Inaugurating OASIS, the 38th all India annual cultural festival of BITS, Pilani Mr.Sanjiv Sahi, Director (Personnel) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore said "Empowerment does not come with financial support one gets from a job, it begins with a good curriculum offered to the students." Mr.Sahi ,an alumnus of BITS, Pilani in his inaugural address to about 3500 students –both from BITS and outside colleges- in the jam packed auditorium of BITS, Pilani said that the innovative education system provides a solid background to all achievements, professional as well as personal later in life. Such system being adopted at BITS is able to create competence in all students, irrespective of their social and economic background, to face all challenges and shine in their professional fields. He exhorted the students to take maximum benefits of this kind of education system so that they turn out to be successful professionals. According to him OASIS is the life of BITS as it serves as a forum to develop contacts and sharing talents. In his brief address, Prof. L.K.Maheshwari, Vice Chancellor, highlighted the importance of OASIS and said that this festival not only entertains people but also provides avenues for developing various organizational skills. The festival was formally inaugurated by lighting the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present on the dais. Mr. Vijay Sharma, President, BITS students gave the welcome address and Mr. Ravi Teja proposed the vote of thanks. Innovative Mime on scientific concepts, advertisements, etc., the Mime Club and exhilarating dance performances by the dance club on the popular numbers from films such as Tare Zamin Par, Dil Se, Love Story 2050 etc., enthralled the audience.
OASIS goes green this year by implementing the concept of carbon foot printing thereby addressing the global climate change crisis. As the most acclaimed cultural festival in India The festival strives for carbon neutrality by proposing a low carbon living, more efficient energy choices and a strong commitment to environmental stewardship.
Unio Mystica – the theme of OASIS 2K8 refers to the highest form of ecstasy and the 96 hours non stop experience of various performing arts such as dance, music, drama, painting, public speaking, creating poetry, etc., would provide the audience the art of unio mystica. Besides the 3500 students of BITS, Pilani, 1200 outstation participants from 50 institutions across the country are taking part in various cultural events. The major events include professional shows by the reputed singer KK, the renowned band Euphoria and the hasya kavi Dr.Surender Sharma, fashion parade, rocktaves, Razzmatazz, Choreo, StreetDance, Tandav, Desert Duel, plays, etc.The event is being covered by NDTV.