The VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology) has in recent years made an ‘observable’ mark in the domain of higher education in the India sub-continent and recognized as Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the Government of India. This has been made possible by providing ‘quality’ education, at all levels, very much in conformance with international standards, through its 35 years of existence in a cross-cultural environment setting in synergism with an emphasis on application-oriented research. The Institute (VIT) was founded in 1984 by Dr. G. Viswanathan, a former parliamentarian and Minister in the State (Tamil Nadu) Government , as a self-financing academic institution committed to higher education and learning and referred to by name as the Vellore Engineering College. The VIT campus in the city of Chennai, often referred to as VIT Chennai, is a globally engaged, highly competitive, cohesively comprehensive and research- involved academic campus with the prime objective of effectively responding to the major industrial, social, economic and environmental demands and challenges that could arise. The VIT Chennai is capably lead by the three key administrators, Dr.Sekar Viswanathan (Vice President), Dr. Anand A. Samuel (Vice Chancellor), and Dr. V S Kanchana Bhaskaran (Pro-Vice Chancellor) . Their prime objective is to both contribute and strengthen the mission of making VIT Chennai a global center for excellence in imparting higher education to include research.
The School of Mechanical and Building Sciences (SMBS) is one of the seven constituent schools of VIT, Chennai. The school offers B.Tech. programs in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, M.Tech. programs in CAD & CAM, Mechatronics, Structural Engineering, M.Tech (By Research) and PhD in different streams specifically related to Thermal, Manufacturing, Automotive Design, Water Resources & Transportation, Structural and Environmental Engineering. The school is crowned with well qualified faculties from reputed institutes like IIT's, IISc and institutes abroad, who do inspire the students to learn the subjects through experimental projects utilizing the state-of-the art laboratories.