Leadership

Dr. G. Viswanathan

Chancellor

Dr. G. Viswanathan, the founder-chancellor of VIT University, was born on December 8, 1938 in a remote village near Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Dr. GV’s life is a source of inspiration to modern-day youth.
Dr. GV − the Student

Dr. GV completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2003, nearly four decades after his University education, reaffirming his urge to be an eternal student. He excelled in academics right through childhood. His early education was confined to his small village where he studied in his mother tongue, Tamil. His pre-university education at Voorhees College, Vellore, initiated him to the world outside. From there he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the prestigious Loyola College, Chennai. Following this, he graduated in Law from the Madras Law College.

Dr. GV − the Leader of the people

A student leader in his twenties, entering Indian parliament was something unthinkable, especially in 1960s. He championed people’s issues in the parliament and they in turn reposed faith in the leader who fulfilled their expectations. They re-elected him by a bigger margin in the next election for another five-year term. He travelled to different parts of the world as a member of parliamentary delegations and appreciated issues in a global perspective. Dr. GV wanted to play a bigger role in provincial politics so that he can make a direct contribution in bettering the lives of the people in the region. He was elected to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for ten years. During this period, he served as a Minister for two years.

Dr. GV − the Educator

Dr.GV founded Vellore Engineering College in 1984 at Vellore. He envisaged that this institution would offer world-class education to students who would in turn create an indelible impact on society. The engineering college that started with an intake of 180 students in 1984 has evolved into an university with two campuses. Over 25,000 students are enrolled in 53 undergraduate and graduate programmes with nearly 16,000 residing on campus. It attracts students and professors from different parts of the world. It houses more than 1000 international students on campus. For the past two years, VIT University has been ranked #1 private engineering institution in India. ISO Certification from Holland, International accreditation from the United Kingdom and the USA, and the highest accreditation grade from the Government of India reflect the University’s penchant for excellence on all fronts.

Dr. GV − the Institution

Dr. GV’s passion for societal development and compassion for the underprivileged has resulted in the introduction of several schemes for uplifting the women and unemployed youth in the region to help them become self-reliant. Dr. GV offers scholarships to students from disadvantaged sections of the society to enable them to pursue higher studies. Dr. GV has established the Universal Higher Education Trust to create opportunities for higher education to every deserving student in the region. He has adopted several villages in an effort to improve the quality of lives of the rural people. His vision of transforming Vellore into a greener and cooler town by planting one million saplings has begun to yield fruit. Dr. GV’s farsightedness extends beyond horizons.

"Chancellor Viswanathan is an institution by himself"

Contact: Dr. G. Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu (632014) India Email: chancellor@vit.ac.in

Sankar Viswanathan

Vice President

As a proactive person, Sankar Viswanathan, has always evinced a keen involvement with the VIT family. He is an active member of the Board of Management, VIT and displays a keen interest in the affairs of the college and being a student-friendly person, is avidly interested in the academic progress of the students and staff. He completed his Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology, at Chisholm Institute, Melbourne, Australia. He has held honoured positions as the Chairman, and Vice-Chairman of Vellore Engineering College, Vellore before taking over charge as the Pro-Chancellor (Academic) at VIT. He has also served as the Secretary of the North Arcot Educational & Charitable Trust of Vellore. He has travelled extensively and gained valuable experience from his tours to USA, Australia, Singapore, Italy, China, Greece, Malaysia, Jordan, Oman, Lebanon, Syria and Rwanda. He is an active member of the Australian engineers Association in Melbourne. His hobbies include playing tennis, cricket, cooking and surfing the net.

