I want to know about the BITS Pilani WILP program. How are they taking classes online / offline, what is the exam standard and market value of the course?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Kingsley Pickett



I want to know about the BITS Pilani WILP program. How are they taking classes online / offline, what is the exam standard and market value of the course?

Classes are generally held on weekends, mainly Saturdays. They will be interactive sessions on the web. Along with this, they also provide study material in the form of e-books, PPT and BITS online library, etc.

Most of the study material is not readily available in a single book. So the BITS online library is the best option, but then you should have an internet connection at home.

As far as the assessment standards (not the examination standard) are concerned, they are pretty good, as many students fail during closed-book exams and sometimes assignments are also checked quite rigorously (although there is no way to do so).

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Classes are generally held on weekends, mainly Saturdays. They will be interactive sessions on the web. Along with this, they also provide study material in the form of e-books, PPT and BITS online library, etc.

Most of the study material is not readily available in a single book. So the BITS online library is the best option, but then you should have an internet connection at home.

As far as the assessment standards (not the examination standard) are concerned, they are pretty good, as many students fail during closed-book exams and sometimes assignments are also checked quite rigorously (although there is no way to understand the secret behind how my friend I copied my work and modified as I said that he could score more than me in the same task). there are 3 stages in the evaluation a. Closed book exam with a value of 30% b. Open book exam with a value of 60% of the weight c. Allocation with 10% weighting. Sometimes it feels ridiculous to see a silly colleague of yours getting more scores despite not having studied anything, since the exams are reviewed remotely and you have no other means to discuss with your teacher other than the mail or the telephone.

The market value is HUGE. No company that I had gone to for an interview so far has accepted this title. I'm not sure if it will help in the long run.

They hold online conferences on weekends and sometimes weeknights at night ... interactive Webex sessions,
have 1
quiz to try
2. closed book exam and
3 open book exams

I'm not sure of the market value ... but the standards for passing that exam are absolutely ridiculous.

PS: I am from BITS Pilani and I have proctored the WILP exam 4 times.

Pros
1. You get the BITS label
2. There is no need to sacrifice work to complete PG
3. Easy course and if you study honestly it can be completed in 2 years.
4. The curriculum for students on and off campus is the same.
5. Instead of having enrollment for distance learning at some unknown tertiary university in Karnatka, BITS is well known.

Cons
1. Despite being a BITS PG holder, I cannot participate in the BITS
2 recruitment campaign . The validity of this title is in doubt as no company I had gone to accepted my PG. Because of this, you can't look for an immediate hike, a better job, a promotion from now on.
3. This is not entirely complete

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Pros
1. You get the BITS label
2. There is no need to sacrifice work to complete PG
3. Easy course and if you study honestly it can be completed in 2 years.
4. The curriculum for students on and off campus is the same.
5. Instead of having enrollment for distance learning at some unknown tertiary university in Karnatka, BITS is well known.

