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VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Ranipet, Katpadi-Tiruvalam Road
Vellore Bazar
Vellore (District Vellore)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 632014


VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Deemed University.

VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is also known as Formerly: Vellore Institute of Technology.

VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu was established on / in 19.06.2001 (VIT college was estd in 1984).


VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is situated in Vellore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Vellore comes under Vellore Tehsil, Vellore District.

Fax # of VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is +91-416-2243092, 2240411.

Contact Person(s) of the VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is (are): Dr S Narayanan.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is (are) : +91-416-2243118.

email ID(s) is VIT University Vellore Tamil Nadu

Website of VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu is www.vit.ac.in.

Chairman : Prof.S.Narayanan, G Satheesh Kumar.
Chancellor : Dr G Vishwanathan (Pro Chancellors: Mr Sekar Vishwanathan, Mr GV Selvam).
Vice Chancellor : Dr D.P. Kothari.

Registrar : Prof. S.R. Pullobhatia Tel: 0416 2249720(O)2243118(R), registrar@vit.ac.in.


Contact Details of VIT University, Vellore Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-416-2243091, 2249720, 2202125, 2202157, 2202168, 2247, 3091/93, 2245070

Chancellor : Dr. G. Viswanathan, email: chancellor@vit.ac.in, www.velloregv.com

Pro Vice Chancellor: Dr Anand A Samuel
Vice Chancellor: Dr. P. Radhakrishnan Tel: 0416 2248701(O)2248701(R)

Vice President. Sankar Viswanathan., G.V. Sampath., G.V. Selvam., Sekar Viswanathan.

Controller of Examinations: Prof. K. Manivannan
Phone (Off.): (0416) 2243091 Ext: 2192
Direct: (0416) 2240550 Fax: (0416) 2243092 / 2240411
Email: coe@vit.ac.in Web: www.vit.ac.in/


Courses

Regular Courses by Vellor Institute of Technology
Department
Course - Classification
Biological Sciences and BioEngineering
B. Sc.-Bio technology
B. Sc.-Micro Biology
M. Sc.-Applied Microbiology
M. Sc.-Bio Medical Engineering
M. Sc.-Bio technology
M. Sc.-Biomedical Genetics

Bio_technology & Chemical Engineering
B. Tech-Bio Informatics
B. Tech-Bio technology
M. Tech-Bio technology
Ph. D-Bio Informatics
Ph. D-Bio technology

Business Administration
B. B. A.-Business Administration
M. B. A.-Business Administration
M. I. B.-International Business

Ph. D-Business Administration
Ph. D-International Business

Chemistry
M. Sc.-Chemistry
M. Tech-Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Commerce
B.Com.-Computer Applications
Ph. D-Computer Applications

Computer Science
B. Sc.-Computer Science

Computer Science & Engineering
B. Tech-Computer Science And Engineering
B. Tech-Information Technology
B. Tech Dual Degree-Information Technology
BCA-Computer Applications
M. Sc.-Computer Science
M. Tech-Computer Science And Engineering
MCA-Computer Applications

Electronics
B. Tech-Electrical And Electronics Engineering
B. Tech-Electronics & Communication
B. Tech-Electronics & Instrumentation
M. Tech-Automotive Electronics
M. Tech-Communication Engineering
M. Tech-Nano Technology
M. Tech-Power Electronics & Drives
M. Tech-Sensor System Technology
M. Tech-VLSI Systems

Mathematics
M. Sc.-Mathematics

Mechanical & Building Sciences
B. Tech-Civil Engineering
B. Tech-Mechanical and Energy Engineering
B. Tech-Mechatronics Engineering
M. Tech-Automotive Engineering
M. Tech-CAD/CAM Engineering
M. Tech-Energy Systems Engineering
M. Tech-Environmental Management
M. Tech-Maintenance Engg. and Management
M. Tech-Mechatronics
M. Tech-Structural Engineering

Physics
M. Sc.-Physics


VIT Schools
* School of Electrical Sciences
* School of Computing Sciences
* School of Mechanical and Building Sciences
* School of Bio-technology, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
* VIT Business School
* School of Science and Humanities


Programs Offered
The university offers 18 undergraduate and 32 postgraduate programs (including a 5-year integrated MS-Software Engineering program). It also offers research programs leading to M.Phil., M.S. (by research) and Ph.D. degrees. The programs are accredited by national agencies such as NBA (AICTE), NAAC (UGC) and Institution of Engineers (India).

