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Old March 12th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #41
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Through its strong academic cooperation, faculty members from partner universities visit VIT to deliver short-term lectures for a period of 2-4 weeks and full-term fast track lectures of 6-8 weeks. These lectures are delivered on thrust and emerging areas, providing opportunities for student and faculty members to benefit from their expertise.

VIT has also initiated Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) to encourage students to carry out their final semester project work at foreign universities and also provides financial assistance to a tune of 3 million rupees (to support needy students).

VIT has started many joint / twinning programmes with options of dual degree with renowned universities in Europe and USA. Few to mention are: a
M.Tech and M.Sc Sensor System Technology in collaboration with UAS Karlsruhe, Germany. This programme has partial financial support by the German government agency DAAD.
M.Tech and M.Sc Communication Engineering in collaboration with UAS Darmstadt, Germany
B.Tech Mechanical & Energy Engineering is offered jointly with academic support from UAS Aachen, Germany, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands and IIT Madras, India
Off-shore programme at Caledonian College of Engineering Oman, Muscat with VIT degrees in M.Sc Process Engineering and B.Sc Chemical Engineering
VITs academic cooperation with Chinese universities enables the students to study the first two years at the home university and the next two years at VIT to get a Degree / Diploma from their home university (China) and a degree from VIT( B.Sc Computer Science/ B.Com). Emphasis is laid on improving their English language skills in addition to imparting knowledge in their field of study. An exclusive Chinese kitchen with cooks and ingredients from China is a home away from home to the Chinese students.
A similar programme has been started in collaboration with Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transportation and Architecture to offer courses in B.Sc Computer Science to the students there.
VITs strive for quality education has paved the way to obtain International Accreditation from IET, UK for 7 Bachelors and 16 Masters programmes and from EI for Civil and Chemical Engineering for a maximum period of 5 years. VIT also went through ABET, USA for Mechanical and Civil Engineering bachelor programmes.
The IR office also looks into the interest of NRI students admitted to VIT. It works closely with the academic departments, the hostels and the administration. The IR office serves as the nodal point of information and assistance to these students. It helps the foreign students with immigration procedures and facilitates the social and cultural integration of foreign students through study buddy programmes and intercultural events.
In order to improve the internationalization process at VIT, the IR office is working on a joint project with Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany under DIES project with support from DAAD, Germany.

The activities of International Relations have resulted in some of the major academic activities and developments such as:
Getting an International Accreditation from Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), UK for 7 Undergraduate and 16 Postgraduate programmes run at VIT, whereby the VIT degrees are equivalent to B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees at UK. This accreditation enables VIT students to get their chartered status after two to three years of experience.
The Energy Institute, UK has accredited two Undergraduate and three Postgraduate programmes in the disciplines of Civil and Chemical Engineering.
A 4-year Bachelors’ programme on Mechanical and Energy Engineering is being offered at VIT jointly with UAS Aachen(Germany), Technical University of Eindhoven(Netherlands), and IIT-Madras under the Asia- Link Programme through EU funding from July 2006.
Organisation of an Energy Week at VIT by the Energy Centre as an annual feature jointly with UAS Aachen and TU Eindhoven, Netherlands for the benefit of students and Power Industries around.
Association with UAS Karlsruhe in the field of Mechatronics and Sensor System Technology for training VIT students at Masters’ level and also for faculty development. M.Tech sensor system technology on a twinning basis with support from DAAD.
Providing guidance and internship to students of China, France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain from their universities for Masters’ project as part of their curricula. A similar facility is provided to VIT students in those countries including offer of fellowships for higher studies.
Visit by large number of faculty from various MoU institutions in different disciplines for short periods extending from one week to eight weeks.
Offering programmes with VIT degrees in B.Sc. Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. Process Engineering for students of Sultanate of Oman at Caledonian College of Engineering, Muscat from Sept. 2008
Project on internationalisation of higher education in collaboration with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany under the DIES project with support from DAAD.

