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VITAA SALUTES THE LIVING LEGEND

Dr. G.Viswanathan, Chancellor for receiving the honorary doctorate from


West Virginia University, USA (May 2009)
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FROM CHANCELLOR’S DESK
Dear Alumni Members,
There is no better way to start the New Year than by reflecting on what has taken place over the last year and
that is by setting up new goals for the upcoming year. It is heartening to note that our Silver Jubilee year has
indeed been a year of success with the series of International Conferences and the grand success of our
maiden graVITas‘09 - an International knowledge carnival as well as the annual Riviera ‘09- an International
cultural and sports fest to name just a few. The crowning glory can be said to be the prestigious ABET
Accreditation that is yet another feather to our cap. Now, we must strive towards becoming on par with the
top universities of the world. Our goal should be from VIT to IIT to MIT.

Dr.G.Viswanathan I appreciate the strong ties that you have maintained with your Alma Mater and cherish the bond between
Chancellor you and VIT University. You are our brand ambassadors and you always extended your valuable support
to the university which we treasure immensely.
I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.
PRO - CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE
Dear Friends,

This Silver Jubilee year was memorable in many ways with all the international conferences and the
resounding success of our first graVITas -‘09. The Silver Jubilee celebrations gave us an added impetus
to bond with each and every VITian. Looking back at these 25 years fills me with a sense of awe and
nostalgia as well. You, as alumni, with your strong bonding have played a valuable role in this success of
VIT University. I look forward to our annual get-together of VITAA. The rapport we have built is indeed
heartwarming and ever-lasting and to put it in simple words,
Once a VITian ........ Always a VITian
Mr. Sekar Viswanathan See you soon at VIT...
Pro-Chancellor

PRO - CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE


Dear Alumni,

The Silver Jubilee year marks yet another milestone in the success story of VIT. But characteristically we,
at VIT, never rest on our laurels, but set our bench marks higher and higher. It was Roosevelt who said that
“Dreams are dime a dozen........ it is their execution that counts”. At VIT we not only dream but also strive
hard to make our dreams come true.

I wish all your dreams come true in this NEW YEAR 2010.

Mr. G.V. Selvam


Pro-Chancellor

VICE CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE

Dear,

You, The alumni, of VIT play a prominent role in the continuous success of VIT University. I would like to
express my warm appreciation for the strong support you extend to your Alma Mater.

Wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Dr. D.P.Kothari
Vice Chancellor

VITAA CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

This Silver Jubilee year has been a year marked with accolades for our Honorable Chancellor,
VIT University and VITAA as well. VITAA chapters abroad have shown exemplary interest to execute several
activities for the society at large. We need to replicate the best practices of those VITAA chapters in all the
other chapters in India and abroad. VITAA is proud of you and in turn it becomes our duty to make VITAA
proud.

Let us all welcome 2010 and have yet another year of remarkable VITAA activities.
Mr. P.Srikanth
Chairman, VITAA

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VITAA ACTIVITIES
S-JAM (SILVER JUBILEE ALUMNI MEET)
S-JAM (Silver Jubilee Alumni Meet), the annual alumni get-
together celebration in the Silver Jubilee year of VIT University
was a huge success with around 3000 alumni with their family
members from abroad and from all parts of the country
participating. This event was conducted on 25th & 26th Jan.
2009 at VIT.

Chancellor addressing the gathering

Photograph taken during the Reunion of 1988 batch

Our beloved Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellors


Mr.Sekar Viswanathan & Mr.G.V. Selvam and Core group
members of VITAA were present and former VITAA Office
bearers also participated.

VITAA former Presidents & the current Office Bearers of VITAA


presenting a memento to Chancellor

Reunion of the 1st batch (1988 batch passed out), visit


to Golden temple, stage show by Mr. S.Ve.Sheker and
troupe were organized. VITAA Distinguished alumni
awards and VITAA Scholarship awards were distributed.
The former Principals, Registrars, Vice-Chancellors,
senior faculty and staff members were honoured during
the inaugural ceremony. This was followed by various
cultural programs, lunch and dinner. A Souvenir kit was
distributed to VITAA members who attended the
VIT Students Cultural performance celebration.

Stage show by S.Ve. Sheker & troupe A section of the audience


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VITAA DAY - Every Year on January 26 at VIT. DON’T MISS IT !
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VITAA DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

VITAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to the most successful alumni of our University, every year. Alumni who have
made significant contributions / achievements in the field of Entrepreneurship, Education & Research, Social Development
and Corporate career are eligible for the award.Chancellor distributed the VITAA Distinguished Alumni Awards for the year
2008-09 on 26th Jan.2009 to the following successful alumni.
Congrats ! - Distinguished Alumni - 2009

Entrepreneurship -
Mr. G. Srinivasan (1997 MBA),
Managing Director, V.A.G Group of
Companies, Vellore.

Education & Research


- Mr. S. Muthuchezhian (1988 Mech),
Social Development -
Scientist / PSLV-C11 / Chandraayan, ISRO, Sriharikota.
Mr.J.L. Eswarappan (2001 Mech),
Municipal Chairman, Arcot,
VITAA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Vellore Dist.
Every year the VIT Alumni Association provides scholarship
awards to the students based on Merit-cum financial need.
This year the award consisting
of Rs.10,000 and a certificate
each were distributed on 26th
Jan. 2009 to the following final
Corporate career -
year students:
Mr. K.K. Giri (1989 ECE) - Ms. P. Kalaiselvi, M.Sc.
General Manager- Semiconductor & Biotechnology
System Solutions, Wipro - Mr. Santosh Kumar,
Technologies, Bangalore. B.Tech Chemical Engg. with
dual degree (IT) and
- Mr. J. Mohan babu, MCA.
VITAA BOOK BANK SCHEME

Books were collected from the alumni members and students towards the
VITAA Book Bank Scheme. Our Pro-Chancellors Mr.Sekar Viswanathan &
Mr. G.V.Selvam handed over the books to the librarian. Around 1150 books
were donated to the library on 9th June 2009.
Pro-Chancellors and VITAA Office bearers
handing over the books to librarian
FELICITATION TO HONOUR OUR BELOVED CHANCELLOR DR.G.VISWANATHAN BY VITAA

VITAA organized a felicitation function on 27th June 2009 in Image Auditorium, Chennai
to honour our beloved Chancellor
Dr.G.Viswanathan for receiving a honorary
doctorate from West Virginia University, USA.
Around 1200 members comprising alumni,
staff and their families and VIT students
participated. Hon’ble Thiru.Vayalar Ravi,
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs launched
the website on our Honourable Chancellor VITAA former Presidents & the current Office
Dignitaries on stage during the (www.velloregv.com) Bearers of VITAA presenting a memento to
Felicitation function Chancellor during the Felicitation function

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Hon’ble Shri. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Hon’ble Thiru. Arcot
N. Veerasamy, Minister for Electricity, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Hon’ble Thiru. Durai
Murugan, Minister for PWD & Law, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. N. Ram, Editor-in-
Chief, “The Hindu” group of publications, Dr.V.Shanmugasundaram, First Vice
Chancellor, Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University participated and felicitated our
Chancellor.

Mr. Pugazhendi (1989 Mech) presenting a


memento to Chancellor along with other
VITAA members

VITAA Chennai Chapter members along with Chancellor


A Section of the audience during
Chancellor with VITAA Chennai chapter members the Felicitation function

VITAA AUTOCAD TRAINING PROGRAMME


VITAA and School of
Mechanical and Building
Sciences jointly organized
a 5 day AutoCAD training
programme for Mechanical
& Civil Engg. students
from 17th to 21st
Aug.2009 in CDMM lab,
VIT Campus. 73 students
Trainer addressing the students
had participated and
benefited. Director (Admin.), Director- SMBS & VITAA Office Bearers
along with the students who attended the Training
Mr. Parthasarathy, certified Programme
AutoCAD trainer
conducted the training The classes were conducted in two batches. Both
sessions on the “Basics of theory and hands-on training were provided.
AutoCAD”. Certificates were distributed to the students on the
successful completion of the training.

“JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE”, ONE DAY MOTIVATIONAL


Prof.S. Narayanan, Director (Admin.) presenting the TRAINING PROGRAMME
certificate to one of the students during the valedictory
programme as Prof. A. Senthil Kumar Director- SMBS,
Mr.P. Srikanth, Chairman, VITAA & Prof.V.G.Sridhar,
Secretary-General, VITAA look on.

“Journey to Excellence”, a one - day motivational training programme for


Govt. School teachers of Vellore district was organized on 6th Oct. 2009 in VIT
to help them achieve 100% results in 10th & 12th standards. Chancellor
Dr.G.Viswanathan inaugurated the programme.

Chief Guest Dr. Periyar Dhasan (retd. Prof. Pachaiyappa‘s College, Chennai)
addressed the gathering. Seven parallel sessions (subject-wise) were conducted
in the afternoon with information about the best practices and best teaching
methods shared by teachers who had achieved 100% results. Around 1300 Chancellor addressing the gathering in the
presence of dignitaries and VITAA Office Bearers
teachers participated and benefited.

