VTU abbreviated as Visvesvaraya Technological University named after Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the only engineer to be awarded a Bharat Ratna award. Jnana Sangama, Belgaum is the headquarters of VTU. Additionally, the university has three regional centers located in Bangalore, Gulbarga and Mysore.
VTU is one of the biggest Technological Universities in India having over 186 colleges affiliated to it with under graduate course in 28 disciplines and PG Program in 71 disciplines. The intake at UG level is about 67100 students and at the PG level it is about 12666 students. The University has 13 QIP centre in various affiliated colleges and 16 extension centers for offering PG programs. There are over 2305 departments recognized as research centers. The university has around 1800 PhD candidates
The University has very successfully achieved the tremendous task of bringing various colleges affiliated earlier to different Universities, with different syllabi, different procedures and different traditions under one umbrella. The University implemented common curriculum for UG in 1998 and revised syllabi again in 2002 for all the courses and uniform procedures were adopted. As a further step in standardization, the subjects & syllabi of related branches are being made common up to the fourth semester. The University has already revised the syllabus of MBA with effect from the academic year 2001-2002 and has now revised the syllabi of all M.Tech courses & MCA. The University plans to bring in further flexibility in the curriculum, so that any changes or revisions may be introduced particularly with respect to electives, as and when the technology changes or the need arises.
The first batch consisting of approximately 13,000 students of Under Graduate B.E. / B.Tech who were admitted in the academic year 1998-99 came out of the portals of this University as graduates during the month of July 2002. Four batches of M.Tech. 3 batches of MBA and 2 batches of MCA students have so far passed out of this University. The total number of Post-Graduates who have completed their studies in this University is around 5000.
The University has signed MoUs with various MNCs like IBM, Intel Asia Electronics Inc., Ingersoll-Rand (India) Ltd., Bangalore, Nokia, Bosch Rexroth and Microsoft to improve the industry interactions for both students and the teachers.
VTU is one of the member universities of the Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.