UG Courses (B.Tech.):
1. Bioinformatics
2. Chemical
3. Computer Science
4. Electrical & Electronics
5. Electronics & Communication
6. Electronics & Instrumentation
7. Information Technology
8. Telecommunication
9. Biotechnology
10. Civil
11. Mechanical

PG Courses (M.Tech.):
1. Bio-Medical Engineering
2. Bio-Technology
3. Chemical
4. Communication
5. Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing
6. Computer Science
7. Energy Systems
8. Environmental
9. Information Technology (Networking)
10. Mechatronics
11. Medical Physics
12. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
13. Power Electronics
14. Sensor System Technology
15. VLSI Design

Other Courses:
1. MBA, BBA & B.Com
2. MCA & BCA
3. M.Sc. & B.Sc. Computer Science
4. M.S. Software Engineering
5. B.Sc. Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology

Schools, departments and Research Centers:
Schools:
1. School of Computing Sciences (SCS)
2. School of Electrical Sciences (SES)
3. School of Biotechnology, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SBCBE)
4. School of Mechanical & Building Sciences (SMBS)
5. VIT Business School
6. School of Science & Humanities (SSH)

Departments:
1. International Relations Office (IRO)
2. Controller of Exams (COE)
3. Centre for Bio-Separation Technology (CBST)
4. Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Management (CDMM)
5. Academic Staff College
6. VIT Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI)
7. TIFAC-CORE Automotive Electronics
8. Health Department and science
9. Dept. of Physical Education
10. Placement and Training (PAT)
11. Centre for Technical Support (CTS)

Research Centres:
1. Centre for Bio-Separation Technology (CBST)
2. Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI)
3. Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Management (CDMM)
4. Centre for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS)
5. TIFAC-CORE Automotive Electronics
6. Energy Centre
7. CAD/CAM Centre
8. Automotive Research Centre
9. Centre for Biotechnology
10. Centre for Advanced Integrated Circuit Design (CAICD)
11. Crystal Research Centre


Profile of VIT University

About Us
OVERVIEW : A University established under section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act 1956, Government of India, New Delhi, VIT University was founded in 1984 as a self-financing institution known as Vellore Engineering College (VEC), promoted by the North Arcot Education and Charitable Trust. VEC was headed by the founder, Mr.G.Viswanathan, a former parliamentarian and minister in the Tamil Nadu Government.

The University status was conferred to Vellore Engineering College on 19.6.2001 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The University is governed by the Board of Management, the highest statutory body. It has members representing the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, Industry eminent persons outside academia and senior officals of VIT University. The chancellor is the Chairman of the Board, which meets periodically to frame policies and programmes for the growth of VIT University.

MoUs :
Vellore Institute of Technology is fully conscious of the importance of collaborative efforts, both with other academic institutions as well as with leading industries. MoUs have been signed with leading universities and institutions in Germany, Australia, UK, Canada, Kenya, Finland, France, Spain, Rwanda, Burundi, Bhutan & Japan as well as in India, to develop joint courses of international standards to promote research in areas of mutual interest and facilitate exchange of faculty student and knowledge based resources.
The highlights of the MoUs are:
-Exchange of faculty in specified areas
-Postgraduate twinning programmes.
-Joint R&D projects in specific areas of interest.
VIT has MoUs with the ESIGELEC, ESTACA, Ecole centrale de Nantes amongst others

As part of its programme to give students and faculty a wider exposure to scientific and technological developments in the world many summer and winter school programmes, Conferences, workshops and lectures are organized at VIT with visiting delegations and faculty from around the world participation of teams from Germany, USA, UK, Australia, Rwanda and Japan. Interaction between Industry and the Institute is given top priority. Hands-on experience of business and industrial realities is regularly provided through relevant projects, and vital aspects of entrepreneurship are nurtured by the Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP). The Ministry for Non-conventional Energy Sources (MNES) - 10 kw Solar Dish Stirling Engine System and a Department of Science and Technology (DST) - Technology Business Incubator has been established.

Programmes at VIT have been accredited by NBA (AICTE).
The NAAC (UGC) visited Vellore Institute of Technology in May 2003 and has accredited the institution with a B+ Grade. (Corresponding to an institutional score of 75 - 80%).

VIT COURSES GET INETRNATIONAL ACCREDITATION
7 Bachelors (B.Tech) and 16 Masters (M.Tech) programmes of VIT have been accredited by the Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK which are equivalent to their own B.Engg., M.Engg. and M.Sc Degrees. This enables the Graduates to register as members of IEE and also seek their Chartered Engineers status. The accreditation is valid till 2009 for all programmes including those enrolled in 2001.