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VITAA TROPHY - T-20 CRICKET MATCHES
( VITAA - VIT CHAPTER Vs VIT FACULTY & STAFF MEMBERS )

VITAA organized T-20 Cricket Matches for VITAA members (VIT Chapter) and VIT Faculty Staff members at VIT Stadium
on 19th October 2009. Totally, four teams participated and the players had participated with full enthusiasm. Two league
matches were conducted and the winners of the league matches met in the final.

Pro-Chancellor Mr.G.V.Selvam during the VITAA Trophy match Pro-Chancellor presenting the Trophy to the winning team

The team led by Mr.Subaji was the winner while the team led by Mr.Samuel Rajkumar was the runner-up. The other two
teams were led by Prof.Janardhan Reddy and Prof.Sudesh. Pro-Chancellor Mr.G.V. Selvam participated in the prize
distribution ceremony and presented the VITAA rolling trophy to the winners.

VITAA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING


The VITAA Core group Office bearers and the Executive Committee members participated in the VITAA half yearly Executive
Committee meeting held on 29th Nov. 2009 in the University Interview room. VITAA future activities, updation of VITAA website
and planning towards the successful conduct of the VITAA Day 2010 were discussed.

THREE DAYS WORKSHOP ON “BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING USING MATLAB”

A three - day workshop on “ Biomedical Signal Processing using MATLAB ” was organized by the Biomedical Engineering
Division of SBST & VITAA. It was conducted by
Cardea Labs, a start up venture represented by
Mr. Abhinav, a VIT Alumnus. A total of fifty students
registered for the workshop which was held from
11th to 13th December, 2009. Three experts from
Cardea Labs and a professor from IIT Delhi
conducted the workshop.

Dr. T. Lazar Mathew, Director, SBST & SR,


inaugurated the workshop in the presence of Mr.
Srikanth, Chairman-VITAA , Mr.V.G. Sridhar,
Secretary General - VITAA, Mr. Aslam Sheriff,
Core Committee Member - VITAA, Mr. Krishna
Kumar, Alumni officer. The Guest of Honour
Ms.D. Malathi (1990 batch ECE alumni), Director
- Sai’s BioSciences ResearchInstitute Pvt. Ltd.,
Mr.Abhinav of Cardea Labs receives the certificate of appreciation from Dr. Lazar Mathew,
alongside are Prof. V. G. Sridhar & Dr. S. Sudesh of VITAA Chennai sponsored Rs.10,000/- for the event.
The workshop had six technical sessions and one interactive session. Dr. S. Sudesh, Assoc.Prof. SBST (VITAA - VIT
Chapter Convener), the organizing secretary of the workshop, thanked SBST and VITAA for their cooperation in making
the workshop a grand success.

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REUNION OF 1989 BATCH ALUMNI

Reflections 20: The Reunion of 1985-89 alumni with their family members was organized on 26 th & 27th Dec. ’09 in VIT
University . Around 120 alumni and their families participated.

The meeting started with the address of the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors. The alumni recalled with gratitude the
services of the faculty and staff who were part of the institution during 1985-89. This was followed by a tour of the VIT
campus and a cultural programme. Sharing of memories happened all through the two -day event. Alumni members
generously contributed to the VIT Corpus fund. Boarding and lodging was arranged by the Alumni Office within campus
which the alums enjoyed.

Chancellor addressing the A section of audience


gathering

1989 batch alumni members with Chancellor and Vice Chancellor

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VIT CORPUS FUND- AN INVITATION TO WATER THE ROOTS
You are requested to donate generously to the VIT Corpus fund and support its initiative towards various social activities.
Let us give back to the cradle that nurtured us, whatever we can, whenever we can. Please contact VITAA office for further
details.
VITAA thank the following (alumni) proud donors of VIT Corpus fund
Donated Rs.1,00,000/- and above Donated Rs.50,000/- and below
Mr. J.L. Eswarappan, 2001 Mech. Mr. Umashankar, 1990 Mech
Mr. P. Srikanth, 1990 ECE Ms. Subashini, 2003 MBA
Mr. M. Pugazhendi, 1989 Mech. Mr. Sathish Rajamani, 1996 Mech
Mr. B. Chittibabu, 1990 Civil Mr. Gopi, 1990 Civil
Mr. S. Sivaraman, 1990 Mech. Mr. Ramkumar, 1990 ECE

Donated Rs.50,000/- and below Donated Rs. 5,000/- and below

Mr. D. Venkaatesh, 1990 Civil Mr. K.K. Giri, 1989 ECE


Mr. G. Balaji, 1988 Mech Mr. Kishore Babu. R, 1989 ECE
Mr. S. Ajay, 1996 MBA Mr. J. Sridhar, 1990 Mech
Mr. V.G. Sridhar, 1993 Mech Mr. S.Velmurugan, 1992 Mech
Mr. K. Adhavan Prakash, 1990 ECE Ms. P. Valli, 1989 ECE
Mr. T. Sivachandran, 2001 Civil Mr. J. Balaji, 2003 CSE
Mr. D. Vetrivel, 1997 Mech. Mr. R. Bakthavachalam, 2000 ME CAD
Mr. R. Balaguru, 2006 B.Tech Biotech Dr. D. Ashok, Associate Professor, VITBS
Mr. C. Mohan, 1990 Civil Mr. Prakash. V, 2008 M.Tech
Mr. P. Kalaiselvan, 2001 Civil Mr. V. Kumaran, 1988 Mech
Ms. D. Malathi, 1990 ECE Mr. T.V. Karthik Rangarajan, 2004 ECE
Mr. Uday Prashanth, 2007 ECE
GUEST LECTURES ORGANISED BY VITAA
FOR SMBS FACULTY MEMBERS
A guest lecture was jointly organised by VITAA and the School of Mechanical &
Building Sciences for the SMBS faculty members on 3rd Aug.2009 in the Smart
class room, CDMM. Around fifteen faculty members participated.

Dr. Parivallal, a renowned trainer and Executive Director of The Training People
India (Bangalore) delivered guest lecture on “Stretch Yourself” (Overcome Hurdles in
Research - An Effective way of planning) guiding all the faculty members in the
Dr. Parivallal addressing the participants
successful completion of their research.

BY RAJ BANERJEE (1997 MBA ALUMNI)

Raj Banerjee (1997 batch MBA alumni & President - VITAA New Jersey
& New York chapter) visited VIT on 18th Sept. 2009 and addressed
students in two batches. The first session was conducted for the VIT
Business School students and the second session was on
“ Opportunities for Indian Students in USA” (Universities & Industries) &
“How to prepare yourself” & “Do’s and Do not’s” (when you land in USA
for the first time) for the other VIT students.
Mr. Raj Banerjee addressing the students

BY CHITRA DEVI (2002 CIVIL ALUMNI) & DR. BALAJI

Chitra Devi (2002 Civil alumni & Marine Engineer, Sogreah Consultant, Dubai, UAE ) &
Dr. Balaji (Senior Coastal Engineer, Sogreah Consultant, Dubai), UAE Chapter visited VIT
on 7th Oct. 2009 and addressed the Civil Engg. students on “Coastal Engineering Today: A
Civil Engineer’s Perspective”, around sixty students participated.
Dr. Balaji addressing the students

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BY VENKATESH BALASUBRAMANIAN
(1999 CHEMICAL ALUMNI )

Venkatesh Balasubramanian (1999 Chemical, Treasurer VITAA New


Jersey & New York Chapter) visited VIT on 7th Oct. 2009 and
addressed students in three batches. The first session was on “Brand
name positioning for specialty Biotech Pharmaceutical Companies in
Corporate America.” for VIT Business School students. The second
session was on “Graduate Education Opportunities in Biotech areas
in the US - Current Trends” for SBST & Chemical Engg. students and
the third was on “Application of Chemical Engineering Principles in
Pharmaceutical Industry” exclusively for Chemical Engg. students.
Mr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian addressing the students

VITAA CHAPTER NEWS


VITAA UAE CHAPTER MEETING

Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellor with VITAA UAE members VITAA UAE members with Pro-Chancellor

Around fourty VITAA UAE alumni with their family members Our Pro-Chancellor Mr. Sekar Viswanathan participated
participated in the get-together of VITAA UAE Chapter held on in the gathering and the future VITAA UAE chapter
17th April 2009 at Malgudi restaurant, Seaview Hotel, Bur Dubai, activities were discussed in detail.
Dubai.

CHANCELLOR FELICITATED BY VITAA WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER

Our beloved Chancellor Dr. G.Viswanathan was felicitated for receiving the
Doctorate from West Virginia University. Around 40 VITAA Washington alumni
with their family members participated.

