BITS Pilani’s Online B.Tech Degree through WILP: A Revolution in Engineering Education

BITS Pilani’s Online B.Tech Degree through WILP: A Revolution in Engineering Education

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Syed Aquib Ur
Syed Aquib Ur Rahman
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Updated on Sep 4, 2023 16:36 IST

When it comes to engineering and science education, BITS Pilani stands out. Recognising the needs of today’s professionals, it offers an online UGC-approved B.Tech degree under Work Integrated Learning Programs (WILP).

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BITS Pilani’s most sought-after online program is the B.Tech in Engineering Technology. The BITS Pilani WILP degree is of 7 semesters, blending classroom and experiential learning.  And, it can be completed without leaving your job. 

Who Can Pursue?

This degree is for working professionals aspiring to learn the real-world functions of  Mechanical, Circuits, and Thermal Engineering, Manufacturing, and Executive Management. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Diploma in Engineering or B.Sc. degree in a relevant field with at least 60% overall marks
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience after completing the degree in a related industry

Core Objectives

  • Provide a broad foundation in contemporary technologies while developing engineering fundamentals.
  • Introduce important design and project management methods.
  • Position professionals beyond narrow technology domains.

UGC Approval for this B.Tech Degree

BITS Pilani is recognised as an Institution of Eminence by UGC as per the 2017 regulations. The Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) for working professionals are an extension of the offerings at BITS Pilani Campuses. The Empowered Expert Committee, following its recommendation, gained UGC’s approval in its 548th Meeting on 9th September 2020 to continue offering BITS Pilani’s Work Integrated Learning programmes.

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Learning Delivery 

  • All lectures from BITS Pilani faculty are provided online. 
  • They are conducted during weekends.  Students have to devote 7 to 8 hours per week. 
  • There is access to recorded lectures if missed.

Experiential Learning Approach

  • Students will be taught using simulation tools, case studies, assignments to apply concepts in the real world. For Circuits, they may be using LabView.  For Thermal Engineering, it would be Flownex. And so on. 
  • There is also a 7th-semester major project to apply knowledge to a real-world problem. 

Assessment

There is going to be a mid-semester exam and one main exam. Between these, there will be graded assignments throughout the 7 semesters in the dedicated BITS Pilani LMS (Learning Management System). 

There are two options for the exams. 

In-Person Exam

Students can take exams either remotely online or in-person at designated exam centers. The in-person option allows students to take exams as scheduled at exam centres located in major Indian cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Pilani, or internationally in Dubai.

Online Exam

To be eligible for the online examination option, the student must have access to a laptop or desktop computer equipped with the necessary technology requirements. Specifically, the student’s device must have two webcams – one webcam to show their frontal face view and a second webcam to capture their full side view along with their laptop/desktop during the exam. The student must also have a smartphone and a strong, reliable internet connection.

Labs in BITS Pilani – Remote and Virtual

Virtual Lab

The university provides students with a cloud-based virtual engineering lab. This lab allows students to design, develop and test solutions for real-world industrial problems using simulation software. It contains a wide range of tools that model engineering processes with high accuracy. 

Virtual Lab

The lab is organised into six disciplinary areas.

  • Thermal engineering 
  • Design 
  • Materials 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Circuits 
  • Operations

With the Virtual Lab, the course offers structured simulation exercises of progressive difficulty that help students develop skills in their field. These “capsule” exercises guide users from basic practice problems to industry-scale issues.

It is a convenient way for students to complete coursework experiments. They can also access the lab 24/7 with live support. Apart from that, they have flexibility to schedule sessions according to their own timeline. 

Industrial Engineering Virtual Lab

Experiments

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Flexible Manufacturing Systems
  • Total quality maintenance
  • Production planning and control
  • Manufacturing excellence
  • Operations Management

Outcomes

  • Evaluate existing and proposed business processes to streamline operations, cut waste, lower expenses and boost profits.
  • Experiment with key aspects of the business to identify changes that optimize performance and drive greater revenue.
  • Use visualization tools to help management or clients understand environments, systems and proposed changes, gaining support for improvements.

Engineering Design Virtual Lab

Experiments

  • Design various mechanical parts and assemblies with different requirements.
  • Generate machine drawings of individual parts and assembled components with details.
  • Assemble components factoring in movement and connections between linked parts.

Outcomes

  • Build skills to model and simulate design problems to aid the real design process.
  • Create models, analyse them under different conditions, optimise parts and assemblies, and confirm design validity while considering various limiting factors.

Metal Forming Virtual Lab

Experiments

  • Simulate cold and hot metal shaping processes like forging.
  • Model extrusion, rolling, wire/sheet drawing and powder metallurgy techniques.
  • Simulate radial, rotary and specialised forging approaches.
  • Analyse die structures.

Outcomes

  • Conduct simulations of various metal shaping processes of differing complexities and analyse part and die behaviour.
  • Design new metal forming processes and study deformation and other responses.
  • Build on metal forming simulations to perform additional engineering analyses like structural analysis, fatigue analysis, etc. using data captured in earlier virtual simulations.

Heat Treatment Virtual Lab

Experiments

  • Simulate the annealing process of a forging die.
  • Model the tempering process of a test sample.
  • Examine the austenite grain structure of an automotive part.