Profile of University
Vellor Institute of Technology (VIT) has been established under section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act 1956, Government of India, New Delhi. Founded in 1984 as a self-financing institution known as Vellore Engineering College (VEC), VIT has established itself as an institution of academic excellence in the whole south Indian region. The institute is promoted by the North Arcot Education and Charitable Trust and is governed by a Board of Management. Vellore Institute of Technology was conferred the status of deemed university on 19.6.2001 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The founder, who became the Chancellor on this up-gradation, now leads the implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that aims to leverage the Institute's existing strengths and ensure its rapid progress as an internationally recognized institution. VIT has a state-of-the-art computing facility, which is one of the most complete and powerful networks in institutions of its kind. The institute has well maintained library with over 1, 26,300 books and 14,220 back volumes of scientific and technical periodicals, 560 videos cassettes, 193 audio cassettes and 7,032 CDs.

Accreditation
* Programs at VIT have been accredited by NBA (AICTE).

* The Institution of Engineers (IE, India) has also accredited the Engineering and Technology programmes of VIT.

* The NAAC (UGC) visited Vellore Institute of Technology in May 2003 and has accredited the institution with a B+ Grade. (Corresponding to an institutional score of 75 - 80%).

Introduction
VIT University (formerly Vellore Institute of Technology) is a private co-educational university located in Katpadi, Vellore Tamil Nadu, India. The university was founded in 1984 by G. Viswanathan, who is now its chancellor with a plan to implement a comprehensive strategic plan that was to aim at leveraging the institute's existing strengths and ensuring its rapid progress as an internationally recognised institution of excellence.

VIT University was established with the aim of providing quality higher education on par with international standards. It persistently seeks and adopts innovative methods to improve the quality of higher education on a consistent basis. The campus has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from all corners of the globe. Experienced and learned teachers are strongly encouraged to nurture the students. The global standards set at VIT in the field of teaching and research spur us on in our relentless pursuit of excellence. In fact, it has become a way of life for us. The highly motivated youngsters on the campus are a constant source of pride.

History
VIT University, was founded in 1984 as a self-financing institution originally called the Vellore Engineering College. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, conferred the deemed university status on Vellore Engineering College in 2001 under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956. The University is headed by its founder and Chancellor, G. Viswanathan, who was a former parliamentarian and minister in the Tamil Nadu State Government. Founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College by Mr. G. Viswanathan, former Member of Parliament and Minister in the Government of Tamil Nadu, it was promoted by the North Arcot Educational and Charitable Trust, Vellore. It was affiliated to the University of Madras until 2000. In 2001, the institute was awarded the deemed university status by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India and hence the name was changed to Vellore Institute of Technology. In September 2006, it was renamed as VIT University in accordance with new decree issued by the University Grants Commission enabling deemed universities to change their name to "university".

VIT University has been conferred with an "A" grade by NAAC. Some of its technical courses have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK. In an India Today survey it was ranked the 10th best engineering college in India.

Academia and Research
Admissions
The university follows an entrance exam based system of admission. A yearly entrance exam, VITEE, is conducted around the month of April. The admissions from this exam are decided based on merit. Similarly, another entrance exam, VITMEE, is conducted for admissions to the Masters' programs. For entrance into Business Management programmes, the results of the Nation-wide Common Aptitude Test (CAT) and other equivalent tests are considered.[2]

Degrees offered
The university offers 15 Undergraduate and 31 Postgraduate coursework programmes in addition to full-time/part-time research degrees in the form of Ph.D., M.S. (by research) degrees under the Engineering and Management disciplines, and Ph.D., M.Phil. in Sciences and Languages.[3]

Research
Currently VIT University is said to have secured sponsors for scientific projects worth around 100 million INR. The University also provides consultancy services to the Defence Research Development Laboratory to the tune of more than 2.2 million INR.

Academic organisation and accreditation
VIT university has consolidated different disciplines into six Schools of Excellence to enable what the management calls a synergy in the teaching and learning process and the faculty are able to specialise in particular streams based on their interests. Research centers are also part of the schools, in order to encourage collaboration amongst the research and coursework areas and seek to provide opportunity for coursework students to participate in research projects.VIT University is the first university to get international accreditation for its programmes. The University's programmes are recognised by a range of accreditation boards including, but not limited to, NAAC, NAB, AICTE, IET and the Energy Institute.

Campus
The VIT University is located on a sprawling campus located just off the Katpadi-Ranipet state highway. The campus is divided in two by the Chennai-Bangalore railway line running through it. The campus is a judicious mix of building complexes and large open green areas. The entire academic portion of the campus and the Women's hostels are located to the south of the railway tracks while the northern portion is occupied by the Men's hostels and the University stadium. The southern side of the campus also houses four major auditoria and two major food service areas. The University has a large number of sporting facilities, including an athletic track and field stadium, basket ball courts, tennis courts, two swimming pools one of which is olympic sized and a football ground. The campus also has a set of smart classrooms which are used to provide digitally integrated education. The entire campus has been made a WiFi zone to enable students to access the internet.

