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Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
Seal of VJTI
Former names
Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, Sir J. J. School of Mechanical Engineering & Ripon Textile School
Established 1887 [1]
Type Government-aided autonomous engineering and technological institute
Director O. G. Kakde
Academic staff
Students 2860
Undergraduates 2160 (540/year)
Postgraduates 556
Location Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
16 acres (65,000 m2)
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Mumbai

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) is an engineering college located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and one of the oldest engineering colleges in Asia. Founded in 1887 and formerly known as the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, it adopted its present name in 1998.[1] VJTI is an academically and administratively autonomous institute, however it is a part of the University of Mumbai and its degrees and diplomas are issued by the university. The institute is financially supported by the Government of Maharashtra.

After being awarded academic and administrative autonomy in 2004, VJTI became operational under the administration of a Board of Governors.[2] VJTI is also the Central Technical Institute of Maharashtra State. The institute trains students in engineering and technology at the certificate,[3] diploma, degree, post-graduate and doctoral levels.


  • History 1
    • Foundation and early years (1887–1960) 1.1
    • Development and post-autonomy (1960–present) 1.2
  • Ranking 2
  • Admissions 3
  • Academic departments 4
  • Organization 5
  • Student societies 6
    • Society of Robotics & Automation 6.1
    • Society of Automotive Engineering), VJTI Collegiate Chapter 6.2
    • Debate & Literary Arts Society 6.3
    • Entrepreunship Cell 6.4
  • Annual festivals 7
    • Technovanza 7.1
    • Pratibimb 7.2
    • Rangawardhan 7.3
    • Enthusia 7.4
    • Ganeshotsav and Chetna 7.5
    • Departmental festivals 7.6
  • Student publications 8
    • Nirmaan 8.1
    • VJ. News 8.2
  • Alumni 9
    • VJTI Alumni Association 9.1
    • Departmental alumni bodies 9.2
    • Distinguished alumni 9.3
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Foundation and early years (1887–1960)

The institute was founded in 1887 and commenced with two departments, the Sir J. J. School of Mechanical Engineering and the Ripon Textile School.[1]

Development and post-autonomy (1960–present)

Prior to 1960, Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute was the only institute offering Engineering degree and postgraduate courses under the University of Bombay and enjoyed de facto autonomy. In 1997, the institute was renamed to Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute.

The institute was granted financial and academic autonomy from 21 June 2004. As a result, the autonomous VJTI has implemented a revised syllabus for its students in June 2004 at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels by implementing a credit system. The revised scheme of examinations, which follows a grading system and letter grade point system has been implemented. An important part of curriculum is the practically oriented project at the final year of graduation and the dissertations offered by the postgraduate students, as also the in-plant training undergone by the third year Diploma students.

VJTI main entrance

Significant changes under autonomy are the setting up of Distance Education Programmes (DEP) with IIT Bombay, with VJTI being a Remote Centre; as also the modernization of the library to a digital library. Postgraduate students may see the journals online throughout the week, with facility for printing. Several students societies, inter-college festivals, and the college magazine 'Nirmaan' serve as a platform to enhance students personality. VJTI initiated a newsletter named 'VJ.News' in March 2010.

Under a World Bank grant, the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), a modernization will offer central computing facilities to students, who will also have access to improved laboratory and workshop facilities. The faculty at the institute runs testing and consultancy work. Industries has sponsored laboratories - for instance, the high voltage laboratory, courtesy Siemens; and the Computational Fluid Dynamics laboratory, courtesy Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

Individual students profiles through departmental brochures are centrally positioned with the 'Training and Placement Office' of the institute. The office liaises with over hundred companies and places students for employment and in-plant training through campus recruitment programmes. In 2010, VJTI added Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering to its list of streams.

VJTI was conferred with the title of 'Knowledge Partner' for the upcoming Centre of Excellence Of Sports Textiles of Government of India.[4]


College rankings
Engineering – India
India Today[5] 22
Outlook India[6] 32
Private colleges:
Mint[7] 7
Medical - India
Business – India

VJTI was ranked #22 by the India Today Best Engineering colleges 2012,[5] AAAA state ranking by Careers360 in 2015[8] and 32 by Outlook India Top Engineering Colleges of 2012.[6] In rankings limited to private colleges it was ranked #7 by Mint Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of 2009.[7]


  • Admissions for undergraduate degree courses are based on the scores in the Joint Entrance Examination(JEE-MAIN)[9]

The admission process is carried out separately by Directorate of Technical Education along with 5 other autonomous institutes in Maharashtra. Respective admission rounds are known as CAPAI (Centralized Admission Process to Autonomous Institutes).[10]

  • Admissions for undergraduate diploma courses are based on scores in the Class 10 Board Examination.
  • M.C.A. admissions are based on the scores in the MCA-CET.
  • Admissions for postgraduate engineering courses are through GATE or sponsorship.[11]

Academic departments

The institute has 12 academic departments. Of these, nine offer certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate and/or doctoral programs. These are:

Three academic departments have supporting roles and conduct foundation courses for degree and diploma programs, but do not offer any programs of their own. These are:


At the institutional level, VJTI is governed by a Board of Governors with a Chairman, the Director as a member and other Members of the Board. Members include Heads of Industry, prominent VJTI alumni as well as Heads of other educational institutions. The Chairman of the Board is Nusli Wadia, Chairman, Bombay Dyeing.

