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Academic Achievement And Recognition

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Engineering Education in India, Central and Eastern Asia

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14.152.1 - 14.152.8

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Robert Creese West Virginia University

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Robert C. Creese is Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Industrial and Management
Systems Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West
Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He obtained his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees
from The Pennsylvania State University(1963), The University of California-Berkeley(1964), and
The Pennsylvania State University(1972). He is a life member of ASEE, AACE-International and
AFS as well as a member of ASM, AWS, AIST, ISPA, SCEA and SME.

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M. Adithan Vellore Institue of Technology

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Dr. M. Adithan is Dean, Academic Staff College at VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology)
University in Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained his B.E. (Honors) and M.Sc. Engg. from the
University of Madras and Ph.D. from I.I.T. Madras. He was a Visiting Professor in
Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo,
Utah and was also an UNESCO Fellow at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His areas of
interest are Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Education in India and the USA.

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Academic Achievements and Recognition


Vellore Institute of Technology, known as VIT University, was established in 1984 at Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India and is observing its Silver Jubilee Year in 2009. In 2008, VIT University attained a ranking of 10th overall in Engineering conducted in a survey by AC Nielsen for the Magazine “India Today”. The rise to this level of academic excellence has been achieved as a result of many factors, of which two primary factors are: (1) A commitment to academic excellence and achievement; and (2) A visionary, dedicated and charismatic leader.

University History and Achievements

VIT University was established1 in September 1984, as Vellore Engineering College near the town of Vellore and in October 1984 the College started with three programs: (1) Mechanical Engineering; (2) Civil Engineering; and (3) Electronics and Communications Engineering. The college was established under the auspices of the North Arcot Educational and Charitable Trust. Newly started engineering colleges in India have their degrees initially awarded by an already established university with which they are affiliated. Each of the programs had 60 students and the degrees were awarded by the University of Madras. The College started in a mansion in the suburb of Vellore town, that is Abdullahpuran, and moved to the current location in Katpadi in 1985. The Government of Tamil Nadu provided 150 acres for the establishment of Vellore Engineering College to the North Arcot Educational and Charitable Trust. The cornerstone for the new campus was laid on July 5th, 1985 and initial construction was completed a year later. During 1986-1987, Mr. Govindasamy Viswanathan, the founder had to sell some of his personal property to pay the salaries of his faculty and staff as most of the tuition fees had gone for building infrastructure. The college had done well academically and many of the students achieved a high ranking by the University of Madras, which awarded the degrees for the first graduating class in 1988. All three programs were accredited in 1998 by the National Board of Accreditation with an “A” grade. The focus was on offering quality education programs from the start. During the first six years 60 students were admitted in each of the three programs and all of the students were graduating successfully and many of them obtained university ranks.

In 1990, a disaster struck2,3 as the state government issued orders to take back the land on which the College was functioning. The College was well-run and quality conscious, but politics entered. The Tamil Nadu Government decided that, because of Mr. Viswanathan’s political affiliation and participation, they would take back the land given for the college. The state government ordered the closure of Vellore Engineering College and started a new government engineering college at Vellore. The second, third, and fourth year students were

Creese, R., & Adithan, M. (2009, June), Academic Achievement And Recognition Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas.

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