VIT University, Vellore - Research Programmes



VIT UNIVERSITY, which was founded in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College, has since grown from strength to strength to its present position as a premier academic institution in this part of the country devoted to education and research in Science, Engineering, Technology, Management and Humanities. The University owes its origin and its present status to its founder and the great visionary Shri. G. Viswanathan, a former parliamentarian and a former Minister of Tamilnadu Government.

Declared as a Deemed University by UGC in 2001, VIT University comprises of six Schools and their constituent Centres.

VIT University offers academic course programmes leading to B.Sc., B.Com., M.Sc., M.S. (Software Engineering), B.Tech, M.Tech, MCA, MBA degrees and research programmes leading to M.Phil, M.S. (by research) and Ph.D degrees in different disciplines. Presently the student-strength of VIT University is about 14000 comprising Indian as well as foreign students. An exceptional feature of this University is its splendid computing centre and the Central library that cater to the needs of all the students and research workers. The Placement Office of the Institute serves as a vital link between graduating students and prospective employers. The University has signed MOU's with a number of foreign universities in Germany, Australia, Canada and U.K. for possible cooperation in some advanced areas like Engineering Management, Mechatronics, Biomedical Engineering, Sensor Technology, Energy and Environmental Engineering. VIT is the first educational institution in India to be awarded the ISO 9002 certificate and has been accredited by NBA (AICTE) and also by NAAC (UGC) with 'A' Grade. It is the first University in India to get international accreditation by Institute of Engineering & Technology [IET-UK] and Energy Institute [EI-UK].

Research Programmes offered:
Admissions would be made only for the specialization mentioned below:

School of Mechanical & Building Sciences

Industrial Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Environmental Engineering (Ecosustainable waste Management); Cryogenics; Remote Sensing & GIS application, Ground Water Resources; Structural Engineering; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Robotics; Tribology (Wear Research); Special alloys and Steels Technology; Environmental Fluid Mechanics; Computational Mechanics; Biomaterials; Surface Engineering; Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials.

School of Bio-Technology, Chemical & Bio-Medical Engg.

Bio-Medical Engineering; Bio-Medical Genetics; Bio-informatics; Bio-sciences; Applied Microbiology; Medical Biotechnology; Plant Biotechnology; Protein Engineering; Medical Image Processing; Bio-Remediation; Computational Biology; Biomaterials; Surface Engineering; Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials.

School of Computing Sciences

Computer Graphics; Image Processing; Cryptography; Computational Intelligence; Wireless Networks; Data Mining; Software Engineering.

School of Electrical Sciences

Power Systems; Energy Systems; Biomedical Engineering; Optical Communication; Fiber Optics, Lasers, Microwave Antennas; Imaging; Semiconductor Device modeling; MEMS; Nano Fabrication; Nanomaterials; Modelling of Nanoscale Devices; Experimental Surface Science; Nano catalysis Nano Sensors and Materials.

VIT-Business School

Organizational Dynamics; Marketing; Finance; Operations; International Business.

Centre for Bioseparation Technology (CBST)

Recovery and Structure/ Function studies of therapeutic proteins using Bio Chromatography; Setting up Chemical Molecule Screening for Proteins and drugs; Involvement of autologus antibodies in the antibodies in the erythrocyte degradation in the case of Leukemia.

Centre for Disaster Mitigation & Management (CDMM)

Natural Disaster Mitigation & Management; Technology & Applications of GIS; Remote Sensing; GPS; Environmental Risk Assessment Urban; Regional & Environmental Planning & Management.


Languages [English]:

ELT-Teaching Poetry; Black American Literature; Indian Writing in English-Fiction, Afro-American Plays; American Literature; Folklore, Grammar Current Literature; Indian Writing in English, English Language Teaching Common Wealth Literature; Indian Writing in English Stylistics, New Historicism; Computer Assisted Language Teaching and Testing;


Complex Analysis; Fluid Dynamics; Algebra; Graph Theory; Operational Research.


Thin Films / Sensors / Energy Conservation / Crystal Growth / Gel Dosimetry / Laser Spectroscopy; Nonlinear Fiber Optics/ Photonics; Nuclear Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Material Science; Medical Physics/Nuclear Physics; X-Ray Crystallography; Ultrasonics; Thin Film Technology; Bio-Materials; Surface Engineering; Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials.


