STARS Programme



“A Child should never be deprived of quality education owing to poverty. This forceful thought in my mind became the seed that gave birth to the innovative STARS Scheme”.

Dr. G. Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT- AP.

Philanthropy makes a big difference to people’s lives. On these lines, Our Beloved chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan has taken several community development initiatives for the betterment of the society, and STARS (Support the Advancement of Rural Students Scheme) is one such philanthropic activity started in the year 2008. It aims at enhancing the rural students’ quality of life.

Since 2008 rural students of Tamil Nadu have been admitted through STARS scheme. Each student’s story is an inspiring story of change. Daily wage labourers and domestic helpers find it difficult to educate their children due to their unstable income and difficult living conditions. Their children who are academically brilliant, continue to live their lives in poverty like their families or settle down to basic jobs which satisfies neither their basic needs or their intellectual hunger. While many people in our society ignore these hard facts and go ahead with their lives, VIT Management Stands tall as it takes these children in its fold through the STARS scheme. Financially disadvantaged children don’t have to stop dreaming of becoming an Engineer. VIT STARS Scheme helps these students from under-privileged background to achieve what they deserve by awarding them 100% fee waiver for their academic and hostel facilities including basic medical expenses.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri. N. Chandrababu Naidu had launched VIT – AP Stars Scheme while laying foundation stone to the VIT – AP campus in the capital city Amravati on 3rd November 2016. Through this scheme, from the academic year 2017-18 onwards one male and one female student, among those who studied from Government Junior Colleges located in rural areas in each district, will be selected and offered complete Free Education and Hostel Facilities to pursue their education at VIT -AP. The scheme was implemented in the thirteen Districts of Andhra Pradesh namely Anantapur, Chittoor, East Godavari, Guntur, Kadapa, Nellore, Krishna, Prakasam, Kurnool, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and West Godavari. Hence every year 26 students from 13 districts will be benefitted under VIT-AP STARS scheme. In 2021, the scheme was extended to 26 districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely Alluri Sitharama Raju, Anakapalli, Anantapuramu, Annamayya, Bapatla, Chittoor, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Konaseema, East Godavari, Eluru, Guntur, Kakinada, Krishna, Kurnool, Nandyal, NTR, Palnadu, Parvathipuram Manyam, Prakasam, Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore districts, Sri Sathya Sai, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, West Godavari, YSR.

The selected Students (STARS) are given admission to a B. Tech course in VIT- AP with 100 percent Scholarship covering free accommodation, food, healthcare and other academic facilities.

VIT stands proud in giving high-quality education to the rural students of Andhra Pradesh and provide the doorway for a good career, better social status and most importantly, fine tune them to be responsible citizens.


STARS Eligibility Criteria

  • ✯ Students who have taken Maths, Physics and Chemistry subjects alone are eligible under this scheme.
  • ✯ This opportunity will be limited to one student in a family.
  • ✯ The annual income of the family should be below Rs 1,50,000/-.
  • ✯ Only top five boy and girl students who have studied in junior colleges under rural panchayats are selected for the scheme (Junior colleges located under Corporation, Municipality, Town panchayat limits are not eligible).
  • ✯ The list of junior colleges eligible under the STARS scheme will be published in the University website
  • ✯ Such identified district toppers will be called for an interview based on marks secured in their Intermediate board examination. Among them, one male and one female student will be admitted, after the results are published.
  • ✯ Final admissions to STARS scheme will be decided by the University.


STARS Salient Features

  • ✬ Students’ admission and education fees are 100% exempted.
  • ✬ Hostel and Mess Fees also will be exempted.
  • ✬ Skill Training sessions on English Language Proficiency, Computer literacy, special classes on Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Personality development etc.
  • ✬ Counselling sessions to the STARS.
  • ✬ Facilitation of Internship and Campus recruitment.
  • ✬ Academic logistics are duly taken care.
  • ✬ STARS book bank
  • ✬ Comprehensive Library Facility
  • ✬ Placement training sessions, Certified program sessions are given to the STARS
  • ✬ Industry Exposure, Behaviour Etiquette, Knowledge share sessions by the Alumni
  • ✬ STARS are encouraged to become the member of the Clubs & Chapters
  • ✬ STARS Alumni Meet to encourage and enhance the On Campus STARS
  • ✬ Award to the Best Outgoing STAR Boy and STAR Girl.
  • ✬ STARS Coordinator will be In-charge of their Holistic development.


STARS Year-Wise Details

Year Boys Girls Total
2017 13 13 26
2018 12 13 25
2019 11 11 22
2020 13 12 25
2021 11 12 23
2022 16 16 32
2023 24 25 49
Total 100 102 202

STARS Gallery

For further details contact:


Dr. D. Venkata Lakshmi

STARS Coordinator


School of Computer Science and Engineering


Dr. John Pradeep

Deputy Director-Admissions