Dr. G. Viswanathan
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.
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 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’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"
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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
G. V. Selvam
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.’
Kadhambari S. Viswanathan
Assistant Vice President
Kadhambari completed school education at Vellore, and obtained her B.Tech (Biotechnology) from VIT University in 2010. In 2007, she registered at the Summer School in Johns Hopkins University, USA, and utilized the opportunity to compare the curriculum of Johns Hopkins with that of Indian Universities. Her stint at Johns Hopkins provided her with an excellent opportunity to interact with students from various countries and with faculty members of high academic caliber. In 2009, she pursued her summer internship in one of the best Cancer Research institutes in Europe, the DKFZ., Heidelberg, Germany. This visit exposed her to cutting edge research and developmental techniques in the field.After graduation in Biotechnology from VIT University, Kadhambari joined the prestigious Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA for Masters in Health Sciences. On completion of her Masters degree in May 2011, she returned to India and registered for Ph.D in VIT University to pursue research in Higher Education Leadership. As part of her doctoral research, she spent one month at University of Malaya, Malaysia to make a comparative study of higher education. Extracurricular Achievements
At an early age of twelve, Kadhambari authored the biography of her grand father and Chancellor of VIT University, Dr.G.Viswanathan, titled “My Granpa” . She has been honoured by the Limca Book of Records as the youngest biographer in India. She had the privilege of personally interacting with Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Dr.R.Venktaraman the former Presidents of India, the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the President of Rwanda, Dr.Paul Kagame. These interactions have motivated her to march forward to achieve bigger and better goals in life.She started her foreign travel at a tender age 9 to participate in Education Exhibitions and Seminars in Asia, Africa and Europe. She has travelled widely, and has so far visited 26 countries in all the five continents.
Dr. D. Subhakar
Dr. C.L.V. Sivakumar