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Prof SC Rastogi Merit Scholarship

‘Awarded to final year student in Biological Sciences securing highest GPA in courses offered by
Biological Sciences Dept’


Prof. SC Rastogi Merit Scholarship is an award instituted for encouraging students in biological sciences stream. Prof. SC Rastogi retired in 1993 as the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences Group from Pilani. Prof Rastogi was involved with BITS, Pilani for more than 35 years and published more than 60 papers and 13 text-books in his illustrious career. He is still actively involved in academics through his publications in the field. He believes that biological sciences as a subject needs encouragement and that is the motivation for instituting the scholarship.


  1. The award is open to all students in Pilani who have enrolled into M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences either into First degree or Dual degree programs.
  2. One scholarship of Rs. 25,000 will be given to a 4th year or 5th year student receiving the maximum GPA on courses offered by Biological Sciences Department.
  3. A student with Biological Sciences as first degree should apply for the award during his 4th year with the cumulative GPA of biological sciences courses until the end of 3rd year. A student who has taken Biological Sciences as dual degree should apply for the award in his 5th year with the cumulative GPA of biological sciences courses including COP, LOP and SOP offered by the Dept until the end of 3rd/4th year. PS or Thesis grades should not be included.
  4. Application form for the award is available here. The application requires the student to upload scanned copies of grade sheets until 3rd/4th year which mentions all courses he/she has undertaken until the 3rd or 4th year(whichever is applicable) along with the grades secured.


Applications submission : February 20 – March 20
Evaluation – March 21 – April 15
Result Declaration – Apr 20   

Evaluation Criteria

  1. The Head of the Department of Biological Sciences Group at Pilani Campus or his/her nominee will evaluate the application forms submitted.
  2. The decision by the evaluator shall be final and binding.
  3. The evaluator could request for original copies of grade sheets for verification.

Managing the Award

  1. The award will be continued for 3 years starting from the academic year 2012-’13
  2. BITS Pilani shall publicize the award internally as well as call for nominations
  3. BITSAA International shall publish the details of the award winner(s) on the website and inform the donor about the same.
  4. BITSAA Awards team will do the needful for the smooth transfer of funds from the donor to BITS Pilani
  5. The award shall be presented during the convocation ceremony of the graduating class

Thanks and Regards

Rohit Koul
BITSAA International

Sherin Kurian
Director, Awards
BITSAA International


Winner : 2012-'13

Ipshita Zutshi (ID No. 2008B1A7224P)

Ipshita Zutshi is a Biological Sciences (M.Sc Hons) and Computer Sciences (B.E. Hons) dual degree student from BITS, Pilani. Here research interests include neuroscience and behavior, with a focus on learning mechanisms and memory formation in the brain. She is currently pursuing her off campus thesis at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland on behavioral disorders arising due to traumatic childhood in rats. She has also been a DAAD Scholar (2012) at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, and a Khorana Scholar (2011) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. She has been an active member of the BITS Biological Sciences Association, having held the posts of Vice-President and Campus Coordinator. Apart from academics, she has been deeply involved with student related matters on campus, being a member of the Corroboration and Review Committee (CRC) and the Department of Controlz. She enjoys cycling, reading books and singing. Ipshita plans to pursue a research career in Neuroscience, and will begin her PhD in 2013 at the University of California, San Diego. 

"I believe I have been extremely fortunate in developing a passionate interest for science (and biology in particular), for which undoubtedly, BITS Pilani and the biological sciences faculty has played a major role. With constant encouragement to pursue internships, and gain as much exposure as possible, BITS has not only provided subject knowledge of the field that I am preparing to step into, but also familiarized me with this career path. The Prof. S.C Rastogi Merit Scholarship is yet another example of the encouragement and support that has been provided to students like me who plan to continue in the field of biological sciences and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and honor. " - Ipshita

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