Outcomes

  • Design, create models for, and optimise heat treatment processes to achieve wanted microstructure characteristics.
  • Assess the strength and hardness of parts.  
  • Study remaining austenite levels and decarbonisation effects.

Machine Virtual Labs

Experiments

  • Simulate 3 and 5 axis machining processes using common industrial controllers from Siemens, Fanuc, Haas and Mitsubishi. 
  • Model turning operations controlled by Fanuc and Siemens systems.
  • Choose appropriate tooling, configure controller settings, select workpieces and design fixtures.

Outcomes

  • Simulate CNC turning and machining processes while avoiding collisions between tool and workpiece.
  • Develop new CNC turning and machining processes by designing tools, controller settings, and validating no collisions occur.
  • Transfer CNC programs, tool details, and controller configurations to physical machines to implement production processes.

Circuits Virtual Lab

Experiments

  • Validate fundamental electrical and electronics laws like Ohm’s law, and Kirchhoff’s current and voltage laws, as well as theorems like Thevenin and Norton.
  • Simulate and plot characteristic curves of RC, RLC circuits, single-phase transformers, and capacitors.
  • Model circuits and logic in Multisim and create interfaces to control them using Labview.

Outcomes

  • Design, simulate, and optimise digital circuits to understand how they will function. This involves using software to create circuit schematics and test their behaviour through simulation.
  • Take the circuit simulations and apply them to the physical production of printed circuit boards (PCBs). This refers to using the simulation results to inform the manufacturing of actual circuit boards that can be built and tested in the real world.

IoT-Enabled Remote Lab

The university provides remote access to physical engineering laboratories. Through this resource, students can conduct controlled experiments from any location. Internet of Things (IoT) technology and remote networking allow equipped lab devices to be operated from afar.

Remote lab

The Remote Lab is available 24/7 with no downtime. It aims to give working professionals flexibility in their studies, complementing work-life-learning balance as part of the university’s work-integrated learning programs.

Users can control machinery through an interface while viewing multiple camera angles for close observation. Controls like panning, tilting and zooming provide customised virtual vantage points.

This innovative approach ensures students gain practical experience that would otherwise require campus visits. The remote lab experience mirrors hands-on learning through remote access and monitoring of physical devices from any internet-connected device.

Here are some examples of the remote labs experiments and learning outcomes. 

Using the Synchronous Motor and Single Phase Alternator Setup

Lab Architecture

  • Adjusting the motor speed by changing the input frequency.
  • Conducting an alternative test to measure residual voltage.
  • Testing the variable frequency drive that controls the motor.
  • Examining the open circuit behaviour and internal/external properties of the motor.

Outcomes

  • Analyse the real-time performance changes of a synchronous motor by altering the input frequency. Record how parameters like speed, torque, power, etc. vary with changes in frequency.
  • Choose the appropriate synchronous motor design based on the application requirements. Factors like rating, efficiency, reliability etc. should be considered for selection.
  • Leverage the insights from the study of motor performance variations with frequency to address industry-level problems involving motor operations. Apply the technical knowledge gained to solve real-world industrial challenges.

Using the Asynchronous Motor and DC Generator Setup

Lab Architecture

  • Conduct a load test on the motor using a variable frequency drive to control speed.
  • Perform a no-load and open circuit test on the motor. 
  • Determine the motor’s internal characteristics such as winding resistances as well as its external performance characteristics like torque, current and power output at various speeds.
  • Examine the motor’s residual voltage and how its rotational speed varies with input power.
  • Evaluate the motor’s torque-speed curve and efficiency by running it at different frequencies and loads using a variable frequency drive. 
  • Inspect the motor electrically and mechanically.

Outcomes

  • Examine how the performance of an asynchronous motor changes in real-time by varying the input frequency.
  • Choose the appropriate synchronous motor design based on the project requirements. 
  • Leverage the learning from the experiments and motor selection process to address large-scale industrial problems. 

Curriculum of BIT Pilani B.Tech Online Degree

Semester-Wise Course

Semester Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
First Electrical & Electronics Technology Engineering Materials Calculus Computer Programming
Second Probability & Statistics Engineering Measurements Linear Algebra & Optimisation Mechanical Technology
Third Maintenance & Safety Manufacturing Processes Engineering Design Production Planning & Control
Fourth Instrumentation & Control Materials Management Essentials of Project Management IoT In Manufacturing
Fifth Quality Control Assurance & Reliability Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3
Sixth Principles of Management Technical Report Writing Elective 4 Elective 5
Seventh Project Work

Electives

Energy Management
Environmental Pollution Control
Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Manufacturing Excellence
Mechatronics & Automation
Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Microprocessors & Microcontrollers
Management Information System
Additive Manufacturing
Plant Layout & Design
Connected Cars
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Reviews of this Online BITS Pilani B.Tech Degree

Check out some details testimonials of students who have enrolled in the BITS Pilani WILP review page

Review of BITS Pilani BTech

For professionals aiming to elevate their technical skills and knowledge without taking a break from their careers, the online B.Tech degree offered by BITS Pilani through WILP is a game-changer. It’s not just a degree; it’s a testament to one’s commitment to continuous learning and professional growth in the dynamic world of technology.

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