|Vellore Institute of Technology|
|Vellore Engineering College|
Motto in English
|A place to learn; a chance to grow.|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Anand A Samuel|
|Students||29,000 (Vellore Campus)|
Chennai (2010), Tamil Nadu, India
|Campus||Urban, spread over 530 acres (2.1 km2)|
|Affiliations||University Grants Commission|
VIT University, formerly called Vellore Engineering College, is an Indian institute of higher education and a deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act. Founded in 1984, as Vellore Engineering College, by Mr. G. Viswanathan, the institution offers 20 undergraduate, 34 postgraduate, 4 integrated and 4 research programs. The university draws students from 50 countries as well as from every state in India. It has campuses both at Vellore and Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. VIT University has consistently been ranked among the top ten engineering institutions in India by India Today.
- 1 History
- 2 Accreditation
- 3 Recognition
- 4 Admissions
- 5 Academics
- 6 Schools
- 7 Research
- 8 Campuses
- 9 Departments
- 10 Gender discrimination
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
- 13 External links
VIT University was initially founded as Vellore Engineering College on 5 July 1984 by Dr. G Viswanathan, a former parliamentarian and minister in the government of Tamil Nadu. Started initially with a relatively small campus and only three undergraduate engineering courses — civil, mechanical, and electronics and communication — the college continued to progress under the able leadership of G. Viswanathan.
The college was initially affiliated with Madras University. In 1999 Vellore Engineering College was awarded the ISO 9002 certificate for three years by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) of the Netherlands, making VEC the first educational institute in India to achieve this recognition. In June 2001 the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development conferred VEC as a ‘deemed university’ and the college became VIT University.
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), United Kingdom and the Energy Institute, United Kingdom have audited the teaching-learning processes at VIT and accredited the programs in 2004, with the highest validity of five years.
- VIT University has been re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with an 'A' grade.
- Programs at VIT are accredited by the Institution of Engineers, India (IEI). The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) of the US accredited the civil, mechanical, information technology, computer science, biomedical engineering, electronics & communication and electrical & electronics engineering programmes.
- VIT University was the first educational institution in India to be awarded International Organization for Standardization 9002 certificate for three years by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) of Netherlands for management of the cultural festival 'Riviera' in 2011.
- VIT is the first educational institution to be honoured with the TVN-KIDAO-NIQR award instituted by the National Institute of Quality and Reliability (NIQR), for maintaining exceptional quality.
- VIT University was the first Indian engineering institution to get ABET accreditation for both civil and mechanical programs. VIT has also got ABET accreditation for its Bio Technology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering programs since academic year 2012.
Admission is conducted on merit basis only, through online entrance exam conducted over a span of 20 days. VIT organises its own entrance exam Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE, pronounced as witty). 2014 saw over 1,93,000 students appear for the entrance examination. To make the process transparent and efficient the exam has been conducted online since 2013.
Admissions to postgraduate courses is done through separate exam VITMEE held in the first week of June every year.
VIT offers academic programs in Engineering, Technology, Applied Sciences, and Management. It offers 20 undergraduate (UG) programs, 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.
The university is among the first in India to implement the Fully Flexible Credit System (FFCS) which gives the students flexibility to make their own time tables by choosing the subjects and the faculties under whose guidance they want to study. This leads to increase in the students' academic performance and gives good learning experiences.
The institute follows a credit system for evaluating academic performance. The grade point average (GPA) is on a scale of 0 to 10. Courses are allotted number of credits according to their importance. Each academic year is divided into two semesters, and teaching programmes are organized around the credit system. Teaching includes lectures, tutorials, practicals, projects, seminars, dissertations, and field and industrial training. The grades are allotted on the basis of relative technique where class average and standard deviation is taken into account so as to ensure fair grades for all students regardless of different marks evaluators.
The CGPA is not the same as the American one. In India some credits might be awarded during Bachelor studies for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, while during the Master programme this is not allowed.
Teaching at VIT is structured around nine schools listed below. A student is registered in one of these schools according to his/her field of study.
- School of Computing Science & Engineering
- School of Bio Sciences & Technology
- School of Information Technology & Engineering
- School of Electrical Engineering
- School of Social Sciences & Languages
- School of Advanced Sciences
- School of Electronics Engineering
- School of Mechanical & Building Sciences
- VIT Business School
- VIT Law School
- School of architecture
VIT's research strength spans over diverse disciplines like CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping, Manufacturing, Product Design, Energy, Biomedical Research, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Optoelectronics and Materials Engineering. It also expands to research in basic sciences, applied sciences and biosciences. Emerging fields and key hi-tech disciplines of the future are focused on. It encourages its researchers to participate in a wide range of international research collaborations. VIT's extensive network creates unique opportunities for conducting and supporting research, particularly in inter- and multi-disciplinary areas.
