In the 17 years of its existence, one of India’s largest technical universities — Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) — hasn’t had a constituent institute to call its own.
Come August, the Belgaum-headquartered university with nearly 180 affiliated engineering colleges, will start Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technologies (VIAT), an exclusive graduate school offering cutting-edge research-incentive programmes.
To be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 180-crore, VIAT will be located on a 200-acre campus at Muddenahalli, birthplace of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya. In the maiden year, VIAT will offer MTech programmes in at least five areas at four campuses in Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga and Belgaum.
“VIAT will be designed on the lines of Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science. Some of the programmes we have drawn up are exclusive to the institute; no engineering college in the state is currently offering them,” says VTU vice-chancellor H Maheshappa.
All four campuses of the proposed institute will have a dedicated centre specializing in a chosen area. IT capital Bangalore will house Centre for C3 Technologies — Control, Communication and Computation. Centre for Materials and Manufacturing Technologies will come up in Mysore and Centre for Engery and Environmental Technologies will be housed at the Gulbarga campus. At Belgaum, the Centre for Resources and Geosystems Technology will be set up.
The admission to MTech and MSc (Engg) by Research will be through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores followed by an interview. Intake for MTech will be restricted to 18 students per programme.
“To ensure quality research, we have designed a new model of autonomy for VIAT. While a full time director will look after the overall affairs of the institute, each centre will have a research council headed by an eminent scientist or a technocrat,” adds Maheshappa.
An eight-member expert committee under the chairmanship of former head of Defence Research and Development Organization V K Aatre was constituted to draw the contours of VIAT, billed as VTU’s own IIT.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
* Bangalore (Muddenahalli) campus: MTech in cyberphysical systems, Biomedical engineering and biotechnology
* Mysore campus: MTech in advanced engineering materials and advanced manufacturing technologies
* Gulbarga campus: MTech in energy and environmental engineering, renewable energy engineering and management and energy and sustainable development.
* Belgaum campus: MTech in water resources engineering and management and geosystems engineering
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