VIT is the Fourth World partner for two International Masters’ Programmes, one on Mechatronics & Micro Systems and the other on Mechatronics in Automotive systems jointly with UAS, Karlsruhe, Germany, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain and ENSMM, France supported financially by European Union and under Asia Link Program. Entered in to an agreement with UAS Karlsruhe, Germany for offering a Masters’ programme on Sensor System Technology on a twinning basis.

A Masters’ course in Automobile Engineering of high relevance to present day needs (since June 2004) with one year course work at VIT, and one year project work at ARAI, Pune with academic support from UAS Esslingen (Germany), UAS Dresden(Germany) and CONCAVE Centre of Concordia University, Montreal, (Canada)

Offering Top-Up programmes in Computer Science and E-commerce to Chinese students who undergo part of their course at the Chinese partner university and the remaining part at VIT. VITU has entered into agreements with 10 Chinese universities. At present, there are about 375 Chinese students on campus.

Collaborating with Caledonian College of Engineering, Muscat, Oman to conduct the following need-based courses at their campus from Feb. 2008

B.Sc Chemical Engineering
M.Sc Process Engineering
One of the objectives of VITs international co-operations is to establish joint academic programmes with our partner universities. This is possible through a process of credit transfer.Since VITs Curriculum is on par with international curricula, our partner universities find it easy to recognize and accept our credits. In this direction two masters degree programmes ,one in M.Tech Sensor System Technology with UAS Karlsruhe and another in M.Sc communication engineering with UAS Darmstadt have been started. Dual degree programs at UG and PG level with our partner universities in the US and Europe are soon to be started.
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Vellore Institute of Technology firmly believes in providing its students exposure to national and international knowledge experts, through regular national and international conferences / symposia and workshops hosted on campus. It is with this view that a wide choice of modern conference facilities have been meticulously planned and incorporated into the VIT campus.
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VIT University campus boasts of one of the best computing networks in India. With constant upgradation in a bid to provide the students and staff with state-of-the art facilities, the Institute has earned a reputation of excellence across a range of computer-based disciplines. Its comprehensive infrastructure includes 84 Servers, 228 Workstations, 3582 Desktops (Intel & AMD), 298 Printers and over 1080 Laptops (Dell, HP, IBM & Lenovo).

The highly distributed computing environment at VIT University uses cutting-edge computer simulation to solve problems for industry and academia. It is managed, and actively supported, by the Centre for Technical Support (CTS) that has strength of 30 highly qualified and experienced technicians. CTS is responsible for maintaining and administrating University Website and Mail Servers. Internet facilities are provided throughout the campus through 114 Mbps leased lines from multiple service providers. Content Delivery Network (CDN) Technology is used to access websites. The University provides its own Email IDs to all its employees and Students.

VIT has invested in an ultra high-speed Fibre Optic Backbone for networking across the campus. CISCO 4506 Core Switch with redundancy is used at the core layer. CISCO 3560G and 2960G switches are used at distribution and access layer. Wireless connectivity is provided at strategic locations to provide Internet access to the faculty.

It includes Blade Server consisting of seven Xeon servers from IBM with 1TB of FastT600 Storage, IBM p5 with AIX OS, SUN Servers, SUN FIRE 4100, SUN FIRE V20Z, SUN FIRE 240 & SUN W110Z Workstations.

VIT has WatchGuard Peak 8000 , 1000 series Firewall and Iornport WSA650 for Internet Security. TREND MICRO Office scan provides Desktop Antivirus solutions and two storage Boxes (NAS3700, EXN2000) with a capacity of 2TB each to meet the storage requirements for all users.

VIT is the first Institute in India to implement People Soft ERP System with all the modules. The hardware solution for this consists of two IBM p55A Cluster Servers with Virtualization, 2 TB of DS4700 Storage Server and TS3100 Auto Loader for external backup with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. VIT provides internet facility for the Hostel Students through WIFI.

CTS provides technical support to the schools and to a number of research groups within the schools on LINUX, AIX, SOLARIS and WINDOWS OS platforms.

T.S.Santhanam Computing Centre (TSSCC)

The principal goal of TSCC provided with 210 IBM desktops is to provide computing facilities for academic and research activities in the School of Computer Science.

