What To Pack In Your College Rucksack

To all the students headed to BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus (BPHC) this year and their parents and guardians, congratulations on making it this far. The best four or five years of your life are about to start, and this article is a guide to help you to get settled into the place that will be your home for that duration.

It is natural to worry about the big change you will experience, after all, you will be staying in a completely new place possibly far away from home. However, all of us have done the same and the voice of experience will be there to guide you in the form of seniors. So, let us begin with this article, and explore all the necessities required to settle in comfortably in college.

For all your needs, BPHC has a “Connaught Place”, a complex where you can buy almost anything you would require on campus, at least for the first few days. It’s a short walk away from the hostels, so transportation will not be a problem.

Coming to the hostels, two new hostels have been built for the boys and they are exclusively for the first years. Most of the rooms are double sharing, while some are single rooms. They will be equipped with a bed, a table, a chair, a tube light, a fan, and a wardrobe.

You’ll get all kinds (cotton, coir, Kurl On) of mattresses right here at the time you report to campus, so no need to worry about bringing your own. You can also buy a whole lot of other things on campus so you can travel light. Some of the adornments for you room include –

  1. Pillows
  2. Cushions
  3. Bedside Mats and Doormats
  4. Curtains
  5. Buckets
  6. Brooms, dusting cloths and Dust Pans (keep track of them after a month or so, they tend to be forgotten).
  7. Mirrors
  8. LAN cables, and other electronics
  9. Dustbins
  10. Table Lamps

 

Coming to the toiletries, you can always visit the campus supermarket, More and indulge in any of these items (I recommend buying or bringing most of them) –

  1. Bathing Soaps (Please take bath everyday junior, the average number of people doing the same is pretty low)
  2. Shampoo
  3. Face Packs (and god knows what all)
  4. Hair Oil/Gel
  5. Comb
  6. Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
  7. Shaving Kit
  8. Washing Powder and Brush (There is a laundry service here, but you have to wash you own undergarments at least, even if you give the others for laundry).
  9. Buckets and mugs
  10. Hand wash (Dettol is available)

Also carry Talc, Deodorants (you will need it), creams, moisturizers and whatever cosmetic items you require.

 

Here’s a list of other miscellaneous items you will need –

  1. Medicines (I shall warn you against self-medication, please don’t bring YOUR OWN MEDICINES, there’s a medical center here for all of that)
  2. School Bag
  3. Newspapers (to line the wardrobe and the shelf)
  4. For all text books, there are seniors and a bookstore in the CP. (Seniors give it to you at much cheaper rates though, so consider that).
  5. Pens, Pencils etc (There’s always Karuturi Teleshoppe)
  6. Rough Papers/Books
  7. Scientific Calculator
  8. Stapler and Punch holes
  9. Hangers for clothes

 

Mobile Connections are available with ample student offers and range when freshers come to campus. Since it is BITS, Idea works the best here (well, had to expect that right?)

BPHC is pretty far away from the city (takes around an hour by bus to get to Secunderabad), so if you want to buy something that is not available on campus, you’ll have to travel a bit. Best to bring it from home, if you have it already.

Coming to clothing and footwear, you should probably have these –

  1. Shirts: Preferably 6 or more, to last the week
  2. Jeans: 3 should do (You will see more people in shorts than in Jeans).
  3. Suits: You wouldn’t really use a suit unless it’s for parties, or if you want to get into MUNs (they’re fun). So, consider that before packing.
  4. An Umbrella
  5. A couple of towels and hand towels
  6. Undergarments: As many as possible (Trust me, you’ll need them once the laziness kicks in).
  7. Handkerchiefs: Up to you, really.
  8. Slippers: Preferably 2 pairs, one rubber (for the washrooms) and one normal use
  9. Sports Shoes
  10. Sandals
  11. Formal Shoes (see Suits ^)

As far as bedding is concerned, the requirements include

  1. Bed sheets: 2-4
  2. Pillow Covers 2-4
  3. A blanket (Thickness depends on how cold you feel during the winters.

 

Here is something a lot of freshers want to know, which books to get and which to leave…Here’s a list of books that might help any fresher at least in the first sem: Solomon and Fryhle’s Organic Chemistry, JD LEE Inorganic Chemistry, Atkins Physical Chemistry (if you ever had it), any Math reference, get your coaching notes, they might come in handy.

Also, if you play any sport, bring your equipment along, because the campus might not have everything you need, and well, you’ll be more comfortable using the equipment you already use.

Do not forget to check this list of necessary things either –

  1. Academic Original Documents (To be submitted for verification, as mentioned in the instructions in the admission letter), Attested Xeroxes of the same.
  2. Other Personal Documents (The anti-ragging affidavit, Passport, Aadhaar Card and at least 20 Passport sized photos)
  3. Alarm Clock (If you don’t prefer your phone for that)
  4. Pen Drive and/or a Hard Disk
  5. Laptop /PC: You can read below and decide.
  6. Iron (for your clothes)
  7. Clips to hang your clothes
  8. Torch /Emergency Light
  9. Bring anything else that interests you or you have a passion for.