Analytical Chemistry; Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Batteries; Nano Materials: Luminescent Materials; Bioanalytical Chemistry; Bioremediation; Electroanalytical; Inorganic solid state chemistry & materials science-Bioceramics; Catalytic materials; Electrochemical & Bio-chemical Sensors; Electron-Transfer reactions; Electrocatalysis; Thin Films; Chemically modified electrodes; Phyto Chemistry; Environmental Analytical chemistry; Sensor Systems; Mechanisms of inorganic reactions in solutions; In Vitro drug metal ion interactions through kinetic studies; Kinetic and catalytic studies using metal ions and their complexes; Biochemistry; Drug development; Biotechnology; Pharma chemistry; Synthetic Organic Chemistry.


  • For Ph.D in Engineering:
    • Master's degree in Engineering/Technology in the relevant discipline with a first class or a minimum of 60% marks/CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale in cases where the University/Institute does not award any class
    • Equivalent qualifications like M.Sc. (Engineering) / M.S. [By Research.]
  • For M.S. (by research) degree:
    • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or Master's degree in Science or Master's degree in Computer Applications (with Physics & Mathematics at Bachelor's level) with a first class or a minimum 60% marks/CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale in cases where the University/Institute does not award any class.
    • Associate membership of the following professional bodies with a pass in both Parts A & B with 60% marks. (Such candidates are eligible for admission to M.S. (by research) Programme in their parent discipline. Their eligibility for other disciplines will be decided on a case-to-case basis).
      • The Institution of Engineers (India)
      • The Aeronautical Society of India
      • The Indian Institute of Metals
      • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
      • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
    • For Ph.D. / M.Phil. in Sciences / Languages:
      MMaster's degree in the relevant discipline of Science with a first class (or a minimum of 60% marks/CGPA 6.5 on a 10 point scale in cases where the University/ Institute does not award any class). For Languages, Master's degree with a minimum of 55% marks.
  • Internal Full Time Candidates:
    A candidate who wishes to work for Ph.D / M.S. (By Research) / M.Phil. degree on full time basis (including project staff working in sponsored projects being carried out at the Institute) should apply in the prescribed form on or before the specified date.
  • Internal Part Time candidates:
    All the staff members of the Institute having the requisite minimum qualifications and one year experience at the Institute can work on a part time basis for Ph.D / M.S. (by research) / M.Phil. degree. They should apply in the prescribed form on or before the specified date.
  • External Part Time candidates:
    Teachers working in other colleges in a permanent position and candidates sponsored by R&D organisations of following categories are eligible to apply to work on a part time basis for Ph.D. /M.S.(By Research) / M.Phil. degree:
    • Laboratories run by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research/ Department of Atomic Energy / Department of Space etc.
    • Public Sector undertakings with R & D Units.
    • Private Industries recognised by The Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Government of India as engaged in R&D work or contributing to R&D efforts. A copy of the certificate issued by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) in this regard will be required to be produced in such cases.
    • Medical Industry, Institutions and Hospitals with approved R&D in the relevant area. (A copy of the certificate issued by the appropriate authority to be produced).
    • Sponsoring Institutions/ Industries should be located within 500 km. Candidates fulfilling these criteria may apply in the prescribed form on or before the specified date
  • International candidates:
    Candidates of foreign nationality who hold Degrees from Indian Universities seeking admission to research programmes with the necessary clearance from the Government of India (The Ministry of Human Resource Development) and possess valid Visa will be treated on par with Indian nationals for purposes of admission to the Institute.

    Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements as given in Section 3. Their degrees must be equivalent to Indian degrees mentioned in Section 3 in Engineering/ Technology/ Science and they should have a good academic record. International Students are expected to have a good working knowledge of English. Candidates with valid GRE and TOEFL scores will be given preference. The case of each foreign applicant will be examined and direct admission (without interview) will be offered purely on merit.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
    The minimum period of study and research from the date of registration for the Ph.D programme to the date of submission of thesis will be 24 months for full-time research scholars and 36 months for part-time Research Scholars.
  • M.S. (By Research) Degree:
    • The minimum period of study and research required from the date of registration for the M.S. (by research) programme to the date of submission of thesis will be 24 months for full-time research scholars and 36 months for part-time Research Scholars.
    • Special cases, if any would be looked into by the Vice-Chancellor and/ or his/her Nominee.
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil):
    The minimum period of study and research from the date of registration for the M.Phil programme to the date of submission of thesis will be one academic year for full-time research scholars and two academic years for part-time Research Scholars.