The hallmark of the Centre's research is its balanced consideration of technological capability and human utility. It consistently strives for excellence, relevance and social purpose. At this lab, students can work on Oracle, DB2, .NET, Rational Rose, Borland (Caliber RM, Starteam 2005, Together Solo Ver6.2), J2SDK, J2ME Wireless Toolkit 2.2, Websphere, Tomcat WebServer, Apache, Netbeans 5.0, ASP, JSP and Perl.

Centre of Excellence for CISCO Advanced Networking
This is a sophisticated networking lab, where students are trained in network administration, configuration, network programming, wireless and security. This lab is mainly used for M.Tech. networking. It contains routers, switches, firewalls and security software. A network simulator and other networking tools are also available in the CISCO lab. The infrastructure meets the requirements of CCNA, CCNP, PIX Firewall and Wireless curriculum of CISCO.

The Red Hat Linux Competency Centre
VIT has signed an MoU with Redhat India to establish a centre of excellence at VIT with Redhat products installed in the lab. The centre is equipped with 70 IBM P4 computers installed with Redhat Linux Operating System to train students on open source software. Students can make use of these centres to develop applications on Open Source technologies like PHP, Python, TCI, PERL, MySQL and Postgre SQL.

The Programming Language Laboratory - Hexagon Computing Centre
The Hexagon computing laboratory consists of 198 P4 computers spread across three labs. Here, students work in high level programming languages such as C, C++, VB, VC++, Java and COBOL.

Multimedia and Internet Programming Laboratory (MMI)
Equipped with 35 Intelli Workstations from IBM, the lab is specifically used for multimedia programming. It focuses on training students in multimedia tools like Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Sound Forge and Maya to develop related applications. Specific multimedia hardware kits are used for multimedia programming and demonstration.

RDBMS Laboratory
Information retrieval using the Internet, knowledge discovery and financial prediction are applications of common interest in an enterprise system. The RDBMS lab has more than 70 P4 computers. Multimedia, image and video databases and geographic information systems are some of the fields actively pursued in this lab. Students design and develop database projects on DB2, ORACLE AND SQL Server 2000.

Microsoft.NET Centre
This advanced computing laboratory trains students in collaboration with Microsoft, on Microsoft products and middleware technologies such as VB.Net and ASP.Net 70 P4 computer systems have been installed for training.

SUN Advanced Java Laboratory
In collaboration with Sun Microsystems, VIT has an Advanced Java Programming centre. The primary goal of this lab is to train students in advanced Java technologies such as J2EE (Servlets, Beans), JSF, J2ME for mobile kit utilities and Struts. The lab consists of P4 computers, with software from Sun Microsystems.

IBM Websphere Laboratory
The IBM Websphere lab has been installed in collaboration with IBM to provide students with hands-on experience in state-of-the-art web-based programming tools such as PB2, IBM webshere and the AIX Operating System on 70 P4 computers.

Software Engineering Laboratory
The objective of the Software Engineering lab is to familiarize students with the software development lifecycle, so that they are trained well in the various phases of SDLC, test tools and CASE tools. Students are trained in IBM Rational Rose, Test Runner, Silk Runner, CASE tools, Rational Suite for testing, SVC and Smart Draw.

All Schools and Research Centers have their own computing facilities supported with special software given below:

Special Softwares
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Vellore district selected for pilot study of TB


Function held by Field Publicity Office, District TB Centre, office of the Deputy Director of Health Services

“Simple sputum test not sufficient for testing multi drug resistant TB”

“Vellore one of three districts where sputum test is done through LED microscope”

VELLORE: Vellore district has been selected by the Centre for a pilot study on quick detection of multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) through the Gene Xpert Technique, according to Raja Sivanandam, Deputy Director of Medical Services (TB).

