School of Mechanical Engineering (SMEC)

Dean's Message

Welcome to the School of Mechanical Engineering!

The School of Mechanical Engineering at VIT is one of the renowned schools and began operating in 1984. Our school has a team of elite faculty members from institutes of repute across the globe to augment the skills of the students. The School of Mechanical Engineering offers 3 undergraduate and 5 post-graduate programs. These programmes are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, and manufacturing industries. Furthermore, the school is providing two distinctive undergraduate programmes specifically tailored for industry professionals, which are exclusively offered as a blended learning mode.

Our school's knowledge-centric ecology is supported by its sophisticated infrastructure, industry-sponsored centres of excellence, and state-of-the-art lab facilities. There are 43 academic and research labs with in the school, all of which focus on the latest industry trends. It is with great pleasure that I share with you that the School of Mechanical Engineering has been at the forefront of advancing research in numerous cutting-edge fields that bring together experts from different fields, such as additive manufacturing, electric and hybrid vehicle technology, hydrogen storage, advanced materials and processing, material characterisation, robotics, mechatronics and automation, industry 4.0, and countless more.

Our School's multidisciplinary approach to engineering education and research gives us a distinct advantage in training future engineers and equipping them for multiple career opportunities and disciplines. We have signed many Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with internationally reputed academic and industry partners. Collaborations enable us to co-develop curriculum, value-added courses, seminars, and trainings. Furthermore, our ties with these outstanding academic and industrial partners enable our students to participate in internships (industry/research) and semester-abroad programmes, respectively.

The MoUs have also enabled our students to pursue higher studies and do research internships through prestigious scholarships such as MITACS, DAAD-WISE, and others. The School regularly hosts an "Industry-Academia Networking Conclave (IANC)” to actively address and bridge the gap that exists between industries and academia. The conclave includes Design-a-Thons, Hack-a-Thons, Technical Challenges, Panel Discussions, and Technical Talks, all aimed at enhancing students' technical and professional abilities. I am pleased to inform you that 75+ industries participated in this year's IANC 2024, and we signed 11 Memorandums of Understanding with industry partners.

Our School has received significant research funding from several National and International agencies such as DST, DRDO, MNRE, CSIT, CVRDE, CPDO, AR&DB, BRNS, ISRO, NRB, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Council etc. The Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has recognised the school for its research activities and supported it in 2003, 2010 and 2022 under the Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) Program. As another milestone, the school has also received institutional funding from DST under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) scheme in 2021 for establishing the centre of excellence in additive manufacturing.

I am also elated to inform you that the “Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering” program is ranked within the top 8-10 in India and top 201-250 in the world as per QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

Welcome you to the elite School of Mechanical Engineering!