Who We Are

Virginia Tech India Center for Advanced Research and Education

“Home today to more than a fifth of the world’s population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world’s largest democracy. ” -Michel Wood, Author, The Story of India, a BBC history series

Virginia Tech, USA seeks to become one of the world’s top research institutions as well as a center of learning and discovery across the world. India is one of the countries strategically selected to help advance Virginia Tech’s global vision. To this end, Outreach and International Affairs, along with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech, established a roadmap to promote global interdisciplinary research and education. An outcome was the founding of the Virginia Tech India Research and Education Forum, a nonprofit entity situated in Chennai. (The entity is also known as VT India*). It is expected that VT India will become a world-class provider of higher education and research opportunities empowering the next generation of graduates to step up to global challenges and carve out solutions to a host of problem facing humanity.

*See Section 8 of the Companies Act of India

Virginia Tech India Research and Education Forum (VTIREF) is a Not for Profit institute duly registered in India under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013, affiliated to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA. In an increasingly connected world, Virginia Tech is committed to being a global Center of learning and an inviting place for faculty and students from around the world to engage in collaborative Learning, Research and Innovation as well as Cultural Exchange.


VT India aims to be a premier institution advancing transformative research, education, and lifelong learning and promoting economic development that improves quality of life and preserves natural resources.


  • Conduct cutting-edge research in select areas that builds on Virginia Tech’s strengths and maximizes synergies with partner organizations in India
  • Ensure that projects are consistent and compatible with the strategic vision of Virginia Tech
  • Promote student and faculty exchanges to maximize ongoing research and education projects
  • Engage industry leaders and working professionals to help upgrade their skills, allowing for career advancement and retention of jobs in a highly competitive environment
  • Work towards outcomes that spawn innovation and promote industrial growth and economic development
  • Maintain an emphasis on rural development

Director's Message

Welcome to Virginia Tech India Center for Advanced Research and Education. (VT, India). We are an extended arm of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech, a public, land grant Research University.

VT India is a ‘Not for Profit’ entity duly Registered under Indian Laws. Our proposed activities have three important facets – Advanced Research, Professional education and Outreach.We focus on Interdisciplinary research in selected areas of science and Technology of relevance to the global and Indian community. We encourage our researchers to create opportunities for novel industries, robust job growth and enhanced human capabilities.Our Educational initiatives aim towards upgradation of the Knowledge and Skills of students, staff and Corporate professionals.

We welcome everyone to join us in the above sphere of activities and together we can create a New global and Indian Vision.