Breaking new ground

How does one measure the success of an educational institution? Do we consider the number of research papers published, the number of students placed in large multi-national corporations or the excellence of its international reputation At the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), the answer is very simple it’s all three.

With the addition of the ABET qualification, the university now offers its students a hugely impressive range of foreign destinations, either for employment or further studies secure in the knowledge that the degrees they’ve earned at Vellore are as good as any they’re to find wherever it is they’re off to.

As of July 2009, the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) is accredited and recognized by the Accreditation Board fir Engineering and Technology (ABET), a United States based organizations that is an accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The University already boasts of recognition from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London for all points in the United Kingdom, a little something secured as far back as 2005.

With the addition of the ABET qualification , the university now offers its students a hugely impressive range of foreign destinations, either for employment or further studies, secure in the knowledge that the degrees they’ve earned at Vellore are as good as any they’re likely to find wherever it is they’re off to.
The entire process which constitutes ABET’s review of to your institution is a long and complicated one. It takes, roughly six years before their review panel agrees for a first inspection of the college or university. We’d applied back in 2002, for recognition of the B Tech Civil and Mechanical Engineering courses, hosted the review panel in December, 2008. We’ve been awarded the highest possible grade – Next Grade Review (NGR) and the grade is valid till September 2015. The grade is retroactive, which means that all degree issued from 2007 on wards, will be recognized by ABET. The university has already initiated the recognition process for the B Tech Electronic / Communications and Computer Science courses. The review for these two is expected to take place in December of this year.

So, what exactly does VIT do, in order to gain such recognition? Well for example consider that Professor R Natarajan has recently been warded a process and technology patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, for conceiving a system for the production, storage and dispensation of hydrogen from encapsulated metal hydride shells . While the awards of a patent by itself may not be very revolutionary consider also that a US based company operates using a relatively similar technique, except for the fact that they employ a single tank technique which is not only more complicated but also significantly reduces the efficiency of the conversion techniques. Instead Professor Natarajan’s metal hybride pellets, processed through two water filled tanks on a use them as you need them principle is simple but hugely effective.

This year of the 1348 students who registered for placements, 1212 have received at least one offer each. It would be naïve to suggest that such examples of excellence as the above few automatically mean the VIT is an established great in the field of education. That is not the case Dr G Viswanathan Founder and Chancellor is very dismissive of that idea. There is a lot more that we can do and what we want to do, not only for students, but for the education system across the country. We are planning for the very long term and are very confident in our ability to do what set out to. Keep an eye and an ear open then, because there’s more to come from Vellore.