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The V.J.T.I. was founded in 1887 and was initially hosted in the Old Elphinstone college building at Byculla with 2 departments known as the 'Ripon Textile School' and 'Sir J.J. School of Mechanical Engineering'. The Institute was born out of an urgent need to create a new cadre of technical personnel who would reduce dependence on foreign technical personnel.
Degree courses in VJTI began in 1946 and Post graduate courses in 1952. The institute presently runs over 25 courses in different field of specialization in degree and diploma streams. Today VJTI also runs doctoral programmes. Around 3300 students study on the campus and the annual intake is 950. The Institute boasts of having provided the industrial, research, managerial and academic world with skilled technical manpower that are comparable with the best in India and the world. Notable among these are Shri Mohanlal Sukhadia, Shri Anil Kakodkar, Shri Babubhai Chinai, Shri Pratap Bhogilal, Shri Fakirji Bharucha, Shri P.B.Advani, Shri Jayant Patil, Shri Chhagan Bhujbal and several other luminaries of the industrial and managerial world who have left an indelible mark on the industrial and economic scenario with their technical and managerial prowess, vision and commitment. Many current top level technocrats, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats and managers have also been trained in this institute. In all over 25,500 diploma holders, over 15,500 graduates and over 2200 post graduates have been trained on this campus.
The VJTI Alumni association was formed on 10th March 1944 and was called 'The Old Boys' Association'. It was later rechristened 'VJTI Alumni Association'. The association endeavours to establish an intimate contact between the past and present students of the institute and the staff. It strives to create an everlasting bond between the institute and the alumni by inviting them to participate in various activities of the institute like curriculum development, undertaking of joint research and consultancy projects, development of centres of excellence in emerging areas of technology, student mentoring, guest lectures, laboratory and infrastructure development. The Alumni association has its own office within the institute premises where all information relating to the alumni will be made available.
The Alumni meet to be held on 24th December 2006 in the institute is the first of its kind after the institute was granted autonomy in June 2004. All alumni are invited to visit the campus and take a walk down memory lane and relive the times spent on the campus. The Director of the institute will address the alumni and inform them of the growth and progress of the institute over the past several years and of the future goals of the institute. This event would be a special one for the Batch of 81 (degree, diploma, post graduate and post diploma) who celebrate 25 years of passing out from the institute. The alumni meet would henceforth be made an annual event to be held in the 4th week of December.
You would be happy to note the launch of Alumni website: "http://www.vjtialumni.com"
: : Our Distinguished Alumni