Become the catalyst for Industry 4.0

It is estimated that the Industry 4.0 will make production systems faster by up to 30% and increase efficiency by 25%, elevating mass customisation to new levels. To lead this transformation, engineers will need to build skills in areas such as 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing, Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation, Autonomous Equipment, Industrial IoT and more.

M.Tech. Digital Manufacturing is a four-semester Work Integrated Learning Programme designed for engineering professionals working in Automotive. Manufacturing, and related industries, aiming to develop skills required to build and run factories of the future.

The programme prepares engineering professionals working in roles such as Manufacturing, Production, R&D, Maintenance, and more by helping them acquire competencies in the high-demand areas of Additive Manufacturing, High Precision Manufacturing, Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Mechanisms and Robotics, Industrial IoT and more.

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

Admissions will begin in Nov 2021. For detailed programme information, download the brochure below.

Option to pay fees using an easy EMI option is available with 0% interest

WILP programs are

WILP programs are

UGC approved

Easy EMI Option With

Easy EMI Option With

0% Interest

Admission begins

Admission begins

Nov 2021

Fees per semester

Fees per semester

INR 57,750

Programme Highlights


  1. M.Tech. Digital Manufacturing 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 mostly on weekends or after business hours. You can pursue the programme without any career break.
  3. Contact-less and safe Online exams facility.
  4. The programme has been designed for engineering professionals employed in industries such as Automotive, Heavy Engineering, Equipment Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, etc. and working in functional areas such Manufacturing, Production, R&D, Maintenance, Projects, Consultancy, etc.
  5. The programme has a special emphasis on concepts such as Additive manufacturing, Digital manufacturing, Disruptive innovation, Data analytics, and Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
  6. The programme includes Virtual Simulation and Remote Labs using  DFMA, MATLAB, VCNC, and IoT remote lab.
  7. An annual conclave to network, learn and share best practices with the leading industry professionals and academicians.
  8. The Dissertation (Project Work) in the final semester enables students to apply concepts and techniques learnt during the programme.
  9. The programme uses a Continuous Evaluation System that assesses the learners over convenient and regular intervals. Such a system provides timely and frequent feedback and helps busy working professionals stay on course with the programme.
  10. The education delivery methodology is a blend of classroom and experiential learning. Experiential learning consists of lab exercises, assignments, case studies and work-integrated activities.
  11. Participants who successfully complete the programme will become members of an elite & global community of BITS Pilani Alumni.
  12. Option to submit fee using easy-EMI with 0% interest.

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.

  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Advances in Materials Composite & Plastics
  • Mechatronics
  • Precision Engineering
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • High Precision Manufacturing
  •  Elective 1
  •  Elective 2
  • Industrial IoT
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Elective 5
  • Dissertation
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control
  • Flexible Manufacturing Systems
  • Embedded System Design
  • Big Data Analytics for Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturing
  • Mechanisms and Robotics
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Product Design
  • Behavioral Operations

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

ATTEND ONLINE LECTURES OVER WEEKENDS

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 May-Jun 2021 will begin in Jul/Aug 2021. The class schedule is announced within 1 week of completion of the admission process.

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.

DIGITAL LEARNING

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

CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT

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

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

The programme emphasises on Experiential Learning that allows learners to apply concepts learnt in the classroom in simulated, and real work situations. This is achieved through:

 
Online Labs & Simulations
  • Learners perform a variety of experiments using industry scale simulation software in a virtual lab.
  • Controlled experiments are performed in Remote Labs, accessing physical lab equipment using remote control systems.
  • Real-life scenarios are replicated using simulation games and video-cases, where learners experience implications of applying concepts in practice.
CASE STUDIES AND ASSIGNMENTS

Carefully chosen real-world cases & assignments are both discussed and used as problem-solving exercises during the programme.

DISSERTATION/ PROJECT WORK

The fourth semester offers an opportunity for learners to apply their knowledge gained during the programme to a real-world like complex project. The learner is expected to demonstrate understanding of vital principles learnt across semesters and their ability to successfully apply these concepts.