Our Chancellor was honoured for his life time achievement and the event was
jointly organized by
VITAA Washington DC
Chapter, Tamil
Chancellor along with other dignitaries on dias
Sangam of Greater
Washington and
Federation of Tamil
Sangams of North
America (FeTNA),
held on 17th May 2009
in Washington DC,
USA.
VITAA Washington DC members VITAA Washington DC members presenting a memento to
with Chancellor & Pro-Chancellors Chancellor

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INAUGURATION OF VITAA GERMANY CHAPTER
The VITAA Germany Chapter inauguration was held on 31st May 2009
in Steigenberger Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany. Around twenty chapter
members participated along with Pro-Chancellor
Mr.Sekar Viswanathan and Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy.

VITAA Germany chapter was inaugurated to establish and strengthen


our VITAA Chapter and to carryout VITAA activities in Germany by our
VITAA members. The annual VITAA activities of the VITAA Germany
chapter were planned to help the local society and to contribute
Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Pro-Chancellor
addressing the gathering towards the growth and development of the current VIT students.

VITAA Germany members with Mr.Sekar Viswanathan, Memento presented to Pro-Chancellor on behalf of VITAA Germany chapter
Pro-Chancellor & Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy

VITAA SINGAPORE CHAPTER


GET-TOGETHER

VITAA Singapore Chapter get-together was held


on 6th June 2009 at Pasiris park, Singapore.
Around fourty VITAA members with their spouse
and children participated. The future activities of
VITAA Singapore chapter were discussed followed
by a grand lunch.
VITAA Singapore members

VITAA ATLANTA CHAPTER GET-TOGETHER


A get-together meeting of the VITAA Atlanta chapter members was held on 4th July 2009 in Georgia Tech Student Center
Building, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan participated in the event which was attended by fifteen
VITAA members with their spouse and children. The future activities of VITAA Atlanta Chapter were discussed.

Chancellor & VITAA Atlanta Chapter


members

VITAA Atlanta members with Chancellor VITAA Atlanta alumni & their family members with Chancellor

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VITAA NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK CHAPTER INAUGURATION

The VITAA New Jersey & New York chapter inauguration and get-together was held on 9th July 2009 in Jewish Community
Center, Edison NJ08820, USA. Chancellor and about 40 VITAA members with their spouse & children participated.

VITAA New Jersey & New York members presenting memento to Chancellor Chancellor addressing the gathering

VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni & their family members with Chancellor

VITAA SYDNEY CHAPTER INAUGURATION

The VITAA Sydney chapter inauguration was held on 23rd Sept.2009 in Zaafran Indian Restaurant - Sydney, Australia. Our
Vice- Chancellor Dr.D.P.Kothari & 14 VITAA Sydney members with their family participated.

The event was published in the Tamil Osai, an Australian Tamil magazine.
Please visit: http://www.tamilosai.com.au/page22.php for details.

VITAA Sydney members with Vice Chancellor addressing VITAA Sydney members
Vice Chancellor the gathering with Vice Chancellor

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VITAA MELBOURNE CHAPTER INAUGURATION
The inauguration and get-together meeting of the VITAA Melbourne chapter was held on 24th Sept. 2009 in Moti Mahal,
Melbourne, Australia. Our Vice-Chancellor Dr.D.P.Kothari & 10 VITAA Melbourne members with their family participated.

VITAA Melbourne members with Vice Chancellor VITAA Melbourne members with Vice Chancellor

FALL ALUMNI MEET AND DIWALI GET-TOGETHER OF VITAA NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK CHAPTER

About 20 VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni along with their family members
celebrated Diwali in Woodbridge Village Swim Club-club house, Avenel, New
Jersey on Oct. 25th 2009.

A DVD presentation about VIT University and a power point presentation on


various developments of VIT campus since 2000 was screened with emphasis
on recently constructed building, green campus initiative of our Chancellor and
MoUs signed with foreign universities.
VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni with their
family members
Steps towards contributing to the alma mater were discussed. A quiz program
on VIT with pictures taken by Raj and Venkatesh during their VIT visit (in the
month of Sept. & Oct.’09) was conducted and the members had to guess what
place /building it was (in VIT).

Prizes were distributed for the right answers. Members shared their most
memorable experiences they had during their life in VEC / VIT. They also
discussed the plans for the future VITAA NJ/NY meetings and decided to meet
atleast twice a year and to conduct a picnic or cultural outing in
VITAA New Jersey & New York alumni New York Metropolitan area.
members group photo

VITAA SINGAPORE CHAPTER MEETING

Around 15 VITAA Singapore Chapter members participated in


the Singapore Chapter meeting held on 14th Nov.’09 in Raj
Restaurant, Singapore. The members discussed the future
activities of the Singapore chapter and the steps to be taken to
strengthen the VITAA activities in the region.

VITAA Singapore alumni members group photo

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VITAA BANGALORE CHAPTER MEETING

Around 180 Bangalore based alumni members gathered for the VITAA Bangalore Chapter meeting on 22nd Nov. 2009 in
The Capitol Hotel, Bangalore.

Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan, Pro - Chancellor Mr. Sekar Viswanathan and VITAA Office bearers participated in the
meeting and addressed the gathering. Entertainment and games were organized and prizes awarded to the winners.

Chancellor addressing the gathering A section of VITAA members during meeting

VITAA Bangalore members with Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor & VITAA Office bearers

Mr. Ramkumar (1990 ECE) presenting a cheque of Rs.10,000/- to Chancellor towards VIT Corpus fund

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CONGRATULATIONS! - VIT ALUM FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS

Sandeep Joshi, 2007 B.Tech VITian PART OF OSCAR WINNING TEAM


Bio-Tech currently working in G. Phaneendra, 2006 EEE, currently pursu-
Cognizant, Chennai created a ing his M.S at Carnegie Mellon
National Record through his University (USA) was part of the 100-mem-
research on the Mathematical ber Visual effects team that worked on the
constant ‘Pi.’ in the Limca Hollywood movie, “The Curious case of
Book of Records. He has the Benjamin Button”. This movie bagged the
ability to Oscar award in 2009 for the Best Visual Effects.
remember
over 10,000 digits after the
decimal of ‘Pi’. He has
Raj Banerjee, 1997 MBA, has been
developed an algorithm, ‘The
promoted as Vice President-Client
Pi Poem, ‘that facilitates
easy recall of the value of Services, for CAMO Technologies,
Pi up to 132 digits after the Inc., New Jersey, USA.
decimal.

Siva Rama Krishnan S, 2009 M.Tech I.T. (Networking) was


Bijoy Thangaraj, 2007 B.Tech CSE was the certified as EMC professional in Information storage and
winner of online video contest, “My Culture + Your management.
Culture =?” by the Department of State’s Bureau of
Salema Valencio Francis, 2007 M.Tech
Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Biotechnology is an awardee of the
News coverage links:
“La Caixa” fellowship by the Spanish
http://www.thehindu.com/2009/03/18/stories/
2009031858790200.htm Research Council to carry out PhD
http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/ research work at Madrid, Spain.
idUS203864+19-Mar-2009+BW20090319
http://www.hindustantimes.com/NLetter/htnextstories/
Bloreyouth- Lt Col B Vijay Venkatesh, 1995 Mech
wins-US-video-contest/Article1-390127.aspx was awarded the General Officer
http://exchanges.state.gov/multimedia/ovc_wonder.html Commanding-in-Chief Western
Command Commendation Card award
He also participated in the International Visitor Leader-
on 26th Jan.’09 for his 13 years
ship
service in Indian Army. He also has
Program (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ One Gallantry Award published in
International_Visitor_Leadership_Program) held in USA. Gazette of India, four Distinguished
Service Awards published in Gazette of
Venkata Raghavendra Archakam, 2009 EEE has India, three Distinguished Service Awards not published in
won the best paper presentation award at the Gazette of India being civil awards.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR SYSTEMICS,
CYBERNETICS AND INFORMATICS-2009 (Presented
two papers on Integrated Combat Identification and
Co-ordination Systems Using Reverse IFF-BEST
PAPER and Enhancement of Performance of dc-dc
Converters using Model Predective Control).

Arindam Sen, 2000 ECE has


been elected as Senior
Vice-President of Schneider
Electric (March 2009). Dr. S. Sudesh, alumni of 2004 (B.E - E&I) and 2006 (M.Tech -
Biomedical Engg) was awarded Ph.D during the 24th Annual
Convocation held at VIT, for his thesis entitled “Artificial High
Flexion Knee for Eastern Lifestyles”.

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Vasanth Vaseegaran, 2003 B.Tech IT currently residing in Newyork has released his first
music album “KARUVARAI”, a totally non-funded initiative.
Please visit his website www.musicianinside.com and also listen to his songs on the following
youtube link http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=PJVNphCFTJs&feature=PlayList&p=8CB850F9FA8EBEAA.

S. Umanath (Vizhiyan) (2001 EEE & 2004 M.Tech ECE) has written his second book in Tamil.
The book titled “Kaala Payanigal / Ore Oru Oorilae” comprises two novels targeted at children.
The first novel “Kaala Payanigal” is about four kids travelling to three eras and learning and
discovering the hardship of success and life’s secrets. In the course of the journey, they have fun,
joy and thrill. The second novel also revolves around four kids taking a journey to a hill top temple.
(Note: This story is based on places around VIT, the railway track and the small hill behind the
hostels).The book was released on 20th Dec. ‘09 in Chennai.

