“The state has passed legislation required and we are now constructing the university. We are confident of setting up the facilities in a year,” university chancellor G Viswanathan told reporters on Thursday.
Around 1.94 lakh candidates from across the country and overseas have registered for the VIT Engineering Entrance Exam this year. They will be competing for 4,100 BTech seats. Close to 1.66 lakh students took the test last year.
The candidates will take the exam at 137 centres in 112 Indian cities and in Kuwait and Dubai. Andhra Pradesh accounts for the most candidates, with 37,298. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh (28,337), Bihar (18,861), Maharashtra (14,801) and Rajasthan (12,839). In Tamil Nadu, 12,555 students have applied to take the exam .
“TN students are apprehensive about taking competitive entrance exams. Fewer students from here take the exam than from other states. The candidates from TN are mostly CBSE students and most are from Chennai,” Viswanathan said. The computer-based test will be held from April 9 to 20, and the results will be announced on or before April 28 on various websites, including www.vit.ac.in. Counselling will begin from May 19 to 22.
The university offers 100% fee waiver for central and state board toppers. The top 50 in VITEEE will receive a 75% fee waiver, and the next 50 will get a 50% waiver. The university will offer a 25% waiver for those placed between 101 and 1,000 in the exam.
Under the Support The Advancement of Rural Students programme, the university will offer a 100% fee waiver to government school Class 12 toppers from rural areas in each TN district who do the best in the entrance test.
Date: Apr 4, 2014