Google Summer of Code programme welcomes 51 students from BITS Pilani

Google ranking features BITS Pilani in top 10 institute list worldwide

May 28, 2014 12:26 IST | India Infoline News Service
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani today announced that a whopping 51 BITSians have been selected for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. These students represent different BITS Pilani campuses with the largest cohort being selected from the Goa campus (30), followed by Pilani (18) and Hyderabad (3) respectively. The achievement is a testimony to the quality of BITS Pilani students who have carved a niche in the industry with their performance over the years. GSoC statistics published by Google feature BITS Pilani at No. 10 on the list of top institutes worldwide (2005-2012). 

The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual program where Google awards a stipend of USD 5500 each to all students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer.  The 'Google' tag attracts tremendous participation from students across the globe. High competition coupled with a rigorous selection process makes being part of GSoC very prestigious at the college level.

Commenting on his selection, Gaurav Narula, a student from BITS-Pilani K.K Birla Goa Campus said, One of the perks of being a BITSian is that there are so many seniors who have been selected by GSoC that you get a lot of advice.

Another student, Manoj Kumar, who has been selected for GSoC for the second time, said, It is not only about the technical knowledge but also about the time you are willing to dedicate to your project. It shouldnt be about the money. It should be about the interest to learn and apply coding in the real world. His advice for his juniors is to be open and to work hard as he considers these attributes to be primary prerequisites for success besides knowledge in coding.

Rohan Saxena who is currently pursuing his 4th year, said, The Google tag definitely helps. It gives me an edge over others in placements.

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