His first book, “Thozhie Unnai Thedugiren” was released by our beloved Chancellor in 2005.
For further details please visit: http://vizhiyan.wordpress.com
Dr. Saravanan Pichiah, 2003 M.Tech., Environment Engineering received his Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering
from IIT, Guwahati, Assam in 2008 and is currently working as Adiunkt (Assistant Professor), Department of Chemical
Technology, Politechnika, Gdanska, Poland.

Prof. V.G. Sridhar, (1993 Mech) Asst. Prof. (SG) School of Mechanical & Building Sciences,
and Secretary - General, VITAA received a grant of Rs. 70, 500/- for his innovative project
on “Foot Operated Mechanical Fingers” under the MicroTechnopreneurship Support from
the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India through the Technology
Business Incubator at VIT University (VIT-TBI).

VITAA CAREER CELL UPDATES

VITAA Career cell was formed to act as a medium to share Participation in Career wokshops and Job Fairs
career related information and to create a forum for the Career
and personality growth of the alumni. Here is an update VITAA Career cell regularly shares information with the alumni
from the Career Cell. Members of VITAA Career Cell wish to on various Career related workshops and Job fairs.
thank ourbeloved Chancellor, the VITU Management,
Dr.S.Narayanan – Director (Admin), Prof. S.R. Pullabhotla, - Silicon India’s Woman Summit 2.0 was conducted to raise
Director (PAT), Mr. Samuel Rajkumar – Asst. Director (PAT) awareness of the personal and professional capacities and
for their continous support and encouragement for Alumni in skills needed to advance in the competitive and changing
Placement related activities. world of the 21st century. It was held on 13th March 2009 at
Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Our women alumni
Session on “Planning ahead for Campus Interview” participated. Highly successful professional women from the
technology industry shared their knowledge, experiences and
For the 6th Successive year, VITAA Career Cell organised a
insights to help empower more women to achieve their goals
series of sessions for the Pre-Final Year students of School
of Mechanical and Building sciences titled “Planning ahead - Bangalore alumni participated in the Smart Techie’s “Startup
for Campus Interview” from 14th March 2009.The sessions City Convention” at Bangalore on 6th June 2009. The
included SWOT analysis, Motivational Talks, Tips for Personal participants could know the building of companies like
Interview, Resume writing, group discussions and Mock Rediff.com, Naukri.com and Tejas Networks as their founders
Interviews. Alumni Sathish Rajamani, Shankar Gokule, came and shared their journey. The event also had a range of
S.Harish, Srinath, Sravan and Ashutosh participated in these inspirational and informative seminars covering everything from
sessions and shared their experiences with the students. Cloud Computing to Monetizing Applications from leaders
Industry expert Mr Sharfass J also participated along with of Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems and Forum Nokia.
the Alumni. Special thanks to Dr.S.Narayanan, Director-
Admin and Mr K Gokul Kumar for providing us this
oppurtunity.
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- On 4th June our alumni attended a Web Seminar on VITALUMNICAREERS Yahoo Group
“Finance for Non-Finance Managers”. This session was
very helpful for Managers with Technology background and We request all VIT Alumni to become a member of the
was received well by our alumni. vitalumnicareers yahoo group and get updated on the latest
happpenings at VIT / VITAA. Get benefited from the career
- Training Conference was held on 19th Sep 2009 in and job related information that is shared in this group. To
Bangalore. It brought all specialized Training Institutes at subscribe just send email to vitalumnicareers-
one platform where the participants were able to interact subscribe@yahoogroups.com along with your complete
and get guidance from their expertise about their career. details.

- Alumni from Bangalore participated in the Mobile


Applications Conference on Oct 30th and explored new VIT announces FFCSTM ( Fully Flexible Credit Systems)
opportunities that are emerging in this field
As part of it’s continuous improvement in providing quality
- Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction Seminar was education, VIT University has taken the next incredible step
conducted by TIMES EDUCATION on 28th and 29th Nov by introducing the Fully Flexible Credit System (FFCS)TM
2009 in Chennai. The participants were able to attend the into its academic curriculum. Under FFCS TM , each
two-day seminar, visit exhibits and Counselling desks of Programme will have baskets of courses classified under
University Core, University Electives, Programme Core and
various players in the Business, got involved in One-to-one
Programme Electives. At the end of the programme, each
conversations and sought additional information on their
student is expected to have a credit distribution of 64% in
Dream Job
Engineering, 20% in Science, 8% in Humanities and 8% in
Management. Ample options are given to choose
- Information on various IT/ITES and BPO Job Fairs interdisciplinary courses from other Engineering Schools
conducted in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and which will help the student to develop additional skills.
Coimbatore were shared by the VITAA Career Cell
Salient Features of FFCSTM
Stundent Project Evaluation • Choice in the order of selection of courses for each
semester
For the 6th Consecutive year, VITAA Career cell coordinated • Choice in the timings / time slots in the selection of
with the School of Computing sciences in inviting courses
professionals from leading organisations to evaluate the • Choice in the selection of number of courses per semester
projects done by Final year students. Along with the • Choice of preparing his / her own Time table and Academic
Industry experts, our experienced alumni – Mrs Muthazhagi, Plan for each semester suiting his / her academic ability
Ms. Kalpana Arun, Mr N.S.Saravanan, Mr.Sathish and interest
Rajamani, Mr. Shankar Gokule, Mr. Suresh, also took part • Balanced curriculum with engineering, science,
in this initiative. They shared their experience and provided humanities and management courses
useful tips to the students. • Ample opportunities to do inter-disciplinary courses
• Possibility of altering course plan each semester
Guest Lectures by Alumni depending on individual’s academic ability
• Soft on slow learners by offering important / common
Mr. Dattathri Srinivasan, Senior Manager from Oracle India courses in all semesters
was the key resource person for the workshop conducted • Provision for Registration / Re-registration for summer term
by Prof. Sumathy (also a VIT Alumni), School of Computing courses
Science on 14th March 2009. Mr. Sathish Rajamani was • Opportunity of Research experience
also one of the resource persons. • Opportunity to do a minor in another discipline
VITAA Career Cell Coordinator
VIT University Staff and Student Strength
Staff : 1045
Faculty : 817
Research Associate : 63
Total : 1925
Student :
Male : 10861
Mr. Sathish Rajamani (1996 Mech) Female : 4154
Sr.Manager-Service Delivery, Oracle Corporation Total : 15015

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PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT VIT VITEEE-2010
Application forms for VITEE 2010 are available
VIT University offers a variety of courses in Engineering, in Post Offices from 14.12.2009
Science and Management. For details visit: www.vit.ac.in
Date of issue of Application: 14.12.09 onwards
Last date for issue / submission of application: 20.02.2010
VIT presently offers 15 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate
Date of VITEEE ’10 : 17th April 2010 (Saturday)
programmes in Engineering, Technology, Management,
Commerce and Basic Sciences. The student strength Further details contact,
includes 707 doctoral students. With a view to making VIT ADMISSIONS OFFICER
a Centre of Excellence, the management is upgrading the VIT University
infrastructure, modernizing the laboratories and setting up Vellore-632 014,
new facilities for education, training and research, and Tamil Nadu, India.
encouraging the faculty to update themselves. Phone: + 91-416-220 2125,
220 2157, 220 2168
Fax: +91-416-224 5544, 224 0411
Email: admission@vit.ac.in

Programmes offered

School of Bio Sciences and Technology (SBST) School of Mechanical and Building Sciences (SMBS)
Undergraduate Programmes Undergraduate Programmes
• B. Tech. Bioinformatics • B. Tech. Civil Engineering+
• B. Tech. Biomedical Engineering • B. Tech. Mechanical Engineering+
• B. Tech. Biotechnology • B. Tech. Mechanical with specialisation in Energy
Postgraduate Programmes Engineering
• M. Tech. Biotechnology • B. Tech. Mechanical with specialisation in
• M. Tech. Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering
• M. Sc. Applied Microbiology Postgraduate Programmes
• M. Sc. Biomedical Genetics • M. Tech. Automotive Engineering – in collaboration with
• M. Sc. Biotechnology ARAI, Pune
• M. Sc. Biotechnology (5 Year Integrated Programme) • M. Tech. CAD / CAM
• M. Tech. Energy & Environmental Engineering
School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) • M. Tech. Mechatronics
Undergraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Structural Engineering
• B. Tech. Information Technology
• B. C. A. (Bachelor of Computer Applications) School of Electronics Engineering (SENSE)
Postgraduate Programmes Undergraduate Programme
• M. Tech. Information Technology - Networking • B. Tech. Electronics and Communication Engineering+
• M. C. A. (Master of Computer Applications)+ Postgraduate Programmes
• M. S. Software Engineering (5 Year Integrated Programme)+ • M. Tech. Automotive Electronics in collaboration with
TIFA C - CORE
School of Computing Sciences and Engineering (SCSE) industry partners
Undergraduate Programmes • M. Tech. Communication Engineering
• B. Tech. Computer Science and Engineering+ • M. Tech. Nanotechnology
• B. Sc. Computer Science • M. Tech. Sensor System Technology
Postgraduate Programmes • M. Tech. VLSI Design
• M. Tech. Computer Science and Engineering
• M. Sc. Computer Science School of Electrical Engineering (SELECT)
Undergraduate Programmes
• B. Tech. Electrical and Electronics Engineering+
School of Advanced Sciences (SAS)
• B. Tech. Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
Postgraduate Programmes
Postgraduate Programmes
• M. Sc. Chemistry (Organic / Inorganic / Analytical)
• M. Tech. Power Electronics and Drives
• M. Sc. Electronics
• M. Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Social Sciences & languages(SSL)
Undergraduate Programme
VIT Business School (VIT BS)
• B. Com. (Computer Applications)
Postgraduate Programmes
• M. B. A. Master of Business Administration+
• M. B. A. – International Business+ Innovative Programmes
• M. B. A. – 5 year Integrated Programme+ • Integrated Ph. D. Programme
• B. Tech. with M.B.A. (5 year Integrated Programme) • M. S. by Research
• Integrated PG programmes
• M. Phil, Ph.D. (Full-Time & Part-time)
+ These courses are offered at VIT Chennai campus also.