Cons
1. Despite being a BITS PG holder, I cannot participate in the BITS
2 recruitment campaign . The validity of this title is in doubt as no company I had gone to accepted my PG. Because of this, you can't look for an immediate hike, a better job, a promotion from now on.
3. This is not a full-time course at all as they said and we don't even get a sample of the full-time course for effort and diligence
4. There are no strict criteria for admission to WILP because of this, any common employee with little work experience can also enroll and pass exams
5. Students are not fiery or bright to complete this course within 2 years, so there is no special feeling despite completing PG.
5. No new topics. Most subjects are graduations (they are slowly introducing new subjects, but introductions are too slow)
5. Wise knowledge growth takes a backseat
6. Studies are crucial for which you need a constant internet connection from who attends class until homework is completed.
7. The books are rarely available on the market and even some of the books are not available on their own portal either.
8. No original campus BITS faculty is teaching except just 1 or 2 and the remainder are faculties from Mumbai universities or other places that BITS designates as its off-campus faculty to conduct sessions for WILP. company colleague was working / works as a teacher for them.)
9. Before it was MS and not MTech. However, due to the new UGC rule, no one will get MS from now on (only except if God appears and can successfully convince UGC authorities about non-collision in nomenclature like MS for Medical Sciences and Engineering)
10 Beware of their false promises that this course is full time to attract students. This course is by no means full-time nor have we been provided with any supporting documents upon request.
11. After completion, the feeling of wasting money arises (I personally had this very strong)
12. The future of WILP is in danger as UGC has interfered saying that no technical courses will be given in ODL mode and therefore , I only took non-technical courses in distance education.
13. The evaluation is absolutely ridiculous. The same responses from different people receive different ratings. This is risky in closed book exams, as some students fail due to lack of sufficient grades.
14. No BITS faculty, except some very good ones like Seema, respond or, like BITS, care about the students.
15. The courses are not even valued by the companies that deliver them through their corporate collaboration with BITS, so expecting the respect of any other company would be too much.
16. For undergraduate students, it takes 4 years to complete the course, which is quite long and laborious.
17. For students who enroll in this course through a company, this means that they will have to spend 4 long years in the same company.
18. This is not important, but the response works that are given are of very low quality and papers similar to those of drawings are not ruled out (I needed to use a ballpoint pen instead of a gel pen because the ink used to spread on the paper)
19 Return on investment is in question (ROI -> 0).
20. You can flaunt this degree for educational institutes and companies only where it can be accepted (practically nowhere, although I have not tried to be a professor at any university in this degree :-)).
21. It is better to go to any D-grade university with a full-time course, as it will be valued more than BITS WILP.
22. Sometimes I have the feeling that they care about making money through this program rather than quality, since most of the professionals who make money are their potential clients.

Edit 1: As mentioned above in the answer, tax exemption is not possible due to WILP's distance learning mode. See the attached link. Deduction u / s. 80C for tuition / school / education fees

I am currently doing it and this is my third semester. From my experience, I would say that it is not difficult to obtain the WILP M-Tech title. There is very little chance that it will fail. with some efforts, you can pass. Since this is a completely online course, except for the exams that you have to write in some center (Noida, Bangalore, etc.), there are around 1K students in a lot. The grade is relative, so you will find all kinds of students scoring too high and too low. And in the relative rating, there is less chance of failure.

And also, except for the first semester you can cu

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I am currently doing it and this is my third semester. From my experience, I would say that it is not difficult to obtain the WILP M-Tech title. There is very little chance that it will fail. with some efforts, you can pass. Since this is a completely online course, except for the exams that you have to write in some center (Noida, Bangalore, etc.), there are around 1K students in a lot. The grade is relative, so you will find all kinds of students scoring too high and too low. And in the relative rating, there is less chance of failure.

And also, except for the first semester, you can customize the course, that is, you can choose the subject you want. So it is up to you how much you want to make it difficult, but generally they divide the subject into spaces such that it will not be too hectic and of course rest is your choice.

I think this course is beneficial if and only if you want to learn. you have to spend time studying, otherwise this is like a normal B-Tech where you pass one or two night studies.

I am enjoying this course. It has given me the opportunity to learn and grow. This is a great step in e-learning where anyone can learn regardless of age, marital status, etc. The only requirement is that you have at least one year of relevant work experience and your company has no objections.

some of the important points I would like to mention:

  1. No compulsory attendance.
  2. Live online conference where you can easily interact with the teacher via chat.
  3. 4 exams in two days But if for some reason you couldn't show up (or didn't want to show up: P) you can show up for makeup which is after 15 to 20 days of regular exams.
  4. the duration of the semester is approx. 3.5 months.
  5. Discussion forums are available where you can interact with other trainees or instructors (WhatsApp groups are also made)
  6. Most of the classes are on the weekends. (In the last semester I also had two classes from Monday to Friday).
  7. Video recording is available immediately after the conference. for some courses, they even upload full course material (including lecture videos from some senior professors) at the beginning for reference.
  8. There is no laboratory work, only theoretical questionnaires, which is one of the main disadvantages of this program, but it may be that this can be justified by the fact that it is almost impossible for everyone to do a practical work of 4 subjects and you can do a actual project. in 4th semester.

