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|Vellore Institute of Technology|
Motto in English
|A place to learn; a chance to grow.|
|Chancellor||Dr. G. Viswanathan|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof V. Raju|
|Campus||Urban, 530 acres (2.1 km2)|
VIT University formerly Vellore Engineering College is an Indian institute of higher education and a Deemed University located in Vellore, India. It was founded in 1984 by Mr. G. Viswanathan and offers 20 undergraduate, 34 postgraduate, 4 integrated and 4 research programs. It has campuses at Vellore and Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
VIT has two campuses, one each in Chennai and Vellore. The Vellore campus, spreads over 350 acres is located on Chennai–Bangalore railway line. Chennai campus is present on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road, about 30 km away from Chennai International Airport.
VIT University was initially founded as Vellore Engineering College on 5 July 1984 by Mr. G Vishwanathan. It initially offered three undergraduate engineering courses — civil, mechanical and electronics and communication. The college was initially affiliated to Madras University. In 1999, the college was awarded the International Organization for Standardization 9002 certificate for three years by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) of Netherlands. In June 2001, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development accepted the proposal for converting the college into a private university and the college was rechristened as VIT University.
VIT offers academic programs in engineering, technology, applied sciences and management. It offers 20 undergraduate programs(UG),34 post graduate(PG),4 integrated MS courses and 4 doctoral programs. VIT has consolidated its disciplines into 10 "Schools of Study" with the recent addition of the VIT Law School at its Chennai campus. Research centers are part of the schools, to encourage collaboration between the research and coursework areas and provide opportunity for coursework students to participate in research projects. The University organizes many industrial workshops like Automotive Engineering workshops which was organized by ParaMek Technologies in GraVitas Fest and similar other workshops. Some of the courses offered have been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Institution of Engineers (IEI) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The admission is through an online entrance exam VITEEE.
There are 18 blocks of hostels are located in Vellore campus of which six are dedicated to women. The hostels are named after pioneers in field of science, literature and peace namely Albert Einstein, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Nelson Mandela, C. V. Raman, Ramanujan, Socrates, John F Kennedy, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Quaid-E-Milleth, Charles Darwin, Sardar Patel, Teresa, Rani Lakshmibai, Ida S. Scudder, Suu Kyi, Kalpana Chawla and Indira Gandhi The campus is WiFi enabled. VIT has multiple outdoor playgrounds and indoor courts are spread over a 20-acre area. University sporting facilities include a track and field stadium, basketball court, tennis court, two swimming pools, a football ground, gymnasium, badminton and squash courts.
There are two main college fests conducted in VIT — graVITas and Riviera. GraVITas is a techfestconducted in August/September and Riviera is a sports and cultural festival. Riviera 2011 saw performances from popular names like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sukhwinder Singh and Chiyaan Vikram.
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Gender discrimination has been a common issue raised in universities across India. Some students have complained that VIT University has much more restrictive hostel rules for female students, compared to their male counterparts and regard this as an evidence of gender discrimination in VIT. University officials, however, maintain that stricter female hostel rules are a necessary safety precaution given the rise in crimes against women. University officials have also stated that, while they agree that men and women must be treated equally, they have at times been faced by irate parents who have insisted on stricter codes of conduct. Measured steps, however, are being taken to ensure that both genders are treated equally thus allowing both male and female students equal opportunities to access the university's vast resources. In October 2013, two female students were reprimanded after they helped to organize an online opinion survey of female VIT students, focusing on issues of female safety and inequality. Dr. Theodore Moallem, a VIT Professor who supported the students and filed a public petition in their defense, was simultaneously fired from the university. Only less than 10% of the female students living in VIT's female hostel took part in the survey, even after knowing that their identity would not be revealed. Of those who did participate, roughly 84% of respondents were dissuaded "from speaking out publicly against VIT’s management decisions" by "fear of expulsion, suspension or other academic devastation". Commenting on the issue, VIT University Vice President Sekar Viswanathan said: “The students started a campaign based on the misplaced notion that the university discriminates against women, which is not true. They were taken home by their parents”.
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