A new chapter was opened in the history of engineering education in the Indian state Karnataka when an international university announced its decision to tie up with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU). Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, will have tie up with VTU from the next academic year commencing in August. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed with VTU soon.
The understanding between the two Universities will provide an opportunity for VTU graduates to pursue their post-graduation in AIT and the AIT students belonging to 50 countries will study in engineering colleges of Karnataka. The understanding covers two-stage master's programme, integrated engineering and joint research. There are 2,000 students in AIT and 80 among them are Indians. The University has teachers from 30 countries.
The Information and Communication Technology-related (ICT) courses cover software technology, telecom engineering, geographical information system and remote sensing. VTU was the first institution in India to tie up with AIT, which is internationally acclaimed as a centre of excellence. 110 engineering colleges had affiliation with VTU and there were 1.5 lakh students studying in these colleges.