The key people in the execution of the institute's activities are the Director (O. G. Kakade), who is assisted by the Dean (Academic Programs), Dean (Students Activities), Dean (Resource Mobilization & Finance) and Dean (Research & Development), and the heads of the departments.[24]

Student societies

Society of Robotics & Automation

The Society of Robotics & Automation was founded in 2008 under the Mechanical Engineering Department of VJTI. The student society works in the field of robotics and automation. Senior student members train and assist students to undertake projects, participate in competitions, undertake industrial and research projects.[25] Students from the Society of Robotics and Automation won Round 1 of the DRDO Golden Jubilee Students Competition organised by the DRDO in association with the ADE, for which they received a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. They were one of ten teams to represent their institute at Round 2 held in Bangalore in May 2009.[26] The students of SRA also represent VJTI in ROBOCON (Asia-Pacific Robot Contest), were ranked 9th in Robocon 2011 and won an award for the 'Most Economical Robot' in the same year.[27]

Society of Automotive Engineering), VJTI Collegiate Chapter

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), VJTI Collegiate Chapter was formed in 2008. The SAE provides a platform for those students interested in the field of automotive engineering. Under the society students are mainly into two main sections namely VJTI Auto group and Aero VJTI.

A team named 'Team Motorbreath' represents the VJTI in competitions in the field of land mobiles like Baja SAE of SAE International.

Students under Aero VJTI represent the college in international events like SAE Aero Design, AIAA DBF, organized annually in the US. The events require students to design and manufacture efficient radio controlled aircraft. Other participation includes competitions within the country. The students conduct aircraft building workshops in colleges in Mumbai including SPCE & Fr. Agnel's college, apart from schools.

In 2012, Aero VJTI won the best oral presentation award at SAE Aero Design West in the Advance class of the competition. It was placed 6th internationally in the overall performance.

Debate & Literary Arts Society

The Debate & Literary Arts Society, known as the DLA, is a VJTI student organization under the Humanities & Management Department. The DLA's activities are primarily divided into three areas: the VJTI newsletter (VJ.News), debates, quizzes and The VJTI Model United Nations (MUN).[28] Besides these, the DLA also organizes regular seminars and lectures on economics, literature, creative writing, etc. The DLA is responsible for many of the events organized at Pratibimb, VJTI's annual cultural festival.

Its committee is led by two general secretaries who are appointed by the institute every academic year.

Entrepreunship Cell

The Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) of VJTI conducts events, workshops and seminars that aim to develop the management acumen and stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit in students. It conducts stand alone events ('Mandi' being a popular one) as well as management based sectors in Pratibimb, Technovanza and Enthusia, the three festivals of VJTI.

Annual festivals


Technovanza is the 3-day national-level annual techno-management festival of VJTI, organized by the students on non-profit basis. It consists of competitions, exhibitions, workshops and seminars on robotics, programming and other technical, management and social sectors; along with entertainment programs which usually have a technical basis.[29][30] The festival is considered the largest techno-management festival in Maharashtra and one of the largest in Asia.


Pratibimb is the three-day national-level annual cultural festival of VJTI, organized under the aegis of the VJTI Social Group. It consists of one day devoted to intra-college (i.e. inter-departmental) competitions, termed as 'Impact'; while the other two days consist of events, competitions, workshops and entertainment programs that are open to students of all colleges.


Rangawardhan is a four-day Annual Marathi cultural fest dedicated to promoting Marathi drama, literature, music and other art forms. It conducts performances, exhibitions, seminars and competitions during Pratibimb (VJTI's Cultural Festival), as well as its own standalone events. It stages dramatics and music performances at college functions.


Enthusia is the national-level annual sports festival of VJTI, organized under the aegis of VJTI Gymkhana. It is one of the largest intercollegiate sports festivals in Maharashtra and India. Engineering and medical colleges from Mumbai and Maharashtra participate in the three-week-long sporting event. The event has both inter-college & intra-college (i.e. inter-departmental) matches.

