Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT University) - Chennai Campus, Vandalur – Kelambakkam Road
Chennai campus of VIT University is located on southern outskirts of city, on Vandalur – Kelambakkam Road. It is about 40km from Chennai central and reaching here by public transport can be a tough task given its nearly desolate location. There are about 4 to 5 bus routes from Tambaram-West bus stop to Kandigai, which is the nearest bus stop about one km away from college. Bus frequency is pretty decent but to reach other parts of city you need to hop buses from Tambaram. There are also a few college vans and buses for staff. There is almost no civilization in the surrounding area and one need to walk for at least 10 minutes to find a general store or stationary shop.
VIT Chennai campus is still under construction and currently 4 buildings are ready for students’ use: 2 academic blocks each of 8 floors and 2 separate 15 storeyed hostels for boys and girls. It is known as a ‘green campus’ and overall environment is very clean and green due to numerous tree plantation all through the campus. They have also made use of solar and non-conventional energy sources wherever possible in campus. It is a big campus and the academic facilities such as labs, classrooms, library etc. are very well taken care of. But the atmosphere is not very much conducive to study as noise and pollution from construction work is very annoying. Classrooms are not air-conditioned as promised during admissions and sport facilities are not great either. A Wi-Fi internet connectivity with just 3GB of data allowance is provided in college . Hostels have Wi-Fi internet but its expenses are shared by student occupants. Of course things are expected to improve over time keeping in mind reputation of VIT University all over country.
Hostel facilities are nice. There are various options available depending on your liking and budget ranging from 6-shring non-AC dorm to single bedded air-conditioned room. Charges for these vary from Rs 35,000 a year to Rs 75,000 a year. There are attached washrooms in all of them. Hostels are very strict – apart from timing there are restrictions on going to others’ rooms too. Girls’ hostels are even stricter. And there is an absolute ban on senior-junior interaction in both hostels to avoid ragging. Mess food is not good and especially the students from north India will face many problems adjusting to the local taste. Mess charges are approximately Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000 a year. Current hostel capacity is not sufficient to accommodate the juniors who’ll be coming in; hence senior most batch students will be shifted to off-campus accommodations till new hostel blocks are not constructed.
Rs 1,17,800 per year.
Faculties at VIT Chennai are very well qualified but only a few of them are experienced and good at teaching. Also they don’t possess very good communication skills. They are very strict and are rumoured to hold personal grudges against some students. The rumours may or may not be correct but most of the faculty at hand cannot be described as friendly and co-operative.
College is very strict about attendance issues. Those having low attendance are made to attend extra lectures to make up for missed lectures. Also there is a fine for poor attendance. Apart from attendance there are fines for many other reasons like not wearing id-cards (up to Rs 2500), irrelevant breakage charges etc. etc., which students feel is “stupid & only tactics for churning money”.
Majority of the crowd (about 70%) hails from northern parts of the country. The major chunk of other 30% consists of day-scholars. Overall there is very good unity among students and environment is friendly. Boy – girl ratio, like a typical engineering college, is poor: 70% boys to 30% girls. Hostelites are fun-loving and ‘party’ type of crowd. To put a curb on ragging senior and juniors are not allowed to interact anywhere within the campus; even asking a junior’s name can get both senior and junior student in trouble.
College canteen has better food than the mess but it can hurt your pocket a bit too much. Also the canteen’s size is not proportional to the intake of college, so some space crunch is felt during lunch breaks.
There is absolutely no hangout in the surrounding areas. Students go to ‘Mayajaal’ theatre on ECR once in a while as it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour travelling one way.
There are no cultural festivals or events held in this college. Students can participate in the fest of VIT main campus at Vellore. College takes interested students to Vellore campus by college buses, of course at your own expense. Symposiums, seminars and technical events are organised in this campus but sadly there is not great student participation in them. A fresher’s party is organised by college but again seniors are not allowed in it to prevent ragging.
The first batch is not out yet; hence nothing can be commented about placements as of now. But students have mixed emotions about it – some feel that due to reputation of the main VIT campus good companies will come here as well or they might even conduct common placements for both campuses – but there are some students who feel that as the batch strength is too much, only a few will be placed. They just need to wait and watch with their fingers crossed.
VIT Chennai campus is not as great as the VIT main campus. In fact at present it is about lots of unfulfilled promises made in beautiful college brochures. Many students studying here, especially hostelites are regretting having taken admission here and they rate their college 3/10. “Three marks are just for the good environment and ‘green campus’” clarifies a student. “Kahin bhi jaana, VIT Chennai mat aana (please go to any college except VIT Chennai)” adds another of those discontented chap. Hopefully things will improve soon as college management is taking sincere efforts. However it will take years, if at all, when it will be considered at par with Vellore campus.