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Published: May 15, 2012

A great institution is born in the minds of great men. A magnificent college in the name of Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute was born in the city of Bombay in 1887 and it was due to the culmination of ideas of great men like Lord Reay, Nowrosjee Wadia, Pherozshah Mehta, M.C. Murzban, Harkishandas Nurrotumdas and M.G. Ranade. The leader behind the scheme of establishing this Institute for training in Industrial Arts and Science (as it was being called in that era) was, beyond doubt, Lord Reay. Being the governor of the Bombay Presidency, he was in a position to bring together people from various fields (along with their resources) and give effect to this grand idea. Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, a distinguished prominent businessman of the city of Bombay, helped in the scheme of things with his magnanimous grant of the Building at Byculla. When he learnt of the difficulty experienced by the VJTI committee in obtaining a suitable building, he decided to donate the Elphinstone College building at Byculla. These buildings were quite suitable for a Technological Institute, having a fairly large Campus and being located in the midst of the Mechanical and Textile Industries at that time. The classes began on 1st September 1888 and a formal inauguration of the institute took place on 10th April 1889.

Current Status
Established in 1887, the Institute was renamed Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute in 1996. VJTI enjoys the pride and status of a premier technological institute among engineering colleges in the country. VJTI offers engineering ‘Diploma’ (three year programme after SSC), under graduate degree ‘B.Tech.’ (Four year programme, after HSC) and post graduate degree ‘M.Tech.’ (Two years programme after UG Degree) in all the major branches of engineering. VJTI also offers Ph.D programmes in various branches of engineering.
VJTI is a fully State Government grant- in- aid autonomous Institute. It is affiliated to the Mumbai University and approved by the AICTE. Institute also has obtained the accreditation of National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for its UG and PG courses. The Diploma is affiliated to the MSBTE. The Institute was granted financial and academic autonomy from June 21, 2004.
Autonomous VJTI is governed by the Board of Governors (BoG) composed of 12 members, including the VJTI Director, all appointed by the Government of Maharashtra. The BoG meets quarterly, sets the budgetary and academic framework and policy decisions, under which VJTI operates. The BoG is responsible for all the policies related to VJTI’s physical, financial and personnel affairs.
VJTI is located at a very prime location in the central part of the Mumbai city in ‘Matunga’. It can be reached from the suburban local railway stations of ‘Matunga’ (Central and Western Line), Wadala & King Circle (Harbour Line). It is also well connected by the various bus routes. VJTI has only one campus and is spread across a sprawling area of 16.4 acres. All the engineering departments, library, administrative block and students’ hostels (Girls and Boys) are located in the same campus. VJTI caters to 3700 students registered for various programmes. The capacity of hostels is 664 students. All the departments are well-equipped with class rooms, seminar rooms, departmental library, and computer laboratories apart from the various laboratories. The common facilities for all the students include the Institute’s library, e-library, central computing facilities, Gymkhana, Auditorium, play ground and canteen, distance education centers. All the departments are well equipped with the modern teaching aids as LCD projection facilities and internet.
VJTI attracts the top rankers in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for engineering. The Institute’s diploma and graduate students are employed by the industries on priority. The placement of students takes place in the final year of their programs. Many leading national and international employers select VJTI students offering the best of the remuneration packages prevailing nationwide. A sizable number of students after their graduation opt for higher studies abroad (usually USA) in the leading universities on scholarships.

Department of Textiles
The department of Textile Manufactures was started as the Ripon Textile School in the early days of the institute. The department is currently located in the northern light steel trussed roof building. It has a variety of modern spinning and weaving machines and laboratory equipment. The department carries out industry consultancy projects and is recognized by the Government of India as an official testing facility. In-plant training is an integral part of the learning process at the diploma and B. Tech levels.
Courses are available in:
• Licentiate in Textile Manufacturers
• Diploma in Textile Design
• B.Tech degree in Textile
• M.Tech degree in textile Technology
Laboratories and testing facilities are available in areas of:
• Spinning
• Weaving
• Chute Feed Systems
• Screen Printing
• Exposure Rooms
• Evenness Analysis
• Yarn Testing
• Geo-Textiles
Ranking VJTI is ranked #22 by India Today in the Best Engineering colleges, 2012 and #32 by Outlook India in Top Engineering Colleges of 2012. STAR NEWS honoured VJTI as outstanding engineering institute (West) during National B- school Awards on 12th February 2011 in Recognition of Leadership, Development, Innovation, Modern and Industry Related Curriculum in Engineering & Technology. ABP news has also declared VJTI as Best Institute in Western Region. It has also been ranked as Top Engineering College of Super Excellence in India and placed at rank 13 by Competition Success Review on July 19, 2011. In rankings limited to private colleges it was ranked #7 by Mint in the Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of 2009. TEQIP (I) ranked VJTI as number 1 in the country in academic excellence.

Under the World Bank Technical Education Quality Programme (TEQIP), the institute has several projects underway to establish itself as a world class technology institute. New laboratories have been created and centers of excellence have been set up. VJTI has upgraded the library facilities with a smart library card and E-library facility. Their vision of establishing global leadership in the field of Technology and developing competent human resources for providing service to society is not very far.

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