Visvesvaraya Technological University

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Visvesvaraya Technological University
Fountain at VTU Campus.jpg
MottoModalu mānavanāgu (ಮೊದಲು ಮಾನವನಾಗು)
Motto in English
Above all, be human
Established1 April 1998; 22 years ago (1 April 1998)[1][2]
ChancellorGovernor of Karnataka[3]
Vajubhai Vala
Vice-ChancellorProf. Karisiddapa[4]
Location, ,

15°46′43.72″N 74°27′43.53″E / 15.7788111°N 74.4620917°E / 15.7788111; 74.4620917Coordinates: 15°46′43.72″N 74°27′43.53″E / 15.7788111°N 74.4620917°E / 15.7788111; 74.4620917
CampusUrban, 115 acres (0.5 km2)[6]
Accreditation and RecognitionAICTE, CoA, UGC[7][8]
ColoursOrange, White and Green    
AthleticsCycling, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming and weight lifting[9]
SportsArchery, Chess, Cricket, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Judo, Kabaddi, Netball, Softball, Tennis, Throwball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Yoga[9]

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU, previously spelled "Visveswaraiah Technological University") is a collegiate public state university in Belgaum, Karnataka established by the Government of Karnataka.[10] Apart from a few notable exceptions, VTU has authority over engineering education throughout the state of Karnataka. It is a statutory requirement for colleges offering any program in engineering or technology in the state to be affiliated with the university.

The university is named after M. Visvesvaraya from Karnataka, the only engineer to be awarded a Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.

VTU is one of the largest universities in India with 219 colleges affiliated to it with an intake capacity of over 467,100 undergraduate students and 12,666 postgraduate students. The university encompasses technical and management fields which offer 30 undergraduate[11] and 71 postgraduate courses.[12] It has around 1800 PhD candidates.[13]

It is one of the few universities in India to have 16 of its affiliated colleges recognised by the World Bank for getting assistance in setting up state-of-the-art laboratories, campus facilities, and research centres under the TEQIP (Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme, a government of India initiative).[14]


In India, the state governments are responsible for education in their states. Development and monitoring of universities is in the mandate of a state government. In view of improving the quality of technical education in Karnataka, the state government passed the VTU Act in 1994 which led to formation of VTU and its dedication to technical education. VTU's mandate is defined as:[15]

  • Promote planned and sustainable development of technical education consistent with state and national policies
  • Design need based programs that ensure adequate human resource of the right kind
  • Establish objective evaluation and certification systems for students programs and institutions
  • Collaborate with national and international institutions, R&D establishments, organisations like AICTE, MHRD, UGC, industry and user agencies

The VTU Act vested authority to VTU as the sole affiliating university for technical education in the state. All the colleges in the state that offered technical programs, mostly affiliated to regional state universities, were obligated to shift affiliation to VTU. Notable exceptions to the VTU Act include, but are not limited to, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (affiliated to Bangalore University), National Institute of Technology Surathkal, and Manipal Institute of Technology.


Jnana Sangama, Belgaum is the headquarters of VTU. Additionally, the university has three regional centres in Bangalore, Gulbarga and Mysore. VTU has 13 QIP centres and 17 extension centres[16] in its affiliated colleges offering postgraduate courses. It has around 2,305 departments recognised as research centres which are spread across its affiliated institutions in cities of Karnataka.[14][17] The Jnana Sangama, Belgaum campus and the regional and extension centres of VTU at Bangalore, Davangere, Gulbarga and Mysore offer M.Tech, MBA, MCA and PhD programs.[18][19][20]


A fountain at VTU campus entrance

Academic programmes[edit]

VTU offers undergraduate engineering programs that award a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) or Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree. The university offers postgraduate programs that lead to Master of Technology (M.Tech), Master of Science (MSc) by research, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and doctorate (Ph.D). The MSc and Ph.D. are research degrees while the rest are taught degrees.[21]

Undergraduate courses[edit]

The university has 12 undergraduate boards which offer Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) programs and one undergraduate board which offers Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) course:

Board Undergraduate courses in English medium[11]
Architecture Architecture
Automobile Engineering Automobile Engineering
Biotechnology Bio-technology
Civil Engineering Ceramics & Cement Technology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Chemical / Polymer Engineering Chemical Engineering, Silk Technology, Textile Technology, Polymer Science & Technology
CSE / ISE Computer Science & Engineering and Information Science & Engineering
Electrical Engineering Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electronics & Communication Engineering Electronics & Communication Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering
IPE / IEM / MA Industrial & Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Manufacturing Science & Engineering
IT / BM / ML Biomedical Engineering, Instrumentation Technology, Medical Electronics
Mechanical Engineering Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Precision Engineering, Printing Technology, Tool Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering Mechatronics Engineering

The Architecture board offers the B.Arch course.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

The university has 11 postgraduate boards which offer Master of Technology (M.Tech) programs:

Board Postgraduate programs in English medium[12]
Civil Engineering Computer Aided Design of Structure, Construction Technology, Environmental Engineering, Geo-Informatics, Highway Technology, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering And Management, Infrastructure construction and management.
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Computer Engineering, Computer Network Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering Computer Applications in Industrial Drives (ECD), Energy Systems & Management (EEM), Microelectronics and Control Systems (EMS), Power Electronics (EPE), Power Systems, Engineering (EPS)
Electronics & Communication Engineering Digital Communication Engineering, Digital Communication & Networking, Digital Electronics, Digital Electronics & Communication, Digital Electronics & Communication Systems, Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Information & Communication System, Network & Internet Engineering, VLSI Design & Embedded Systems, Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Intelligent Systems
IP Engineering Manufacturing Science & Engineering (MSE), Master of Engineering Management (MEM), Product Design & Manufacturing (MPD), Production Engineering & System Technology (MPT), Production Engineering (MPE), Production Management (MPM), Production Technology (MPY)
IT Engineering Biomedical Signal Processing & Instrumentation
MBA Master Of Business Administration
MCA Master of Computer Applications
Mechanical Engineering Computational Analysis in Mechanical Sciences, M.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering (MAE), Industrial Automation and Robotics (MAR), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (MCM), Design Engineering (MDE), Engineering Analysis (MEA), Machine Design (MMD), Thermal Power (MTP), Tool Engineering (MTE)
Textile Technology Textile Technology


