The university chancellor Dr. G. Vishwanathan said that “ the course is said to be designed in order to develop Energy Engineers and Specialists who are capable of meeting the challenges of future industrial expansion and to meet current industrial requirements, with an emphasis on industrial interaction and applied engineering”.
This course is being offered in co-operation with Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Julich, Germany, Technical University, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. VIT also offers courses in M. Tech Energy and Environment. Students also study subjects on Advanced courses in solar energy, wind energy, bio energy, fuels and combustion, energy economics, renewable energy project preparation and more. Apart from this VIT also includes courses on heat transfer, mass transfer and conventional energy systems instrumentation, energy conservation systems and auditing.
VIT, Chennai has also initiated number of research programmes leading to Doctoral Degree and innovative long term research for conservation of energy, promoting large scale projects for conventional power generation plants. Based on this approach Dr. Vishwanathan said “We have taken steps after doing regular energy auditing to install power plants using biomass, solar PV, solar water heating and dish stirling engine systems at our University. Already the University has installed 2 water heaters capable of heating 15,000 liters of water every day and installed a solar PV cum aero generator for Street lights in Chennai campus and planning to install a number of solar water heater units. As a long time measure VIT is also planning to install wind power generators for Solar PV Plants on wheeling basis”.