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PLACEMENT AND TRAINING CENTRE UPDATE VIT PAT Centre hosted a dinner for all Industry partners
at Hotel Residency Towers on 8th December 2009.
As per the communication from NASSCOM, a change in the Mr. Ram Santhanam, Chairman & MD, Wheels India
recruitment pattern has been followed across the country. and Mr. Viji Santhanam, Chairman (Sundaram Finance)
Accordingly, PAT Centre decided to invite core companies and & MD (Brakes India) Chief Guests.
software companies that offer a pay package of more than 4
During the events VIT signed a Letter of Intern (LoI) with
lakhs per annum for the first phase of campus placements for
Cognizant Technology Solutions to offer M.Tech Software
2010 passing out batch.
Development & Management Course for the Cognizant
Core companies like Indian Oil, Ashok Leyland, TCE, Unitek, NI, employees in the presence of Mr. Lakshminarayanan,
Telcon, Schneider Electric visited VIT and recruited students from Vice Chairman, Cognizant.
the core branches. Indian Oil offered a highest package of more
than 7 lakhs per annum VIT GETS ‘A’ GRADE FROM NAAC
and selected 7 students.

Reputed software
companies like Amazon,
SAP Labs, VM Ware,
Commvault, GE
Healthcare, Athena, Citrix,
Honeywell, ebay, Capital
IQ, Cisco Systems which
offered more than 5 lakhs
for the campus recruits
visited VIT and recruited
our students. As on 20th
December 2009, 31
companies have
conducted campus
recruitments and have
recruited 186 students of
2010 passing out batch.
PAT Centre has organized training programs for the final year
students with outside professional trainers.

Ericsson signed an MoU with VIT in offering a certification program


called ‘EXCEL’ on 24th September 2009. Ericsson shortlisted 25
of our final year B.Tech (ECE) students to undergo this
certification program.

PAT Centre signed an MoU with Accenture for conducting


‘Communication Excellence Course’ for B.Tech.(Mechanical)
students which is a regular “credit course”.

Bosch invited 30 of our final year B.Tech (ECE) students for an


event named ‘On track-2’ at Bangalore on 10th October 2009.

PAT Centre also arranged technical lectures from reputed


companies like Logica, Infosys and Bosch during graVITas ’09.

Wipro conducted ‘Let sparks fly’ workshop for the final year VIT
students on 11th September 2009 at VIT.

Indian Armed Force and Indian Navy had VIT as nodal centre for
their selection process. Students from VIT and other neighbouring
colleges participated in the selection process

TCS would be the SLOT 1 company for this year too and would
have its selection process between 19th and 21st December 2009
VIT followed by Infosys, Wipro, Accenture, IBM, Inautix, HP, Igate
etc.,

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VIT UNIVERSITY NEWS

Dr. G. VISWANATHAN is EPSI President

Chancellor Dr.G. Viswanathan was nominated the President of the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI).
While Pro-Chancellor Mr.Sekar Viswanathan was nominated a member, Foreign Education Bill Committee of EPSI.
EPSI is a national chamber which has the mandate of universities and institutions across the country and is actively
involved in policy advocacy for the educational sector. Speaking after assuming office at a function in Delhi on
December 23. Dr. G. Viswanathan said the country needed to position itself effectively in the education sector and form
policies to ensure quality. While taking pride in VIT becoming the first ABET-accredited University, he urged all universities
to come forward for accreditation which will enable them to deliver education qualitatively and purposefully

CHANCELLOR HONOURED WITH THE “DYNAMIC INDIAN OF THE


DECADE” AWARD BY K.G. FOUNDATION - K.G. HOSPITAL, COIMBATORE
Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan was honoured with the “Dynamic Indian of the
Decade” Award by K.G. Foundation – K.G. Hospital, Coimbatore on 15th
February 2009. The foundation gave the award to those who had made
outstanding contribution in their chosen field and created an opportunity for
the younger generation, to become role models. The award receipients had
worked hard , had vision and made a difference in the lives of the countrymen.

24 th ANNUAL CONVOCATION
The Annual Convocation of VIT was held on 1st August 2009 at VIT University campus. Dr. Venu Srinivasan, CMD, TVS
Motors & President, CII delivered the convocation address and distributed degrees to the 46 students who won gold
medals. A total of 3429 candidates including 23 Ph.Ds received their degrees at the convocation.

RIVIERA 2009
Riviera ‘09 - the four-day international
sports and cultural fest of the VIT Univer-
sity was held between 30 January and
2 February, 2009. Events such as ‘Style
check’, Antakshari, ‘Cross talk Hindi’,
‘What’s the good word’ filtered out to be
the best of the lot. Other competitions like
‘Sketch me if you can’, ‘Radio jockey’,
‘Kryptography’ and ‘Head bangers kall’ got
the grey cells going.

The Assistant Director General of Police,


Tamilnadu Uniformed Service Recruitment
Board, Mr.K.Rajendran, inaugurated the
fest. Mr. Surya noted film artist distrib-
uted the prizes to winners of the sports
and cultural events on 2nd Feb.`09.

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ENGINEERS DAY - VISIT OF Mr. ANDREW T. SIMKIN, U.S. CONSUL GENERAL, CHENNAI

Mr. Andrew T.Simkin, US Consul General, Chennai, distributed merit


certificates and free education scholarships to 58 students under the
‘Support the Advancement of Rural Students’ (STARS) project launched
by VIT during Engineers Day Celebration held on 15th Sept. 09 in VIT.
Chancellor Dr.G.Viswanathan said that STARS project introduced by the
university had broken barriers of reservation system. The project had offered
free education at VIT to 58 student toppers from rural areas from all the
districts of the state, he said and added that 38 of them were first generation
learners in the family with acute poverty conditions.

UGC HONOURS VIT UNIVERSITY’S VICE CHANCELLOR


The University Grants Commission (UGC) has bestowed the UGC National Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award for
2005 on Dr.D.P. Kothari, Vice Chancellor of VIT University in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contribution. The
award carries a citation and a cash component of Rs.50,000. Dr. Kothari has published 611 research papers in various
national and international journals and conferences, guided 27 Ph.Ds and 55 M.Tech. students, and authored 20 books in
Power Systems and other allied areas.

UNIVERSITY DAY 2009


H.E. Mr. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India inaugurated the Chinese
Language Centre and unveiled a bust of Chinese philosopher Confucius
and participated in the University Day 2009 held on 6th April 2009 at VIT
University. He gave the awards to rank-holders and meritorious students
and merit scholarships to eligible students and said that the VIT
University has today become an ideal place for students in India to learn
the Chinese language and culture thanks to the establishment of the first
Chinese Language Centre.

INAUGURATION OF SUU KYI BLOCK LADIES HOSTEL & UNVEILING OF PERIYAR E.V.R.STATUE

Finance Minister of Govt. of Tamil Nadu Hon’ble Thiru. K. Anbazhagan


inaugurated the Suu Kyi block of the ladies hostel in VIT University campus on
8th April 2009. It is named after Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democratic activist
who has been detained by the military regime in Myanmar for decades. The
Rs.23 crore building is a tribute to her fight to establish democracy in her
country. A statue of Thanthai Periyar EVR was also unveiled at the function.
The book titled, “Naan Kanda Anna”, penned by one of Anna’s disciples,
Mr. M.S.Venkatachalam, was also released.

VIT STUDENTS BAG THE ASHOKA GENV-MTV AWARDS!