Chancellor Messages
VIT University was established with the aim of providing quality higher education on par with international standards. It persistently seeks and adopts innovative methods to improve the quality of higher education on a consistent basis.

The campus has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from all corners of the globe. Experienced and learned teachers are strongly encouraged to nurture the students. The global standards set at VIT in the field of teaching and research spur us on in our relentless pursuit of excellence. In fact, it has become a way of life for us. The highly motivated youngsters on the campus are a constant source of pride.

Our Memoranda of Understanding with various international universities are our major strength. They provide for an exchange of students and faculty and encourage joint research projects for the mutual benefit of these universities. Many of our students, who pursue their research projects in foreign universities, bring high quality to their work and esteem to India and have done us proud. With steady steps, we continue our march forward. We look forward to meeting you here at VIT.

Dr. G.Viswanathan
Founder & Chancellor

Vission And Mission
Our Vision
We at VIT University will impart futuristic technical education and instil high patterns of discipline through our dedicated staff, who shall set global standards, making our students technologically superior and ethically strong, who in turn shall improve the quality of life of the human race.

Our Mission
Our mission is to educate students from all over India, including those from the local and rural areas, and from other countries, so they become enlightened individuals, improving the living standards of their families, industry and society. We will provide individual attention, world-class quality education and take care of character building.

Quality Policy
We at VIT University aspire to establish a system of Quality Assurance, which would on a continuous basis evaluate and monitor the quality of education and training imparted at the Institute, improve the teaching-learning process and ultimately, develop the Institute as a Centre of Excellence.

About Vellore
Vellore, a district capital in Tamil Nadu, has long been known for its stately fort and temple, renowned hospital and medical college, Parry's factories and the vast government industrial estate in nearby Ranipet. Vellore's history records several dynasties and powers. The Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Hoysalas, Sambhurvarayars, Chalukyas, Vijayanagar, Bijapur Sultans, Mughals, Marathas, French and the British have all ruled the area at one point of time or the other. The twenty or more palaces and forts in the district reflect ancient styles and traditions. The most striking of these is the famous Vellore Fort, built in the 16th Century by Chinna Bommi Nayak of Vijayanagar. The fort was declared a national monument in 1992. The Jalakandeswara Temple inside the fort is an imposing example of Vijayanagar architecture. The temple, now renovated, is known for its exquisite sculptures. There are scores of other temples and shrines in the area. Among these, the ancient rock-cut Jain cave temples attract heritage enthusiasts from all over the world for their rich art and beautiful sculpture. Not far away, the remains of the Arcot Fort and the magnificent entrance that Robert Clive named the Delhi Gate are reminders of Clive's successful defence of Arcot in 1751 and his uncanny prediction that, with this victory would begin the march from this gate to Delhi.

Among other places of interest in Vellore are:
* The Abdullah Khan Palace, where the Marathas imprisoned the last of the Bijapur Generals.
* The graveyard of the Tipu Sultan family, with over 40 graves and nine Bijapur style mausolea
* The tombs of Sri Vikrama Raja Singha, the last king to rule Kandy in Sri Lanka, and his three queens. The mandapam encompassing the graves has been built by the Tamil Nadu Government in more recent times.
* Several relics of the British Imperial Age
* The Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple, a grand "golden temple" in Sripuram near Vellore, constructed recently by the Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peetam has intricate carvings and sculptures in gold.

The important industrial towns of Ranipet, Ambur and Vaniyambadi are each within an hour's drive from Vellore. One of the earliest towns to be industrialised 100 years ago, Ranipet boasts of large, medium and small companies such as EID Parry and BHEL. Ambur and Vaniyambadi are major centres of the leather industry.

Vellore Sepoy Revolution - 1806
Two hundred years ago, on 10th July 1806, Indian sepoys rose in a bloody revolt against the East India Company's garrison in Vellore Fort. As shrieks and gunfire pierced the quiet, the sepoys shot at English officers, fired into the European barracks and leaving fourteen officers and 100 soldiers dead. Fatteh Hyder, Tipu Sultan's first son, who was incarcerated at the Tipu Mahal along with Tipu's family inside the fort, was perceived as one of the key architects of the rebellion.

In the counterattack unleashed at 9 a.m. by Colonel Robert Rollo Gillespie's men, who rushed from Arcot 14 miles away, 350 Indian sepoys were put to death. Some British accounts place the figure at 800. This event, known as the 'Vellore Sepoy Revolution', was the first major rebellion against the emerging British Empire in colonial India. According to some scholars, this was the spark that led to the "First War of Independence" in 1857, otherwise known as 'The Uprising'. Vellore is ideally situated almost equidistant to the top most happening metropolises in South India, Bangalore and Chennai. The former is considered to be the Silicon Valley of India and the later is known for its manufacturing as well as Information Technology prowess.

