Vel Tech University's Mahatma Gandhi National Merit Scholarship scheme is being expanded to include the top student among applicants from Chennai. 'As a special gesture of goodwill for the hometown students, the topper among the Chennai applicants will receive 100 % scholarship,' said R. Rangarajan, Chancellor of the university. The scheme, which includes full scholarships to the top three applicants from each State, partial scholarships to the top 100 applicants scoring above 90 % and a joint scholarship with The Hindu offering merit-cum-means scholarships for 25 other students, has been received well across the country. 'There will be takers from all States and Union Territories for our engineering scholarship scheme since we have received a large number of applications from every State. Competition will be tough but students will have to compete only with students from their own State,' said Rangarajan Mahalakshmi K., Vice-Chancellor of Vel Tech.
The huge demand had led to some anxiety about the availability of applications in some places. The university was quick to reassure students that with the last date of applications on April 30, enough applications were rushed to all sales points to cater to the unprecedented demand. They could also download applications from the website or apply online, said the admissions officer of the University.