VIT students Shailesh Upadhyay and Ujala Shanker, mentored by Ms. Sandhya
Pentareddy (1990 ECE Alumni ) bagged the prestigious Ashoka GenV awards.
Ashoka GenV in collaboration with MTV supports youth in undertaking social
ventures to address global challenges. The Tractor-Factor venture by Shailesh
and Ujala has won two awards – Environment 2009 Venture award and Invention
2009 Venture award. The team has also been rewarded a grant of $1000. In
the past, the team had successfully implemented their idea in 17 homes in
Guerera village near Varanasi, to reduce pollution and provide light to villages.
Their aim is to implement this solution in 4 more villages this year and create
a lasting venture for future.

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graVITas’09

graVITas ‘09, a three day tech and biz fest (11-13th September 2009) organised in commemoration of her Silver Jubilee, was
one of a kind carnival. graVITas will blossom as an annual event attracting participants from every part of India and abroad.
The “VIT-MUN ‘09” was the queen of all events. This model United Nations conference was an awakening of the reformers
in students.

The other highlight of graVITas was “Industrial Problem Solving” where students were challenged by TVS, Cognizant and
Vestas, to solve real-world problems efficiently. Adding another feather to this crowning event was “Knowledge Platform”,
which offered a series of techno-management lectures by CEO’s and Vice Presidents of leading global industries. The star
filled night reverberated with the voice of Kailash Kher, crooning to some of his foot-tapping music that has broken barriers
in the Indian music industry.

MoUs signed by VIT with Foreign Universities in 2009

In tune with its policy of internationalization, VIT University signed MoUs with the following Universities in the year 2009:

D Norton University, Cambodia D Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines


D Universitas Riau, Indonesia D Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippines
D Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia D National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
D The Regents of the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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VIT-TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INCUBATOR (TBI)

VIT-Technology Business Incubator is a joint initiative between VIT and the Department of Science and Technology,
Government of India. The mandate is to promote technology-based start up ventures. To support the venture creation
process, VIT-TBI has built a good working relationship between various Government agencies, industries and non-
governmental institutions.

The services include technical guidance, product development and testing support, access to various lab facilities, seed
funding, networking and assistance to raise innovation grants.

VITTBI also will consider business venture ideas of VITAA members for support. You may visit www.vittbi.com for more
details.
NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2008

VIT-Technology Business Incubator has been selected for the National Award for the year 2008 by the National
Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) division of Department of Science & Technology,
Govt. of India, New Delhi.

CHANCELLOR HONOURED WITH A Ph.D. BY WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY, USA


West Virginia University (WVU), a government funded university established in 1867, honoured Chancellor with a Honourary
Doctorate Degree during its convocation held on 15th May 2009. He is the first Asian to receive this honour from WVU.

This honour was bestowed upon him for having attained international pre-eminence in the field of education, especially
for founding VIT University and making it a leading University in India within a short span of 25 years.

WVU’s decision followed an extensive review by their Honourary Degree Committee, followed by reviews and approvals
by the University Administration, their faculty senate, and the West Virginia University Board of Governors

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VIT SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

Inauguration (28 Nov. 2009)

• H.E. Mr. Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador to India


inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and the
International Summit on “Global Trends in Higher
Education and Challenges”.

• H.E. Mr. Kayumba Naymwasa, Ambassador, Republic


of Rwanda, Professor M.S. Ananth, Director, IIT Madras,
Prof. Kalanidhi, Former Vice Chancellor,
Anna University, Mr. V.Selvaraj, retired IAS Officer and
Prof. Shrikanth Marathe, Director, ARAI, Pune
participated.

• Dr. Jeppiaar, Chancellor, Sathyabama University


inaugurated a photo exhibition on VIT history.

• Prof. V.C. Kulandaiswamy, former Vice Chancellor,


Madurai Kamaraj University launched the FFCSTM, a first
of its kind in Indian Universities.

Valedictory (29 Nov. 2009)

• The valedictory address from


Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Union Minister
for Finance was read out by Shri G.K. Vasan,
Hon’ble Union Minister for Shipping.

• Consular Chief of US Embassy Mr. Bryan Dalton


handed over the ABET Certification to Chancellor

• Former Union Minister Shri. K.V. Thangkabalu


inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Tower (costing
Rs.35 Crores) and a hostel block (costing Rs.30
Crores)

• Shri. Abdul Rahman, MP, Vellore and


Shri. C.Gnanasekaran, MLA, Vellore, on behalf
of VIT, donated furniture and equipment to
government schools.

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VITAA MEMBERS TALK

Greetings to fellow VITIANS! Hello VITians ! ! !

What a great year for us – our Alma Wishing you all a very Happy and
mater shining bright on its Silver jubilee Prosperous New Year 2010. May this
and our beloved Chancellor (Chairman) year bring everyone loads of joy and
honored with a doctoral degree by West happiness.
Virginia University.
Best Wishes and Regards,
It was a privilege and a pleasure for me to be among those
who witnessed our Chancellor (Chairman) receiving the Mrs.R.MeenaKumar,
doctoral degree at WVU in May. Our VITAA Washington 2005 M.Tech Environmental Engg
DC Chapter is also proud to be the first to felicitate our
Chancellor (Chairman) on his being honored with a Doctoral Warm Happy and prosperous New
degree, in association with Washington Tamil Sangam and Year 2010 greetings!!
FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America). Please Always Keep On Smiling.

Indrani Radhakrishnan, 1990 ECE Regards


President, VITAA Washington DC Chapter Jayaraman. P
2006 BCA & 2009 MCA
I am proud to say that I am a product of
VIT. VITAA has to play major role in
world’s economy. “When India leads the Dear Friends,
world, VIT should lead India” Quote from It gives me immense pleasure to stay
Living Legend Dr. G.Viswanathan. in touch with you all through the
TRACKS. I would join hands with all of
Let all our Alumni make this Quote true you in congratulating our beloved
and give continuous support to our Chancellor (Chairman) and all the
prestigious University. Jai Ho! On behalf of VITAA –UAE dedicated staff at VIT on the eve of Silver
CHAPTER, wishes to VIT for their untiring efforts in Jubilee celebrations. I wish VIT very
obtaining the coveted ABET, USA accreditation. Best wishes and good luck in the continuous efforts to
provide quality education.
M. Kishore Kumar, 2000 Civil
Best Regards,
J. Kiran Kumar,
It is a great honour and pleasure to wear 2000 Mech
the VIT brand. I have been pleasantly
surprised that several people in UK and
Europe have great respect for VIT. They “VIT laid the foundation for me,
know us! It is indeed great to be called a it made me what i am today...!!!!
VITian and no day passes without thanx to all my friends and teachers
recalling those wonderful moments. out there...

I wish VIT all the very best in all future endeavours. Pranithraj,
2006 BSC Biotech
Nishikanth Ch, 2007 MBA (IB)

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I
A quote for my alum friends: “The day you came into this
know I can achieve it” and “you are the only person on
earth who can use your ability”. Enjoy life and have some world, you cried and the world smiled at you. You should
healthy concern about where you are going and learn from live such a life that you would smile at death and the world
the past and do not live in a fantasy world it would get you would cry for you” – M. Ganesh. 2007, B.Com.
no where and I assure you success and im proud to say
that im successful today. Ganesh.M
2007 B.Com (CA)
Sashikant 2004 M.Tech Mechatronics

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Hey VITians, Dear All,

The IT Corporate world welcomed me I wish 2010 carries the flag of VIT across
when I had to go through my internship the globe as one of the best Technical
and I got selected in Honeywell for Universities
Project. With two choices of carrier in
Honeywell and TCS, I selected the Regards
former. I feel lucky to have attended the
VITAA Bangalore Chapter meeting last weekend at Capitol Rajkumar E.R,
hotel. It was very exciting to meet many VIT Family people 1996 ECE
from 1988 to 2009.This session reminded me of my college
days.“VIT is giving life for about 3K students every year and I am glad to convey the message to all
they are proud to say that we are from VIT Family. Wher- the kids union school (alumni), “to lis-
ever you go, you will find a VITian. That’s the spirit of VIT.” ten is to learn, and to understand is to
inspire-to unite is to share knowledge
“VITAA is helping them to meet each other at least once in and power (VITAA)”-VITian
a year with conferences where it’s helping those profes-
sionals again to find a new career path in their life.” VIT + Swarnalatha. P,
VITAA = “Knowledge + Joy + Memories + Career” Believe 2006 M.Tech CSE
me success is no more far from you if you are in VIT and
working sincerely to achieve your Biggest goal in Life!!
Dear Friends,
Thanks to VIT and Good luck to all VITians for your Bright
Future. My special Thanks to VITAA for bringing us in touch
Good morning and a big hug from
always.
Madrid, Spain. It is always a great feel-
ing being called a VITian and I am happy
Regards,
that the VITAA is being held on 26th
Mohan Kumar Noothalapati, 2008 M.Tech CSE
Jan 2010. I hope the event is a suc-
cess and i am sure that will be the case because VITians
Dear Friends, are known to be “Winners”.
As President of the VITAA NJ/NY-US
Chapter, it gives me immense pleasure Salema Valencio Francis,
when I learn about the positive growth 2007 M. Tech Biotechnology
happening at VIT. It has been short 12
years ago, when I completed my MBA
degree from VIT. Since then, our My greetings to each & every VIT'ian!!I
University have been achieving new attribute for what I am today to our
heights in excellence every year. Napolean Hill once laudable university which is renowned
quoted “Dreams are the seedlings of reality”.I wish to thank for its 2 I's - "Intellectual learning
our beloved Chancellor sincerely for his big dream and environment with excellent
vision, which has made VIT #1 Private Engineering Infrastructure". Had been the first batch
Institution in India possible. My recent visit to VIT was a
of VIT Deemed University.
memorable experience in my life.
My days at VIT during the formative years of my life had a
I was amazed to see the awesome infrastructure, profound impact on my subsequent personal life and
experienced and always helping faculty and staff, students professional career.It's really amazing to note that our
with a hunger to achieve more and last, but not the least a
University is fast growing in it's size with international
beautiful green campus.
repute.I also wish our Chennai Campus to come out with
Our US-NJ/NY Chapter is growing very fast and we see
laurels as well....As VIT'ians lets stay connected forever
new members joining us in every event. I wish the
management, faculty, staff and VIT’ans all the very best. and let this re-union rejuvenate and revitalize us to care
May the days to come bring more glory to our Alma Mater. and share forever.
Once a VIT’ian , Always a VIT’ian.
WITH U ALWAYS VIT…
Raj Banerjee, R.Subashini
1997 MBA 2003 MBA

