Dr. G. Viswanathan - Founder

Dr. G. VISWANATHAN

Founder - VIT Group of Institutions

Dr. G. Viswanathan (G. V.), the Founder-Chancellor of VIT University, was born on December 8, 1938, in a remote village near Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Dr. G. V.’s life is a source of inspiration to aspiring youth.
He had his early education in his small village, where he studied in Tamil, his mother tongue. Having excelled in education right from his childhood, he joined Voorhees College, Vellore for higher education. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the prestigious Loyola College, Chennai. Then, he graduated in Law from Madras Law College. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2003, nearly four decades after he completed his university education, reaffirming his commitment to lifelong learning.
Dr. G. V. has left an indelible mark in politics – as a dedicated student leader, as an active Parliamentarian and as a Minister. His abiding passion for societal development and compassion for the underprivileged prompted Dr. G. V. to launch several schemes for the upliftment of women and unemployed youth to help them become self-reliant. He has adopted several villages with the objective of improving the quality of lives of the rural people. His vision of transforming Vellore into a greener and cooler town by planting one million saplings has begun to yield fruit.
Dr. G. V. established Vellore Engineering College in 1984 at Vellore, which has now evolved as Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). VIT has been recognized as an Institution of Eminence (IOE) by the Government of India, a rare distinction bestowed only on twenty higher education institutions from the thousands of Universities in India. It has been consistently ranked among the top private engineering institutions in India by NIRF, Government of India. The institution received ISO Certification from Holland in the 1990s, International accreditation from the United Kingdom and USA, and the highest accreditation grade from the Government of India.
VIS is founded on the guiding principles of Dr. G. V.’s vision and compassion, which will enable the school to evolve as one of the top international schools in Chennai for holistic education.
G. V. Selvam - Chairman

Mr. G. V. SELVAM

Chairman - Vellore International School (VIS)

Mr. Selvam spearheaded the elevation of Vellore Engineering College to VIT University in 2001, and became its first Pro-Chancellor. Mr. Selvam enjoys the distinction of being the youngest Pro-Chancellor of a University which has been recognized by the Limca Book of Records, 2005. He holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Madras. A self-motivated and industrious person, and a farsighted educationalist, he possesses an innate ability to spot and nurture talent–be it with the faculty, staff or students. He became the first Vice-President of VIT Chennai in 2010, where he sculptured the campus from the scratch. Mr. Selvam was instrumental in introducing new and need-based programmes of study such as Law, Architecture, Hotel Management and Agriculture. He played a significant role in establishing the VIT Technology Business Incubator (VITTBI), which has received national acclaim for its service to budding entrepreneurs.

The world class infrastructure and the special character of VIT are being replicated by Mr. Selvam in the creation of Vellore International School (VIS). The campus is spread across 35 acres with a lush green ambience to inspire and facilitate learning in the midst of 1500 acres of Reserve Forest. To inculcate a deep rooted cultural ethos, Indian value systems and an enterprising sports mindset in students, appropriate academic and administrative guidelines have been put together. Highly qualified members of faculty and staff will thoughtfully implement the guidelines to make learning enjoyable and profitable. The novel Houseparent initiative ensures that students are personally cared for. The objective is to provide modern education interwoven with Indian Value systems resulting in holistic education.
The values that Mr. Selvam holds dear are honesty, hard work, and integrity. His commitment to nurturing individual ambitions and building productive teams helps individuals manage life in the changing world.

Dr. V SANJEEVI

Director

Dr. V. Sanjeevi, BE (Chem) (Hons) is a gold medallist and has MBA, Ph.D. Has over 45 years of experience across multiple industries. Has completed two programs at Harvard Business School on Managing Global Opportunities and Change Management.  Notable business achievements are in building Supply Chain Systems at Hindustan Unilever, CEO positions at leading textile, Chemical and infrastructure development firms, and founding firms in logistics and in TV media. He has served as a board member in leading healthcare and supply chain firms. Served in VIT as Director (Special Projects).

He has been a guest faculty at leading universities such as Indian Institute of Technology – Madras etc. He has published research papers in supply chain management.

He has also been involved in major social services through Tamil Nadu Foundation and Sethu-Venu Educational, Research & Social Development Trust.

V SRINIVASAN

Advisor - Academics

Mr. V Srinivasan brings with him rich experience of over 48 years in the field of education as Teacher, Teacher Trainer, House Parent, Vice Principal, Principal, Director of Academics and Member of School Executive Board, at reputed schools in India and overseas.

He was instrumental in working successfully towards authorisation and affiliation of different national (CBSE & CISCE) and international (CAIE & IBO) examination boards in the schools he was associated with.

Mr. Srinivasan is conversant with the latest trends in national as well as international pedagogy.

Widely travelled, he has conducted a number of workshops, training programmes, and seminars to faculty and students, on various aspects of education.

RAMESH KUMAR BHARDWAJ

Academic Coordinator

Ramesh Kumar Bhardwaj, a postgraduate in physics, has a professional degree in Education, and International Post Graduate Certificate in Education (IPGCE) from University College London (UCL). He has published a research paper on Assessment for Learning for differentiated students.

Mr. Ramesh has a diverse experience in teaching ICSE, CBSE, Cambridge and IB DP curricula for 24 years in premier residential schools of India, including The Doon School, Dehradun. He has played the role of Housemaster, Head of Pastoral and CAS Coordinator, in previous institutions.

With his vast knowledge in the aforementioned fields, curriculum development and teacher training, Mr. Ramesh is also the IBDP Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator at VIS.

ARUN KUMAR

Head-Boarding

Arun Kumar is a postgraduate in science with a professional degree in education, and 22 years of experience working in well-known residential schools of the country. He has been a house parent for most of his teaching career through which he has gained invaluable insight into nurturing students of all age groups.

 Mr. Arun has in-depth classroom experience and has successfully explored various innovative pedagogical practices in teaching Physics and Maths for classes 6 to 10.  

He has participated in developing several scholastic and co-curricular activities for the residential students including adventure and outdoor events, sports camps, science fairs, physics club, theatre events, and educational outreach programs.

Capt. SUMATHI S

Administrative Officer

Capt. Sumathi S comes with the rich leadership and administrative experience of more than 20 years in the Indian Army and the Educational Institutions.

She was a Founder Principal and established a successful school system prior to joining VIS. With proven expertise in personnel, logistics, resource and security management, she plays an active role in the smooth running of the school office since inception.

The communication and analytical skills gained in multi-cultural environment helps her connect with diverse population.

Proficient in dynamic approach to work, she drives the cross functional branches with team oriented leadership.

Dr. P. ARUNA SARASWATHI

Admissions Coordinator & Student Counsellor

Dr. P. Aruna Saraswathi comes with over 23 years of rich and diverse experience as an Entrepreneur, Administrator, Psychiatric Counselling Professional, Mental Wellness expert, Positive Parenting Evangelist, Educational Leader, Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Certified IBDP Counsellor.

By virtue of her work with millennials & younger generations, she has good understanding and expertise in handling Mental health, Social Media, VUCA world, Public Relations & Counselling areas.

She was an Advisory Council Member with an International School group in Mumbai and been a Consultant / Advisor for organizations, educational institutions and NGOs in the last two decades.

She has her Doctorate (PhD) in Positive Parenting, Masters in Social Work, PGDP in Psychiatric Counselling and Certificates in various Psychotherapy programs and Psychometric assessment tools.