I hope I have answered all your questions and this is just my opinion. Don't be swayed by this. Many of my colleagues do not find this course useful at all.

As for relaxation at work, I have not yet achieved it. It may be in the last semester when I will be doing the project. I also get help from the company.

Actually this WILP course works in two modes:

  1. Where they have collaborated with companies (such as wipro, qualcomm, etc.) and only employees of that company can join this course. In such cases, they go to campus and take classes there and students have to attend those classes (I guess).
  2. Where any professional with a year of experience in the industry can join this course with the consent of the company and the classes in this modality are online (which I have chosen).

In general, both are more or less the same.

According to our communication with UGC vide an RTI (UGCOM / R / 2017/55177, Dt, 09/11/2017), the "WILP program is not approved by UGC".

Below is UGC's first response on the WILP program,

Consultation through RTI -

The candidate has been taking the Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) in Master of Science - Business Analysis at BITS Pilani and has just completed the First Semester Comprehensive Exam.
Recently, the Supreme Court canceled engineering degrees awarded by universities considered through correspondence courses. BITS Pilani is a university considered UGC approved but not AICTE approved. They cla

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According to our communication with UGC vide an RTI (UGCOM / R / 2017/55177, Dt, 09/11/2017), the "WILP program is not approved by UGC".

Below is UGC's first response on the WILP program,

Consultation through RTI -

The candidate has been taking the Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) in Master of Science - Business Analysis at BITS Pilani and has just completed the First Semester Comprehensive Exam.
Recently, the Supreme Court canceled engineering degrees awarded by universities considered through correspondence courses. BITS Pilani is a university considered UGC approved but not AICTE approved. They affirm that this WILP Program is not a correspondence or distance learning course.
In accordance with Section 2 (i) of the Right to Information Act, 2005
1) Provide information on whether the Work Integrated Learning Program (WILP) in Master of Science - Business Analysis at BITS Pilani is approved by UGC or not.
2) Provide the certified approval documents of the course mentioned above by UGC to the College.

UGC Response: "The WILP program is not approved by UGC."

After this, we escalated this to the first line of UGC (Ref No - UGCOM / A / 2017/61547, dt 11/22/2017), we gave them more details about the course and asked them specifically if M.Sc. in Business Analytics can be recognized as it may not be a technical education like engineering. UGC's answer is given below.

Response from UGC: - M.Sc. of BITS, Pilani is valid if these courses are held on a regular basis at the main BITS campus in Pilani.

Hey!

The present and the future is surely in the vein of IoT, ML, DW and mining, AI, NLP and bots. Digital assistants are becoming mainstream and companies have started to use the power of ML and DM to the fullest for several obvious benefits.

BITS WILP has the following specializations:

  • IT organization and software design
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Networking
  • Embedded systems
  • Data analysis

The different courses of each one are shown in the attached image.

Please understand that each specialization has a goal.

Ex: if your long-term career goal is to become a

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Hey!

The present and the future is surely in the vein of IoT, ML, DW and mining, AI, NLP and bots. Digital assistants are becoming mainstream and companies have started to use the power of ML and DM to the fullest for several obvious benefits.

BITS WILP has the following specializations:

  • IT organization and software design
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Networking
  • Embedded systems
  • Data analysis

The different courses of each one are shown in the attached image.

Please understand that each specialization has a goal.

For example: if your long-term career goal is to become a manager, then maybe software engineering will help you, if your goal is to become a developer, maybe software design will work, if it is something related to networking and networking. Network programming, maybe the networking specialization will help, and if it's along the lines of becoming a data scientist, then the data analytics specialization will suit you.

Now that you know where the industry is going (IoT, ML, AI, DW, DM) and data scientists are the most sought after jobs, the Data Analytics specialization would be the best.

All the best :)

PS: These are my personal opinions. Choose wisely! Send me a message for any help ...

I've googled a lot about this ... I have a few things that I think Bits Pilani WILP is approved for ...

