Visvesvaraya Technological University

Coordinates: 15°46′43.72″N 74°27′43.53″E / 15.7788111°N 74.4620917°E / 15.7788111; 74.4620917
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Visvesvaraya Technological University
Former names
Visveswaraiah Technological University
MottoModalu manavanagu
Motto in English
Above all, be human
Established1 April 1998; 25 years ago (1998-04-01)[1][2]
Academic affiliations
UGC,[3] AICTE, ACU,[4] AIU[5]
ChancellorGovernor of Karnataka[6]
Thawar Chand Gehlot
Vice-ChancellorDr. S Vidyashankar[7]

15°46′43.72″N 74°27′43.53″E / 15.7788111°N 74.4620917°E / 15.7788111; 74.4620917
Campus378 acres (153 ha) (all campuses)[9]
Orange, white, green

Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), previously spelled Visveswaraiah Technological University, is a collegiate public state university in Belagavi, Karnataka established by the Government of Karnataka. All colleges in the State of Karnataka imparting education in Engineering or Technology, except those that have the consent of VTU and sanction of the Government, are required to be affiliated with Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi.[10] The university is named after Sir M. Visvesvaraya, an Indian civil engineer, statesman and the 19th Diwan of Mysore. VTU is one of the largest technical university which provide opportunities for engineering students and management students.


Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) was established by the Government of Karnataka on 1 April 1998 with its headquarters at Belagavi, as per the provisions of the Visvesvaraya Technological University Act, 1994, an Act to establish and incorporate a university in the State of Karnataka for the development of engineering, technology and allied sciences. For effective administration, four regional offices at the four revenue divisional headquarters, namely, Belagavi, Bangalore, Mysore and Gulbarga were established. VTU was established by the Government in order to promote planned and sustainable development of technical education consistent with state and national policies and bringing various colleges affiliated earlier to different universities, with different syllabi, different procedures and different traditions under one umbrella.[11]


As per the provisions of the VTU Act 1994, the headquarters of the university is at Belagavi, Karnataka. The VTU headquarters is named “Jnana Sangama”. Additionally, the university has three regional centres in Bangalore, Kalaburagi and Mysore. Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology, also known as VIAT, is a research institute being constructed near Muddenahalli, Karnataka.

VTU Campuses[9]
Campus Address Type Campus Area
VTU Main Campus - Belagavi Jnana Sangama, Machhe, Belagavi - 590018 Semi-Urban 120 acres (0.49 km2)
VTU Regional Center - Bangalore RHCS Layout, Annapoorneshwarinagar, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560091. Urban 1 acre (0.0040 km2)
VTU Regional Center - Mysore Hanchya Sathagally Layout, Ring Road, Mysore - 570019. Urban 42 acres (0.17 km2)
VTU Regional Center - Gulbarga Rajapura, Kusnoor Road, Gulbarga - 585106 Urban 15 acres (0.061 km2)
Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT) Muddenahalli, Singadikadirenahalli - 562103 Rural 200 acres (0.81 km2)

The university also has 13 Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) centers in various affiliated colleges and 16 extension centers for offering postgraduate programs. It has around 2,305 departments recognised as research centres which are spread across its affiliated institutions in Karnataka.[12][13] The Jnana Sangama, Belagavi campus and the regional and extension centres of VTU at Bangalore, Davangere, Gulbarga and Mysore offer M.Tech, MBA, MCA and PhD programs.[14][15][16]


Academic programmes[edit]

VTU offers undergraduate engineering programs that award a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) or Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree. The university offers postgraduate programs that lead to Master of Technology (MTech), Master of Architecture (MArch) Master of Science (MSc) by research, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and doctorate (PhD). The MSc and PhD are research degrees while the rest are taught degrees.[17]

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 (BArch) course:

Board Undergraduate courses in English medium[18]
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 BArch course.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

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

Board Postgraduate programs in English medium[19]
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

Scheme and syllabus[edit]

Visvesvaraya Technological University accomplished its primary task of setting a common syllabus across the state in 1998. The university regularly revises the syllabus keeping in view technology upgrades around the world. The syllabus has been updated in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021. VTU adopted a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for students admitted to the university from the academic year 2015–2016.[20] The CBCS provides a choice for students to select from the prescribed courses (i.e. core, elective, foundation and mandatory non-credit courses). As part of the new CBCS scheme, VTU also moved to a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) grading system from the previous system of awarding percentage and class to students. VTU has also made an internship of eight weeks mandatory for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students in affiliated colleges.[21]


For students matriculating since the academic year 2015–2016, VTU adopts an absolute grading system wherein the marks are converted to grades, and every semester results are declared with a semester grade point average (SGPA) and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). To obtain a degree, in addition to clearing all the subjects, a student must also obtain a minimum CGPA of five (5.0).

VTU Grade Points Scale[22]
Level Outstanding Excellent Very Good Good Above Average Average Poor Fail
Letter Grade S+ S A B C D E F
Grade Points 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 00
Score (Marks) Range (%) ≥ 90 < 90 ≥ 80 < 80 ≥ 70 < 70 ≥ 60 < 60 ≥ 50 < 50 ≥ 45 < 45 ≥ 40 < 40

Prior to the introduction of the Choice Based Credit System, students were awarded a percentage and a class, as defined:

  • First class with distinction (FCD): Not less than 70% of the aggregate marks in first attempt
  • First class (FC): Less than 70% but not less than 60% of the aggregate marks in first attempt
  • Second class (SC): Less than 60% of the aggregate marks in first attempt


The university has signed MoUs with multinational corporations like IBM, Intel Asia Electronics Inc., Ingersoll-Rand (India) Ltd., Bangalore, Nokia, Bosch Rexroth and Microsoft to improve the industry interactions for students and teachers.[12][23]

VTU is also a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.[24][25]

A boulevard at VTU campus

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.[26] The present chancellor is Sri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka state and the vice-chancellor is Dr. S. Vidyashankar. [6][26]

Affiliated colleges[edit]

As of 2021, there are 219 colleges affiliated to the university (107 under Bangalore region, 34 under Belagavi region, 18 under Gulbarga region and 60 under Mysore region).[27] 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.[28][29] Further, these colleges are placed under 'autonomous' and 'non-autonomous' category of institutions granted by UGC.[30] There are 25 autonomous colleges affiliated to VTU.[31]

See List of colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University


Exams are conducted twice a year for all affiliated non-autonomous 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.[32][33]

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.[34][35][36][37]

A road in VTU campus

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.[38][39] 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.

Student life[edit]

VTU Fest[edit]

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


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] Principal, Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore[47]
5 March, 2016 May, 2016 Dr. Shekarappa A H G (In-Charge Vice Chancellor)[48][49][50] Principal, Sheik College of Engineering, Belagavi [48][49]
6 5 May 2016 Sep, 2016 Dr. V. Sridhar (In-Charge Vice Chancellor)[48][49][50] Principal, P.E.S College of Engineering, Mandya[48][49]
7 Sep, 2016 Sept, 2022 Prof. Karisiddappa[51][52][53] Principal, Government Engineering College, Hassan[53]
8 Sept 2022 Present Dr. Vidyashankar VC, KSOU

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