Four private universities have established massive scholarship programmes to reward top rankers. Here are the details--
1. VIT University
WHAT began in 1984 as a private engineering college has evolved into a technical university offering graduate and postgraduate courses in six schools and boasts of over 14,000 students.
The engineering school, the oldest, is very well recognised. Accredited by leading national and international bodies, the university has a good placement record.
About the scholarship: The VIT University’s IGNITE Scholarships allows top scholars from around the country to leap forward without worrying about financial hurdles. It is offered to all students who appear for the VIT Engineering Entrance Examination and score very high marks.
The scholarships come at three levels:
a) 100% tuition fee for toppers of each state in their State Board Exams for all the 4 years.
b) 75% fee waiver for students who are ranked from 1 to 50 on an all-India basis.
c) 50 % fee waiver for students with 51 to 100 rank on an all-India basis.
Value of the Fellowship: The fellowship covers only the tuition fee for the college. The students have to bear the cost of board and lodging, as well as any other expenses involved.
No of Fellowships: Total 202 beneficiaries.
2. SRM University
SRM University also emerged out of an engineering college, SRM Engineering college, set up in 1985. Gaining Deemed University status in 2006, it now has over 20,000 students and 1,500 faculty, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Humanities. The university boasts of close collaboration with foreign universities and the student population is quite diverse with over 80% of students coming from outside Tamil Nadu. The university has a vibrant Semester Abroad Program and good placement scenario.
About the Scholarship: The university offers two different scholarships with varying levels of benefits. It is primarily offered to those students who appear for the national-level entrance examination conducted by the university - SRM Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMEEE).
a) Founder’s Scholarship: A prestigious programme, here the institute offers the holders not only full tuition fee waiver, but also free board and lodging along with a stipend of Rs. 1,000 every month.It is offered to:
b) Merit Scholarship: For students who have secured above 90% in CBSE or above 95 % in state board examinations and also ranked amongst the top 8,000 in SRMEEE, scholarship up to 50% of tuition fee waiver will be given in the branch they are eligible for at the time of counselling. The quantum and number would vary from time to time.Value of fellowship: As above
- Top State rankers in school final
- Top rankers in SRMEE, JEE and AIEEE
- Exemplary Sports persons at National and International level.
No. of Fellowships: Not specified
3. AMITY University
A leading private university in north India, Amity grew out a Business School set up in 1995. The engineering, law and other schools followed suit and it gained a State private university status in 2005. It has campuses in Nodia, Lucknow and Gurgaon and Jaipur. The Noida campus is spread over 60 acres and its infrastructure is very sound.
It also claims to have a technology incubator within campus and boasts of a kitty of over 100 patent filings. It offers a diverse set of programmes in over 44 disciplines and subjects in all its campuses.
About the Scholarship: Amity Scholarships are awarded to students on need or merit basis. They were initiated to encourage the talents of such students, thereby strengthening the roots of the future generation. It offers them at two levels.100% Scholarship: Eligibility - 93% aggregate and above (excluding Physical Education, Fine Arts & Performing Arts) in CBSE or ICSE Board of Class XII, 2011.50% Scholarship: Eligibility - 88% aggregate and above (excluding Physical Education, Fine Arts & Performing Arts) in CBSE or ICSE Board of Class XII, 2011.
Valuee of the Scholarship: The recipients gets tuition fee waiver according to the tier of the scholarship. He or she would be responsible for all other expenses.
No. of Scholarships: Not available
Important Dates: The institute follows a rolling admissions policy. The students eligible for scholarship do not need to appear for any entrance exam. They are admitted under the “Fast Track” mode and their admissions are based on their application followed by an interview.
4. VEL TECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
A very young technical university, this too emerged out of an engineering college, and obtained deemed University status in 2009. Located in Chennai, the university primarily focuses on engineering discipline and offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.
It has recently begun to offer PhD programmes as well. A well-endowed campus, over 50 laboratories, and 300-plus faculty members constitute the institutional backbone. The college when it was affiliated to the Anna University had the reputation of producing quite a few university rank holders. The engineering school is accredited by NBA, the autonomous agency of AICTE.
About the Scholarship: In terms of scope and diversity, as well as absolute number of fellowships, this programme wins hands down. It offers two kinds of scholarships
Value of the Scholarship: As above
- 100% Scholarships of free tuition fees, hostel with boarding and lodging for 4 years to top three students from each state admitted to B.Tech. Programme, through VTUEEE 11
- 50% concession in tuition fees to the top 100 students who join the B.Tech programme with not less than 90% in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in +2 examinations, through VTUEEE 11
No of Scholarships: With 28 states and 7 union territories, theoretically the institute would offer 105 full fee waiver scholarship, making it the largest absolute number.With over 400 fellowships available, this is a good opportunity for the country’s budding scholars to study without much financial worries.