1. First a list of universities / institutes that are approved by UGC DEB .. Found this list at: - https://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/pdf/Final_list_for_website_2014-15.pdf

This PDF lists Bits Pilani's distance education

2. Since there were many RTIs related to this topic. MHRD posted information related to this on August 18, 2020 on its MHRD website. The link is: - Department of Higher Education

In this link they have mentioned "Gazette Notification No. 44 dated March 1, 1995". Google this and you get this PDF

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I've googled a lot about this ... I have a few things that I think Bits Pilani WILP is approved for ...

1. First a list of universities / institutes that are approved by UGC DEB .. Found this list at: - https://www.ugc.ac.in/deb/pdf/Final_list_for_website_2014-15.pdf

This PDF lists Bits Pilani's distance education

2. Since there were many RTIs related to this topic. MHRD posted information related to this on August 18, 2020 on its MHRD website. The link is: - Department of Higher Education

In this link they have mentioned "Gazette Notification No. 44 dated March 1, 1995". Google this and you will get this PDF. In this they have mentioned that they have universities or that the universities considered may have the modality of distance learning. Subjects that are approved by DEB / DEC. The shared attachment at First Point has this Post Facto Approval for Pilani Bits.

and I believe that WILP is the only distance course that Bits offers, even though they have labeled this distance learning "WILP" ...

Let me know if I missed something or if I am wrong in my perception.

As good as any other top-tier institution executive education program.

That said, we must remember that there is a clear distinction between a fresher person taking a course on campus (with perks like work on campus, etc.) and a person with experience in an executive program (with perks like learning on the job , etc.) for your professional development. When it comes to academic value, it's the same.

Also, I would recommend avoiding any responses in public forums and social networks with generic comments like biggies are not entertaining etc, as they are superficial / loose comments without substance. Of course there will be

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As good as any other top-tier institution executive education program.

That said, we must remember that there is a clear distinction between a fresher person taking a course on campus (with perks like work on campus, etc.) and a person with experience in an executive program (with perks like learning on the job , etc.) for your professional development. When it comes to academic value, it's the same.

Also, I would recommend avoiding any responses in public forums and social networks with generic comments like biggies are not entertaining etc, as they are superficial / loose comments without substance. Of course, there will be few classical companies that prefer one degree / university / program etc over others as a matter of policy (especially Old Guard from India IT industry as Top 5 by market capitalization), but anyway Unlike the pre-2000 era, they neither dominate the labor market nor are growing as well as before and can be avoided. I can assure you that most multinationals are not prejudiced as such.

Visit
https://bits-pilani-wilp.ac.in/programmes-for-organisation.php

and learn about the large corporate companies that directly run this program as part of L&D initiatives and are highly respected.

It depends on your current status and also what you would like to achieve through WILP.

I don't think it's a great idea if you've made the IIT top 7 and earned a degree with a presidents award during your graduation.

I was a WILP teaching assistant for over 2 semesters at BITS (while graduating). I think it's a great show with immense potential. But people don't take it seriously as they are sponsored by your company or mandated by your company.

WILP is taught by the same faculty as those who run the classes at BITS. You have more flexibility on this since this

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It depends on your current status and also what you would like to achieve through WILP.

I don't think it's a great idea if you've made the IIT top 7 and earned a degree with a presidents award during your graduation.

I was a WILP teaching assistant for over 2 semesters at BITS (while graduating). I think it's a great show with immense potential. But people don't take it seriously as they are sponsored by your company or mandated by your company.

WILP is taught by the same faculty as those who run the classes at BITS. You have more flexibility on this as it is available upon request and has teachers from across the campus.

Focus on your learning instead of worrying about its impact. It is going to help you in some way. It is not the course that is going to have the impact, it is you who is going to do that. Take it positively and go ahead (you haven't listed any other options so consider other options choose the one that suits your needs)

Obviously it's a good learning experience ... sometime after a long time in the corporate career you need to retrain ... that way it might help you ...

Otherwise, if you are looking for a job / promotion that requires this degree certificate, then it is also helpful.

But don't compare or expect it as a BITS full-time ME program ... because it won't meet that expectation ...

Otherwise this course is well established and running for a long time ... it is considered standard for working professionals ...

I hope this helps

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