Speaking at a function organised jointly by the Field Publicity Office, Union government, District TB Centre and the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore in connection with World TB Day here on Wednesday, Dr. Sivanandam said a simple sputum test was not sufficient for testing MDR TB. It required a culture test of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which caused the TB. In the conventional method, it took eight to 12 weeks for this culture to develop. The new technique will help detect MDR TB and identify in 45 minutes the drug to which the bacterium is resistant. The quicker detection is made possible because of the study of the culture changes at the molecular level.

Free treatment

The pilot study would take off in the Community Health and Development (CHAD) Department of the Christian Medical College, Vellore within a month. The treatment for the MDR TB costs Rs.2 lakh per patient. But the Centre is providing the treatment free under DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short Course) Plus. Six MDR patients are being provided treatment under DOTS Plus in Vellore district, he said.

The Deputy Director (TB) said Vellore is one of the three districts in India (the other two being Pune and Agra districts) where sputum test for detecting TB is done through an LED (light emitting diode) microscope for the last one year. This has increased the case detection rate by 20 per cent. Vellore district today is in a comfort zone in all three parameters for TB control, viz., case detection, sputum conversion (conversion of infective sputum into non-infective sputum), and sputum cure rate, for the last three years, he said.


Pointing out that only 60 per cent of TB patients went to government hospitals, Dr. Sivanandam said the government is now having collaboration with the Christian Medical College Hospital, Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA), K.V. Kuppam, Sri Narayani Hospital, Thirumalaikkodi and Bethesda Hospital, Ambur in TB control under the PPM (public private mix) strategy. He regretted that though it was 128 years since Robert Koch discovered that TB was caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, society in India was still steeped in superstitious beliefs about the cause of TB.

Cure rate above target

K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore said 53 out of one lakh persons in Vellore district had TB, of which 2,116 were infective TB cases. The cure rate in the district is 88 per cent as against the government target of 85 per cent. The TB detection rate in the district has risen to 92 per cent. He said MDR cases could be prevented through the sincere implementation of the DOTS programme. A TB patient would lose his infectivity within 48 hours if he took the drugs regularly.

TB and infertility

In one out of every three cases of infertility among women, TB was found to be the cause, Dr. Suresh said. He urged members of the public to ensure that those who have continuous cough for more than three days are subjected to sputum test for TB, in order to achieve total TB control.

K.R. John, non-governmental organisation coordinator, Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), CMC said that the Central government had planned to develop 24 accredited laboratories for diagnosing TB. It had already started the process of inviting applications from prospective accreditation agencies for getting the licence to conduct the accreditation of laboratories. The government would be funding these agencies.

Millennium Development Goal

T. Sivakumar, Field Publicity Officer, Vellore, said 1.15 crore patients had been treated under DOTS in India since 1997, when the RNTCP was launched in the country. A total of 20.70 lakh lives had been saved through DOTS. Eighteen lakh new TB cases are being reported every year in India. A total of 3.70 lakh TB patients died of TB every year. As per the Millennium Development Goals, the prevalence of TB should be reduced by half in 2015, he said.

Early detection for cure

S. Mohammed Afsal Ali, Deputy Director of Medical Services (Leprosy), said cure was possible both in leprosy and TB only through early detection and early commencement of treatment. K. Gopalarathinam, District Entomologist, said TB was a global health problem, and that total TB control could be achieved only by creating awareness among illiterates. R. Chandrasekharan, president, Udhavum Ullangal, wanted TB awareness programmes to be conducted in schools and colleges. He wanted TB/Leprosy helpline to be started in order to ensure that patients found on the streets could be taken to the nearest hospitals for treatment.

Dr. Suresh presented a memento to K.R. John in recognition of his services in the implementation of RNTCP and DOTS in the tribal areas of Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. K. Shankar, Medical Officer, District TB Centre proposed a vote of thanks.
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Ranipet (Ranipettai in Tamil) is a locality and part of Vellore city in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It is a medium-sized community located about 26 kilometers from the Vellore city center and 100 kilometers from Chennai, the fourth largest urban area in India. It is a main junction in the Chennai-Bangalore highway. However, the city has been a victim of serious groundwater pollution by heavy metals and is considered as one among the most toxic places. With growth in the IT industry, kids and youngsters educate themselves and move out of the town to find appropriate job opportunities. There has been a huge brain-drain in the past decade due to insufficient opportunities for technology workers. Most of the educated workforce move out to the nearest metropolitan city, Madras or others such as Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, etc. Some others even end up finding the right opportunity through consulting firms in the United states where their skills are valued with proper use.

