, Induction and PMSM Motors with Hardware in Loop (HIL).
    • Battery Management System (BMS).
  • Electric Vehicle Demonstration Platform
    • EV powertrain demonstration platform comprising of AC motor, Motor Controller, Li-Ion battery pack and gearbox

Drive-by Wire and Autonomous Level 1 enabled

  • Case Studies and Assignments: Carefully chosen real-world cases & assignments drive the problem-solving exercises
  • Dissertation/ Project Work: The Dissertation/Project work is the culmination of the programme in the fourth semester. It offers learners the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained during the programme to solve real-world like complex projects of value to their organizations.

Online Labs & Remote Labs


The virtual lab is a cloud-based simulation platform to design, develop and test solutions to engineering problems. It instils the requisite skills and ability to solve large scale complex problems encountered in the industry. The lab hosts a range of popular software tools to accurately model and simulate real engineering processes. The lab has live-support and is open 24x7x365.

Participants of M.Tech. Automotive Electronics can access the following virtual labs:

Altair Embed Virtual Lab

Altair EMBED is a powerful model based development tool enabling users to design, analyze and simulate using block diagrams and state charts. The highly efficient diagram-to-code competence condenses the development time and increases the understanding of the vehicle subsystems. The quick development of virtual prototype of any dynamic system is an added feature.

Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Lab
The Electric & hybrid vehicles virtual lab provides the environment for modeling the complete vehicle system in conventional, hybrid, electric and novel vehicle architectures using MATLAB/Simulink and the built-in powertrain library in Ricardo Ignite. It offers adjustable component fidelity for vehicle modeling – from initial concept to detailed powertrain integration. Participants can perform experiments such as IC engine modeling, Electric vehicle modeling for MPGe.

MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language. MATLAB is used for computer programming, mathematical modelling such as controls, power electronics modeling etc, and Model In the Loop (MIL) simulations. Participants can perform experiments such as Programming in MATLAB, Mathematical modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, PID controller design studies.


The remote lab is an environment to perform controlled experiments from anywhere using IoT- enabled lab equipment and integrated remote access network. The lab is open 24x7x365. Remote Lab is yet another attempt by the WILP division of BITS Pilani to bring the campus learning experience to working professionals complementing their work-life-learning balance.

Participants of M.Tech. Automotive Electronics can access the following remote labs:

Steer-by-wire test rig
Steer-by-wire test rig comprises of a master and slave steering wheel setup that is controlled using MATLAB/Simulink environment via CAN communication. The actuators are controlled by Arduino microcontrollers in a closed-loop system based on sensor measurements. Participants can perform experiments such as Develop a steering-control strategy for autonomous driving taking inputs from CAN messages, Implement a PI controller to minimize the error and achieve target using a closed loop system.

Brake-by-wire test rig
Brake-by-wire test rig comprises of a single wheel controlled by a motor to simulate the braking system in hard braking conditions. Participants can perform experiments such as Develop a control strategy for applying brakes using desired slip ratio for different road-tire slip conditions, Implement a PI controller to minimize error and achieve target using a closed loop system.

HIL (Hardware-In-the-Loop) test rig
HIL test rig consists of data acquisition for I/O signal communication for testing real-time hardware components integrated with the real-time plant model. Participants can perform experiments such as Tune the automotive engine controller using the mapped engine model, Design and develop a controller for EV & HEV, Test the hardware functionality of an electronic component in closed-loop.

Electronic throttle body test rig
The ECU-based electronic throttle body is used to explore various control strategies to obtain the desired throttle valve position and valve opening rate in a modern electronic throttle body. The control algorithm is modeled in MATLAB/Simulink. Participants can perform experiments such as Modeling control strategies such as cruise and fail-safe, Manual and automatic PID tuning of throttle position.

Automatic gear box test rig
This test rig focuses on building a complex strategy to operate a gearbox under many conditions such as steep gradients, excess speed and overload. Participants can perform experiments such as Develop control strategies for automatic gear box, Develop control strategy for uphill mode and several failsafe modes in MATLAB/Simulink.

Experiments with ACS Lab

The ACS lab aims at providing a complete knowledge and first-hand experience of automobile to the students of Automotive Engineering & Electronics. The lab uses both virtual tools and hardware. Students use them to understand the CAN (Controller Area Network), CAN FD, LIN (Local Interconnect Network), Ethernet networks, ECU Flashing & CAN Fuzz (Software Penetration & Security Testing), Automotive Ethernet & DoIP, Automotive Ethernet Switches.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) lab
The objective of the lab is to familiarize the students with the latest technology supporting driver assistance systems. Participants can perform experiments such as Distance measurement using ultrasonic sensors and distance calculation of objects using front and rear ultrasonic sensors, Audio and visual warning using buzzer and LED respectively.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Remote Lab

The Electric and hybrid vehicle lab provides the sophisticated technical environment for understanding and modelling the complete control algorithm for different motors mostly used for xEV’s design using Altair embed, also to look at complete understanding for engineers could develop BMS algorithms by performing simulation in loop (SIL) to hardware in loop (HIL).

