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Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore Institute of Technology seal 2017.svg
Former names
Vellore Engineering College
FounderG. Viswanathan
ChancellorG. Viswanathan
Vice-ChancellorAnand A. Samuel
Location, ,
CampusRural, spread over 250 acres (1.0 km2)

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) is a private deemed university located in the outskirts of Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the top engineering colleges of India. It was ranked NO. 1 by NIRF - ARIIA in 2019 among private engineering colleges. Founded in 1984, as Vellore Engineering College, by G. Viswanathan, the institution offers 20 undergraduate, 34 postgraduate, four integrated and four research programs. It is majorly known for it's placement, diversity and research and training opportunities. It has campuses in Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal and Amravati Andhra Pradesh.[1]


VIT admits students through its own engineering entrance exam,called the Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE). It is conducted every year in the month of April and May. The exam has been conducted online since 2013[2] and in 2018 212,000 students have registered.[3],,.

The candidates who are willing to apply for the VIT business school has to first know about the universities criteria. The candidates who are eligible for applying for the programs have to know about the eligibility criteria, fees, etc. the candidates should have the CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, and MAT scores for the MBA courses offered by the institute. [4]

Admissions for non engineering undergraduate programmes are granted on the basis of the applicants' 12th standard board exam results. It is mandatory for every student to have studied mathematics as a regular subject to be considered for admission.[citation needed]


VIT offers academic programs in Engineering, Technology, Applied Sciences, and Management. It offers 20 undergraduate programs, 34 postgraduate, four integrated MS courses, and four doctoral programs. VIT consolidated its disciplines into 10 Schools of Study with the addition of the VIT Law School at its Chennai campus.[5]

Research centers are part of the schools to encourage collaboration between the research and coursework areas and provide an opportunity for coursework students to participate in research projects. VIT organizes industrial workshops like Automotive Engineering, organized by ParaMek Technologies in GraVitas Fest.[6]

VIT 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.[7]

In the academic year 2017-2018, VIT achieved an average placement of Rs. 6.5 Lakhs. Major Companies like Microsoft, Deloitte, TCS Digital and Bank of America were the top recruiters for this season. [8].


University and institute rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2018)[9]271-280
Times (World) (2018)[10]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2018)[11]251-300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[12]24
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[13]16
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[14]13
India Today (2017)[15]5
Outlook India (2017)[16]9
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2018)[17]29
Outlook India (2016)[18]54

VIT was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018[10] and 251-300 in Asia.[11] The QS World University Rankings ranked it 271-280 in Asia in 2018.[9]

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked VIT 24 overall[12] and 16 among universities[13] in 2018. Among Private Institutions in INDIA it was ranked NO. 1 by NIRF - ARIIA in 2019.

Among engineering colleges it was ranked 16 by NIRF in 2018,[14] 5th by India Today in 2017[15] and 9th by Outlook India in 2017.[16]

The VIT Business School was ranked 17 among management schools in India by NIRF in 2017[19] and 54 in India by Outlook India's "Top 100 Management Schools" of 2016.[18]


Teaching at VIT is structured around schools listed below. Students are registered in one of these schools according to their field of study.

  • School of Advanced Sciences (SAS)
  • School of Architecture (V-SPARC)
  • VIT School of Design (V-SIGN)
  • School of Bio Sciences & Technology (SBST)
  • School of Chemical Engineering (SCHEME)
  • School of Civil Engineering (SCE)
  • School of Computing Engineering (SCOPE)
  • School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (SCSE)
  • School of Electrical Engineering (SELECT)
  • School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE)
  • School of Information Technology & Engineering (SITE)
  • School of Mechanical Engineering (SMEC)
  • School of Social Sciences & Languages (SSL)
  • Department of Physical Education (DPE)
  • VIT Business School (VIT-BS)
  • VIT Law School (at Chennai Campus only)
  • VIT School of Fashion (both in Chennai and Vellore campus)
  • VIT school of Bsc. Catering & Hotel Management

College Fests[edit]

There are two main college fests that are conducted in VIT. The Fall semester hosts the technical fests in each of the established campuses around the month of August/September. The Vellore campus organizes GRAVITAS, while the Chennai counterpart organizes TechnoVIT.

Meanwhile the Spring semesters is reserved for the cultural fest of Riviera and VIBRANCE, which are mainly sports and cultural fests. According to organizers for Riviera 2011, it pulled more than 300 participants from over 20 colleges and universities. Rivera 2013 saw popular names like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sukhwinder Singh, Chiyaan Vikram, Siddarth, singer Kartik 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.[20]

VIT has two campuses, in Vellore and Chennai. Two former campuses of the university, in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh are now autonomous private universities, VIT-AP University and VIT Bhopal University, respectively.

Vellore Campus[edit]

VIT's main campus in Vellore is on massive 350 acres of land.[21] It is divided by the ChennaiBangalore 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. The parts are connected by three subways.

The campus resembles a city, with lake, gardens, lawns, residential complexes, food courts, hair salons 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.[citation needed]

VIT 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, 3 km from campus.

Chennai campus[edit]

VIT university also has a campus in the city of Chennai, spread out over 160 acres, situated on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road.

Partner Institution[edit]


Gender discrimination[edit]

Gender discrimination has been a common issue raised in universities across India.[22] Some students have complained that VIT has much more restrictive hostel rules for female students compared to their male counterparts and regard this as evidence of gender discrimination in VIT. VIT officials, however, maintain that stricter female hostel rules are a necessary safety precaution given the rise in crimes against women.[23][24] VIT officials have 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 are being taken to ensure that both genders are treated equally thus allowing all students equal opportunities to access the institute 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 safety and inequality.[25][26] A VIT professor (Visiting professor from MIT) who supported the students and filed a public petition in their defence,[27] was simultaneously fired.[28][29]

Less than 10% of the 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".[25][26][30] Commenting on the issue, VIT 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”.[31] There is a vicious cycle of whistling at students to a point of irritation, especially young couples. There has been a couple of incidents where couples were fined and ID cards were snatched if found holding hands or hugging[32]. Boards and placards can be found on campus saying ‘Public Display of Affection is strictly prohibited’. Restrictions have been placed on a certain type of clothing for both boys and girls[33]. Apart from gender bias, hostel authorities are rude and violent towards students, only thoughts in line with management are entertained. The management has turned a blind eye towards freedom of expression and life, to certain degree management enjoys the student sufferings.


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