STARS Scheme by the VIT with a complete fee waiver for deserving rural engineering aspirants


Are you a meritorious engineering aspirant from a rural government school and in need of financial support for your higher studies? Check out this article to study B. Tech program with a complete fee waiver under the STARS scheme (Support the Advancement of Rural Students) initiated by the Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu. Know the details regarding key features, eligibility requirements, and tech giants listed for campus placement for students enrolled in the STARS scheme.

Briefly on VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology)

Established in 1984 as a private engineering institution in Vellore, later granted university status in 2001, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) has been founded under the eminent chairperson and an ex-parliamentarian, G. Viswanathan. With a vision to be "a place to learn and a chance to grow," the Vellore Institute of Technology has attained the status of Deemed University. The VIT group of institutions having campuses in Vellore and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Amaravati in the State of AP, and Bhopal in Madya Pradesh offer various UG/PG/Integrated/ Research/Industrial programs in engineering and technology. Additionally, research programs/projects in Management, Science, and Languages have been tailor-made with integral academic and research centers to hone their skills and ability. With an innovative and learner-friendly FFCS (Fully Flexible Credit System) teaching methodology, the institution enables the wards to schedule their programs and choice of faculties as per their interest. Along with this ingenious way of learning, the campuses have state-of-the-art infrastructure. The institute has incorporated global standards to tie up with international universities for the exchange of students and faculties in pursuance of research-oriented education. Above all, VIT takes pride in initiating the STARS scheme (Support the Advancement of Rural Students) for the upliftment of meritorious rural engineering aspirants to fine-tune for a prospective career. The scheme offers full scholarships, including tuition fee waiver, free hostel, food, and other academic facilities.

About the STARS scheme by the VIT

As a public-spirited initiative to enable the deprived, but deserved rural engineering aspirants, the STARS scheme has been launched by the VIT Group of Institutions in 2008. Education for children in rural areas still being inaccessible, and higher education in professional courses has been expensive requiring enormous funds indeed. Since most of the rural youth whose parents have unstable incomes are unable to continue their higher studies even though they are intellectual. To overcome this societal inequality between urban and rural youth to some extent, this unique educational scheme has been instituted. Under this merit-based scheme, a girl and a boy from any government school in rural areas in each district of Tamil Nadu have been admitted to the UG program in VIT. The scholarships include a 100% waiver of tuition fees, free hostel, and food, and book bank facilities.

Key Features of the STARS Scheme


  • Selected candidates under this scheme have been given training sessions to upskill their language proficiency in English, computer literacy, personality development, and coaching classes in Maths, Physics, and Chemistry to enhance their academic skills.
  • They need to undergo counselling sessions as they are from the underprivileged section.
  • Academic logistics are given due importance.
  • Sessions on industry exposure, behavioral mores, and sharing of knowledge are conducted by the STARS alumni.
  • Internship facilities and campus placement are the core features of the STARS scheme.
  • Training sessions on campus placement and certification programs have been a part of the scheme.
  • They have been motivated to be a member of the Clubs and Chapters of the Institution and encouraged to be placed on campus by alumni meetings of the VIT STARS.
  • A coordinator is appointed to take care of the overall development of the STARS candidates.
  • Free hostel and a hygienic mess facility with vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine is provided to them.
  • An extensive library and book bank have been facilitated for the students under this initiative.

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Procedure


  • Candidates who studied Maths, Physics, and Chemistry in Plus 2 have been eligible for the STARS scheme by the VIT.
  • The parent's annual income should not be more than INR 1,50,000.
  • One child alone in a family will be selected under this initiative.
  • Ten boys and ten girls from rural government schools who are in the top ten ranks will be chosen (none of the government schools coming under the corporation/municipality/town panchayat are eligible)
  • The short-listed district rank holders need to attend an interview. A boy and a girl from each district finalized from the interview will be given admission to the B. Tech course in VIT. However, admissions under this scheme will be solely determined by the management of the VIT groups.

Graduation and Placement Data

Under this project of Support the Advancement of Rural Students, 796 students are graduated out of which first-generation graduates are 578 so far from the year 2008-2021 as per the report by the VIT.

Candidates get placed in major tech giants such as Dell, HCL, L&T, TCS, CTS, Infosys, Bank of America, Wipro, Accenture, IOC, Shell, ZOHO Corporation, HPE, IBM, Temenos, IDBI Bank, Oracle, Capgemini, Philips, Virtusa, Sapient, Bosch, Tech Mahindra, Amazon, Hexaware, and Facebook.

Contact Details for STARS scheme application procedure


Dr. S. Meenakshi
STARS Coordinator
Phone: 0416-220-2652
Mobile: 9566656736
Email: stars.coordinator@vit.ac.in
Website: https://vit.ac.in/stars-support-advancement-rural-students

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