Mode Of Examination

Examinations Mode Options applicable for students admitted in Batch starting in April 2024:

Semester 1, 2 and 3 have Mid-Semester Examinations and Comprehensive Examinations for each of course. These examinations are mostly scheduled on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. During these semesters, in addition to the Mid-Semester and Comprehensive examinations, there will also be Quizzes/Assignments conducted online on the Learning Management System (LMS) as per the course plan in which the students need to participate. In Semester 4 (Final Semester), the student will be doing a Dissertation/Project Work as per the Institution’s guidelines.

Two Options on Mode of Examinations:

It is institute’s endeavour to offer two options on mode of exams at the time of the registration for each semester of the programme. However, please note that Option 2 as explained below is offered purely on the discretion of the institute. Availability of Option 2 is not assured and is subject to institute’s own assessment of the feasibility of providing it. Students will need to choose one from the available option/s provided by the institute at the time of registering for every semester. The two mode of exam options are explained below:

Option 1 - Examinations at Designated Examination Centres: Students choosing this option will need to appear in person for taking the examinations at the institution’s designated examination centres as per the examination schedule, instructions, rules and guidelines announced before every examination. These designated examination centres are at the following locations: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Pilani, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Jamshedpur, Guwahati, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Vijayawada, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore. In addition to these locations, Institution also has a designated examination centre in Dubai.

Option 2 - Online Examinations: Students choosing this option can take the examinations online from any location e.g. office or home. However the Institute at its discretion may choose not to offer this option and in such a case students will need to take the examinations as per Option 1 that entails appearing for the examination at any one of the designated examination centres. Also, to take an Online Examination, the student must possess a Laptop or Desktop system with Two Web Cams (One Web Cam for the student’s frontal face view and a Second Web Cam for the student’s and Laptop or Desktop system’s full side view during the exam), a smart phone and good internet connectivity. Please click here to refer to the complete details about mandatory IT and Non-IT Infrastructure requirements for taking the online examinations. A student should choose this option only if the student is confident to arrange the required mandatory IT Infrastructure and Non-IT Infrastructure to take the examinations under this mode. Students opting for online examinations would require to log in to the institution’s online examination platform as per the announce examination schedule and take the online examinations in compliance with the institution’s defined instructions, guidelines, and rules which are announced before all examinations.

Important: While it will be institute’s endeavour to offer both the above options for students to choose from at the time of registering for any semester, however availability of the online mode option may not always be feasible or is assured and Institute at its own discretion could choose to offer only Option 1 as mentioned above. Also note that The Institute regularly takes actions to optimize its examination system and hence the mandatory IT and Non-IT Infrastructure requirements, instructions, guidelines, and rules associated with both the above mentioned examination modes may change anytime at the Institute's discretion. All students will need to 100% comply with any such changed specifications announced by the Institute.

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum eligibility to apply: Applicants must be employed professionals working in Engineering organizations, and holding B.E./ B.Tech. or equivalent in domains such as Automotive/ EEE /ECE/ Instrumentation/ Mechatronics/ Mechanical with at least 60% aggregate marks. A minimum of 1 year of work experience in relevant domains after the completion of the degree is required to apply.

The programme is designed for engineering professionals holding BE/ B.Tech or equivalent in domains such as Automotive, Mechanical, EEE, ECE, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and working in:

  • Industries such as Automotive, Auto component, Design, Manufacturing, etc.
  • Functional areas such as R&D, Analysis, Maintenance, Projects, component design etc.

Fee Structure

The following fees schedule is applicable for candidates seeking new admission during the academic year 2023-24.

  • Application Fees (one time) : INR 1,500
  • Admission Fees (one time) : INR 16,500
  • Semester Fees (per semester) : INR 63,500

The one-time Application Fee is to be paid at the time of submitting the Application Form through the Online Application Centre.

Admission Fee (one-time) and Semester Fee (for the First Semester) are to be paid together once admission is offered to the candidate. Thus, a candidate who has been offered admission will have to pay INR 80,000/-. You may choose to make the payment using Netbanking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card through the Online Application Centre. Option to pay fees using an easy EMI with 0% interest and 0 down payment  Click here to learn more.

Semester Fee for subsequent semesters will only be payable later, i.e. at the beginning of those respective semesters.

Any candidate who desires to discontinue from the programme after confirmation of admission & registration for the courses specified in the admit offer letter will forfeit the total amount of fees paid.

For the examination centre at Dubai, in addition to the semester fees, for each semester there will be an examination centre fees of 1000 UAE Dirhams or equivalent per semester out of which 500 UAE Dirhams is to be paid at the time of appearing in Mid-semester examinations at Dubai Centre for that semester and the remaining 500 UAE Dirhams is to be paid at the time of appearing in comprehensive examinations at Dubai centre for that semester.

All the above fees are non-refundable.

Important: For every course in the program institute will recommend textbooks, students would need to procure these textbooks on their own.

