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VIT University (formerly Vellore Institute of Technology) is a private co educational university located in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. The university was founded by Mr. G. Viswanathan in 1984 and is currently its chancellor. VIT was affiliated to the University of Madras until 2000. In the year 2001 the institution was conferred the status of deemed university by the Ministry of human resources, Govt. of INDIA. In September 2006, it was renamed as VIT University.


The institute was founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College by Mr. G. Viswanathan, a former [Member of nal and Charitable Trust. 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 as per a new decree issued by the University Grants Commission enabling deemed universities to change their name to 'university'. Some of its technical courses have been accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK.In the latest India Today survey it has been ranked the 10th best engineering college in India.

VIT University is one of the fastest growing institutes and a center of excellence in higher technical education[citation needed]. At present, it offers 18 undergraduate and 32 postgraduate programmes apart from research programmes leading to M.Phil., M.S. (By Research) and Ph.D. degrees. The programmes are accredited by national agencies such as NBA (AICTE), NAAC (UGC) and Institution of Engineers (India).

[edit] Student Life
Keeping pace with technological and management developments, VIT has organized itself into six schools viz. School of Computing Sciences, School of Electrical Sciences, School of Mechanical & Building Sciences, VIT Business School, School of Bio-Technology, Chemical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, and School of Science & Humanities. On an average, each School has 2 Associate Professors (Phd holders) and 3 Assistant Professors. VIT University has placement with IT players like TCS, Cognizant and Wipro. Many research programs are also conducted in the campus.


The admission into Btech courses in VIT is through its own entrance exam VITEEE.


Students Council

The Students Council at VIT University is a 14 member body comprising of students from 2nd year upto 4th year and from all the schools. It is responsible for the organisation and regulation of student activities. It is also the voice of the students to the management of the university.

  VIT Engineering Entrance Examination
VITEEE stands for "VIT Engineering Entrance Examination". Admission to B.Tech. Degree Programme at VIT University is based on VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) conducted all over India.
A pass in 10+2 or its equivalent with a minimum average of 60% of marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or Biology (PCM / PCB)
A pass in 10+2 or its equivalent with 50% average marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or Biology (PCM / PCB) for candidates belonging to SC/ST and Students hailing from Jammu & Kashmir and from the North Eastern States of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh
Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PCM) candidates are eligible for all the programmes
Physics, Chemistry & Biology (PCB) candidates are eligible only for B.Tech. Bioinformatics, Biotechnology & Biomedical Engineering programmes
Riviera is the cultural event of VITU. It is a 3 day fest conducted once every year mostly around January. The fest includes lots of competitions among participants from various colleges of South India and various cultural events. Renouned musicians and rock bands like Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, K.K, Parikrama and Euphoria have performed at VIT before.
  Schools, Departments & Research Centres
VIT-U, comprises 6 schools offering 17 undergraduate programs and 28 postgraduate programs. It also offers research programs leading to M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees.
School of Computing Sciences (SCS)
School of Electrical (SES)
School of Biotechnology, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SBCBE)
School of Mechanical & Building Sciences (SMBS)
VIT Business School
School of Science & Humanities (SSH)
International Relations Office (IRO)
Controller of Exams (COE)
Centre for Bio-Separation Technology (CBST)
Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Management (CDMM)
Academic Staff College
VIT Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI)
TIFAC-CORE Automotive Electronics
Health Department
Dept. of Physical Education
Placement and Training (PAT)
Centre for Technical Support (CTS)
  Research Centres
Centre for Bio-Separation Technology (CBST)
Technology Business Incubator (VIT-TBI)
Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Management (CDMM)
Centre for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS)
TIFAC-CORE Automotive Electronics
Energy Centre
CAD/CAM Centre
Automotive Research Centre
Centre for Biotechnology
Centre for Advanced Integrated Circuit Design (CAICD)
Crystal Research Centre

Professional Associations
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The university provides ample opportunities for the faculty and students to associate with the national/international professional societies such as: Computer Society of India (CSI), Indian Society for Technical Education, Institution of Engineers, India(IE-I), Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers, India (IETE), Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, USA (IEEE) and Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET,formally known IEE), UK. The university has also successfully initiated CMU/SEI affiliated Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) chapter and a Red Hat supported Linux User Group (LUG) at VIT University. The faculty and students are also encouraged to form the special interest groups (SIGs) and thus mpowering to network among them and rest of the world through the above societies and associations[citation needed].

In addition to the above, the students also provide with ample opportunities to nurture their creativity and develop wholesome personality. At VIT University level, they can opt for membership in: National Service Scheme, Youth Red Cross, Toast Master Club, Creativity Club and many more


Extension Programmes - Conferences, Symposia & Seminars
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The university and its schools have got an good record of organizing conferences, symposia and seminars for knowledge dissemination in emerging areas. Typically, these extenstion programmes are organized jointly with the national/international professional societies and industry support. The schools and research centres regularly organize technology appreciation workshops, faculty development programmes, summer schools, intensive short-term courses, and specific areas or industry oriented courses. There are also opportunities to get benefit through the finishing school programmes and industry internships with active support and involvement of industry.


ndustry-Institute and International Linkages

With the given IT industry and education scenarios in India, a maturity model of industry-academia relationships is said to be revolving which five levels namely - Supplier-Buyer, Donor-Receiver, User-Consultant, Sponsor-Institute, and Long-term. The university fosters an ambience of 'Learning by Doing' for joint project execution (i.e. using Sponsor-Institute relationship model) of faculty-students teams which even attract industry funding and mentoring with an objective of inculcating professionalism and best practices and exposing to vertical industry segments such as Automotive, Defence, Telecom, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Banking & Insurance[citation needed]. Through the focused industry-academia interaction, the respective schools and research centres aim toward a learning and creative community of practice for academic and research excellence and finally to a Long-term relationship building a collaborative and consultative network of experts from academia, R&D and industry in India and abroad. Thus, there is an immense potential and plenty of opportunities for Sponsored Project Execution and Entrepreneurship Development (SPEED) by the faculty.

The Students and faculty also benefit themselves through Memoranda of Understanding with the IT-industry leaders in core engineering and IT related domains. The university has attracted the leading IT companies such as IBM, Cisco, Red Hat, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems. The industry certified courses are being offered for students on flexi-mode and flexi-time basis in order to provide them tailor-made and need-based learning opportunities. The Schools also interact with distinguished organizations through research and consultancy. This has resulted in interdisciplinary research linkages between the School and industry. Some of these have potential for commercial exploitation.

Besides industry interaction, the university has collaboration and linkage with India's premier institutes. It has also good linkages with several Universities in Germany, Australia, UK, France, USA, Canada, China, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, UAE, and Oman for students and faculty exchange.


External links
VIT University website

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