Chancellors Profile
Dr. G. VISWANATHAN (GV)CHANCELLOR
Dr. GV, the founder-chancellor of VIT University, India, was born on December 8, 1938 in a remote village in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. GV's journey has influenced generations of people who came across him at every stage of his life.

Dr. GV - the Student
Dr. GV completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School as late as 2003. This is a pointer to his urge to be an eternal student and learn. He excelled in academics right through childhood and went on to obtain Masters Degree in Economics from the prestigious Loyola College, and completed Law from Madras University. His leadership skills were instantly noticed and his party chose him to contest the elections in 1967. He entered the Indian parliament carrying the hopes and aspirations of around 500,000 people of his constituency.

Dr. GV - the leader of the people
A student leader in his twenties entering Indian parliament was something unthinkable, especially in 1960s. He championed people's issues in the parliament and they, in turn, reposed faith in the leader who fulfilled their expectations. They re-elected him by a bigger margin in the next election for another five-year term. He travelled to different parts of the world as a member of parliamentary delegations and appreciated issues in a global perspective. Dr. GV wanted to play a bigger role in the provincial politics so that he can make a direct contribution in bettering the lives of the people in the region. He was elected to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for ten years. During this period, he served as a Minister for two years.

Dr. GV - the educator
He established Vellore Engineering College in 1984 at Vellore. He envisaged that his institution would offer world class education to students who would be influencing the industry in future. The engineering college that started with an intake of 180 students in 1984 has grown as a university of over 14,000 students in 45 undergraduate and graduate programs with nearly 10,000 residing on the campus. It has attracted students from Europe for internships and professors across the continents for delivering lectures. It houses more than 1000 international students on the campus. For the past two years, VIT University was ranked #1 private engineering institution in India. ISO Certification from Holland, accreditation from United Kingdom and the highest accreditation grade from the Government of India reflect the University's standing as a premier institution on the global front.

Dr. GV - the institution
Dr. GV helped women and unemployed youth in the region train on vocational aspects and encouraged them to be self-reliant. His initiatives have helped their standard of living. Dr. GV offers scholarships to students from disadvantaged sections of the society to pursue higher studies. He has adopted number of villages in an effort to improve the quality of their lives. He has embarked upon making Vellore - a city of around 500,000 population - greener and cooler by planting one million saplings. His vision reaches beyond the defined horizons.

Chancellor Viswanathan is an institution by himself

Message of Pro-Chancellor Sekar Viswanathan
Dear Students and Colleagues,
We have come a long way since 1984. It's the people who have made VIT an amazing university. We are proud that we are recognized as the No. 1 Private engineering institution in the country. But we have yet a long way to go - dreams to fulfill, heights to reach and responsibilities to carry out. Knowledge is only as powerful as the application of it, and as useful as the care that goes into the application. Let's put wisdom in education by combining knowledge with application, compassion and insight. Some of you will be engineers who will solve the most critical problems; scientists who will invent; business leaders who'll generate wealth and employment for the society and teachers who'll create tomorrow's engineers, scientists and business leaders. But we aspire that ALL of you will be the most caring, wise and determined human beings.

I dare you to dream, to work smart and strive for nothing less than excellence. And implore you to enjoy the journey every step of the way. Believe in yourself, your mentors, peers and partners. Don't compromise on ethics and your beliefs. As we conclude the 25th anniversary celebrations, let's remember the challenges, the hard-work, good and bad times, learnings, wins and joys. Let's celebrate our accomplishments as we set out to achieve bigger and better things for the next 25 years.

Come, let's change the world !!

Profile of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. D.P. Kothari
Prof. Dr. D.P. Kothari, obtained his B.E [Electrical], M.E. [Power Systems] and Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani. His fields of specialization are Optimal Hydro-thermal Scheduling, Unit Commitment, Maintenance Scheduling, Energy Conservation (loss minimization and voltage control), and Power Quality and Energy Systems Planning and Modelling. Prof. Kothari is the recipient of UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award for 2005 and National Khosla Lifetime achievement Award [2005] from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, National Award for Science and Technology [2001] from the UP Government at the annual convention of ISTE, Bhubaneswar, Eminent Engineering Personality from the Institution of Engineers [2001]. He delivered a Video Lectures on Power Systems at IIT, Delhi are available on Youtube and are being watched by the entire world. Maximum hits are more than 15000.He has also given many TV / Radio Progarmmes on various subjects including energy and expressed his opinion on variety of topics in print media as well and also won several best paper awards and gold medals for his work.

