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Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore Institute of Technology seal 2017.svg
Former names
Vellore Engineering College
TypePrivate Deemed University
FounderG. Viswanathan
ChancellorG. Viswanathan
Vice-ChancellorAnand A. Samuel
Students25000
Location, ,
CampusRural, spread over 372 acres (1.51 km2)
ColorsBlue and white
AffiliationsUGC
Websitewww.vit.ac.in

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) is a private deemed university and an Institute of Eminence[1] located in the city of Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. Founded in 1984, as Vellore Engineering College, by G. Viswanathan, the institution offers 20 undergraduate, 34 postgraduate, four integrated and four research programs. It has campuses in Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal and Amaravati.[2]

Admissions[edit]

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[3] and in 2018, 212,000 students have registered.[4]

Academics[edit]

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]

Schools[edit]

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.[8]

Campuses[edit]

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 372 acres of land.[9] 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.

Chennai campus[edit]

VIT university also has a campus in the city of Chennai, spread out over 185 acres, situated on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road.

Gender discrimination[edit]

Gender discrimination has been a common issue raised in universities across India.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13][14] A VIT professor (Visiting professor from MIT) who supported the students and filed a public petition in their defence,[15] was simultaneously fired.[16][17]

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".[13][14][18] 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”.[19]

Rankings[edit]

University and institute rankings
General – international
QS (Asia) (2019)[20]281-290
Times (World) (2019)[21]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2019)[22]251-300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[23]32
NIRF (Universities) (2019)[24]19
Engineering – India
NIRF (2019)[25]18
Outlook India (2019)[26]13
The Week (2018)[27]22
Private colleges:
India Today (2018)[28]3
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2019)[29]46
Outlook India (2017)[30]51

VIT was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2019[21] and 251-300 in Asia.[22] The QS World University Rankings ranked it 281-290 in Asia in 2019.[20]

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked VIT 32 overall in India in 2019[23] and 19 among universities.[24]

Among engineering colleges in India, VIT was ranked 18 by NIRF in 2019[25] and 13 by Outlook India.[26] The Week ranked it 22 in 2018[27] and India Today ranked VIT 3rd among private engineering colleges in the same year.[28]

The VIT Business School was ranked 46 among management schools in India by NIRF in 2019[29] and 51 by Outlook India's "Top 100 Management Schools" of 2017.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Govt announces 19 new Institutes of Eminence, takes total status holders to 30
  2. ^ "Academics and Career Aspects at VIT Vellore". Collegesearch.in. 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "VIT opts for computer-based entrance exam for B.Tech". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 11 December 2012.
  4. ^ "VITEEE-2018 begins". The Hindu. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ "VIT's Law School Launched".
  6. ^ "VIT University - Degrees offered". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  7. ^ Zafar, Shahila; Manjurekar, B.; Kumar, N. Prem; Khan, Zaved Ahmed (1 January 2014). "Effects of FFCS (Fully Flexible Credit System) on Learning Experience and Academic Performance". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 143: 4–7. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.07.347.
  8. ^ "VIT University-Campus life". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Infrastructure". VIT University. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  10. ^ [1], "On India’s Campuses, Female Students Speak Out About ‘Deep Rooted’ Gender Discrimination", Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 April 2013.
  11. ^ [2], “Rapes in Tamil Nadu on the rise over last 3 years,” The Hindu, 20 July 2014.
  12. ^ [3], “When It Comes to College Rules, It's All Down to Safety” The Hindu, 6 June 2013.
  13. ^ a b [4],“Two VIT Students Sent Home for Dissent” The Hindu, 11 October 2013.
  14. ^ a b [5],“Kept Away from Commotion” The Hindu, 11 October 2013.
  15. ^ “Petitioning G. Viswanathan VIT University: Give Women Equal Rights and Stop Suppressing Free Speech” Change.org October 2013.
  16. ^ Sankar, Nanditha (25 October 2013). "[UPDATE] VIT University Refuses To Act Even While Thousands Register Their Protest!". Youth Ki Awaaz.
  17. ^ [6], “VIT: A Case Of Blatant Gender Discrimination At A Top Indian Engineering School” International Business Times, 9 November 2013.
  18. ^ [7], VIT Female Student Survey Results
  19. ^ BP Staff (27 October 2013). "VIT University Professor removed after starting Online Petition?". Biharprabha News. Bihar, India.
  20. ^ a b "QS Asia University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2019". The Times Higher Education. 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2019)". The Times Higher Education. 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  23. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  24. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  25. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Engineering)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  26. ^ a b "India's Top 150 Engineering Colleges In 2019". Outlook India. 6 June 2019.
  27. ^ a b Vandana (17 June 2018). "Perfect blend: The Week-Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey: Top Engineering Colleges - All India". The Week.
  28. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2018: Engineering - Private". India Today. 2018.
  29. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Management)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  30. ^ a b Mukherjee, Arindam (2 October 2017). "Scenes From Up And Down The Stairs". Outlook India.

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