Online Labs & Remote Labs

DFMA Virtual Lab

DFMA Product Simplification software by Boothroyd and Dewhurst utilizes an intuitive question-and-answer interface that identifies opportunities for substantial cost reduction in a product. By applying industry-tested minimum part count criteria, the software finds parts that can be consolidated/eliminated while maintaining 100% functionality. Participants can use the lab to perform experiments such as DFA analysis for simple assembly, DFM analysis for cost estimation.

 
Automation Studio Virtual Lab

Automation Studio offers intuitive design, animation, simulation and system analysis functionalities in a versatile and user-friendly environment in Mechatronics and Automation domain. It allows students to build and select their mechatronics circuits including hydraulic, pneumatics, electronic, electrical, PLC and combination of these elements. Participants can use the lab to perform experiments such as PLC programming for specific automation processes, Hydraulics and pneumatics circuit simulation using different control valves

 
Design for Additive Manufacturing Lab

This lab delivers the critical insights required by designers, engineers and analysts to avoid build failure and create parts that accurately conform to design specifications. ANSYS additive suite is used in this lab, this comprehensive solution spans the entire workflow — from design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) through validation, print design, process simulation and exploration of materials. Participants can use the lab to perform experiments such as 3D modelling using Autodesk Fusion 360, Design Assessment using ANSYS Additive.

 
Additive Manufacturing Process Lab

The additive manufacturing process lab brings the experience of preparing a 3D CAD model for AM processes. The influence of process parameters on part quality and the process planning in FDM will be understood in this lab. Participants can perform experiments such as 3D modelling using Autodesk Fusion 360, Convert the designed 3D model into an STL file and repair the model, Process planning in FDM using Ultimaker Cura.

Flexible Manufacturing Systems Lab

The lab introduces the metal cutting and CNC/CAM. Programming is performed in the lab for various machining operation. Participants can perform experiments such as Manual programming for a face Milling operation, Face Milling - using Creo NC.

Embedded System Design

In the embedded system design lab, MikroC Pro C compiler is used for PIC Microcontrollers and PICSIMLab Simulation Environment. Participants can perform experiments such as Programs for PIC Microcontroller, Programs for ARM Controllers Using Keil – MDK.

Cyber Security in Manufacturing

In cyber security lab the potential impact of cyber security is described. Kali Linux is used to perform the lab. Participants can perform experiments such as: To study the use of network reconnaissance tools like WHOIS, dig, traceroute, nslookup to gather information about networks and domain registrars, Exploring Automotive hacking using CAN-UTILS.

Mechanisms and Robotics

Mechanism and robotics lab enables the students to understand about the direct and inverse kinematics of various robotic arms. The lab is performed with the help of MATLAB. Design, program, simulation, and analysis of various robotic arms will be performed during the lab. Participants can perform experiments such as Mapping: Rotation of a frame, Multiple Rotations of a frame, Homogenous Transformation, Forward kinematics 1: 2 DOF Planar manipulator, cylindrical manipulator, 3 dof Articulated Manipulator.

Remote Lab

Through the Remote lab, participants can perform controlled experiments from anywhere in the world. The IoT enabled lab equipments and the integrated remote access network makes this possible. The lab is open 24x7, 365 days. Remote Lab is one more attempt by the work integrated learning programs division of BITS Pilani to bring the campus learning experience to the working professionals complementing their work-life-learning balance. Participants of M.Tech. Digital Manufacturing can access the following Remote Lab:

 
Experiments with IIoT Lab

To support the theory learned in IIoT course with creating and applying connected things, acquiring & displaying sensor data, operating & controlling the water bottling plant remotely (both through computer and mobile app). Using PTC ThingWorx and Vuforia studio for AR/VR application and performing basic data analysis. Participants can use the lab to perform experiments such as Understanding of the PLC I/p, O/p and data transfer with Kepware, Understanding the water bottle filling hardware components and set up.