Prior to his assuming charge as Vice Chancellor of VIT University, he was the Professor of Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He also served as Director i/c, IIT, Delhi [2005], Deputy Director [Administration], IIT, Delhi [2003-06], Principal, Visvesvaryaya Regional Engineering College, Nagpur [1997-98], Head, Centre for Energy Studies, IIT, Delhi [1995-97]. He was visiting professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia in 1982-83 and 1989 for two years. He was NSF Fellow at Purdue University, USA in 1992.

Published 625 research papers in various national and international journals and conferences, guided 27 PhDs, 60 M.Techs', authored 20 books in Power Systems and other allied areas. He has delivered several keynote addresses and invited lectures abroad. Prof. Kothari has visited and delivered many invited talks, keynote addresses at both national and international conferences on Electric Energy Systems. Prof. Kothari is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering [FNAE], Indian National Academy of Sciences [FNASc], Institution of Engineers [FIE] and senior member, IEEE.

Contact VC:
Phone: +91-416-220 2113, 224 8701
email: vc@vit.ac.in; Website: http://www.vit.ac.in/vc/

Academic
At VIT, semester pattern is followed. An academic year consists of two semesters. The Fall (Odd) Semester begins in June and the Winter (Even) Semester in December. The academic schedule mentioned in the academic calendar will be strictly followed.

Classroom Teaching
Qualified faculty members assigned with various theory subjects prepare course plans using the standard format provided by the institute with emphasis on 'learning' of the students. The instructional or lecture delivery of the faculty will be through a set of Educational Technology / Tools opted by the faculty. The lectures lay emphasis on the following:

* Knowledge content (topics in the curriculum)
* Utility value - application in real life
* Latest developments

The classroom sessions will be interactive and will encourage the students to think independently and inspire their creativity. The faculty will ensure that the students in the class have assimilated the content projected. High level of discipline will be maintained in the classroom. The faculty members are empowered to curb any disturbance and ensure that the time is used fruitfully. To this effect, students are expected to maintain decorum and refrain from causing any disturbance in the classroom. Camera cell phones are prohibited in the campus. Students are advised not to carry cell phones to the classrooms and laboratories.

Classroom instructions may be supplemented by students' presentations and / or guest lectures by external/internal experts.

Attendance will be taken by the faculty concerned at the beginning of each session. All the classes will begin on time and the students coming late will not be given attendance.

Placement
VIT University has been a consistent topper for several years in the list of campus placement records among private institutions in India. It is proud that its graduates are highly rated by employers from industry and commerce in the private and public sectors. Offering information, advice, guidance and support for job-seeking students is considered a primary responsibility at the University. The Placement and Training Centre is provided with a well-equipped conference training room and separate, well-furnished rooms for interviews and counselling. It is headed by Prof. S.R. Pullabhotla, the Director who is supported by well qualified permanent training staff.

Research
A reputation for excellence in research supported by a high caliber staff is reflected in the demand for entry to Vellore Institute of Technology's programmes from high achieving students. Committed to excellence in fundamental research as well as the development of innovative technologies for the future, VIT offers a quality research training experience for its students. The Institute maintains its relevance to world-class research by linking with industry and business through local and international research networks. 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 focussed 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.

Within a short time of becoming a University in 2001, VIT has risen to the expectations of Government organisations, research institutes, mission-critical organisations like Defence establishments, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and atomic research centres. It has secured sponsorship for 50 research projects to the tune of Rs.100 million. VIT also offers consultancy services worth more than Rs. 2.2 million to the Defence Research and Development Laboratory.

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43% more Indians take up GRE

As an indication that more Indian students look at foreign countries like the US for higher education, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) had witnessed an increase of 43 per cent of students taking the test from India last year.

Eight lakh students took the examination from around the world in 2011, an increase of 13 per cent over last year.

The growing use of GRE scores by business schools is great news for prospective students who now have more opportunities for success.

Applicants can take one test to pursue either graduate school or an MBA, said Mr David Payne, vice president and chief operating officer of ETSs higher education division, which conducts GRE. While growth was recorded throughout the world, including Europe, Africa and other regions, India saw a noteworthy 43 per cent increase and China a 28 per cent increase in test volumes.

Mr N. Aakaash, a final year B.Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering student at VIT University, said, GRE figures show the lack of ambience in graduate education within the country.

The Union government should have more institutions focusing on research than on course work, increasing number of IIT-like institutions and IISc, especially to focus on basic research would be a good option. He said for a student like him, countries like USA, UK and Germany were preferred destinations for higher education and research; India came last in his list.

VIT student gets young energy leader award

VIT university chancellor G. Viswanathan with Aswin Chandrasekharan, a student of the varsity who bagged the young future energy leader award. Sekar Viswanathan, vice-president (university affairs), VIT, is also seen

Aswin Chandrasekharan, pursuing his masters degree in software engineering at VIT University, has made his university proud by being selected as the young future energy leader (YFEL) and being one of the two students who represented India at the world future energy summit held at Abu Dhabi.