The locality is situated on the eastern end of Vellore city, on the northern bank of the Palar river.
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As of 2001[update] India census[1], Ranipettai had a population of 47,236. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Ranipettai has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83%, and female literacy is 74%. In Ranipettai, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
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IndustryThere are a number of large and medium scale leather industries making both finished leather and leather articles such as shoes and garments for export. There are other small scale industries in Ranipet mostly engaged in chemical, leather and tool making. These industries are the major lifeline for the town.

One of the oldest companies in Ranipet that was formed in early 19th century is EID Parry named after Thomas Parry who sailed to India and started a merchant business in India. The branch of EID Parry located in Ranipet is one of the largest ceramic plants in south India. In addition to ceramics, the company also produces fertilizers in this location sold to farmers around the country. EID Parry also produces confectionaries in other locations. After the acquisition of the company Johnson & Pedder, EID Parry also acquired the pride of producing Ballerina ceramic designs in India. Most residents, several decades ago, worked for EID Parry before the expansion of Sipcot Industrial complex and arrival of central government aided engineering unit such as BHEL mentioned below.

The town is home to the Boiler Auxiliaries Plant of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a major Central Government owned enterprise. Bavina Cars is planning to set up a manufacturing plant at a cost of rupees 300 crores. The company has been permitted to produce 25,000 cars annually.

Ranipet also has about 250 small scale engineering units catering mainly to BHEL, Ranipet, probably the second largest fabrication cluster in India.

Arcelor-Mittal Dhamm processing Ltd invested more than 100 crores in new SEZ in Phase III
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Ranipet once glorified as fast developing industrial zone. but faced some repression. ranipet indiretly had 2008 repression as leather business and exports very important trade. now it is in progress for development with a new Special Economic Zone at Nellikuppam a sub-urb of ranipet.

Ranipet homes KH Groups companies nearly 400 small and medium leather units are placed.

The Scudder Memorial Hospital provides nursing to many outpatients. It is a big hospital that was started even before one of the biggest hospitals called CMCH in Vellore.

Research Institutes
Institute of Veterinary Preventive Medicine: The Institute originally known as SERUM INSTITUTE was established at Madras (present day Chennai) in 1932 to produce anti-rinderpest serum and bull virus to combat rinderpest which was rampant then, posing serious threat to the livestock population. In 1942, the institute was shifted to Coimbatore Agricultural College Estate as an emergency measure due to World War –II. In March 1948, the institute was shifted to the present campus at Ranipet, facing the National Highway No.4 (Chennai – Bangalore) at a distance of 114 km from Chennai. The Campus with 192 acres area was a meat dehydration plant of the army and was acquired by the state government from the army under post war construction scheme. The institute has got vast development over 73 years and it’s now engaged in the production of various vaccines, (Bacterial and Viral Vaccines) against various diseases of livestock and poultry, diagnostic reagents and Pharmaceutical products for treatment of ailing animals. In addition, the institute extends disease investigation service to the field veterinarians.

Ranipet assembly constituency is part of Arakkonam (Lok Sabha constituency).[2]

Across the Palar river, a neighbouring town named Arcot, famous for markets of vegetables, Kichili samba rice, sweets, agri products, electrical and electronic market
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Arcot (Tamil: ஆற்காடு) is a locality and part of Vellore city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Located on the eastern end of the Vellore city on the southern banks of Palar River at 12°54′N 79°20′E / 12.9°N 79.333°E / 12.9; 79.333, the city straddles a highly strategic trade route between Chennai and Bangalore, between the Mysore Ghat and the Javadi Hills - (Javvadhu malai). Its population in 1991 was 45,205; the surrounding area had a population of 114,760.
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Origin of the name
The old name of this area is TIHRUVAZHUNDUR in the period of Cholas at 1000AD Its name is commonly believed to have been derived from the Tamil words aaru (River) + kaadu (Forest). However, arkkaTu meant 'a forest of fig trees'.[1]

