Visvesvaraya Technological University, also spelt Visveswaraiah Technological University, (VTU), is one of the top ranked technological universities in Karnataka, India. Located on two pictueresque campuses in Belgaum and Muddenahalli, VTU is one of the biggest Technological University in India, having 144 colleges affiliated to it with under graduate course in 27 disciplines and PG Programs in 66 disciplines. The intake at UG level is about 45000 students and at the PG level it is about 7500 students. The University has 14 QIP centre in various affiliated colleges and 14 extension centers for offering PG programmes. There are over 200 departments recognized as research centers. At present over 1000 students / faculty are registered for Ph.D degree and over 180 students are registered for their Msc.. (Engg). This year the University is awarding 35 Ph.D Degrees and 13 M.Sc (Engg) Degrees.
The University has very successfully achieved the tremendous task of bringing various colleges affiliated earlier to different Universities, with different syllabus, different procedures and different traditions under one umbrella. The University plans to bring in further flexibility in the curriculum, so that any changes or revisions may be introduced particularly with respect to electives, as and when the technology changes or the need arises. The first batch consisting of approximately 13,000 students of Under Graduate B.E. / B.Tech. students who were admitted in the academic year 1998-99 came out of the portals of this University as graduates during the month of July 2002. Four batches of M.Tech., 3 batches of MBA and 2 batches of MCA students have so far passed out of this University. The total number of Post-Graduates who have completed their studies in this University is around 5000.
The University has MOU’s with various leading organizations like IBM, INTEL Asia Electronics Inc., Ingersoll-Rand (India) Ltd., Bangalore and Microsoft. These MOU’s will help in various ways to train the faculty, conduct teachers training workshops, student projects and enable the colleges affiliated to the University to get software at a highly subsidized rate. Already Intel has arranged many training programmes for Engineering College Teachers. 153 teachers were trained by Microsoft. These MOU’s will further the Technological growth of the state. Many of the industries are showing keen interest in participating in the curricular activities of the University and the University is negotiating with them for such participation.
VTU proposes to have world wide electronic presence by establishing data network interconnecting the VTU campus at Machche, four regional offices and all the affiliated colleges of VTU in a secure private network and open up access to this network to the worldwide communities for collaborative learning using Internet technology.
In this direction, a Campus wide network at Machche with a fiber optic backbone, having about 1000 data access points interconnecting all the existing and proposed buildings is being set up. The campus network uses the state of art network tiered architecture with Edge and Core switches and scalable distributed network topology. This network will meet the computing demand of PG students in the campus, provide eLearning environment, access to digital library, support examination, administration work and more importantly have sufficient bandwidth for Videoconferencing from any network access point.
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