Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology: Towards a Holistic Education

Dr. P. Shankar,PrincipalMost job seekers realize the issue in lack of industry-oriented curriculum only after they complete their education and face rejection in job interviews. Many companies don’t show up for placements having found loopholes in an institute’s curriculum. Proving an instrumental role and a very proactive attitude in this aspect, Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology (AVIT), steps forward with its innovative curriculum that empowers its students to offer more than what is required. Established in 1998, AVIT adeptly addresses current industrial needs by enriching its curriculum with latest engineering & software tools via electives (designed by Infosys, Virtual Instrumentation & the like) & mini projects.

AVIT was an affiliated institution under the University of Madras and later affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. In 2004, the institution attained the status of university under the ambit of Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Salem. With a teaching staff of 134 and non-teaching of 131, AVIT imparts quality education to its 1475 students under U.G, P.G and PhD courses in Bio Technology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and communication Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Management Studies, English and Mathematics.

Renowned for facilitating its students of Biotechnology department to build a rewarding career, its biotechnology curriculum covers all principles necessary for advancements and includes new biology like Nano-biotechnology, Bio pharmaceutical Technology, Molecular modelling and drug designing, Stem cell biology, Cancer biology and Genetic engineering. The department has excellent laboratories equipped with the latest instruments with the state-of-art quality and faculty members with inherent experience in both teaching and research.

Besides building a unique curriculum to enable students face the global and national demands,the institute also exposes its students to number of subjects, which would help them to be self-developed,self-motivated and conscious about the society and the environment. Moreover,
Industrial internship and National level symposium are also organized by every department to help students prove their leadership quality and organizing capability. They have also been active in social initiatives such as cleaning the market at Koyembedu, a public utility place, conducting awareness programs to propagate the ‘Ever Green’ mantra among students and public, and many more.

Encouraging Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The management also conducts outreach programmes for societal dropouts, FDP for various institutions, Micro Teaching, Awareness programmes for society, students, and earned employment for its students in trained sectors under established Centre for Innovation and Excellence (CIE).The students are encouraged to experiment and innovate by taking up mini projects, submitting Technical paper in seminars, participating in diverse competitions and design courses in the curriculum.

Offering PhD programs in all departments, the University actively collaborates with industry, national & international laboratories and foreign universities through MOUs signed with clear objectives

Offering PhD programs in all departments, the University actively collaborates with industry, national & international laboratories and foreign universities through MOUs signed with clear objectives(38 MoUs).It also actively undertakes sponsored project offered by national agencies like Department of Bio-Technology, Govt of India(received a grant of Rs.26,43,000). The success of these initiatives are manifest from the number of patents filed by its faculties (22) & students (nine) under AVIT Students Research forum.

AVIT Campus also has an upper hand when it comes to other extra-curricular activities such as sports and cultural activities. Its faculty and students frequently attend training in various universities of Thailand. National and International conferences are being organized in every identified thrust area with the sponsorship by the Institution and co-sponsorship by Indian government funding agencies like Department of Science and Technology, Department of Informational Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, as well as Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, and Professional Societies like IEEE, SAE, and Madras Metallurgical Society.
Having excellent research facility around Renewable Energy, Bio-Fuels, Bio-Technology communications systems and structural engineering, AVIT has commissioned 126kW grid connected Solar Power plant and 2 kW standalone wind mill for campus power generation and utilization under the specialized Renewable energy Technology lab. The campus also has plantation with recycled water and green varied initiatives such as energy conversation, rain water harvesting, sewage treatment, and carbon effort reduction by extensive tree plantation. The 50 acres sprawling campus also has digital & video library, eight Mbps campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity, state-of-the-art digital smart class rooms, three hostel blocks, 24 hours medical facility with in-house hospital & ambulance, and much more.

Infusing Wholesomeness
AVIT’s Training and Placement Cell conducts preplacement training to pre-final year students on analytical skills, logical reasoning, language proficiency, group discussion and interview techniques through the Infosys Campus Connect Program. Besides organizing diverse on-campus and off-campus placements, the university also ensures that they get placed in reputed companies and encourages them to learn the entrepreneurial skills. In fact, the Entrepreneur Development Cell conducts vocational training program, workshops and exhibition-cum-sale for students and people from below poverty line & other weaker section of the society.

Key Management:
Dr. P. Shankar, Principal
Dr. Shankar is a prolific researcher & teacher with National and International credentials. Obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, he has been instrumental in introducing innovative changes in regulations to make the students industry-ready and globally competitive.

Recruiters: Satyam Computers Services, Wipro, Robert Bosch, L&T InfoTech, Lion Bridge, Syntel, FL Smidth, and Wartsila Diesel India

• Best IEEE Chapter Award from IEEE Madras Section- 3 consecutive years
• ISTE Best Student Award - 2 consecutive years
• Best Student Project Award -TNSCST – 2 consecutive years and many more