The town's strategic location has led to it being repeatedly contested and prompted the construction of a formidable fortress. It was captured from the Hindu Marathas by a Muslim Nawab of Karnataka, who made it his capital in 1712. In 1751, Robert Clive captured the town during the conflict between the United Kingdom and France for control of South India. He successfully held it with only 500 men against a powerful opposing army raised by the Marathas, resisting for 56 days (23 September to 14 November 1751). The enemy army eventually dissolved and its leader, Chanda Shahib, was killed. Mohammed Ali Khan Walajah took over as Nawab, effectively serving as a vassal of the British. His successors soon ran up enormous debts at the hands of English speculators. In 1801, the town was annexed by the British East India Company.

In the 20th century, Arcot declined in importance and was incorporated into the district of Vellore. Arcot has the tomb of famous 18th century Sufi Saint - Tipu Mastan Aulia. The story goes that from the blessings of Tipu Mastan Aulia, Hyder Ali had a son, whom he appropriately named after the saint.

In kaspa Sri Vaikunda Varadharaja Perumal Temple is suituated. In that temple Perumal statue posture is differen from others perumal statue here perumal is sitting center with SriDevi and Pudevi this type of posture of Lord Perumal is only present in this temple. More over the three Statues are designed by a Single Stone. This temple has been built under the Pallava era.
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Arcot is the principal market for the surrounding agricultural area. It also has a viable local weaving industry and ground nut oil industry.

Culture-Places of Worship
1. Gangadharar Eswaran Temple

2. Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple (around 1000 years old)

3. Sri Gangai Amman Temple (Seetharamaiyer street)

4. Sri Sundaramoorthi Vinayagar Temple (Radha Krishnan street)

5. Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple (Shashannan street)

6. Sri Kasi viswanather Temple (Kaspa)

7. Nagamman Koil

8. Anjaneyar Temple ( Next to Library )

9. Pillayar Koil (Thoppukana)

10. Green Mosque

11. Pearl Mosque.

12. St Antony's Church

13. CSI Church.

14. Sri Vaikunda Varadharaja Perumal Temple (Kaspa)

The Danish Missionary Society
The people who lived in the Arcot region especially in and near the temple town of Tiruvannamalai, belonged to a clan called the Arcots. The Nawabs fought with and ruled over them for a long period. With the establishment of the Danish Missionary Society, many of these Arcots converted Christians. The Danish Missionary Society (DMS, currently Dan Mission) established many schools and hospitals. The first missionary of the DMS was a German Rev. C.C.E. Ochs. He started his first Mission station, Bethanien, at Melpattambakkam in South Arcot in 1861. Now all its activities have been transferred to the nearby town Nellikuppam.

The second mission station of DMS was opened at Tirukkoyilur in 1869 by Rev. P. Andersen and was called "Siloam". Siloam church was consecrated on the 10th of October, 1886 and on the same day the first Indian pastors were ordained and more than 30 persons were baptized. A week later a church was consecrated in an outstation, Sengalmedu. The beautiful church in Pop ham's Broadway in Madras was built in the year 1892.

Saron, a third mission station of DMS, was opened in the year 1882 and situated just outside the town Tiruvannamalai. In 1898 a mission station was built in the town. From 1905 it was called "Carmel." The fourth mission station in the Arcot District, "Bethesda," in Kallakurichi was built in 1893 by Rev. A. Larsen. Later DMS started mission stations at Panruti, Vriddhachalam, Devanampatnam, Darisanapuram, and Servaroj Hills, etc. In the year 1913 a church constitution was inaugurated. This church is serving the Tamil-speaking population in the districts of South and North Arcot, Tamil Nadu.

Arcot is located at 12°54′N 79°20′E / 12.9°N 79.33°E / 12.9; 79.33.[2] It has an average elevation of 164 metres (538 ft).