The research output of many educational institutions is steadily growing - as indicated in the recently released report of Scopus, an abstracting and indexing database that includes over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers.
While IIT-Madras, Chennai tops the list of institutions in the State with the highest number of research papers indexed by the database, VIT University is a close 2nd. On the nationwide level VIT University is ranked 4th, placing it ahead of IIT Delhi and Bombay, with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore ranked first.
C. Ramalingam, Dean (SBST) at VIT University said, “Scopus rankings are important because the University Grants Commission considers them while reviewing universities. For the third consecutive year, VIT has more publications than any other private institution in the country.”
Prof. Ramalingam added that ever since the university began project-based learning for its students and research scholars, there has been a substantial increase in the interest taken in research. “Research and teaching need to go hand in hand. We encourage our teachers to take an interest in research activities,” he said.
He also said that while the maximum number of publications was still from the sciences, engineering too was picking up. Heads of other universities who have made it to the list too, are delighted. 
VIT has a lush green campus which spreads about 350 acres. It is divided in two by the Chennai–Bangalore railway line. The academic portion of the campus and the women's hostels are to the south of the railway tracks while the northern portion houses the men's hostels and the outdoor stadium. Both the parts are connected by three subways. The campus resembles a city, with lake, gardens, lawns, residential complexes, food courts and wide roads. The campus has its own water supply and backup electricity supply along with shopping complexes to cater to the needs of residents.
It is in the city of Vellore in India's southern state, Tamil Nadu, between Chennai and Bangalore. It is 130 km west of Chennai and 180 km east of Bangalore. The nearest airport is Chennai (two and half hours drive). Vellore-katpadi Junction is the nearest railway station, just 3 km from VIT campus and accessible by train and road from Chennai and Bengaluru. It is just 5 km from the Andhra Pradesh border and approximately 25 km from Chittoor.
Every effort has been made at the Vellore Institute of Technology to provide the best facilities for students who live on campus. The men's hostel strength is about 15000. The hostel area includes an outdoor stadium and an indoor stadium, a swimming pool, basketball courts, badminton courts and tennis courts. 18 hostels are on VIT campus. There are 15 men's hostels, which accommodate students in single-, two- and three-, four- and six-bedded rooms. AC and non-AC rooms are available in all categories except four-bedded allotted on the basis of merit. The six women's hostels have room for 3200 students. Women students have access to gym facilities and swimming pool inside one of these hostel premises.
All the hostels are named after pioneers in science, literature and peace.
Sports and activities
VIT has a number of centers for physical education and sports activities that help the students maintain fitness and develop a competitive spirit. Its numerous outdoor playgrounds and indoor courts are spread over a 20-acre area. University sporting facilities include an athletic track and field stadium, gym, basketball courts, tennis courts, two swimming pools (one is Olympic size), a football ground, two A.C. gymnasium, badminton court, squash and many more.
Riviera is a sports and cultural festival. According to organizers for Riviera 2011, it pulls more than 300 participants from over 20 colleges and universities. Rivera 2013 was a bigger success. It saw popular names like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sukhwinder Singh, Chiyaan Vikram and many more. ParaMek Technologies from New Delhi conducted a workshop on Automotive Engineering during the fest which was attended by more than 450 students.
The Chennai campus is on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road. The campus is known for its greenery and is called the Green Campus which spreads about 180 acres. It has an open air auditorium called 'amphi-theater'. It has a well-furnished library with books available to students. The campus has ATM facilities and major food spots as Gazebo, Nescafe Point and others.
University sporting facilities include an athletic track, basketball courts, badminton court, tennis courts and a football ground. The campus is WiFi enabled. The campus has a music room and a dance room to encourage students to form dance groups and create music.
The campus is midway between Vandalur Zoo and Kelambakkam in South Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is 30 km from Chennai International Airport and 42 km from Chennai Central Junction. It is easily accessible by Metro train and deluxe buses from Chennai Airport and Central Railway Junction. The nearest Metro Station is Vandalur Zoo, which is 9 km from the campus. The campus can be reached by MTC buses from Tambaram bound for Tiruporur. From Vandalur Zoo, van services are available.
|1||Computer Science and Engineering|
|2||Computer Science and Engg (spec. in Big Data Analytics)|
|7||Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Energy Engineering)|
|8||Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Chemical Process Engineering)|
|9||Production & Industrial Engineering|
|10||Electrical and Electronics Engineering|
|11||Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering|
|13||Electronics and Communication|
||The neutrality of this article is disputed. (October 2014)|
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 suspended 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. Less than 10% of the female students living in VIT's female hostel took part in the survey, only after knowing that their identity would not be revealed. Of those who did participate, roughly 84% of respondents indicated that they 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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