How to Apply

  2. Once you have logged in, you will see a screen showing 4 essential steps to be completed to apply for the programme of your choice.
  3. Begin by clicking on Step 1 - ‘Fill/ Edit and Submit Application Form’. This will enable you to select the programme of your choice. After you have chosen your programme, you will be asked to fill your details in an online form. You must fill all the details and press ‘Submit’ button given at the bottom of the form.
  4. Take the next step by clicking on Step 2 - 'Download Application PDF Copy’. This will download a pdf copy of the application form on your computer.
  5. Now, click on Step 3 - 'Pay Application Fee’ to pay INR 1,500/- using Netbanking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card.
  6. Take a printout of the downloaded Application Form and note down the Application Form Number displayed on the top-right corner of the first page. This Application Form Number should be referred in all future correspondence with BITS Pilani.
  7. In the printout of the downloaded Application Form, you will notice on page no. 3 a section called the Employer Consent Form. Complete the Employer Consent Form. This form needs to be signed and stamped by your organisation’s HR or any other authorised signatory of the company.

    Important: In view of work-from-home policies mandated by many organisations, a few candidates may not be able to get the physical forms signed by their HR/ other authorised organisational representative. Such candidates may instead request an email approval to be sent to their official email ID by the HR using the format available through this link.

  8. Further on page no. 4 of the printed Application Form is a section called the Mentor Consent Form. The Mentor Consent Form needs to be signed by the Mentor. Click here to know who could be a Mentor.

    Important: In view of work-from-home policies mandated by many organisations, a few candidates may not be able to get the physical forms signed by their Mentor. Such candidates may instead request an email approval to be sent to their official email ID by the Mentor using the format available through this link.

  9. Further on page no. 5 of the downloaded Application Form, is a Checklist of Enclosures/ Attachments.
  10. Make photocopies of the documents mentioned in this Checklist.
  11. Applicants are required to self-attest all academic mark sheets and certificates.
  12. Finally, click on Step 4 - 'Upload & Submit All Required Documents’. This will allow you to upload one-by-one the printed Application Form, Mentor Consent Form, Employer Consent Form, and all mandatory supporting documents and complete the application process. Acceptable file formats for uploading these documents are DOC, DOCX, PDF, ZIP and JPEG.
  13. Upon receipt of your Application Form and all other enclosures, the Admissions Cell will scrutinise them for completeness, accuracy and eligibility.
  14. Admission Cell will intimate selected candidates by email within two weeks of submission of application with all supporting documents. The selection status can also be checked by logging in to the Online Application Centre.

Batch Profile

M.Tech. Automotive Electronics - Batch Profile

Student Speak


M.Tech. Automotive Electronics is a BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programme (WILP). BITS Pilani Work Integrated Learning Programmes are UGC approved.

This programme is designed for working professionals. At the time of submitting the application, candidates must be employed in another organization. Professionals who are owners of a registered business are also eligible to apply. For detailed information, including academic background, work experience, etc. refer to the programme eligibility criteria.

Lectures are conducted live via online classes. These lectures can be attended via the internet using a computer from any location. These online classrooms offer similar levels of interactivity as regular classrooms at the BITS Pilani campus. The online lectures are conducted usually over weekends for a total of 7-8 hours per week. If you miss a lecture, you can also access the recorded lecture on the internet.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a degree certificate from BITS Pilani.

The Degree of Master of Technology in Automative Electronics

Each semester has a Mid-semester Exam and a Comprehensive Exam, which are conducted over weekends. Participants will need to appear in-person to take these exams at exams centers in the following locations:
India Centers: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pilani, Pune
International Centers: Dubai
In case participants are unable to take an exam due to work-related commitments, there is also a provision of appearing for Make-up Exams.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, an option of taking exams online is also being offered. For details, please refer to the programme brochure.

The programme provides high degree of interactivity between participants and the faculty members and programme instructors. Q&A sessions during the live online lectures allow participants to pose questions to the faculty members, and seek guidance through voice and chat. Further interaction with faculty members and peers is enabled through the e-learning portal, by using discussion forums and message boards. 

The programme features high usage of experiential learn components such as Simulations, Virtual Labs, and Remote Labs, in order to mimic the on-campus experience.
Participants will be given access to portals, that will allow them to access both cloud-based labs, as well as Campus-based physical labs. Using leading industry-recognised Software tools, Programming languages, and Simulation software, participants will be able to perform experiments and run simulations to advance their knowledge

Candidates applying to the programmes must choose a Mentor, who will monitor the academic progress of the candidate, and act as an advisor & coach for successful completion of the programme. Candidates should ideally choose the immediate supervisor or another senior person from the same organisation. In case a suitable mentor is not available in the same organisation, a candidate could approach a senior person in another organisation who has the required qualifications. For detailed information, please refer to the programme brochure.
Kindly note that BITS Pilani does not assign Mentors to programme participants.

The programme is designed for working professionals, and participants are not required to travel to a BITS campus. However, certain programme offer Campus Immersion Modules such as workshops or seminars, which are highly recommended but not mandatory. 

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