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I still remember.. Dear All

walking down the huge building Its indeed a great moment to know that
“Technology Tower” and attending VIT University is the first university in
thelecture in B-School, settling India to get the most coveted ABET
down in AC food court with all my Accreditation. Its the reflection of VIT’s
friends and making comments Commitment for High Quality
looking around, sitting in the back Education. On Behalf of the Alumni,
bench and ensuring my presence hardly felt during Congrats to all.
case study discussions, putting a big question mark I also take this oppurtunity to thank all the alumni who
on face when French was taught, rubbing away were actively involved with our University in the ABET
tears off my cheeks when ‘Scholar ship’ was Accreditation process. Thanks to you all for your active
announced for my best performance in 2nd term, participation in VITAA Activities. Looking forward for an
collapsing down during convocation when realized exciting year ahead.
that I missed gold medal with just 2%..... all these Cheers
are still fresh in my thoughts and bring a smile on Sathish Rajamani, 1996 Mech
my face when I read any achievement of my VIT,
and then I proudly say…Yes, I am a VITian.
With all the Rose's Perfume and with
all the lights in the world and with all
It was a honour to be part of such a prestigious
the children smiles.
institute……
I Wish U that your all dreams come
Raghu Nagendra Akula,
true. *HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010* "
2006 M.I.B
G.V. Shanmugam, 2009 MSc (CS)
Love your Success!
Remembering my college, after many years
You are what your deepest nature is
my heart is filled with cheers,
As your nature, so is your will everyone now are a busy lot,
As your will is, so is your deed No one escaped destiny's plot
As your deed is, so is your destiny.
So love your success Everything is fresh in my mind;
Every day…hour …moment… Wish life could just rewind,
let’s laugh, play & rejoice,
Friends, again as if College was another choice.
My Heartfelt wishes to all of you for a very happy and
prosperous Year 2010! SUCCESS a powerful word on Chatting, laughing all were in elation,
Till the painful moments of separation,
which the entire world revolves and for which you and me
When it was time to part,
are working with the unique skills we learnt at VIT, apart
we returned with a heavy heart.
from many other subjects. We have the liberty to dream,
create a master plan of our own, and put our great efforts Today life is full of commitments,
to achieve success. and too many worries,
But those cherished moments,
In practical, Everyone who owns the qualities for success Will live forever in my memories!
today is lifted to success by the willing hands of those
who want to help them succeed! We are very fortunate My son is now there with my Alma Mater…..
to have a Great network of VIT alumni to help us on VIT is becoming older
everything! Please ensure that all of you and your friends But all the more turning younger
are members of various VIT Alumni Networks available
Kalpana Arun, 1990 ECE
on the Internet. I am volunteering to help our VITans to
my level best. Do not hesitate to contact me in case Let Us HAVE a more ethnic and
you feel I may be of any use to your success. ethical New Year. Happy &
Prosperous 2010. If you are more
Thanks a lot,
Ethnic you become more Universal.
With the best regards,
T. Mahaveerprabu, 1999 EEE Arokiaraj A Vincent
2005 M.Sc., Applied Microbiology

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Greetings from VITAA Germany Chapter

Through founding of the VITAA Germany Chapter on 31st May 2009, we the Alumni at Germany are very happy and proud
to become officially part of the VITAA. The founding ceremony, at the beautiful city of Frankfurt am Main, was graced by our
Pro-Chancellor Mr.Sekar Viswanathan and Ms.Sandhya Pentareddy. At the Germany chapter, we are happy to support VIT
activities, Alumni and current students and we would like to welcome all of you to get in touch with us to help you with your
interests in Germany.

As we celebrate another successful year that went by and look forward for the new year that just arrived, VIT in Germany
would like to wish all VITians a year filled with happiness and success.

Kind regards,

Praveenjothi Paranjothi, 2002 ECE


President, VITAA Germany Chapter

VITAA OFFICE BEARERS

Mr. P. Srikanth Mr. V.G. Sridhar (1993 Mech) Mr. D. Venkaatesh (1990 Civil)
(1990 ECE), Secretary General & VITAA Core Treasurer & VITAA Core
Chairman Commiittee Member Commiittee Member

VITAA CORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Mr. G. Balaji Mr. M. Aslam Sheriff Mr. S. Ajay


(1988 Mech) (1990 ECE) (1996 MBA)

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WEDDING BELLS

P. Dhinesh Shankar(2006 M.Tech.CSE) S. Paranthaman (1990 Civil) Prabhu S (2004 MCA)


and D.Viveka and Malathi and Shalini ( 2006 E&I )

Prathap. S (2006 MBA) Raghu Nagendra Akula (2006 M.I.B) Rakesh Kumar (2007 MCA)
and V. Geetha Priya and G.Lalitha and Anjana Kumari

S. Shridhar (2004 M.Tech CAD/CAM) S.Suresh Babu (2006 M.S.Software Sonali Nanda(2006 MBA)
and N. Mukuntha Priya Engg) and Thirumagal and Sajal Raheja

Saloni Kumar (2008 B.Tech IT) M. Stalin (2000 Civil) Subash (2006 B.Sc.Computer Science)
and Vineet Kumar and S.Keerthiga and Janani

Sharath Vasan (2006 MBA) Dinx (1999 BE Computer Science ) S. Vikas (2007 B.Sc Comp. Science)
and Rajalakshmi and Riya and Sapna

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WEDDING BELLS

Anand Kumar. S, (2007 M.Tech IT Networking) Anish. S, (2005 B.Tech IT) C.S.Swaroop, (2006 M.S Software Engg) and
and Sangeetha. R and Shruthi C.S.Vaishnavi

Deepak Kumar Vasudevan (1999 CSE) G.Vijay Ananda Babu, (2006 Civil) Haripiya (2007 EEE)
and Lavanya and S. Priya (2001 ECE) and Aravind. J

Jayaprabha (2006 M.Sc. Computer Science) M. Ramesh (2004 M.Tech CAD/CAM) M. Ramakrishna (2009 M.Tech Power Electronics
and S. Rajesh and Logeswari (2009 M.Sc.Biomedical Gen.) and Drives) and Lavanya

Milind K Gholve (2007 M.Tech-Biotech) N.Suresh, ( 2001 Mech) Nishikanth [2007 MBA (IB)]
and Asha and S. Dhivya and Sravanthi

Udhayakumar V (2002 Civil ) Dr. Preethi Poornima (2000 Mech) Vijayan.R (2008 ECE)
and Suchitra and V.S. Senthilkumar and Geetha
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WEDDING BELLS

Premsingh Jayakaran Thangasivam Gandhi (2002 Mech)


(2006 M.Tech Biotechnology) and Irene Dorathy and Jayanthi
NEW ARRIVALS

C.S. Shravani Hayagriv Sriram L Nikhil Chandar Ruhan Shankar N.S.Vidhyasree


D/o. C.S.Swaroop S/o. K.R. Srinivasan D/o. R.Poornima (2003 Civil) S/o. Shankar Gokule, D/o N.C.Senthilkumar
(2006 M.S Software Engg.) (1999 CSE) and. M. Lokesh kumar (1998 Mech) and S. Sivashankari
and C.S.Vaishnavi and Sita Shankar (2000 ME CSE)

VITAA OFFICE CONTACT

VITAA members can contact the


Alumni Officer, Mr. J. Krishnakumar
for any help from VIT University.