Aswin told Deccan Chronicle that he had worked in the field of energy for the past seven years and this, coupled with his academic performance, must have prompted the organisers to select him for the prestigious award.

I have helped seven start ups to launch by writing business plans for them, which is also one of the factor that helped me bag the prestigious honour.

I had the honour of showcasing my talent in front of world leaders, including the first minister of Scotland, China, South Korea and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he said.

G.Viswanathan, chancellor of VIT University, said that the varsity had always motivated young students like Aswin and also others to achieve big in the international arena.

Aswins team was also awarded the title of YFEL debate team champions 2012 on winning the debate competition hosted in the YFEL stand during the event. The debate was intense and had students from reputed universities such as MIT (USA) and Aachen University (Germany).

This is not Aswins first award. He is a recipient of the global challenge and Motorola engineer of the future award and also was awarded the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy in 2010

VIT student gets young energy leader award

VIT university chancellor G. Viswanathan with Aswin Chandrasekharan, a student of the varsity who bagged the young future energy leader award. Sekar Viswanathan, vice-president (university affairs), VIT, is also seen. — DC

Aswin Chandrasekharan, pursuing his masters degree in software engineering at VIT University, has made his university proud by being selected as the young future energy leader (YFEL) and being one of the two students who represented India at the world future energy summit held at Abu Dhabi.

Aswin told Deccan Chronicle that he had worked in the field of energy for the past seven years and this, coupled with his academic performance, must have prompted the organisers to select him for the prestigious award.

I have helped seven start ups to launch by writing business plans for them, which is also one of the factor that helped me bag the prestigious honour.

I had the honour of showcasing my talent in front of world leaders, including the first minister of Scotland, China, South Korea and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he said.

G.Viswanathan, chancellor of VIT University, said that the varsity had always motivated young students like Aswin and also others to achieve big in the international arena.

Aswins team was also awarded the title of YFEL debate team champions 2012 on winning the debate competition hosted in the YFEL stand during the event. The debate was intense and had students from reputed universities such as MIT (USA) and Aachen University (Germany).

This is not Aswins first award. He is a recipient of the global challenge and Motorola engineer of the future award and also was awarded the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy in 2010.

FDI in studies creates divide

Confederation of Indian Industry has prepared a document on foreign direct investment (FDI) in higher education and some Tamil Nadu educationists feel its time foreign universities are allowed to set up campuses in India, but there are sceptics too.

Welcoming the proposal, G. Viswanathan, VIT University chancellor and president of Education Promotion Society for India, said the Centre should allow foreign players and FDI in higher education.

I have seen several students joining colleges and universities in non-English-speaking countries such as China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to pursue medicine, but not India, he said.

Ruing absence of FDI in medical education, Dr Viswanathan sought foreign help to enhance the quality of higher education in the country. He said foreign universities offering hefty pay packets were denying Indian Institutes of Technology and top universities such as VIT best faculty.

Thangam Meganathan, chairperson of Rajalakshmi Group of Institutions, said nowadays, 90 per cent of students were funding own education. Students should be given the freedom to chose the kind of education they want. The government should allow higher education institutions to join hands with foreign universities and attract FDI, she said.

Dr Meganathan demanded that the government allow colleges to affiliate with more than one university, so that students get a wider choice.

In a market-driven economy there is a need for FDI as it can enhance quality of education by attracting highly competent foreign faculty, she reasoned.

University of Madras vice-chancellor G. Thiruvasagam, however, said: We already have a good rapport with foreign universities for exchange of faculty, students and research inputs. It is not that these things happen only if you have FDI.

Prof Thiruvasagam expressed the apprehension that foreign investors might impose conditions that may not be acceptable to the Indian constitution.

Energy B.E. course now at VIT

Chennai: VIT University was the first institution under the School of mechanical and building sciences offering a unique 4-year undergraduate programme leading to a B.Tech degree in Mechanical (specialized in Energy Engineering).

This course is designed to develop Energy engineers and specialists capable of meeting the challenges of future industrial expansion and to meet current industrial requirements, with an emphasis on industrial interaction and applied engineering, university chancellor Dr G. Viswanathan said.

The course is being offered in co-operation with Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Julich, Germany, Technical University, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

VIT also offers courses in M.Tech energy and environment. Students also study subjects on advanced courses in solar energy, wind energy, bio energy, fuels and combustion, energy economics, renewable energy project preparation etc apart from the courses on heat transfer, mass transfer, and conventional energy systems instrumentation, energy conservation systems and auditing.

