San Jose, December 23, 2013: Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, India’s premier independent university, along with BITSAA, its global alumni association, today announced that 25 of its alumni will ring the opening bell for NASDAQ at 9:30 Eastern.

“Today is a momentous and joyful day for BITS Pilani and its alumni, a day when our alumni will ring NASDAQ’s opening bell,” said Professor Bijendra Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani. “This is indeed a testimony to the training they received at BITS Pilani, and to their passion and perseverance to excel and thereby create knowledge, wealth and jobs both in India and in North America. While congratulating them, I wish them the very best in their professional and personal lives.”

Distinguished BITS graduates (dubbed BITSians) participating in this honor include Raju Reddy, Chairman of BITSAA International and Advisor to Chairman, Hitachi Data Systems, SP Kothari, Deputy Dean and the Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Prem Jain, co-founder of Insieme Networks, Atul Bhatnagar, CEO of Cambium Networks, Preetish Nijhawan, co-founder of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), Viggy Mokkarala, Executive Vice President, Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE:ENV), Nasir Memon, Professor and Department Chairman, Computer Sciences and Engineering, NYU, Shashikant Khandelwal, co-founder and CTO of TheFind, and 21 other BITS alumni spanning the fields of healthcare, academia and finance, in addition to technology. These leaders work all over the globe and have been responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs worldwide.

“The NASDAQ opening bell ceremony is a wonderful recognition of the growing impact that alumni of India's top Universities and BITS Pilani, in particular, are having on the United States as leading innovators and job creators of tomorrow,” said Raju Reddy, Chairman of BITSAA International.

Global alumni of BITS, the #1 private institute for engineering in India in the India Today magazine rankings for Indian engineering colleges for 2013, are assembling in the Hyderabad, India campus of BITS Pilani in January 2014 for the second BITS Global Meet to assess and find ways to accelerate their impact on society globally.

“My years at BITS’ Pilani campus ingrained in me the spirit of entrepreneurship and service to society that I instill in my team at Cambium Networks which includes several BITS alumni,” added Atul Bhatnagar, CEO of Cambium Networks, a leading global provider of wireless broadband solutions. ”Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune of creating and expanding employment opportunities for men and women worldwide, and it is uniquely satisfying to have BITS alumni in my team.”

About BITSAA (BITS Alumni Association):

BITSAA International is the global all-volunteer alumni association for BITS Pilani representing 50,000+ alumni in 90 countries. It engages in charitable and educational activities by creating endowments, granting scholarships, rewarding teaching and research, enhancing the personal & professional lives of its alumni and promoting the general development at all BITS Pilani campuses. In the past decade, some of its key projects have been to network the campuses (BITSConnect, BITSConnect2.0), enhance the quality of education (Embryo, OLAB), promote entrepreneurship (NVC, BITS Spark, BITS2Startup), promote rural education and employability (Atmanirbhara), support professional development of alumni & students (BITS2MSPHD, BITS2IAS, BITS2BSCHOOL, BITSAA Miles). For more information, visit: www.bitsaa.org.

About BITS Pilani:

BITS Pilani is India’s top private University with 4 campuses at Pilani (1964), Dubai (2000), Goa (2004) and Hyderabad (2008). BITS Pilani employs 700 full time faculty and has 11,000 on-campus & 19,000 off-campus students. BITS Pilani has been a pioneer in the Indian higher education landscape for over a half-century with a world-class benchmarked curriculum and the largest industry-university network. The institute is one of the most selective in the world with a <1.5% admit rate. Intake is administered through an online exam called BITSAT. For more information, visit www.bits-pilani.ac.in.

For further details, please contact:

Kalyan Krishnamani

VP, Communications, BITSAA

kalyan@bitsaa.org

+1 408 658 9276

Mr. Hareish Gur

VP, Outreach, BITSAA

hareish@bitsaa.org

+91 9871622224

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