Online Exams Option

Examinations Mode Options applicable for students admitted in Batch starting in July/Aug 2021

Semester 1, 2 and 3 have Mid-semester Examinations and Comprehensive Examinations for each of the course. These examinations are mostly scheduled over weekends. During these semesters, In addition to the mid-semester and comprehensive examinations, there will also be quizzes/assignments conducted online as per course plan which the students need to participate. In the Semester 4 (Final Semester), Student will be doing a dissertation (project work) as per Institution’s guidelines.

Two Options on Mode of Examinations during Semester 1, 2 & 3:

Institution offers a choice between taking the examination online or taking them at a designated examination centre. The student will choose one of the option depending on his or her own preference and circumstances. Both options are explained below:

  1. Online Examinations: Students choosing this option can take the examinations online from any location e.g. office or home. To take an online examination, student must possess a laptop or desktop with a web cam, a smart phone and good internet connectivity. As per the examination schedule, the student is expected to login to the institution’s online examination platform and take the examinations in compliance with institution’s defined guidelines and rules announced before the examinations. For full details about hardware, software and connectivity requirements to take online examination, click here.

  2. Examinations at Designated Examination Centers: Students choosing this option will need to appear in person for taking the examinations at institution’s designated examination centers. These designated examination centers are at the following locations: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Delhi NCR, Pilani and Kolkata. In addition to these location, Institution also has a designated examination center at Dubai. Please note that offering of examinations at designated examination centers is subject to institution’s assessment of the safety conditions as per prevailing pandemic conditions and also subject to a required minimum number of students preferring this option. The institution may choose to not offer this option, if as per its own assessment the safety situation due to pandemic conditions is not conducive to conduct examinations at designated examination centers or if as per its assessment, adequate no of students have not preferred for this option. In circumstances as explained, Institute will then conduct the examinations only in the online mode.

Important: The option of taking Online Exams for Semester 1, 2 & 3 will remain available for normal duration of the programme. However, in case a student chooses to take a break in the programme, the options on the mode of examination available will be as prevailing at the time the student resumes the programme. Also, if a student has backlog course/s to successfully complete and due to which he/she needs to register in additional semester/s over and above the normal duration of the programmes, the options on the mode of examination available will be as prevailing at the time when student registers for an additional semester.

Mode of Evaluation for Semester 4 (Final Semester):

During Semester 4, students will be required to register for a full semester Dissertation (Project work). Each submission required for Dissertation as per institution’s guidelines can be made ONLINE on a BITS Pilani’s approved and managed online assessment platform.

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum eligibility to apply: Applicants must be employed professionals working in Engineering organisations, and holding B.E./ B.Tech. or equivalent in relevant domains with at least 60% aggregate marks. Minimum 1 year of work experience in relevant domains is required to apply.

The programme is designed for engineering professionals holding BE/ B.Tech. or equivalent in domains such as Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science, etc., and working in:

  • Industries such as Automotive, Heavy Engineering, Equipment Manufacturing, Precision Engineering, etc.
  • Functional areas such as Manufacturing, Production, R&D, Maintenance, Projects, etc.

Fee Structure

The following fees schedule is applicable for candidates seeking new admission during the academic year 2021-22.

  • Application Fees (one time) : INR 1,500
  • Admission Fees (one time) : INR 16,500
  • Semester Fees (per semester) : INR 57,750

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 74,250/-. You may choose to make the payment using Netbanking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card through the Online Application Centre. Option to submit fee using easy-EMI with 0% interest. 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.

How to Apply

  1. Create your login at the Application Center by entering your unique Email id and create a password of your choice. Once your login has been created, you can anytime access the Online Application Center using your email id and password.
  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. Digital Manufacturing - Batch Profile

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FAQs

M.Tech. Digital Manufacturing 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

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, Coimbatore, 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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