Ganeshotsav and Chetna

Ganeshotsav and Chetna are annual institute-level festivals organized by the students and managing staff of VJTI Hostels. They consist of cultural, technical and sports events, along with VJTI Hostels' Alumni Meet. Ganeshotsav occurs in the odd semester while Chetna in the even semester. 2014's Chetna was cancelled due to reasons unknown.

Departmental festivals

They are annual national-level technical festivals pertaining to a certain engineering stream and organized by students, faculty and alumni of a particular department of VJTI. They are:

  • Vastra

Textile Manufactures Department & Textile Past Students Foundation - TPSF

  • Prodology

Production Engineering Department & Production Engineering Students Association - PESA

  • Rasayana

Technical & Applied Chemistry Department

Student publications


The logo of the VJTI Nirmaan Chronicle, it replaced a flurry of changing logos, mostly featuring the logo in Gothic or calligraphic typeface, with a new-modern flat design to suit the electronic make-over

Nirmaan is the annual magazine of VJTI. Its operations are conducted under the aegis of the Nirmaan Committee. It includes articles by students, faculty and alumni. It used to be published once every academic year, and now is a running electronic copy updated more frequently.

It has undertaken activities such as foreign language sessions, as part of its Globalization and Internationalization Programme, among others. As part of the 125 year quasquicentenary celebrations, the Nirmaan issue portrayed 125 years of heritage of the college, sourced from the VJTI Archives.

VJ. News

The official newsletter of VJTI is published four times a year. It is managed by the Debate & Literary Arts Society. It contains institute news, placements, further studies, interviews and general topics.


VJTI Alumni Association

Formed in March 1944, the VJTI Alumni Association was formerly known as the VJTI Old Boys' Association. In 1973 the association was re-christened "The VJTI Alumni Association" and was formally registered with the Charities Commissioner under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

The objectives of the Association as laid down in the memorandum then were as follows:

  • To secure contact amongst the alumni, past and present students and faculty.
  • To promote educational activities and programmes for the benefit of the alumni and the students.
  • To assist the institute and the alumni through the knowledge and experience gained in the profession by the members.
  • To maintain a permanent record of the alumni.
  • To assist the alumni and the institute in training and placement activities.
  • To promote social, cultural and sports activities amongst the alumni, past and present students and the staff.
  • To promote publications of journals, bulletins, text books etc. of scientific and technical nature.
  • To promote the cause of technical education and/or advise and represent professional bodies, industries, educational institutions and government bodies.
  • To assist needy and deserving students by providing financial aid.
  • To create greater rapport between VJTI and the industry.
  • To institute awards to deserving students of the institute for achievements in sports and technical activities.

The revival of the Alumni Association was spurred at Blueprint 2020, held in April 2004 with the encouragement of the then Principal and Secretary. [31]

Departmental alumni bodies

Several departments have their own alumni bodies which also conduct annual departmental alumni meets. These include Textile Past Students Foundation (TPSF) and Production Past Students Association. VJTI Hostels also conducts an annual alumni meet.

Distinguished alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History of VJTI". VJTI. 2005. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Government of Maharashtra Resolution Number WBP-2004/(341/04)/(2)/Technical Education – 6 dated 21 June 2004
  3. ^ "Ccna - Ccnp - Ccie". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Best Engineering colleges 2014".  
  6. ^ a b "Top Engineering Colleges".  
  7. ^ a b "Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of 2009" (PDF).  
  8. ^ "Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai". Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Admissions to autonomous institutes". 
  11. ^ "VJTI Admissions Page". Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Civil & Environmental Engineering". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  13. ^ "Structural Engineering". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  14. ^ "Computer Engineering & Information Technology". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  15. ^ "MCA". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  16. ^ "Electrical Engineering". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  17. ^ "Mechanical Engineering". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  18. ^ "Production Engineering". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  19. ^ "Textile Manufactures". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  20. ^ "Technical and Applied Chemistry". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  21. ^ "Mathematics". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  22. ^ "Physics". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  23. ^ "Humanities and Management". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  24. ^ "VJTI Management". 
  25. ^ "SRA : About Us". SRA Website. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  26. ^ "DRDO lauds Humminger, UAV of VJTI students". Orissa TV. 8 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  27. ^ "Nirmala Institute of Technology Robocon champion". The Indian Express. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  28. ^ "DLA: About Us". DLA Website. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  29. ^ Dore, Bhavya (3 February 2012). "Novel concepts on display at VJTI’s fest from today". Hindustan Times. 
  30. ^ "VJTI's Technovanza 2012 festival kicks off tomorrow". Digit. 2 February 2012. 
  31. ^ VJTI Alumni Association
  32. ^ "Asia's Women in the Mix". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Alumni association
  • Society of Robotics & Automation
  • Debate & Literary Arts Society
  • Pratibimb festival site
  • Technovanza festival site
  • Enthusia festival site
  • Nirmaan (school magazine)

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