The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani announced that 51 BITS students 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 Goa campus (30), followed by Pilani (18) and Hydrabad (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.