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Vel Tech scholarships for promising students

Amritha Alladi

CHENNAI: Over Rs. 5 crore will be distributed this year to meritorious students all over India, thanks to the Mahatma Gandhi scholarship schemes offered by Vel Tech Dr.RR & Dr. SR Technical University.

Fully-paid scholarships will be offered to the first three plus-two toppers from each State applying for engineering at Vel Tech. Also one topper from each Union Territory will get the scholarship. It will take care of tuition, hostel and boarding fees for all four years of their education. “The top three applicants in each State will get total exemption regardless of any other factors,” says Vice-Chancellor Rangarajan Mahalakshmi. The 78 scholarships will be distributed to students independent of their financial ability or the courses they choose.

Another 100 applicants will receive 50 per cent coverage of their fees if they score 90 per cent average in the mathematics, physics and chemistry examinations. The deadline for submission of application is April 30 and all applicants must take the Vel Tech All India Engineering Entrance Examination on May 10.

Through these scholarship schemes, Vel Tech aims to provide premier engineering and management courses for the most deserving and promising students, Ms. Mahalakshmi said. However, the scholarships will be available only to students applying to the main university at Avadi here, and not to the other institutes affiliated to Anna University, the University of Madras or MGR Medical University.

The Vel Tech Institutions were founded by Professor of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering R. Rangarajan, now Chancellor of the university, who was a man of modest means. “He started from scratch,” said Ms. Mahalakshmi. Through his academic performance and experience as a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board engineer, he became an original equipment manufacturer for Ashok Leyland. He soon realised that his calling lay in educating the next generation of industrialists. He and his wife, Sakunthala, who is Pro-Chancellor, established Vel Tech University at Avadi, which became a deemed technical university 15 years ago.

Offering undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. courses in engineering, management, computer science and applications and humanities, the university has maintained a reputation for its performance in placements, according to Professor of Mechanical Engineering I. Ravindranathan, who is in charge of placement operations. It has also partnered with Oracle, Microsoft, CISCO, NASSCOM and the British Council for Business English to provide professional certification programmes for its students.

According to Director K.V.D. Kishore Kumar, last year over 85,000 students nationwide participated in Vel Tech’s placement events and 99 per cent of the institutions’ eligible students were offered jobs (1,000 offers) in leading companies including Tata, Reliance and Infosys (in total 3,000 job offers were made).

The Vel Tech City of Education has a technical university, two engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University, four business schools, a nursing college and a physiotherapy college, a polytechnic college, and a matriculation and international school. It has a total of 12,000 students.

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