As far as bringing a laptop is concerned, it is one of the most sought-after answer while coming to college. Most of the faculty teaches using slides and textbooks being too huge to read at times, the slides help a lot. Students with EG (Engineering Graphics, a compulsory course in the first year), can practice in their rooms itself. It’s a huge utility around exam time since you can get the past years question papers available at a click.

On the other hand, a laptop is a huge distraction indeed. If you don’t use it carefully, and get too distracted, it will be a bad influence and can affect your grades. So, choose wisely.

That covers about everything you need to bring while coming from home. Remember, no pets are allowed, so don’t bring one all the way here only to have your parents take it back. Also, personal vehicles are not allowed for students, but you can bring your own bicycle if you feel walking is too boring. There is a cycle service on campus that lets you take cycles on rent, so if you live far away and don’t want to drag your cycle all the way to campus, you’re free to avail Cykul, the campus cycle service.

 

The FAQ

  • How does the college academics function?

Students make their own Time Tables and they have the option of selecting faculty, days, labs, etc. Registration, which is on 1st August, is the process which allows you to choose your courses and make the timetable. Basically, a flexible system based on randomly generated priority numbers called PR numbers assigned to each student before every registration. Parents must be wondering about how many sections there are, or who are your teachers? The reply would be – it’s all variable. The number of sections depend on the number of teachers available and who teaches you depends on who you pick, and who is available at the time of your registration. The latter depends on your PR number, so pray for a good one, although it doesn’t really matter in your first year.

  • How does the college test the students?

2 major exams: Midsems and the Comprehensive, apart from the numerous lab tests and weekly quizzes.

  • How are the hostels?

Well planned and constructed, the hostels have a common room in the middle (which has Table Tennis, Carom and a 40inch LED TV). All hostels have solar heated water and a geyser in each bathroom complex. Each floor also has a at least one water cooler. Recently, a badminton court has been put into place in each hostel in the grounds within the hostels.

  • Are the hostels hygienic? How many times are they cleaned?

Yes, hostels are hygienic, but any student’s hostel room totally depends on him/her, although the cleaning staff is kind enough to do the jhadoo-pocha in 20 bucks. The hostel corridors and the bathrooms are cleaned twice a day. They are cleaned once a week by a machine.

  • Is there a ragging problem at BITS?

Not at all. Each student is made to sign an Anti-Ragging affidavit. BITS is one of the safest place for students when it comes to this. Although a friendly introduction to seniors happens at most fresher parties, it is just to get to know each other.

  • Is the campus safe and secure?

Yes, the campus is guarded 24*7 and well equipped with CCTV cameras and a security force which is always present at the main gate. You have to make an entry at the gate every time you enter or leave, and for students, there is an ID card scanner and a fingerprint scanner for additional security.

  • Yeh BITS-Pilani Hyderabad mei bhi hai?

The eternal question, when its thrown to Hyderabad-bound freshers, they are left quite blank-faced. Here’s the reply to all the people who are not aware of this campus. Sirs/Madams please wake up, it’s been there for almost 10 years now flourishing in all directions and fields. Most people don’t know why our campus is prefixed with a “BITS-Pilani”, it’s because Pilani is the parent university and is the only one reserves the right to award degrees whilst all campuses function independently.

  • How is the mess?

The mess food is quite decent. There are two dining halls – Mess 1 and Mess 2. Mess 1 is nearer to the boys’ hostels and Mess 2 is nearer to the girls’ hostels, although you are free to choose either one during mess registration. Both have decent menus. Regular meals are provided 3 times a day, along with snacks in the evening. Meals are balanced and cleanliness is maintained. Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, Lunch is served from 11:30 pm to 2:00 pm and Dinner from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

  • What basic facilities are provided by the campus?

 A state of the art, fully equipped Student Activity Centre (SAC) which contains the Badminton courts, Table Tennis tables, Pool and Snooker tables, a Gym, a Rooms for Music, Dance and Art and for various clubs are present. There are also outdoor tennis courts, a cricket field, a football field and volleyball courts. There is also a medical centre, capable of dealing with all kinds of situations. A Connaught Place, which has the supermarket, a stationary shop, one vegetable/fruit shop, a SBI outlet and ATM, a barber shop, a beauty salon, a bookstore a laundry service, a couple of eateries. We also have the second biggest auditorium in South Asia, so make sure to have a look around when you go for the admissions.

  • Are there other food options?

Well there’s plenty when it comes to eat. The Cafeteria located in the Academic Block, two Bits n Bytes outlets – one opposite Mess 1 and the other in the CP, Chai Coffee Company (C3), Yummpy’s, Viceroy, Amul and of course, the All-Night Canteen (ANC). Although I would suggest eating in the mess most of the time if you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket.

That covers almost everything you need to know about BPHC before arriving on campus. If you have any other doubts, don’t hesitate to contact a senior, they’re always helpful. Congratulations once again on making it this far, and welcome to BPHC.

 

–  Harsha Sista

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