As of 2001[update] India census,[3] Arcot had a population of 50,267. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Arcot has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 54% of the males and 46% of females literate. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places of interests in and around Arcot:

1.Arcot Government Museum

2.Delhi Gate 18th Century Architecture (Built by Robert Clive for his victory)

3.Raja Rani pond (Build by Nawabs)

4.Green Mosque

5.Pancha Pandavar Mountain

6.Bear hills

7.Natham hills

8.Ratnagiri Temple

9. Palar Dam

10. Tipu aulliya Darga at Bazzar in Arcot. He is the sufi saint who lived in Hyder Ali period at Arcot and he is the great advisor and well-wisher of Tipu Sultan.

11. Thimiri Murugan Temple

People and Living
People over here follow the traditional Tamil culture. The common language of communication is Tamil, but English is widely used and understood by the locals.

The primary source of income is agriculture and small scale industries. A lot of people in Arcot are employed with Industries in SIPCOT (RANIPET), a large Industrial Park.

The primary entertainment for people are movie theatres and temples. If you are fond of shopping, you can visit Vellore (District Headquarters) which is 21 km. away. Frequent bus services are available by both government and private operators.

The main mode of transport is by bus since it is economical, and well connected by road. A national highway and two state highways pass through Arcot.

There are frequent buses to almost all parts of Tamil Nadu. Buses depart every 15 minutes from Arcot to Chennai and there are also buses to Hosur, Bangalore, Tirupathi, Puducherry (Pondicherry) etc.

There are lot of private bus operators as well, who provide services on local and short-distance routes. The nearest railway station to Arcot is Walaja Road, which is around 7km from Arcot.

Famous Things
Arcot is well known for rice, sweets and mutton biryani.

Arcot dishes were referred called as Royal dishes during the time of Nawabs(ancient Muslim rules of South India) Nawabs time.

The Rice 'Arcot kichalli samba' is famous rice for Biryani, and is named after the town.

The dessert, Makkan-peda, made with butter and sugar syrup is famous throughout the country.

Seetharamiyer Panchangam, an astrological almanac, is famous among Hindus all over India.

Adhiparasakthi College of Arts and Science
Adhiparasakthi Engineering College
C.Abdul Hakeem College of Arts and Science
C.Abdul Hakeem College of Engineering
Ranipettai Engg College
Arcot Sri Mahalakshmi Women's College
Sri Sitheshwarar polytecnic college, Poongodu, Arcot.
Sri Ramakrishna Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Annai Sarada Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Government Boys Higher Secondary School
Government Girls Higher Secondary School
Sarswathi Dhanakoti Primary School.
PNR Matriculation School.
Varadharaja Chettiar Elementary School
Varadharaja Chettiar Secondary School
Shanthiniketan Matriculation School
Gangadhara mudaliyar matric higher secondary school
Morning Star Matriculation School.
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Walajapet is a locality and part of Vellore city in the state of Tamil Nadu.

It is strategically located on the Palar River on the route between Chennai (Madras) and Bangalore. By bus, this locality can be reached in about 30 minutes from Vellore city center and in about 2.5 hours from Chennai. It is well connected both by road and railways. Walajah Road railway station is located about 4.5 km from the town, lying between Arakkonam and Katpadi junctions on the important railway route connecting Chennai to Coimbatore and Bangalore.It was the station connecting Arakonam and Katpadi, the first rail route in tamilnadu.

This town, located in the Vellore District, is considered to be the First Municipality and Taluk of Tamil Nadu, believed to have been formed in 1866. Former President and prominent Indian philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888 - 1975) and noted Tamil scholar Mu. Varadarasanar affectionately called "Mu. Va" were among those studied in the Government Higher Secondary School of Walajapet that celebrated its centenary a decade ago.

Neighbouring localities (Vellore city) : Arcot, Melvisharam, Ranipet, Vellore, Thiruvalam
Neighbouring Towns : Arani, Arakkonam, Cheyyar, Kanchipuram, Kaveripakkam, Sholingur
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