Vellore Institute of Technology
|Vellore Engineering College|
|Type||Private Deemed University|
|Vice-Chancellor||Anand A. Samuel|
|Campus||Rural, spread over 372 acres (1.51 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and white|
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) is a private deemed university and an Institute of Eminence 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.
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 and in 2018, 212,000 students have registered.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
VIT's main campus in Vellore is on 372 acres of land. It is divided by the Chennai–Bangalore 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.
VIT university also has a campus in the city of Chennai, spread out over 185 acres, situated on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road.
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Gender discrimination has been a common issue raised in universities across India. 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. 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. A VIT professor (Visiting professor from MIT) who supported the students and filed a public petition in their defence, was simultaneously fired.
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". 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”.
|University and institute rankings|
|General – international|
|QS (Asia) (2019)||281-290|
|Times (World) (2019)||801-1000|
|Times (Asia) (2019)||251-300|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2019)||32|
|NIRF (Universities) (2019)||19|
|Engineering – India|
|Outlook India (2019)||13|
|The Week (2018)||22|
|India Today (2018)||3|
|Business/Management – India|
|Outlook India (2017)||51|
VIT was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2019 and 251-300 in Asia. The QS World University Rankings ranked it 281-290 in Asia in 2019.
Among engineering colleges in India, VIT was ranked 18 by NIRF in 2019 and 13 by Outlook India. The Week ranked it 22 in 2018 and India Today ranked VIT 3rd among private engineering colleges in the same year.
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