S. Rakshana S.L.Sashank V.Vishwak Sri,


D/o. A Menaka (2003 EEE) D/o. Swathi.J.N., S/o, V.Vinoth Kumar,
(2006 M.S Software Engg.) 2007MBA(IB)
and Lakshmipathi.S
email: alumni@vit.ac.in
OBITUARY
Landline No.0416-2202248
Mobile No. 09443311361

Inviting the services of VITAA Chapter Office Bearers

We are looking for a team of VITAA members for the following chapters to
coordinate various VITAA activities. Interested VITAA members are requested
to send their willingness to the Alumni Office( alumni@vit.ac.in) with the
S. Manimaran Anand Kannabiran
( 1990 ECE ) ( 2004 Mech) following details (Year of graduation, Branch, Email ID, Mobile no., etc..)
Passed away on Passed away on
2nd May 2009 · Delhi · Mumbai · Kolkata
3rd Jan. 2009.

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VITAA CHAPTERS & COORDINATORS
USA CHAPTERS:

Washington DC Chapter:

President : Indrani Radhakrishnan, 1990 ECE - iradhakrishnan@hotmail.com


Vice President : T.V. Karthik Rangarajan, 2004 ECE - kartscorpion@yahoo.co.in

New Jersey & New York Chapter:

President : Raj Banerjee - 1997 MBA - rajdenver@hotmail.com


Vice President : Ravindra Gadhamsetty - 2001 Mech - rg.steel@gmail.com
Secretary : Vivekanand Pandyarajan - 2002 CSE - vivekanand.pandyarajan@gmail.com
Treasurer : B. Venkatesh - 1999 Chemical - adm.pogo@gmail.com

Atlanta Chapter Coordinator:

R. Sivakumar 1989 Civil - sivakumar_rsk@yahoo.com

California Chapter Coordinators:

Sreenivas Andra, 1988 ECE - sreenivas_andra@yahoo.com


S. Bragadish, 1998 CSE - bragadish_s@yahoo.com
J. Kiran Kumar, 2000 Mech - jjlkk_99@yahoo.com

UAE Chapter:

President : M. Kishore Kumar, 2000 B.E Civil - kishm2001@yahoo.com


Vice-President : K. Venkataramana, 2000 BE Civil - ramanakv78@gmail.com

Singapore Chapter :

President : Easter Ravindranath 1989 ECE - ravindranath@hotmail.com


Vice President : T.Mahaveer Prabhu 1999 EEE - mahaveerprabu@gmail.com

Germany Chapter:

President : Praveenjothi Paranjothi, 2002 ECE - praveenjothi@yahoo.co.in


Vice President : Parthipan Subramanian, 2002 Mech - parthitamil@yahoo.com
Secretary : Ankit Aggarwal, 2008 B.Tech Biotech - aggarwal86ankit@gmail.com
Jt.Secretary : Garima Chaudhry, 2008 B.Tech Biotech - garima2910@gmail.com

AUSTRALIA CHAPTERS:

Sydney Chapter:

President : R. Anand, 1990 Mech - anand0610@yahoo.com


Vice President : M. Khajavadhanan, 1990 Mech - kajan120@hotmail.com
Secretary : Ravichand, 2006 Mech - rcm_muppala@yahoo.co.in
Joint Secretary : Rupina Singh, 2006 Biotech - rupina@gmail.com
Treasurer : Rajak sheikh, 2005 Mech - rajakshaik@gmail.com

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Melbourne Chapter:

President : M. Stalin, 2000 Civil - stalin_iitm@yahoo.co.in


Vice President : Sreenivasan Ramasamy, 2004 Mech- sreenivasan.r@gmail.com ; sreenivasan_vit@yahoo.co.in
Secretary : Murugavel, 2007 Mech - tmurugavel2000@gmail.com
Treasurer : Zeeshan Ali, 2008 ECE - zeeshan_explicit@yahoo.co.in

Bangalore Chapter:

President : Shankar Gokulae, 1998 Mech - shankarg77@gmail.com


Vice-President : D.V. Sandeep, 2006 Mech - sandeep.dv@gmail.com
Secretary : K.A. Sivakumar, 1998 Mech - sivakumar_ka@infosys.com

Chennai Chapter :

President : Kalpana, 1990 ECE - kalpana.arun@yahoo.co.in


Vice-President : Vijaykiran, 2006 Mech - vijaykiran.kvk@gmail.com
Secretary : Prasanna, 2006 MS Software - prasanna.sathyaraman@tcs.com

Hyderabad Chapter:

President : B. Mahendra, 1991 Civil - mahendrab@drreddys.com


Vice-President : Gowtham Reddy, 2005 EEE - gowtham@eightts.com
Secretary : Varun Srinivas, 2005 Mech - nurav2005@gmail.com

Chittoor Chapter :

President : Balaji Reddy, 1991 Mech - babjiss@yahoo.co.in


Vice-President : R. Vasanth Naidu, 2007 EEE - vasanthramineni@yahoo.co.in
Secretary : G .Bhaskar Kumar, 2005 M.Sc, gncbaskar@gmail.com

Vellore Chapter:

President : A. Murali, 1990 Mech - amurali10@yahoo.com


Vice President : Rupesh, 2003 MBA - sreerupesh@gmail.com
Secretary : R. Sudha, 1990 ECE - tbicoordinator@vit.ac.in

Cognizant Chennai Chapter coordinators:

Aravind Srinivasaraghavan, 1998 ECE


Shantha Kumar, 2004 MBA
Avijit Hajra, 2006 Chemical - avijit_hajra@yahoo.com
Ashutosh Kumar, 2006 Mech - Akumarvit2000@yahoo.co.in
Niruppama Amarnath, 2007 MS Software - niruppama@gmail.com

VITAA-VIT Chapter convenors:

S. Revathy, 1990 ECE - srevathi@vit.ac.in


J. Raju, 2004 M.Tech PE - jraju@vit.ac.in
P. Swarnalatha, 2006 M.Tech CSE - pswarnalatha@vit.ac.in
R. Subhashini, 2003 MBA - varshenisuba@yahoo.com
S. Sudesh, 2009 Ph.D., 2006 M.Tech BME - sudeshsivarasu@yahoo.co.in

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You are invited
On behalf of the Office Bearers, Chapter Co-ordinators of VITAA
and Management, Faculty, Staff and Students of VIT,
we have great pleasure in inviting you to attend the

15th Annual Alumni get-together


On 26th January, 2010 (Tuesday) at VIT University at 8.30 am

V.G. Sridhar D. Venkaatesh P. Srikanth


Secretary-General, VITAA Treasurer,VITAA Chairman,VITAA

Programme Schedule
08.00 am - Registration 12.00 noon - Presentation of VITAA Distinguished
09.00 am - Flag Hoisting Alumni Awards & VITAA Scholarship Awards
09.30 am - Special address by Chancellor, 01.00 pm - Buffet Lunch
Pro- Chancellors & VITAA officials 02.00 pm - Entertainment Programmes
11.00 am - Video conferencing (VITAA abroad Chapters) 04.30 pm - Office Bearers Meeting

Cultural Extravaganza
Bus trips are organised from Chennai, Bangalore & Chittoor
Special performance by
VITAA chapters from Chennai, Bangalore and Chittoor will
HURRICANE BELLS, a well known
be operating buses for the convenience of alumni members to
American cultural troupe
attend the VITAA Day on 26th Jan. 2010 at VIT. To avail of this
on 26th Jan.2010 at Anna Auditorium.
facility you are requested to contact the respective
Time: 3 - 5 pm
Don’t Miss it! chapter co-ordinators:

Chennai Chapter Bangalore Chapter Chittoor Chapter


Kalpana – 1990 ECE Shankar Gokulae - 1998 Mech. Balaji Reddy - 1991 Mech
email: kalpana.arun@yahoo.co.in email: shankarg77@gmail.com email: babjiss@yahoo.co.in
Mobile no. 09840093572 Mobile no. 09845197327 Mobile no. 09246993342
Sathish Rajamani -1996 Mech) D.V. Sandeep - 2006 Mech. G. Bhaskar Kumar - 2005 M.Sc
email:sathish.rajamani@oracle.com email: sandeep.dv@gmail.com email: gncbaskar@gmail.com
Mobile no. 09444907197 Mobile no. 09986002583 Mobile no. :09885530471
Vijaykiran - 2006 Mech Sivakumar K A – 1998 Mech. R. Vasantha Naidu - 2007 EEE
email: vijaykiran.kvk@gmail.com email:asivakumar@hotmail.com email: vasanthramineni@yahoo.co.in
Mobile no. 09884616060 Mobile no. 09632158585 Mobile no.: 09959388830
For further details please contact :
J. Krishnakumar, Alumni Officer, email: alumni@vit.ac.in Landline No.0416-2202248 Mobile No. 09443311361
Book - Post
To,

From :
Secretary - General
VIT - Alumni Association
VIT University
Vellore - 632 014, Tamil Nadu, India
e-mail : alumni@vit.ac.in
Phone : 0416 - 220 2248, 220 2177
Mobile No. 09443311361
Welcome to the VIT’s 26th year celebrations on the 26th Jan. 2010
VITAA DAY – Every Year on January 26that VIT. DON’T MISS IT !
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