It also has initiated number of research programmes leading to Doctoral degree and Innovative long term research for conservation of energy, promoting large scale projects for conventional power generation plants.

We have taken steps after doing regular energy auditing to install power plants using biomass, solar PV, solar water heating and dish Stirling engine systems at our university, Dr Viswanathan said, adding that already the university had installed 2 water heaters capable of heating 15,000 litres of water every day and installed a solar PV cum aero generator for street lights in Chennai campus and planning to install a number of solar water heater units. As a long term measure VIT is also planning to install wind power generators for Solar PV plants on wheeling basis.

Let colleges fix fees, says prof

Prof P.V. Indiresan, former director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras was on Saturday highly critical of the Union government for interfering in matters like fixing of fees and admissions in deemed universities.

Inaugurating a national conference on Indian education : The quality paradigm, organised by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) in the city, he made a strong case for allowing educational institutions to fix their own fees, arguing that this could bring down corruption in the education sector.

We have total dictatorship by governments in higher education in our country which needs to be eliminated so that institutions dont demand capitation. Deemed universities should tell the government that they should not interfere in their affairs, he said.

Taking another potshot at the Centre, he said it was due to its misplaced policies that IITs didnt produce Nobel laureates. If the IITs were allowed to function independently without interference from the government I am sure they will be able to produce students of this calibre, he said.

Chancellor, VIT University, G. Viswanathan lamented that the Union government had not conferred deemed university status on any college in the country in the past three years.

We require 10 lakh crores to educate everybody in this country which the government cannot afford. So it should leave the task to private institutions like the VIT, he pointed out.

The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) has recommended starting 1,500 universities in the country to reach the gross enrolment ratio of at least 20 per cent, he pointed out.

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VIT to start institute for USA studies

With an objective of taking its curriculum development, research and international partnerships to greater heights, the university will be joining hands with its U.S. partners and create the USA institute for advanced studies.

University chancellor Dr. G.Viswanathan said the university will start the institute on October 18. As the expertise and inputs from world leaders will go into making of the institute, it will be an umbrella organisation to put curriculum development, teaching and learning, faculty development, fundamental and applied research on a fabulous plane.

Although VIT has more than115 partners around the world, the USA institute is unique in that it will facilitate the development of multi-institutional partnership involving industry, academia and the governmental agencies in India and the U.S. to promote higher education and research through centers of excellence in various fields.

Minister of state for external affairs E. Ahmed will be the chief guest with US consul general to Chennai Jennifer McIntyre as the guest of honour.

Representatives from the various partner universities, including Princeton University, Cornell University, State University of New York, University of West Virginia, IIT-Madras and industry — General Electric, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, Delphi, IBM, Microsoft, Cognizant — will participate in the inaugural ceremony.

Students make satellite out of soft drink cans

While to most people the small aluminium cans that their soft drinks come in are meant to be thrown away, students of the VIT University have found a use for them that not many would have even dreamed of.

They have used the empty cans to build a satellite.

Called Cansat it is tailormade to study the atmospheric pressure, temperature, air pressure, velocity and wind direction over a given area.

Developed over six months, the satellite underwent three test flights and is now ready for use, says Sanjeev T., a final year B.Tech (electronics and communication engineering) student and one of the team members who worked on the project.

Cansat is tied to a helium balloon which takes it to a height of about one kilometre before the satellite is ejected. We are working on taking it to 3km altitude so that it can measure the atmospheric parameters better, he explains.

With three sensors to measure the temperature and humidity, the satellite is also fitted with a global positioning system. It costs Rs 6,000 to make, says Prashant Verma, another team member.

Our Cansat is different from the conventional one as it also detects wind direction and is much cheaper than the other models available in the market abroad, he adds.

4,230 students graduate from VIT

A total of 4,230 graduates received their degrees during the 26th annual convocation of VIT University. Former MP Era Sezhiyan gave away the medals to meritorious students.

Advocating the establishment of larger universities, similar to that of United States of America (USA), to accommodate a large number of students, Mr G. Viswanathan, chancellor of VIT University, stressed the need for a national policy for the youth in the light of the need to expand avenues of higher education in tune with the recommendations of the Sam Pitroda commission for creation of l,500 universities in the country.

Though it recommended five years ago not even hundred universities have been started, he said.

The gross enrolment ratio in the country is just 12 per cent as against 83 per cent in the U.S, 77 per cent in Russia and 34 per cent in Brazil.

Armed with the advantage of the demographic dividend of having the largest youth population, India should provide higher education to all those aspiring for it. This is not possible without the cooperation of the Central and State governments, and private institutions. Mr. Viswanathan said.

VIT vice presidents Sankar Viswanathan, G.V. Sampath, Sekar Viswanathan and G.V. Selvam were present during the occasion.

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