Visvesvaraya Technological University accomplished its primary task of setting a common syllabus across the state in 1998. The university revises the syllabus every four years keeping in view technology upgrades around the world. The syllabus was revised in 2002, 2006 and 2010.[22] In 2012, VTU announced that it would launch a 'first-of-its-kind' elective targeting railways and metro technology as part of the civil, electrical and mechanical engineering courses.[23]


The university has signed MoUs with multinational corporations like IBM, Intel Asia Electronics Inc., Ingersoll-Rand (India) Ltd., Bengaluru, Nokia, Bosch Rexroth and Microsoft to improve the industry interactions for students and teachers.[14][24]

VTU is a member of AIU and ACU.[25][26]


A boulevard at VTU campus

Research centres[edit]

VTU has over 2305 research centres in 219 affiliated colleges.

The university provides research scopes in the following fields:

  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Bio-Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Communications/Telecommunication Engineering
  • General Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Textile & SILK Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Petrochem Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Nano Technology Engineering

Organisation and administration[edit]


VTU is administered by its Executive Council and Academic Senate whose members are selected from the academic community and government officials.[27] The present chancellor is Sri Vajubhai Vala, governor of Karnataka state and the vice-chancellor is Dr. Karisiddappa.[3][27]

Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology[edit]

Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT) is a research institute being constructed in Muddenahalli, Karnataka. The institute is on 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land near Nandi Hills and is expected to cost 600 crores.[28][29] In the initial years, VIAT will focus on research in embedded technology, software quality, agricultural engineering and bioengineering. Each department will function as a 'discovery-innovation centre.' The institute will offer graduate and PhD programs in the sciences.

Affiliated colleges[edit]

There are 201 colleges affiliated to the university.[30] The colleges are categorised as 'government', 'private-aided' and 'private-unaided' based on the type of funding. A few colleges may be classified as 'minority linguistic' and 'minority religious' based on the minority status of languages and religions.[31][32] Further, these colleges are placed under 'autonomous' and 'non-autonomous' category of institutions granted by UGC.[33]


Exams are conducted twice a year for all affiliated colleges. Odd semester exam is conducted during December and January. Results usually published in February. Even semester exams are conducted during May/June; results are published in July.[34][35]

See List of colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University

Centres of excellence[edit]

The university has signed MoUs with international organisations (such as CANEUS International) and multinational corporations (like IBM, Intel Asia Electronics Inc., Ingersoll-Rand (India) Ltd., Bangalore, Nokia, Bosch Rexroth and Microsoft) and has set up centres of excellence.[36][37][38][39]

A road in VTU campus

Autonomous colleges[edit]

'Autonomy' implies that the college has the freedom to set its own syllabus, evaluation system, and grading system, but the degree awarded will be by the university. This degree differs from the degree awarded by non-autonomous colleges, with the difference being that the college name is boldly marked as 'Autonomous'.

The Karnataka state has 24 autonomous engineering colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum.

All the 'autonomous colleges' follow a system of absolute grading or relative grading. The final score is calculated as a GPA.

Non-autonomous colleges[edit]

All the affiliated 'non-autonomous' colleges assess the students by a marking system. An aggregate score is calculated out of 100 as a percentage. All the subjects get equal weight. The final score is not calculated as a GPA but is instead awarded classes according to the marks obtained.

The classes awarded to the students of non-autonomous colleges are:

Class Awarded Marks Range Abbreviation
First Class with Distinction 70 – 100 FCD
First Class 60 – 69 FC
Second Class 35 – 59 SC
Fail < 35 Fail

Student life[edit]


The university organises competitions for most sports played in India. Most competitions are held in its affiliated colleges except for tennis hockey, tennis, and table-tennis which are held on the campus at Belgaum. The winning teams represent the university in national-level competitions.

VTU Fest[edit]

The university annually organises an inter-collegiate culfest which sees participants from all its affiliated colleges.[40]

Noted People[edit]

List of vice chancellors[edit]

No. From To Name Position previously held
1 1 April 1998 30 March 2001 Dr. S. Rajashekharaiah[41][42] Principal,

Basaveshvara Engineering College, Bagalkot[41]

2 1 April 2001 30 June 2007 Dr. K. Balaveera Reddy[43] Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,

National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal[44]

3 1 July 2007 30 June 2010 Dr. H. P. Khincha[45] Chairman, Division of Electrical Sciences,

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore[46]

4 1 July 2010 14 March 2016 Dr. H. Maheshappa[47][48] Principal, Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore[47]
5 March, 2016 May, 2016 Dr. Shekarappa A H G (In-Charge Vice Chancellor)[49][50][51] Principal, Sheik College of Engineering, Belgaum [49][50]
6 5 May 2016 Sep, 2016 Dr. V. Sridhar (In-Charge Vice Chancellor)[49][50][51] Principal, P.E.S College of Engineering, Mandya[49][50]
7 Sep, 2016 Sep, 2019 Prof. Karisiddappa[52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60] Principal, Government Engineering College, Hassan[60]

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