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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 Govt-aided Autonomous Engineering & Technological Institute
Director O. G. Kakde
Academic staff
Students 2860
Undergraduates 2160
Postgraduates 556
Location Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
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Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Mumbai

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), formerly Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute, is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and one of the oldest engineering colleges in Asia. Founded in 1887, it was rechristened to its present name on 26 January 1997.[2] VJTI is an academically and administratively autonomous institute, however it is a part of the University of Mumbai and its degrees & diplomas are issued by the University, and the institute is financially supported by the Government of Maharashtra.

After being awarded academic & administrative autonomy in 2004, VJTI became operational under the administration of a Board of Governors.[3] VJTI is also the Central Technical Institute of Maharashtra State. The Institute is reputed for excellent training in programs in engineering and technology at the certificate,[4] diploma, degree, post-graduate and doctoral levels, as well as numerous well-regarded research works.


Foundation and early years (1887–1960)

Established in 1887, VJTI initially began with only two departments, namely the Sir J. J. School of Mechanical Engineering and the Ripon Textile School for the two branches of industry in which Bombay was vitally interested at the time. The first step in the expansion of the Institute was taken in 1903 when courses in Electrical Engineering were introduced. The Technical & Applied Chemistry Department was added in 1906 which was followed in 1914 by the Department of Sanitary Engineering. In June 1913, the institute was recognised by the Government of Bombay as the Central Technological Institute, Bombay Province. In the early days, the Institute was housed in Byculla, in a building donated for the purpose by the Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit. In the course of development, the Institute's building at Byculla proved insufficient for the growing number of students who sought admission and soon after the First World War, in 1923, the Institute moved to its present and more commodious, specially constructed building at Matunga, which represents the most important landmark in the history of the Institute. This would not have been possible but for the liberal grants given by the Government and the Bombay Millowners' Association. A new block of northern light roof type construction was added in 1931 for housing the textile machinery and equipment which was obtained through the kind offices of Sir Ness Wadia.

The Bachelor Degree courses in Textile, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering were started In 1946,1947 and 1949 respectively. The Institute is affiliated to the University of Mumbai and was one of the fourteen institutes selected by the Central Government for further development with grant-in-aid from the Centre.

Development & Post-Autonomy (1960–present)

Prior to 1960, Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute was the only Institute offering Engineering degree and Post Graduate courses under the University of Bombay and enjoyed de facto autonomy. VJTI has played a very vital role in curriculum development such as the introduction of new courses, framing their syllabi and their examination schemes at the University level. 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 much valued 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.

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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. Mention must be made that 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 also initiated a newsletter named 'VJ.News' in March 2010.

Under a World Bank grant, the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP), the institute has several projects underway to establish itself as a world class technological institute. The modernization will offer excellent central computing facilities to students, who will also have access to improved laboratory and workshop facilities. The faculty at the institute is recognized for its Testing and Consultancy work. Realizing the potential of the institute, reputed industries have 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 competently liaises with over hundred companies and successfully places students for employment and in-plant training through campus recruitment programmes. In 2010, VJTI added Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering to its list of streams.[1]

VJTI was conferred with the title of 'Knowledge Partner' for the upcoming Centre of Excellence Of Sports Textiles of Government of India.[5]


College Rankings
Engineering – India
India Today[6] 22
Outlook India[7] 32
Private colleges:
Mint[8] 7

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


  • Admissions for undergraduate degree courses are based on the scores in the Maharashtra Health Science And Technical - Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET)[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.[12]

Of these, 9 offer certificate, diploma, degree, post-graduate and/or doctoral programs. These are:

Three academic departments have supporting roles and conduct foundation courses for various degree & 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 current Chairman of the Board is Nusli Wadia, Chairman, Bombay Dyeing.

The key people in the execution of the Institute's activities are the Director, currently O. G. Kakade, who is assisted by the Dean (Academic Programs), Dean (Students Activities), Dean (Resource Mobilization & Finance) and Dean (Research & Development), and the respective Heads of the Departments.[25]

Student Societies

Society of Robotics & Automation (SRA)

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE), 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 this society students are mainly into two main sections namely VJTI Auto group and Aero VJTI.

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

Students under Aero VJTI represent the college in various 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 include various competitions within the country. The students conduct regular aircraft building workshops in various 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 (DLA)

The Debate & Literary Arts Society, commonly 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).[29] 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.


Rangwardhan is a student society 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 stand alone events. It regularly stages dramatics and music performances at college functions.

Entrepreunship Cell (E-Cell)

The Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) of VJTI conducts events, workshops & 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 various competitions, exhibitions, workshops and seminars on robotics, programming and other technical, management & social sectors; along with varied entertainment programs which usually have a technical basis.[30][31] The festival is considered the largest techno-management festival in Maharashtra and one of the largest in Asia.


Pratibimb is the 3-day national-level annual cultural festival of VJTI, organized under the aegis of the VJTI Social Group. It consists of 1 day devoted to intra-college (i.e. inter-departmental) competitions, termed as 'Impact'; while the other 2 days consist of varied events, competitions, workshops & entertainment programs that are open to students of all colleges.


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 & India. Engineering and medical colleges from all over Mumbai and Maharashtra participate in this three-week-long sporting event. The event has both inter-college & intra-college (i.e. inter-departmental) matches held separately in 2 parts.

Ganeshotsav and Chetna

Ganeshotsav and Chetna are annual institute-level festivals organized entirely by the students and managing staff of VJTI Hostels. They consist of cultural, technical & 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

These 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

Nirmaan, the official chronicle of VJTI

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 official annual magazine of VJTI. Its operations are conducted under the aegis of VJTI Nirmaan Committee. It includes articles on a range of

topics by students, faculty and alumni; along with other content. It used to be published once every academic year, and now is a running electronic copy updated more frequently.

It has also undertaken newer such activities including 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 VJTI newsletter

VJ. News is the official newsletter of VJTI, published four times every academic year. It is managed by the Debate & Literary Arts Society (DLA) of VJTI. It contains articles pertaining to recent institute news, placements, further studies, interviews as well as general topics.


The VJTI Alumni Association

Formed in March 1944, the VJTI Alumni Association was formerly known as the VJTI Old Boys' Association. In the year 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 an intimate contact amongst the alumni, past and present students and faculty.
  • To promote and support educational activities and programmes for the benefit of the alumni and the students.
  • To assist the Institute and the alumni in every manner possible through the specialized 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 and support 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 the event Blueprint 2020, held in April 2004 with the encouragement of the then Principal and Secretary. Ever since then, the Alumni Association has taken shape with the efforts of committed alumni as well as present students.[32]

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

Other Government Engineering Colleges (GEC's) in Maharashtra


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