Dr. Sekar Viswanathan

Vice President

Dr. Sekar Viswanathan epitomises the vision, vibrant spirit and energy that has helped in establishing VIT as a premiere institute in the country. Dr. Sekar has over 26 years of experience in the industry and academics. He is a rank holder in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Madras. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He has a Ph.D. in the area of faculty motivation from University of Madras.
During the 90s, he served as the Vice-Chairman of his alma mater, Vellore Engineering College (which was later renamed as VIT). During this period, he introduced a number of new programmes and initiatives which paved way for the university status of VIT. Later, Dr. Sekar went to USA and worked at IBM, NetClerk and Walmart.com to gain international industrial experience. Walmart.com conferred the "Best Engineering Manager" and “Best Achiever” awards on him. As VP at VIT, Dr. Sekar focuses on the university growth strategy, academic policies, international relations and placements. He has brought in numerous improvements to benefit the students including STARS (Support the Advancement of Rural Students) scheme, Fully Flexible Credit System (FFCS), Semester Abroad Programme and Curriculum for Applied Learning (CAL). Dr. Sekar was bestowed the prestigious Young EDGE National Award in 2012 in recognition of his innovative and useful contributions to the field of education.

 

G. V. Selvam

Vice President

An MBA graduate from the University of Madras, Mr. G. V. Selvam assumed charge as Vice Chairman of Vellore Engineering College in 1999, and worked towards elevating the institution to a University. Following the footsteps of his illustrious father, Mr.Selvam spearheaded the evolution of the erstwhile Vellore Engineering College to VIT University, an institution of international repute. He assumed charge as the first Pro-chancellor of VIT University. This bestowed on him the rare honour of being the Youngest Pro-chancellor in the world as cited in the Limca Book of Records, 2005.

During his tenure in various positions, he has implemented several innovative measures in the University with the objective of making it global in character. He possesses the natural ability to manage several businesses, varied in nature, with efficiency. A self-motivated and industrious person and a farsighted educationalist, Mr. G.V. Selvam provides excellent and innovative education opportunities by rewarding achievers through befitting scholarships. He offers flexible and pragmatic academic solutions not only for toppers but also for slow learners. Courses offered during vacation enable students to cope with extra credits. Mr. Selvam encourages vibrant and dynamic learners to take up internships in India and abroad.

  A man of few words, Mr. Selvam believes in and lives by the precept, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’​​ 

Dr. Sandhya Pentareddy

Executive Director

Dr. Sandhya has given nearly 26 years to product development, engineering management and higher education administration at USA and India.

Having started her career as a Software Engineer, she directed large scale product development. She was instrumental in nurturing certain start-ups and subsidiaries of multi-national companies in the USA and in India. She is best known for building high performance teams and effective products. She has worked for organizations well known for their excellence including Intuit, WalMart, Yodlee Inc., IBM and VIT.

She had also headed the Department of Computer Applications at VIT, when it was known as Vellore Engineering College, and has introduced the first entrance examinations in that institution. She now contributes to building the new VIT campuses.

She has contributed to research in Business Management through her work on complexity of leadership and various publications. She firmly believes in taking pride in one’s work, making learning a joy, compassion and continuous improvement.

Dr. D. Subhakar

Vice Chancellor

Dr. D. Subhakar, as the Vice-chancellor of VIT-AP, has guided and contributed immensely to the creation of a scholarly and creative institution.  Previously, Dr. Subhakar has worked as a Scientist in Central and State government institutions for about 15 years, before moving to the teaching profession at VIT University, Vellore. He served as a Division Leader of Energy, Dean of Academics and Director of Software Development Cell at VIT Vellore. During his 10 year tenure at VIT, he implemented Fully Flexible Credit System (FFCS) in academics and spearheaded a team of programmers who developed in-house campus management software for the University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from TNAU Coimbatore, an M.Tech. in Energy Technology from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Dr. C.L.V. Sivakumar

Registrar

Dr. CLV Sivakumar, with a perfect blend of passion and dedication, has been with the VIT group of institutions for several years. He has served in many administrative positions in VIT University including Convenor-University Students' Disciplinary Enquiry Committee, Chief Warden of University Men's Hostels, Dy. Director of University Hostels and University Special Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce; a Bachelor’s Degree in Law; a Master’s in Personnel Management and a Master’s in Law. Constitutional Law and Administrative Law are his areas of specialisation at the Master’s level. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Election Laws and Election Crimes. He has been teaching for the past 20 years. He has published a number of Research papers in Journals of National and International repute in the areas of Law and Management. He has participated and presented research papers in 40 national and international Seminars and Conferences. Law and Public Policy are his areas of interest.