The candidates, who satisfy the criteria prescribed, will be called for a written test and / or interview to be conducted at the University. Selection will be based on the previous academic performance and the performance in the test and / or interview.


a. Registration fee Rs.600/- Rs.600/-
b. Tuition fee per annum Ph.D. M.S. (By Research) M.Phil.
Internal Part Time Candidate Rs. 5000/- Rs. 4500/- Rs. 4000/-
Internal Full Time and External Part Time Candidate Rs.20000/-
(after concession)
Rs.15000/- Rs.12000/-
c. Thesis / Dissertation Fee Rs.10000/- Rs. 8000/- Rs. 5000/-

(To be paid at the time of submission of Synopsis & Thesis/Dissertation)
[Fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances]
The Candidates selected for admission have to pay the fees on or before May 18, 2009 through a Demand Draft only. The Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of 'VIT University', and payable at Vellore.

  • The application shall be in the prescribed form which can be had from the Admission Officer by sending a crossed Demand Draft for Rs.600/- drawn in favour of 'VIT University', payable at Vellore.
  • All entries in the application form must be legible and should be written by the candidate in his/her own handwriting.
  • The name should be entered as in the Degree Certificate. Change in name/Initial, if any, should be supported by Gazette notification.
  • Recent passport size photograph should be affixed in the application on the space provided and the same should be attested by a competent authority.
  • If a candidate desires to apply for admission to more than one School/Centre, he/ she should use a separate application form for each.
  • They should indicate clearly the School/Centre and Area of research in the space provided in the application form.
  • Applications from candidates who are currently employed must be routed through their employers.
  • Attested copies of the following documents must be enclosed with the completed application form.
    • First page of SSLC / Higher Secondary / Matriculation or its equivalent certificate
    • All marks sheets / grade cards, degree certificates beginning from first degree towards proof of qualification. (Original certificates should not be enclosed)
    • Transfer certificate from the Institution last attended.
    • Service certificate from the present employer (This is a must for all applicants under External Part Time category.)
  • Applications received without the above documents will not be considered and no correspondence thereof will be entertained.
  • The completed application form with 'ADMISSION TO Ph.D. / M.S. (BY RESEARCH) / M.Phil. PROGRAMME' superscribed on the cover should reach the Admissions Officer, VIT University, Vellore - 632 014, Tamil Nadu, India, on or before April 03, 2009.
The candidates admitted to Ph.D / M.S. (by research)/ M.Phil degree programme will have to report by May 18, 2009 to the Admissions Officer and then the Director, Academic Research concerned. All the original documents/ certificates should be produced for verification at the time of joining.
The scheme envisages providing financial assistance of Rs.12,000 / Rs.10,000 to 30 candidates recruited under this scheme and encourage them to earn their Ph.D. degree at VIT University within the specified period.
  • The amount of Research Assistantship would be as follows:
    • Post-Graduates in Engineering, Technology & Management (consolidated):…… Rs.12,000/- per month
    • Graduates in Engineering & Technology and Post-Graduates in Science, Computer Applications and Commerce (M.Sc., M.C.A and M.Com.) … Rs.10,000/- per month (consolidated)
  • The duration of the award would be as follows:
    • Post-Graduates in Engineering, Technology & Management and M.Phil. degree holders registered for Ph.D degree: Three Years
    • Post-Graduates in Science and Commerce registered for Ph.D degree: Three Years
  • The awardees would be governed by the service rules of VIT University, the regulations for research conferments at VIT University and specific conditions of the Assistantships.
The candidates have to make their own arrangements for their stay at Vellore during their research programme. All suits and actions arising out of or relating to VIT University shall be instituted within the jurisdiction of courts at Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Further correspondence / enquiry can be made to the Admission Officer over phone, (No. +91-(0)416-220 2168, 2157, 2125) or in person between 8.30 am & 5.30 pm on all working days except Saturdays & Sundays.

Issue of Application Forms from Monday March 02, 2009
Last date for the receipt of completed application forms at VIT Friday April 03, 2009
Written Test and Interview Saturday April 25, 2009
Last date for payment of fees for selected candidates Monday May 18, 2009