BITSDES Logo
BITS Design

Interested? Get more information
about BITS Design School

BITS PILANI, MUMBAI CAMPUS

BITS PILANI, MUMBAI CAMPUS

BITS PILANI,
BY THE NUMBERS

50+

Years of excellence

186k+

Illustrious alumni

$65 bn

M-cap of top 10 BITSian ventures

6400+

Founders and co-founders

7400+

CEOs

BITS PILANI, PILANI CAMPUS

BITS PILANI, PILANI CAMPUS

An institution
of eminence

BITS Design School is conceived and established by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani), one of the first private institutes in India to be granted 'Institute of Eminence' status in 2020 by the Government of India.

Bestowed with the status of a Deemed University in 1964, BITS Pilani is a prestigious institution for higher education in science, technology, management, humanities, law, and now, design.

Over the last 3 years, BITS Pilani has expanded from Technology into Management and Legal Education with BITS School of Management (BITSoM) established in 2021 and BITS Law School (BITSLAW) in 2023, respectively.

With a foray into the world of design in 2024, BITS Pilani begins another chapter. BITS Design School is founded with the objective of creating an inclusive and inspiring space where design students and educators from around the world can come together to learn, collaborate and create.

Strategic
INTENT

We are focused on developing young innovators, thinkers, and problem solvers who can unravel the full potential of design as a differentiator in any field.

“As we embark on an exciting journey toward innovation and excellence, our intent is clear: to create a learning environment that not only nurtures creativity but also fosters a global perspective.

Over the next 2 years, we plan to introduce international immersion and faculty exchange programmes to foster collaboration and enrich the academic tapestry of our institution.

As we move forward, let us collectively contribute to the realisation of this strategic vision, shaping BITS Design School into a hub of creativity, collaboration, and cultural exchange.”

Nandita Abraham

CEO and Interim Dean, BITSDES

Journeys
of
BITSians

Get inspired by the diverse and dynamic journeys forged by BITSians who have left a mark in the world of design.

Joy Banerjee

Senior Director & Head of Design, Cleartrip

Joy Banerjee - Senior Director & Head of Design, Cleartrip

Joy Banerjee is a leading product designer and design thinker. He is also a Senior Fellow at Livonics Institute of Integrated Learning. He has also been the Founding Director of Design Strategy and UX at Woodapple Interactive Pvt. Ltd. for more than two decades. He was also the Project Head for Design at Copper Beech UK. Joy did his B. Tech from BITS Pilani and went on to do his Masters in Design and Visual Communication from IIT Bombay. He is the faculty for the 12-week course on Philosophy & Practice of Design Thinking which introduces the history and evolution of Design Thinking. He teaches how it can be applied to complex problems - social and business, which resist linear logic - Wicked Problems and Super Wicked Problems.

Neel Mehta

CEO & Co-Founder, Studio Carbon

Neel Mehta - CEO & Co-Founder, Studio Carbon

Neel leads a design agency based in India and the Netherlands. Studio Carbon acts as an intellectual collaborator and strategic partner, known for enhancing the innovative capabilities of its diverse clientele, which ranges from dynamic Indian startups to multinational corporations and government agencies. Additionally, Neel is actively engaged in the tech ecosystem as an angel investor and advisor, with a particular focus on emerging technologies. He is also a visiting faculty member where he dedicates his efforts to nurturing the next generation of innovators through speculative design. His overall approach combines a commitment to merging technology with empathetic design, aiming to create impactful and meaningful advancements.

Vinay Chilukuri

Director of Design, Appsmith

Vinay Chilukuri - Director of Design, Appsmith

Vinay has led key design initiatives at Atlassian, Flipkart and Isha Foundation in the past. He earned a B. Tech from BITS Pilani in 2007 and an MSc in Cognitive Science from IIIT Hyderabad in 2011. With over 13 years of experience in the design industry, he has helped businesses and social organisations create better human interaction experiences.

Heritage

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani has a history spanning over 120 years of helping future nation-builders take their first steps.

1947

SN Birla establishes a 'pathshala' in Pilani

Pathshala transforms into Post Graduate Degree college

1954

India's 1st technology museum housed in BITS Pilani

1964

Granted status of 'Deemed University', by Govt. of India

Ford Foundation Grant with MIT (till 1970)

1968

Commencement of global outreach by BITS

1999

Expansion of student base and faculty

2000

1st Indian uni. to have overseas campus: BITS Dubai

NAAC accreditation

2004

1st domestic expansion: BITS Goa

2008

Established BITS Hyderabad

2016

NAAC 3rd cycle accreditation

2020

Recognised as "Institution of Eminence (IoE)"

2021

Established BITS School of Management, Mumbai

2023

Established BITS Law School, Mumbai

2024

Established BITS Design School, Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Partnerships

Exposure to a global context can open minds, foster creativity and cultural sensitivity, and prepare students for international collaboration and global careers.

  • Aalto University

    A collaboration for curriculum design and annual review, and free mover student exchanges with Aalto University. Art & design at Aalto is ranked #6 globally by QS Rankings.

  • RMIT University

    A collaboration to create opportunities for student/faculty exchange and immersion.