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Delhi, (India): Once again the names of BIT Pilani students break the news. This time by grabbing a free and open-source software coding project from Google!
According to a press release from the campus, it was revealed that 51 of BITS Pilani students have got chance to participate in this Google programme. All these students belong to different BITS Pilani campuses from across India.
The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual program, first held from May to August 2005, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5,500, as of 2014) to all students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer. The program is open to students aged 18 or over – the closely related Google Code-In is intended for students under the age of 18. The event draws its name from the 1967 Summer of Love (of the 1960s counterculture), and the idea for the SoC came directly from Google's founders, Sergey Brinand Larry Page.
Being a part of GSoC is considered to be very prestigious at the college level given the 'Google' tag and high level of competition and a rigorous selection process.
"One of the perks of being a student of BITS is that there are so many seniors who have been selected by GSoC that you get a lot of advice," Gaurav Narula, one of the student selected from BITS Pilani K.K Birla Goa Campus said.
Rohan Saxena who is currently pursuing his fourth year at the institute said, "The Google tag definitely helps. It gives me an edge over others in placements." Definitely this Google Tag is going to help them in their future endeavors of building a fruitful career.
This achievement is a reflection of the niche carved by the students of the institute in the industry with their performance over the years. GSoC statistics published by Google feature BITS Pilani at number 10 on the list of top institutes worldwide (2005-2012). Other major Indian Tech institutes in Google lists are world-renowned IIT (rank no.2) and IIIT, Hyderabad (Shares 8th rank along with Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland).
Out of the 51 BITS Pilani students, 30 came from its Goa Campus and 18 hail from Pilani campus and 3 from Hyderabad campus respectively.