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Department of Petroleum Engineering

About the Department

The Department of Petroleum Engineering in Vels Institute of Science Technology and Advanced studies (VISTAS) was established in the year 2015 and it was accredited by the UGC, NAAC and AICTE. As such VISTAS has the obligation and commitment to provide technical education right from B.Tech to Ph.D level. The Department has been providing excellent education for the students through teaching and learning, practices and training, research and service to  community. In addition to Petroleum Core subjects,  students are taught professional enhancement subjects such as  communication skills, soft skills etc to make them ready for the industry. Students undergo Internship/Training in various Oil and Gas Industries to get good acquaintance with  the field where they are likely to work. Students are strongly encouraged to participate and compete in various National/International Conferences, Seminars, Workshop, Special Lectures offered by eminent people from Academia and Industry. The Curriculum of B.Tech Petroleum Engineering covers all the required core and allied subjects which enables our students to compete with high confidence in  any national or international level examinations. The strong infrastructure paves the way to achieve academic success for higher learning.  

Depending upon the qualification, skill set and experience, a Petroleum Engineer can work globally as Reservoir Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Senior Geoscientist, Drill Bits System Field Engineer, Petroleum Technologist, Drilling Engineer, Production Engineer, Mud Engineer, Mud Logger, Completion Engineer, Flow assurance Engineer and Driller. Students are guided by faculty, industry –professionals and retired engineers on contract  basis. 

The department has highly qualified faculty members with rich experience in teaching and research; some of them have visited international institutions of repute for collaborative teaching and  research programmes while some others have presented their research findings in international forums abroad. The faculty members attract funds from national and international agencies in the form of research grants. The  faculty members regularly publish research articles in indexed, peer reviewed international and national journals. The syllabus is consciously designed to help students to assimilate , at every stage, the rapid trends and progressive growth in this exciting field. Students are admitted by selection through merit—based on percentage of marks secured in the VISTAS Entrance Examination.

Vision & Mission


The Department of Petroleum Engineering at VISTAS is committed to revolutionize Pedagogy and engineering research practice in Oil and gas, thereby providing world class education to students, industry- professionals and  research scholars to equip them with all necessary skills needed for their professional growth.


  • To provide value based education for professional growth.
  • To provide an environment where students from all socio economic background can interact and learn.
  • To provide ethical and professional solutions to engineering problems by taking into consideration of global, environmental and economic factors.
  • Ability to provide access to world class research for scholars, faculty members, industry- professional from all over the world.

List of Programmes

  • Ph.D Petroleum Engineering
  • B. Tech Petroleum Engineering


Faculty-Student Ratio: 1: 23

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)


The Graduates of the B. Tech Petroleum Engineering within few years will be

PEO1:   Build their career as a successful and distinguished Petroleum Engineer

PEO2: Pursue higher education and research in Oil and gas sector, other engineering streams and specializations

PEO3:   Acquire innovative and creative thinking skills to augment their professional growth

PEO4:  Nurture in design, analysis and implementation skills to innovation technology in Hydrocarbon sector with global context.

PEO5: Develop the awareness among the students about the various social responsibilities related to engineering ethics and human values with ecological importance.

Programme Outcomes (POs) & Programme Specific Outcomes(PSOs)


PO1: Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.

PO2: Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.

PO3: Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

PO4: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.

PO5: Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.

PO6: The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.

PO7: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.

PO8: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.

PO9:  Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.

PO10: Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with    society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PO11: Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles     and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.

PO12: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.


PSO1: Design and analyze the concepts and applications in the field of Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry, Reservoir engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Drilling, Production, Well Completion and Workover to understand and address problems related to upstream oil and gas industry with Data Science fundamentals and downstream skills like Petrochemicals, Petroleum Refining, Mass Transfer Operations and develop innovative solutions that meet the needs of various stakeholders.

PSO2: Demonstrate the acquired professional and competitive skills for successful career, demonstrating the practice of Professional Ethics and the concerns for Social and Environmental impact technologies.

Curriculum & Syllabus



CategoryCourseHours/WeekCreditsMaximum Marks
18BSPE12Physics(Oscillation, Waves and Optics)31044060100
18BSPE13Mathematics –I(Calculus and Linear Algebra)31044060100
18ESPE14Basic Electrical Engineering31044060100
18ESPE15Engineering Graphics &Design10434060100
18BSPE16Physics Lab0031.54060100
18ELPE17Electrical Engineering Lab00214060100
18HLPE18English Lab00214060100

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Eligibility Criteria

ProgramEligibilityCriteria for Merit
B.Tech in Petroleum EngineeringA pass in 10+2 or its equivalent examination with minimum 55% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects and 55% in English at 10th or 12th Standard.
Age: 17 to 25 years as on 31 July.
Medical Standard: Candidate should be physically fit which no colour.

Career Prospects



  • Drilling Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Well Completions Engineer
  • Well Intervention Engineer
  • Directional Driller
  • Design Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Logging Engineer
  • Mud Engineer

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