VIT University was founded in 1984, as a self-financing institution known as Vellore Engineering College (VEC). University status was conferred on the Institute, renamed, VIT University, in 2001 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. VIT University was established with the aim of providing quality higher education, on par with international standards. The University 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 researches spur the relentless pursuit of excellence. It has been the constant aim of VIT University to incorporate features of excellence on its campus. The Management and staff at VIT take great care to ensure that the Institute serves as an exemplary role model for other educational institutions across the country.
The Memorandum of Understanding, the University has drawn with other universities, provides for an exchange of students and faculty and encourages joint research projects. The University imparts futuristic, technical education and instills high patterns of discipline through a dedicated staff, setting global standards, making students technologically superior and ethically strong.
VIT has consolidated different departments into six Schools of Excellence. This helps synergistically in teaching and learning and enables faculty to specialise in particular streams of subjects in tune with their interests. Programmes offered by each School are designed to incorporate a blend of knowledge, skills and the right attitude. The syllabus of each programme is revised periodically to enable students to be at par with the needs of the industry.
The Cafeteria Approach in the academic system gives an opportunity for students to select one or two courses from the options available, corresponding to their branch of study and gain expertise in their special areas of interest, and in turn enhance job opportunities. The University follows many other methods to groom students to their best. These are:
Vellore, a district capital in Tamil Nadu, has long been known for its stately fort and temples. Vellore is ideally situated almost equidistant to the two most happening metropolises in South India, Bangalore and Chennai. The VIT University is situated in this scenic city. The University has facilities that are exceptional in every way. The environment-friendly green campus is home to a wealth of computing facilities and laboratories and several architecturally striking buildings. About, 12500 students, around 650 faculty and 700 administrative and technical staff live in comfort and work in a congenial atmosphere on campus.
VIT is the first educational institution in India to get international accreditations for its programmes. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), United Kingdom and the Energy Institute, United Kingdom have audited the Teaching-Learning Processes at VIT and accredited the respective programmes. Students from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds live and study together in harmony at VIT and develop the personality required by the global industry.
Apart from the various splendid labs, a Language Laboratory meant exclusively for improving the communication skills with the latest multimedia facilities is available. Virtual instrumentation lab provides standard instrumentation software for all kinds of measurements and automations in academic research and industrial practice. An NI instrument simulator, a lab view developer, a pip control tool set, a sound vibration tool set and a signal processing tool set, help students simulate various innovative control systems and test them under different conditions.
The University firmly believes in providing its students exposure to national and international knowledge experts through regular national and international conferences/symposia and workshops hosted on the campus. A wide choice of modern conference facilities has been meticulously planned and incorporated into the VIT campus. Video-conferencing facility makes it easier to interact with faculty members in Australia, Germany, Canada and France, as well as other industry experts across the country and abroad.
Most of the schools are equipped with Smart Classrooms whose array of hi-tech equipment enable faculty to conduct classes in such a manner that students can copy every available resource at the click of a button. In this very special learning environment, a touch screen white board from Webster, projector, computer, DVD/CD player, Video Cassette Recorder/Player and Document Camera Reader are available. All these are integrated using a handy touch panel, which enables the user to navigate between various options of display.
The whiteboard from Webster has software that integrates all the functions and enables faculty to impart knowledge innovatively. It also acts as an electronic board: everything written on it can be saved as a file for future reference. Each class has a seating capacity of 60 and is fully air-conditioned and sound-proofed. Interconnection between classes is possible, integrating the cameras with the audio system so that both rooms have the same set-up to display the proceedings simultaneously.